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Southern Nevada Fishing Report

Courtesy of Nevada Department of Wildlife


Updated: 7/19/2017

Upcoming Events

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 will also be holding a free two-part “Introduction to Fly Fishing Class”.  The first part will be held on Friday, July  28 starting at 6 pm at the Las Vegas NDOW office on Vegas Drive and will cover equipment, terminology, knots and much more, the second part will be on Sat. July 29  starting at 9 am at Floyd Lamb Park and will cover casting basics.  On-line Registration is required by going to  For more information contact 702-486-5127 X3503 Monday thru Friday.

NDOW will hold a free, 2-part “Introduction to Fly Fishing Class.” The first part will take place at 6 p.m. Friday, July 28, at the Las Vegas NDOW office, 4747 Vegas Drive. Participants will learn about equipment, terminology, essential knots and more. The second part will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 29 at Floyd Lamb Park and will cover casting basics. Online registration is required and can be taken care of at  For more information, call 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.



Seasonal aquatic vegetation growth continues to be a problem for shore fishers. Work the edges and openings for fish holding in the shade. Trout action has been best early in the morning and after sunset, while the bass and crappie bite continues into the mid-morning hours. That has left the afternoons quiet with little fishing pressure. Afternoon rains have limited afternoon fishing activity as well. 



The afternoon rains and warm daytime temperatures have kept most people away from the reservoir in recent days. Trout have been active early in the morning and then again after sunset. The bass and crappie bite has continued until mid-morning. Aquatic vegetation continues to hamper those who are shore fishing.



Anglers are catching fish between storm fronts. Striped bass and catfish are biting on anchovies fished off the bottom in the Boulder Basin. Live shad, gizzard and threadfin, are generally the most productive bait for those who prefer naturals. The 3D Crawfish and chartreuse plastic worms are fooling black bass in coves near the dam and around Callville Bay.



Fishing has been good for boaters when the weather cooperates. Catfish are biting on anchovies in the Cottonwood Basin near Nine Mile Cove.  Smallmouth and largemouth bass are holding in coves above Cottonwood Cove. They have been hitting jigs and creature baits. Striped bass have been taking trout imitations at Willow Beach. Fish them slow and near the surface in the morning and evening hours. The Willow Beach National Fish Hatchery plants rainbow trout on Fridays. 



Fishermen are catching striped bass in a variety of size classes in a variety of places along the river. They are getting good at stealing anchovies, especially as the bait thaws out. Be sure to keep them on ice until you need them. Stripers in the 4-to 5-pound range have been caught from the shoreline below Davis. The odd catfish is taking bait as well. 






Largemouth bass have been hitting well during the early morning hours and are most active between 7 – 9 a.m. on most of the reservoirs. Trout action has been slow across the area, but there has been some good fishing early in the morning. Weed mats are thickening up along the shoreline and creating a challenge for anglers. Weeds have been cleared from the launch ramp area at Cold Springs.






Bluegill and green sunfish have been providing the best action at the park ponds. The fish have been holding in shady areas and hitting best during the cooler morning hours.

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