Southern Nevada Fishing Report


Updated 10/1/2015


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.


Night crawlers were the ticket this past weekend for bait anglers targeting trout and bass. Rooster Tails were also working well for the trout, and with the warmer weekend temperatures the bass were hitting good. One lucky angler caught a five-pounder near the tules.


The action picked up this past weekend with the warmer temperatures. Trout, bass and crappie were all hitting well. Night crawlers were the most productive bait for all species. The aquatic weeds are beginning to die off and that is making fishing a lot easier for bass anglers.


Striper fishing continues to be good throughout the reservoir. Anglers have had the best success in the early mornings. Jigs and other artificial lures have been the most effective in the upper Boulder Basin. There have been some reports of smallmouth bass being caught as well.


Largemouth and smallmouth bass have been biting in the mornings and in the evening. Stripers in the one- to four-pound range have been caught toward the southern end of the reservoir. Bluegill and redear sunfish are taking night crawlers. Catfish action has been good as well. The fish are taking anchovies during the nighttime hours.


Catfish action has been good. Anglers have reeled in several fish that have weighed in at more than five pounds. Striper fishing has not been far behind. Both species are taking cut anchovies. One angler brought in a seven-pound striper near Davis Dam this past week.


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


Conditions remain much the same as last week, though good weather over the weekend improved the bass action. Haymeadow and Dacey reservoirs were both fishing well for trout and bass. Cooling temperatures will change things up. Expect the trout action to pick up and the bass fishing to slow down.


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 last catfish plant for the season is scheduled for the week of Oct. 5. Warm temperatures are keeping the bluegill and bass bite quite active. Mealworms and night crawlers have been getting the best action from the warm water fish.