Southern Nevada Fishing Report
NDOW will hold a free family fishing clinic on Saturday, March 15 at Floyd Lamb Park. For more information and registration contact Ivy Santee (702) 486-5127 x 3503.
Trout in the Classroom – The public is invited to visit our trout tank and observe baby rainbow trout at the Las Vegas office (4747 Vegas Drive) Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
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 2013 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 only ice on the lake is in the center, so boaters need to use caution, but the shoreline and dock are free of ice. Action has been really good using PowerBait. Coloration doesn’t seem to matter. Night crawlers have also produced good action.
The reservoir is ice free, and anglers are finding good action for rainbow trout while using night crawlers and PowerBait. The fish aren’t being too picky and are taking a variety of PowerBait colors.
Reports have been light, but those coming in are that the fish are hanging deep. With the new moon on March 1, anglers may see a slight change in fish behavior. Fishing under a light or with a submersible light during a new moon is an effective way of catching stripers. With the warmer weather, anglers are already seeing signs of pre-spawning activity by largemouth and smallmouth bass.
With the unseasonably warm weather, smallmouth and largemouth bass are exhibiting spawning behavior. Nesting activity is apparent in the shallows and all along the shoreline. The sometimes elusive striped bass may be more receptive during the new moon, which begins March 1. Fishing under a light or with a submersible light has generally produced good results.
Action has been slow for holdover rainbow trout that remain in the river. Striped bass are beginning to make an appearance with anglers catching a few in the 10-pound range while fishing from shore in the area of Community Park.
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
As of Monday, Feb. 24, all reservoirs on the management area are ice free. Anglers have been catching trout in the 10 – to 12-inch range off the dam at Haymeadow and Cold Springs with spinners, spoons, and PowerBait. Fishing on Adams-McGill and Dacey reservoirs has been a little bit slower than at Haymeadow and Cold Springs, but the average size of the trout caught has been larger. The upper ends of Haymeadow, Cold Springs, Adams McGill, Tule, Old Place and Dacey are now closed due to waterfowl nesting. Try to avoid using the southern country road to access Kirch WMA and enter on the northern country road for a smoother ride in.
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.
Catch rates at the local ponds have varied this past week. Anglers have been doing well at the Boulder City and Sunset Park ponds using PowerBait in various colors. The specific color hasn’t seemed to matter to the fish. Action at the Floyd Lamb Park and Lorenzi Park ponds has been a little slower, but the anglers that are catching have been using PowerBait.