NDOW’s 2nd Annual Ice Fishing Clinic at Wildhorse Reservoir was a success! On February 10th anglers joined NDOW Angler Education Coordinators, Fisheries Biologists, Game Wardens and State Park staff for a fun day on the ice. Photo: Jacob Hulsizer of Sparks, NV was one of the lucky participants to land a nice trout!
Eastern NV is continuining to see warm and wet weather patterns, which is keeping ice growth at a minium. At this time, it is more important than ever to be extremely cautious and adhere to best ice fishing safety practices. Please see popular water updates below, as well as pertinent safety information.
- South Fork Reservoir: Almost entirely open water. No ice fishing opportunities, but the open water fishing has been great!
- Wildhorse Reservoir: Ice varies from 5″ to 7″ near the boat ramp, varying considerably in other areas. There is an abundance of slush and air pockets due to warm daytime temps.
- Comins Lake: The ice on the north end of Comins Lake varies between 4.5″ to 8″. Ice in the narrows and north end of the south lake is between 9″ inches and 12 ” and 12″. The south end of the south lake is 7″ to 8″ inches” in areas sampled. The ice along the perimeter of the lake has become soft and may be unsafe in areas.
Wherever you are fishing, we’d like to remind you of a few safety tips if you plan to venture out onto the ice:
- Stay off ice measuring less than 4 inches. Check out the graphic below for additional guidelines.
- Always survey the ice prior to venturing out. Just because it’s frozen doesn’t mean it’s safe! Thin spots are not always easy to see and ice conditions can change in the blink of an eye.
- Be prepared with safety equipment! Ice claws, rope, crampons for footing, and extra clothing are just a few items to keep in your gearbag.
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Winter fishing is just starting to get good in Western Nevada. The Truckee is prime and flowing just above normal for this time of year. The mayflies are beginning to show up and should but out in full force as we get a little closer to spring. The East Walker flows are back up to about 100 cfs and fishing has continued to be excellent. Anglers can expect good number of quality fish there.
Many of our community ponds have really slowed down and begun to freeze, stocking will begin again this spring as conditions allow. The Sparks Marina is always an option if you’re looking for something quick and easy in town. Many of the largest fish caught in the Marina are reported during some of the coolest months.
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LAKE MEAD — Shore anglers are finding slow fishing for striped bass in shallow water. Boaters are locating striped bass at depths ranging from 40 to 80 feet. According to reports, the best action is taking place early and late in the day. Various swimbait patterns are enticing black bass throughout Boulder Basin and toward Temple Bar. Some anglers are generating bites with soft plastics and swimbaits fished just off the bottom.
LAKE MOHAVE /WILLOW BEACH — Anglers fishing for rainbow trout at Willow Beach are using mice tails and PowerBait. Spinners, such as and Rooster Tails and Mepp’s are also getting bites. The striped bass bite is sluggish, but boaters and kayakers are trolling the waters between Willow and Cottonwood Cove in the hope of catching a double-digit fish.
LAUGHLIN — The river is producing striped bass catches just south of Casino Row. Swimbaits and glide baits are enticing stripers to bite. Anglers are also reporting success with a variety topwater lures in the afternoon. Rainbow trout stockings continue weekly. Trout are averaging 10 to 12 inches and are showing a preference for worms and spinners in red or yellow.
LAS VEGAS COMMUNITY PONDS – Stocked rainbow trout have been taking a variety of baits and small lures, such as rainbow-colored PowerBait, night crawlers, salmon eggs and mini-marshmallows. Spinning lures and spoons, such as Rooster Tails, Mepp’s, Super Dupers and Kastmasters, also have been drawing strikes. Some anglers have caught catfish with night crawlers and chicken livers.
KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA – Due to recent storm activity, ice conditions are questionable. Roads may be muddy and thin ice will form around the shorelines in the mornings. The Nevada Department of Wildlife encourages visitors to use caution while on the management area.
EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR – Sunny afternoons are preventing the reservoir from freezing over. There is potential to cast from the dam to bring in a few trout, but anglers may have to contest with sharp ice edges.
ECHO CANYON RESERVOIR – Thin ice is forming along the shorelines, but there are still opportunities for anglers to pursue rainbow trout throughout the day and bass or crappie in the afternoon. Small jigs work to entice crappie and bass. Trout will look for nightcrawlers and glitter PowerBait.
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Join Nevada Department of Wildlife instructors for a free fishing class! All ages and experience levels are welcome! For more information and registration visit https://www.register-ed.com/programs/nevada/210-angler-education. Fishing licenses can be purchased online at www.ndowlicensing.com.