Southern Nevada Fishing Report


Updated 8/24/2016

Upcoming Events

  • NDOW will hold a free, two-part Introduction to Fly-fishing class Aug. 19-20. The first part will be held Friday, Aug. 19 at the Las Vegas NDOW office starting at 5:30 p.m. and will include the lecture portion. The Aug. 20 portion will take place in the morning at a nearby park and consist of the casting portion. To register for the class visit For more information contact Ivy Santee at 702-486-5127 x 3503.


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.


Occasional thunderstorms have cooled the water down and that has improved catch rates for those braving the elements to try their luck. Trout are taking the usual small spinners, such as a Mepp’s in yellow with red dots. Bait fishermen are having luck using night crawlers or rainbow PowerBait.


Trout, bass and crappie continue to bite despite poor weather conditions associated with intermittent thunderstorms passing through the area. Small spinners and jigs have been productive for rainbow trout and crappie while night crawlers and mealworms have been producing for bait anglers.


Look for striped bass boiling on the surface over deeper waters. Top-water baits like the Jumpin’ Minnow or Zara Spook will catch the fish. Anglers also have been finding and using threadfin shad as live bait to catch the fish. There are random mountains submerged below the water’s surface and make great hangouts for schools of stripers. Largemouth bass seem to like coves and points along the north end of the lake outside of Callville Bay. There are great coves in this area with lots of underwater vegetation.


Boaters throwing anchovies are finding some success for striped bass in deep water. Shore anglers have been catching fish near the dam. Largemouth action is good for anglers working in and around coves with vegetation near the edges. Some have had success using white Rapala Skitter Pops for bass.


Fishermen are catching striped bass 2- to 3-pound range. Hot spots include Casino Row, Rotary Park and Sunshine Peninsula. One angler brought in a 7-pound striper from the deeper waters of the river using anchovies. Smallmouth bass are biting on top-water shad imitations fished near shelves around coves. Fishing is great in the morning and evening.


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


Though the water level has been low in Adams-McGill that should soon change with end of summer irrigation activity. Anglers have been catching trout with lures. Haymeadow and Cold Springs have seen a lot more action from fishermen due to their higher water levels. Fishing has been good at Dacey, but anglers have been asked to use caution when launching watercraft due to lower than usual water levels that have exposed a few rocks at the end of the launch ramp. Take plenty of mosquito repellent.


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 Nevada Department of Wildlife has plans to stock catfish this week at Floyd Lamb, Lorenzi, and Sunset parks, as well as Veterans Memorial Park in Boulder City and Hafen Park in Mesquite. Bluegill and bass are still hitting well in the early morning hours. The fish are taking mealworms and night crawlers.