Fishing Report: 9/17/22

 Carson City angler Grant Miladin with a nice rainbow trout that he caught in the collection ditch in late July.  As you can see there are algae matts and weed growth in the ditch.  Best places to fish are at water control devices where there is often a bit of current that attracts trout.  

Eastern Region

The recent rains along with the shorter days, longer nights and cooler temperatures are good news for trout anglers.  As the deer and chukar hunters trade their fishing rods for guns, the lakes will be empty and the best fishing of the year will be underway.  With changing of the seasons, the algae and weeds start to die, the water cools down and the fish put on the feedbag getting ready for the long winter under the ice.

            Bass fishing will start to slow in numbers of fish caught, but the quality of bass picks up, with several of the past state records being caught in October and November.  When fishing for bass this time of year target structure and ambush sites where lunkers can sit and wait for bait fish to come by. 

            Trout become very active, as the water cools holding more oxygen and they come out of the lethargy (gotta love the big words) of late summer.   They start to move into shallow water, especially late evenings and in the early mornings as they start looking for larger prey than invertebrates (large word for bugs) trying to fatten up quickly for the winter.

            Shore anglers will have a much better chance in the fall than during the heat of the summer and using natural baits, artificial lures or flies can all be effective from both boat and shore in the fall.  Worms, cheese type baits, spinners and crankbaits fished from shore should all be effective.

            For fly rodders, streamer patterns such as wooly buggers, crystal buggers, and leech patterns on an intermediate, slow sink or sink tip line are the way to go on our area reservoirs.  But don’t forget the nymphs with gold ribbed hare’s ears, snowcones, prince, PT and soft hackle nymphs fished below an indicator may catch the big one as well. 

REports for fishing hot spots

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WesterN Region

We are in full summer mode which means stocking has slowed at many of the community ponds until water temperatures come down some. The Sparks Marina would be one of the few exceptions to this. Even though we’re not out planting, there’s still fish to be caught. Baily Pond and the Verdi Mill Ponds both have excellent populations of easy to catch panfish. Green sunfish and Bluegill can be caught all day long on just about anything you can fit in their mouth. Small baits under a bobber are nearly always productive for the small warmwater species   

View all Western Region hot spots

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LAKE mohave/willow beach

In the early mornings, kayakers are reporting fish up to 25 pounds near Willow Beach. Anglers using trout swimbaits to catch striped bass between 5 and 10 pounds near Cottonwood. Lake Mohave anglers are reporting good fishing just above Davis Dam. Smallmouth are chasing imitation shad baits, and largemouth are hitting frog and topwater lures. Anglers looking for a catfish bite should fish anchovies off the bottom at the Willow Pier and near Cottonwood Cove. 

All other fishing hot spots

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