Fishing report, Feb. 13, 2014


■ LAKE MEAD — Fishing has been hit or miss. Striped bass seem to be scattered throughout the lake as those with fish finders are not identifying many schools. Those stripers that are being caught look healthy. With the forecast for the weekend being warmer but overcast, perhaps it’s a good time to get your line out on the water. The word on shad is mixed. Some are finding them; others are not. Anchovies are a decent substitute. Various plugs and lures are also suitable imitations.

■ LAKE MOHAVE — While the stripers have been relatively elusive, one lucky angler managed to reel in a fish weighing 23 pounds near mile marker 52 at Willow Beach. Catfish have been fairly active at night in the backs of coves. Anchovies are the popular bait. As the weather warms, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and various species of sunfish are becoming more active. Working small jigs or dark plastics in the coves near rock shelves or thick brush should yield positive results.

■ LAUGHLIN — The weather has warmed considerably since last week and the trout action is improving along with it. The area near Big Bend State Park has been popular, with anglers catching trout in the 2- to 4-pound range. Nightcrawlers have been the bait of choice. With the cessation of the trout stocking program, anglers have been practicing catch-and-release to prolong their resources. As the temperatures continue to rise, the bite from largemouth and smallmouth bass as well as panfish should pick up.

■ URBAN PONDS — Anglers have had varied results at the local ponds despite recent trout plants. Floyd Lamb Park and Mesquite ponds are due for plants this week. The remaining ponds are on the schedule for plants next week, depending on weather conditions in northern Nevada, where the fish originate.

■ KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA — Haymeadow, Cold Springs, Adams-McGill and Dacey reservoirs are about 90 percent ice-free. Thin ice remains at the Cold Springs and Dacey boat launches. Avoid using the southern county road to access Kirch and enter on the northern county road for a smoother ride.

■ EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR — The ice remains good across the reservoir and anglers have been taking rainbow, brown and tiger trout, all in the 10- to 13-inch range. Nightcrawlers remain the bait of choice. The campground is open.

■ ECHO CANYON RESERVOIR — The reservoir is nearly free of ice. The upper section is covered with thin ice. Rainbows are taking nightcrawlers and small spinners. Fishing off the dam has yielded the best results.

 

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