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FISHING REPORT

• LAKE MEAD — Schools of shad have shown up in the Vegas Bay arm and make excellent bait for striped bass. The shad can be found in the backs of coves and in the shallows. Nevada law permits use of a cast net when taking shad, but the net’s radius must be no larger than 3 feet, and a fishing license is required.

Striper fishing was slow last week. Action at the Hemenway fishing pier has been limited. Smallmouth and largemouth bass fishing has been good.

• LAKE MOHAVE — Fishermen tossing small Mepps spinners have had success catching rainbow trout at Willow Beach. The fish are being taken along the point near the swim beach.

Largemouth bass anglers have been reeling in fish between Cottonwood Cove and Owl Point as well as near the cliffs across from Cottonwood. Plastic worms, lizards and crawdads have been goading the fish into biting.

Striper anglers have seen improvement in the fishing, with Painted Canyon cove, Owl Point and the 42-mile marker and the cliffs across from Cottonwood Cove producing fish. Most have been caught with anchovies, though some have taken herring or worms. Carp and catfish also have been taking bait.

• LAS VEGAS URBAN PONDS — Trout still are showing up, though stocking won’t resume until fall. PowerBait, worms, spinners and flies are being used.

The Nevada Department of Wildlife began stocking catfish in ponds Tuesday at Sunset Park, Veterans Park in Boulder City and Hafen Park in Mesquite. Floyd Lamb State Park and Lorenzi Park are scheduled to be stocked Saturday. Night crawlers and prepared stink baits fished on a slip rig should be a good choice.

• EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR — Nice trout were pulled during the week, including two 20-inch rainbows and some 14-inch tiger trout. One of the big rainbows was taken with a yellow Rooster Tail.

Fishing pressure was high because of the tagged fishing event here and at nearby Echo Canyon. No one caught the winning fish.

• ECHO CANYON RESERVOIR — Anglers are catching rainbow trout, largemouth bass and crappie. Look for the crappie and bass along the edges of structures, and try throwing a pumpkin-colored Gitzit or small crappie jigs. Other plastics might work well on the bass. For trout, go with small spinners, PowerBait, worms or flies.

• KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA — Fishing for rainbow trout and largemouth bass has improved. Trout are averaging 14 to 16 inches in length.

PowerBait, worms, hardware and flies are taking trout. Bass fishing is improving, with plastics working best.

• COMINS LAKE — Fishing has been slow for trout and pike. “Trout have been in spawning mode,” NDOW fisheries biologist Chris Crookshanks said, “and it will take a rise in water temperature to snap them out of it.”

In the meantime, try prepared baits, worms or hardware. Fly anglers might want to try small midges until larger insects start hatching.

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