Fishing Report, May 3

■ LAKE MEAD – Shad are moving into the shallows, and the striped bass won’t be far behind. Anglers have been catching stripers in the Vegas Wash area with cut anchovies and by jigging. Temple Bar still is receiving reports of good striper action. Smallies and largemouth bass are hitting plastics and jigs near Echo Bay. Murky water has made sight fishing difficult, but anglers have found success by targeting inundated brush and rocky points.

■ LAKE MOHAVE – Striper action at Willow Beach remains slow this week. Stripers of up to 16 pounds reportedly have been caught near mile markers 51 and 52. The fish have been hitting Magic Baits, Rago Baits and gold spoons. AC Plugs and other trout imitations also are productive. Fishing for stripers at Cottonwood Cove has been slow this week. The largemouth and smallmouth bass action still is good, with the bass taking plastics and jigs. Catfish action is improving, with fish averaging 2 pounds near Cottonwood.

■ LAUGHLIN – Cut baits have yielded good action for striped bass. Anglers reportedly have reeled in fish pushing 9 pounds. Rainbow trout fishing is good, but the catching has been slow; lures and PowerBait might generate bites. Smallmouth bass are beginning to show.

■ URBAN PONDS – Anglers have found good fishing for catfish following the recent plant by the Nevada Department of Wildlife. The agency will plant fish in the urban ponds once a month through October. The one exception is July, when there will be no plant because of excessive heat. Catfish will bite on commercial stink baits, chicken liver, night crawlers and even hot dog slices. Limit is three fish.

■ KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA – Bass action has picked up considerably in the past week, but the crappie bite has yet to begin. Stocked rainbows and even a few carry-over fish are providing anglers with good trout action. Some anglers are seeing larger fish staging along the dams. The Adams-McGill and Dacey reservoirs will not be stocked this spring.

■ EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR – NDOW recently stocked rainbow trout and tiger trout. The tiger trout bite has been good, with fish averaging 12 to 14 inches. The fish are biting on just about any traditional trout bait, including spinners, lures, PowerBait and night crawlers. Best action for tiger trout is with a gold or silver lure. The north end of the reservoir is producing bass, averaging 2 to 3 pounds. Anglers also have caught German brown trout.

■ ECHO CANYON RESERVOIR – The rainbow bite is the best along the base of the dam using PowerBait or gold and silver lures. Crappie are starting to bite, and bass action has been improving.

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