Fishing at Lake Mead, Nevada
Wintertime: From November through February timeframe you find crappie and bass fishing to at depths of 25 to 40ft. Fishing is at it's peak this time of year for good sized crappie. Fishing in coves are effective at angling near shear cliffs, vertical walls where the fish cruise the lake perimeter walls.

Springtime: From the March to May timeframe as waters start to warm up the bass and striped bass hang out in coves at depths of 10 to 25ft. You'll also see bluegill flourish during this time. Anchovy is a favorite bait for stripers.

Summertime: From June through August the bass and catfish are prime targets. Bluegill are also good fun for kids to fight and pull in for good entertainment. Stripers are still viable but at much deeper depths where the water is colder around 35ft.

Fall: From September through November as the water starts to cool down you find stripers and crappie in shallow depths of 10 to 20ft. Bass fishing is good through October but dies off until Springtime.

To fish within the states of Nevada or Arizona, you must carry with you a valid fishing license. If your license is for Arizona, and you plan to fish from a boat or other craft on lakes Mead and Mohave, or on the shoreline of Nevada, then you must have a "use stamp" from Nevada (and vice-versa).

A trout stamp is required in addition to any other use stamps if you intend to catch trout. You may purchase licenses at the marinas or at local bait and tackle shops.

Largemouth bass, striped bass, channel catfish, crappie, and bluegill are found in both lakes Mead and Mohave. Rainbow trout can be found in Lake Mohave. Fishermen go for the big trout at Willow Beach, while Cottonwood Cove and Katherine offer great bass fishing.

Lake Mead has become famous for its striped bass with an occasional catch weighing in at over 40 pounds. Fishing for striped and largemouth bass is good throughout Lake Mead with crappie, blue gill, green sunfish, and catfish being more prevalent in the upper Overton Arm of the lake.


A person may fish with a second combination of hook, line and rod, if he/she has in their possession a "Second Rod Stamp" in addition to a fishing license.

No more than three baited hooks or fly hooks or two lures or plugs may be used attached to a single line.
The fishing rod must be closely attended when the line is in the water.

Nevada Division of Wildlife
4747 Vegas Drive
Las Vegas, Nevada 89108
(702) 486-5127

A person may fish with two poles with the purchase of a stamp. Each line may not contain more than two hooks or two lures or two artificial flies.

Arizona Game & Fish Dept.
5325 N. Stockton Hill Rd.
Kingman, Arizona 86401
(928) 692-7700

Please refer to the State Fishing Regulations for possession limits.

Please clean your catch at the fish cleaning stations located at most of the marinas.

Both lakes are open to 24-hour fishing year round.

> In the state of Nevada, fishing licenses are not required for children under 12 years old.
> In the state of Arizona, fishing licenses are not required for children under 14 years old.

Several protected species of fish are found in the Colorado River System. Two of these, the razorback sucker and bonytail chub, may be found in the lakes. If these fish are caught, they should be returned to the water. Please report the catch to the National Park Service Resource Management office at (702) 293-8950.

> There is no fishing within the posted boundaries of state or federal fish hatcheries.
> There is no fishing within those areas immediately above and below Hoover Dam.
> There is no fishing within areas designated as harbors.

Special Notice:

Live quagga mussels (a nuisance invasive species closely related to, and commonly referred to as zebra mussels) were discovered in Lake Mead and Lake Mohave. In order to not spread the mussel to other bodies of water, please follow the suggestions below. Effective ways boaters (including personal watercraft, canoe, and kayak users) and fisherman can ensure that their boats, vehicles, trailers and other equipment do not spread the mussels to other waters:

1. Drain the water from your motor, live well, and bilge on land before leaving the immediate area of the lake.

2. Completely inspect your vessel and trailer, removing any visible mussels, but also feel for any rough or gritty spots on the hull. These may be young mussels that can be hard to see.

3. Wash the hull, equipment, bilge and any other exposed surface with hot, soapy water or use a 5% solution of household bleach.

4. Clean and wash your trailer, truck or any other equipment that comes in contact with lake water. Mussels can live in small pockets anywhere water collects.

5. Air-dry the boat and other equipment for at least five days before launching in any other waterway. Do not reuse bait once it has been exposed to infested waters.
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