NDOW Southern Fishing Report

Photo Credit: Courtesy of NDOW

by Nevada Department of Wildlife


As of the weekend, the ice was still 6 to 8 inches thick. Trout in the 12- to 18-inch range are hitting PowerBait, night crawlers, and jigs. Some anglers have even been able to get a bass or crappie to hit a jig fished through the ice. For up-to-date ice conditions contact Spring Valley State Park at 775-962-5102.

ECHO CANYON RESERVOIRThe reservoir is clear of ice. Only a few anglers were out this past week but did well for rainbows using orange and chartreuse PowerBait.  The campgrounds and facilities are open. Visitors should go prepared for changes in the weather.


Largemouth bass are becoming more active near structure and vegetation in the Las Vegas Bay area. Anglers are recommending soft plastics in pearl and green pumpkin fished slowly with a finesse presentation. In the Boulder Basin, stripers are taking anchovies from shore anglers in the late afternoon and evening hours. Boaters are having luck when using live bait in 30 to 40 feet of water. For a catfish bite, try fishing anchovies, corn, or stink baits off the bottom.


Willow Beach anglers are using PowerBait and small jigs to catch rainbow trout. Downriver, boaters trolling swimbaits are catching stripers weighing up to 25 pounds. Near Katherine Landing, the line sides are taking live bait. Black bass fishing is slow. Some soft plastics and topwater lures are producing fish in the coves.


Stripers as large as 9 pounds are taking anchovies fished from the Colorado River shorelines. Anglers are reporting that bigger fish are taking swimbaits. Rainbow trout are showing a preference for green jigs and night crawlers. Black bass anglers are reporting an increase in activity with warmer daytime temperatures. A few smallies have been caught on green pumpkin worms and jerk baits.


There is some open water on the reservoirs and may provide some opportunity for trout fishing. Most nights are still pushing below freezing, so ice is still found along most shorelines. The ice is too thin to walk on. Where there is open water, a worm below a bobber or a nymph pattern can do the trick.


Night crawlers and meal worms have been the go-to baits for stocked rainbow trout. A few catfish have been biting on warm afternoons at Sunset Park. The bluegill bite remains slow despite the increase in daytime temperatures.


For information about NDOW educational programs and workshops visit https://register-ed.com/programs/nevada/210-angler-education. You can get your fishing license online at www.ndowlicensing.com .

More Reports

Nevada Department of Wildlife Reports
for Wednesday, February 3rd
: Youth Waterfowl Hunt on tap for Nevada’s South and Northwest zone
: NDOW Southern Fishing Report
Lake Mead: Black Bass Action is Picking Up
Lake Mohave: Anglers Are Targeting Stripers in 50 ' Water
Colorado River - Laughlin: Rainbows Are Most Active in Morning & Afternoons
Kirch Wildlife Management Area: Ice Conditions Remain Questionable
Eagle Valley Reservoir: Reservoir is Still Covered in Thick Ice
Echo Canyon Reservoir: Thin Ice Covers Most of The Reservoir

Nevada Department of Wildlife Reports
for Wednesday, January 27th
: NDOW Southern Fishing Report
Lake Mead: Black Bass Are Slowly Becoming More Active
Lake Mohave: Lake Mohave Fishing Report
Colorado River - Laughlin: Kayak Anglers are Reporting Larger Stripers
Kirch Wildlife Management Area: Conditions Across the Reservoirs are Questionable
Eagle Valley Reservoir: Much of the Lake Still Has Ice
Echo Canyon Reservoir: The Reservoir is Still Mostly Covered by Thin Ice