NDOW Southern Fishing Report

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by Nevada Department of Wildlife


Anglers have been doing well from shore for trout averaging 10 to 12 inches in length. Trout action is best during the morning hours. Anglers are catching the fish with worms and PowerBait. Bass are still taking baits but are doing so later in the day. Overnight temperatures are dropping below freezing. The launch ramp is closed due to low water levels. For more information contact the Division of State Parks.


Despite low water levels, rainbow trout have been biting well for the few anglers working the lake. Pink, orange, and green PowerBait have been catching the fish. So too have small spinners. Dark colored Woolly Buggers will take both trout and bass. Aquatic vegetation growth is subsiding in some areas along the shoreline.


Anglers are enjoying an increase in black bass action throughout the Las Vegas Bay. Both largemouth and smallmouth are taking a mix of topwater lures and crankbaits in shad and trout patterns. Soft plastics in green pumpkin and watermelon are working well too. Striped bass are showing a preference for walking baits and live shad if you can net them. Fishers are reporting boils throughout the Temple Bar area from first light to about noon. The Boulder Beach fishing pier is a hotspot for catfish when using stinkbaits and worms.


Water levels are low at Willow Beach making the boat launch inaccessible to some vessels. Shore anglers and kayakers are still having luck landing striped bass up to 12 pounds. The rainbow trout bite is expected to pick up with the cooler weather. PowerBait and worms are the go-to baits this time of year. Anglers are finding good action for black bass and stripers at the south end of the reservoir. Largemouth are biting soft plastics in the shallows. Smallies are taking walking baits in the early morning. For a striper bite, look for coves holding shad. Crankbaits and topwater lures in shad patterns will attract the fish in those areas.


The river is producing stripers up to 8 pounds for boaters using anchovies. Fish weighing up to 2 pounds are taking baits from shoreline anglers. The most action is being reported downriver, south of Big Bend State Recreation Area. Anglers are reporting smallmouth bass catches in the same area on soft plastics. Catfish are hitting chicken liver and anchovies fished near vegetation.


The best action is taking place in the morning hours and at sunset when the winds are calmest. Afternoon winds have made it difficult for anglers and can come up without warning. Rainbow trout have been hitting on rainbow PowerBait, night crawlers, and an assortment of ¼- to ½-ounce spinners and spoons. Water levels are steady and road conditions are good. With upland game bird and waterfowl seasons underway, sportsmen can enjoy the best of both worlds.


Fishing has been slow. Bluegill, bass, and catfish all seem reluctant to take the bait. Hot dogs or night crawlers have been catching a few catfish. Anglers are encouraged to dispose of their discarded fishing line in trash cans or yellow recycle bins. A rod and reel are required when fishing the urban ponds and other Nevada waters. .


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 in-person outdoor education classes. For information about virtual learning opportunities, check out the Nevada Department of Wildlife events list on Facebook at @NvDOW.

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: NDOW Southern Fishing Report