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 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.
Anglers have found fast action for rainbow trout while using night crawlers with a bit of mini-marshmallow on the hook. Other effective baits include PowerBait in both green or orange coloration, and small spoons in gold with red spots. Fishermen have seen a few bass, but it’s still a little cold. The campgrounds are open with all facilities available.
Little has been heard from the park this week, but those who have been talking are having good success for rainbow trout using PowerBait in green or orange colors, night crawlers with a chunk of mini-marshmallow, or small spinners. Some crappie have been seen, as well as a few bass.
Anglers fishing near Callville Bay and 33 Hole are finding improved action for largemouth bass. Texas rigged worms are very productive and many of the beds are very shallow. The top three teams at a bass tournament all finished with five-fish bags topping 24 bags, a bit of a milestone for Mead. When fishing during the spawn, catch-and-release fishing is a good way to improve future fishing opportunity.
Fishing slowed following the lunar eclipse early this week, but smallmouth and largemouth bass are still ready to take baits. The drop shot and Texas rigs have worked well, so have grubs and other plastics. The reaction bite has been slow. Catfish are biting on anchovies and the best action has come at night in the back of coves.
Striped bass action has been slow but steady along this stretch of the river. Stripers in the two-pound range have been taking anchovies. Catfish action continues to improve with anchovies being a top bait for these fish as well. A catfish topping 12 pounds was reeled in near Davis Dam.
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
Anglers have been catching trout in the nine- to 11-inch range off the dam at Hay meadow and Cold Springs. Spinners, lures, and PowerBait are catching the fish. The bass bite is also beginning to pickup. Fishing has been slow at Adams-McGill, but the trout tend to be a bit larger than at other area reservoirs. Fishing at Dacey reservoir has been very good using flies, and spoons. Dacey is artificial lure only so the use of PowerBait, worms or other similar baits is prohibited. Tule, Old Place, and the upper ends of Haymeadow, Cold Springs, Adams-McGill, and Dacey are now closed.
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 ponds at Lorenzi, Floyd Lamb, Sunset, and Boulder City ponds will receive the first catfish plant of the season sometime this week. The limit is three fish. A limit includes fish at home, in the cooler and those you catch and give away. Baits that include any part of a fish other than preserved salmon eggs are prohibited. Shrimp and squid are not considered fish.