Southern Nevada Fishing Report


Updated 5/12/2016


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.


Shore fishing has been good this past week with those using spinners doing better than those using traditional baits like night crawlers. Gold Mepp’s spinners with red dots continue to be the most productive hardware. Stormy conditions have kept most boaters and float tubers off the water.


Fishing has been good this past week despite the rough weather. Rainbow trout are taking almost anything thrown at them while the crappie have just begun to bite. The bass are spawning and are not inclined to bite right now.


Fishing out of Boulder Harbor has been good for stripers in the 3- to 4-pound range, but anglers have been catching the fish throughout the reservoir. Over the weekend anglers found good action for striped bass near Hatchery Cove. Most of the fish were in the 2-pound class though one fish did push the scales past 4.5 pounds. Don’t overlook the Overton Arm. Live shad are the preferred striper bait, though frozen anchovies have been catching the fish. Both threadfin and gizzard shad can be found in the Government Wash and Las Vegas Wash.


Mohave has been giving up some good stripers. One lucky shore angler reeled in a 22-pound fish while fishing with anchovies. Stripers are ranging from 3 pounds to the over-20 mark.


Striped bass fishing has been hit or miss down the river, though some anglers have been in the right spot at the right time. Up near the dam anglers have been catching fish in the 2- to 4-pound class, but the river has given up some fish pushing past 20 pounds. The fish are taking anchovies, but don’t overlook trout imitations.


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


Weather conditions have made fishing difficult for many anglers in recent weeks, but with clearing skies the trout bite has picked up. PowerBait, night crawlers, spinners and a variety of flies will catch the fish. The bass and crappie are spawning. Anglers report seeing some good fish, but none are biting yet. NDOW is reminding anglers that Dacey is restricted to the use of artificial lures only.


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.


Trout have been hitting well at most of the ponds on mealworms and orange Power Eggs. Largemouth bass have been seen cruising the shallows following the spring spawn, but few have been taking baits as of yet. Channel catfish will be stocked sometime during the week of May 16 at Floyd Lamb, Sunset, Lorenzi and Boulder City ponds. NDOW asks anglers to dispose of their unwanted fishing line in the trash can or fishing line receptacle.