NDOW Southern Fishing Report

by Nevada Department of Wildlife


Anglers are catching a few rainbow trout and tiger trout right at sunrise using night crawler pieces and PowerBait. Fly-fishers are catching their fish on olive Woolly Buggers and various nymph patterns. Bass are catch-and-release through June 30. Crappies are biting on chartreuse tube jigs.


The annual Free Fishing Day kids’ derby is slated for 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Trout and crappies are biting mealworms and night crawler pieces. Trout are also biting rainbow and green PowerBaits, and crappies are biting green tube baits and bright jigs. Largemouth bass have been taking imitation crawdads and worms in darker colors. Fishing is good through the morning but slows significantly in the afternoon. Water levels are lower than usual for this time of year.


Stripers are attacking Kastmasters, topwater lures and crankbaits in shad patterns thrown from both shore and boat. Anglers are reporting the most boils in  the Overton Arm. In the shallows, black bass are hitting a variety of lures. Try Rat-L-Traps or soft plastics in purple and green pumpkin. Bluegill and green sunfish are taking small pieces of night crawlers in the Government Wash area.


Panther Martins are the go-to lure for rainbow trout anglers at Willow Beach this week. Some trout are in the 2-pound range. Striped bass up to 10 pounds have been caught by boaters trolling swimbaits and umbrella rigs below Willow Beach. On the lake, black bass are hitting lures in about a foot of water.


Black bass anglers are having luck with pencil poppers and Rat-L-Traps thrown near dense vegetation. Rainbow trout action has slowed, but fish can still be found cruising shaded areas just offshore. For a striped bass bite, try using anchovies just below Big Bend State Recreation Area.


 Reports were slow this past week. Bass and catfish provide most action through the summer months. On Dacey Reservoir, bass are catch-and-release only until June 30.  Aquatic vegetation is accumulating along the dam and boat launch areas. Kayaks and other paddle craft are a good option for getting past the weeds.


Action slowed this past week as temperatures pushed beyond 110 degrees. Anglers are catching bluegill and catfish on cloudy mornings. The bluegill action has picked up with mealworms and chartreuse grubs working best.


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, June 23rd

Lake Mead: Lake Mead Fishing Report
Colorado River - Willow Beach: Panther Martins are the go-to lure for rainbow trout
Colorado River - Laughlin: Colorado River Laughlin Fishign Report
Las Vegas Urban Ponds: Bluegill Action Has Picked Up
Kirch Wildlife Management Area: Bass & Catfish Are Providing The Most Action
Eagle Valley Reservoir: Eagle Valley Reservoir Fishing Report
Echo Canyon Reservoir: Lures Have Been Working Best For Most Anglers