Fishing Report for Nevada May 7, 2012

LAKE MEAD – Shad are moving into the shallows and the striped bass won’t be far behind. Anglers have been catching stripers in the Vegas Wash area with cut anchovies or by jigging. Temple Bar is still receiving reports of good striper action. Smallies and largemouth bass are hitting plastics and jigs near Echo Bay. Murky water conditions have made sight fishing difficult, but anglers have found success by targeting inundated brush or rocky points.

LAKE MOHAVE –Willow Beach striper action remained slow this past week. Stripers from four to 16 pounds have been reportedly been caught near mile markers 51 and 52. The fish have been hitting Magic Baits, Rago Baits, and gold spoons. AC Plugs and other trout imitations are also productive. Cottonwood Cove stripers have been slow this week. The largemouth and smallmouth bass action is still good, with the bass taking plastics and jigs. Catfish action is improving with fish averaging two pounds near Cottonwood.

LAUGHLIN – Cut baits have yielded good action for striped bass. Anglers have reportedly reeled in fish pushing the nine-pound mark. Rainbow trout fishing is good but the catching has been slow; lures and PowerBait may generate bites. Smallmouth bass are beginning to show.

LAS VEGAS URBAN PONDS – Anglers have found good fishing for catfish following the recent plant by the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW). The agency will plant fish in the urban ponds once a month through October. The one exception is July when there will be no plant to due excessive heat issues.  Catfish will bite on commercial stink baits, chicken liver, night crawlers and even hot dog slices. The limit is three fish.

KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA – Bass action has picked up considerably in the last week, but the crappie bite has yet to begin. Stocked rainbows and even a few carryover fish are providing anglers with good trout action. Some anglers are reportedly seeing some larger fish staging along the dams. Adams-McGill and Dacey reservoirs will not be stocked this spring. 

EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR – The Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) recently stocked both rainbow trout and tiger trout. The tiger trout bite has been good, with fish averaging between 12 and 14 inches. The fish are biting on just about any traditional trout bait including spinners, lures, PowerBait and night crawlers. Best action for the tiger trout is with a gold or silver lure. There was an 18-inch rainbow reported this week. The north end of the reservoir is producing bass, averaging about two to three pounds.  Anglers also have caught some German brown trout.

ECHO CANYON RESERVOIR – The rainbow bite is the best along the base of the dam using PowerBait or gold and silver lures. Crappie are starting to bite and the bass action has been improving.

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