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Southern Nevada Fishing Report


Updated: 8/4/2017

Courtesy of NDOW

Upcoming Events

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  For more information, contact 702-486-5127, ext. 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.



The water level is up a little following recent rain activity in the area. Bass have been hitting well on bright colored lures, and crappie are hitting around the fishing dock. Seasonal vegetation growth is thick at the upper end of the reservoir, as well as along the shoreline. Trout are hitting early in the morning and again after sunset, with most fish in the 13- to 15-inch range.



Bass and crappie are the main ticket this week. Both are taking night crawlers and mealworms. Trout action has been very slow and shore fishing has been made difficult by the large amount of aquatic vegetation growing along the shoreline.



Anglers are venturing out between storm fronts and finding good fishing for catfish off the shoreline in Las Vegas Wash. Night crawlers are catching the fish. Small striped bass are schooling near the dam and outside of Government Wash. Night fishing is producing good fish numbers in the Virgin Canyon near South Cove. The fish are taking cut anchovies. For black bass work the edges of vegetation and drop offs in coves. Chartreuse and silver poppers, jigs, or swimbaits are favorite lures. 



The Willow Beach access road and marina have both reopened, but the boat launch is still closed due to damage caused by a powerful flashflood event.  Be wary of flood debris along the shoreline, especially if hiking south of the paddleboat launch area. Shore anglers also can find fishing opportunities in the coves just to the north and south of Cottonwood Cove, Katherine Landing, and at both Telephone Coves. 



Fishing has been unpredictable, especially with a monsoonal storm flow.  Water is low along the river, so the fishing is different than it has been. Some anglers are trolling the river from Casino Row to Big Bend. The Big Bend area has been giving up striped bass and catfish. Largemouth and smallmouth bass in marshy shallows or along shelves might be fooled with a popper or jig. 






Aquatic vegetation has been the big problem this past week, making it difficult to get out onto the water and causing oxygen levels in the shallows to drop. Oxygen levels have been low enough to cause some trout mortality.  There are still plenty of fish, but anglers are encouraged to take their time when releasing fish. Make sure they have had a chance to build up their oxygen levels before releasing them. 






Weed growth in the ponds has been thick, but the bluegill and bass are still taking the night crawlers and mealworms. Rig you bait to keep it above the weeds. The Nevada Department of Wildlife has scheduled the next catfish plant for the week of August 21. Catfish in the ponds are taking worms, chicken gizzards and hotdog pieces.

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