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.
With the warmer weather trout action has slowed. Anglers are finding the best fishing in the early morning and evening hours. PowerBait and night crawlers combined with mini-marshmallows have proved effective. Anglers have begun to contend with seasonal weed growth along the shoreline. State Parks personnel plan to place weed mats at the launch ramp to open things up for boaters.
Bass and crappie are providing anglers with ample action throughout the reservoir. Night crawlers have been a top bait when fished three feet below a bobber. Woolly Buggers or tube baits in dark colors have also worked well.
The striper bite is steady on the lake. Anglers have had success fishing shallower for the striped bass in the early morning and then switching to deep diving lures once the heat of the day has warmed the surface waters. Trolling with gizzard shad has worked for many through the Vegas Wash area and near Boulder Beach. The National Park Service will continue to improve launch ramp conditions through the summer but four-wheel drive is recommended when launching due to silt buildup.
The bite remains good for both largemouth and smallmouth bass. Smallmouth bass are active and hanging on shelves and drop-offs at the opening of coves. The majority have been coming in at about three pounds. Rat-L-traps and various crankbaits have been working well to trigger a strike. Largemouth bass can be found in the backs of coves near grass beds and submerged brush. Bluegill are biting on night crawler pieces and small jigs.
Catching opportunity remains strong for this area of the river. Striped bass action is good with fish averaging about two pounds. These fish can still put up a good fight. Remember to check your line after a hookup and retie your hook periodically. Casino Row has been a spot for stripers, and those fishing closer to Davis Dam have had success with the catfish as well. Anchovies are a top bait for both species.
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
It has been hot and dry this week, but the bass fishing has been excellent. Many anglers are limiting out on bass. Jigs and worms have been especially productive. Excavations continue on the boat launches at Cold Springs and Haymeadow. The goal is to increase boating access.
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.
Anglers have had success catching bluegill in all the ponds with mealworms, corn and even small pieces of hotdogs working well for these feisty fish. If you are getting bites but no hook-ups, try using a smaller hook. Morning and early evening are the most productive times for these fish. Catfish continue to provide anglers with some action but the bite has been light. Processed stink baits work well along with night crawlers or hotdogs. NDOW reminds anglers to be a good park steward and properly dispose of used fishing line and bait containers.