Southern Nevada Fishing Report
- The Las Vegas Fly Fishing Club, the Southern Nevada Chapter of Trout Unlimited and the Las Vegas Jr. Fly Fishing clubs will hold their December meeting Sunday, Dec. 11 at Floyd Lamb Park in the Old Ranch House from 12-4 p.m. Those interested in learning more about the sport of fly-fishing and casting a fly rod are invited to attend. For more information visit www.sntrout.com.
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.
Ice is measuring between 7 and 11 inches across the reservoir. Anglers have found good fishing for rainbow and brown trout while using a variety of baits and jigs. Saturday, Jan. 14, Spring Valley State Park will hold its annual Ice Hole Golf Tournament. The event gets underway at 10 a.m. and will be followed by an ice fishing class at Noon. For more information on these events or current ice conditions call 775-962-5102.
Last week a lucky angler pulled a 6-pound largemouth bass through the ice near the dam. He was successful again this week, reeling in a few smaller bass using a chartreuse jig with a spinning blade. Rainbow trout are also hitting well on the usual baits, such as night crawlers, mealworms and PowerBait. The ice is reportedly between 5 and 6 inches thick, but be sure to check current conditions before venturing onto the ice. For up-to-date information call 775-962-5103.
Despite unsettled weather conditions, the north end of Boulder Basin has had fishermen talking. Anglers are finding good action for striped bass at the mouth of Government Wash. Stripers and black bass are taking baits near Callville Bay as well. The striped bass are taking anchovies near the bottom. Be mindful of the weather on windy conditions.
Striped bass fishing has been hit or miss, though shore anglers have found success with cut anchovies. Watch for birds feeding on baitfish and the bass won’t be far behind. Check the weather conditions before you head out, and watch for heavy rain and high winds.
Reports from the river are slow, but one young fisher recently caught her first trout while using a PowerBait mouse tail. She brought her catch into Rusty’s Riviera Marina to show it off. Water levels are fluctuating, so anglers should be careful of their footing while working along the shoreline.
Fishing is permitted in designated areas. Anglers will find catfish, carp, and largemouth bass in Upper Lake and other waters throughout the refuge. Most anglers focus on the Upper Lake, but fish also can be found in the small pond just north of the Whin Dike. The North Marsh is closed to fishing from Oct. 1 to Feb. 1. Only car-top watercraft are permitted, and only non-motorized boats or boats with electric motors are permitted on Upper Lake, Middle Marsh Unit and Lower Lake. The use of boats is prohibited on North Marsh. All Nevada fishing regulations apply. For more information visit www.fws.gov/refuge/Pahranagat/visit/visitor_activities.html.
WAYNE E. KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA
Ice conditions have been fluctuating with intermittent weather conditions. Keep in mind that the area’s reservoirs are fed by warm springs, which undermines the ice near the inflows. NDOW is reminding anglers to use extreme caution when venturing out on the ice. With that said, anglers have found good fishing at Dacey this past week. The ice has been about six inches thick near the boat ramp.
Located along the Colorado River about 12 miles below of Hoover Dam, Willow beach is a popular destination for anglers pursuing large striped bass and rainbow trout. With completion of repairs to its cold water intake system, the Willow Beach National Fish Hatchery is hoping to resume regular trout stocking activities as early as Feb. 2017. Rainbow trout will take night crawlers, PowerBait and other commercial trout baits along with lures and spinners. Striper fishermen find success with anchovies, swim baits and shad imitations.
The local ponds are on the trout stocking schedule this week. Planter rainbows will generally bite on night crawlers, mealworms, PowerBait, Power Eggs, small lures and flies. If casting hardware consider Rooster Tail, Mepp’s and Panther Martin spinners. For best success go small with your hook choice, no bigger than size 10 fished on lighter lines. Four-pound test is generally a good option. Be sure to place unwanted fishing line in a trash bin or monofilament recycle drop.