* LAKE MEAD — Anglers are seeing lots of bait in the Vegas Bay Arm and along the beaches north of the Hemenway launch ramp. They are catching small stripers by casting small white flies or lures and reeling them along the top of the water while shad are boiling.
Larger stripers are being pulled from deeper water by anglers jigging Kastmasters and similar lures.
One of the Lake Mead regulars said he anticipates large stripers will come into shallower water when the water temperatures drop closer to 60 degrees.
NDOW plans to begin its winter stocking program at Lake Mead the week of Nov. 21 if the water is cool enough.
* LAKE MOHAVE — Fishing for rainbow trout slowed at Willow Beach. Anglers have been seeing fish swimming along the shoreline and near the fishing pier, but the trout seem unwilling to bite.
Success is running about 35 percent on fish averaging about 12 inches in length. Those who are catching trout from the shoreline are fishing early in the morning and throwing PowerBait, a variety of spinners and Berkeley Gulp worms.
Boaters have had luck with Super Dupers and PowerBait while fishing near vegetation south of Willow Beach. Anglers also have caught a few catfish and striped bass.
Shore and boat anglers are finding good to excellent fishing for striped bass in the 12- to 23-inch range, though a 9-pound fish was brought in Saturday. Most success is coming to those who either still-fish or troll with prepared bait along the cliff walls north of the marina.
Anglers also are catching fish in the coves north and south of the marina.
Catfish are tipping the scale at up to 4 pounds.
* LAS VEGAS URBAN PONDS — Catfish were planted Oct. 16. It was the last catfish plant for 2008. NDOW has scheduled the first trout plant of the fall season for the week of Nov. 3.
For catfish, go to the bottom with night crawlers, shrimp or livers, but don’t use too much weight. Use just enough to get your bait to the bottom.
* EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR — NDOW planted more than 5,000 tiger trout last week, bringing to 10,000 the number of fish stocked since mid-September.
* ECHO CANYON RESERVOIR — Anglers are having success for fall rainbows, but the crappie bite is slow. These fish, combined with carry-over fish from earlier plants, are providing good action.
* KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA — Skim ice could greet anglers and duck hunters, but it should melt off as the sun rises. Bass are still taking baits but mostly during the warm part of the day.
Trout are keeping anglers busy, especially on Cold Springs and Haymeadow. NDOW’s fall stocking regimen is complete.