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Fishing Report, May 8, 2014

■ LAKE MEAD — Fishing has been fair despite windy conditions. Those fishing early in the morning have had the best success. While many anglers are still catching threadfin and gizzard shad for bait, mostly in the coves of Vegas Wash, an increasing number are reporting success with artificial lures. Stripers are hanging in about 30 feet of water near drop-offs. The majority of stripers being caught have been in the 1- to 3-pound range. Largemouth bass are still giving anglers success. Big fish honors at a weekend tournament went to an angler who reeled in a bass that topped 8 pounds. Drop shots and various lures in olive coloration have worked well.

■ LAKE MOHAVE — With the spawn coming to an end, largemouth and smallmouth bass action has slowed. Anglers are still having success throwing plastic worms, but it might be necessary to change bait colors throughout the day. Catfish action has been good in the backs of most coves. Night action is best, with fish taking various baits ranging from anchovies to leftover hot dogs.

■ LAUGHLIN — Striper action is holding steady, with most catches weighing in around 3 pounds. The bait of choice along the river is anchovies. Catfish action has been picking up, with many fish ranging from 4 to 8 pounds.

■ URBAN PONDS — Wind has kept many anglers home, so the information has been spotty, but reports are that trout are still taking PowerBaits and lures at Boulder City and Lorenzi Park ponds. Bass and bluegill are finishing up their spawning activity at Floyd Lamb and should become more active.

■ KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA — Action has been fast and furious at area reservoirs, with anglers reeling in trout ranging from 9 to 12 inches in length. Most are taking PowerBait or lures. Crappie action is good on Haymeadow, Cold Springs and Adams-McGill. Reports are that some crappie are as large as 10 inches. Small bass are taking jigs and small spinners. Fishing at Dacey reservoir has been good with flies and spoons.

■ EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR — The reservoir saw a lot of action last weekend because of the annual tagged fish contest. Thousands of trout were caught, and five fish had $100 tags. But the coveted $50,000 fish eluded contestants. Bass fishing has taken off. Recent catches include fish that weighed up to 6 pounds.

■ ECHO CANYON RESERVOIR — Crappie are ranging up to 12 inches. One fisherman working the upper section of the lake reportedly caught and released more than 40 crappie while using jigs. Bass fishing also has taken off, and anglers are catching some plump fish.

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