NDOW Southern Fishing Report

Photo Credit: Courtesy of NDOW

by Nevada Department of Wildlife


Trout action has been very good this past week with most rainbows averaging between 8-12 inches and a few 18-inch rainbows mixed in. Olive Woolly Buggers and Snow Cones were the favorite fly patterns last weekend, and anglers did well along the shoreline despite rainy weather. Boaters caught fish while trolling with gold spinners having cutouts. The bass bite is starting. Anglers must catch and release bass through June 30. 


Trout have been hitting well off the dam and the south side of the reservoir. Black-and-white Snow Cones and olive Woolly Buggers have been fooling the fish. Water bobbers with night crawlers worked best in the winds over the weekend. Crappie and bass bites will start to pickup as water temperatures rise.


Black bass anglers are finding fish in 6-8 feet of water. Fish up to 3 pounds are taking a variety of soft plastics, jerkbaits, and Rat-L-Traps. Catfish are hungry for anchovies and shrimp throughout the Las Vegas Bay. Crappie action is at its peak for boaters in the Overton Arm. Live or plastic minnows are the bait of choice.


Rainbow trout activity is reportedly best overnight and into the early morning at Willow Beach. Rooster Tails are catching fish up to 3 pounds. Anglers are reeling in catfish on anchovies from the fishing pier. On the lake, black bass between 2-4 pounds are biting craws, grubs, and worms fished from a kayak or boat.


Striped bass are becoming more active below Davis Dam. Fish up to 5 pounds have been caught from boats and the shoreline. Anchovies are a reliable bait, but anglers are reporting success with a variety of swimbaits as well. Rainbow trout are hanging around in shaded holes with vegetative cover. Try tempting trout with a flashy spinnerbait or glittery PowerBait.


The trout bite has been good this past week. Anglers are catching rainbows as large as 18-inches at Adams-McGill. Night crawlers, PowerBait, Rooster Tails, and other hardware will catch the fish. There have been no reports on the bass or crappie, but these should start biting soon as water temperatures rise.


Channel catfish were stocked last week at Floyd Lamb, Sunset, Lorenzi, and Veterans Memorial Park ponds. Baits such as night crawlers, hotdogs, and chicken gizzards work well for catfish. Bluegill and green sunfish are starting to bite on mealworms. With the right presentation, largemouth bass will take plastics and spinners in most of the ponds.


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 .

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