LAKE MEAD — The water level has risen 2 feet since last week to its current level of 1,084 feet. With that 2-foot elevation change, there probably will be significant changes to the shoreline you might have come to know. Be aware of submerged land and other possible obstacles. Shad balls are deeper than they have been in recent weeks. Last weekend, bait and stripers were at depths of about 80 to 90 feet. Anglers should have success fishing the backs of coves as stripers follow their food source as well as stable water temperatures, which are found at about 40 feet. There will be a new moon Saturday, which should improve catch rates for those fishing at night with a light.
LAKE MOHAVE — Anglers at Willow Beach have reported moderate success. Those who got their lines deeper, usually by way of a boat, caught larger fish. Out of Cottonwood Cove, anglers are catching striped bass in the coves in about 40 feet of water. Anchovies have worked well in this area.
LAUGHLIN — High winds at the beginning of the week kept many anglers off the water. Going into the weekend, anglers can try their luck for striped bass. The fish are becoming more active as the weather cools. Anchovies have been the prime bait, with Glide Swimmer lures also working well. Catfish continue to hit anchovies, often intended for striped bass, with anglers bringing in many around 2 pounds. Trout action has been fair. The fish are taking night crawlers and PowerBait near Davis Dam and the docks along Casino Row.
LAS VEGAS URBAN PONDS — Rainbow were planted in all of the urban ponds early this week. PowerBait, Power Eggs and small spinners should work well. Another choice is using a mini-marshmallow combined with a salmon egg.
KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA — Slow fishing has been reported, and access to the reservoirs has been difficult in the past week. The boat launches are iced over on all of the reservoirs. The lower halves of Hay Meadow, Cold Springs and Dacey have open water along the dikes.
EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR — Trout action has picked up this week with rainbows up to 14 inches taking almost everything thrown at them, from baits to lures. Cold overnight temperatures are providing icy conditions along the shoreline, and skim ice is forming over the upper end of the reservoir. This thin ice has been melting off by early afternoon. The Nevada Department of Wildlife strongly urges anglers to use caution while fishing the icy shoreline. The main campground remains open despite winterization, which has closed down the upper loop.
ECHO CANYON RESERVOIR — Action has been good for the few anglers who have tried their luck. Rainbow trout are willingly feeding, which means they are not being too picky.
EVENTS — The NDOW will have a free beginning fly-tying workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Las Vegas NDOW office. For more information and to register, see www.ndow.org/Education/Angler_Ed/Classes.