Location and Overview
Just off U.S. 95 on the northwest edge of Las Vegas sits Floyd Lamb Park, a small green oasis in the middle of southern Nevada’s arid desert (check out the map). Floyd Lamb Park is home to four separate ponds, and is a perfect opportunity to get some fishing in while visiting the area, or for locals to wet a line without having to drive very far from home. Originally known as Tule Springs, the park area has a long history dating from its role as an ancient watering hole up through its current use as a recreation area for picnickers and fishermen. Formerly a state park, it was acquired by the City of Las Vegas in 2007, and is now officially known as Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs.
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Fishin’ Floyd Lamb Park
The largest of the four ponds within the park is Tule Springs Lake, which is stocked with rainbow trout during the winter months and channel catfish during the summer when the water temperatures rise too high to support trout. A native largemouth bass population also lives in all four lakes, along with bluegill and redear and green sunfish. The catch rate for largemouth bass is low, but this doesn’t stop local anglers from trying their luck. Better results can be had with the catfish and rainbows during their respective seasons. Try Power Bait, salmon eggs, or small lures for trout, and dough bait for catfish.
The park is a day use only facility (see hours below), and has numerous picnic tables and clean, well-maintained public restrooms. Admission costs $6 per vehicle per day, or an annual use pass can be purchased for $45. Abundant parking is located along Tule Springs Road, which skirts the western and northern edges of the park.
Bait and tackle are not sold within the park, but are available at any sporting goods store or bait shop in town. Las Vegas also boasts a Bass Pro Shops store, which carries just about everything you’ll ever need for fishing.
Floyd Lamb Park Weather
While nearly everyone is familiar with how hot Las Vegas can get in the summertime, it may surprise some folks to know that winters can get downright cold. High temperatures during the winter months can be as low as the 40’s, with the occasional early morning snow flurry, but highs in the 50’s and 60’s are more common. Summer highs can reach 115 degrees or higher, with high temperatures averaging between 100 and 107. Under these kind of conditions, a hat and sun protection are a must. Rember that no matter what the season, southern Nevada is typically very dry, so take along a lot of water to avoid dehydration.
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Lodging and Camping
No camping is permitted within Floyd Lamb Park, but with more hotels in town than you can shake a stick at, lodging is rarely a problem in Las Vegas. Just remember that room rates and availability can vary depending on the time of year and the day of the week, so make sure to check on rates and make a reservation before going. Some of the large hotels feature RV parking with hookups, and there are a few independent RV parks in town as well. The Las Vegas Leisure Guide website features a list of RV parks in and around the Las Vegas Area.
Licensing and Regulations
Anglers fishing in Floyd Lamb Park must have a valid Nevada fishing license, and a three-fish possession limit applies. Fishing is only allowed during the park’s normal hours of operation, which are from 8 am to 8 pm May through August and from 9 am to 5 pm September through April. Remember that you must have a trout stamp if fishing for trout, and that only one pole may be used unless you purchase a second pole stamp.
The complete, current Nevada fishing regulations are available on the NV Division of Wildlife’s website.
No glass beverage containers are permitted within the park, and alcohol may not be consumed unless you obtain a picnic pavilion or special event permit from the city. The City of Las Vegas website has more information on Floyd Lamb Park.