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.
Little has changed this past week. Anglers looking for crayfish have been doing well using traps as well as hook and line. Rainbow trout are still taking PowerBait in orange or green, and have also been taking Mepp’s spinners in red with white or gold spoons with a red dot. Action has been best in the early morning and late evening for all fish.
Action remains good in the mornings and evenings with rainbow trout taking orange or green PowerBait or small spinners. Crappie are still being taken with flies or small jigs.
It appears the saying is all wrong, as the early bird catches the fish. Anglers are reporting prime fishing time between the hours of 4:30 a.m. and 8:30 am. The heat of the desert sun pushes the stripers to deeper water and anglers off the water. Vegas Wash has produced good results for those netting shad. Striper boils have been found in coves across the lake, although the majority of the fish caught are about a pound or less. Shoreline anglers are having increased success this week as the largemouth and smallmouth bass are hanging in the shallower water near shore. Those in the areas of Boulder Harbor and Echo Bay are reeling them in using various lures, including crankbaits and plastics. For nighttime anglers, increased fishing opportunity should come during the new moon on Saturday. Try fishing under a light or use a submersible light.
Smallmouth and largemouth bass are providing anglers with good fishing. Smallmouth bass have been caught off rocky shelves at points or in coves with various plastics; alternate colors throughout the day. Largemouth bass are hanging in about 10 to 20 feet of water near submerged vegetation. Despite occasional lulls, fishing for striped bass continues to improve near Willow Beach. Though many of the fish being caught are less than 10 pounds, anglers have caught a few lunkers pushing 20 pounds. With the new moon on Saturday, anglers should find increased opportunity by fishing at night under a light or with a submersible light.
Fishing for striped bass has picked up with quite a few anglers bringing in their limits of ten fish. The average size is one to two pounds with a few larger ones coming in as well. Anchovies are the ever popular bait, but top-water lures work well too, especially in the morning. Both largemouth bass and sunfish are taking night crawler pieces, plastics or small jigs. One lucky angler reeled in a 12.5-pound catfish while floating anchovies from a boat.
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 for bass, trout, and crappie on Haymeadow and Cold Springs has been hit and miss. The water temperatures are reaching up to 75 degrees during the day. Aquatic vegetation is making launching and boat navigation 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 has picked up at Dacey with top-water flies taking fish in the evening hours.
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 action has been good at Floyd Lamb and Lorenzi parks. The fish are taking night crawlers and mealworms. Aquatic weed growth has increased due to the heat and is beginning to affect fishing action. Most fish are being caught in the early morning hours or after sunset.