NDOW Southern Fishing Report

Photo Credit: Courtesy of NDOW

by Nevada Department of Wildlife


The northern portion of the reservoir is covered by very thin ice. The best access for shore fishing is off the main shorelines. Anglers are using rainbow PowerBait and night crawlers with water bobbers for trout. The fishing pier and launch ramp are closed due to low water. For up to date ice conditions contact Spring Valley State Park at 775-962-5102.


Overnight temperatures are putting a thin cover of ice near the intake. There is open water along a good portion of the dam. Rainbow trout action has been good for those using night crawlers and PowerBait. For up-to-date ice conditions contact Echo Canyon State Park at 775-962-5103.


 Boils are popping up throughout the day with fish averaging just under two pounds. Live shad are the bait of choice, but a variety of Rat-L-Traps, crankbaits and soft plastics in shad patterns are landing fish too. In Government Wash bluegill are still hitting worms and topwater lures are fooling largemouth bass. Catfish are looking for anchovies and stinkbaits fished off the bottom just after sunset.


Anglers are catching their 5-fish limit of rainbow trout at Willow Beach. Try a combination of garlic PowerBait and worms or your favorite spinner. Stripers are still hitting shad imitators and rainbow trout lures fished from boat just offshore. In the Cottonwood Basin, anglers using topwater lures and Rat-L-Traps are catching a combination of striped and black bass. Anglers targeting smallmouth are seeing fish up to four pounds hit soft plastics. Striper boils are still active throughout the day.


The striper bite is slow along Casino Row, but rainbow trout are keeping shore anglers busy. Rooster Tails in greens and yellows are landing fish between one and two pounds. To the south, anglers are reporting more striper action. The fish are taking anchovies and shad lures fished from shore near the nature center.


Visitors can expect to find thin ice forming in the early morning, but it may thaw by afternoon. Rain and snow are expected throughout the week. The weekend is looking great to be out fishing for trout.  Use extreme caution when venturing around the reservoirs and roads during inclement weather. Rooster Tails, Woolly Buggers and olive-colored nymphs are generally productive great along most of the reservoirs.


The Nevada Department of Wildlife began its seasonal plants of rainbow trout at Cold Creek, Floyd Lamb, Sunset, and Veterans’ Memorial Park ponds. Action for the stocked rainbows has been very good for those using rainbow PowerBait and night crawler pieces. The fish are mostly about eight inches in length. Anglers out on warm afternoons are catching bass and catfish at Floyd Lamb and Sunset parks. Please be sure to dispose of unwanted fishing line in the recycle bins where provided or in trash receptacles. 


For information about NDOW educational programs and workshops visit https://register-ed.com/programs/nevada/210-angler-education. You can get your fishing license online at www.ndowlicensing.com .

More Reports

Nevada Department of Wildlife Reports
for Wednesday, November 18th, 2020

Lake Mead: Boils Are Popping Up Throughout The Day
Lake Mohave: Striper Boils Are Still Active Throughout The Day
Colorado River - Laughlin: Rainbow Trout Are Keeping Shore Anglers Busy
Kirch Wildlife Management Area: Great Weekend Ahead To Be Out Fishing
Eagle Valley Reservoir: Northern Part of The Reservoir is Covered in Ice
Echo Canyon Reservoir: Rainbow Trout Action Has Been Good

Nevada Department of Wildlife Reports
for Wednesday, November 11th, 2020
: NDOW Southern Fishing Report
Echo Canyon Reservoir: Rainbow Trout Action Has Been Very Good
Eagle Valley Reservoir: Freezing Temps Are Making For Icy Conditions in The AM
Kirch Wildlife Management Area: Boaters Are Finding Good Trout Action
Colorado River - Laughlin: Bigger Fish Are Being Caught Closer to The Dam
Lake Mohave: Bass Bite Slowing Down With The Temps Dropping
Lake Mead: Striped Bass Continue To Hit Topwater Lures