Fishing Report: 7/15/24

Photo: Elko fly angler Megan Cleary had a productive day at the Ruby Marshes reeling in one trout after another! This fish was caught on a black wooly bugger.

Eastern Region

With very warm weather patterns, we are starting to see algal blooms in many reservoirs across the state. While most blooms are non-toxic, some blooms may be dangerous to humans and animals. In eastern NV, Wildhorse Reservoir and South Fork Reservoir are under Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) watch. Please visit this webpage for more information: HAB Task Force


  • Head out to the Ruby Marshes where the bass bite is steadily picking up. Flashy spinners and dark-colored soft plastics are producing catches near Unit 21. Remember, minimum size to keep for black bass is 10 inches.
  • Wilson Sink Reservoir has plentiful shoreline cover for bass to be hiding in. Topwaters early and late in the day should catch fish.
  • At South Fork Reservoir the bass are hittting baits thrown near weedy coves.


  • Anglers at Wildhorse Reservoir are landing trout up to 7lbs. Trolling, bait fishing and fly fishing are all producing great catches.
  • Trout in the Collection Ditch at Ruby Lake NWR are measuring over 20 inches. Dark wooly buggers are getting their attention. Remember, the Collection Ditch is artificial lure only.


  • A 20lb catfish was caught from shore at South Fork Reservoir on shrimp.
  • Catfish activity is finally picking up at Wildhorse Reservoir with the warmer temps.

REports for fishing hot spots

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WesterN Region

Summer is in full swing and fishing has been excellent in the Western part of the state. Our major rivers are all in good shape as we settle into summer. The Truckee has been fishing very well in the morning but has slowed significantly in the afternoon with the extreme heat. The East Walker has also been fishing very well and continues to flow a little higher than most people are used to fishing. Stocking has been heavy through the summer on both the East Walker and the Carson Rivers with the higher flows. Hopper fishing has been excellent during the late mornings on all the major rivers. With our above average snowpack, all three systems have fish well above the average size showing up regularly.

The northern lakes are all fishing well but have slowed down compared to last month. Knott Creek, Onion, and Blue are still in good shape and fishing well but you can expect the algae to make for tough fishing in Knott as we progress towards late summer. The warmwater fisheries are all catching up after the slow spring and are fishing great right now. Rye Patch, Wall Canyon, and Lahontan have seen lots of fresh water and the fish are happy even as we continue to see record heat. Many of the urban ponds are starting to slow down as stocking slows down for the summer. Conditions in our urban ponds will improve when stocking begins again in the fall as conditions allow. As we get closer to August, consider escaping the heat at Spooner Lake, Hobart Reservoir, or Marlette Lake.

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LAKE MEAD – Anglers have been reeling in stripers near Government Wash and Kingman Wash. The line sides seem to be favoring anchovies right at sunset. Most stripers are between 1 and 3 pounds. Black bass are taking bluegill and shad crankbait patterns, shad-look swimbaits and spinnerbaits. Catfish are biting on the anchovies in coves with depths nearing 30 feet or more.

LAKE MOHAVE/ WILLOW BEACH – Stripers are hitting anchovies early in the day all over the reservoir. Both catfish and stripers taking anchovies just above Davis Dam. Stripers are also taking swimbaits thrown from boats and kayaks.  Rainbow trout are biting on rainbow and glitter PowerBait along with brightly colored tubes. Anglers have been catching largemouth and smallmouth bass in the shallows using creature baits and crankbaits.

LAUGHLIN – Anglers are still catching rainbows through Casino Row and towards the Big Bend area from the shoreline as well as boats. The trout are hitting small night crawlers and PowerBaits along drop offs. Small stripers are taking pencil poppers and anchovies all along the river. Boaters are reeling in larger stripers closer to Davis Dam.

LAS VEGAS COMMUNITY PONDS – Anglers are catching catfish with night crawlers and stink bait. Bluegill are hitting mealworms and red worms at the community ponds. There have been a few trout caught in the early mornings before they look for cooler water in the depths during the warm afternoons. Rainbows are chasing Rooster Tails and PowerBait fished off the bottom.  

KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA – Fishing has been good overall. Adams-McGill is producing10- top 12-inch rainbows for anglers using Rooster Tails and dark-colored Woolly Buggers. Small lures and flies with red and gold colorations are a good option for trout this time of year. The bass and crappie bites are starting to pick up at Cold Springs and Haymeadow.

EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR – Anglers are catching trout by combining a night crawlers and mini marshmallow. Fly-fishers are catching both trout and bass with Woolly Buggers and Hare’s Ear Nymphs in brown or black.

ECHO CANYON RESERVOIR – The action has really picked up the past couple of weeks. Early mornings and evenings have been the best time to find fish. Anglers are catching trout, bass and crappie using a variety of baits and lures. Li’l Jakes and Rooster Tails are great for aggressive trout. Fly anglers are using size 8 Woolly Buggers in olive and black colorations. 

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