NDOW Southern Fishing Report

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by Nevada Department of Wildlife


The reservoir is covered with thin ice and snow. Ice depths have not yet been checked. Always verify depths before venturing out. Overnight lows are dropping into the teens and daytime high temperatures are reaching into the low 30s.


Fishing reports are slow due to limited shoreline access. The lake is mostly covered in thin ice. Overnight lows are in the low 20s and daytime temperatures are reaching the mid- to high 30s.


Swimbaits, topwater lures and live shad are catching stripers in the Las Vegas Bay. In the Virgin Basin, anglers are reporting better striper fishing when jigging spoons around 100 feet. Largemouth bass are taking shad crankbaits or soft plastics on drop shots in the northern part of the Boulder Basin. Catfish action is better at night. The fish are taking shad, anchovies, or stink baits.


Spinners are the bait of choice for rainbow trout at Willow Beach. Spotted patterns in yellow and red are helping anglers land their limit. Strong winds have kept many boaters off the lake. When the water is calm, diving lures are producing striper catches in the Cottonwood Basin. Shoreline anglers are reporting good striper action just above Davis Dam. One lucky angler caught both an 8-pound and a 6-pound striper using anchovies near the dam.


Stocked rainbow trout are keeping anglers busy along the Colorado River. The fish are eager to take grubs, spinners and PowerBait in a variety of colors. Anglers are catching their 5-fish limit at Rotary Park and throughout Casino Row. Reports of striped bass and a few smallmouth bass have come in from Sunshine Peninsula. Catfish are hungry for chicken liver, anchovies, and homemade dough baits.


Fishing is slow due to thin ice covering many parts of the reservoirs. Ice along the shorelines remains throughout the day and is limiting the launch of boats and kayaks. The ice is not safe to walk on. The Nevada Department of Wildlife encourages anglers and hunters to use extreme caution when visiting the area.


Most of the park ponds were stocked regularly through Thanksgiving week. The ponds were not stocked during the past week. The best action is taking place on overcast mornings and afternoons. Anglers are using night crawler pieces, PowerBait and small flies. Some anglers are still catching bass at Floyd Lamb Park in the late mornings. Catfish are hit or miss, and biting on worms and stink bait when they do.


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 .

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