October 18, 2017 - 12:12 pm
LAKE MEAD — Cool fall temperatures are extending fishing time, especially in the mornings. Live shad are generally the bait of choice for catching striped bass. Look for them in the backs of coves. The primary destination for catching live shad is Vegas Bay where the wash enters the lake. Swimbaits also will catch the fish.
LAKE MOHAVE — The Willow Beach National Fish Hatchery plants rainbow trout each Friday morning at Willow Beach. Given the presence of striped bass, the trout will quickly look for cover. PowerBait and night crawlers will catch the fish. So too will hardware such as Mepp’s or Panther Martin spinners, Super Dupers, L’il Jakes and a variety of spoons. Striped bass fishing is good following the trout plants. The line sides will take large swimbaits in trout patterns as well as anchovies. Catfish are taking anchovies right off the bottom. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are still biting on jigs and plastics matching the vegetation around Cottonwood Cove.
LAUGHLIN — Stripers in the one-pound range are raking anchovies below Davis Dam. There are a few larger fish in the area that are hitting swimbaits, Bomber Long A’s and other top-water hardware. Trout action is very good along Casino Row, and anglers are very active in this area.
LAS VEGAS URBAN PONDS — The final channel catfish plant of the season is scheduled for the week of Oct. 16. The Nevada Department of Wildlife will plant fish at Floyd Lamb, Sunset, Lorenzi, Veterans Memorial and Hafen Park ponds. Hotdog pieces or chicken gizzards have been fooling the fish.
KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA — The best action around has taken place in the morning and late afternoon hours when the winds are at their slowest. Be mindful of the winds on the reservoirs as they come up very fast late in the morning and last through the afternoon. Rainbow trout have been hitting rainbow-colored PowerBait, night crawlers, and an assortment of 1/4 to 1/2-ounce spinning lures and spoons.
EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR — Anglers have been catching 10- to 12-inch rainbow and tiger trout from the shoreline as well as from boats. The action is taking place before noon with pink being the color of choice for both PowerBait and Power Eggs. A few largemouth bass are still taking baits despite chilly temperatures.
ECHO CANYON RESERVOIR — Rainbow trout have been biting well for the few anglers working the lake. Pink, orange, and green PowerBait have been catching fish, as well as small spinners for those using lures.
UPCOMING FISHING EVENTS — The Nevada Department of Wildlife will hold a free “How to Fish Lake Mead” seminar at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21 at the Alan Bible Visitors Center at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Participants will learn about equipment needs and techniques for fishing the lake as well as pertinent regulations, such as limits and legal baits.