Fishing Report, Dec. 5

■ LAKE MEAD — While fishing for striped bass has been good at sunrise, the best bite has occurred just after sundown. Anglers working a remade Old Henry, a type of spinning lure, have had success through the Vegas Wash area. Those fishing for smallmouth and largemouth bass have been catching at or near their limits while working the backs of coves with drop shots. With a cold front approaching, fish will be getting ready to head for their winter holding areas, which can be at depths ranging from 15 to 50 feet. This will increase their appetite, as the fish feed up for the winter, but the cold weather also will make them lethargic.

■ LAKE MOHAVE — Anglers have been catching smallmouth bass. Dark plastics and drop shots are working well. Striped bass action is light, but anglers using anchovies have caught fish nearing 10 pounds. Those fishing for trout at Willow Beach have been catching at or near their limits. Many are using PowerBait or small spinning lures.

■ LAUGHLIN — The area near Davis Dam still has been producing fish, but many of the stocked trout in the Rotary Park area have moved out. The fish get tired of taking the same baits, so when one bait or lure choice seems to be exhausted, mix it up. Nightcrawlers, PowerBait and small spinners have worked at various times.

■ URBAN PONDS — The Nevada Department of Wildlife plants rainbow trout weekly in urban fishing ponds. The baits of choice have been nightcrawlers, mealworms and rainbow PowerBait.

■ KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA — There are no fishing reports for Kirch at this time. The boat launches on Hay Meadow, Cold Springs and Dacey reservoirs have ice about 1 inch thick. The Adams-McGill Reservoir boat launch is free of ice, but the upper half of the reservoir is iced over. Fishing from the dikes will be difficult as dead weeds are piling up against the shoreline, and the ice is expanding farther out from shore. Access to fishable waters will require breaking the ice to the main portions of the reservoirs.

■ EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR — Anglers braving the chilly conditions have found success for rainbow trout while fishing with green PowerBait off the dam and boat dock where open water can be found. The rest of the lake has been icing up, and with a storm front pending, park personnel expect the lake to freeze over with thin ice by the weekend.

■ ECHO CANYON RESERVOIR — Most of the lake has remained free of ice, and anglers have had success fishing nightcrawlers off the dam, but conditions are expected to change with the arrival of cold temperatures. The lake is expected to freeze over with thin ice by the weekend.

■ FISHING CLASSES — The NDOW will host a free family fishing clinic from 9 a.m. to noon on Dec. 14 at Floyd Lamb Park. To register, go to or contact Ivy Santee at (702) 486-5127, extension 3503.


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