NV: Fishing Report 3/7/2012

LAKE MEAD – Striper action has slowed considerably this week and high winds have hampered anglers or kept them off the water altogether. Some fish are on the skinny side and anglers are generally finding them in deep water. Stillfishing with cut anchovies is producing a few fish. When they have been able to get on the water anglers have found slow to fair action for smallmouth and largemouth bass.

LAKE MOHAVE –Willow Beach striper action has slowed considerably in the last week though a few fish have been fooled by swimbaits. Trout are biting well after the weekly fish plants with best results coming on PowerBait. Cottonwood Cove hosted the weekend Ultimate Bass Tournament. Six of 11 teams weighed in five-fish bags of 13 pounds or more. Included were two fish that topped five pounds. Before the heavy winds arrived, anglers were reportedly seeing smallies on beds.

LAUGHLIN – Stocked rainbows continue to provide good fishing from Davis Camp downriver through Casino Row and to Rotary Park. Fish as large as five pounds are bending rods. Most anglers are finding success with night crawlers but floating baits and small lures also are catching fish. Striped bass action has been slow with the best results coming on crank baits or anchovies.

LAS VEGAS URBAN PONDS – Windy conditions have battered valley anglers and limited their numbers at the urban ponds. With temperatures warming, anglers may find success with a variety of lures, such as Rooster Tails, Super Dupers, Little Jakes and Panther Martins. Bait options include PowerBait, worms, mini marshmallows and salmon eggs. The limit is three fish.

KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA – All reservoirs are ice free. The water is still murky but starting to settle. That should improve fishing. High winds and cold temperatures have kept most anglers away so fishing pressure has been very light, said Marcus Jones, area manager. Daytime temperatures are beginning to warm up.

EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR – Anglers have been catching rainbow and tiger trout with most rainbows between 12 and 14 inches. PowerBait in green and orange colorations have been catching the fish. Other effective baits include white jigs with a pink head, night crawlers or a combination of night crawler and mini marshmallows. This late in the season ice conditions can change almost daily. Use extreme caution.

ECHO CANYON RESERVOIR – This reservoir is ice free and some anglers already have found some while fishing from the dam. Anglers have reportedly been catching trout along with a few largemouth bass and crappie.

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