FISHING REPORT

LAKE MEAD — Fishing slowed last weekend, but striped bass had been taking top-water baits near Sand Island and from Las Vegas Wash to Boxcar Cove. Striper boils should become more common soon.

Anglers fishing for largemouth bass had success around the structure in 10 to 20 feet of water. A drop-shot setup with a plastic worm in motor oil or ox blood was inviting bites.

LAKE MOHAVE — Striped bass fishing is improving near Willow Beach, about 12 miles below Hoover Dam. An angler reeled in a 38-inch fish that weighed just less than 20 pounds. Another boated a 42-pounder. Both were using swim baits resembling rainbow trout. Shore anglers have been taking stripers weighing from 1 to 5 pounds on anchovies.

Willow Beach also is producing action for rainbow trout. Many shore anglers have been reeling in limits of planter rainbows. Most have been using PowerBait and fishing well before 7 a.m., though some die-hards have been fishing into the midmorning hours. Most fish are in the 12-inch range, but one angler hauled in a 19-inch lunker that weighed in at almost 4 pounds. Several fish nearing the 24-inch mark have been caught.

LAUGHLIN — Even with the daytime boat traffic, the Colorado River below Davis Dam and along Casino Row can be a productive fishery. Early morning and evening hours, after boaters clear off, are generally most productive.

Anchovies, large plugs and swim baits often produce bites. Casting a fly or a mealworm can net anglers a mess of sunfish.

LAS VEGAS URBAN PONDS — Catfish were stocked early this week in ponds at Sunset Park, Veterans Park in Boulder City and Hafen Park in Mesquite. The Nevada Department of Wildlife plans to stock Lorenzi Park and Floyd Lamb Park before the weekend.

Fishing for bluegill and bass has been good, especially during the cooler early morning and evening hours.

EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR — Water levels have dropped 7 to 10 feet since spring, making the upper portion of the reservoir too shallow for boats with motors or a deep draft. Murky conditions have made fishing difficult in some areas, but anglers still are catching trout. PowerBait, night crawlers and small spinners have been taking fish. Bass are still showing up occasionally. An angler netted a 3-pound largemouth last week.

ECHO CANYON RESERVOIR — Anglers have had success for all species of fish in the reservoir. Largemouth bass and crappie have been hitting on spinners in a variety of colors.

Fly fishermen have been pulling in rainbow trout on woolly buggers in brown colorations, and those using bait have been taking trout on marshmallows.

KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA — Water temperatures nearing 80 degrees have resulted in slow trout fishing, though some rising trout can be seen.

The warm water is spurring weed growth that is making fishing difficult from the area’s dams. But bass fishing has been good.

ELY AREA — Anglers still are taking an occasional trout from Comins Lake.

Pike that were illegally planted in the late 1990s have decimated the trout population.

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