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Nevada fishing report, Dec. 18, 2014

LAKE MEAD — Anglers are still having an easy go at netting shad but have had a difficult time enticing the striped bass to take their bait. For many, battling the weather is the first obstacle to overcome and then comes the trial of hooking a fish. With the new moon Sunday night, fishing at night under a light or using a submersible light can prove productive. Spinnows or other similar shad imitation lures can work well.

LAKE MOHAVE — The report has been light from the past week. Anglers are reporting striped bass in coves north of Cottonwood Cove and anchovies have worked well as bait. The catch rate has been better early in the morning and then slows during the midday hours before picking up again in the evening. Willow Beach has produced a few nice catches; one fish came in at 17 pounds and another at 8 pounds, mostly on AC Plugs.

LAUGHLIN — With fluctuations in weather and water, fishing has slowed as the fish adjust. Anglers have found trout in the areas of Rotary Park and the Sunshine Peninsula but the fish have proven tough to catch. While shore fishing in the area, one angler brought in a striped bass nearing 13 pounds on a pencil popper. Thanks to Rusty at Riviera Marina for the report.

URBAN PONDS — Planted rainbows are hitting on a variety of baits and lures. Over the weekend kids from the Las Vegas Jr. Fly Fishing club were getting hits on gold-ribbed Hares Ears, Woolly Buggers, and Prince Nymphs fished near the bottom.

KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA — No fishing activity was reported on the management area this week. The boat launches have iced back over, but the middle sections of the reservoirs remain ice free. Anglers should be able to launch float tubes and other light watercraft from the dikes. Fishing from the dikes is possible but may be difficult while contending with vegetation and thin ice.

EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR — This week angler pressure was very low due to the storm system that went through the area. Most of the lake is still clear of ice, but there is ice in the mornings around the edges of the lake and on most of the upper end.

ECHO CANYON RESERVOIR — The reservoir is still clear of ice despite recent storm activity. Fishing activity has been very limited. Night crawlers and PowerBait are always a good bet for enticing a sluggish trout on those cold days.

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