Fishing is a favorite pastime at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. With more than 290 square miles of water surface, you can be sure to find a favorite spot to catch the big one. Lake Mead has become famous for its striped bass with an occasional catch weighing in at over 40 pounds. Rainbow Trout are routinely released near Willow Beach on Fridays.
Popular Lake Mead fish include:
- Rainbow Trout
- Largemouth Bass,
- Striped Bass
- Smallmouth Bass
Common Fish & Suggest Bait Types
|Types of Fish||Bait||Location|
|Striped Bass||Anchovies, shad, and lures||Overton Arm, Las Vegas Bay, Temple Bar, Willow Beach|
|Largemouth Bass||Nightcrawlers, minnows, and lures||More active at dawn and dusk. Prefer weedy areas and shorelines|
|Rainbow Trout||Cheese and marshmallows||Willow Beach and Black Canyon|
|Channel Catfish||Natural or prepared stink baits||Bottom fishing is best|
|Bluegill||Minnows, worms, insects, crayfish, flies||Fish canyon walls for the “big ones”|
|Black Crappie||Minnows, worms, and crickets||Fish canyon walls. They like clear water|
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