LAKE MEAD — Reports remained consistent over the past week. Catfish have been hitting on anchovies, chicken liver and shrimp. Working the backs of coves at night will produce the best results. Shad can be found in coves during the early morning hours and can be very effective for striped bass. The best striper fishing has been taking place at first light with anglers using cut baits or swimbaits. Spinnows or Jumpin’ Minnows also have been working well.
LAKE MOHAVE — While some anglers are reporting a slowdown in fishing action, smallmouth and largemouth bass are still biting hard when they do. The fish are still quite active in the coves and can be fooled with drop shots, football jigs and tubes. Striped bass are harder to come by but anglers are finding some response early in the morning using various swimbaits.
LAUGHLIN — While fishing has been hot for the striped bass along the Colorado River, don’t forget the catfish. They can be found cruising the shallows, and anchovies are a popular bait choice. Anchovies will bring in stripers as well. One catfish weighed in at 13.78 pounds. Anglers have also had luck for fish ranging from 4 to 6 pounds. Rusty at Riviera Marina recommends using a good 12-pound test line with a number 2 hook for bait fishing. The striper bite has been best early in the morning and again in the evening.
URBAN PONDS — Fishing action should continue to be good for bass and bluegill until the overnight temperatures drop and the water temperatures dip into the 60-degree range. Catfish are due to be stocked soon, but as of this report NDOW does not have a time frame for the September plant.
KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA — Water temperatures have been dropping, and low overnight temperatures are causing the weed growth to start dying off. That is creating better fishing conditions on most of the reservoirs, especially for shore anglers. Trout action also has picked up and anglers are having success using a variety of PowerBait colors and small spinning lures.
EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR — Trout action has improved this past week. With water temperatures cooling down, weedy conditions are beginning to improve across the reservoir. Trout have been taking PowerBait in a variety of colors; no one color is working better than another. The fish are also taking night crawlers combined with a bit of marshmallow. The bass action also has improved this week as the fish are working on fattening up for the winter. They have been taking spinnerbaits in a variety of colors.
ECHO CANYON RESERVOIR — Bass and trout action have both improved over the past week due to lower nighttime temps which are falling into the mid 30s. The bass are fattening up for the winter and trout are just getting more active. Weed growth has also started to die off.
UPCOMING CLASSES — NDOW will hold an Introduction to Fly-fishing Clinic the evenings of Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 9-10. Loaner fishing rods will be available. Registration is required as space is limited and can be done online at www.ndow.org/Fish/Classes. For more information contact Ivy Santee at 702-486-5127, ext. 3503.