LAKE MEAD — Boulder Basin has been a hot spot for anglers over the past week. While the size of the striped bass is on the smaller side, the quantity is there. Boils are happening early and top-water baits are the ticket. Spinnows have enticed many fish, but you can also try a Jumpin’ Minnow or a Zara Spook. Smallmouth bass are hanging off cliff walls in about 20 to 25 feet of water and taking baits fished on a dropshot.
LAKE MOHAVE — Anglers fishing out at Willow Beach have had success bringing in double-digit stripers, many just right off the fishing pier above the marina. 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. Striped bass are a little harder to come by in the main body of the lake, but moderate success has come to those fishing early with reaction baits.
LAUGHLIN — The bite is on for anglers along this stretch of the river. A limited trout stocking plan has been implemented and will continue through October. Following the plant at Davis Camp and Rotary Park, the trout will disperse to some of the honey holes along the river. The trout are hungry and have been taking a variety of baits, including night crawlers, PowerBait, Jake’s spinning lures, and Panther Martins.
URBAN PONDS — NDOW successfully stocked catfish in the park ponds during the last week of September, and one more plant is scheduled prior to the start of trout season. Bluegill and bass continue to take night crawlers and mealworms throughout most of the ponds. Keep in mind the use of anchovies as bait is prohibited in the urban ponds.
KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA — Haymeadow, Cold Springs, Adams-McGill, and Dacey reservoirs are all fishing great with rainbows taking most spinning lures and PowerBait. Fall fish plants should take place within the next few weeks.
EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR — This past week action has been slow throughout the lake due to very murky conditions following the recent storms. A few anglers found success for brown trout while throwing half-ounce copper spoons. Others had limited success off the dam and dock using PowerBait.
ECHO CANYON RESERVOIR — The water in the lake remains murky following the heavy rainstorms, but the good news is water levels are also rising due to the rains. Anglers have found slow fishing, but some are having success for rainbows while using the usual PowerBait-night crawler combo off the dam.
UPCOMING EVENTS — NDOW is holding a free Intermediate Fly-tying class for those with some knowledge of tying or who have attended an NDOW beginner’s course. The class will be held Wednesday, Oct. 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the NDOW Las Vegas office. Registration is available online at www.ndow.org/Education/Angler_Ed/Classes or call 702-486-5127 x 3503 for more information.