Nevada Fishing Report for February 29, 2012

LAKE MEAD – Unsettled weather has kept many anglers away in recent days and made fishing difficult for those who have ventured out. Anglers have found slow fishing for striped bass in much of the lower basin, though some are connecting on small fish near Vegas Wash. Striper action is slow to fair at Temple Bar and other areas of the upper lake. Reports are that the fish are staying in deep water. Fishing for smallmouth and largemouth bass also remains slow. There are reports that catfish action is starting to pick up for anglers using cut baits.

LAKE MOHAVE – Double-digit stripers continue to bend rods at Willow Beach. There are reports of fish tipping the scales at anywhere from 12 to nearly 30 pounds. Trout imitations are catching the fish. Trout fishing has been good from the fishing pier following the weekly trout plants. Worms and PowerBait are catching the fish. Striper action remains spotty out of Cottonwood Cove, though some anglers are catching fish as large as eight pounds while fishing with cut anchovies. Catfish are beginning to show as well. Action has been slow for smallmouth and largemouth bass, but anglers are finding some success by working soft plastics slowly over grass beds or other structure.

LAUGHLIN – Anglers are catching stocked rainbows, along with a few larger fish, in the Casino Row area. Night crawlers, PowerBait, and hardware are catching the fish.

LAS VEGAS URBAN PONDS – Weekly trout plants by NDOW have resulted in good fishing for anglers visiting the Las Vegas Valley’s urban ponds. Lorenzi Park is not receiving fish due to planned construction activities. Flies, worms, PowerBait and lures are productive in these waters. The limit is three fish.

KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA – All reservoirs are ice free, but with cold nighttime temperatures anglers may find skim ice in the morning hours. Anglers are catching rainbow trout but action will remain slow until the water clears up. Marcus Jones, the area manager, says murky conditions may continue until temperatures begin to warm in earnest.

EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR – Anglers are finding fast action for rainbow trout in the 12- to 14-inch range, and the tiger trout bite has improved significantly over past weeks. The fish are hitting on PowerBait (orange or green), a white jig with a pink head, or a combination of night crawlers with a little bit of marshmallow. The ice is reported to be six inches thick, but anglers are encouraged to double check conditions before going on the ice.

ECHO CANYON RESERVOIR – The reservoir is completely free of ice and fishermen are catching fish from the dam. Their catch has included bass, crappie, and trout. The bass are averaging in the two- to three-pound range. A combination of night crawlers and marshmallow is a good bet for catching trout.

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