Southern Nevada Fishing Report
- NDOW will hold an Introduction to Fly-fishing Clinic the evenings of Sept. 9-10. Loaner rods will be available. Registration is required as space is limited. Register online at www.ndow.org/Fish/Classes. For more information contact Ivy Santee at 702-486-5127, ext. 3503.
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.
Catch rates have improved over the past week with anglers catching trout on PowerBait or night crawlers combined with a bit of mini marshmallow to make a tempting combo-meal. The bigger fish have been hanging out in deeper water. Bass action has slowed down with the cooling temperatures associated with monsoonal rains.
Anglers fishing from the dam have found good action for rainbow trout. The fish are taking the usual PowerBait or night crawler offerings, as well as small spinners or flies. Bass action has been hit-and-miss. The new full hook-up campground is expected to open shortly after the Labor Day weekend.
Fishing has been tough for the past week or so. While anglers have been catching fish, no one area is producing on a consistent basis. Those who are starting before sunrise are having the most success with stripers and black bass. Lures have worked well for the stripers and imitation baits are enticing the black bass. Catfish are biting for anglers staying out later in the morning. The fish are taking anchovies and even lures.
Most reports are noting an abundance of smallmouth bass. Many of the coves surrounding Cottonwood Cove have proven worthwhile for anglers venturing out. Smallmouth and largemouth bass are hitting plastics and night crawlers. Panfish are taking night crawler pieces as well. Those who are fishing Willow Beach have not been disappointed. Anglers have recently caught striped bass ranging from 10 to 31 pounds using various baits, including swimbaits, anchovies and even chicken livers. Anglers are catching from the pier and on the water.
Striped bass and catfish action continues to improve. Anglers fishing in the evenings and nighttime hours are catching catfish with anchovies. One fisherman brought in a catfish nearing the ten-pound mark. Anglers also are catching their limits of striped bass with a few lucky folks reeling in a trophy. A striper weighing just less than 30 pounds was caught in the upper Big Bend area along with several others in the double-digit range.
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
Fishing at Haymeadow and Cold Springs has been hit-and-miss for bass, trout, and crappie. Water temperatures are nearing 72 degrees during the day and aquatic vegetation is making launching and navigating boats difficult at both reservoirs. Fishing on Adams-McGill Reservoir was fair over the weekend with anglers catching bass in the nine- to 12-inch range. Action at Dacey has slowed, but the bass are biting black plastic worms on a Texas rig. Dacey is artificial lure only and the use of PowerBait is prohibited.
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.
Little was reported from the ponds this week. With summer coming to a close the temperatures are starting to drop and fish action should start to pickup. Bass, bluegill and catfish will be the best takers. Try baits such as night crawlers or mealworms.