NDOW Southern Fishing Report

by Nevada Department of Wildlife


Spring showers and periodic snowstorms are keeping things unsettled. Ice conditions are somewhere between frozen and open, so be patient and be careful. Roads may be closed periodically due to runoff. Please check road conditions.


The water levels have reached its limit and are covering the road to Ursine and Eagle Valley Reservoir. Water is very murky; please be careful in the area. 


Anglers have been heading out to the Overton Arm to chase crappie and black bass and finding success. Smallmouth and largemouth bass are getting ready for the spawn throughout the Boulder Basin. Casting Rat-L-Traps and jigs into shallows has proven successful for some fishermen. Stripers are actively chasing swimbaits and anchovies in Government Wash.


Reports have been light from the middle basin of the lake. Bass angling has been slow, even for tournament anglers. Smallmouth and largemouth bass are getting ready for the spawn and can be found in the coves and around the shelves near drop offs in Cottonwood Basin. Though the fish can be found, they are hesitant to hit most plastics. Staff members from the Willow Beach National Fish Hatchery stocked trout this week in the Willow Beach area. Rainbow Trout are hitting sunset PowerBait and Rooster Tails. Stripers are hitting swimbaits and anchovies.


Striped bass action is picking up along this stretch of the river. Some lucky anglers have caught stripers in the 2- to 5-pound class. The fish are taking cut anchovies fished about 20 feet from shore. Stocked rainbow trout can be found below Davis Dam and are hitting PowerBait and night crawlers.


There have been no recent reports from the management area. While fishing can be difficult in some areas due to weather changes, spring is a great time to try your luck. The trout in the reservoirs are hungry and take a variety of flies and hardware. PowerBait and worms are reliable on Adams-McGill and Haymeadow. Dacey is the place for spinners and plastics.


The Nevada Department of Wildlife has finished its seasonal trout plants for the year. Local waters will slowly warm over the coming weeks, and action for warmwater species should improve. Catfish and bass have been seen swimming deep in local ponds but not chasing worms. Night crawlers and mealworms are great go-to baits when fishing with family or friends at the ponds.