LAKE MEAD — Swimbaits and top-water lures remain the ticket to success this week, with boils popping up all over the lake. The secret to fishing a boil is to remain outside of the active area and cast top-water lures into the boil. The areas that have reported to be most active are the back of Vegas Wash, Crawdad Cove and Sand Island.
LAKE MOHAVE — Boils have been seen over much of the lake this past week, which means top-water lures are the key to success. During a weekend bass tournament, smallmouth bass were hitting well, and anglers also caught a few largemouth bass. The fish were taking swimbaits and crankbaits. Catfish action has been good in most coves.
LAUGHLIN — Striper action has picked up, with most fish taking cut anchovies, but a few bigger fish were caught over the weekend with Rat-L-Traps and top-water lures. Catfish also are taking cut anchovies. One fish weighed in at nearly 9 pounds and was caught from shore. The upper Big Bend area and around the nature center has produced stripers in the 5- to 8-pound range.
LAS VEGAS URBAN PONDS — Bluegill and bass action continues to be good around the ponds for most anglers. The best action has been in the early morning or after sundown. To help keep our park clean and the wildlife safe, please discard your used fishing line properly. Floyd Lamb Park and Sunset Park have fishing line recycling bins located around the ponds for this use.
KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA — Conditions haven’t changed much this past week. Aquatic vegetation still is making fishing and boating difficult in most of the reservoirs. Crappie and bass are hitting well on lures and flies for those adventurous enough to go after them.
EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR — The summer doldrums continue, with trout action remaining slow, though most anglers are finding action with orange PowerBait or night crawlers with a bit of mini-marshmallow. This might be a good time to try something different, such as corn, mealworms, small spinners or flies. The aquatic vegetation still is a problem around most of the shoreline.
ECHO CANYON RESERVOIR — Trout action remains slow, but crappie and bass are fishing well. One angler caught and released more than 20 hand-size crappie. The coloration that is working the best has been a root beer brown, for all types of lures.
EVENTS — The Nevada Department of Wildlife will hold a free Introduction to Fly-fishing class Aug. 21 and 22. The first class will take place on Aug. 21 from 6 to 8 p.m., and the second will run from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 22. Visit http://www.ndow.org/Education for more information and to register.