Fishing report, April 3, 2014

LAKE MEAD — High winds have kept many anglers off the water, which in turn has kept many fish in the water. With the forecast calling for light breezes and sunny conditions for the weekend, fishing should improve. Falling water levels have made largemouth and smallmouth bass hard to find. Those anglers who are able to net live shad have reported success for striped bass, though most are weighing about 1.5 pounds. Anglers who are netting gizzard shad are reporting that many are in the 18- to 20-inch range, and some have been catching tilapia that are pushing the 4-pound mark.

LAKE MOHAVE — Despite windy conditions in the past week, fish have been biting. Reports for striped bass have been light, but the action for largemouth and smallmouth bass has been hot. Dark colored plastics fished on shelves in the coves have worked well. Drop-offs are key because of the shadows and cover they provide.

LAUGHLIN — Action has been light on the river, which might be a result of passing cold fronts that keep the fish from biting. One angler caught a healthy smallmouth bass in the area of Big Bend while fishing for striped bass. As the weather warms, bass should move onto beds and increase opportunities.

LAS VEGAS URBAN PONDS — Trout action continues to be slow at most ponds but should be picking up with rising water temperatures. Power eggs and PowerBait in yellow, sunset and bubblegum colorations have been working well.

KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA — Anglers are finding more success on Haymeadow and Cold Springs reservoirs, but are taking bigger fish from Adams-McGill and Dacey.

EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR — Inclement weather slowed anglers this past week, but Friday was busy at the park. Anglers are catching rainbow, tiger and brown trout using rainbow PowerBait or night crawlers. Mepp’s spinners also are catching trout.

ECHO CANYON RESERVOIR — Warm water fish such as crappie and bass have yet to be seen, but rainbow trout are taking PowerBait, Power Eggs and small spinners.

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