Fishing Report WAYNE E. KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA – Dan Maes, Installation Technician, said that weather conditions have improved and so has the fishing success rate. High temperatures reached the high 80s, while the lows were in the high 40s. The water temperatures on all reservoirs range from 68-72, degrees and the largemouth bass have become more active.
Fishing pressure was heavy during the Memorial Day weekend and most anglers were rewarded with very nice rainbow trout. Maes checked several trout that ranged from 18-20 inches, which may indicate that the fish have finished their spawning cycle.
LAKE MEAD – Strong winds that raked the recreation area over the Memorial Day weekend made for difficult boating and fishing conditions, according to the Nevada Department of Wildlife.
Anglers have been enjoying good success for striped bass and channel catfish when they can get their boats onto the water. They have been finding stripers from the 33 Hole to Anchor Island to the back of Las Vegas Wash.
Boaters continue to catch channel catfish and stripers outside the tires at Lake Mead Marina. The Hemenway Wall has also produced some stripers recently. Boaters have had very little success off Boulder Beach.
Shore fishing continues to be slow in the Boulder Basin, other than a few stripers that have been caught around Hemenway Harbor.
Anglers have enjoyed fair success for stripers recently in the Overton Arm around Fish Island and from shore just south of Echo Bay Marina.
EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR – Fishing pressure was very heavy over the weekend and most anglers caught fish. Rainbow and brown trout averaging 12 inches were taken in both the reservoir and the stream below the reservoir. The fish still seem to prefer live worms over PowerBait at this time. The water is still murky but clearing.
ECHO CANYON RESERVOIR – Ben Johnson from Nevada State Parks said that fishing pressure was very heavy over the weekend. Anglers reported good success for crappie. Johnson counted 35-50 of the hand-size fish that were taken with meal worms. Anglers were also were successful landing stocker-sized rainbow trout that averaged 11 inches.
LAKE MOHAVE – Fishing has been good recently above and below Cottonwood Cove Marina for boaters using anchovies and squid to catch stripers that weigh around a pound.
Several fishermen have told NDOW that they have had no trouble catching all of the stripers that they wanted.
Trout fishing was very good for most of the 25 anglers who were on hand for the May 27 plant at Willow Beach. Everyone caught fish and several limits of 10 trout were taken. The next plant will be held today.
Several rattlesnakes have been seen recently near the shoreline at Willow Beach. Anglers should be cautious of where they are walking and placing their hands and fishing equipment.
URBAN PONDS – Channel catfish were stocked May 12 in ponds at Floyd Lamb State Park, Lorenzi Park and Sunset Park in Las Vegas, Veterans Memorial Park in Boulder City and Hafen Park in Mesquite