Southern Nevada Fishing Report
The Nevada Department of Wildlife will hold a free beginner’s fly-tying class Friday, July 21 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at 4747 Vegas Drive. Students will learn the basic of how to create their own fishing flies. All equipment and materials will be provided. Registration is required. Call 702-486-5127, ext. 3503 Monday thru Friday.
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.
Action has been good this past week, but only in the early morning and evening hours. The bite has been shutting down during midday. Trout have been biting on PowerBait in orange, green or rainbow colors, but gold spinning lures have been especially effective. Crappie and bass are taking an assortment of spinning lures and jigs. Bass are averaging 1 to 2 pounds. Fly fishermen have been doing well using dragonfly nymphs and olive Woolly Buggers. Aquatic vegetation is becoming a problem along the shoreline.
Anglers are finding the best fishing during the early morning and evening hours. Fish are taking a variety of baits and lures. Trout are hitting PowerBait, night crawlers or meal worms. Bass and crappie are taking night crawlers. The dropping water level and aquatic vegetation is making it difficult to a boat.
Anglers fishing during the night time hours are finding fast action for striped bass and catfish. Try anchovies, live shad or jigging spoons beneath a submersible light. Fishing is sluggish during the day, but there are some quality fish coming in at sunrise and just before dark. Black bass are biting on poppers and swimbaits. Work your baits in areas with vegetation for black bass and catfish.
The south end of the lake has been productive with anglers catching stripers from the dam. Anchovies and swimbaits are fooling striped bass outside of Katherine Landing. Anglers fishing out of Cottonwood Cove are finding good fishing for catfish and black bass in coves. Vegetation is getting thick along some shorelines and providing cover for game fish. Work submerged brush in the coves for sunfish. Early morning and evening hours have been the most productive.
Great fishing opportunities can be had along the Colorado River from Davis Dam through Casino Row and down to Big Bend. Anglers are finding good fishing from the shoreline in the early mornings and late evenings. Anchovies are taking striped bass and catfish. Try night crawlers and spinners in deep, shaded pools for rainbow trout hiding from the heat.
WAYNE E. KIRCH WMA
Fishing has been hit or miss on area reservoirs. The best action is taking place during the early morning hours and after sunset. Aquatic weeds are abundant in each of the reservoirs and making the going tough for anglers using float tubes. Information on bait selection is limited, but gold spoons generally work well. So too do fly patterns such as damselfly nymphs, Woolly Buggers, and Montana Nymphs.
Sunfish action has picked up over the past week. At Lorenzi Park, green sunfish are taking mealworms, night crawlers and small lures. One angler caught a 4-pound catfish using mini-marshmallows scented with catfish dip. The marshmallows float above the weeds growing on the pond bottom. The next catfish plant will take place in August. Seasonal vegetation growth has become a problem in most of the urban ponds. Be patient and use rigs that keep your bait just above the weed line..