NDOW Southern Fishing Report

Photo Credit: Courtesy of NDOW

by Nevada Department of Wildlife


Ice is starting to form up again across the reservoir but is still only a couple inches deep. It remains too thin for ice fishing. There is still running water coming in at the north end. For up-to-date ice conditions contact Spring Valley State Park at 775-962-5102.


The shoreline is covered with thin ice throughout the day. Though the overnight temperatures are dropping well below freezing, the center of the lake varies from open water to thin ice depending on the time of day. For up-to-date ice conditions contact Echo Canyon State Park at 775-962-5103.


Anglers are finding a good striper bite at all times of day and night. In the Boulder Basin the fish are taking soft swimbaits and live shad. Some anglers are also having luck using umbrella rigs. Be sure to check the regulations and abide by the two-lure limit when using an umbrella rig. Black bass anglers are finding fish in the Overton Arm. Drop shots fished near deep rocks are producing nice catches. .


Reports of striped bass, rainbow trout and catfish catches are coming in from Willow Beach. Stripers are hitting swimbaits in shad and trout patterns in the deeper water. Spinners in yellow and red are working for rainbow trout. Catfish up to 5 pounds are taking anchovies off the bottom. Lake Mohave anglers are reporting the best striped bass action just above Davis Dam. One angler reeled in a 13-pounder caught on anchovies.


Striped bass averaging 2-pounds are taking anchovies fished from shore. For bigger fish, try using lures in rainbow trout patterns in the deeper water. PowerBait, spinners and worms are all working for rainbow trout. Some anglers are also reporting success with grubs in green, yellow, or pearl colors.


Thin ice along the edges now lasts throughout the day. NDOW encourages all visitors to use extreme caution, especially at the reservoirs. Waterfowl hunting season is underway so sportsmen will need to be aware and respectful of each other. The waterfowl season runs through the end of January in much of the state.


Last week, the Nevada Department of Wildlife squeezed in another trout plant before winter break. Trout are hitting spinners, night crawlers, and PowerBait. Night crawlers are also bringing in some catfish and bluegill. The urban ponds are located at Floyd Lamb, Lorenzi and Sunset parks in the valley, Veterans Memorial Park in Boulder City, and Hafen Park in Mesquite.


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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