NDOW Southern Fishing Report

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by Nevada Department of Wildlife


Cool nighttime temperatures are slowing down the aquatic vegetation and it should be clearing up soon. Crappies have hitting on jigs and plastics back by the reeds. Trout and bass are hitting on spinners and night crawlers.


There is still a bed of aquatic vegetation along much of the shoreline. Anglers are having success casting out past the weeds. The trout bite is improving with overnight temperatures beginning to drop. Anglers are starting out with trout at sunrise and fish throughout the day for bass and crappies. The fish are hitting spinning lures and jigs.


Hemenway and Temple Bar are hot spots for double-digit stripers as anglers have been catching some fish over 10 pounds. Anglers are reporting the best bite before sunrise on anchovies and shad jerkbaits. Largemouth bass action is on at Callville Bay and in the Overton Arm. Fish between 2 and 3 pounds are taking topwater baits and soft plastics in the coves. Worms are producing bluegill and catfish catches in the Las Vegas Bay area.


 Anglers using trout swimbaits are catching striped bass between 5 and 10 pounds near Willow Beach. Early morning kayakers are reporting fish up to 25 pounds. Lake Mohave anglers are reporting good fishing just above Davis Dam. Smallmouth are chasing imitation shad baits and largemouth are hitting frogs and topwater baits. Fish are weighing up to 6 pounds. Anglers looking for a catfish bite should fish anchovies off the bottom near Cottonwood Cove at night.


The most striper action is reported near the Big Bend State Recreation Area or just below Davis Dam. Anchovies are the bait of choice, but shad lures should attract fish too. For better fishing conditions, try fishing in the evening when less watercraft are out.


On Dacey, trout have been taking a variety of spinners and spoons, as well as PowerBait and night crawlers. Action on Adams-McGill continues to be steady for bass despite seasonal weed growth. Bass are hitting plastics and Woolly Buggers. With dove season underway, visitors can hunt in the early morning and again in the afternoon while fishing in between.


Fishing has been good overall at the ponds for bluegill, bass, and catfish.  The best action continues to be in the morning and at sunset, where access is available. Catfish are taking worms and hotdogs. Bluegill are hitting on night crawler pieces and PowerBait grubs. Anglers are catching bass on crankbaits and plastics.


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