■ LAKE MEAD — Vegas Wash continues to produce plenty of bait for anglers looking to catch a few striped bass, many of which are being caught not far from this area. The larger shad have drawn in the larger fish. Working plugs matching the shad in size, up to 12 inches in some cases, can ignite a response from these larger striped bass. If fish are present but not responding, try throwing different colors or sizes of bait.
■ LAKE MOHAVE — While much of the focus of late has been on the improved striped bass action throughout the lake, don’t forget the other species. One angler from Las Vegas caught a 3.5-pound smallmouth bass while fishing at Arizona Telephone Cove. He was fishing from shore using plastics. Catfish are still providing anglers tight lines as well. Working anchovies in grass beds in coves has worked well for the whisker fish.
■ LAUGHLIN — Slightly breezy but sunny days are forecast for the weekend. Working baits around docks along Casino Row or through holes just below the dam has produced some holdover rainbow trout. Night crawlers, rooster tails and Panther Martins have enticed many bites. Striped bass have been hitting on Bomber Long A lures or pencil poppers. Anchovies are another popular bait, and they will also bring in the occasional catfish this time of year.
■ LAS VEGAS URBAN PONDS — The Nevada Department of Wildlife is stocking trout, and that has anglers catching their three-fish limits. Night crawler pieces with mini-marshmallows, rainbow PowerBait or small spinners work well.
■ KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA — No fishing has been reported this week. Recent cold fronts have left the reservoirs iced over, but as daytime highs rise to the high 40s through the weekend, unstable ice is a possibility.
■ EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR — Anglers have had moderate success while ice fishing on the reservoir. The ice depth is at about 4 inches but will continue to thicken as nighttime temperatures drop into the teens. Night crawlers with a piece of marshmallow, PowerBait and bright jigs have been productive. The park will host its annual Ice Hole Invitational Tournament on Jan. 17.
■ ECHO CANYON RESERVOIR — Ice depths are thinner on this reservoir than on Eagle Valley, but ice fishing anglers can expect ice to be thick enough by the weekend.