Southern Nevada Fishing Report


Updated 10/20/2016


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.


Rainbow trout action has picked up this past week with fish taking the usual offerings – PowerBait, night crawlers and artificial flies. A few anglers recently found success with Mepp’s lures in red and white at the upper area of the reservoir while a few fly-fishers caught both bass and trout while working the tules on the south side of the reservoir.


With water rising in the reservoir, trout action has picked up. Most anglers have been using PowerBait in rainbow, green or orange colorations. Night crawlers also have been productive for shore fishermen


Anglers are finding good action in the mornings and evenings. Boat anglers are having success for both striped bass and black bass. Anchovies have been the bait of choice. Top-water lures like shad-pattern Rapala’s or live bait also have been catching fish. Windy conditions associated with cooling weather patterns have created challenges for fishermen. Be sure to check the weather forecast before heading to the lake.


Anchovies have been catching striped bass in the 1- to 3-pound range. Deep-water fishing for large stripers is producing mixed results. One angler brought a large striper to the boat using a jig at about 60 feet deep. Black bass are hiding in the vegetation in coves between Willow Beach and Cottonwood Cove.


Fishermen are finding small schools of striped bass below Davis Dam. One lucky angler reeled in a 29-pound channel catfish while casting from the shoreline below Casino Row. Rainbow trout were stocked earlier this week. Good bait options include spinners, PowerBait, worms and flies. Stocked trout are helping to reduce the caddisfly population along the river; catch-and-release fishing practices are encouraged.


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


Trout action has been good this past week following recent trout plants. Duck season is open and there has been a little tension between hunters and the anglers. Both groups are encouraged to be patient with each other and to keep in mind that Kirch is a multiple-use area. Water levels are good in most of the reservoirs and should continue to improve.


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.


Channel catfish are due to be stocked at Floyd Lamb Park, Lorenzi Park, Sunset Park, Boulder City Park and Hafen Park (Mesquite) ponds the week of Oct. 24. This will be the last catfish plant of the season. The NDOW rainbow trout stocking schedule has not yet been finalized but plants should start within a few weeks.