Fishing report, Oct. 31, 2013

■ LAKE MEAD — Striped bass have been somewhat elusive, not following their usual habits. Be flexible with each outing and ready with various lure and bait options. Variety is the key to enticing these fish. Jigging spoons in about 50 feet of water has worked near the mouth of canyons. Those anglers who have been able to find and catch shad also have had success. With the new moon on Sunday, anglers can expect the night bite to improve; for best results fish under a light. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are hitting on hard plastics and crankbaits. They can be found toward the back of coves in water as shallow as 6 inches.

■ LAKE MOHAVE — The striper bite has been light, but the action for smallmouth and largemouth bass has made up for it. Work the backs of coves using top-water lures and plugs. Areas with submerged debris or rocky points are prime habitat. Boaters need to be aware of their surroundings and maintain a close eye on the water conditions. Annual water fluctuations are set to take place and will temporarily drop the water level from 640 feet to 633 by mid-November. Boaters might experience temporary closures of the following ramps: Willow Beach, Cottonwood Cove, Katherine Landing, Princess Cove, Arizona Telephone Cove and Nevada Telephone Cove.

■ LAUGHLIN — Trout anglers have found good action while fishing with nightcrawlers or cut anchovies. The anchovies have fooled striped bass as well. While most stripers are in the 1- to 3-pound range, there are reports of anglers catching fish up to 8 pounds. With high winds bringing in a cold front, the fish should begin feeding a little heavier.

■ URBAN PONDS — The final catfish plant of the year took place last week. Catch rates for largemouth bass and bluegill are tapering off as temperatures cool. The Nevada Department of Wildlife has not determined when rainbow trout plants will begin.

■ KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA — Trout fishing has picked up at Haymeadow and Cold Springs. The fish are taking PowerBait and spinners. NDOW planted trout in both reservoirs during October. Trout action has been slow at Adams-McGill, but the fish being caught are in the 14- to 16-inch class. At Dacey, trout and bass fishing have picked up. Panther Martins and other spinners are taking the fish. NDOW last stocked Dacey with rainbows in mid-October. An early winter storm has left the roads muddy, but access should not be a problem for cars and trucks. Water temperatures are in the low 50s.

■ EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR — NDOW planted brown trout last week, and anglers are having success using PowerBait in various colors, small spinning lures or flies.

■ ECHO CANYON RESERVOIR — NDOW planted rainbow trout last week. The fish are taking most baits, including small lures, flies and PowerBait.

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