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Southern Region Regulations

Fishing Regulations Nevada Freshwater Fishing

Lincoln County Offers Anglers a Bundle of Opportunity

By Doug Nielsen

Anyone familiar with fishermen knows we are always on the lookout for a good deal. Whether you are talking about gear or food, if there is a deal to be had, we will find it.

The same is true when it comes to selecting a fishing destination. The more angling opportunity a destination provides the better deal it is and the more apt an angler is to make the trip. Throw in a good selection of amenities and the destination’s reputation will speak for itself.

Such a fishing destination is tucked away in a small corner of Lincoln County where anglers have the chance to fish for multiple species in two reservoirs that are separated by no more than 10 miles of paved road. You might even call it a 2-for-1 fishing deal — two reservoirs for the cost of a single trip. And when you consider the topline camping accommodations available at two state parks, what you really have is a fishing-camping bundle.

The two reservoirs are Eagle Valley and Echo Canyon. Both were created in the 1960s and each has a well-earned reputation for providing anglers of all skill levels with the chance to test their abilities with a rod and reel. Both are located between the small town of Pioche and the Utah state line.

Eagle Valley Reservoir

Eagle Valley Reservoir is a 65-acre impoundment that serves as the centerpiece for Spring Valley State Park. With a maximum depth of 43 feet, this fishery is home to three species of trout — rainbow, tiger and German brown trout – as well as largemouth bass. The Nevada Department of Wildlife plants trout in this reservoir annually, but the bass population is self-sustaining.

Donald Gent of Pioche holds the reservoir’s record for brown trout with a 9-pound, 6-ounce fish he caught in January 2010. The fish measured 28 inches in length. The record for largemouth bass is 5-pounds, 3-ounces. The 19-inch fish was caught by Greg Brown of Odessa, TX. Though most fishing traffic occurs in the warmer months, some of the best fishing for large brown trout takes place through the ice during the winter months.

Anglers will find excellent access along the shoreline, but there are also a boat launch, dock and temporary docking slips available. Float tubes, canoes, and kayaks are all popular among those who prefer to fish on the water. The limit is five trout and 15 warmwater game fish, but no more than 10 may be black bass. Zero black bass (catch and release only) from April 1 through June 30.

Visitors have their choice of two campgrounds that include a total of 44 campsites with tables and grills. Horsethief Gulch is the primary campground and includes running water, flush toilets and showers along with shade ramadas, tables and grills at each camp site. Amenities at Ranch Campground include a table and grill at each site. Water and primitive restrooms are also available.

Echo Canyon Reservoir

About 10 miles downstream from Eagle Valley is Echo Canyon Reservoir, a 70-acre water that provides anglers with the chance to catch largemouth bass, rainbow trout and crappie. It is located within Echo Canyon State Park, a popular destination that includes a 33-site campground and a newly enlarged group area with RV sites.

Camp sites include drinking water and other park amenities include shade ramadas, picnic tables, grills and flush toilets.

Echo Canyon has a maximum depth of 27 feet and offers anglers the chance to catch rainbow trout, largemouth bass and crappie. Fishing for all three species can be good, but the spring crappie bite is hard to beat. A short growing season and unstable water conditions combine to keep bass on the small side, but every once in a while and angler pulls out a fish that weighs a few pounds. There also are black bullhead catfish in the reservoir.

The reservoir record for largemouth bass belongs to Joseph Warren of Pioche. He caught a fish weighing 8-pounds, 2-ounces and measuring 23 inches long in July 2001. Joann Garret of Las Vegas fooled a 2-pound, 14-inch crappie in May of 1980, a record that still stands.

Limits on Echo Canyon are five trout and 15 warmwater gamefish. No more than 10 may be black bass.

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
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

bbbullhead catfish

bgbluegill sunfish

bkbrook trout

bnbrown trout

ccchannel catfish

crcrappie

ctcutthroat trout

gsgreen sunfish

lmblargemouth bass

mtmackinaw trout

rbrainbow trout

rsredear sunfish

smbsmallmouth bass

spSacramento perch

stbstriped bass

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

Tackle Restrictions

In Lake Mead, Lake Mohave and the Colorado River, the use of more than two hooks for bait or flies is prohibited.

Artificial Lure Waters

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 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.

Interstate Waters Fishing and License Information:

  1. When fishing in the reciprocal waters of the Colorado River, Lake Mead and Lake Mohave from the shore of Nevada; each person who is 12 years of age or over must possess:
    1. An Arizona fishing license;
    2. Nevada fishing license; or
    3. A Nevada Interstate Boundary Waters license.
  2. When fishing in the reciprocal waters of the Colorado River, Lake Mead and Lake Mohave from a location other than the shore of Nevada; each person who is 12 years of age or over must possess:
    1. An Arizona fishing license; or
    2. A Nevada Colorado River special use stamp, in addition to:
      1. A Nevada fishing license; or
      2. A Nevada Interstate Boundary Waters license.
  3. The fee for the Nevada Colorado River special use stamp is $3, and the stamp is effective from March of the year that the stamp is issued through February of the following year.
  4. A person who holds a Nevada Colorado River special use stamp must validate the stamp by signing his name in ink across the face of the stamp and affixing the stamp to his fishing license or permit to fish, or the person must provide any other such documentation as the Department provides as proof that he has paid to the Department the fee for the special use stamp.
  5. Persons under 12 years of age may fish in the reciprocal waters of the Colorado River, Lake Mead and Lake Mohave without obtaining a special use stamp, license or permit to fish.

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.