NDOW Southern Fishing Report

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by Nevada Department of Wildlife


Anglers are reporting steady action for bass, crappie and trout. White jig heads with glittered soft plastics are producing crappies. Bass are taking crawdad lures and soft plastic worms in the green pumpkin color. For trout, try fishing at dawn for the best bite. The fish are looking for worms and spinners in various colors before the water warms up.


Kayakers are having the best luck for bass and crappies just offshore. Crawdad lures and soft plastics are producing nice bass catches. Fly-fisherman are having success with olive Woolly Buggers. Crappies are hitting green and white jigs and even some flies. Trout are hiding in deeper water due to warmer temperatures. Try fishing a worm or PowerBait below a bobber just off the bottom.


Large striper boils are keeping anglers entertained all over the lake. Throw a topwater bait, crankbait, or live shad into a boil for a quick bite. Fish caught from the boils are averaging 2 to 5 pounds. Catfish as large as 9 pounds are taking anchovies. The best fishing from shore is taking place in the late evening and early morning.


Striper action at Willow Beach is best in the early morning hours. Shore anglers are catching fish up to 10 pounds on anchovies. Kayakers are having the best luck on jerkbaits and trout swimbaits in the deeper waters. Rainbow trout between 1 and 2 pounds are taking Rooster Tails from the Willow Beach fishing pier. Try multiple colors of rooster tails to entice the fish. On Lake Mohave, smallmouth bass are keeping anglers busy at the south end of the Cottonwood Basin while largemouth are showing more activity near Cottonwood Cove. Crawfish lures and soft plastics are the preferred baits. Striped bass boils are being reported between Katherine Landing and Davis Dam.


 Anglers are reporting that striped bass action is picking up along the Colorado River. Chatterbaits and poppers fished from shore are producing great fish. One angler reportedly caught a 32-pound striper using a glide bait. Catfish upwards of 8 pounds are taking anchovies off the bottom at all hours of the day. Bass can be found in the calmer waters near vegetation and rocks.


Anglers are having moderate success for bass throughout the management area. Soft plastics with tails are producing catches up to 10 inches. Crappie are hit and miss at Haymeadow. Weed growth is proving to be difficult for shore anglers. Try weedless hooks to mitigate snags.


Catfish are looking for stink baits, chicken liver and night crawlers fished just off the bottom. For bluegill or green sunfish try mealworms and small imitation flies. Soft plastic worms and crawdads are the preferred bait for bass. 


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Colorado River - Laughlin: Good Shore Action for Stripers
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Kirch Wildlife Management Area: Fishing Activity Has Been Steady
Eagle Valley Reservoir: Eagle Valley Reservoir Fishing Report
Echo Canyon Reservoir: Bass and Trout Are Biting Baits Thrown From Shore or Boat
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