Pahrump Valley Fishing Report

Pahrump Valley Fishing Report – Reservoirs on the area are now covered with one to two inches of ice. Nighttime lows have been dipping into the single digits, with daytime highs in the 20’s and 30’s.


The Thanksgiving holiday weekend brought very few anglers to the lake and those who tried their luck found difficult fishing conditions due to the cold weather and high winds.

Fishing continues to be fair for boaters who have been fishing in the Las Vegas Wash area. Stripers ranging from one to three pounds are being caught, mostly by jigging and drift fishing with anchovies.

Shore fishing continues to be at a standstill in the Boulder Basin. One angler told the Nevada Department of Wildlife that he saw large shad near the fishing dock Monday afternoon, but stripers were not chasing the baitfish.

The department will be making the initial rainbow trout plants of the fall season this morning at Hemenway, Horsepower, North Saddle and Pumphouse coves.

In previous years, trout and large stripers have been caught along the shoreline following the plants.

The trout that will be stocked will be somewhat smaller than previous years due to the late arrival of eggs at Lake Mead Fish Hatchery caused by construction delays.

This will be a temporary situation and the fish that will be stocked later in the season will be larger because they will have had more time to grow.


The 15 anglers who were fishing at Willow Beach Friday had fair success following the rainbow trout plant. One angler told the department that he caught a four-pound rainbow and broke off another trout that was considerably larger.

No anglers were seen at Cottonwood Cove over the weekend, possibly because of the cold weather and strong winds. Even so, there have been reports that small stripers are being caught with anchovies and squid in the narrows above Cottonwood Cove.


The area has seen very cold temperatures and snow. Ice has formed on the lake surface and there is very little, if any, open water. The ice is much too thin for any ice fishing.


Thin ice has covered most of the lake with some open water near the dam. Over the past weekend six anglers took advantage of the little remaining open water with two successful anglers catching several trout that ranged from 10 – 12 inches and one 13.5 incher.


Rainbow trout were stocked Nov. 23 and fishing was fair after the plants. Trout will be stocked Dec. 6 at Hafen Park in Mesquite and Dec. 7 at Veterans Memorial Park in Boulder City and Sunset Park in Las Vegas. On Dec. 8, trout will be stocked in ponds at Floyd Lamb State Park and Lorenzi Park in Las Vegas.

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