LAKE MEAD — Despite the recent foul weather, anglers are reporting successful outings on the lake. With sunny weather in the forecast for the weekend, now is a good time to be on the water. Those setting out at first light have reported more success than those heading out later in the day. Netting shad has been an easy task for some and the extra effort has paid off for catching stripers. The Vegas Wash has been a productive area with anglers reporting success in deeper water, more than 100 feet.
LAKE MOHAVE — The bite is on for smallmouth bass. Anglers are reporting consistent success and are pleased with the size of the fish. Some have even gone so far as to predict that the lake may give up a new state record this year. Night crawlers or plastic imitations are working well in coves. For those after stripers, the area around Monkey Hole has recently yielded many fish in the double digit range. The stripers in this area have been responsive to swimbaits up to 12 inches in length and in rainbow trout colorations.
LAUGHLIN — Anglers have been pleased with the action for catfish. Anchovies and chicken liver are catching the fish. The area around Big Bend State Park has produced a few striped bass ranging up to 6 pounds. Anchovies are prime bait with lures working as well. There has been light action around the Nature Center and Casino Row, but this is generally a good are for stripers.
URBAN PONDS — At Floyd Lamb Park stocked rainbow trout have been slow to take baits, but one angler was observed catching and releasing fish with regularity using a ¼-ounce Super Duper in gold with red accents.
KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA — Fishing has been slow across the area. Anglers have had the most success at Haymeadow Reservoir using small spoons and PowerBait. Floating weeds may cause some problems when fishing from the dams at Cold Springs, Haymeadow and Adams-McGill and near the launch ramps. The upper ends of the reservoirs are now closed. Check the Kiosks and the Nevada Fishing Guide for special regulations on Dacey Reservoir. Only vessels without motors may be used on the Dacey Reservoir from Feb. 15 through Aug. 15.
EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR — Poor weather conditions over the past week have kept most anglers away from this Lincoln County Reservoir. Those who did venture out found the rainbows and even a few tiger trout biting on the usual PowerBait and spinning lures. The reservoir is ice free and the campground open.
ECHO CANYON RESERVOIR — Only a few anglers were seen fishing this past week due to the inclement weather, but those who did were catching rainbows using PowerBait or night crawlers.
UPCOMING CLASSES — NDOW will hold a free Introduction to Fly Fishing class Saturday at Floyd Lamb Park. Registration is online and space is limited. www.ndow.org/Education/Angler_Ed/Classes/