Courtesy of NDOW
NDOW will be holding a free family fishing clinic focusing on baits and lures at Floyd Lamb Park on Saturday, August 19 starting at 9 a.m. Participants will learn the difference between: What is bait and what is legal to use, as well as what’s a lure and how to use them. On-line Registration is required by going to http://www.ndow.org/Education/Angler_Ed/Classes/. For more information, contact 702-486-5127, ext. 3503 Monday thru Friday.
Rains this week have raised water levels some but has mostly made for murky conditions. The aquatic vegetation continues to be a problem especially in the upper part of the reservoir. The best fishing is still early morning and after sundown.
The water level at the reservoir remains low, but rains this week are helping to bring fresh water in, but is making it murky. The action has been slow this week, with few anglers being seen on the water.
Sunset fishing has proven successful for those that brave the temperatures. The local Striper Club had a tournament over the weekend with participants catching lots of striped bass. Most fish were in the 1-3 pound range, but the winner caught a 5.5 pounder. Black bass fishing is good from Callville Bay to Echo Bay. Coves along the way are hiding bass under the vegetation.
The Willow Beach Hatchery is still producing trout for the river, so the stripers are moving around. Fishing is hit or miss, especially with the unpredictable weather. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are hiding in coves along Cottonwood Basin. Trout or shad swimbait and poppers are the go-to lure for top water action.
1-pound stripers are steady on the river, all the way down to the Big Bend area. Some anglers have caught striped bass in the 5-pound range in Big Bend fishing from the bottom with anchovies. Catfish are also being caught near the Bend when fishing for stripers. Boat fishing near the dam has been a successful option for striper fishing.
WAYNE E. KIRCH WMA
The area was very busy over the past weekend, but we’re not sure how many people actually caught fish. Some folks on Dacey pulled in several, nice looking 16 – 18 inch rainbows. We are now into the worst part of summer with lower water, thick weed beds and rough roads, so the action is going to continue to be best in the early morning and after sundown.
Despite many small sunfish being seen along the shoreline, the action for the bigger fish has been slow. The unstable weather has also kept most people away from the parks this week. There will be no catfish plants in July, and depending on water temps the next plants should be mid-August.