NDOW Southern Fishing Report

Photo Credit: Courtesy of NDOW

by Nevada Department of Wildlife


Water is melting and creating murky waters. As a result, the trout bite has been sluggish. Try meal worms, nymph patterns and chartreuse jigs. Contact Spring Valley State Park, or check the park’s Facebook page, for the most current conditions.


Few reports have come in for this Lincoln County reservoir. Night crawlers, Spinners, and nymph patterns are main trout enticers. Bass and crappie are still holding out for warmer temperatures. Check weather and road conditions before heading out. For current conditions contact the regional State Parks office at 702-486-5125.


Striped bass in the 2- to 3-pound range are taking a variety of jerkbaits, swimbaits and jigs. Live shad and golden shiners are working well too. Fish seem to be more active in the late afternoon and overnight for shore anglers at Hemenway and Government Wash. On the north side of the Las Vegas Bay, black bass are taking green pumpkin worms and shad swimbaits. Catfish are eager to attack shrimp and corn fished off the bottom. 


Striped bass are cruising the river near Willow Beach. One angler landed a 32-pounder on a trout swimbait. Anglers are catching  rainbow trout with worms, spinners and PowerBait thrown from the fishing pier. Lake Mohave anglers are reporting smallmouth bass catches between 2 and 4 pounds with the best action in the early morning. Crankbaits and soft plastics in green pumpkin, purple and brown are catching the fish. The north side of Cottonwood Basin and the Telephone Cove area are hotspots.


 Black bass action is beginning to pick up near the Laughlin Lagoon. The fish are showing a preference for soft, light-colored swimbaits. Stripers up to 8 pounds are chasing trout swimbaits just south of Casino Row. Be sure you can properly identify all game and non-game fish species in the river. The razorback sucker is a native and endangered species that is beginning to spawn. If you accidentally catch a razorback, please handle it carefully and release it immediately.


Very few angling reports have come in from the WMA, though there is word that anglers have caught some good rainbows trout. The water has been murky, especially with the ice melting. Some thin ice remains around the shorelines, and NDOW is encouraging visitors use extreme caution while visiting the area. Be prepared for weather changes.


Catch rates are slow at most of the ponds despite recent trout plants. Temperatures are still on the cool side for most warm water fish. Meal worms and chartreuse PowerBaits seem to work best. Bluegill will become more  active over the next month with a preference toward the afternoon.


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 .

Nevada Department of Wildlife Reports
for Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021

Lake Mead: Fishing is Expected to Pick Up This Weekend
Lake Mohave: Fish Have Been Active Near Shelves in Coves
Colorado River - Laughlin: Smallmouth Bass Action Will Start to Pick Up
Kirch Wildlife Management Area: Upper ends of Reservoirs Will be Closed Due to Waterfowl Nesting
Eagle Valley Reservoir: Ice Covering The Reservoir is Starting to Melt
Echo Canyon Reservoir: Trout Fishing Has Been Good
: NDOW Southern Fishing Report