NDOW Southern Fishing Report

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by Nevada Department of Wildlife


Anglers are using night crawlers and PowerBait fished below a water bobber. Due to freezing overnight temperatures, there is ice along the edges in the morning. Most days the ice melts off by the afternoon. The launch ramp is open, but the fishing pier is still unavailable. For up to date ice conditions, contact the Spring Valley State Park at 775-962-5102.


Water levels are steady and low. Anglers will find ice along the shoreline in the morning. For trout, spinners, night crawlers, and Woolly Buggers are good options. Some are still trying their luck for bass and crappie, but with cold temperatures fast action is done for the year. For up-to-date ice conditions, contact Echo Canyon State Park at 775-962-5103.


Anglers are reporting a decline in topwater action for striped bass and are starting to fish between 80 and 100 feet. Others have still had luck with fish averaging 2 pounds when using Zara Spooks in Callville Bay and surrounding coves. Near Hemenway, anglers have found some action with live shad. Black bass are taking topwater lures and a variety of crankbaits in the shallows of Las Vegas Bay and near Temple Bar.


Spinners and PowerBait eggs are working for rainbow trout at Willow Beach. Striper action has slowed down for shore anglers, but kayakers have had some luck using trout swimbaits in the deeper water. On Mohave, striped bass are hitting crankbaits and spoons but are expected to move deeper in the coming week. Anglers are reporting a few smallmouth bass catches on spinners near Davis Dam.


Rainbow trout are attacking mice tails and pearl colored jigs. Many shore anglers have caught the 5-fish limit using a combination of these baits with worms. The shorelines of Casino Row and designated fishing areas near Big Bend State Recreation Area are great spots for family trout fishing. Catfish bites are picking up in areas with heavy vegetation near shore. Try fishing anchovies or chicken liver off the bottom.


Thin ice is starting to form along the edges of area reservoirs.  Bass and crappie action have slowed, so the focus is on rainbow trout. Anglers are finding success with nymphs or spinners.


Rainbow trout have been planted into Floyd Lamb, Lorenzi, Veterans’ Memorial, and Sunset Park ponds again this week. The fish are taking PowerBait and night crawlers fished off the bottom, as well as spinners, spoons, and Li’l Jakes. Fly fishers are catching fish using nymphs and Adams flies. A few catfish have been caught using hotdog chunks and shrimp.


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 25th, 2020
: NDOW Southern Fishing Report
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