■ LAKE MEAD — With the high-flow release from Glen Canyon Dam at Lake Powell, the water level at Lake Mead has increased to 1,106 feet. This might have changed some familiar fishing holes and even created new ones. Anglers still are finding gizzard and threadfin shad to be the best bait for stripers. They are netting the shad in the backs of coves with lots of brush. Carolina rigs fished in about 50 feet of water have been productive. Striper action has been better in the afternoon than in the morning.
■ LAKE MOHAVE — Reports from the lake have been few, but those making it out are having moderate success. Anglers are finding largemouth and smallmouth bass in the backs of coves. The fish are hitting dark plastics as well as various crank baits. Striper action has been fair. Meanwhile, those fishing at Willow Beach report increased activity compared to the past couple of weeks. Anglers have brought in several double-digit stripers and have done so with conventional rod-and-reel and by spear fishing. Lake levels have dropped to 633 feet. Boaters need to be careful while on the water.
■ LAUGHLIN — Anglers have been catching limits of rainbow trout since the last fish plant. PowerBait and Panther Martins have been producing good results, but the trout have not been especially picky. They are taking various types of lures and baits. Lighter line setups generally are the best choice when fishing for trout. Just remember to use more patience when reeling in those lunkers.
■ URBAN PONDS — The Nevada Department of Wildlife has planted rainbow trout in each of the four urban ponds in the Las Vegas area. The agency will continue to plant trout each week at Lorenzi Park, Floyd Lamb Park, Sunset Park and the Boulder City pond.
■ KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA — Trout fishing at Hay Meadow and Cold Springs reservoirs has been slow. Anglers fishing from the dikes should be prepared to deal with dead weeds that are starting to surface and pile up along the edges. Fishing also has been slow at Dacey Reservoir, though the anglers are catching trout as large as 18 inches and bass pushing 14 inches in length. Rapalas and spinners are catching the fish. Roads are dry and in good condition. Both county roads have been recently graded. Thin ice is forming along the edges and boat launches but is not thick enough to stop boats from launching or float tubers from accessing the reservoirs.
■ EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR — Trout catching remains good using PowerBait, nightcrawlers, small spinners and flies. Bass action has dropped off with the chilly nighttime temperatures. Ice has been forming along the shoreline in the mornings but doesn’t last long.
■ ECHO CANYON RESERVOIR — Rainbow trout have been taking most baits and lures, but the bite is slow. With nighttime temperatures dropping into the teens, the shoreline has been icy. The ice is melting off by afternoon.
■ UPCOMING CLASSES — The NDOW will host a beginners fly-tying workshop Tuesday and a beginners fishing clinic on Dec. 14. The classes are free. Visit www.ndow.org/fish/classes for more information and to register.