Southern Nevada Fishing Report
- August 15 there will be a free Beginners Fishing Clinic for all ages at Sunset Park starting at 9 a.m. http://www.ndow.org/Education.
- There will be an Introduction to Fly Fishing Class August 21. This is a two-part class with the first occurring Friday, Aug. 21 from 6 – 8 p.m., and the second on Saturday. Aug. 22 from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
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.
Fishing has been picking up this past week with rainbows in the 10 – 12 inch range taking small spinnerbaits for anglers from boats. Those using baits did well using orange or green Powerbait with a salmon flavoring from all areas of the lake. The aquatic vegetation is starting to show signs of decreasing, with the overnight temps dropping into the mid 30’s, and the park expects to start pulling the weed mats around the boat dock prior to Labor Day.
The general fishing has been picking up this past week with more trout being taken mostly with Powerbait in green or orange coloration due to lowering water temps. The bass and crappie are still hitting, but don’t really get started until later morning hours as the water warms up.
The high heat and winds kept many off the lake this past week, but for those who did venture out swimbaits in the 3 – 4 inch size worked well. Pink Spinner lures also brought in several fish. No reports of big fish this week, but 1 – 3 pounds were fairly regular for the striper action.
Catfish action has been good at Willow Beach this past week, as well as several other locations throughout the lake. The striper bite has picked up in the lake between Cottonwood Cove and the power lines with evenings being the best time for hooking up.
High temperatures and winds have kept all but the hardy off the water this week. Stripers and catfish are still biting from Davis Dam down to the border and taking mostly cut anchovies. One lucky angler brought in several nice catfish with two weighing in at 9.68 and 10.06 pounds using night crawlers.
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
High temps and afternoon winds are keeping many people off the area. The aquatic vegetation is still causing problems for anglers and boaters, but with overnight temps predicted to start dropping the trout should start picking up with the cooling water temps.
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 and largemouth bass are still hitting well in most of the ponds. Channel catfish are due to be stocked this week in all the urban ponds.