LAKE MEAD — Largemouth bass have been the active fish of the week. Most success has been found using various crankbaits working through about ten feet of water. Anglers are finding fair action for striped bass with live shad or anchovies. Catfish are becoming more active as well and can be found in the back of coves.
LAKE MOHAVE — Anglers continue to find good action for largemouth and smallmouth bass. The fish are either on beds or in search of them. Crankbaits and a Texas rigged drop shot have worked well. Striped bass are still elusive at times but still respond to anchovies.
LAUGHLIN — Anglers are seeing improved action for striped bass, including some large fish. One angler landed a 23-pound striper just above the Community Park area while fishing from the shore with anchovies. The upper Big Bend area has also produced some good stripers. Anchovies seem to be the ticket for many of the river’s fish species, including rainbow trout. Catfish action also has been improving. Anglers are catching the fish near the dam.
URBAN PONDS — Anglers continue to pick up a few trout on yellow Power Eggs and PowerBait in various colors. These are holdovers from winter fish plants. Bluegill and bass action should improve with warmer temperatures. For bluegill try meal worms or rolled up white bread. Bluegill have small mouths so use small hooks. For catch-and-release fishing please use single barbless hooks.
KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA — The spring months are perhaps the best time of year for plump rainbows at this management area. Fish early and watch for the winds to pick up around 11 a.m. and carry through the afternoon. The bite should pick up again toward evening. Shore anglers find success along the dams at Cold Springs, Haymeadow and Adams-McGill reservoirs. Otherwise shoreline access is limited by tule beds. Flies, small spinners and spoons, as well as floating baits and night crawlers are generally productive on these waters. Fly-fishermen have been doing well on Dacey. Thanks to the NDOW volunteers who helped with a cleanup project over the weekend. More information on volunteer opportunities can be found online at www.ndow.org.
EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR — Inclement weather slowed anglers down this week, but Friday was busy at the park. Anglers are catching rainbow, tiger and brown trout using rainbow PowerBait or night crawlers. Mepp’s spinners are also catching trout, and the bass action is about to start up.
ECHO CANYON RESERVOIR — Warm water fish such as crappie and bass have yet to be seen, but rainbow trout are taking PowerBait, Power Eggs and small spinners throughout the lake.