LAKE MEAD — Las Vegas Bay continues to produce an ample supply of threadfin shad. Anglers using live shad have found success for striped bass and catfish while fishing in the bay from the shoreline or a boat. Frozen anchovies are productive as well. Steep drop-offs in this area tend to attract bigger fish, though the standard catch is in the 1- to 3-pound range. Black bass are taking soft plastics on the Arizona side near Kingman Wash.
LAKE MOHAVE — Anglers are catching striped bass and catfish throughout the lake from boats and the shoreline. Swimbaits in trout patterns are fooling striped bass in the Willow Beach area. At the south end of the lake, anglers are doing better using anchovies fished off the bottom from a boat. Black bass activity is picking up in the Cottonwood Cove area.
LAUGHLIN — Striped bass in the 1- to 3-pound range are schooling along Casino Row. A silver-colored Glide Swimmer or other swimbait thrown into a school of stripers can produce good action. Anchovies fished off the bottom have been the top bait choice for stripers, but sometimes catfish will take them as well. Black bass are holding in the marshy areas below the casinos and hitting on spinnerbaits.
LAS VEGAS URBAN PONDS — Night crawlers and mealworms were the ticket over the weekend at Floyd Lamb Park. These traditional baits caught bluegill, bass and green sunfish during a fishing clinic hosted by the Nevada Department of Wildlife. The fish were hanging out in shaded pools and along the shoreline. As the summer draws to a close, the action should pick up at the urban ponds.
KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA — There is no report from the WMA this week. Generally, late summer is a slow time for trout, but bass and crappie are active in the early mornings and near sundown. As nighttime temperatures start to drop, trout action should improve as the aquatic vegetation begins to die off.
EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR — Though fishing remains slow, the water has been rising with the help of monsoonal rains. Cooling overnight lows are starting to knock back the aquatic vegetation. Crappies are hitting on jigs and worms around the dock, while a few bass and trout are taking baits in the mornings and near sundown.
ECHO CANYON RESERVOIR — Action for all species has been typically slow for the dog days of summer, but cooler overnight lows and rising water levels should start turning things around. The trout bite usually starts to pick up after Labor Day weekend. Bass and crappie fishing should improve as well.
UPCOMING EVENTS — Spring Valley State Park (Eagle Valley Reservoir) will hold its annual one-fly fly-fishing tournament at 8 to 11 a.m. on Sept. 9. The entry fee is $30.00, and all entrants will need to have two identical flies, one for the judges and one with which to fish. Contact Ranger Johnson at 775-962-5102 for more information.