NDOW Southern Fishing Report

Photo Credit: Courtesy of NDOW

by Nevada Department of Wildlife


Seasonal aquatic vegetation is presenting shore anglers some challenges. Anglers in boats are having a little more success. Bass are taking dark-colored plastic worms and crawdad imitations. Rainbow trout are hitting rainbow-colored PowerBait or night crawlers in the early mornings.


Anglers are finding low water conditions and weed growth along the shoreline. The vegetation has made shore fishing difficult in some areas. Cooler water temperatures can be found in the deep water along the dam. Boaters are catching trout and bass in open water. Green, brown, or black plastics with glitter are fooling bass. Trout are biting rainbow PowerBait and worms. 


Boaters are chasing striper boils throughout the Boulder Basin and the Overton Arm. Shad swimbaits, topwater lures, and spinnerbaits are all producing fish, many in the 2- to 5-pound range. Shore anglers are reporting black bass activity near Echo Bay. Bone-colored topwater lures and Rat-L-Traps are tempting fish out of grassy coves. 


Rainbow trout catches are being reported from the Willow Beach fishing pier. Spinners and night crawlers are good choices. Black bass anglers are targeting fish in coves north of the Cottonwood Basin. Soft plastics craws, bugs, and worms are the baits of choice. Watermelon, brown, and green pumpkin are popular colors. Striper boils have not been reported but are expected to pick up in the coming weeks near Davis Dam. Umbrella rigs are working well in the meantime.

Rainbow trout catches are being reported from the Willow Beach fishing pier. Spinners and night crawlers are good choices. 


Anglers are enjoying striped bass, black bass, bluegill, and catfish action along the Colorado River. Stripers are hitting anchovies and crankbaits in shad or trout patterns from Davis Dam through Casino Row. Fish are weighing between 2 and 6 pounds. Black bass in the 1- to 2-pound range are looking for soft plastics south of Big Bend State Recreation Area. Catfish anglers are using a combination of anchovies and corn mixtures in marshy coves.


Haymeadow and Cold Springs have been very good for bass, fair for crappie, and hit or miss for trout. With waters shallow and temperatures hot, early morning hours are the best time for fishing. Vegetation is taking over the shallows. Using weedless hooks and small barbless flies helps minimize plant hookups. Adams-McGill is producing a few nice trout on Rooster Tails and bass on plastics. Anglers are finding trout on Dacey using spinners and flies.


Anglers are finding the best time to fish is right after sunrise. Bluegill are providing good action at Floyd Lamb, Lorenzi, and Sunset parks. Lorenzi also has green sunfish swimming in the shallows. These fish are small with small mouths, so hooks no larger than #10 and mealworms are recommended. Bright-colored poppers and spinnerbaits are bringing in bass.


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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