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Southern Nevada Fishing Report

Courtesy of NDOW

Updated: 10/6/2017

Upcoming Events

There will be a free Introduction to Fly-fishing class Saturday, Oct. 14 at Floyd Lamb Park from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The class will cover the basics of fly fishing, including knots, terminology and casting skills. To register please go to For more information call NDOW at 702-486-5127 x 3503 or 3850.


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.



Cold nights and cool days have improved the trout bite. Rainbows have been taking the usual stuff, including small spinners, such as a Mepp’s in yellow with red spots or a Panther Martin. Fly-fishers are doing well with Woolly Buggers in dark olive or black with gold flashabou. Bait anglers are finding luck using PowerBait in orange, green or rainbow.



Rainbow trout action has really improved this past week, though angler numbers are low. The water level continues to rise now that irrigation needs have slowed down, and the aquatic vegetation has broken up. Conditions are nearly perfect for catching a limit of fish.



Striper fishing is still going strong. Anglers are catching the fish with anchovies in the morning and evening hours.  Look for live shad in the back of Vegas Bay. Overnight fishing for catfish has been good at Government Wash. Anglers are chumming the water to entice bites. Smallmouth bass are hanging out along cliff walls in about 20 to 25 feet of water. Some are finding success with drop shots rigs while others have caught fish with crankbaits. 



Stripers have been taking anchovies in deeper waters near Willow Beach and Katherine Landing. Striped bass are a little harder to come by through the main body of the reservoir, but those fishing early with reaction baits have found moderate success. Catfish have been active as well and are taking anchovies in the backs of coves. Largemouth and smallmouth bass have been fooled by spinnerbaits and soft plastics.



The bite is on along this stretch of the river. Regular trout plants are keeping the caddis flies at bay while providing some good fishing. Fly-fishers should catch the trout with a variety of fly patterns representing the different stages of insect life. Catfish are biting on a variety of baits, especially anchovies fished near the Big Bend of the Colorado State Recreation Area. Shore fishing is great for striped bass in the 1- to 3- pound range. 






Trout action continues to improve. Cool temperatures have the fish taking a variety of baits and lures. Aquatic vegetation has been dying off, and that is opening up more water for anglers. Bass and crappie action has really dropped this past week. Be prepared for freezing temperatures during the nighttime hours and early in the morning.






The last catfish plant is slated for the week of Oct. 16. Seasonal rainbow trout plants are dependent on water temperature and usually begin around mid-November. The bluegill and bass bite has started to slow down with the cooling temperatures, but the fish are still taking mealworms and night crawlers.


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