■ LAKE MEAD — With the waters warming, stripers are hanging in the deeper water during the day and moving into the shallows at night to feed. Just after sunset and just before sunrise are peak times to get your line in the water. Various swimbaits, as well as cut baits and gizzard shad, if you can find them, are attracting striped bass. One angler reportedly reeled in a 16-pound catfish near Echo Bay over the weekend. The current lake record is a 19-pound, 15-ounce catfish taken in 1996. With fluctuating water levels, use extra caution and watch for emerging land masses. Conditions can change week to week.
■ LAKE MOHAVE — Anglers fishing near Willow Beach between mile markers 49 and 52 have found good action. Allan Cole has reeled in several double-digit stripers recently while using his signature A.C. Plug fatty and minnow. Slide Swimmer and Rago swimbaits have also produced striped bass over 10 pounds. Anglers fishing out of Cottonwood Cove have had success using anchovies to catch both stripers and catfish. Stripers are hanging in 40 to 50 feet of water while the catfish are feeding near grass beds.
■ URBAN PONDS — Scrappy bluegill are still providing anglers with good action. Work shaded areas using small flies, jigs or mealworms. Catfish have been hitting on shrimp and stink baits. Hot dog slices are also a good bait choice. The next Nevada Department of Wildlife catfish plant will take place in mid-August.
■ KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA — With seasonal weed growth coming on, anglers might need to adjust their methods. When fishing for bass, swimming jigs or lipless crankbaits are a good option to avoid snags. Be sure to tie good knots. Use your rod tip to help guide your line through the weed beds. Don’t avoid the weeds as you could be avoiding a good day of fishing.
■ EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR — Trout fishing has been consistent with rainbows and brown trout taking PowerBait, night crawlers and marshmallows. Anglers have reeled in many bass up to 3 pounds. Crawdad fishing has been good as well. They can be attracted with a can of cat food, hotdogs, or other refrigerator leftovers.
■ ECHO CANYON RESERVOIR — Bass fishing has been phenomenal, according to Ben Johnson, supervisor at the Spring Valley and Echo Canyon state parks. Imitation crawdads have been the best bait with various soft plastics and night crawlers also working well. Anglers have caught fish as large as 4 pounds. PowerBait, night crawlers and marshmallows have been enticing the trout. Crappie are hitting on Gitzit lures in root beer brown with pepper spots.