Southern Nevada Fishing Report


Updated 12/18/2014


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.


This week angler pressure was very low due to the storm system that went through the area. Most of the lake is still clear of ice, but there is ice in the mornings around the edges of the lake and on most of the upper end.


The reservoir is still clear of ice despite recent storm activity. Fishing activity has been very limited. Night crawlers and PowerBait are always a good bet for enticing a sluggish trout on those cold days.


Anglers are still having an easy go at netting shad but have had a difficult time enticing the striped bass to take their bait. For many, battling the weather is the first obstacle to overcome and then comes the trial of hooking a fish. With the new moon Sunday night, fishing at night under a light or using a submersible light can prove productive. Spinnows or other similar shad imitation lures can work well.


The report has been light from the past week. Anglers are reporting striped bass in coves north of Cottonwood Cove and anchovies have worked well as bait. The catch rate has been better early in the morning and then slows during the midday hours before picking up again in the evening. Willow Beach has produced a few nice catches; one fish came in at 17 pounds and another at eight, mostly on AC Plugs.


With fluctuations in weather and water, fishing has slowed as the fish adjust. Anglers have found trout in the areas of Rotary Park and the Sunshine Peninsula but the fish have proven tough to catch. While shore fishing in the area, one angler brought in a striped bass nearing 13 pounds on a pencil popper. Thanks to Rusty at Riviera Marina for the report.


Anglers are finding some success at the upper marsh for panfish and catfish. Mealworms or night crawlers below a bobber will catch fish.


No fishing activity was reported on the management area this week. The boat launches have iced back over, but the middle sections of the reservoirs remain ice free. Anglers should be able to launch float tubes and other light watercraft from the dikes. Fishing from the dikes is possible but may be difficult while contending with vegetation and thin ice.


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.


Planted rainbows are hitting on a variety of baits and lures. Over the weekend kids from the Las Vegas Jr. Fly Fishing club were getting hits on gold-ribbed Hares Ears, Woolly Buggers, and Prince Nymphs fished near the bottom.