Location and Overview
Located in Las Vegas, NV, Sunset Park Lake is a perfect opportunity to get a little bit of good fishin’ done right in the middle of the city (check out the map). If you don’t mind fishing in a city park setting, and want a chance to wet a line without having to leave Vegas, then this is the place for you.
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Fishin’ Sunset Park Lake
Sunset Park Lake offers a convenient and relaxing setting in which you can fish for several species of game fish, including channel catfish, largemouth bass, green sunfish, bluegill, and crappie. During the cooler months rainbow trout are also stocked in the lake, although the water gets too warm during the summer for trout to do well. Power Bait and fluorescent green Power Eggs seem to be the baits of choice for trout during the winter, while bass and catfish can be taken year round on a variety of baits and lures.
Due to the small size of the lake (not much more than a large pond, really), boats are not permitted, so bring a folding chair and set up along the shore. The only on-site facilities for anglers are public restrooms and picnic tables. Bait and tackle 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.
Parking is available within the park, with a small parking lot located to the north of the lake and another, larger parking lot to the south. The southern parking lot is usually the best bet, since the lot to the north is small and fills up quickly.
Sunset 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 or low 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
With more hotels 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
Sunset Park is a county-operated facility, and is open to the public between the hours of 6 am and 11 pm year round. Fishing is allowed only during these hours. Anglers within the park may have a total of three fish in possession, and must have a valid Nevada fishing license. Remember that if you are fishing for trout, a trout stamp is required. Only one pole may be used at a time unless you purchase a second pole stamp.
The complete, current Nevada fishing regulations are available on the NV Division of Wildlife’s website.
For more information on Sunset Park, check out the Clark County Parks & Recreation site.