NDOW Southern Fishing Report

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by Nevada Department of Wildlife


The reservoir is ice free. Night crawlers and PowerBait fished below a bobber or off the bottom with a small weight are effective trout presentations. Chartreuse, marabou jigs are a good option for crappies. There are no reports of bass being caught. A few scattered showers mixed with snow are expected over the next week.


Daytime temperatures are in the 50s. The water is ice free, and anglers are finding good fishing for rainbow trout. Night crawlers fished off the bottom or below a bobber are working best. Only a few anglers have been seen on the water. The area is looking at rain and snow intermittently over the next week.


Early mornings and late afternoons are reported to be the most productive times for striped bass. The fish are taking anchovies and golden shiners from shore anglers throughout Boulder Basin and north into the Overton Arm. A few boaters have had success experimenting with jerkbaits and crankbaits in shad patterns. Black bass are engaging in pre-spawn activity and can be tempted by finessing soft plastics in the coves.


 Few reports have come in from Willow Beach, but a few persistent anglers are catching stripers over 20 pounds on AC Plugs. Lake Mohave anglers are seeing an increase in smallmouth bass action as the fish prepare to spawn. Jigs and craws on drop shots are producing fish up to 4 pounds. Anglers also are reporting hits on jerkbaits and Glide Baits.


Shore anglers are finding good action for rainbow trout following a recent fish plant. Spinnerbaits with flashes of gold, blue, or red are working well. Night crawlers and PowerBait are reliable backups. The striped bass bite is slow all along the river. Anglers are trying a variety of spinners, swimbaits, and live bait to attract the fish. Black bass activity has picked up around Laughlin Lagoon as the fish prepare to spawn. If you accidentally catch a razorback, please handle it carefully and release it immediately.


Angler activity is beginning to pick up. Trout in the 15-inch range are taking night crawlers and tube jigs below a bobber. One angler reeled in a 4-pound trout caught on a spinner at Adams-McGill Reservoir. Be prepared for weather changes.


The most recent trout plant took place at Veterans Memorial and Floyd Lamb parks. Spinners, such as a Mepp’s, Panther Martin, or Rooster Tail can be productive. Worms, PowerBait, and Power Eggs are generally good bait options. As seasonal weed growth begins, a warm and mini marshmallow work well in combination. With warmer temperatures on the horizon, it won’t be long before seasonal trout plants come to an end. Expect to see an increase in activity from catfish and bluegill. Dispose of unwanted fishing line in the trash or recycling receptacles.


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, March 17th, 2021

Lake Mead: Early Mornings & Late Afternoons Have Been The Most Productive
Lake Mohave: Increase in Smallmouth Bass Action
Colorado River - Laughlin: Shore Anglers Are Finding Good Action For Rainbow Trout
Kirch Wildlife Management Area: Angler Activity is Beginning to Pick Up
Eagle Valley Reservoir: Reservoir is Ice Free
Echo Canyon Reservoir: Anglers Are Finding Good Rainbow Trout Action

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