Fishing Report WAYNE E. KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA – A large crowd was on hand for the Independence Day weekend and they enjoyed fairly good action for rainbow trout and largemouth bass.
Dan Maes, NDOW area technician, said he saw several rainbow trout that were 17 to 18 inches in length. However, most of the trout that are now being caught range from 13 to 16 inches.
The surface temperature on the lakes ranges from 72 to 74 degrees, making for good conditions for largemouth bass.
Fires are permitted in the David Deacon campground, but are banned on surrounding lands due to extremely dry conditions. Temperatures on the area have been hitting the low 90s during the days and the 50s in the evenings.
LAKE MEAD – Hot weather and fair fishing for striped bass and channel catfish were found over the Independence Day weekend, according to the Nevada Department of Wildlife.
Boaters continue to fare well in the Boulder Basin as they are catching stripers around Hemenway Fishing Point, the Las Vegas Wash Arm and outside Horsepower Cove.
Shore anglers are not enjoying nearly as good of action and are waiting for stripers to come within casting range.
Top water lures and anchovies have caught stripers recently around the 33 Hole, Saddle Cove and Gypsum Wash. There also have been reports of stripers being taken in the vicinity of Boxcar Cove, although the action has been sporadic.
Some of the stripers that have been caught recently in the Boulder Basin have been thin, particularly those caught around Hemenway Fishing Point.
Channel catfish are being caught in coves throughout the lake and incidentally by anglers who are using anchovies to fish for stripers.
LAKE MOHAVE – Trout fishing was difficult for the anglers who ventured to Willow Beach for Friday’s rainbow trout plant because the water level had dropped and the fish quickly headed for deep water. Most anglers had trouble catching more than one or two fish.
Striped bass fishing continues to be good for boaters who are fishing around Cottonwood Cove. However, most of the fish are small with many weighing less than a pound.
EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR – Pete Gill, park supervisor, said the area had a busy weekend, but was not as crowded as past holiday weekends. He attributed this to people’s concerns about range fires and the smoke they are causing in Lincoln County. The nearest fire is more than 50 miles away from the reservoir.
Fishing has been fair for stocked rainbow trout with most anglers baiting their hooks with PowerBait to catch the fish.
ECHO CANYON RESERVOIR – Fishing remains fairly good for stocked rainbow trout and small largemouth bass. Very few crappie have been seen in the catch during the past week.
URBAN PONDS – Anglers reported a noticeable drop in success for stocked catfish in all urban ponds following the heavy pressure of Free Fishing Day