NDOW Southern Fishing Report

Photo Credit: Courtesy of NDOW

by Nevada Department of Wildlife

EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIRce fishing has been good over the past few weeks, but sunny days and warming temperatures will soon start thinning the ice. Please check with the folks at Spring Valley State Park (775-962-5102) for current ice conditions. Anglers have broken a few holes through the ice along the dam. Weather is expected to be sunny for the rest of the week.


Ice covering the reservoir has thawed completely, though anglers may find ice along the shoreline in the morning hours. Rainbow trout are taking worms and rainbow-colored PowerBait. The campgrounds and facilities are open. The weekend weather forecast calls for sunny days with nighttime lows near freezing.


High winds have kept many anglers off the lake. Reports of black bass action are coming in from the northwest area of the Boulder Basin. Largemouth are showing a preference for chrome crankbaits and smallmouth are hitting walking baits. Stripers are averaging 1-3 pounds, with anchovies being the bait of choice. The crappie bite is beginning to pick up in the Virgin Basin. Crappie jigs in chartreuse and pearl are good choices.


Willow Beach boaters are catching large stripers about a mile downstream from the marina. One lucky angler caught a 32-pound striper while trolling a swimbait. Rainbow trout are biting chartreuse-colored spinners and PowerBait fished off the pier. At the southern end of the reservoir, smallmouth up to 4 pounds are hitting soft plastics. Striper action is hit and miss, but boaters are reporting some shad activity just above Davis Dam.


Striped bass are taking a variety of glide baits, swimbaits and anchovies thrown by shore anglers. A 17-pound striper was caught using anchovies below Casino Row. Anglers are catching stocked rainbow trout all along the river. Green and orange PowerBait, spinners and night crawlers are catching the fish.


Ice covering the WMA reservoirs has thawed across the reservoirs. Anglers may need to break through ice in shallow areas for fishing access or to launch their vessels. Trout are hitting on olive emerger flies, Rooster Tails, and worms. Cold water temperatures are keeping bass action on the extremely slow side, even on warm afternoons. 


Ponds at Floyd Lamb, Sunset, Lorenzi, and Veterans Memorial parks all have been recently stocked with rainbow trout. The Nevada Department of Wildlife will continue with trout plants until water temperatures get too warm to sustain trout. The fish are taking PowerBait in a variety of colors, spinners, and spoons. Silver lures are working the best.


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, February 17th, 2021
Lake Mead: High Winds Have Kept Many Anglers Off The Lake
Lake Mohave: Boaters Are Catching Large Stripers
Colorado River - Laughlin: Colorado River Laughlin Report
Kirch Wildlife Management Area: Ice Has Thawed Across The Reservoir
Eagle Valley Reservoir: Ice Fishing Has Been Good
Echo Canyon Reservoir: Echo Canyon Reservoir Fishing Report

Nevada Department of Wildlife Reports
for Friday, February 12th, 2021
: NDOW Eastern Fishing Report
Angel Lake: Road is Closed and The Lake is Covered in Ice
Cave Lake: Approximately 10 Inches of Safe Ice
Cold Creek Reservoir: Now at Minimum Pool Due to Outlet Structure Repair
Comins Lake: Still Some Soft Spots on The Lake
Illipah Reservoir: Edges & Surface Are Soft
Jakes Creek Reservoir (Boies Reservoir): Anglers Have Been Fishing Through The Ice With Good Results
Jiggs Reservoir (Zunino Reservoir): Lake is Iced Over With Unsafe Ice
Ruby Lake NWR: Anglers Report Catching Fish 12 to 16 Inches
South Fork Reservoir: South Fork Reservoir Report
Wild Horse Reservoir: Anglers Are Doing Well For Both Perch & Trout
Wilson Reservoir: 50 Percent Open Water