NDOW southern Fishing Report

Photo Credit: NDOW staff

by Nevada Department of Wildlife


LAKE MEAD – Anglers are seeing more success with black bass as air temperatures hit the mid-80s. Soft plastics fished near spawning grounds are producing great fish in the Boulder Basin. Stripers are taking anchovies from shore anglers in the Las Vegas Bay. Live bait is working well for boaters trolling between 40-60 feet. The bite is reportedly best in the late afternoon and overnight.


LAKE MOHAVE/ WILLOW BEACH – Rainbow trout between 2-3 pounds are taking spinners from kayak anglers south of Willow Beach. Anglers targeting striped bass are reeling in fish weighing more than 10 pounds on shad and trout-pattern lures from the boat. Lake Mohave boaters are enjoying the increase in black bass activity near their beds. Craws and worms in purple, red, and green are tempting fish up to 4 pounds.


LAUGHLIN – The Laughlin Lagoon remains the hotspot for black bass catches. Anglers are reporting bites on a variety of jerkbaits, trout swimbaits, and softs plastics. Striper activity is also picking up with the warmer weather. Most fish are between 1-3 pounds, but one lucky angler caught a 25-pounder along Casino Row. Anchovies are the bait of choice for stripers of all sizes.


LAS VEGAS URBAN PONDS – Channel catfish are active and biting chicken liver and night crawlers fished a few inches off the bottom. Seasonal trout plants have ended due to warm water temperatures. Sunset Park is having water pump issues and cannot receive fish until it is fixed. Bluegill are hitting mealworms off the bottom. Plastics and spinnerbaits are enticing bass at Floyd Lamb Park.


KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA – Trout fishing is good across the reservoirs, though the action at Dacey and Adams-McGill is sluggish. Anglers are using PowerBait, spinners, and flies. Anglers fishing Haymeadow are catching trout using spinners and plastic worms.


EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR – The Nevada Department of Wildlife planted trout last week. Tigers and rainbow trout are hitting the line from shore and boat. Bait anglers are using worms with marshmallows. Fly-fishers are catching fish with tan and olive Woolly Buggers. Spin-fishers found success using Mepp’s lures with red, white, or yellow spots.


ECHO CANYON RESERVOIR – Fishing for rainbow trout is improving, and the reservoir is filling up. The fish are taking worms and a variety of PowerBait colors. Fly-fishers have been doing well using Woolly Buggers in black or olive.


UPCOMING FISHING EVENTS – NDOW is offering virtual fishing workshops due to COVID restrictions. To register visit https://www.register-ed.com/programs/nevada/210-angler-education.



More Reports

Nevada Department of Wildlife Reports
for Wednesday, April 7th, 2021

Lake Mead: Black Bass action heats up
Lake Mohave: Good Rainbow fishing
Colorado River - Laughlin: Stripers picking up.
Las Vegas Urban Ponds: Catfish and Bluegill action.
Kirch Wildlife Management Area: trout biting good.

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