Courtesy of Nevada Department of Wildlife
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.
Though temperatures are only hitting into the low nineties the heat has put the fish off during the heat of the day. The crappie and bass bite have been the best, but a few trout are still baiting early in the mornings and evening hours. Small jigs for the crappie have been working in a variety of colors, with bass hitting the jiggs also, as well as nightcrawlers along the tules. The aquatic vegetation has been making shore fishing difficult.
The lake’s water level is low as usual for mid summer, with the aquatic vegetation getting thicker along the shore line. The best fishing action still remains early morning and after sundown for the bass and crappie with a few trout still taking baits, small lures spinning lures.
The striper bite is steady on the lake. Anglers have had success fishing the cove entrances for the striped bass in the early morning and then switching to deep diving lures once the heat of the day has warmed the surface waters. Trolling with shad has worked for many through Las Vegas Bay area and outside Boulder Beach.
The lake is warming up. With warmer weather comes fishing for warm water fish. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are more active at points with vegetation reaching out into the water. Some fishermen are having success from kayaks and fishing for striped bass using anchovies or swimbaits. One angler caught a 33-pound striped past this past weekend outside Willow using a topwater lure. Most fishermen will try with swimbait or poppers.
Striped bass action has been reported below Davis Dam and through casino row. Anglers are using anchovies and also hoping for catfish bites as well. Any shore fishing is going to be more difficult with weeds growing thicker along the shores. Anglers fishing from a boat have had success past the vegetation using poppers and trout swimbait for topwater lures.
WAYNE E. KIRCH WMA
Crappie and Bass action have been the best over the area, but trout are still hitting in the early morning and evening hours with the bite being been sporadic for the most part. The aquatic vegetation is still a problem off the dams and around the boat launch areas.
Fishing was a little slower this past week for all types of fish due to the heat. The best action is still early morning and after sunset for most of the ponds. The sunfish are mostly hanging out in the shadows and catfish are holding in the deeper parts of the ponds.