Southern Nevada Fishing Report
- Saturday, June 11 is Free Fishing day across Nevada and NDOW will be participating in three events in Southern Nevada. Echo Canyon State Park will hold its event from 8 a.m. to noon, contact 775-962-5102 for more information. The Veterans Memorial Park event will run from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. with registration starting at 7:30 a.m. Loaner equipment will be available for free and children will receive a goody bag and lots of prizes will be given away. Contact 702-486-5127, ext. 3503 for more information. The Floyd Lamb Park event starts at 7:30 a.m. Contact 702-229-6154 for more information.
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.
The fish have been cooperative in the early morning hours with trout taking the usual Powerbait in orange or rainbow colorations and night crawlers are attracting a few fish, but the action throughout the day has slowed down with the rising temperatures. Weed growth has bloomed around the lake making some of the more popular spots on the lake difficult to fish.
The bass and crappie are still hitting well and taking a variety of lures, such as jigs, spinners, and flies. Trout action has slowed down with the warmer temps, but are still hitting in the early morning hours.
The eastside of Boulder Basin has been producing good sized stripers around 4-pounds. Reports have them hitting on anchovies and silver lures. Catfish are hitting later in the day on anchovies as well. The fish are active, however if one bait or method doesn’t work, try switching it up. Fish will go after bait or lures that look like their natural food source.
Rusty’s Riviera reported one fisherman in the Fort Mohave landed a channel cat and a smallmouth bass. He was fishing from shore and using various plastics and green worms. Stripers seem to be best lured in by anchovies. One group was able to bring in a couple of stripers just under 6-pounds. This group was fishing from shore and also using anchovies.
The river is producing stripers in the casino area down to Big Bend State Park. Depending on their movement and if they are still feeding on trout, there are a few bait options. Rotary Park and the nature center have been doing well for stripers also. The fish are active, so if one bait or method isn’t working switch it up. Fish will go after bait or lures that look like their natural food source.
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
The action around the area has slowed down this past week with the summer temperatures rising and aquatic vegetation becoming a problem on most of the waters. Bass have been hitting on crankbaits and larger spoon lures.
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.
With Summer in full force the fishing action has slowed down during the hottest part of the day, but early morning is still looking good for bluegills and catfish. NDOW will be stocking channel catfish into the ponds the week of June 27. Please keep in mind if you are releasing fish to keep the fish in the water as much as possible to avoid stress from the hotter temps.