Fishing Report for Nevada May 30, 2012

LAKE MEAD – When they could find some rest from the pestering winds and the seasonal boating traffic anglers found good fishing over the long holiday weekend. Action has been good for both largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. The dropping water level is exposing submerged vegetation and other structure. Striped bass have been hitting baits in the lower basin, the Overton Arm and near Temple Bar. Most stripers are in the 1.5- to 2-pound range, though some fish are pushing the five-pound mark.  Anglers fishing the Overton Arm have been pulling in multiple species from largemouth bass to striped bass and from blue gill to catfish.

LAKE MOHAVE – Largemouth and smallmouth bass have provided anglers with good action in recent days. Fish are showing signs of top-water interest but most anglers are throwing plastics and jigs. Striped bass are hitting trolled baits from Cottonwood Cove south toward Davis Dam. At Willow Beach anglers have reeled in stripers weighing from eight to 25 pounds. Trout imitations are catching the fish.

LAUGHLIN – Fishing continues to improve in the river from Davis Dam south with both the striper and catfish bite showing marked improvement. Anglers continue to catch rainbow trout from deeper holes.

LAS VEGAS URBAN PONDS – The recent catfish plant resulted in good fishing for the whisker fish. Anglers also are finding good action for bluegill at Floyd Lamb Park and Veterans Memorial Park. The next catfish plant is scheduled for the third week in June. There will be no plant in July.  Over limits continue to be a problem. Anglers are reminded the limit on these waters is three fish.

KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA – Anglers continue to catch rainbow trout but the action is switching over in favor of largemouth bass. Seasonal weed growth remains minimal.

EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR – Anglers are catching stocked rainbow trout and tiger trout. Commercially prepared baits such as PowerBait, night crawlers and a variety of hardware are catching the fish. Largemouth bass action is continuing to improve with anglers pulling fish out of the weed beds.

ECHO CANYON RESERVOIR – Stocked rainbows are taking PowerBait, night crawlers, flies and spinners. A combination of mini marshmallow and night crawlers also can be effective in this water. Small jigs fished below a bobber have been catching crappie.

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