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.
Fishing remains good at the lake despite storm systems moving through the area over the past week. Three anglers who braved the elements did well for both rainbow trout and tiger trout while throwing Lil Jake lures and night crawlers. The lake remains free of ice, but contact the park for updated conditions (775-962-5102).
Fishing pressure was very low over the past week as winter storms systems moved through the valley and kept most people off the water. The reservoir remains free of ice, but contact the park for updated conditions (775-962-5103).
Striper action has been described as being okay during the morning and evening hours. Windy conditions have made boating and fishing difficult for much of the past week. Live shad and swimbaits are catching most of the fish, some pushing five to six pounds. Look for shad and stripers both in deep water.
The upper Mohave has offered the best fishing recently. Some of the best action has come in the coves with top-water baits. According to one report, there was a 40-pound fish pulled in sometime last week.
Cooler weather changes fishing habits so you may need to change your approach. Fishing from shore has proven successful for stripers. Look for fish holding in holes near structure. Be wary of low water conditions.
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
Due to colder temperatures and winter storms systems, few people have been seen on the management area and fishing pressure has been very light. The reservoirs remain ice free, which is mostly due to the high wind conditions and not the temperatures.
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.
The first trout plant of the year took place last week at Sunset Park, Veterans Memorial Park in Boulder City, Hafen Park in Mesquite and Beatty Pond. Floyd Lamb Park is scheduled to receive fish sometime this week along with Lorenzi Park, Sunset Park, Veterans Memorial Park and Cold Creek.