Southern Nevada Fishing Report
NDOW is asking boaters to take the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of quagga mussels from the Colorado River system to other waters. Thoroughly clean, drain and dry your boat, trailer and towing vessel before traveling to another water.
LICENSE NEWS – The 2014 Nevada fishing and hunting licenses are now available. The license year runs from March 1 until the last day of February. Anglers should make sure they have the new license before venturing outdoors.
Temperate weather conditions over the past week has made for thin ice conditions throughout the lake. There is a little open water along the shore line. Anglers who braved the conditions managed to catch a few rainbows over the weekend.
As of Jan. 25 the reservoir is only half covered with thin ice. This has left much of the shoreline open for anglers, but there are no recent reports.
Anglers have had good success netting shad for bait from the Vegas Wash area. While the shad are smaller than a couple weeks ago, this size has been consistently bringing in striped bass averaging three pounds. With rains in the forecast, expect turbid waters from runoff and possible debris in the water.
Anglers are reporting increased largemouth and smallmouth bass activity. While these black bass species may not be as fully active as they are later in spring, anglers are pleased with the catch rates. Morning is the best time to try your luck for these fish with dark plastics or small jigs working well. With the colder temperatures feeding activity is still minimal. Don’t get discouraged if you are unable to get a response from a fish sighted.
Fishing has been tough along this stretch of the river. High winds have kept anglers off the water. Looking forward, more wind and rain is in the forecast for the weekend. A little action has come for some anglers. One angler caught a striped bass weighing more than five pounds while casting a pencil popper from the shoreline.
Anglers are finding some success at the upper marsh for panfish and catfish. Mealworms or night crawlers below a bobber will catch fish.
WAYNE E. KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA
No recent fishing activity has been reported on the Kirch Wildlife Management Area. Dacey, Adams-McGill and Haymeadow reservoirs are ice free. The lower half of Cold Springs has unsafe ice along the dike and boat launch.
Due to an equipment failure in its water delivery system, and the subsequent loss of its rainbow trout stocks, the Willow Beach National Fish Hatchery has suspended its recreational fish stocking program, which included weekly fish plants at Willow Beach. The hatchery did save and release approximately 11,000 trout in mid-December. Though their numbers will diminish over time, these and holdover fish from previous plants will provide anglers with an opportunity to fish for trout in the short term.
Anglers hitting the local ponds have had sporadic success this past week. Lorenzi pond has had the best catch rates with fishermen taking rainbows with Berkley Power Eggs. Some people were doing well at Floyd Lamb with small spinners over the weekend. NDOW planted fish in the ponds at Lorenzi Park, Sunset Park, Boulder City and Beatty early on Tuesday.