Fishing Report for Nevada April 17, 2012

LAKE MEAD – Overall the fishing has been tough at this popular fishery. Anglers are looking forward to some respite from the spring winds. Plastics are catching both largemouth and smallmouth bass. Spinnerbaits and crankbaits have taken fish as well. Striper action is slow, but the Vegas Wash area continues to give up a few small fish to anglers using cut bait or trolling. 

LAKE MOHAVE – Striped bass action has slowed considerably in the Willow Beach area. Despite heavy fishing traffic anglers are reporting slow action for striped bass. On the other hand, stocked rainbow trout have provided good action for anglers tossing baits from the shoreline. PowerBait, spinners, lures and salmon eggs have been catching the fish. Further south anglers are catching striped bass from Cottonwood Cove south toward the dam. Largemouth and smallmouth bass have been taking plastics and jigs.

LAUGHLIN – Anglers are finding slow fishing for rainbow trout left over from winter stocking activity, but striped bass action is beginning to improve. 

LAS VEGAS URBAN PONDS – The Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) is set to begin its annual catfish stocking program. The monthly plants will begin next week and continue until October. There will be no plant in July due to heat considerations.  Meanwhile, anglers have found fair to good action for bluegill at Floyd Lamb and Veterans Memorial Park. There is still the chance to catch rainbow trout holding in the deep water and cover. The limit is three fish. 

KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA – Anglers have been finding good action for both stocked and carry-over rainbow trout when the weather cooperates. NDOW planted 5,600 trout April 14 in Cold Springs. Bass fishing should improve as the water temperature warms up.

EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR – The Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) recently stocked both rainbow trout and tiger trout. Anglers are finding good action for planters and holdover fish. The fish are biting on just about any traditional trout bait including spinners, lures, PowerBait and night crawlers. Eagle Valley Resort is hosting the annual Tagged Fishing Event April 28-29. Anglers will be trying to catch one tagged fish worth $50,000. A registration fee of $30 must be paid at the Eagle Valley Resort in Ursine. For information call (775) 962-5293.

ECHO CANYON RESERVOIR – Crappie are starting to show along the dam. One angler found success for the tasty fish with a small brown bead-fly pattern. Stocked rainbows are providing good action for trout anglers throwing small spinners and lures. The fish also are biting PowerBait and night crawlers.

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