January 10, 2014 - 7:25 am
■ LAKE MEAD — Threadfin and gizzard shad have been hanging in the back of the Vegas Wash, which is where striped bass also can be found. When throwing live bait, larger shad have been igniting quicker responses from the stripers. Anglers also have been working Spinnows or various shad imitations and jig heads. Mid-morning and into the afternoon has been productive.
■ LAKE MOHAVE — With the cooling temperatures, some striped bass have moved farther south to the area of Placer Cove or Cottonwood Cove. Stripers can be found in the backs of coves preying on available baitfish. Anglers also have had success trolling deep through these areas. For larger striped bass, work the larger plugs, up to 12 inches. Also try using different colors and sizes of baits.
■ LAUGHLIN — Action still has been good for holdover rainbow trout. Anglers have caught many weighing more than 4 pounds, and one came in at 6 pounds. Nightcrawlers have been the bait of choice. Stripers should be making their way out and feeding a little heavier. Anchovies or imitation trout lures work well.
■ URBAN PONDS — Because of the holidays, there have been no reports from the ponds. The Nevada Department of Wildlife plans weekly trout plants at Lorenzi, Sunset and Veterans Memorial parks beginning this week. Floyd Lamb is on the schedule for the weeks of Jan. 27 and Feb. 27. Small spinners, PowerBait and flies will catch the fish.
■ KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA — Ice conditions remain unsafe. The reservoirs are about 90 percent ice-covered, but the ice is too thin for human access and ice fishing. Some water is open on the reservoirs in the afternoons, allowing limited access. Roads on the area are dry.
■ EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR — Anglers have landed 11- to 13-inch rainbows through ice that is averaging 8 to 12 inches thick across the reservoir. Green PowerBait and nightcrawlers are working the best. The park will host its Ice Hole Invitational Tournament on Jan. 18. The event will start at 10 a.m., and registration will take place on site. Call 775-728-4460 for more information.
■ ECHO CANYON RESERVOIR — Ice on the reservoir has deteriorated this week. The best ice can be found near the dam or the upper area of the lake that receives little sun. Thin ice is prevalent throughout the rest of the lake. Fishing has been good for rainbows using nightcrawlers or green PowerBait. The campgrounds are open.