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.
Tiger and rainbow trout are taking green PowerBait and Mepp’s lures with red spots. You can switch things up with a mealworm or night crawler if artificial baits aren’t working.
Echo Canyon is giving up a variety of fish. Trout are biting on everything from PowerBait to worms. Bass and crappie have been hitting top-water lures like the Micro Spin in chartreuse.
Striper fishing has finally picked up in the Vegas Wash. On Saturday anglers were catching fish on shad near the shore. Reports are that shad are spawning in the shallows, so now is a good time to fish from shore or near shore in a boat. One guided trip reportedly caught over 50 fish last Friday. Black bass fishing remains good. Anglers have not needed to travel far out of the Callville marina to catch fish. A couple of anglers had good luck just outside of the tire line with crankbaits and soft plastics.
Some good stripers have been caught outside of Willow Beach Marina in the past week. While many were around eight pounds, one lucky angler reeled in a fish that tipped the scale at 23 pounds. The biggest fish have been caught from a boat, but shore anglers throwing anchovies also are catching healthy stripers.
Down at Big Bend State Park a fisherman caught a 26-pound striped bass using anchovies while fishing from shore. Further down a father-son team caught a mess of good stripers that included a 13-pound fish. They were fishing from a boat with 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
With warmer weather arriving up north, anglers are reporting good fishing on the management area. One couple caught seven rainbow trout and a black bass while trolling Rooster Tails on Haymeadow Reservoir. They also found success with PowerBait in green with glitter.
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.
Seasonal catfish plants began in mid-April and should continue into the fall. These fish will take stink baits, hot dog slices, shrimp and night crawlers among others. Trout have been biting on chartreuse and orange PowerBait. Mealworms also have been catching the fish. Catch-and-release fishing is encouraged for largemouth bass while they are spawning.