Southern Nevada Fishing Report
- NDOW will host a Beginner’s Fishing Clinic Saturday, Dec. 14.
Visit our Fishing Classes page for more information and class registration or contact Ivy Santee at (702) 486-5127 x 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 2013 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.
Those anglers braving the chilly conditions have found success for rainbow trout while fishing with green PowerBait off of the dam and boat dock where open water can be found. The rest of lake has been icing up and with the pending storm front, park personnel expect the lake to completely freeze over with thin ice by the weekend.
Most of the lake has remained free of ice and anglers have had good success fishing night crawlers off the dam, but conditions are expected to change with the arrival of very cold winter temperatures. The lake is expected to freeze over with thin ice by the weekend.
While fishing for striped bass has been good at sunrise, the best bite has occurred just after the sun goes down. Anglers working a remade Old Henry, a type of spinning lure, have had success through the Vegas Wash area. Those fishing for smallmouth and largemouth bass have been catching at or near their limits while working the back of coves with drop shots. According to Brent Becker, Pro Staff at Bass Pro Shops, with the cold front coming through, fish will be getting ready to head for their winter holding areas, which can be at depths ranging from 15-50 feet. This can be good as it will increase their appetite as the fish feed up for the winter, but also bad as the cold weather will make the fish more lethargic.
Anglers have been finding good fishing for smallmouth bass. Dark plastics and drop-shots are working well. The striped bass action is light but some anglers using anchovies have reeled in fish nearing ten pounds. Those fishing for trout at Willow Beach have been catching at or near their limits. Many are using PowerBait or small spinning lures.
The area near Davis Dam has still been producing fish but many of the stocked trout in the Rotary Park area have moved out. The fish get tired of taking the same baits, so when one bait or lure choice seems to be exhausted, mix it up. Nightcrawlers, PowerBait and small spinners have all worked at various times.
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
There are currently no fishing reports for Kirch WMA at this time. The boat launches on Haymeadow, Coldsprings, and Dacey have ice about one inch thick. Adams reservoir boat launch is free of ice, but the upper half of the reservoir is iced over. Fishing from the dikes will be difficult at this time as dead weeds are piling up against the shoreline, and the ice is expanding further out from shore. Access to fishable waters will require breaking the ice to the main portions of the reservoirs. Anglers are advised to use extreme caution as the ice is building fast.
Anglers are finding good action for large stripers. The fish are biting A.C. Plugs and other trout-imitating swimbaits. Three fish weighing in at 16.16 pounds, 17 pounds and 27.76 pounds came in during the past week. Rainbow trout continue to hit small spinners and other traditional trout baits following the weekly plants on Fridays.
NDOW plants rainbow trout weekly in the urban fishing ponds. The baits of choice have been night crawlers, meal worms or rainbow PowerBait.