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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, black crappie, white crappie, rainbow trout, bluegill, green sunfish and striped bass at Lake Mead in Nevada.

Lake Mead, NV

Considered a recreation paradise on the Colorado River, Lake Mead is the Las Vegas playground for those who enjoy watersport activities. Over 160,000 surface-acres and 550 miles of shoreline fulfill the dreams of boating, water skiing and fishing enthusiasts.

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Lake Mead is a massive reservoir situated in the southern part of Nevada, and it extends into neighboring Arizona. As one of the largest man-made lakes in the United States, Lake Mead offers abundant fishing opportunities to anglers from across the country.

Among the popular fish species found in Lake Mead are largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. These bass species are highly sought after by anglers due to their size and feisty nature, providing thrilling fishing experiences.

Rainbow trout is another prized fish species in Lake Mead, attracting anglers during the cooler months when the trout are more active. Striped bass is yet another iconic species, known for its hard-fighting nature and the thrill of reeling in these powerful fish.

Catfish enthusiasts will find ample opportunities to catch channel catfish in the lake. With their excellent taste and strong fighting abilities, these catfish provide a rewarding fishing experience.

For those seeking panfish, Lake Mead has both black crappie and white crappie, as well as bluegill and yellow perch. These panfish species are commonly targeted by families and young anglers, making Lake Mead an excellent spot for recreational fishing and creating lasting memories.

Nevada visitors have several options for accessing Lake Mead. Highway 147 out of Las Vegas travels to Stewart's Point, Echo Bay and Callville Bay. There is also a turnoff onto Lakeshore Blvd for access to Lake Mead Marina. Excellent boat launch ramps are open to the public ate all these access points. Fishing enthusiasts can pursue bass, catfish, crappie, trout, sunfish and striped bass. Several marinas provide services to the boating public and offer rental boats including canoes, kayaks, ski boats, fishing boats and pontoon boats. Many of the public areas allow access to the shore for those wishing to fish from the bank. The extreme upper end of the lake is the Colorado River flowing out of the lower end of the Grand Canyon. Spectacular views and good fishing await those willing to make the long boat ride.

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Primary fish species residing in Lake Mead

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Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Channel catfish Black crappie White crappie Rainbow trout Bluegill Green Sunfish Striped bass

Lake Mead Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES

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Anglers can enjoy the convenience of boating in Lake Mead, as its vast expanse allows for a variety of boating activities. Whether you prefer a leisurely boat trip or exploring secluded coves, there's something for everyone.

Fishing Boat Rentals

Callville Bay Resort & Marina
Rentals: Bass boats and pontoon boats
702 565-4813

Lake Mead Marina
Rentals: Kayaks and pontoon boats
702 293-3484

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Boulder Harbor Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southwest section of the lake, off Lake Mead Marina Road, this is a ten-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Callville Bay Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southwest section of the lake, north side, off Callville Bay Road, this is a four-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Echo Bay Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, west side of the north arm, off Echo Bay Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Hemenway Harbor Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southwest section of the lake, off Hemenway Harbor Road, this is a seven-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.


Callville Bay Resort & Marina
100 Callville Bay Rd
Overton, NV 89040
702 565-8958

Lake Mead Marina
490 Horsepower Cove Rd
Boulder City, NV 89005
702 293-3484

Las Vegas Boat Harbor
490 Horsepower Cove Rd
Boulder City, NV 89005
702 293-1191

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Additionally, camping facilities are available around the lake, offering anglers the opportunity to extend their stay and fully immerse themselves in the natural beauty and fishing experiences that Lake Mead has to offer. With its stunning desert landscape, diverse fish population, and various outdoor activities, Lake Mead is a favorite destination for fishing enthusiasts and outdoor adventurers alike.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Boulder Beach Campground - 702 293-2540

Callville Bay Campground - 702 293-8906

Lake Mead RV Village at Echo Bay Campground - 702 394-4000

Lake Mead RV Village - 702 293-2540

Callville Bay RV Park - 702 565-8958

Lake Mead NV Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Lake Mead
Boulder Beach Campground
268 Lakeshore Rd
Boulder City, NV 89005
702 293-2540


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