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Southern Region Regulations

Fishing Regulations Nevada Freshwater Fishing

Southern Region Fishable Waters

Body of Water

County/Location

Species

Adams-McGill Reservoir Nye Co./Kirch WMA lmb, rb, cr, bb
Barley Creek Nye Co./Monitor Range rb, bk, bn
Beatty Pond Nye Co. lmb, rb
Beaver Dam Creek Lincoln Co. rb
Boulder City Urban Pond Clark Co. rb, cc, bg, gs
Chiatovitch Creek Esmeralda Co./White Mtns. rb, bk, bn
Cold Creek Pond Clark Co. rb
Cold Springs Reservoir Nye Co./Kirch WMA rb, lmb, cr
Colorado River Clark Co. rb, cc, lmb, stb, bg, rs, gs, smb, bb
Dacey Reservoir Nye Co./Kirch WMA lmb, rb
Eagle Valley Reservoir Lincoln Co./Spring Valley rb, br, lmb, cr, tt
Echo Canyon Reservoir Lincoln Co./Dry Valley rb, lmb, cr
Floyd Lamb Park Pond Clark Co./Las Vegas rb, cc, lmb, bg, gs, rs, bb
Haymeadow Reservoir Nye Co./Kirch WMA rb, lmb, cr
Lake Mead Clark Co. rb, lmb, cc, stb, bb, cr, gs, bg, smb
Lake Mohave Clark Co. rb, lmb, cc, stb, bb, gs, bg, smb
Lorenzi Park Pond Clark Co./Las Vegas rb, cc, lmb, bg, gs
Mosquito Creek Nye Co./Monitor Range rb, bk, ct, bn
Mesquite Urban Pond Clark Co. rb, cc
Nesbitt Lake Lincoln Co./Paranagat Valley lmb, bb, bg, cr
Pine Creek Nye Co./Monitor Mtns. rb, bk, bn, ct
Reese River, Upper Nye Co./Toiyabe Mtns. rb, bk, ct
San Juan Creek Nye Co./Toiyabe Mtns. rb, bk, ct
Sportsmans Park Pond Nye Co. rb
Sunset Park Pond Clark Co./Las Vegas rb, cc, lmb, bg, gs
Trail Canyon Reservoir Esmeralda Co./White Mtns. rb, bk
Upper Pahranagat Lake Lincoln Co./Pahranagat Valley lmb, bb, cr, bg

Species Abbreviations

bb bullhead catfish
bg bluegill sunfish
bk brook trout
bn brown trout
cc channel catfish
cr crappie
ct cutthroat trout
gs green sunfish
lmb largemouth bass
rb rainbow trout
rs redear sunfish
smb smallmouth bass
sp Sacramento perch
stb striped bass
tt tiger trout

The Southern Region includes the four counties of southern Nevada: Clark, Esmeralda, Lincoln and Nye. Major fishing waters within this region include Lake Mead, Lake Mohave, the Colorado River, Eagle Valley Reservoir, Echo Canyon Reservoir and the reservoirs on Kirch Wildlife Management Area. A number of small streams in northern Nye County provide wild trout fishing and a few are stocked with hatchery-reared rainbow trout. The Southern Region NDOW Office is located at 4747 Vegas Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89108, (702) 486-5127.

Important Note: Within the Southern Region the following general fishing seasons, hours, limits and regulations apply to all waters EXCEPT those listed under “Southern Region Special Regulations.” If the water in which you intend to fish is not listed under the Region’s Special Regulations, then the General Regulations shall apply.

All game fish must be dead before being transported away from the body of water where caught.

Southern Region General Regulations

Open year around, any hour of the day or night, except where noted under special regulations.

Southern Region Limits

Except as noted under “Southern Region Special Regulations” the limits are as follows: Clark, Esmeralda, Lincoln and Nye counties: the limit is 10 trout and 15 warmwater game fish of which not more than 10 may be black bass.

Bait Regulations

See pages Bait Fish for more regulations on the use of baitfish.

Tackle Restrictions

In Lake Mead, Lake Mohave and the Colorado River, the use of more than two hooks for bait or flies is prohibited. See below and General Statewide Regulations for further information.

Artificial Lure Waters

See General Statewide Regulations.

Spearfishing

Persons may spearfish for striped bass in Lake Mead and in Lake Mohave from Cottonwood Cove to the cable below Hoover Dam. Spearfishing for striped bass is prohibited in that portion of Lake Mohave from Cottonwood Cove to Davis Dam and from Davis Dam down river to the Nevada state line. In Lakes Mead and Mohave and the Colorado River system, spearfishing is prohibited within 1/2 mile of any dock or swimming area.

When spearfishing, a person must display, within 100 feet, an appropriate diver’s flag. A mechanical spearing device may be used only under the surface of the water, and the spear must be attached to the device by a lanyard. Fishing license regulations apply when spearfishing.

Southern Region Special Regulations

Clark County

Carpenter Creek: Season is open year around, any hour of the day or night. Limit is 2 trout.

Clark County Urban Ponds: Boulder City Pond, Lorenzi Park Pond, Mesquite Urban Pond-Hafen Lane Pond, Sunset Park Pond and Floyd Lamb Park Pond. Season is open year around and hours are when the park is open to public use. Limit is 3 game fish.

Cold Creek Pond and Cold Creek: Season is open year around any hour of the day or night. Limit is 3 game fish.

Colorado River below Davis Dam: Season is open year around, any hour of the day or night except in areas as posted. Limit is 5 trout, 6 black bass, 10 striped bass and 25 catfish. Minimum size for black bass is 13 inches. No limit on other game fish. For bait restrictions see Bait Fish.

Lake Mead: Season is open year around, any hour of the day or night, except in areas as posted. Limit is 5 trout, 6 black bass, 25 catfish and 15 crappie. No limit on striped bass less than 20 inches total length. The limit on striped bass 20 inches total length or longer is 20 fish. No limit restriction on other game fish. For bait restrictions see Bait Fish.

Lake Mohave: Season is open year around, any hour of the day or night, except in areas as posted. Limit is 5 trout, 6 black bass, 25 catfish and 15 crappie. No limit on striped bass less than 20 inches total length. The limit on striped bass 20 inches total length or longer is 20 fish. No limit on other game fish. For bait restrictions see pages Bait Fish.

Virgin River and Muddy (Moapa) River systems: Season is open year around, any hour of the day or night. Limit is 5 trout, 6 black bass, 25 catfish, 15 crappie and 20 striped bass. No limit on other game fish.

Lincoln County

Eagle Valley Reservoir and Meadow Valley Wash above the reservoir: 5 trout and 15 warmwater game fish of which not more than 10 may be black bass. Zero black bass (catch and release only) from April 1 through June 30.

Echo Canyon Reservoir: Season is open year around, any hour of the day or night. Limit is 5 trout and 15 warmwater game fish of which not more than 10 may be black bass.

Nesbitt Lake (Key Pittman Wildlife Management Area): Season is open year around, any hour of the day or night except the portion above the old fence line as posted closed to trespass from February 15 through August 15 and closed to fishing during waterfowl season. Limit is 10 bullhead and 15 other warmwater game fish of which not more than 10 may be black bass. See boat restrictions on Boating Regulations.

Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge: Season is open year around, any hour of the day or night except North Marsh which is closed to fishing during the waterfowl hunting season. Limit is 3 trout and 15 warmwater game fish of which not more than 5 may be black bass.

Nye County

Beatty Urban Pond: Season is open year around, any hour of the day or night. Limit is 3 game fish.

Kirch Wildlife Management Area: Season is open year around, any hour of the day or night, except the upper portions of Adams-McGill, Cold Springs and Haymeadow Reservoirs, which are closed to trespass February 15 through August 15 as posted. Limits are 5 trout and 15 warmwater gamefish of which not more than 10 may be black bass. You may only possess five black bass from April 1–June 30. A 100 yard area as posted around the inflow from Hot Creek to Adams-McGill Reservoirs is closed to fishing January 1 through April 1. See Boating Regulations for boat restrictions. Tule Reservoir: Open Aug. 16 through Feb. 14 any hour of the day or night. Limits are 5 trout, and 15 warmwater game fish of which not more than 10 may be black bass. Dacey Reservoir: Open year around except the upper portions of Dacey Reservoir closed to trespass February 15 through August 15 as posted. A 100-yard area as posted around the inflow from Hot Creek to Dacey Reservoir is closed to fishing January 1 through April 1. Limits are 1 trout and 15 warmwater game fish of which not more than 10 may be black bass. Zero black bass (catch and release only from April 1–June 30.

Southern Region Closed Waters

The following areas are closed to all fishing.

Clark County

Lakes Mead and Mohave and the Colorado River areas as posted immediately above and below Hoover and Davis dams; and except as otherwise posted by the National Park Service, those waters within the flat wake buoys at the following marinas and harbors: Overton Beach, Echo Bay Resort, Callville Bay Marina, Las Vegas Wash, Cottonwood Cove, Hemenway Harbor and the Las Vegas boat harbor/ Lake Mead Marina Harbor complex in Clark County.

Spring Mountain Ranch State Park Pond, Veteran’s Memorial Park, Boulder City, all waters except the Boulder City Pond as posted in Clark County.

Las Vegas Wash, all waters within the Clark County Wetlands Park.

Lincoln County

Ash Springs outflow through the River Ranch to beginning of the concrete ditch, in Lincoln County.

Crystal Springs and outflow for one half mile to beginning of the concrete ditch, in Lincoln County.

Nye County

Kirch Wildlife Management Area – Hot Creek to its confluence with Adams-McGill Reservoir; Sunnyside Creek above Sunnyside/Adavin County Road crossing in Sec. 36 T7N, R61E in Nye County.