Fishing

 
an angler casts his line into the lake from a fishing boat
 

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Hook, Line and Sinker

Fishing is a favorite pastime here at 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. Popular fish include rainbow trout, catfish, sunfish, largemouth bass, striped bass, smallmouth bass and crappie. Rainbow Trout are routinely released near Willow Beach on Fridays. Keep in mind that our park lies within two states and each has their own specific fishing regulations. We have provided information below to help you have a fantastic fishing experience.
 
 

Fishing Piers

 

Hemenway Fishing Pier

 
  • Accessible: Yes

Location & Directions

Located on Lake Mead near Boulder Beach to the north of Hemenway Launch Ramp.

Enter the park at the Boulder Beach Entrance Station and take your first right. Travel one mile and turn left after the restrooms. Take your first right down the dirt road. Parking is available along the shoreline.

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Hemenway Fishing Pier
 

Willow Beach Fishing Pier

 
  • Accessible: Yes

Location & Directions

Located on Lake Mohave north of the Willow Beach Marina.

Take U.S. 93 to the Willow Beach Entrance Station. Follow the road past the marina. The pier is located just before the fish hatchery. The hatchery releases trout in the Willow Beach area every Friday.

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Pier at Willow Beach Marina
 

Katherine Landing Fishing Pier

 
  • Accessible: Yes

Location & Directions

This pier is temporarily closed due to storm damage.
Located on Lake Mohave south of the Katherine Landing Marina.

Take AZ-68 to Davis Dam Road. Turn left. Take your first right onto Katherine Supr Road. Continue down the road past the marina and launch ramp. The fishing pier is on the right.

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Pier at Katherine Landing Marina
 

Common Fish & Suggested Bait

Types of Fish Bait Location
Striped Bass anchovies, shad and lures Overton Arm, Las Vegas Bay, Temple Bar, Willow Beach
Largemouth Bass night crawlers, 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
 

Information

Fish cleaning stations are located at Hemenway Harbor, Callville Bay, Echo Bay, Temple Bar, Willow Beach, Cottonwood Cove and Katherine Landing. Please dispose of fish guts properly. Please do not place them on the ground or feed them to wild animals.

Fishing is allowed 24 hours a day from watercraft, shores or on the park's three fishing piers located at Hemenway Harbor on Lake Mead and at Willow Beach and Katherine Landing on Lake Mohave.

You must carry a valid Nevada or Arizona fishing license to fish Lake Mead or Lake Mohave. These can be purchased in nearby towns or at most park marinas. Marina stores also stock fishing supplies and bait.

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

Nevada Department of Wildlife
3373 Pepper Ln.
Las Vegas, NV 89120
(702) 486-5127

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.

Fishing is not allowed within the posted boundaries of hatcheries, areas immediately above and below Hoover Dam or waters within the flat wake buoys around marinas and harbors.

The term underwater spearfishing is defined as fishing by a person swimming or diving and using a mechanical device held in the hand which uses a remember band, spring or pneumatic power to propel a spear to take any type of fish. Bow fishing is defined as fishing or taking of any fish by the means of archery tackle from a boat or from the shore.

Current Regulations

Last updated: June 11, 2020

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Mailing Address:

601 Nevada Way
Boulder City, NV 89005

Phone:

(702) 293-8990

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