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Southern Nevada Fishing Report

Courtesy of NDOW

Updated: 10/11/2017

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.
NDOW will be holding a “How to Fish Lake Mead” seminar at the Alan Bible Visitors Center at the Lake Mead NRA on Sat. Oct. 21 starting at 2 pm.  This is a free event that will cover not only techniques for fishing the lake, but the regulations for Lake Mead (limits, legal baits, and equipment that can be used to catch the various species of fish in the lake).  Pre-registration is not required.


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.



The rainbow action has been very good this past week, with most anglers leaving with their limits. Bait fishers have been doing well using the usual orange or green Powerbait, but pink became the color of choice for many of the anglers who acquired those limits. Rooster tail and Mepps lures were also working well for boaters and float tubers.



The fishing action has been quiet this past week with only a few anglers trying their luck. The water levels remain low, but are starting to rise, as the aquatic vegetation has been dying off. The rainbows have been taking pink powerbait to add to the usual orange or green powerbait and power eggs.



Cooler weather is here, with a few warm days mixed in. Those warm days will be great to go out for black bass and crappie in the Overton Arm. Black Bass has started to slow, but anglers have had some success at sunrise and sunset using drop shots near underwater cliffs. Near the Boulder Islands, black bass are biting on a variety of popper lures. Striped bass and catfish are biting on anchovies off the bottom in deeper coves like Crawdad Cove.



Shore fishing is slow on the north end out of Willow Beach. Anglers are having trouble getting out past the weeds near the fishing pier. Those anglers that are getting out on the water are having good success with striped bass. Trout are still be stocked south of the Willow Marina. Trout fishing is good with the cooler waters.



Striper fishing is still good through casino row using anchovies. The smaller fish will steal the bait if it isn’t reinforced.  Anglers are catching stripers in the 1-3 pound range. If you’re not using anchovies, try lures like a bomber savage, pencil popper, or glide swimmer. Trout are regularly being stocked below Davis Dam. Trout will go for PowerBait and silver spinners. 






Fishing continues to be slow this past week with winds kicking up in the afternoons, pushing the weeds around and making shore fishing difficult.  Water levels continue to be low, but should begin to rise over the next few weeks.






The action remains mostly the same this past week.  Catfish are scheduled to be stocked for the final time this year at all the local ponds the week of Oct. 16. Trout stocking will begin in November and is dependent on the water temperatures 


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