Southern Nevada Fishing Report


Updated: 2017-10-11

Upcoming Events

NDOW will host a Creative Fly-tying workshop for families Nov. 19 from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. For more information contact Abbey Czarnecki at 702-486-5127 x 3850.  To register visit or drop by the Southern Nevada Family Fishing page on Facebook. 


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.



Temperatures are expected to drop going into the weekend with daytime highs reaching the low 50s and nighttime lows dipping into the 20s. Be prepared for cold temperatures and expect to find ice along the shoreline in the early morning. Trout fishing remains good. Rainbows are hitting PowerBait and small spinners. Brown trout should become increasingly active.  



Look for rainbow trout in the deep water along the dam. The fish have been taking night crawlers and PowerBait. Rainbow and chartreuse colors are generally productive.



Government Wash, 33-Hole and the Boulder Beach area can be productive for striped bass. Oftentimes the fish will start the day in shallow water and then move deeper as the day warms up. Late fall can be a challenging time as anglers try to figure out where the fish are and what they want. Fish-eating birds like grebes or cormorants will raft up above schools of baitfish and that means stripers won’t be far away. Jigging and trolling can be effective for fish holding in deeper water. 



Anglers are finding fair fishing for rainbow trout following weekly fish plants at Willow Beach. Hungry stripers will push the trout toward cover so it won’t take long for them to disperse. Striped bass are taking large swimbaits. Trout patterns are especially effective. Over the weekend, one lucky angler weighed in two good stripers in the 10-pound range at the Willow Beach Marina. Look for catfish at the south end of the reservoir where the water is warmer. Cut anchovies, stink baits and night crawlers will catch the fish.   



Stocked rainbow troutare providing a fun opportunity below Davis Dam, in the Big Bend area, and near Bullhead City Community Park on the Arizona side. Mepp’s spinners, Panther Martins and Rooster Tails will catch the fish. Bait fishermen have found success with PowerBait in various colors. Striped bass will take anchovies, pencil poppers, and swimbaits






Dropping temperatures has bass and crappie action in slow mode while trout are actively feeding. Shore anglers are having a rough time with vegetation, but boaters and float tubers are finding excellent fishing. Dacey has been especially good for large trout. Spinners have been very effective. Nighttime lows are expected to drop into the low 20s with daytime highs near 50. 






With water temperatures dropping, expect action for warm water fish, like bluegill or bass, to remain slow. The first seasonal trout plant of the year is on tap for this week. The Nevada Department of Wildlife will plant rainbow trout at Floyd Lamb, Lorenzi, Sunset, and Veterans Memorial Park ponds. Hafen Park in Mesquite and Cold Creek are also on the list.