LAKE MEAD — Largemouth bass and striped bass are both giving anglers something to talk about. Stripers have been working the surface for shad and anglers are finding the best fishing in the evenings until dark or in the grey light of morning. Get an early start to avoid the heat of the day. Those fishing for both black bass and stripers report that artificial lures have been the most productive. Catfish are taking anchovies fished in the coves.
LAKE MOHAVE — The action has not been off the charts, but anglers are still finding decent fishing for both largemouth and smallmouth bass. Anglers fishing out of Cottonwood Cove are catching fish with artificial baits and working the opening or backs of coves. Striped bass also have been holding in the coves searching for food. The best fishing has been in the evenings. Catfish action has been limited for those fishing from shore using night crawlers and anchovies.
LAUGHLIN — Anglers have reported success for striped all along this stretch of the Colorado River. Most are averaging two-pounds. Anchovies seem to be the popular and productive bait for the area. One lucky angler reeled in a striper just under the 26-pound mark while throwing his favorite lure near Davis Dam.
URBAN PONDS — The bite has slowed considerably though anglers have found fair success for catfish in the evenings with stink bait. Mealworms have been catching bluegill with the best bite early in the day or late in the afternoon. As in years past, due to the high summer temperatures catfish will not be stocked in the month of July. NDOW reminds anglers that the limit at all urban ponds is three fish and the use of nets is illegal. Please put discarded fishing line in the recycle tubes or in the trash receptacle.
KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA — With weeds emerging it may be time use Weedless hooks. This will give you the opportunity to spend more time fishing and less time pulling plants from the end of your line. Haymeadow and Cold Springs Reservoirs have been good for crappie with anglers using small jigs and night crawlers. Bass are active and hitting on jigs and imitation plastics.
EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR — Seasonal weed growth has become a bit of an issue for anglers, especially those fishing from shore. With temperatures reaching into the mid 90s during the day and dropping into the 60s at night, trout prefer the early mornings or late evenings. The fish are taking PowerBait and night crawlers. Action for bass and crappie has been decent and a little longer lived through the day. Jigs and Woolly Buggers are working well. All facilities are open and ready for holiday campers expected this weekend.
ECHO CANYON RESERVOIR — The warmer temperatures have had an impact on fishing opportunity. Largemouth bass have been hitting on imitation crawdads, worms and grubs in darker colors. Tube baits in green or root beer colors, small jigs and night crawler pieces have brought in the crappie. While the action may continue a little later into the morning, it slows significantly into the afternoon until the heat subsides and shadows return to the water.