n LAKE MEAD — High winds continue to buffet anglers seemingly every weekend, making fishing difficult for boaters and shore anglers. It’s definitely life-jacket weather. Still, anglers are catching catfish and small striped bass out of the Vegas Wash area. Striped bass action has been good in the Overton Arm above Echo Bay. Stripers are taking crankbaits and cut anchovies or sardines. Under current regulations, gizzard shad may be used as bait but only as dead bait. Fair to good action continues for spawning smallmouth and largemouth bass. Shallow-diving crankbaits, spinner baits and plastics are catching fish, some tipping the scale at 4 or 5 pounds.
n LAKE MOHAVE — Shoreline and boat anglers have found fair fishing for catfish and black bass the past week despite windy weather. Striper fishing has been slow in the midlake area, though large swimbaits continue to catch double-digit fish near Willow Beach. Most fishing activity has occurred when the wind has died down. Catfish have been hitting on prepared baits or cut anchovies. Bass anglers are finding success for smallmouth and largemouth in the 2- to 5-pound range with jigs, plastics and a variety of top-water and shallow-diving lures.
n LAS VEGAS URBAN PONDS — Stocked catfish have been hitting on shrimp at Floyd Lamb Park. Night crawlers, stink bait and sliced hot dogs are other bait choices for catfish. Up-and-down temperatures have the park’s panfish confused, but bluegill are beginning to come to life. Mealworms, small red worms and balled-up bread fished on small hooks will catch bluegill and sunfish.
n KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA — High winds and cold temperatures slowed fishing last weekend. But with temperatures on the rise, insect activity should increase, resulting in better fishing, especially for fly-anglers. Because the area’s reservoirs are lined with tule beds, most shore fishing is done from the dams with PowerBait, night crawlers and spinners.
n EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR — Cold daytime temperatures are giving way to warmer days, and fishing action should rebound. Use caution when boating or tubing in windy weather conditions. Stocked rainbows will bite on spinners, PowerBait, mini-marshmallows, worms and flies.
n ECHO CANYON RESERVOIR — Crappie and bass action should continue to improve with the arrival of warmer weather. Anglers often find crappie while working the deeper water along the dam. For stocked rainbows, PowerBait, worms and small spinners are generally productive.