NDOW Southern Fishing Report

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by Nevada Department of Wildlife


Cool nights have helped reduce shoreline vegetation. Anglers have been catching 10- to 12-inch rainbow trout in the early mornings. Crappies are taking white jigs along reed beds and the dock. Anglers taking to the water are catching bass with flies and plastics.


Some areas are becoming more fishable as aquatic vegetation begins to dissipate with cooler nighttime temperatures. Water levels are low, and trout fishing has been slow. Crappies are biting on worms or jigs fished about four feet below a bobber. Look for the fish out past the vegetation along the shore. Bass are active throughout the morning and hitting on plastics, including creature baits.


Striper boils are popping up throughout the Boulder Basin. Boaters able to keep up with the boils are catching fish between 1 and 3 pounds on anchovies and topwater lures. Catfish anglers are reporting fish weighing up to 5 pounds taking catfish chunk bait in Government Wash. Black bass are cruising the coves of the Overton Arm. Largemouth averaging 3 pounds are taking spinners and jerkbaits.


Willow Beach is a hot spot for large striped bass and catfish. Stripers between 15 and 20 pounds are taking jointed swimbaits fished from boats overnight. Shore anglers are catching catfish and smaller stripers from the fishing pier using anchovies. On the reservoir, the smallmouth bite is on in the coves just north of Katherine Landing. Soft plastic crawdads and worms on a Ned rig are producing catches near drop-offs. Striped bass are taking baits trolled near Davis Dam.


Shore anglers are reporting striper bites throughout Big Bend State Recreation Area. Most fish are weighing between 1 and 3 pounds, but one lucky angler reeled in a 7-pound striper using anchovies. Large crankbaits in shad patterns are also fooling the stripers. Catfish are hit and miss, with the best action coming to those using anchovies overnight.


Anglers are finding the best action at sunrise and sunset. Bass are biting on crawdad jigs and plastics. Trout fishing has been slow during recent heatwaves. Aquatic vegetation has made shore fishing a challenge and getting out on Haymeadow and Cold Springs a struggle.


Southern Nevada is having another heatwave, so fishing for sunfish and bass will still be best at sunrise and sunset. Small night crawler pieces fished off the bottom are working very well for bluegill and green sunfish. Bass are hitting spinners and crankbaits.


The Nevada Department of Wildlife has the safety of the public and employees in mind. To comply with Covid-19 guidelines, NDOW has temporarily cancelled all outdoor education classes. Check out the NDOW Facebook page for a list of educational classes and webinars.

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Nevada Department of Wildlife Reports
for Wednesday, August 19th, 2020
: NDOW Southern Fishing Report
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