Fishing Report


■ LAKE MEAD -- Rising water levels are both a blessing and a curse. Flooded brush is creating good habitat, but the fisheries' dynamics are changing. Striped bass action has slowed, though determined anglers are still catching fish. Anglers might need to try deeper water.

Shad can still be found in the back of Vegas Wash, but their numbers have dropped. Catfish action is slow, but the occasional fish is being caught on cut anchovies.

The Nevada Department of Wildlife is asking striper anglers to release any fish that have been fitted with a red floy tag. These fish are part of a telemetry study being conducted by department biologists.

■ LAKE MOHAVE -- Willow Beach stripers are a bit finicky. Boaters have found sluggish action overall, but anglers throwing crankbaits managed to reel in a few fish. One weighed in at 18 pounds, two at 12 pounds and one at 6 pounds. Trout anglers are finding good action following weekly trout plants. One lucky fisherman caught a 3-pound rainbow while using PowerBait.

Windy conditions have buffeted fishermen in the Cottonwood Cove area, but they have still managed to catch some striped bass and catfish. One angler put a pair of 7-pound stripers on ice while fishing with anchovies. Soft plastics are picking up a few largemouth bass.

■ LAUGHLIN -- Fishing has been good for stocked rainbow trout. The fish disperse in the river, so you might need to look for them. The Willow Beach Fish Hatchery will plant rainbows Tuesday at Davis Camp, Rotary Park and near the Riverside Hotel.

■ URBAN PONDS -- Anglers have found action for stocked rainbows with lures and worms. PowerWorms also have been productive. Fishermen who like to throw hardware might want to consider Super Dupers, Panther Martins, Little Jakes and Rooster Tails.

■ KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA -- Current ice conditions are unknown, but with 60-degree temperatures in Ely, ice fishermen shouldn't be too optimistic. The ice was thin before the temperatures spiked.

■ EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR -- A week ago, there was about 7 inches of ice on the reservoir and fishing was good. Current conditions are unknown, but with unseasonably warm daytime temperatures, anglers should be extra cautious when attempting to step out onto the ice.

Anglers can drill a hole next to the dock and fish from there, if need be.

■ ECHO CANYON RESERVOIR -- Rainbow trout have been taking PowerBait or night crawlers. Look for them in the deep water along the dam.

 

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