Fishing in the High Desert is surprisingly good most of the year. The spring, however, can be exceptionally good! While I do most of my fishing in Southern Utah, I do follow the goings-on out of Lake Mead. Anglers right now have reported good catches of both Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass and some nice messes of Crappie. The White Bass follow the shad in the spring, so use your electronics to find the schools of baitfish. Remember that Lake Mead can be dangerous because of wind, so make sure to keep a close eye on the weather and always wear a PFD, especially if you fish from a smaller boat or kayak.

If you ask me, the best fishing around Virgin Valley is to take the short trip into Southern Utah. There’s been a hot spring bite for Largemouth Bass at Sand Hollow and Gunlock Reservoir the last few weeks. Most anglers use finesse fishing rigs like the “Drop Shot” or “Ned Rig” with soft plastic worms. Both of those lakes are very clear, so a natural color and presentation works best. Rainbow Trout can still be caught in St. George’s trout ponds and Quail Creek Reservoir. Further North, the mountain lakes have thawed out and are starting to warm up, which is promising for Trout anglers who don’t ice fish. 

Finicky weather patterns in the spring can be challenging to work around. You may not have exceptional days for quantity of fish, but the Spring is a good time to catch your biggest fish of the year. We’re still in a drought, so many of the reservoirs are low. It’s always wise to contact the state conservation agencies to make sure the lake you plan to visit has a working boat ramp. Don’t forget to purchase or renew your fishing license. Both Nevada and Utah have easy to use websites and apps, so you don’t even have to go to a store to buy your license. Keep in mind that state agencies often have discount programs for veteran and senior anglers. 

Last but not least, make sure to stay hydrated and cover your skin with loose fitting clothes and sunscreen. Even though the weather is cooler, you can still get sun and wind burn. Take care of yourself and enjoy the fantastic Spring fishing in the High Desert.

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Justin Mosher

Pastor Justin Mosher with a recent catch, now offers advice on fishing for the Virgin River Times Reel Report with Justin Mosher. He is an avid outdoorsman and is with the First Baptist Church in Mesquite, NV.

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