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November 20, 2017

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Las Vegas Area Fishing Report: Fishing slows at Lake Mead


Updated June 6, 2003

Fishing appears to have slowed throughout Lake Mead as anglers have been reporting to the Nevada Division of Wildlife (NDOW) that they are having difficulty catching largemouth and striped bass.

Over the weekend boaters had sporadic success for stripers in the Boulder Basin, but there was no clear pattern for catching the fish. Shore fishing has been very slow with only a few stripers coming from Hemenway Harbor and a small number of channel catfish from Las Vegas Bay.

Boaters who have been fishing in coves near Echo Bay in the Overton Arm have had some success for largemouth bass. Stripers and channel catfish have been caught at night by boaters near Fish Island in the Overton Arm.

Most anglers are using cut anchovies to catch stripers and channel catfish. Nightcrawlers have also been productive bait for catfish.

Largemouth bass fishing has been fairly good in coves around Cottonwood Cove with one angler reporting that he recently caught bass that weighed 4 1/2 and 5 1/2 pounds. Stripers and channel catfish that range from 1-3 pounds are being caught above and below Cottonwood.

Anglers are reminded that there is a 10-inch minimum size limit for bass that are kept.

Temperatures have been in the 90s during the days and dipping to the mid to high 50s in the evenings. Surface water temperatures on the lakes range from 72 to 74 degrees.