Regional Reports-West

Lake Mead

The current Nevada state largemouth record is a 12-pound fish caught in Lake Mead in March 1999, and there is some scuttlebutt going around about a 13-pounder caught early in 2000 that hasn't yet been been verified by any state agencies. Also, in December 1999, an angler found a dead, filleted bass that measured 32.5 inches, the same length as the world record (the carcass supposedly weighed seven pounds). That big bass may have washed into Lake Mead out of the Lakes of Vegas, a private reservoir up the canyon that contains Florida-strain largemouths. But Mead itself does have a bevy of "bigguns." Hot spots have been Boulder Basin, Las Vegas Bay and coves in the Overton Arm. Spinnerbaits and plastic worms of various colors have turned the trick. A resident license is $21; nonresidents pay $51. Kids under 14 do not need a license to fish Lake Mead, but be aware of additional regulations for the Colorado River, including special licenses and fees, if you move from the lake onto the river. Contact: Nevada Division of Wildlife (702-486-5127).