Southern Nevada Fishing Report


Updated 5/21/2015


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.


Despite heavy rains and winds that moved through the area, fishing was excellent over the weekend. Anglers have been catching rainbow, tiger and brown trout, with many of the browns averaging from 13 to 15 inches in length. The hot lure for these fish was a white spinner bait.


The action over the weekend was smoking for the Hunter and Angler Education volunteers who descended upon the park for training. Larry Brinker, (NDOW hunter education instructor) caught and released over 20 bass in a one hour period. Included in his catch was a 4.5-pound largemouth. The crappie action was fast for anglers using small jigs in both pink-and-white and green-and-white colorations.


Reports were light from anglers on the Nevada side but a few heading out of South Cove were pleased with the results of their outing. A total of 79 striped bass were caught with most weighing in at two to three pounds and a few pushing over four. Rat-L-Traps were the lure of choice. Best time to be on the water for stripers is at grey light or from sunset until dark. The afternoon has been better for largemouth and smallmouth bass.


Smallmouth bass remain the top fish among those anglers who are catching. Working the rocky shelves with various lures is producing the best results for these fish. The average fish has been coming in at just under three pounds. Striped bass in the area of Willow Beach are still making their presence known and a few lucky anglers are bringing in fish in the double digit range. Trout imitation lures have been the most effective.


Striped bass action has been consistent in most pockets along this stretch of the river. Anchovies have been the bait of choice and the fish caught are averaging from one to three pounds. One local angler brought in nine bluegill -- some pushing the one-pound mark – while fishing with night crawlers near Laughlin Bay. With the sunfish starting to nest, action should continue to improve for these feisty fish.


Anglers are finding some success at the upper marsh for panfish and catfish. Mealworms or night crawlers below a bobber will catch fish.


No fishing report was received this week. This is usually a great time for fishing on the area with early morning and late afternoon being the best times for fishing as the winds usually start up around noon and then calm down just before sunset making mid-afternoon fishing difficult.


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.


Catfish were planted in the ponds at Floyd Lamb, Lorenzi, Sunset and Veterans Memorial parks May 14 and averaged 13.5 inches. Please keep in mind that the only live bait allowed in the ponds are night crawlers or mealworms. With the exception of salmon eggs, no part of any fish may be used in these waters.