Nevada Fishing Report, Oct. 6, 2016
Anglers continue to find good action for striped bass at Lake Mead.
October 5, 2016 - 10:43 pm
Nevada fishing report
■ LAKE MEAD — Anglers continue to find good action for striped bass. Early mornings and evenings are most productive. Tom Frey has found success while trolling at depths of 70 to 80 feet in 100 feet of water. He likes baits that are chartreuse in color. Another lucky angler used a crankbait to pull a 27-pounder out of Boulder Harbor. Anchovies and lures also have been catching fish. Smallmouth bass are hanging off cliff walls and taking drop-shot rigs at depths of about 20 to 25 feet.
■ LAKE MOHAVE — Stripers have been biting on anchovies. Anglers weighed in fish in the 5- to 7-pound range at Rusty’s Riviera Marina in Bullhead City. Striped bass are harder to come by in the main body of the lake, but moderate success has come to those fishing early with reaction baits. Catfish have been active as well and are taking anchovies in the backs of coves. Reports of fish in the 4- to 6-pound range are common.
■ LAUGHLIN — The bite is on for anglers along this stretch of the river. The Arizona Game &Fish Department and the U.S. Fish &Wildlife Service are teaming up to plant rainbow trout below Davis Dam once each month. The plants began in September and will continue through May. Anglers have had success fishing for smallmouth and largemouth bass north of Big Bend State Park. Catfish have been biting on a variety of baits, especially anchovies.
■ LAS VEGAS URBAN PONDS — Big catfish have been pulled out of Floyd Lamb and Sunset parks. Swimbaits are a good choice for largemouth bass, but they need to be small enough to fit in a fish’s mouth. Bluegill fishing is slow, but anglers are catching them on poppers in black and white colorations. The use of anchovies as bait is prohibited on the urban ponds.
■ KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA — Cooling temperatures have sparked trout action on area reservoirs. Bass action has improved, but, with heavy winds, fishing activity has been limited. Hay Meadow and Dacey reservoirs have been fishing well for trout and bass. As temperatures continue to drop, expect a changeup, with the trout action picking up and the bass bite slowing.
■ EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR — Night crawlers were the ticket for trout and bass over the weekend. Rooster Tails also were working well for trout. One lucky angler caught a 5-pound bass near the tules. German brown trout should become more active now that fall has arrived.
■ ECHO CANYON RESERVOIR — The water remains murky following recent rain activity that also has the water level rising. Fishing has been slow, but anglers are finding success using PowerBait-night crawler combos off the dam for rainbow trout.
■ UPCOMING EVENTS — The Nevada Department of Wildlife will be a part of Get Outdoors Nevada Day on Oct. 15. Events will take place at Lorenzi Park and Spring Mountain Ranch State Park. Check Facebook for details.