Fishing Report for Nevada April 11, 2012

LAKE MEAD – Striper action remains slow but has shown signs of picking up in the Overton Arm. Fish in the Echo Bay area are averaging about three pounds. Cut anchovies and sardines fished near the bottom are catching the fish. Smallmouth and largemouth bass have moved up in the shallows to spawn and are bending rods. The winning bag in Saturday’s Ultimate Bass team tournament included a 5.5-pound fish that pushed the total bag weight to 21 pounds.  

LAKE MOHAVE –Willow Beach striper action has been good with anglers reeling in several double-digit fish. Alan Cole, inventor of the AC Plug, hauled in a 30-pounder. The largemouth and smallmouth bass bite has been excellent the past couple of weeks for anglers working the Cottonwood Cove area. Tournament anglers have had no problems catching their full bag of fish.

LAUGHLIN – According to the most recent reports anglers are still catching a few stocked rainbow trout and even some larger fish.  With temperatures climbing anglers should see improved action for striped bass and a variety of panfish.

LAS VEGAS URBAN PONDS – Weekly trout plants have ceased for the season but anglers continue to catch the odd rainbow trout.  Most of the action has been at Floyd Lamb Park but fish can also be found at Sunset Park and Veterans Memorial Park in Boulder City. Largemouth bass and bluegill should begin taking baits at Floyd Lamb as the temperatures continue to warm. The limit is three fish.

KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA – When the winds let up anglers are finding good action for rainbow trout. PowerBait and night crawlers are catching the fish. Bass fishing is slow but the action should improve as the water temperature increases. 

EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR – Anglers are finding fair action for rainbow trout. The fish have been biting on PowerBait, night crawlers and a combination of night crawlers and mini marshmallows. The limit is five trout.

ECHO CANYON RESERVOIR – NDOW recently released more than 13,000 planter rainbows, and that has resulted in good fishing. The fish are hitting PowerBait, night crawlers and mini marshmallows. Sometimes a combination of mini marshmallow and night crawler works as well. Largemouth bass and crappie have yet to become active.

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