NDOW Southern Fishing Report

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by Nevada Department of Wildlife


Rainbow trout are hitting on gold or silver spoons and rainbow-colored PowerBait. Even crankbaits brought in tiger trout this past week. The bass bite is good, and one lucky angler reeled in a 9.5-pound largemouth. Bass are catch and release through June 30.


Crappies are starting to hit jigs at this Lincoln County water, as are largemouth bass. Trout are hitting Kastmasters and spinners off the dam and along the south end of the reservoir using. Campsites are fully open, and hook-ups are available. 


Striped bass anglers are having success trolling anchovies in the early morning throughout the Boulder Basin. Others are getting bites on a variety of swimbaits, spinnerbaits, and live bait thrown from shore. Black bass are hitting light-colored spinnerbaits and swimbaits near Callville Bay and in the Overton Arm. Corn and anchovies are working well for catfish throughout the day.


Willow Beach boaters are catching striped bass weighing between 5 and 10 pounds on plugs. Shoreline anglers are experimenting with PowerBait and spinners to land rainbow trout up to 4 pounds. The best bite for trout and striper takes place overnight and into the early morning hours. On the reservoir, black bass and striped bass are starting to come up for bone-colored topwater lures. Stripers are active just above Davis Dam, while the black bass presence is heavy in the Cottonwood Basin.


As air temperatures increase, so does striped bass activity. Anglers are catching fish between 2 and 6 pounds from shore and boat. Anchovies are the bait of choice, but some anglers are reporting success with pencil poppers as well. Black bass anglers are expecting the action to heat up for topwater and crankbait lures thrown near vegetation.


The trout bite has been good. Anglers are catching fish with a variety of baits and lures in Adams-McGill and Cold Springs Reservoirs. Action at Haymeadow and Adams-McGill is starting to pick up for largemouth bass. No word on crappie yet. The bite should start soon as water temperatures get warmer.


Night crawlers, mealworms, and PowerBait grubs are working well for stocked bluegill. Largemouth bass are taking plastics and spinnerbaits in most of the ponds. Catfish like hot dog slices, night crawlers, and chicken liver. The Nevada Department of Wildlife stocks catfish once a month during the warm months of the year. The one exception is July when temperatures are too hot for transporting the fish.


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Nevada Department of Wildlife Reports
for Wednesday, May 5th, 2021

Lake Mead: Black bass and bluegill are biting throughout Government Wash
Colorado River - Willow Beach: The rainbow trout bite is hot along the shorelines of Willow Beach
Colorado River - Laughlin: Striped bass action is picking up along the Colorado River
Kirch Wildlife Management Area: The trout bite has been good
Eagle Valley Reservoir: Trout action is good
Echo Canyon Reservoir: Echo Canyon Resservoir Report