Fishing Report for Nevada May 9, 2012

LAKE MEAD – Fishing has been good for both largemouth and smallmouth bass. Anglers are catching fewer large fish than in recent weeks but are catching more fish. Drop shots and tubes have been very effective. Striped bass are taking cut baits south of Echo Bay with the best action at night. Small stripers are biting in the Vegas Wash area, and the catfish bite is beginning to improve.

LAKE MOHAVE – Anglers are finding fair action for striped bass at Willow Beach. Double-digit stripers are hitting AC Plugs south of Willow Beach. Some fish have weighed in at more than 20 pounds. Striped Bass action is a little slower out of Cottonwood Cove, but the catfish bite is picking up for fish averaging about two pounds. Plastics and jigs continue to catch largemouth and smallmouth bass.

LAUGHLIN – Fishing is good for striped bass as well as rainbow trout. Anglers continue to catch some holdover fish along Casino Row. Look for trout in the deeper pockets where they can escape the heat.

LAS VEGAS URBAN PONDS – Bluegill are biting on meal worms fished on the bottom with small hooks. Bigger, older fish have just come off the nest at Floyd Lamb Park and are in search of a meal. Catfish action has slowed down but anglers can still catch a whisker fish if they are patient. Chicken liver, night crawlers, and commercial stink baits are generally productive. The Nevada Department of Wildlife plans to stock catfish sometime next week. The limit is three fish.

KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA – Intermittent winds continue to harass anglers, but when the winds lay down the fishing can be very good. Anglers have found action for both largemouth bass and rainbow trout. Trout tend to congregate near the dams this time of year, but be sure to leave room for the other guy. With warming temperatures panfish should begin biting as well.

EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR – Angler have found good fishing for rainbow and tiger trout. A few German Brown trout are showing up in the creel as well. One brown weighed in at nearly five pounds and another pushed the three-pound mark.  Effective baits include spinners, lures, flies, night crawlers and PowerBait. Anglers have found the tiger trout like gold or silver lures. Bass have been caught at the lake’s upper end.

ECHO CANYON RESERVOIR – Fishing has been good at this Lincoln Country reservoir. Anglers are catching rainbow trout and largemouth bass along with a few crappie.  The crappie are hitting small jigs fished about four to five below a bobber. PowerBait, night crawlers and a variety of small spinners and lures are catching trout.


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