Las Vegas Sun

January 20, 2018

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FISHING REPORT: Boat ramp repairs slow fishing at Lake Mead


The Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) creel census clerks reported that fishing pressure dropped off from the previous week at Lake Mead's Overton Beach area because of boat ramp repairs.

Anglers reported continued success for striped bass at Fire Cove, Stewarts Point and Ann Marguret Cove. The fish averaged 18 inches and were taken with anchovies. Largemouth bass were also taken in the same area. They were taken with crankbait and black plastic worms.

Echo Bay anglers said that fishing was still slow, but a few stripers were taken near the exposed sandbars. The 16- to 18-inch fish were taken with anchovies.

Boaters reported good success for striped bass in the lower basin. Stripers that ranged 1-4 pounds were taken with a variety of surface lures. Saddle Cove and the 33 Hole were the prime fishing areas.

Sally Broom of Searchlight Boat and RV Storage said that a couple from San Bernardino, California landed 35 stripers and two catfish. The fish were taken in the evening with squid at a depth of 40 feet. All fish ranged 3-3 1/2 pounds.

Anglers fishing Willow Beach said that fishing has been good. Stripers that ranged 2-3 pounds were taken with anchovies.

Anglers fishing Cold Springs Reservoir landed rainbow trout that ranged 12-14 inches. PowerBait and top-water lures were taking the fish. The average fish size taken from Cold Springs is expected to drop following the recent NDOW stocking.

Anglers fishing Haymeadow Reservoir reported good success for rainbow trout that averaged 10 inches. PowerBait was the bait of choice.

Anglers were taking rainbow trout that ranged 10-12 inches. PowerBait and top-water lures were landing the fish. Crappie success dropped off from the previous week.