NDOW Southern Fishing Report

by Nevada Department of Wildlife


Anglers are using night crawlers and PowerBait, presented a couple of feet below a water bobber. Freezing overnight temperatures are yielding ice along the edges in the morning hours. Most days, the ice melts off by the afternoon. The launch ramp is open, but the fishing pier is still removed. For up-to-date ice conditions, contact Spring Valley State Park at 775-962-5102.


Trout are the anglers’ primary focus, though few anglers have been venturing out to the reservoir. Ice is starting to cover the edges of the reservoir, making it difficult to launch boats along the shore. Spinners, night crawlers, and Woolly Buggers are great for catching trout. Some are still trying their luck with bass and crappie, but no reports either way. For up-to-date ice conditions, contact Echo Canyon State Park at 775-962-5103.


Topwater action continues for striped bass in the Boulder Basin. Bone-colored pencil poppers and Whopper Ploppers are taking hits. Ned rigs are the go-to setup for black bass throughout the Las Vegas Bay, Callville Bay, and surrounding coves. For a catfish hookup, try frozen anchovies in shallow and grassy coves after dark.


Willow Beach anglers continue to enjoy rainbow trout action from the fishing pier and nearby shorelines. PowerBait and night crawlers are the most popular choices. Striped bass action is peaking on Lake Mohave. Topwater lures and shad swimbaits are landing double-digit fish out of Katherine Landing and in the Cottonwood Basin. Chatterbaits and crankbaits are tempting largemouth bass. Anglers targeting smallmouth are using green worms and craws on Ned rigs.


PowerBait and red or yellow spinners are tempting rainbow trout along the shorelines of Casino Row and designated fishing areas near Big Bend State Recreation Area. Striper anglers are having success with pencil poppers and spoons for fish under 10 pounds. Few anglers have reported black bass hookups.


Thin ice is starting to form along the edges of the reservoirs. Bass and crappie fishing has slowed as the focus is on rainbow trout. Anglers are casting nymphs or spinners in the mornings.


The Nevada Department of Wildlife has begun its seasonal rainbow trout plants. The fish are taking spinners in the mornings and night crawlers throughout the day. There are a few catfish still biting in the ponds. They have been hitting night crawlers and shrimp. Shrimp are a legal bait because they are not considered to be a fish or fish parts.


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