Lake Mead (NV / AZ Border)

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Short Take: 163,000 acres; high desert lake with clear and muddy water, large tributaries, canyons, coves, rocks, aquatic vegetation, flooded trees and bushes. More and more, it seems, visitors are coming to Lake Mead to take their chances with largemouth bass, rather than travel to nearby Las Vegas to take chances there in the casinos. That’s because this winding, scenic Colorado River impoundment has been completely rejuvenated as a bass fishery by the introduction of several different types of aquatic vegetation in recent years. Today in the spring and fall it is possible to catch 25 to 30 bass per day, something extremely difficult, if not unheard of, just a few years ago. The lake has even produced largemouth bass over 10 pounds, again something definitely unheard of in the past. In fact, bass fishermen coming to Lake Mead today probably won’t recognize the lake if it’s been more than 10 years since their last visit. In 1987 the first efforts at restoring Lake Mead’s fishery—creating new habitat and adding fertilizer to the water—were initiated and have been continued ever since. Today, thanks to the Lake Mead Fertilization and Cover Enhancement Projects initiated largely by personnel at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, there are bulrushes, willows, and cattails along many parts of the shoreline, and pondweed grows in coves all over the lake. The result has been not only a dramatic change in the lake’s largemouth population, but also a change in how anglers fish the lake, because now instead of being gin clear, the water is slightly dingy. Spinnerbaits are popular and productive lures in the spring, and buzzbaits produce well in the autumn. Primary Species: Largemouth and striped bass.
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Activity Type: Fishing
Nearby City: Boulder City
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Unspecified
Season: Best April, May, September, October
Local Contacts: Lake Mead National Recreation Area
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