NDOW Southern Fishing Report

Photo Credit: Courtesy of NDOW

by Nevada Department of Wildlife


The ice is melting. Be sure to verify conditions before heading out on the ice, they can change daily. Anglers have been catching 10- to 12-inch rainbows with lures and trout baits. Green and orange PowerBait, marshmallows, and night crawlers have proven quite effective for anglers. The campground and all facilities are open.


The reservoir is ice free, but angler activity has been light. Trout are taking PowerBait in orange or green colorations. Spinners and spoons are good options as well. The campgrounds and all facilities are open.


Boaters are finding the best action for striped bass. Mostly throughout the Las Vegas Bay area in about 60 feet of water. Fish between 16 and 18 inches are taking anchovies and shad. Shore anglers are reporting success with smaller fish when using jigs and crankbaits. Black bass anglers are having luck in coves near Callville Bay and Temple Bar. The fish are beginning to come up into the shallows in preparation for spawning season.  Corn is the go-to bait for catfish anglers. The afternoon bite is proving to be strongest for fish in the 3- to 4-pound range.


Rainbow trout are showing a preference for Mice Tails and Rooster Tails at Willow Beach. The fish are feeding in the early mornings and late afternoon. River anglers are catching striped bass up to 20 pounds just south of Willow Beach. Swimbaits in trout patterns are working from shore and for trollers. Anglers are seeing an increase in black bass catches on the lake. Telephone Cove and the coves just north of Cottonwood Basin are hot spots for fish up to 3 pounds. Soft plastics and pencil poppers are two popular lure choices.


The striper bite is strong along Casino Row. Trout-pattern swimbaits are landing fish up to 10 and 15 pounds. Rainbow trout are cruising the shorelines just south of there, and anglers are having success with Power Eggs, worms, and some spinners. The black bass bite is expected to pick up in the coming weeks as the fish relocate to their nesting sites.


Low temperatures overnight are resulting in thin ice along the shorelines and on other portions of area reservoirs. Action has been good for anglers fishing off the dams. Rainbow trout are in good condition following ice off. Kayakers have reeled in fish as large as 20 inches. Fishing will continue to improve as water temperatures get warmer.


This week, NDOW stocked rainbow trout in the ponds at Floyd Lamb, Lorenzi, Sunset and Veterans Memorial parks, and Beatty Pond. The fish typically take a variety of worms and spinning lures, but mealworms often work well this time of year for most fish in the ponds. A few catfish have taken night crawlers at Sunset Park.


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 .

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Nevada Department of Wildlife Reports
for Friday, February 19th, 2021
: NDOW Eastern Fishing Report
Wilson Reservoir: 50% Open Water and Very Thin Ice
Wild Horse Reservoir: Wildhorse Reservoir Fishing Report
South Fork Reservoir: Warmer Temps Have Opened Up Some Water
Ruby Lake NWR: Plenty of Open Water For Fishing
Jiggs Reservoir (Zunino Reservoir): Water Level is Very Low
Jakes Creek Reservoir (Boies Reservoir): Boies Reservoir Report
Illipah Reservoir: Fishing Has Been Fair to Good
Comins Lake: Comins Lake Fishing Report
Cold Creek Reservoir: Very Little Water & Covered in Unsafe Ice
Cave Lake: Fishing Has Been Fair to Good
Angel Lake: Road is Closed