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.
Water clarity has improved over the past week along with angling success. Some fly fishermen did well for brown trout using black ant patterns, while bait anglers did well off the dam and dock using PowerBait in rainbow or orange for the rainbow trout.
Water levels have risen following the rain storms almost 2 weeks ago. Some anglers did well for crappie over the weekend with the warm daytime temps, while rainbows were taking PowerBait or nightcrawlers off the dam.
Striper have been out early, so for those that make it out in the gray light, better success has been had. Various lures and artificial baits have been more productive than using live bait over the past week. Boulder Basin continues to be a hotspot with anglers trolling through the Boulder Beach area. Smallmouth bass are still hitting on dropshots mostly near rocky shelves and points.
Anglers have had fair success working the coves. Largemouth bass are taking plastics in darker colorations in about 25 feet of water. Catfish have been hitting on anchovies at night. The striped bass, while rather elusive for some, have been found to take topwater baits early.
Action has improved slightly for the striped bass in the area. Following the trout plants, anglers have found greater success using trout imitation lures to catch the stripers, although anchovies still remain the top bait. Trout are dispersing from the stocking sites and in the area of Sunshine Peninsula, anglers are catching near limits using rooster tails and Panther Martins.
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 bass were hitting well on nightcrawlers over the weekend at Haymeadow in the 1 ½ - 2 pound range. Recent plants of rainbow trout have kept anglers happy, hitting on PowerBaits, flies and lures.
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.
Catfish are due to be stocked this week (last for this year) at Floyd Lamb Park, Sunset Park, Lorenzi Park and Boulder City Pond. Rainbow trout plants will not begin until all the ponds reach a temperature range that the trout can tolerate.