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Department of Wildlife fishing report



LAKE MEAD – Action continues to be good for both smallies and largemouth bass. Top-water lures are taking the fish when thrown from the shoreline as well as from a boat. Drop shot rigs have also been catching fish. Striped bass have been taking cut anchovies in the Vegas Wash and Overton arms. For catfish, go to the bottom with a Carolina rig baited up with stink bait, shrimp, chicken livers or night crawlers. They’ll hit during the day but nighttime is usually more productive.

LAKE MOHAVE –   Overall, the fishing remains fair to good out of Cottonwood Cove. Cats are hitting bait fished on the bottom while both largemouth and smallmouth bass are taking various lures and plastics. Striper fishing has been slow. Windy conditions have kept things interesting. Early morning hours are the calmest. Trout fishing is fair following trout plants each Friday. 

LAS VEGAS URBAN PONDS – Even with high winds anglers have been catching catfish at the urban ponds though action slows in the weeks between plants. Bluegills have been providing good action at Floyd Lamb Park. They should be working their way closer to shore to spawn. The limit at these ponds is three fish, and using any fish or parts of fish for bait is illegal here.

KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA – Windy conditions have made fishing difficult. Shore fishing tapered off prior to the last cold front’s arrival, but fly fishermen found good action after it passed. Olive bead head Woolly Buggers fished near the bottom were producing earlier this week. Cold water temperatures have kept the largemouth bass action from heating up though some fish have been seen cruising the shoreline. 

EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR – Tiger trout are taking small silver and gold spinners and spoons at the north end of the reservoir. Anglers are catching a few brown trout, some up to 15 inches. Rainbows are hitting PowerBait, night crawlers and marshmallows and spinners. The annual kids fishing derby is scheduled for June 12. Call 775-962-5102 for information.

ECHO CANYON RESERVOIR – One luck fisherman reeled in an 8-pound largemouth bass over the weekend as both the bucket mouths and the crappie have turned on in this Lincoln County reservoir. Crappie are taking small gitzits in root beer and other dark colors. Rainbow trout are hitting spinners, PowerBait, night crawlers and marshmallows.

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