ARIZONA FISHING REPORTS: The Arizona Game and Fish Department compiles a weekly report for most waters in the state, including the Colorado Rivers. Anglers can read the report at this direct link: http://azgfd.net/artman/publish/FishingReport/.
FLOW INFORMATION: Reservoir elevation levels and flow releases for the entire lower Colorado River are available at this web site with information updated hourly: www.usbr.gov/lc/region/g4000/hourly/rivops.html.
TOP NEWS: Heat has continued to put a major damper on the fishing activity all along the river again this week, and there have been thunderstorms making the heat even more oppressive with humidity. It’s the summer doldrums. Temperatures have been over 100-plus or more all along the river again this week. The few anglers braving the heat have found pretty good action almost across the board. In Havasu and Mohave, the surface bite on stripers is pretty good most mornings, and there are pretty good bite for largemouth, smallmouth, and panfish, too. The black bass, both smallmouths and largemouth, are up chasing baitfish early and late in the day. Most of the action is in less than 20 feet of water early and late, but the fish are in deeper water during most of the day. Still, the surface and near-surface action on topwater and reaction baits has been the best top bet early and then plastics, deeper-running cranks, and swimbaits later. The bluegill and redear bites are still pretty good. All the lakes and backwaters the whole length of the river are producing a lot of fish. Quality redear in Havasu and Topoc Gorge have been the rule with fish to three pounds but the bite is just fair. Bluegill are also good in the lower river backwaters, especially the Palo Verde Lagoon, Pretty Water, Cibola, and Martinez Lake areas. Lots of ëgills to three-quarter pound, but there’s almost no fishing pressure. The flathead catfish bite in the lower river has been tougher, especially in the backwaters. The bite in the main river is still pretty fair on 15 to 20-pound flatheads but there is just very little fishing pressure. The bite has been all on live bluegill or goldfish. The channel catfish bite is also good in the main river stretches, but also in all the reservoirs. Dayton Grant, Bullhead City, had a 6.86-pound channel and a 3.46-pound bass out of Topoc Marsh, both on spinnerbaits, while Dennis Baldwin, also Bullhead, had cats at 5.86, 5.10, and 4.32 pounds on chicken liver in the marsh. Less so in backwaters, which are very warm. Bullfrog season opened July 1, but the water levels are so high in the lower river that gigging has been a little tough, with most of the bullfrogs deep in the tules.
WILLOW BEACH: Information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.
LAKE MOHAVE: Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245.
LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.
NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Information: Phil’s Western Trader at 928-768-4954 or Capt. Doyle’s Fun Fishing guide service at 928-768-2667.
LAKE HAVASU: Information: Bass Tackle Master at 928-854-2277.
BLYTHE: Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.
PALO VERDE: Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Wednesday through Sunday.
PICACHO-MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.