Sunset Park Pond
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Sunset Park Pond is located within Sunset Park in southeastern Las Vegas Valley near McCarran International Airport. Clark County Parks and Recreation Department manages this park. The pond has provided fishing opportunities for over 20 years. In 2000, the pond was reconstructed by Clark County to stop leakage and improve shoreline access. At that time, a new liner and fish habitat structures were installed. Water is supplied from wells and the pond is also used as a storage reservoir for park irrigation.
Sunset Park Pond is approximately 14 acres and has a maximum depth of between 10 and 12 feet. The entire shoreline is accessible for angling, although parts of the southwest shoreline may be closed to fishing during model boat events. Water quality is good and clarity high, although minor algae blooms can occur seasonally. The primary fishery is comprised of rainbow trout and channel catfish, with catchable sizes of both species stocked seasonally. Other fish present include bluegill, redear sunfish, black crappie, and largemouth bass. These species are not regularly stocked, but fish habitat placed in the pond provides cover for reproduction and recruitment. Trophy fish records from Sunset Park Pond are a 24 lb 6 oz carp caught in 2011, a 9 lb 14 oz largemouth bass in 2002, and a 12 lb 10 oz rainbow trout in 2003. Small spinners, still baits such as Power Bait and salmon eggs, and flies can be effective for rainbow trout. Small jigs or earthworms are suggested for panfish such as bluegill and redear sunfish. No overnight camping is allowed, but there are improved day use areas with picnic tables and barbecues available on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no fee for park access.
Sunset Park Pond is stocked twice monthly with about 23,000 rainbow trout from January until March and November and December, and with nearly 5,000 channel catfish monthly from April through October. Water temperature and other conditions can change this stocking schedule without notice. Updated stocking schedules are available from the Lake Mead Hatchery hotline at (702) 486-6738.
Season is open year round, during park open hours only. Limit is 3 fish of any species in combination. The use of live fish as bait is prohibited in Sunset Park Pond.
Boats and other flotation devices, including float tubes, are prohibited on Sunset Park Pond.
Sunset Park is located at the corner of Eastern Avenue and Sunset Road in Las Vegas, adjacent to McCarran Airport and approximately 3 miles east of Highway I-15. Park entrances are located on Sunset Road and Eastern Avenue and ample vehicle parking is available at the north and south ends of the pond.