■ LAKE MEAD — Mark Eddison had a theory that the larger stripers were hanging out in deep water. Luckily for him his theory panned out when he reeled in a 30-pound striper. Eddison caught his trophy on a pink Spinnow in 60 to 70 feet of water near Sand Island. Top-water action remains good and many anglers are returning with full coolers. Those fishing for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass have had success working coves with jerkbaits or crankbaits in about 20 to 40 feet of water. With the new moon, anglers can take advantage of the dark night by fishing under a light or using submersible lights.
NDOW will hold a free seminar about fishing Lake Mead from 11 a.m. to noon Sat., Sept. 14 at the Alan Bible Visitors Center.
■ LAKE MOHAVE — Anglers at Willow Beach have found good fishing for large stripers, some in the double-digit range. One fish tipped the scales at 22 pounds. Many of the fish are taking A.C. Plugs and a variety of swimbaits. Further south, striper anglers are finding success with jigging techniques in 40 to 60 feet of water. Fishing also has been good for largemouth and smallmouth bass. Plastic worms or crayfish are catching the fish. Work these imitations through grass beds for the best results.
■ URBAN PONDS — Afternoon thunderstorms have limited fishing pressure at the local urban ponds. Catfish will take night crawlers, commercial stink baits, chicken livers and hot dog slices. NDOW urges anglers and other recreationists to use caution during thunderstorms.
■ KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA — Fishing pressure at Wayne E. Kirch WMA has been low this week. The WMA is experiencing daily thunder storms and the roads are muddy and slippery. Fishing remains good in most reservoirs. Cold Springs and Haymeadow continue to produce trout as large as 16 inches. PowerBait has been catching the fish. Bass fishing has been good for anglers throwing spinners and plastics near the dam or submerged weed beds. Trout fishing on Adams-McGill has been steady and bass fishermen are finding good action, especially at the upper end of the reservoir. Use weedless and top-water rigs to avoid snags. Fishing has been slow for both bass and rainbows at Dacey. Water temperatures are hovering around 69 degrees, and aquatic vegetation is starting to surface. For a smoother ride into the management area, access Kirch by using the northern county road near the headquarters complex.
■ EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR — Fishing improved this past week with anglers catching lots of trout during a tournament on Saturday. Most of the fish measured in the 10– to 12-inch range. Bass are also taking baits. Anglers have reeled in several fish in the 2- to 3-pound class. Storm activity and the resulting runoff have maintained murky water conditions.
■ ECHO CANYON RESERVOIR — Rainbow trout fishing has been good this past week with fish taking PowerBait and worms. Crappie and bass fishing both have picked up.