NDOW Southern Fishing Report

by Nevada Department of Wildlife


Murky waters made fishing tough for some anglers recently. Temperatures are reaching into the 80s during the day and dropping into the 50s at night. Trout prefer hitting PowerBait and nightcrawlers in the early mornings or evenings. Action for bass and crappie has been decent, and a little longer lived through the day with jigs and woolly buggers working well. 


The warmer temperatures are impacting shore fishing opportunities. Largemouth bass have been hitting on imitation crawdads, worms, and grubs in darker colors. In addition, green or root beer color tube baits, small jigs, and nightcrawler pieces are bringing in crappie. Anglers are having better success a little later in the morning and see it slow in the afternoon until the heat subsides and shadows return to the water.


Anglers are catching a mixed bag of stripers and black bass on plastics and crankbaits. Fishing has been good for stripers hanging on the surface following their food source. There have been some limits of crappie coming out of the Overton Arm. A reminder to check regulations on limits for each species and spearfishing.


Anglers are catching stripers and catfish off the Willow Beach fishing pier. Anglers are fishing from shore and boat using anchovies and crankbaits. The lake is producing channel catfish in and around the coves while the largemouth and smallmouth bass are going after various crankbaits and plastics


Anglers are reporting success from the dam through Casino Row. Most are in the two-pound average. Fishing has been best at sunrise and sunset. Stripers and catfish have been landed using anchovies around The Bend. Black bass are going for rattling jigs. Catfish are going after nightcrawlers and anchovies.


Windy and warm days are ahead. Weeds are starting to emerge. Weedless hooks are recommended to spend more time catching bass and crappie, than pulling plants from the end of your line. Bass are active and hitting on jigs and imitation plastics. Haymeadow and Cold Springs Reservoirs are picking up for crappie. Anglers are using small jigs and nightcrawlers.


Bluegill and catfish are the go-to fish to catch in the ponds. Mealworms have been productive bait for the bluegill, with the best bites early or late afternoon. Anglers have had modest success for catfish in the evenings using chicken livers and night crawlers. Unfortunately, as per years past, catfish will not be stocked for the next month due to the high summer temperatures. We want anglers that the limit at all urban ponds is three fish and netting is illegal.


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