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Southern Nevada Fishing Report


Updated: 8/23/2017

Courtesy of NDOW

Upcoming Events

Spring Valley State Park (Eagle Valley Reservoir) will hold its annual One-fly Fly-fishing tournament Saturday, Sept. 9 from 8 – 11 a.m. The entrance fee is $30.00 and all entrants will need to have two identical flies, one for the judges and one to fish with. For more information contact Ranger Johnson at 775-962-5102.A beginning fly-tying workshop will take place Tuesday, Aug. 22 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. To register for these classes go to For more information, call 702-486-5127 x3503 Monday thru Friday.


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.



Though fishing remains slow throughout the reservoir, the water has been rising with the help of monsoonal rains. Cooling overnight lows are starting to knock back the aquatic vegetation. Crappies are hitting on jigs and worms around the dock while a few bass and trout are taking baits in the morning and near sundown.



Trout action has been very slow this past week, but bass and crappie have been active early in the morning and in the evening. The reservoir’s water level is low and weeds have been making shore fishing tough. Look for fish in the deep water along the dam.The action for all species has been typically slow for the dog days of summer, but cooler overnight lows and rising water levels should start turning things around. The trout bite usually starts to pick up after Labor Day weekend. Bass and crappie fishing should improve as well.



Las Vegas Bay continues to produce an ample supply of threadfin shad. Anglers using live shad have found success for striped bass and catfish while fishing in the bay from the shoreline or from a boat. Frozen anchovies are productive as well. Steep drop offs in this area tend to attract bigger fish, though the standard catch is somewhere in the 1- to 3-pound range. Black bass are taking soft plastics on the Arizona side near Kingman Wash.  



Anglers are catching striped bass and catfish throughout the lake from boats as well as from the shoreline. Swimbaits in trout patterns are fooling striped bass in the Willow Beach area. At the south end of the lake anglers are doing better using anchovies fished off the bottom from a boat. Black bass activity is beginning to pick up in the Cottonwood Cove area. 



Striped bass in the 1- to 3-pound class are schooling along Casino Row. A silver-colored Glide Swimmer or other swimbait thrown into a school of stripers can produce some good action. Anchovies fished off the bottom have been the top bait choice for stripers, but sometimes catfish will take them as well. Black bass are holding in the marshy areas below the casinos and hitting on spinnerbaits.






There is no report from the WMA this week. Generally, late summer is a slow time for trout, but bass and crappie are active in the early morning and about sundown. As nighttime temperatures start to drop, trout action should improve as the aquatic vegetation begins to die off.






Night crawlers and mealworms were the ticket over the weekend at Floyd Lamb Park. These traditional baits caught bluegill, bass and green sunfish during a fishing clinic hosted by the Nevada Department of Wildlife. The fish were hanging out in shaded pools and along the shoreline.  As the summer draws to a close, the action should pick up at each of the urban fishing ponds.

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