NDOW Southern Fishing Report

Photo Credit: Courtesy of NDOW

by Nevada Department of Wildlife


Anglers getting out early are having the best success. Rainbow trout action is best off the bottom at sunrise and sunset. The fish are taking halved night crawlers, PowerBait and spinners. Bass are active along the reeds. Crappies are still hitting jigs along the bend. Aquatic vegetation is getting thicker along the shore.


This has been another good week on the water. The best action is being found early in the morning or at sundown. Bass and crappies are most active in the mornings, with a few trout biting during cooler parts of the day. Trout are taking night crawlers and PowerBait. Crappies are biting on marabou and tube jigs. Bass are attacking drop shot rigs with a plastic craw. Weeds are thick in some shorelines.


Striped bass action is picking up all over the lake. From Temple Bar to Callville Bay, anglers are catching striped bass between 2 and 5 pounds. Keep an eye out for striper boils picking up within the next couple of weeks. Try netting shad for live bait or use a shad jerkbait as an alternative. Anglers are reporting Kingman Wash as a hot spot if you are looking for the catfish bite. Catfish over five pounds have been caught in the evenings.


Willow Beach is producing large striped bass. Anglers are catching fish in the 5- to 10-pound range by casting trout swimbaits from the fishing pier. Kayakers are trolling in the early mornings to catch fish upwards of 20 pounds. On the lake, black bass action is good for those anglers able to deal with the heat. Smallmouth are quick to hit on soft plastics near Cottonwood Cove. For a striper bite on Mohave, try trolling swimbaits just above Davis Dam.


Along the Colorado River shore anglers are using anchovies to catch  striped bass between 2 and 4 pounds. The shorelines just below Davis Dam and in the Casino Row area are producing consistent catches. For a bigger fish try trolling a trout swimbait or casting out a shad jerkbait. Catfish are hit and miss but are taking anchovies off the bottom at dusk or dawn. Few anglers are reporting success for black bass.


Aquatic vegetation along the shorelines continues to limit access and block launching areas. Bass and crappies have been the most reported catch on Cold Springs. Trout action has been best early in the morning. Rainbows are hitting on night crawlers and rainbow PowerBait. Heavy winds are expected this week in the afternoons.


Bluegill and green sunfish have been the most active this past week at city ponds. They are taking mealworms, night crawlers, and occasionally, small lures or flies.  Catfish are eating night crawlers, hotdogs, or chicken gizzards -- the smellier the better. Anglers have had success catching bass at Floyd Lamb using dropshots and spinnerbaits. Be sure to put unwanted fishing line is the recycle bins or trash receptacles but not on the ground.


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More Reports

Nevada Department of Wildlife Reports
for Wednesday, July 1st, 2020
: NDOW Southern Fishing Report
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Lake Mohave: Best Striper Has Been Above Davis Dam
Colorado River - Laughlin: Striped Bass Action Has Picked Up
Las Vegas Urban Ponds: Anglers Catching A Variety of Sunfish
Kirch Wildlife Management Area: Kirch WMA Fishing Report
Eagle Valley Reservoir: Crappie & Bass Are The Most Active Right Now
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