NDOW Southern Fishing Report

by Nevada Department of Wildlife


Fishing has been good following recent trout plants. The fish are taking a variety of PowerBait offerings, spinners, and small spoons. Overnight temperatures have dropped below freezing.


Rainbow trout action has been excellent. Still, the best action has been found by those using boats or floatables to get out from the shoreline. With water levels still on the low side, anglers find the best action off the dam. The fish are taking PowerBait in rainbow, orange, or green colors, as well as Rooster Tails and other spinners. Weather conditions can change quickly, so go prepared for the possibilities


Stripers are still boiling throughout the Boulder Basin. Anglers are reporting more consistent action a few hours before sunset. Live shad is the bait of choice, but topwater lures are landing nice catches too. Black bass are most active in the morning in the back of coves with heavy vegetation. Successful anglers have reported using Rat-L-traps from shore where large rocks or vegetation offer cover for fish. For catfish try corn or anchovies fished off the bottom in Government Wash or at the Hemenway Fishing Pier.


Rainbow trout action has been steady at Willow Beach. Worms and different combinations of PowerBait are producing catches between 1 and 2 pounds. Anglers are reporting striper boils throughout the morning near Cottonwood Cove. The fish are attacking Zara Spooks and other topwater lures, crankbaits, and swimbaits. Water levels will be low through the winter as in past years.


Shore anglers are catching limits of rainbow trout following recent fish plants. Rooster Tails and garlic flavored PowerBait are producing nice catches. Worms are also working well for trout but could land a catfish too. Reports of striped bass hitting jig heads with worms are coming in from Davis Dam. Swimbaits and crankbaits in shad or trout patterns are also good choices for stripers.


Water levels are still low, and vegetation is thick. Rainbow trout action has been best from a boat. Trout are hitting PowerBait or night crawlers at Adams-McGill. Anglers are having success with spoons, Kastmasters, and Super Dupers as well. With temperatures on the mild side, outdoor enthusiasts can take advantage of the dual opportunity to catch a few fish while on the lookout for passing ducks. Be mindful that winds can come up quickly


Anglers had a good weekend fishing for catfish and bluegill. Catfish were taking night crawlers and hot dog pieces. Bass have been seen chasing Texas rigs at Floyd Lamb. Most fish action has been in the late morning or at sunset.


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