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.
Thanks to late summer rains, the reservoir is full. Anglers are finding success for rainbow trout with rainbow-sparkle PowerBait, salmon eggs, or half-ounce silver jigs with red spots. The campground is still fully open and winterizing is not scheduled for another few weeks.
Action has been a little slow this past, but the rainbow trout that have been caught hit on rainbow PowerBait near the dam. The group use area at the state park has reopened with 40 new full-hook-up RV sites that are now available on a first-come first-serve basis.
The striper bite has been quite slow, but the action should improve as the cold front comes through and temperatures drop. Striped bass will start moving up in the water column where anglers can find improved fishing at depths between 25 and 40 feet. There has been an abundance of bait, mainly small gizzard shad, which explains the sluggish striper action. Catfish are still hitting on anchovies or corn. The bite for smallmouth and largemouth bass will slow down as the water turns cooler as well.
Anglers have reported moderate success for stripers with anchovies the top bait when fished on a drop shot rig. Anchovies have been a top bait setup on a drop shot rig. This bait is also popular for catfish while working the backs of coves.
Anglers are finding continued success for hatchery trout that were planted in early October. A variety of baits and lures have proven effective and one more for the list is the floating mice tail. Though 20,000 fish were planted in late September and early October, catch-and-release fishing is still a good method of extending fishing opportunity. Most of the stripers coming in are in the five- to seven-pound range and have been hitting anchovies and trout-imitations.
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
Trout action remains good at Haymeadow, Cold Springs and Adams-McGill reservoirs. Most fish are eight- to 10-inch planters and have been taking a variety of baits and small spinners. Dacey Reservoir is also fishing well, and due to the special regulations the fish are a little larger here. Only artificial lures are allowed on Dacey. Expect to encounter hunters on the management area, as the waterfowl hunt is underway.
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.
The final catfish plant of the year took place Oct. 23. Anglers have found the best fishing for the larger-than-usual fish with meal worms fished off the bottom.