■ LAKE MEAD — Largemouth bass spawning has begun in the lake, as one angler discovered when he caught a bass weighing more than 5 pounds while fishing near Swallow Cove. After weighing and measuring the fish, he released it where he caught it so the fish could finish its spawn. Some smaller stripers have been taken in the Vegas Wash area on anchovies and live shad, but shad are tough to come by right now.
■ LAKE MOHAVE — Although anglers are seeing fish, the bite has been slow. Largemouth bass and sunfish are starting their spawn and should be found in the coves.
■ URBAN PONDS — The ponds are fishing well. Though the Nevada Department of Wildlife has finished its regular trout-stocking efforts for the season, the pond at Sunset Park received a load of fish from the Spring Creek Rearing Station last week. Floyd Lamb Park is to receive two additional trout plants. Catfish plants are scheduled to begin in mid-April.
■ KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA — All the reservoirs are fishing well for trout in the 12- to 15-inch range, but the biggest fish are coming out of Dacey Reservoir. The regulation at Dacey allows the taking of just one trout per angler, which helps promote the growth of bigger fish.
■ EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR — With improving water clarity, the fishing is picking up. Last weekend, one angler caught and released 14 fish in less than two hours while fishing with a light brown Woolly Bugger. The fish were all 12 to 15½ inches in length. A family fishing from the dam did well while using red, white and blue PowerBait. Small red and white spinners also have been productive.
■ ECHO CANYON RESERVOIR — Trolling proved to be the technique of choice for a group of lucky anglers who caught largemouth bass in front of the dam, several small crappie at the upper end of the lake and rainbow trout throughout the reservoir. Water clarity is improving, and fishing should follow suit.