LAKE MEAD — With cooler weather here to stay, now is not only a good time, but also an enjoyable time to go fishing. Anglers have reported moderate success for striped bass, catfish and smallmouth bass, with afternoons providing the best fishing. Largemouth bass have been a little harder to come by. Jigging has been the most successful technique for catching striped bass. Trolling in the Boulder Basin also has been productive. Drop shot rigs fished around cliff walls, rocky points or areas with submerged weed beds have been productive for smallmouth bass. Catfish are active in the backs of coves at night and are hitting a variety of baits, such as hot dogs, chicken livers or corn.
LAKE MOHAVE — Reports of anglers catching fish on the lake has been sparse but conditions are right for tight lines. Success has been had by anglers fishing the backs of coves. Catfish can be found cruising the shallows at night while bluegill and redear sunfish are most active in the morning and late afternoon. Night crawlers or pieces thereof can work well for these species. Striped bass have been a little more elusive but fishing has picked up in the late afternoon hours with anchovies being the top bait.
LAUGHLIN — Anglers continue to have fair success catching stripers and catfish in the areas of Big Bend, Community Park and the Casino Row. Anchovies have generated the most active response from the fish. Anglers’ primary focus remains on the recently stocked rainbow trout. Many anglers are reporting limits of eight- to twelve-inch fish. Most of the catch is coming from the stocking points of Rotary Park and Davis Camp, but the trout are beginning to disperse to various pockets along the river. Night crawlers or PowerBait with a little Hatchery Dust has enticed many fish.
URBAN PONDS — Bluegill continue to hit night crawlers and meal worms throughout the ponds. Catfish are taking night crawlers, hot-dog chunks and chicken gizzards. Keep in mind that the use of anchovies is prohibited in all the urban ponds.
KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA — Fishing for bass and crappie has been slow at Haymeadow and Cold Springs reservoirs this week. Anglers are catching trout in the six- to 10-inch range. Water temperatures are around 64 degrees at the boat launches. Fishing has been slow at Adams-McGill Reservoir, and fair at Dacey. Bass, however, are still biting at Dacey. The Nevada Department of Wildlife planted rainbow trout at all reservoirs last week. The one exception is Tule. Expect to share the waters with hunters as the 2014-15 waterfowl hunt has begun.
EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR — Fishing has improved this past week and NDOW stocked 7,500 rainbows at this Lincoln County reservoir. Fly-fishers saw success for rainbows using Woolly Buggers in brown, olive and black in the center of the lake, while shore anglers found good action with a black hare’s ear nymph. Water clarity is slowly improving and German brown trout should start their fall spawning soon. The facilities at the campground are open year around.
ECHO CANYON RESERVOIR — Both crappie and bass were hitting this past week as the water temperature increased a little with the warmer days. Trout are taking night crawlers with mini marshmallow for bait anglers, and according to park rangers the fish should start hitting on silver or gold spinners soon. Trout action generally picks up with fall temperatures.