Fishing Report, Sept. 12, 2013

■ LAKE MEAD — With the U.S. Open bass tournament taking place this week, anglers encountered a few extra boats on the water along with periodic thunderstorms. Launching out of Callville Bay, participating anglers reportedly found some “brutal” fishing conditions, but still managed to catch plenty of smaller bass. Many were using a drop shot technique or throwing crankbaits. Despite the difficult fishing and rough weather at times, anglers managed to catch some larger fish as well. Action for striped bass has been consistent in the past weeks, with jigging and top-water techniques catching fish.

■ LAKE MOHAVE — A record was set Friday at Willow Beach when a spear fisherman caught a 41-inch striped bass. Since no existing record has been documented for striped bass taken without a hook-and-line technique along the Colorado River, this fish sets the bar. Farther south, anglers have been bringing in largemouth, smallmouth and striped bass and catfish. Anchovies have proven to be a multi-functional bait and are enticing all four species.

■ LAS VEGAS URBAN PONDS — Fishing action has been similar to that found last week — sluggish and stormy. Anglers are seeing largemouth bass in the 7- to 9-inch range at Floyd Lamb Park and Sunset Park ponds. Even though the fish are not large, they can be fun to catch and release. They usually take just about anything thrown at them from flies to worms. The next catfish plant is scheduled for the week of Sept. 23.

■ KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA — With daytime temperatures beginning to drop, trout fishing continues to improve, but monsoonal rains have made the roads slick and muddy.

■ EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR — Rainy days have kept the water murky, and few anglers have braved the weather to hook up trout or bass. The campground remains open, and roads are clear.

■ ECHO CANYON RESERVOIR — Few fishermen have been seen this past week, and monsoonal rains have helped the water level in the lake, but it remains murky. The campground remains open, and roads are clear.

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