Regional Reports-West

Lake Mead

By August on Nevada's Lake Mead, both the weather and the striper fishing are red hot. Savvy anglers beat the heat and concentrate their efforts at daybreak and again at sunset. This is when stripers in the five-pound range come to the surface to feed on schools of shad-just locate the feeding frenzy and cast. Take note that a few really big fish will feed below the shad school, so send a diving lure down every now and then-you might be surprised. The stripers drive the baitfish into the coves, where shore fishermen and boaters can reach them. Callville Bay, Government Wash, Gypsum Wash and Las Vegas Bay have been touted recently as hot spots. Surface lures such as Rapalas, Rebels, Zara Spooks and Pop-Rs draw strikes. Las Vegas Bay and Lake Mead Marinas near Boulder City are full-service facilities, and there is a paved launch ramp at Government Wash. The limit is 20 striped bass daily. A resident season license is $21; nonresidents pay $51 for the year or $12 per day plus $4 for each additional day. Boat anglers need an Arizona Colorado River Special Use Stamp ($3). Contact: Nevada Division of Wildlife (702-486-5127).