Southern Nevada Fishing Report
- There will be a free Introduction to Fly-fishing Class Saturday, Oct. 8 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Participants will learn the basics of fly-fishing, such as knots, equipment, terminology, and casting skills. The class will start at the NDOW Las Vegas office located at 4747 Vegas Drive and conclude at Lorenzi Park. Registration is required and can be completed online at www.ndow.org/Education/Angler_Ed/How_to_Fish. For more information contact Ivy Santee at 702-486-5127 X 3503.
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.
Cooler temperatures have improved catch rates for both rainbow and brown trout. The fish have been taking green and rainbow sparkle PowerBait, as well as gold Mepp’s spinners. One lucky angler caught and released a 4 ½-pound largemouth bass while throwing a jig. With fall upon us brown trout will soon start spawning in the stream above the lake and below the dam.
Rainbow trout action has increased this past week with the cooling temperatures. Fish have been actively taking PowerBait in green and rainbow sparkle colorations. Mepp’s spinners have also been taking the trout, and fly-fishers have been doing well with small Woolly Buggers and nymph patterns.
Striped bass are still chasing threadfin shad boils near Hemenway Marina and around 33 Hole. Work the outside edges of the boils to catch the line sides. Zara Spooks, Jumpin’ Minnows, pencil poppers and other top-water baits will catch the fish. Smallmouth and largemouth bass are biting on top-water lures like jointed shad or minnow imitations.
Fishing has been hit or miss. Some anglers have been lucky enough to boat stripers in the six to 9-pound range while others have not been quite so lucky. The days are still warm enough that mornings and evenings are the most productive times of day. Anchovies have been the most consistent bait.
Striped bass fishing is good. Fish in the 3-pound range are hitting anchovies. Seasonal trout plants began Sept. 15, the first of several planned for the next few months. They were planted early to help control Caddis flies. Catch-and-release fishing works best when you can keep a fish in the water until it is released. Catfish action has been good. Both cats and stripers are taking anchovies.
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
Cooling overnight temperatures have slowed down the algae growth in area reservoirs. Water levels will fluctuate over the next few weeks due to the opening of waterfowl season. Cold Springs remains the most popular fishing area due to its higher water levels.
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.
A catfish plant is on the agenda this week for the ponds at Floyd Lamb, Lorenzi, Sunset, and Veterans Memorial parks. Sunfish and bass continue to take mealworms and night crawlers. Fishing is better in the early morning and evening hours.