Southern Nevada fishing report, May 22, 2014


■ LAKE MEAD — Because of ongoing windy conditions, anglers have been kept off the water. Those who have ventured out are finding little more than frustration. With the winds and changing water temperatures, striped bass are not in their usual spots. Anglers remain optimistic and look forward to improved action as the weather settles down and temperatures warm up. Boaters should be wary of dropping water levels and emerging obstacles.

■ LAKE MOHAVE — Smallmouth bass are active along rocky shelves, and largemouth bass have been hanging out in about 10 to 20 feet of water in the backs of coves. Nightcrawlers and plastics have been productive for both species. Bluegill and redear sunfish have been active in the coves and are hitting on small jigs and nightcrawler pieces. While striper reports have been minimal, anglers are beginning to see some improvement in fish activity. Anchovies have been productive overall, and top-water and reaction baits are catching the fish during early-morning hours.

■ LAUGHLIN — Anglers are reporting that striped bass can be seen cruising through the area in schools that include a few larger fish. Most fish taking baits are in the 2-pound class. One angler reeled in a striper nearing 6 pounds on a pencil popper lure while fishing from shore in the lower Big Bend area. Carp action can be good this time of year, and the fish put up a good fight. A carp reeled in near Davis Dam weighed in at more than 12 pounds. The fish bit on a nightcrawler. Bread balls also are a popular bait for carp.

■ URBAN PONDS — State wildlife officials stocked catfish in each of the urban ponds on May 15. Since then, anglers have found good action. Catfish will hit on nightcrawlers, hot dog slices, and commercial stink baits. Officials plant channel catfish once a month in ponds at Floyd Lamb, Sunset, Lorenzi, Boulder City and Hafen parks.

■ KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA — Anglers are having good success at Haymeadow, Cold Springs, Adams-McGill and Dacey reservoirs for both rainbow trout and largemouth bass. One angler reportedly caught a 24-inch rainbow at Dacey while using an articulated lure. Fly-fishermen are doing well using streamers and nymph patterns.

■ EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR — Fishing has been very good. Over the weekend, an angler caught a largemouth bass that tipped the scales at more than 10 pounds. Trout are taking a variety of flies, lures and baits with few people leaving the area unhappy.

■ ECHO CANYON RESERVOIR — Water levels are low, but the fish are happy to take most things thrown at them. Bass, trout and crappie are hitting on flies, small lures and baits. Fly-fishermen are catching crappie and bass using Prince Nymphs, and Flashback Hares Ears, and trout-like Woolly Buggers in dark colors.

 

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