Southern Nevada Fishing Report
- The Las Vegas Fly Fishing Club, the Southern Nevada Chapter of Trout Unlimited and the Las Vegas Jr. Fly Fishing clubs will hold their December meeting Sunday, Dec. 11 at Floyd Lamb Park in the Old Ranch House from 12-4 p.m. Those interested in learning more about the sport of fly-fishing and casting a fly rod are invited to attend. For more information visit www.sntrout.com.
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.
A little snow and cold temperatures moved in over the weekend leaving some ice along the shoreline. The holiday weekend saw few anglers at the park, but several limited out with 12- to 14-inch fish. For bait fishers chartreuse sparkle PowerBait was the ticket, while lure and fly fishers did well with small spinners and Woolly Buggers.
The state park saw little activity over the holiday weekend, but the few anglers who braved the cooler elements did well for rainbow trout. Rainbow or chartreuse PowerBait fooled the fish.
Anglers have found good action right after sunrise. Live threadfin shad can be found outside Government Wash, with stripers lurking nearby. Anchovies have been the most preferred bait, but some fishermen are using imitation shad lures as well. Both catfish and stripers are taking the imitations. Catfish have been found around the Hemenway fishing pier and black bass in shoreline vegetation near Callville Bay.
Catfish have been taking chicken livers and anchovies in and around Katherine Landing while anglers have been catching striped bass and black bass outside of Cottonwood Cove. Coves are the place to be for early morning fishing. Imitation rainbow trout or threadfin shad baits are fooling the fish.
Trout fishing is good on the river. The fish have been stocked below the dam and near Bullhead City Community Park on the Arizona side. Anglers have been catching small stripers below Davis Dam and from there downstream. There are reports of 10-pound stripers coming from the area north of Big Bend of the Colorado State Recreation Area. Anglers also are catching stripers along Casino Row.
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
Cold winds and snow flurries made for dismal conditions over the weekend keeping most anglers off the waters. Ice has started forming along the shoreline around most of 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.
Due to mechanical issues, the trout plant scheduled for last week was postponed. Barring unforeseen circumstances, that plant should take place sometime this week. On the stocking schedule is Cold Creek Pond along with the ponds at Floyd Lamb, Sunset, Lorenzi, and Boulder City parks.