NDOW Southern Fishing Report

by Nevada Department of Wildlife


Anglers are finding success using PowerBait, and black or brown Woolly Buggers. Per state regulation, anglers catching largemouth bass must practice catch-and-release fishing through June 30.


The action has picked up considerably the past couple of weeks. Anglers are catching trout, bass, and crappies using a variety of baits and lures. Black and yellow variations of Lil’ Jakes are great for feisty trout. Fly anglers are catching crappie with small Woolly Buggers in dark colors. Most afternoons have been too windy to go out on the water. Morning hours are your best bet.


Kingman Wash is the hot spot for striper fishing. Anglers are catching the fish from shore using cut anchovies. The largemouth bass bite is on at the north end of Boulder Basin. Anglers are using slim plastics and brightly colored spinnerbaits. Anglers traveling to Temple Bar are reporting both striped and black bass catches.


Kayakers trolling swimbaits are reeling in striped bass upwards of 20 pounds. On Lake Mohave, anglers are enjoying improved black bass action. Reports of both largemouth and smallmouth bass catches are coming in from Cottonwood Basin and in the south out of Katherine Landing. Anglers are having the most success using red and green plastics.


Local anglers are reporting the striper bite has been hit and miss below Davis Dam. Stripers weighing in at 3-5 pounds are biting on anchovies and swimbaits. As temperatures continue to increase, anglers can expect rainbow trout action to be best right after sunrise though it will show signs of slowing down. In the meantime, anglers are having success from shore and boat using PowerBait, night crawlers, and mice tails.


Fishing has been good the past couple of weeks despite afternoon winds. At Haymeadow, anglers have been pulling out rainbows using dark-colored Woolly Buggers and Rooster Tails. Nymphing patterns, like red or black zebra midges, are also good fly-fishing options. Crappie action should pick up soon at Cold Springs. Brightly colored jigs will catch the fish. So too will root beer colored Woolly Buggers.


Local anglers have been hitting the ponds with chicken livers and night crawlers to catch recently stocked channel catfish. In addition, bluegill are biting mealworms and night crawler pieces at Sunset, Lorenzi, and Floyd Lamb Parks later in the day. All ponds have a 3-fish limit, and anglers 12 years of age or older must have a current Nevada fishing license. Please dispose of unwanted fishing tackle in the provided recycling bins.


For information about NDOW educational fishing programs and classes, visit https://register-ed.com/programs/nevada/210-angler-education. The annual Pahranagat Carp Rodeo is schedule for 9 a.m. April 30 at the Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge. A One Fly Tournament will take place at Eagle Valley State Park at 10 a.m. the same day. Fishing licenses can be purchased online at www.ndowlicensing.com.