Southern Nevada Fishing Report
- NDOW is holding a free Intermediate Fly-tying class for those with some knowledge of tying or who have attended an NDOW beginner’s course. The class will be held Wednesday, Oct. 22 from 6–8 p.m. at the NDOW Las Vegas office. Registration is available online.
or call 702-486-5127 x 3503 for more information.
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.
Fishing has improved this past week and NDOW stocked 7,500 rainbows at this Lincoln County reservoir. Fly-fishers saw success for rainbows using Woolly Buggers in brown, olive and black in the center of the lake, while shore anglers found good action with a black hare’s ear nymph. Water clarity is slowly improving and German brown trout should start their fall spawning soon. The facilities at the campground are open year around.
Both crappie and bass were hitting this past week as the water temperature increased a little with the warmer days. Trout are taking night crawlers with mini marshmallow for bait anglers, and according to park rangers the fish should start hitting on silver or gold spinners soon. Trout action generally picks up with fall temperatures.
With cooler weather here to stay, now is not only a good time, but also an enjoyable time to go fishing. Anglers have reported moderate success for striped bass, catfish and smallmouth bass, with afternoons providing the best fishing. Largemouth bass have been a little harder to come by. Jigging has been the most successful technique for catching striped bass. Trolling in the Boulder Basin also has been productive. Drop shot rigs fished around cliff walls, rocky points or areas with submerged weed beds have been productive for smallmouth bass. Catfish are active in the backs of coves at night and are hitting a variety of baits, such as hot dogs, chicken livers or corn.
Reports of anglers catching fish on the lake has been sparse but conditions are right for tight lines. Success has been had by anglers fishing the backs of coves. Catfish can be found cruising the shallows at night while bluegill and redear sunfish are most active in the morning and late afternoon. Night crawlers or pieces thereof can work well for these species. Striped bass have been a little more elusive but fishing has picked up in the late afternoon hours with anchovies being the top bait.
Anglers continue to have fair success catching stripers and catfish in the areas of Big Bend, Community Park and the Casino Row. Anchovies have generated the most active response from the fish. Anglers’ primary focus remains on the recently stocked rainbow trout. Many anglers are reporting limits of eight- to twelve-inch fish. Most of the catch is coming from the stocking points of Rotary Park and Davis Camp, but the trout are beginning to disperse to various pockets along the river. Night crawlers or PowerBait with a little Hatchery Dust has enticed many fish.
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 and crappie has been slow at Haymeadow and Cold Springs reservoirs this week. Anglers are catching trout in the six- to 10-inch range. Water temperatures are around 64 degrees at the boat launches. Fishing has been slow at Adams-McGill Reservoir, and fair at Dacey. Bass, however, are still biting at Dacey. The Nevada Department of Wildlife planted rainbow trout at all reservoirs last week. The one exception is Tule. Expect to share the waters with hunters as the 2014-15 waterfowl hunt has begun.
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 continue to hit night crawlers and meal worms throughout the ponds. Catfish are taking night crawlers, hotdog chunks and chicken gizzards. Keep in mind that the use of anchovies is prohibited in all the urban ponds.