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.
Despite rough weather over the weekend, fly-fishers using Woolly Buggers and Cave Lake specials reported catching and releasing as many as 40 fish a piece before Saturday’s storm forced them off the water. The trout are also taking the PowerBait and night crawlers.
Trout, bass, and crappie are hitting well and taking a variety of baits and lures. Weekend storms kept most people off the reservoir.
While details regarding fishing from the lake this week have been light, general consensus is it was good. This time of year anglers can find success working the openings of coves for stripers looking for shad. Casting plastic imitations or crankbaits into the shallows or against rocky outcroppings can work for largemouth and smallmouth bass. Working the coves into the evening or at night can also reward you with catfish that hang in these murkier waters. Anchovies will work on catfish as well as striped bass.
According to Rusty at the Riviera Marina, anglers have been reeling in a number of smallmouth bass in the three-pound range. Most seem to prefer night crawlers to plastic imitations. Working a drop shot rig over rocky shelves can trigger a strike. Catfish are hanging in the backs of coves and anglers have been catching fish averaging three to four pounds. While the action has been light for striped bass on the main body of the lake, Willow Beach has seen an improvement in the quality of fish being taken. Many double-digit stripers have been caught recently, with anchovies and shad imitation lures working well.
Fishing has slowed slightly following our turbulent weather but this slowdown should be temporary as the warmer days return. That said anglers are still having success, bringing in stripers ranging two to five pounds. Anchovies used as bait continue to fool fish, be it striped bass or catfish. One catfish weighing 6.5 pounds was caught near Rotary Park.
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
No fishing report was received this week. This is usually a great time for fishing on the area with early morning and late afternoon being the best times for fishing as the winds usually start up around noon and then calm down just before sunset making mid-afternoon fishing difficult.
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.
Catfish were stocked into the ponds at Floyd Lamb, Lorenzi, Sunset, Boulder City and Mesquite on April 22. The fish started biting on mealworms, night crawlers and hotdogs almost immediately. Bluegill are also hitting well on worms at most of the ponds.