Fishing report, Dec. 19, 2013

■ LAKE MEAD — Anglers have reported lots of striped bass throughout the Boulder Basin, but the trouble is catching them. The fish prefer live bait, and the gizzard and threadfin shad have been caught near thick brush and trees in the backs of coves in the Las Vegas Wash. Some stripers are hanging out in the area of 33 Hole in about 50 feet of water. Largemouth bass still are providing action for anglers near Callville Bay. Dark plastics and drop shots have worked well.

■ LAKE MOHAVE — Fishing activity has been light, but now is a good time to get out and wet a line. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are active in the coves, and striped bass are feeding more heavily with the colder weather. Anglers still are having success at Willow Beach. While reports have not included trophy stripers, anglers still are reeling in fish in the 8- to 12-pound range. Trout imitations have proven successful.

■ LAUGHLIN — Fishing on the river has been good for a variety of species. Anglers are reporting near-limits of rainbow trout, with some holdovers brought in that weigh more than 4 pounds. Nightcrawlers often are the bait of choice, with PowerBait and small spinners working as well. While recent reports indicate most striped bass are on the small side, anglers are catching larger fish as well. An angler using a pencil popper landed a 16-pound striper that measured more than 38 inches long while fishing from shore.

■ URBAN PONDS — Despite weekly fish plants, trout anglers have found mixed results. The action has been slow at Floyd Lamb Park, while anglers have found good fishing at Sunset Park and Boulder City Pond. Small lures and traditional trout baits are catching fish.

■ KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA — Reservoirs are 90 percent covered with unsafe ice. No fishing activity was reported on the area over the weekend. Roads are frozen and slick in the morning and get muddy as they unthaw throughout the day. Access throughout the area should not be a problem. Use extreme caution near the ice.

■ EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR — The ice on the lake is nearing 6 to 8 inches thick. Anglers have had success using green or orange PowerBait or nightcrawlers through the ice.

■ ECHO CANYON RESERVOIR — The ice on the lake is approximately 4 inches thick. Anglers using jigs are doing well for the trout but should use caution on the ice.


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