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Fishing report, April 17, 2014

LAKE MEAD — Anglers fishing near Callville Bay and 33 Hole are finding improved action for largemouth bass. Texas rigged worms are productive, and many of the beds are shallow. The top three teams at a bass tournament all finished with five-fish bags topping 24 bags, a bit of a milestone for Lake Mead. When fishing during the spawn, catch-and-release fishing is a good way to improve future opportunity.

LAKE MOHAVE — Fishing slowed after the lunar eclipse early this week, but smallmouth and largemouth bass are still ready to take baits. The drop shot and Texas rigs have worked well, so have grubs and other plastics. The reaction bite has been slow. Catfish are biting on anchovies, and the best action has come at night in the back of coves.

LAUGHLIN — Striped bass action has been slow but steady along this stretch of the river. Stripers in the 2-pound range have been taking anchovies. Catfish action continues to improve, with anchovies being a top bait for these fish. A catfish topping 12 pounds was reeled in near Davis Dam.

LAS VEGAS URBAN PONDS — The ponds at Lorenzi, Floyd Lamb, Sunset and Boulder City will receive the first catfish plant of the season this week. The limit is three fish. A limit includes fish at home, in the cooler and those caught and given away. Baits that include any part of a fish other than preserved salmon eggs are prohibited. Shrimp and squid are not considered fish.

KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA — Anglers have been catching trout in the 9- to 11-inch range off the dam at Haymeadow and Cold Springs. Spinners, lures and PowerBait are catching the fish. The bass bite is also beginning to pick up. Fishing has been slow at Adams-McGill, but the trout tend to be a bit larger than at other area reservoirs. Fishing at Dacey reservoir has been good using flies and spoons. Dacey is artificial lure only, so the use of PowerBait, worms or other similar baits is prohibited. Tule, Old Place and the upper ends of Haymeadow, Cold Springs, Adams-McGill and Dacey are closed.

EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR — Anglers have found action for rainbow trout while using night crawlers with a bit of mini-marshmallow on the hook. Other effective baits include PowerBait in green or orange coloration and small spoons in gold with red spots. Fishermen have seen a few bass, but it’s still a little cold. The campgrounds are open with all facilities available.

ECHO CANYON RESERVOIR — Anglers are having success for rainbow trout using PowerBait in green or orange colors, night crawlers with a chunk of mini-marshmallow or small spinners. Some crappie have been seen, along with a few bass.

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