• LAKE MEAD — Smallmouth bass are coming on at Lake Mead. The scrappy fish accounted for more than 200 of 900 fish caught during the recent Western Outdoor News Open Bass Tournament. The rest were largemouth bass.
Small striped bass continue to hit top-water baits and lures jigged below the surface in the Vegas Bay arm. Boils are being found along the Boulder Beach area. Anglers are catching small stripers, though one 8-pounder gave a fisherman some rod-bending fun.
Shore anglers are catching some fish, but boaters are faring better.
• LAKE MOHAVE — AC Plugs were the go-to hardware for boaters who reeled in 26-, 19- and 15-pound striped bass south of Willow Beach during the past week. Smaller fish have been taking Rapala’s.
Boaters and shore anglers are catching stocked rainbow trout, though fishing is sluggish. PowerBait, live worms, Rooster Tails and other spinners are taking the fish. Morning hours are best.
Fishing is still good from the shore and boats near Cottonwood Cove. Stripers and catfish are taking cut bait. Trolling is producing the bigger fish, but still-fishing is producing the most fish. Largemouth bass are hitting top-water and shallow diving lures in the early-morning and late-afternoon hours.
• URBAN PONDS — As is typical for late summer, fishing has slowed at these locations.
Catfish will take shrimp, night crawlers or stink baits. Fishing should pick up as nighttime temperatures cool and water temperatures follow suit.
Catfish will be stocked again next week.
• LAUGHLIN — Though the fish are mostly small, striped bass are hitting cut anchovies below Davis Dam. Anglers also are catching some largemouth bass along the Colorado River.
Above the dam on Lake Mohave, smallies and largemouth are active.
• EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR — Fishing generally picks up as the daytime temperatures start to cool.
Worms combined with mini-marshmallows or floating baits will keep bait out of the weeds. Anglers might need to adjust the length of their leaders.
Trout will cruise the edge of weed beds or other structure.
A one-fly tournament will take place Sept. 20. For information, call (775) 962-5103.
• ECHO CANYON RESERVOIR — Fishing pressure is low, and so is the water. Anglers will want to fish in the deep water near the dam.
• KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA — Two Las Vegas anglers braved weedy conditions and were rewarded with fast action for largemouth bass. Tossing spinner baits into open pockets of water netted them a 50-fish day.
Trout fishing is slow. Heavy weeds also have made fishing difficult for shore anglers along the dams.