■ LAKE MEAD — While shad have been a little harder to come by lately, anglers are still reporting successful days on the water. Stripers have been found pushing the shad up and boiling in the areas of Vegas Wash in about 35 to 40 feet of water. The best time on the water has been the morning until about 10 a.m. when the stripers head for deeper, cooler water. Common to all the reports is the need for patience in casting shad nets repeatedly for bait or when trolling with anchovies and lures.
■ LAKE MOHAVE — Fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass has been good. Anglers are reeling in many up to three pounds. Some are seeing lunkers, but they don’t want to take what is being thrown at them. The fish are hanging in about 20 to 30 feet of water at drop offs or near submerged trees. While the fish are striking at various colors, green worms with sparkles have been productive.
■ LAUGHLIN — Striper action is doing well on this stretch of the River. Near Davis Dam an angler reeled in a striped bass that weighed more than eight pounds while fishing from shore with anchovies. Many more ranging from one to three pounds have also been brought in. Anchovies are the bait of choice with imitation lures, such as the Bomber Long A, working especially well in the morning. Bluegill and bass have also been active in some of the areas near Big Bend State Park.
■ URBAN PONDS — Bass and bluegill have been hanging out in the shadier areas of the ponds. Bluegill will take a variety of dry flies and worm imitations. Mealworms are still the bait of choice at most of the parks. Bass have been taking small tube baits or crankbaits.
■ KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA — Bass fishing has picked up across the area. Water temperatures are now at 70 degrees, and anglers can expect fair fishing for trout and crappie from the dam and on the water at Haymeadow and Cold Springs reservoirs. Adams-McGill has been giving up a few nice trout and some crappie in the nine- to 12-inch range. At Dacey Reservoir bass action has been good for much of the last week. Be sure to bring your own drinking water as the water system at the David Deacon Campground is out of order.
■ EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR — Trout have been hitting well for anglers using rainbow and orange-colored PowerBait. The fish seem to prefer bait with sparkles in it. Bass have been taking spinning lures along the tules. Spring Valley and Echo Canyon State Parks will be holding a unique bass fishing tournament throughout the summer. Those who catch a bass weighing four pounds or more can participate by photographing, weighing and measuring the fish, and then releasing it. Participants will have a chance to win a bucket full of lures valued at $500. Contact ranger Ben Johnson for more information at 775-962-5102.