Fishing report, July 4

■ LAKE MEAD — Anglers have found good action for striped bass in the Vegas Wash area by throwing top-water lures and jigging spoons in areas where shad can be found. North of Echo Bay fishermen have found good fishing from the shoreline at Stewarts Point. Some boaters working their way north toward Overton are catching stripers and catfish, reports Toni Stephens, of the Nevada Department of Wildlife.

■ LAKE MOHAVE — Excessive heat has kept many anglers off the water.  Night fishing is the best time to fish if you want to escape the extreme temperatures. Stripers have been taking various swimbaits or anchovies.  For catfish use stink baits or anchovies.  The folks at Willow Beach are reporting that anglers are still bringing in double-digit stripers, most caught on A.C. Plugs and similar swimbaits.

■ LAS VEGAS URBAN PONDS — Like other Southern Nevada waters, the excessive heat is keeping most people away from the urban ponds. For those who are willing to don a hat and lather on some sunscreen, this is usually a great time of year for catching bluegill, bass and catfish. The trick is to fish in the early morning and early evening hours when the temperatures are a little cooler than the middle of the day. Fish don’t like 100-degree temperatures any more than we do.

■ KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA — Hot summer temperatures mean seasonal weed growth and slow trout fishing. The weeds can make fishing and navigation both a challenge, but bass action should be good.

■ EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR — Summer fishing for largemouth bass has been very good this past week with fish averaging between one and two pounds. Boaters are pulling in a few larger fish. Crappie jigs and brightly-colored (mostly chartreuse) spinnerbaits have been most effective along with imitation crayfish and plastic worms. Anglers are catching trout ranging in size from 11 to 13 inches from the dam and fishing dock.

■ ECHO CANYON RESERVOIR — According to Ranger Ben Johnson, the bass fishing has really turned on this past week with fish taking bass lures such as chartreuse spinner baits, crayfish imitations and soft plastic worms. The bass have been averaging between one and two pounds, but a few in the four- to five-pound class also have been taken. To maintain good breeding stock in the lake, park officials are encouraging anglers please practice catch and release with these bigger bass. Rainbow trout are providing good action for anglers fishing off the dam.

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