NDOW Southern Fishing Report

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by Nevada Department of Wildlife


Seasonal aquatic vegetation growth has made shoreline access difficult. Bass have been hitting well on Mepp’s spinners and crawdad plastics. Crappies are hitting on brightly colored jigs. Trout are hitting baits right after sunrise, with most fish in the 12-inch range.


Water levels are low, and vegetation is up. The action has been a little slow, but crappies are taking night crawlers and mealworms. Aquatic vegetation has made trout fishing a challenge, especially along the shoreline. Kayakers and float tubers have had better luck by getting out past the vegetation.


Striper boils are moving quick and anglers are doing their best to keep up. Topwater lures and jerkbaits are producing catches. Anglers who can find shad for live bait are also having success with stripers. Black bass anglers are catching fish in the Overton Arm and Kingman Wash. Grubs and worms are favorite baits. Catfish are biting after sunset on anchovies fished from shore, and bluegill are taking worms all day in the shallows.


Anglers are reportedly catching striped bass as large as 20 pounds near Willow Beach. Try trolling swimbaits in the early morning or throw out anchovies from the fishing pier in the evening. If fishing from the pier at night, you may have a decent sized catfish take your bait instead. Black bass action is steady just south of Cottonwood Basin. Chigger craws, worms and other soft plastics are producing largemouth bass up to 4 pounds. The best striper bite has been reported just above Davis Dam where anglers are seeing boils. 


Anglers are catching 10-fish limits of stripers along the shores of the Colorado River. The fish are weighing between 1 and 3 pounds with anchovies being the most popular bait. Larger striped bass are hitting topwater baits near Big Bend State Recreation Area. Catfish up to 5 pounds are taking bait fished off the bottom near dusk. Few reports have come in on black bass fishing. Try fishing soft plastics in pockets with vegetation.


Anglers are catching a few trout right after sunrise. Bass and crappies make up most of the catch. Spinners and plastics have been the most successful lures for bass. Crappies are taking marabou jigs and tubes. Vegetation continues to make shoreline fishing difficult in many areas.


Aquatic vegetation is thick across many urban ponds. Plastics with weedless hooks are recommended for catching largemouth bass. Bluegill and green sunfish are taking meal worms and small flies about 10 feet from shore. Urban ponds have a 3-fish limit, and they must be caught with rod and reel. The fishing will be best in the morning, at sunset, and on cloudy days. 


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Nevada Department of Wildlife Reports
for Monday, August 3rd, 2020

Bilk Creek Reservoir: Bass Fishing Has Been Great
Blue Lakes: A Few Good Reports Coming From Blue Lakes
Carson River: River Flows Are Prime For This Time of Year
East Walker River (NV): East Walker River Fishing Report
Hobart Reservoir: Terrestrial Fishing is Excellent
Knott Creek Reservoir: Currently An Algae Bloom
Lahontan Reservoir: Evenings Remain Best For Fishing
Lake Tahoe: Lake Tahoe Fishing Report
Mason Valley Wildlife Management Area: Fishing For Bass in Hinkson Has Been Fair
Marlette Lake: Fishing Has Been Excellent
Onion Valley Reservoir: Fishing Has Been Great
Rye Patch Reservoir: Rye Patch Reservoir Fishing Report
Spooner Lake: Fishing Has Been Fair From Shore
Squaw Creek Reservoir: Now is The Best Time of Year For Largemouth
Topaz Lake: Topaz Has Been Fishing Well
Truckee River: Truckee is Healthy and Fishing Very Well
Walker Lake: 50 Percent Capacity
Wall Canyon Reservoir: Fishing Great For Bass & Trout Right Now
Washoe Lake: Washoe Lake Fishing Report
: NDOW Western Fishing Report
Wilson Reservoir: Water Level is Up But Weeds and Algae Have Arrived
Willow Creek Reservoir: Reservoir is Full!
Wild Horse Reservoir: Wildhorse Fishing Report
South Fork Reservoir: Bass Bite is Good But Trout Moving into Deeper Water
Ruby Lake NWR: Bass Fishing is Good
Jiggs Reservoir (Zunino Reservoir): Water Level is Low and Warm
Jakes Creek Reservoir (Boies Reservoir): Jakes Creek Reservoir Report
Illipah Reservoir: Trout Fishing Has Been Fair
Comins Lake: Trout Diving Deeper, Bass Bite Has Been Good
Cold Creek Reservoir: Cold Creek Reservoir Report
Cave Lake: Fishing Has Been Fair at Cave Lake
Angel Lake: Fishing Has Been Good All Summer
: NDOW Eastern Fishing Report

Nevada Department of Wildlife Reports
for Wednesday, July 29th, 2020
: NDOW Southern Fishing Report
Echo Canyon Reservoir: Best Luck For Bass and Crappies Just Offshore
Eagle Valley Reservoir: Steady Action for Bass, Crappie and Trout
Kirch Wildlife Management Area: Anglers are Having Moderate Success for Bass
Las Vegas Urban Ponds: Las Vegas Urban Ponds Fishing Report
Colorado River - Laughlin: Striped Bass Action is Picking Up
Lake Mohave: Lake Mohave Fishing Report
Colorado River - Willow Beach: Striper Action Has Been Best in The Early Morning
Lake Mead: Large Striper Boils Are Keeping Anglers Entertained