Sometimes called Black Bass. Do not confuse with the striper. This is a good fish to eat. Prize Largemouth Bass Weigh as mush as 5 pounds. During the winter months, Largemouth swim at depths from 60 to 50 feet. In the spring or summer the fish rise to shallower depths.
Highest level carvnivore in the lake. This non-indegionious fish was introduced to provide game fish for anglers. Stripers flourish and attain large sizes at the expense of native species. The potential for catching a 40-pound plus Morone Saxatilis exists year round. The record for striped bass in Nevada is 60 pounds 4 ounces. Stripers will engage in a feeding frenzy called a boil. Stripers will herd shad to the surface then swim along side of them and use their tails to whip and stun their prey.
A small perch found in mostly shallow waters (<30 ft.) A huge source of entertainment for small children with a piece of fishing line and a piece of bread. Bluegill like to hide in the underwater foilage or in piles of rocks. Bluegill reach whopping sizes of four inches or more in length and like to hide in shadows of boats.
Carp is one of the most common fish found at Lake Mead. They can easily grow to 15 pounds. Carp gather in large schools at the marinas looking for handouts of popcorn. Carp are usually not eaten after they are caught.
Bottom dwelling fish which grow to 10 pounds. Catfish have been given their name for the cat-like whiskers used to sense their environment. The catfish is usually found in deep turbid coves. Sometimes they can be seen in the rockier coves darting from rock to rock. Casfish are very active at night.
Indigenous to the Colorado River, this is a protected species. They look remarkably like carp with one exception: they have large humps, shaped somewhat like a sheeps head. The creation of Hoover Dam stopped the periodic flooding of areas on the river where the fish spawn. THis drastically reduced reproduction of these fish.
Found mainly in the river, trout are arguably the tastiest fish in the region to both humans and the striped bass. Trout like colder water but can usually be seen in summer months by divers. Sometimes the fish weigh as much as 6 pounds. Rainbow trout from lakes often lose most of their color and appear silvery. The department of Wildlife stocks trout heavily in Nevada.
Large schools of shad can sometimes be seen leaping on the surface of the lake when escaping from the striper. Some schools can form an impressive shimmering silver curtain when viewed during the right time of the day.