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.
The reservoir was recently stocked with both rainbow and tiger trout and anglers have found good action. Bait fishermen have found the best action with rainbow PowerBait. A few anglers had a good time catching brown trout in the upper end of the lake over the weekend using small Mepp’s spinners in red with white coloration.
The reservoir has seen increased fishing activity following recent trout plants. Fishermen are catching rainbows using a variety of methods; the fish don’t seem to be showing a preference.
Bass sightings are increasing, but the fish are not being fooled and most are not yet taking the bait. The largemouth and smallmouth are moving up into the shallows. Within the next week or two the fish should begin making nests and stand ready to protect them. Crankbaits, drop shot rigs and crawdad patterns fished on jigs may all be worth a try. Striper reports have been light but with the new moon on March 20, fishing should improve for those fishing at night under lights.
Fishing continues to improve throughout the lake. Smallmouth and largemouth bass are taking baits near submerged brush at the edges of coves, and some are already fanning out areas for nests. Plastics and night crawlers are a good bet. At this time and through the spawn, catch and release fishing is good to practice to help improve the fishing resource. Catfish are showing up in many coves with anchovies being a top bait. Bluegill and redear sunfish will put up a good fight and have been biting on night crawler pieces and small jigs.
While striper fishing is picking up after a few slow weeks, it is catfish that are showing up on lines this week. Most are averaging 2.5 pounds, but one angler reeled in a nine-pound catfish near the Davis Dam. The stripers are coming in at about one pound and traveling in larger schools. Many of these fish are proving rather adept at stealing bait. When that occurs switch to a smaller hook to increase the odds of getting a hook up.
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 action for rainbows picked up this past week, but weed growth continues to be problem across some of the dikes. The upper ends of Cold Springs, Haymeadow, Adams-McGill and Dacey are closed due to waterfowl nesting.
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.
Catch rates have been a little slow at most of the ponds with trout refusing most baits and the warm water fish not yet active. A few anglers reported having better success with small spinners in gold or silver.