Lake Mead Fish Report

Lake Mead - Boulder City, NV

by Nevada Department of Wildlife

The elevation will continue to drop over the summer. The present elevation is 1086 feet above msl. Be careful boating because of fluctuating water levels and watch for floating debris dislodged from changing water levels. There seems to be an abundance of shad currently which may be the reason for the lack of bite. Cut anchovies are still the bait of choice for stripers. Check the moon phases before you go -last new moon was May 28th. The next new moon will be June 27th. Dark nights work best when fishing under light. Fishing for stripers in 50 plus feet of water will normally find the larger fish. If they are not taking the anchovies try swimming baits and see if you can get them to bite. Jigging in 40-60 feet deep has been doing well on Mead. If you can locate the shad, the stripers are not far behind. Trolling usually works best in areas where shad are found and best done in the early mornings and evenings. Largemouth bass are hitting top-water baits in the mornings and afternoons. If you are lucky enough to be out on an overcast morning the top-water baits will do well even into late morning.

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