Southern Nevada Fishing Report


Updated 9/10/2014

Upcoming Events

  • NDOW will hold an Introduction to Fly-fishing Clinic the evenings of Sept. 9-10. Loaner rods will be available. Registration is required as space is limited. Register online at For more information contact Ivy Santee at 702-486-5127, ext. 3503.
  • NDOW will hold a free Beginners Fly-tying Workshop Wednesday, Sept. 24. Registration is available online at
  • An Introduction to Fly-fishing class will be held at the Spring Valley State Park campground Friday, Sept. 26, starting at 7 p.m. Registration is not required.


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.


Action has been hit-or-miss this past week with some days being really good and others showing no action. Some anglers have caught fish using the old tried and true method of hanging a night crawler under a bobber. A 2.5 pound largemouth bass was taken off of Copper Point by an angler throwing a Rooster Tail. The annual One-Fly Fishing tournament will take place Saturday, Sept. 27. Contact Ranger Ben Johnson for more information (775-962-5102).


Trout action was very slow this past week, but the largemouth bass continue to hit on night crawlers and spinners.


As of this writing, the U.S. Open Bass Tournament is taking place on Lake Mead. During the pre-fishing days leading up to the competition, anglers described the black bass fishing as being pretty good. Between lures and drop shot rigs, anglers reportedly pulled largemouth and smallmouth bass from areas all over the lake. Most came from near the dam and Temple Bar. Striper boils have been most active between sunrise and 7 a.m. Jigging has proven the “sure-fire” way to bring the stripers in with lures, most frequently Sassy Shad, still working well.


Smallmouth action remains slow, but persistent anglers are still catching some hard-hitting fish. Drop shots, jigs and tubes have been catching the fish. Bluegill and redear sunfish also have been very active. Using night crawler pieces and working the backs of coves has produced fish.


Stripers have been plentiful along this stretch of the river. While smaller fish have made up most of the catch, there are plenty of larger ones in the mix. Anchovy pieces are still a prime bait, but lures such as Rat-L-Traps are also working well. The fish are hungry which works out for the anglers.


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


Fishing for bass, trout, and crappie on Haymeadow and Cold Springs has been hit-or-miss. The water temperatures are around 64 degrees at the boat launches. Fishing at the upper end of Adams-McGill Reservoir was good over the weekend. Anglers caught bass in the nine- to 12-inch range. Bass fishing also has been good at Dacey. Bass are biting black plastic worms rigged Texas style. Dacey is artificial lure only and the use of PowerBait on Dacey is prohibited. NDOW is asking that visitors not dam up the out flow of the Hot Creek spring; doing so slows the amount of water that can be delivered to the reservoirs.


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.


Lorenzi Park pond is back in operation and water levels are back to normal -- just in time for an NDOW catfish plant the week of Sept. 15. There have been no reports this past week, but fishing should be good at the ponds despite the occasional monsoonal showers.