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 2015 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.
Temperatures nearing the 90s have improved the bass fishing on this Lincoln County reservoir. The weekend was busy and fishermen found good action using dark green attack jigs.
Bass and trout are biting from shore or boat. The trout are feeding near the bottom and are taking PowerBait. The bass are feeding right behind the plant mats. Number-2 gold Mepp’s has proven popular with the bass. Another option for the bass involves putting a piece of worm about a foot under a bobber and casting just past the water plants.
Anglers are finding good striper action in the Boulder Basin and out of Temple Bar. The fish are taking anchovies. Top-water action can be exciting when the striped bass are boiling. Zara Spooks, Jumpin’ Minnows and other similar top-water baits will catch stripers feeding near the surface. Improve success and avoid the mid-day heat by getting out early in the morning or in the evening. Black bass action has been steady and catfish are eating almost anything. Night crawlers, hot dogs, cut anchovies or commercial stink baits will catch the fish. As of Monday, the water level was 1,072.2 feet, more than 147 feet below full pool.
Bluegill and black bass are keeping anglers busy on this popular reservoir. One lucky angler caught a dandy pair of smallmouth bass while fishing out of Cottonwood Cove. Further north towards Willow Beach, striped bass are hitting on anchovies or artificial lures. Silver baits imitating trout or shad have produced good results.
Warm-water fish are the main target for anglers on the river. Catfish and stripers will both take cut anchovies. Rusty at the Riviera Marina has weighed in several fish pushing beyond 10-pound mark though many are in the 1- to 3-pound range. Live or plastic worms are bringing in smallmouth bass holding on shelves along the river.
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
Haymeadow and Cold Springs are still clear of moss and seasonal vegetation growth, but Adams-McGill is starting to get a little mossy. Fishing has been steady. Some anglers have caught large crappies on Haymeadow. Shoreline fishing is still a possibility as the weather begins to heat up. The trout are still biting in the deeper portions of the reservoirs.
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.
Bluegill, bass, and catfish are providing anglers with action at the urban ponds. Mealworms, red wiggler worms, and small imitation flies are going to be the best enticement for these fish. Gold-ribbed Hare’s Ear and Woolly Bugger flies are great for catching their attention.