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

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.


Common Fishing & Suggested Bait

Types of Fish



Striped Bass

anchovies, shad, and lures

Overton Arm, Las Vegas Bay, Temple Bar, Willow Beach

Largemouth Bass

night crawlers, minnows, 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


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


Fishing Information


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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

601 Nevada Way
Boulder City, NV 89005


702 293-8990
Emergency: Dial 911 (24 hours); Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: Dial 988 (24 hours); Visitor and Recreation Information: Dial 702-293-8990; Park Business and Administration: Dial 702-293-8906.

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