NDOW Southern Fishing Report

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by Nevada Department of Wildlife


Anglers have found good action along the dam. PowerBait and night crawlers have been catching the fish. Winter is a good time to target large brown trout. The ice is still 8-10-inches thick over most of the lake. For up-to-date ice conditions contact the Spring Valley State Park at 775-962-5102.


Much of the reservoir is covered with thin ice, leaving only a small open spot in the center. Ice conditions are unsafe for fishing. Visitors are urged to use extreme caution. For up-to-date ice conditions contact Echo Canyon State Park at 775-962-5103.


The bulk of striper activity is taking place overnight and into the early morning hours. Hemenway and Callville Bay are hot spots for fish in the 1- to 3-pound range. Anglers are trolling a variety of shad-patterned lures or throwing anchovies from shore. Live shad can be found in abundance throughout the Boulder Basin. Black bass and sunfish activity remain slow. Catfish are taking anchovies in the evening.


Winds kept many anglers off Lake Mohave over the weekend. Few reports have come in on the black bass bite, and striped bass fishing is hit and miss from shore. Boaters are reporting better success for stripers, as the fish are feeding around 50 feet or deeper. Trout swimbaits and umbrella jigs are working well for trollers. At Willow Beach, green and yellow PowerBait or red spinners are producing rainbow trout bites. Stripers are reportedly most active overnight in at least 40 feet of water.


 Shoreline anglers are catching the 5-fish limit of rainbow trout using jigs and worms. The striped bass bite is slow, but swimbaits and anchovies are producing a few catches in the deeper water. One lucky angler reeled in a 13-pound striper from his boat. Homemade stink baits and corn are working well for catfish in marshy areas.


The reservoirs are nearly covered with thin ice, leaving some areas of open water. Conditions are hazardous.


 Rainbow trout were stocked in Beatty and the Las Vegas area urban ponds at Floyd Lamb, Lorenzi, Sunset and Veteran’s Memorial parks. Hafen Park in Mesquite also received a load of trout. The fish have been biting on PowerBait, mealworms, and night crawlers. A few anglers have caught fish with spinners as well. A few catfish have been fooled with night crawlers or chicken livers..


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, January 13th, 2021
: Chukar, Hungarian Partridge, and Quail season close on Feb, 7th
: NDOW Southern Fishing Report
Lake Mead: Forecast Showing A Good Fishing Weekend Ahead
Lake Mohave: Lake Mohave Fishing Report
Colorado River - Laughlin: Striper Bite Has Been Hit or Miss From Shore
Kirch Wildlife Management Area: Ice Conditions Are Questionable
Eagle Valley Reservoir: Anglers Have Been Venturing Out Onto The Ice
Echo Canyon Reservoir: Mostly Covered in Thin Ice

Nevada Department of Wildlife Reports
for Friday, January 8th, 2021

Cold Creek Reservoir: No Recent Reports, But Expect Unsafe Ice
Comins Lake: Expect Ice Conditions To Have Improved
Illipah Reservoir: Ice Conditions Have Probably Improved
Jakes Creek Reservoir (Boies Reservoir): Expected to Be Covered Completly in Ice
Ruby Lake NWR: The Collection Ditch Has Plenty of Open Water
South Fork Reservoir: There Isn’t Any Open Water on the Lake, But The Ice is Unsafe
Wild Horse Reservoir: Ice Has Improved and is Averaging 8 Inches
Wilson Reservoir: Expected to Be Covered in Unsafe Ice
: NDOW Eastern Fishing Report