Lake Mead National Recreation Area


Fishermen are drawn to Lake Mead and Lake Mohave like gamblers to Las Vegas. The lakes offer some of the best sportfishing in the country. Unlike some lakes, these two offer an open season on all species of fish year-round.

Largemouth bass, rainbow trout, striped bass, channel catfish, black crappie, and bluegill are all popular catches. There are differences between the lakes in the abundance of different species. In Lake Mead one of the most common and sought after fish is striped bass; specimens weighing 50 pounds or more have been caught. In Lake Mohave—especially in its upper reaches in Black Canyon—rainbow trout are the most popular catch; some very large ones have been hooked there. Before you go out you may want to stop by a ranger station and find out the current "hot spots" for the fish you are angling for.

Nevada and Arizona share jurisdiction over Lake Mead and Lake Mohave. To fish from shore you must have a state fishing license. If you fish from a boat you are required to have a license from one state and a special use stamp from the other. Most marinas sell licenses and stamps. They also sell bait, tackle, and other fishing supplies and operate charter fishing boats. Fishermen should become familiar with catch limits and legal methods of capture.

Published: 9 Sep 2009 | Last Updated: 9 Jun 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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