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 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.
Temperatures have been soaring into the 40’s during the days this past week, but ice still remains between 12 and 20 inches over most of the reservoir. Fishing has been good for most anglers using night crawlers or mealworms.
With almost no fishing pressure this past week, reports from this Lincoln County reservoir are minimal. Ice conditions remain good and rainbow trout are on the menu. Begin fishing with your bait suspended just below the ice. Then slowly begin dropping your bait at five to 10-minute intervals until you catch a fish. That will help you find the depth where the fish are holding.
Anglers are reporting that fishing is slow and live bait difficult to get. The best action for striped bass has been at depths of about 150 feet. When the live bait isn’t working try anchovies or jigging spoon. The weather should remain good with calm winds and temperatures near 70 degrees. Perhaps that will lead to some good fishing.
Largemouth and smallmouth bass fishing has picked up. The coves with more aquatic plants are hiding some decent bass towards the central to south end of the lake. On the north end, striper fishing has been slow. A.C. Plugs brought in three striped bass ranging from 10 to 12 pounds out of Willow Beach. Early risers are catching these fish before 6 a.m.
Trout fishing has been exciting below Davis Dam. PowerBait and spinners have been catching stocked rainbows as well as a few carry over fish. If one bait doesn’t work try something different. Justin Smith weighed in a 26.5-pound, 41-inch striper at Rusty’s Riviera Marina. He caught the fish while casting a Glide Swimmer from the shoreline near Rotary 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
The ice still remains safe in most areas of the reservoirs, but NDOW advises anglers to use caution when walking out onto the ice and be aware of potential thin ice along edges and inflows.
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.
The Nevada Department of Wildlife planted rainbow trout at Floyd Lamb Park and Veterans Memorial Park last week. Beatty Pond and Hafen Park Pond in Mesquite also received fish. The trout have been hitting on rainbow PowerBait, yellow Power Eggs and mealworms. NDOW is reminding anglers to place their discarded fishing line in a trash can or one of the several fishing line receptacles around the reservoir.