NDOW Southern Fishing Report

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by Nevada Department of Wildlife


The launch ramp is closed until further notice due to low water conditions. Small watercraft that are not launching with a trailer are okay. Trout and crappie action have been good from shore. Night crawlers combined with a mini marshmallow has worked the best for rainbows. Fly-fishers are catching both rainbows and crappies using Hares Ear Nymphs in olive or natural colorations. Nighttime temperatures are dropping into the 30s, making trout fishing great most of the day.


Weather is looking good for weekend anglers. Nighttime lows are projected to be in the low 40s. The water level remains low and shorelines are a bit muddy, but the fishing action off the dam remains good. Rainbow trout, crappie and small bass are taking a variety of lures off the top just after sunrise and again before sunset. Rainbow PowerBait and night crawlers have been working well of the bottom for trout.


Striped bass averaging two pounds are hitting shad lures and anchovies for shore anglers and kayakers around Hemenway. The bite is best in the early morning and slows down as the temperature rises. Boils have been seen most often in the Las Vegas Bay and near Temple Bar. Live shad can be netted in the Vegas Wash area and typically produce nice striper catches. Black bass action is slow and unpredictable. Anglers have reported the most consistent action around Callville Bay on Ned rigs.


Stripers are boiling out of Cottonwood Cove and near Katherine Landing. Topwater baits are producing catches up to seven pounds from sunrise to about noon. With the water levels dropping, black bass are chasing gizzard shad and bluegill into the shallows. Anglers are reporting catches using a variety of shad lures and soft plastics. Presentation is key. From the Willow Beach fishing pier anglers are enjoying catfish catches up to five pounds. Try fishing worms and anchovies near vegetation in the evening.


Anglers are catching a variety of fish along the Colorado River. Catfish and rainbow trout are hiding in marshy areas near docks and rocks. Spinners will entice the trout and anchovies are the go-to bait for catfish hook-ups. Anchovies are also working best for stripers. Boaters are reporting striped bass activity throughout Big Bend State Recreation Area and shore anglers are having success when casting into the deeper water off points. 


Outdoor enthusiasts can take advantage of bird hunting opportunities as well as fall fishing, which can be some of the best of the year. Average daily in the 70s are providing excellent fishing conditions but be prepared for gusty winds.


 Slightly cooler temperatures are pushing action later into the morning. Catfish are taking hotdogs, small shrimp, or stink baits. Small bluegill and bass are taking chartreuse lures bigger than themselves. Anglers are encouraged to discard or recycle unwanted fishing line and tackle in the trash cans provided or in the yellow receptacles located in Sunset Park.


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 Nevada Department of Wildlife’s events on Facebook and Register-ed.com/programs/nevada/ for our educational classes and webinars.

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