Southern Nevada Fishing Report


Updated: 2018-05-16

Upcoming Events

The Southern Nevada Family Fishing Club will meet Wednesday, May 30 at 5:30 p.m. This focus will be on knot tying and basic equipment needs. For more information contact 702-486-5127 x 3503 (Ivy Santee) or 3850 (Abbey Czarnecki).


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 has been very good this past week with many catching rainbows, bass and crappie, often on the same baits or lures. Brown or olive colored Woolly Buggers will catch all three species. Crappies also will hit small white or silver jigs. Effective PowerBait colors are generally orange, green or rainbow. Fish them off the dam and along the fishing dock. 



Anglers have found good fishing for stocked rainbows, largemouth bass and crappies. Rumors are that one lucky fisherman recently reeled in a near-record 7-pound bass from this Lincoln County water. The largest bass ever taken at this reservoir weighed 8 pounds 2 ounces.  



Smallmouth and largemouth bass are moving up in preparation for the spawn. In the Overton Arm, anglers are catching the fish with crankbaits and Rat-L-Traps in coves and near drop-offs. Murky water seems to be the key. Anglers also are using a variety of plastic worms and swimbaits in greens and sliver colors for black bass. Catfish are starting to bite on anchovies fished at night in the Las Vegas Bay area.



Rainbow trout imitations will fool striped bass feeding on stocked rainbows at Willow Beach. Planter trout will take PowerBait, worms, spinners and small lures. Mepp’s, Panther Martins, Rooster Tails, Super Dupers and L’il Jakes can all be affective. Black bass are hitting plastics in watermelon and green speckled colors all around Cottonwood Cove. On the south end of the lake anglers are having the best luck with striped bass and catfish both hitting anchovies fished off the bottom.  



Anglers are catching striped bass from below the dam south through Casino Row to Big Bend. The fish are ranging from 1 to 4 pounds. Shore anglers are catching the fish with anchovies. Rainbow trout are still biting below Big Bend of the Colorado State Recreation Area. The trout are holding in deeper waters where the temperature is coldest, while catfish and black bass are in the coves where the water is warmer.  






The trout action has been very good despite passing storms that have made the roads muddy. Water levels are up thanks to the rain. 







Nevada Department of Wildlife plans call for catfish to be planted sometime this week at Lorenzi, Floyd Lamb, Sunset and Veterans Memorial parks. Bluegill have been actively taking mealworms at most of the ponds and largemouth bass are hitting on lures and night crawlers.