NDOW Southern Fishing Report

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by Nevada Department of Wildlife


Fishing has slowed. Aquatic vegetation is making it harder for anglers fishing from the shoreline. Bass are taking plastics and jigs. Crappie are hitting on bright colored jigs. Anglers are finding the best trout action right after sunrise. Most of the fish are in the 12-inch range.


The action has been a little slow overall. Fishing has been best right after sunrise before the day heats up. Crappies are taking jigs. Bass are taking plastics. Trout will take a worm and PowerBait fished below a bobber. Vegetation has limited shore fishing around the reservoir.


Boaters are reporting striper boils in the Boulder Basin, Overton Arm and near Temple Bar. Shad crankbaits, topwater baits and anchovies are producing catches in the 2- to 3-pound range. Live shad are catching stripers from Vegas Wash to Callville Bay. Anglers chasing black bass are finding action with shad swimbaits, grubs and skirted jigs. Shore anglers are catching catfish all day from the Hemenway fishing pier and bluegill in the Government Wash area.


Temperatures reaching beyond 110 degrees have kept most anglers off the lake. The few anglers still fishing in the daytime are catching smallmouth bass with chigger craws and grubs near shelves. At Willow Beach, most anglers are waiting to fish until sundown. Catfish are taking worms from the fishing pier in the evening and striped bass are biting swimbaits in the early morning.


Boaters are catching limits of striped bass. Most of the fish are weighing in under five pounds, but larger fish have been reported breaking lines and stealing baits. Be sure to rig your pole with a line weighted for your target species. Fishing from the shorelines is hit and miss, but a few smallmouth bass and catfish have been caught in the shallows at the south end of Casino Row.


Bass and crappie are providing most of the action though anglers are catching a few trout right after sunrise. Spinners and plastics are catching the bass while crappies are taking tubes and small streamers. Vegetation continues to hamper anglers fishing from shore. 


Small fish are providing most of the action at the urban  ponds. Bluegill and green sunfish are taking meal worms and small flies with red colors about 10 feet from shore. Catfish are hit or miss. Those who are catching fish are doing so in the evening hours where the parks are open. Bass are hitting soft plastics fished on drop shot rig. The limit at urban ponds is 3 fish, and they must be caught with a rod and reel. Anglers are asked to dispose of unwanted fishing line and tackle in the yellow recycle bins or trash receptacles.


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for Monday, August 17th, 2020
: NDOW Western Fishing Report
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Nevada Department of Wildlife Reports
for Wednesday, August 12th, 2020
: NDOW Southern Fishing Report
Lake Mead: Striper Boils Are Moving Quick
Lake Mohave: Black Bass Action is Steady
Colorado River - Laughlin: Anglers Reporting in With Limits of Stripers
Las Vegas Urban Ponds: Aquatic Vegetation is Thick Across Many Urban Ponds
Kirch Wildlife Management Area: Vegetation Continues to Make Shoreline Fishing Difficult
Eagle Valley Reservoir: Trout Are Hitting Baits Right After Sunrise
Echo Canyon Reservoir: Kayakers and Float Tubers Are Having Better Luck