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Southern Nevada Fishing Report


Courtesy of NDOW

Updated: 9/15/2017

Upcoming Events

NDOW will hold a free Introduction to Fly-fishing Class at 9 a.m., Sept. 23 at the Las Vegas NDOW office, 4747 Vegas Drive. The two-part class will cover equipment, terminology, knot tying and more. The second part will begin at 12 p.m. at Lorenzi Park and will cover casting basics. Attendance at the entire class is recommended. Registration is required and be taken care of online at For more information, contact 702-486-5127 x 3503 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.



Fishing has been slow this past week. Rain and thunderstorm activity has held anglers at bay. Runoff from the rains has made the water a little murky. Seasonal weed growth is beginning to break up as overnight temperatures are showing signs of cooling down. 



Little to no action was seen this past week due to the active thunderstorms in the area. Water levels are starting to rise from the rains and reductions in irrigation activity. Trout fishing should improve as fall temperatures arrive. 



Tournament anglers found fishing to be a mixed bag for black bass over the weekend. Some found good action while others struggled to fill their 5-fish bag. Anglers fishing out of Temple Bar have found good fishing for bass in the 1- to 3-pound range. The fish are taking plastic jigs. Striped bass are hitting cut anchovies and live shad fished near the bottom. Make sure to keep the anchovies frozen. Fishermen are seeing some boils early in the morning, but they are short in duration and few in number.



Large striped bass are hitting trout-colored Bomber Long A and Glide Swimmer lures outside of Willow Beach. Trout imitations are the key to catching the line sides. Fish them slow and near the surface. Anglers are catching catfish with cut anchovies.



Rainbow trout were stocked last week below Davis Dam. Spinners and Rainbow PowerBait will catch the fish whether you are from boat or shore. Above Big Bend, anglers are catching catfish in the marshes and black bass along the edges. Catfish are taking cut anchovies fished off the bottom.






Thunderstorm activity has kept most people off the reservoirs in recent days and created murky water conditions. Traditionally, the action tends to pick up this time of year with cooling water temperatures and weed growth dying off. Trout should begin hitting on a larger variety of baits and lures as fall weather patterns start to move in. 






The action around the ponds continues to be best for sunfish, such as bluegill and green sunfish, while the bass action has been a bit slower.  A channel catfish plant is on tap for Floyd Lamb, Sunset, Lorenzi and Boulder City Park ponds the week of Sept. 18.

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