■ LAKE MEAD — Due to federal budget issues, the Lake Mead National Recreation Area is closed. However, that doesn’t change the fact that this time of year is a prime time to be on the lake. With the water temperature dropping, larger largemouth and smallmouth bass should be coming closer to the surface. This makes the rocky points and the backs of coves productive up to about 30 feet. Should the recreation area reopen soon, try casting plastic grubs and tubes or using a drop shot rig with worms. This also is the time when large striped bass that have been holding in deeper water should come up in the water column. Try chumming to increase activity. With the arrival of a new moon on Saturday, fishing with a submersible light will help bring in stripers.
■ LAKE MOHAVE — Fishing for smallmouth and largemouth bass has been good. Working the backs of coves with plastic crawdads or crank baits has yielded good results. The water level has dropped slightly, so boaters should use caution while navigating the lake. The striper bite has been light, but fishing under a light during the new moon should bring better results. Cut anchovies have been working well. At Willow Beach, anglers have been having success with AC Plugs, LA Sliders and Ragos. Multiple double-digit stripers have been brought in recently; one fish caught at mile marker 52 weighed more than 28 pounds.
■ LAUGHLIN — Catfish are cruising the shallows looking for food. Nightcrawlers or anchovies work well for catfish. Largemouth bass also are in the mix. One lucky angler reeled in a largemouth bass that weighed more than 5 pounds and measured nearly 22 inches long. He was throwing a Bomber Long A while fishing near the Sunshine Peninsula. Striped bass have been seen in small schools, but most of the fish anglers are catching weigh in at 1 or 2 pounds. Rainbow trout action has picked up with the cooling temperatures. PowerBait, spinners and nightcrawlers are enticing these fish. The Willow Beach National Fish Hatchery will begin its winter stocking program at Davis Camp next week. Plans call for the hatchery to plant fish the second week of each month through January.
■ URBAN PONDS — The Nevada Department of Wildlife stocked channel catfish in each of the ponds last week. Another load of fish is scheduled to arrive in mid-October and probably will be the last until next spring. The NDOW will hold a free Introduction to Fly-Fishing class at Floyd Lamb Park on Oct. 19. For more information, or to register for the class, visit www.ndow.org/Fish/Classes.
■ KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA — Recent bouts with high winds have made fishing difficult. Roads in the area are dry and in good condition. Water temperatures are at 60 degrees and warming up. The NDOW recently stocked rainbow trout at Hay Meadow and Cold Springs reservoirs. As a result, fishing has picked up, and anglers are catching fish with PowerBait and spinners. Fishing at Dacey has been slow for trout and largemouth bass from the dam and out on the water. Weeds are hampering boaters and anglers.
■ EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR — Trout fishing continues to be good. The fish are taking flies, lures and baits such as PowerBait and nightcrawlers. Bass action is beginning to cool along with the overnight temperatures that are dropping below the freezing mark.
■ ECHO CANYON RESERVOIR — Trout fishing continues to be good with fish taking night crawlers with a mini-marshmallow and small spinning lures. Bass and crappie have slowed down with the arrival of fall temperatures.