Fishing Report: 7/2/24

Photo: Local angler Joel Donalson and his son hiked to Island Lake in the Ruby Mountains for some brook trout action. The lake is mostly ice free and the trout are hungry!

Eastern Region

It’s finally that time of year to lace up your hiking books at hit the alpine lakes with your rod and reel! Warm weather patterns are quickly melting away snowpack in the Ruby Mountains, allowing for anglers to access Island Lake. Lamoille Lake, Liberty Lake, Griswold Lake, and others should be accessible soon, but still expect to encounter snow drifts.

If you’re not ready to take on the higher elevations, check out hot spots for your species of choice below.


  • Head out to the Ruby Marshes where the bass bite is steadily picking up. Flashy spinners and dark-colored soft plastics are producing catches near Unit 21. Remember, minimum size to keep for black bass is 10 inches.
  • Wilson Sink Reservoir has plentiful shoreline cover for bass to be hiding in. Topwaters early and late in the day should catch fish.
  • At South Fork Reservoir the bass are hittting baits thrown near weedy coves.


  • Anglers at Wildhorse Reservoir are landing trout up to 7lbs. Trolling, bait fishing and fly fishing are all producing great catches.
  • Trout in the Collection Ditch at Ruby Lake NWR are measuring over 20 inches. Dark wooly buggers are getting their attention. Remember, the Collection Ditch is artificial lure only.


  • A 20lb catfish was caught from shore at South Fork Reservoir on shrimp last week.
  • Catfish activity is finally picking up at Wildhorse Reservoir with the warmer temps.

Upcoming Angler Ed Events:

Join us for the 31st Annual Angel Lake Kids Fishing Derby on July 20th at Angel Lake! Youth ages 4 – 15 can register to participate. Registration forms can be completed on site or picked up in advance at the Elko NDOW office, Wells Rural Electric, USFS Wells & Elko offices, Wells Chamber of Commerce, Wells Family Resource Center, Nevada Outdoor School and the Elko Fly Shop. For more info click here.

REports for fishing hot spots

For the fishing reports of individual Eastern Region Hot Spots head to our new fishing report database below.

WesterN Region

Spring is here and fishing in the Western region is on fire. Nearly all of our community ponds are loaded with stocked trout and most of our rivers have yet to fill up with snow runoff. The Truckee and East Walker River are prime and fishing very well but you expect that to change with a little spring heat and the snow melt. Many of our winter hatches are beginning to slow but the summer bugs should be right on their heels. Flows and temperatures are prime for trout and the bass fishing should start to heat up with the warmer weather.

View all Western Region hot spots

For the fishing reports of all Western Region Hot Spots head to our new fishing report database below.


LAKE MEAD – Anglers have been reeling in stripers near Government Wash and Kingman Wash. The line sides seem to be favoring anchovies right at sunset. Most stripers are between 1 and 3 pounds. Black bass are taking bluegill and shad crankbait patterns, shad-look swimbaits and spinnerbaits. Catfish are biting on the anchovies in coves with depths nearing 30 feet or more.

LAKE MOHAVE/ WILLOW BEACH – Stripers are hitting anchovies early in the day all over the reservoir. Both catfish and stripers taking anchovies just above Davis Dam. Stripers are also taking swimbaits thrown from boats and kayaks.  Rainbow trout are biting on rainbow and glitter PowerBait along with brightly colored tubes. Anglers have been catching largemouth and smallmouth bass in the shallows using creature baits and crankbaits.

LAUGHLIN – Anglers are still catching rainbows through Casino Row and towards the Big Bend area from the shoreline as well as boats. The trout are hitting small night crawlers and PowerBaits along drop offs. Small stripers are taking pencil poppers and anchovies all along the river. Boaters are reeling in larger stripers closer to Davis Dam.

LAS VEGAS COMMUNITY PONDS – Anglers are catching catfish with night crawlers and stink bait. Bluegill are hitting mealworms and red worms at the community ponds. There have been a few trout caught in the early mornings before they look for cooler water in the depths during the warm afternoons. Rainbows are chasing Rooster Tails and PowerBait fished off the bottom.  

KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA – Fishing has been good overall. Adams-McGill is producing10- top 12-inch rainbows for anglers using Rooster Tails and dark-colored Woolly Buggers. Small lures and flies with red and gold colorations are a good option for trout this time of year. The bass and crappie bites are starting to pick up at Cold Springs and Haymeadow.

EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR – Anglers are catching trout by combining a night crawlers and mini marshmallow. Fly-fishers are catching both trout and bass with Woolly Buggers and Hare’s Ear Nymphs in brown or black.

ECHO CANYON RESERVOIR – The action has really picked up the past couple of weeks. Early mornings and evenings have been the best time to find fish. Anglers are catching trout, bass and crappie using a variety of baits and lures. Li’l Jakes and Rooster Tails are great for aggressive trout. Fly anglers are using size 8 Woolly Buggers in olive and black colorations. 

All other fishing hot spots

For the fishing reports of all Southern Region Hot Spots head to our new fishing report database below.


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