Southern Nevada Fishing Report


Updated: 2017-05-24

Upcoming Events

Free fishing day in Nevada will be on Saturday, June 10.  Spring Valley State Park located in Lincoln County will hold its annual fishing derby. For more information contact Ranger Ben Johnson at 775-962-5102. Councilman Steve Ross will be hosting his annual fishing derby at Floyd Lamb Park starting at 7:30 am and NDOW will be holding a fishing derby at Boulder City Pond starting at 8 am.  For more information contact Ivy Santee at 702-486-5127 ext. 3503.


Quagga Reminder

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.



Fishing is very good at this Lincoln County reservoir. Rainbow, tiger and brown trout are taking small flies fished about five feet below the surface. Effective patterns include olive-colored Hare’s Ear nymphs and midges. Largemouth bass are also very active and taking baits. Anglers also have found good action for smallish crappie.  



Crappie bass and rainbow trout are all giving anglers something smile about. The trout have been taking Woolly Buggers and other streamer patterns in brown and green colors along with lures and prepared baits. Most of the fish are coming from within easy casting distance from shore where they are feeding heavily on insects. The fish are biting in the early morning and evening hours. Patience is the key. 



With temperatures pushing the 100-degree mark, early morning and late evening hours have been the time to get out. Cut anchovies are catching catfish and striped bass all around the lake. Boat fishers are finding good action at cove entrances and in the Vegas Wash. Outside of Callville Bay and Hemenway Harbor anglers are catching black bass along weedy shorelines.



Black bass are becoming increasingly active with most fish coming from coves south of Cottonwood Cove. Crankbaits and jerkbaits have been the ticket for fooling the fish. Anglers are also having success for striped bass around Willow Beach and Katherine Landing in the early morning and late night hours. 



Anglers fishing for black bass are catching fish from shore and boat alike. Plastic baits in pumpkin and pink colors are enticing largemouth and smallmouth bass. Anglers are catching striped bass with anchovies along Casino Row and catfish in the marshy areas north of Big Bend.  






Anglers have found good fishing for largemouth bass, crappie and rainbow trout. Work the tule beds for largemouth bass. Olive or black Woolly Buggers, and other leech patterns will catch the bass. Crappie will take small crankbaits, jigs and flies. Plump rainbows will take flies as well as prepared trout baits and naturals, such as night crawlers..






Late spring and early summer is the time for catfish and other warm water species. Stocked catfish will take commercial stink baits, night crawlers, hot dog sliced and pieces of smelly chicken liver. For bluegill try night crawlers or meal worms on small hooks. Look for holdover rainbow trout in deep water where shade provides cooler water temperatures.