Southern Nevada Fishing Report
- The Nevada Department of Wildlife will be holding a free Introduction to Fly Fishing Class. This is a two-part class. The first begins Friday, July 24 from 6 – 8 p.m., and the second is Saturday, July 25 from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. http://www.ndow.org/Education.
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.
The trout bite has slowed recently due to the warm water temperatures and seasonal weed growth. Bass action was awesome this past week for one angler who caught and released up to 30 largemouth bass. One fish topped five pounds. Crankbaits and plastic worms in root beer brown coloration with a green tail caught the fish. The most action was found on the south side of the reservoir.
Bass and crappie action continues to be good while the trout bite has slowed dramatically, primarily because of increased water temperatures.
Rough weather conditions kept a lot of anglers away from the lake this past weekend, but those venturing out did well for smaller stripers using mostly cut anchovies. The fish were on the small side averaging just one to two pounds.
Despite possible storm action Willow Beach saw a lot of anglers and boaters hitting the water. One angler did very well for catfish off the dock. A few small stripers were also taken near the dock.
Weather conditions made fishing very difficult over the weekend. The striper bite had slowed down a little preceding the storms, but some anglers were bringing in fish weighing between five and seven pounds near Big Bend State Park.
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
Rainy weather and high winds over the past week has made fishing difficult. The forecast for this week calls for increased showers and a flash flood warning is in effect until Wednesday (7/22/15). Boating access has been increased on both Haymeadow and Coldsprings.
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 have found good action for largemouth bass at Sunset Park while using streamer pattern flies and small shiny lures. There have been reports of large schools of the eight- to 10-inch bass throughout the pond. Bass and bluegill are still taking mealworms and night crawlers at the other park ponds as well. Please depose of discarded fishing line properly for the health of the wildlife at the parks.