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Jul
17

COLORADO RIVER

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.

LAKE MEAD: Fishing for stripers fair to good on smaller fish in South Cove and other coves at the south end of the lake. Catches of channel catfish have also been good. Cats from one to two pounds are being caught on cut baits. Most stripers are between one and two pounds and the best bait has been cut up gizzard shad, anchovies, sardines or shrimp. Fish are mostly in coves along steep canyon walls in 50 to 80 feet of water. The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good with a lot of fish on topwater early and late in the day, plastics the rest of the day in deeper water.

WILLOW BEACH: Very light fishing pressure and few reports. The trout bite is slow with no recent plants. Trout plants will resume this coming fall, but in far fewer numbers. For fishing information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Fair to good action on smallmouth bass, but the largemouths are tougher. The smallies are on rocky shelves from the dam to Katherine’s Landing. Most of the coves are good. The largemouth are in deeper water in the coves around structure in 20 feet or more. Stripers are still pretty spotty with only a few showing at the dam and from the Power Lines up to Katherine’s and most of the coves. Anchovies have been the top bait, but a few fish are showing on topwater and reaction baits early in the day. The catfish bite is fair to good in most coves, especially at night on cut baits. Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245. Interesting web site for Willow Beach and Lake Mohave striper anglers: http://lakemohavestripers.com.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: The striped bass bite has been very good on small fish with quite a few 10-fish limits reported over the past week. There are quite a few bigger fish from two to four pounds and an occasional bigger fish. Best bite has been on cut anchovies. Kenayn Guleryuz, Bullhead City, had a 5.81-pound striper, while Rex Price and Gary Regan, Bullhead City, each had 10 fish from one to two pounds. Regan also had a 12.52 pound catfish. The bite is good from Davis Dam down through the Laughlin stretch, Big Bend, and all the way to the Avi Bridge. Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Largemouth bass action has been fair in the marsh with nightcrawlers and spinnerbaits producing quite a few fish. Lots of topwater action with the warm weather, but only at dawn and dusk. The smallmouth bite is fair in the main river and gorge areas. The bluegill and redear bite is good, mostly on nightcrawlers. Stripers in the main river are fair to good, mostly on cut baits, but some bigger fish on swimbaits and topwater plugs. Channel cats are fair to good in both the main river and backwaters. Topoc has been good. You can access the marsh by boat at the North Dike, Catfish Paradise, and Five-Mile Landing. All three also provide plenty of area for shoreline fishing, too. Information: Phil’s Western Trader at 928-768-4954 or Capt. Doyle’s Fun Fishing guide service at 928-768-2667.
LAKE HAVASU: Fair to good action on smallmouth and largemouth bass. The bass are showing in a pretty good early and late topwater bite on frogs and buzz baits and then fair action on deep cranks, plastics and jigs, especially on rocky structure for the smallmouth. The striper are fair to good, with the fish following the schools of gizzard shad and larger lures in the five to 10-inch range are best. There has been some very good topwater action on boiling fish early in the day as the fish chase baitfish. The redear are good with a lot of fish up to three pounds. Most are around a pound or better. Catfish improving in the coves with a lot of two to four-pound fish and some to 10-plus pounds on cut baits. Information: Bass Tackle Master at 928-854-2277.

PARKER STRIP: Fishing for smallmouth bass is fair to good, mostly on crankbaits. Channel catfish are good on cut baits, and the flatheads have turned on with the warm weather. Lots of six to 14 pound cats.

BLYTHE: The catfish bite has been good all along the lower Colorado River, but there has been light fishing pressure due to heat and humidity this past week. For the flatheads, live bluegill and goldfish are the top baits and the canals are as good as the main river. Lots of six to 20-pound fish reported with a lot released. The channel catfish bite is also good on cut baits. The bass bite is fair to good on plastics and nightcrawlers in the backwaters, and in the main river the smallmouth are fair to good on small cranks, especially in the stretches with rip-rap. The bluegill bite is very good in most areas. Mosquitos are bad so bring the bug juice. Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: Light fishing pressure with the heat, but there continues to be good action on channel catfish on cut baits, and the few anglers targeting flatheads in the main river are hammering the fish on live bluegill or goldfish. Fish to 20-plus pounds are showing every week now and some bigger. The largemouth bass are fair to good in the backwaters and lagoon, mostly on topwater or reaction baits early and late in the day. The smallmouth are also good in the main river. The bluegill are good with some fish topping a half-pound. Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.

PICACHO AREA: The bass are fair to good with the best bite on plastics and live baits and some topwater early and late. The catfish bite is good with more and more flatheads including quality fish topping 25 pounds, and the channels are showing in very good numbers on cut baits. The bluegill bite is good now. Light fishing pressure.

MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Largemouth bass action is good with the fish whacking live baits and plastics. Lots of topwater action early and late in the day. Flathead catfish are very good on live bluegill and goldfish with fish to 20-plus pounds reported this past week. Channel catfish action is good on stink baits. Bluegill are very good, mostly in the mornings and evenings. Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.

YUMA AREA: Largemouth bass action is good in area backwaters. Most of the action is on live bait or plastics, buy the topwater bite has really taken off with the warm weather. Good bluegill action in most backwaters. The channel catfish action is very good on cut bait and stink baits, and the flathead action is also good on live goldfish and bluegill.

Jul
10

COLORADO RIVER

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.

LAKE MEAD: Fishing for stripers fair to good on smaller fish in South Cove and other coves at the south end of the lake. Catches of channel catfish have also been good. Cats from one to two pounds are being caught on cut baits. Most stripers are between one and two pounds and the best bait has been cut up gizzard shad, but cut up anchovies and sardines are also producing stripers and catfish. Fish in coves along steep canyon walls in 50 to 80 feet of water. The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good with a lot of fish on topwater early and late in the day, plastics the rest of the day in deeper water.

WILLOW BEACH: Very light fishing pressure and few reports. The trout bite is slow with no recent plants. Trout plants will resume this coming fall, but in far fewer numbers. For fishing information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Fair to good action on smallmouth bass, but the largemouths are tougher. The smallies are on rocky shelves from the dam to Katherine’s Landing. Most of the coves are good. The largemouth are in deeper water in the coves around structure in 20 feet or more. Stripers are still pretty spotty with only a few showing at the dam and from the Power Lines up to Katherine’s and most of the coves. Anchovies have been the top bait, but a few fish are showing on topwater and reaction baits early in the day. The catfish bite is fair to good in most coves, especially at night on cut baits. Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245. Interesting web site for Willow Beach and Lake Mohave striper anglers: http://lakemohavestripers.com.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: The striped bass bite has been very consistent with most anglers getting two to five one to three-pound stripers while drifting anchovies. The bite is good from Davis Dam down through the Laughlin stretch, Big Bend, and all the way to the Avi Bridge. Top fish reported this past week was a 14.62-pounder landed by Alan Hall, Bullhead City, while fishing in the Community Park area with an anchovy. Also a few catfish showing on cut baits, mostly early and late and at night. Few other reports. Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Largemouth bass action has been fair in the marsh with nightcrawlers and spinnerbaits producing quite a few fish. Lots of topwater action with the warm weather, but only at dawn and dusk. The smallmouth bite is fair in the main river and gorge areas. The bluegill and redear bite is good, mostly on nightcrawlers. Stripers in the main river are fair to good, mostly on cut baits, but some bigger fish on swimbaits and topwater plugs. Channel cats are fair to good in both the main river and backwaters. Topoc has been good. You can access the marsh by boat at the North Dike, Catfish Paradise, and Five-Mile Landing. All three also provide plenty of area for shoreline fishing, too. Information: Phil’s Western Trader at 928-768-4954 or Capt. Doyle’s Fun Fishing guide service at 928-768-2667.
LAKE HAVASU: Fair to good action on smallmouth and largemouth bass. The bass are showing in a pretty good early and late topwater bite on frogs and buzz baits and then fair action on deep cranks, plastics and jigs, especially on rocky structure for the smallmouth. The striper are fair to good, with the fish following the schools of gizzard shad and larger lures in the five to 10-inch range are best. There has been some very good topwater action on boiling fish early in the day as the fish chase baitfish. The redear are good with a lot of fish up to three pounds. Most are around a pound or better. Catfish improving in the coves with a lot of two to four-pound fish and some to 12 pounds on cut baits. Information: Bass Tackle Master at 928-854-2277.

PARKER STRIP: Fishing for smallmouth bass is fair to good, mostly on crankbaits. Channel catfish are good on cut baits, and the flatheads have turned on with the warm weather. Lots of six to 14 pound cats.

BLYTHE: The catfish bite has been good all along the lower Colorado River, but the wild boat traffic over the holiday weekend made it mostly a night bite. Live bluegill and goldfish are the top baits and the canals are as good as the main river. Lots of six to 20-pound fish reported with a lot released. The channel catfish bite is also good on cut baits. The bass bite is fair to good on plastics and nightcrawlers in the backwaters, and in the main river the smallmouth are getting good on small cranks, especially in the stretches with rip-rap. The bluegill bite is very good in most areas now. Mosquitos are bad so bring the bug juice. Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: Good action on channel catfish on cut baits, and the few anglers targeting flatheads in the main river are hammering the fish on live bluegill or goldfish. Fish to 20-plus pounds are showing every week now and some bigger. The largemouth bass are fair to good in the backwaters and lagoon, mostly on topwater or reaction baits early and late in the day. The smallmouth are also good in the main river. The bluegill are good with some fish topping a half-pound. Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.

PICACHO AREA: The bass are fair to good with the best bite on plastics and live baits and some topwater early and late. The catfish bite is good with more and more flatheads including quality fish topping 25 pounds, and the channels are showing in very good numbers on cut baits. The bluegill bite is good now. Light fishing pressure.

MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Largemouth bass action is good with the fish whacking live baits and plastics. Lots of topwater action early and late in the day. Flathead catfish are very good on live bluegill and goldfish with fish to 20-plus pounds reported this past week. Channel catfish action is good on stink baits. Bluegill are very good, mostly in the mornings and evenings. Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.

YUMA AREA: Largemouth bass action is good in area backwaters. Most of the action is on live bait or plastics, buy the topwater bite has really taken off with the warm weather. Good bluegill action in most backwaters. The channel catfish action is very good on cut bait and stink baits, and the flathead action is also good on live goldfish and bluegill.

Jun
27

COLORADO RIVER

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.

LAKE MEAD: Fishing for stripers fair to good on smaller fish in South Cove and other coves at the south end of the lake. Catches of channel catfish have also been good. Cats from one to two pounds are being caught in increasing numbers by anglers who are primarily fishing for stripers. Most stripers are between one and two pounds and the best bait has been cut up gizzard shad, but cut up anchovies and sardines are also producing stripers and catfish. Fish in coves along steep canyon walls in 50 to 80 feet of water. The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good with a lot of fish on topwater early and late in the day, plastics the rest of the day in deeper water.

WILLOW BEACH: Very light fishing pressure and few reports. The trout bite is slow with no recent plants. Trout plants will resume this coming fall, but in far fewer numbers. For fishing information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Fair to good action on smallmouth bass, but the largemouths are tougher. The smallies are on rocky shelves from the dam to Katherine’s Landing. Most of the coves are good. The largemouth are in deeper water in the coves around structure in 20 feet or more. Stripers are still pretty spotty with only a few showing at the dam and from the Power Lines up to Katherine’s and most of the coves. Anchovies have been the top bait, but a few fish are showing on topwater and reaction baits early in the day. The catfish bite is fair to good in most coves, especially at night on cut baits. Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245. Interesting web site for Willow Beach and Lake Mohave striper anglers: http://lakemohavestripers.com.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: The striped bass bite has been very consistent with most anglers getting two to five one to three-pound stripers while drifting anchovies. The bite is good from Davis Dam down through the Laughlin stretch, Big Bend, and all the way to the Avi Bridge. There are also some bigger fish showing up in this bite. James Burdette, Las Vegas, had stripers at 19-12 and 7-8 fishing the Laughlin area with anchovies. Madison Trude and Jasalynn Obryant, both 7 and from Bullhead, had stripers at 2.2 and 1.4 pounds fishing anchovies. Charles Johnson Jr. and Sr., Bullhead City, had five stripers to three pounds drifting anchovies from a boat in the casino stretch. A few smallmouth are still showing for anglers who toss small spinners or crankbaits around structure. Information: Riviera Marina 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Largemouth bass action has been fair in the marsh with nightcrawlers and spinnerbaits producing quite a few fish. Lots of topwater action with the warm weather, but only at dawn and dusk. The smallmouth bite is fair in the main river and gorge areas. The bluegill and redear bite is good, mostly on nightcrawlers. Stripers in the main river are also improving but still just fair. Channel cats are fair to good in both the main river and backwaters. Topoc has been good. You can access the marsh by boat at the North Dike, Catfish Paradise, and Five-Mile Landing. All three also provide plenty of area for shoreline fishing, too. Information: Phil’s Western Trader at 928-768-4954 or Capt. Doyle’s Fun Fishing guide service at 928-768-2667.
LAKE HAVASU: Fair to good action on smallmouth and largemouth bass. The bass are showing in a pretty good early and late topwater bite on frogs and buzz baits and then fair action on deep cranks, plastics and jigs, especially on rocky structure for the smallmouth. The striper are fair to good, with the fish following the schools of gizzard shad and larger lures in the five to 10-inch range are best. The redear are good with a lot of fish up to three pounds. Most are around a pound or better. Catfish improving in the coves with a lot of two to four-pound fish and some to 12 pounds on cut baits. Information: Bass Tackle Master at 928-854-2277.

PARKER STRIP: Fishing for smallmouth bass is fair to good, mostly on crankbaits. Channel catfish are good on cut baits, and the flatheads have turned on with the warm weather. Lots of six to 14 pound cats.

BLYTHE: The catfish bite has been good all along the lower Colorado River. Live bluegill and goldfish are the top baits and the canals are as good as the main river. Lots of six to 20-pound fish reported with a lot released. The channel catfish bite is also good on cut baits. The bass bite is fair to good on plastics and nightcrawlers in the backwaters, and in the main river the smallmouth are getting good on small cranks, especially in the stretches with rip-rap. The bluegill bite is very good in most areas now. Mosquitos are bad so bring the bug juice. Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: Good action on channel catfish on cut baits, and the few anglers targeting flatheads in the main river are hammering the fish on live bluegill or goldfish. Fish to 20-plus pounds are showing every week now and some bigger. The largemouth bass are fair to good in the backwaters and lagoon, mostly on topwater or reaction baits early and late in the day. The smallmouth are also good in the main river. The bluegill are good with some fish topping a half-pound. Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.

PICACHO AREA: The bass are fair to good with the best bite on plastics and live baits and some topwater early and late. The catfish bite is good with more and more flatheads including quality fish topping 25 pounds, and the channels are showing in very good numbers on cut baits. The bluegill bite is good now. Light fishing pressure.

MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Largemouth bass action is good with the fish whacking live baits and plastics. Lots of topwater action early and late in the day. Flathead catfish are very good on live bluegill and goldfish with fish to 20-plus pounds reported this past week. Channel catfish action is good on stink baits. Bluegill are very good, mostly in the mornings and evenings. Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.

YUMA AREA: Largemouth bass action is good in area backwaters. Most of the action is on live bait or plastics, buy the topwater bite has really taken off with the warm weather. Good bluegill action in most backwaters. The channel catfish action is very good on cut bait and stink baits, and the flathead action is also good on live goldfish and bluegill.

Jun
19

COLORADO RIVER

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.

LAKE MEAD: Fishing for stripers fair to good on smaller fish in South Cove and other coves at the south end of the lake. Catches of channel catfish have also been good. Cats from one to two pounds are being caught in increasing numbers by anglers who are primarily fishing for stripers. Most stripers are between one and two pounds and the best bait has been cut up gizzard shad, but cut up anchovies and sardines are also producing stripers and catfish. Fish in coves along steep canyon walls in 50 to 80 feet of water. The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good with a lot of fish on topwater early and late in the day, plastics the rest of the day in deeper water.

WILLOW BEACH: Very light fishing pressure and few reports. The trout bite is slow with no recent plants. Trout plants will resume this coming fall, but in far fewer numbers. For fishing information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Fair to good action on smallmouth and largemouth bass. The smallies are on rocky shelves from the dam to Katherine’s Landing. Most of the coves are good. The largemouth are improving in all the coves in eight to 20 feet of water, also on plastics, nightcrawlers, and reaction baits. Courtney Deal and Kaloeb Cothran, both Cottonwood, had smallmouth at one and 1.72-pounds respectively. Stripers are still pretty spotty with only a few showing at the dam and from the Power Lines up to Katherine’s and most of the coves. Anchovies have been the top bait, but a few fish are showing on topwater and reaction baits early in the day. The catfish bite is fair to good in most coves, especially at night on cut baits. Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245. Interesting web site for Willow Beach and Lake Mohave striper anglers: http://lakemohavestripers.com.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: The striped bass bite just continues to plug along with fair to good action. The fish are showing from the dam all the way down through the Big Bend area and down to the Avi Bridge. Most are being taken on anchovies, but topwater plugs are also working. Rex Price, Bullhead, had four stripers averaging about a pound in the Community Park area on anchovies. There are also more and more smallmouth bass showing from the river. Dylan Wilkinson, Golden Valley, landed a 2.82-pound smallmouth in Princess Cove. Information: Riviera Marina 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Largemouth bass action has been fair in the marsh with nightcrawlers and spinnerbaits producing quite a few fish. Lots of topwater action with the warm weather. The smallmouth bite is also pretty good in the main river and gorge areas. The bluegill and redear bite is very good, mostly on nightcrawlers. Stripers in the main river are also improving but still just fair. Channel cats are fair to good in both the main river and backwaters. Topoc has been good. You can access the marsh by boat at the North Dike, Catfish Paradise, and Five-Mile Landing. All three also provide plenty of area for shoreline fishing, too. Information: Phil’s Western Trader at 928-768-4954 or Capt. Doyle’s Fun Fishing guide service at 928-768-2667.
LAKE HAVASU: Fair to good action on smallmouth and largemouth bass. The bass are showing in a pretty good early and late topwater bite on frogs and buzz baits and then fair action on deep cranks, plastics and jigs, especially on rocky structure for the smallmouth. The striper are fair to good, with the fish following the schools of gizzard shad and larger lures in the five to 10-inch range are best. The redear are good with a lot of fish up to three pounds. Most are around a pound or better. Catfish improving in the coves with a lot of two to four-pound fish and some to 12 pounds on cut baits. Information: Bass Tackle Master at 928-854-2277.

PARKER STRIP: Fishing for smallmouth bass is fair to good, mostly on crankbaits. Channel catfish are good on cut baits, and the flatheads have turned on with the warm weather. Lots of six to 14 pound cats.

BLYTHE: The catfish bite has been good all along the lower Colorado River. Live bluegill and goldfish are the top baits and the canals are as good as the main river. Lots of six to 20-pound fish reported with a lot released. The channel catfish bite is also good on cut baits. The bass bite is fair to good on plastics and nightcrawlers in the backwaters, and in the main river the smallmouth are getting good on small cranks, especially in the stretches with rip-rap. The bluegill bite is very good in most areas now. Mosquitos are bad so bring the bug juice. Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: Light fishing pressure, but there is very good action on channel catfish on cut baits, and the few anglers targeting flatheads in the main river are hammering the fish on live bluegill or goldfish. Fish to 30-plus pounds again this week. The largemouth bass are very good in the backwaters and lagoon and the smallmouth are also good in the main river. The bluegill are excellent with some fish topping a half-pound. Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.

PICACHO AREA: The bass are fair to good with the best bite on plastics and live baits. The catfish bite is good with more and more flatheads including quality fish topping 25 pounds, and the channels are showing in very good numbers on cut baits. The bluegill bite is good now. Light fishing pressure.

MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Largemouth bass action is good with the fish whacking live baits and plastics. Lots of topwater action early and late in the day. Flathead catfish are very good on live bluegill and goldfish with fish to 20-plus pounds reported this past week. Channel catfish action is good on stink baits. Bluegill are very good, mostly in the mornings and evenings. Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.

YUMA AREA: Largemouth bass action is good in area backwaters. Most of the action is on live bait or plastics, buy the topwater bite has really taken off with the warm weather. Good bluegill action in most backwaters. The channel catfish action is very good on cut bait and stink baits, and the flathead action is also good on live goldfish and bluegill.

Jun
12

COLORADO RIVER

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.

LAKE MEAD: Fishing for stripers fair to good on smaller fish in South Cove and other coves at the south end of the lake. Catches of channel catfish have also been good. Cats from one to two pounds are being caught in increasing numbers by anglers who are primarily fishing for stripers. Most stripers are between one and two pounds and the best bait has been cut up gizzard shad, but cut up anchovies and sardines are also producing stripers and catfish. Fish in coves along steep canyon walls in 50 to 80 feet of water. The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good with a lot of fish on topwater early and late in the day, plastics the rest of the day in deeper water.

WILLOW BEACH: Very light fishing pressure, and few reports. The trout bite is slow with no recent plants. Trout plants will resume this coming fall, but in far fewer numbers. For fishing information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Fair to good action on smallmouth and largemouth bass. The smallies are on rocky shelves from the dam to Katherine’s Landing. The largemouth are improving in all the coves in eight to 20 feet of water, also on plastics, nightcrawlers, and reaction baits. The bluegill and redear are good on small jigs or nightcrawler pieces in 10 to 20 feet of water. Stripers are still pretty spotty with only a few showing at the dam and from the Power Lines up to Katherine’s and most of the coves. Anchovies have been the top bait, but a few fish are showing on topwater and reaction baits early in the day. The catfish bite is fair to good in most coves, especially at night on cut baits. Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245. Interesting web site for Willow Beach and Lake Mohave striper anglers: http://lakemohavestripers.com.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: The striped bass bite just continues to plug along with fair to good action. The fish are showing from the dam all the way down through the Big Bend area and down to the Avi Bridge. Most are being taken on anchovies, but topwater plugs are also working. Charles Johnson, Bullhead City, landed a 5.44-pound striper in the casino area on anchovies while fishing with grandfather and well-know local fishing guide Del Oden. There are also more and more smallmouth bass showing from the river. Jason Allyn, Bullhead, had a 2.2-pound smallmouth in the community park area. While trout are slow, a few holdovers still get caught. Gary Regan, Bullhead, landed a 4.3-pounder on a spinner. Information: Riviera Marina 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Largemouth bass action has been good in the marsh with nightcrawlers and spinnerbaits producing quite a few fish. Lots of topwater action with the warm weather. The smallmouth bite is also pretty good in the main river and gorge areas. The bluegill and redear bite is very good, mostly on nightcrawlers. Stripers in the main river are also improving but still just fair. Channel cats are fair to good in both the main river and backwaters. Topoc has been good. You can access the marsh by boat at the North Dike, Catfish Paradise, and Five-Mile Landing. All three also provide plenty of area for shoreline fishing, too. Information: Phil’s Western Trader at 928-768-4954 or Capt. Doyle’s Fun Fishing guide service at 928-768-2667.
LAKE HAVASU: Good action on smallmouth and largemouth bass. The bass are showing in a pretty good early and late topwater bite on frogs and buzz baits and then fair action on deep cranks, plastics and jigs, especially on rocky structure for the smallmouth. The striper are fair to good, with the fish following the schools of gizzard shad and larger lures in the five to 10-inch range are best. The redear are good with a lot of fish up to three pounds. Most are around a pound or better. Catfish improving in the coves with a lot of two to four-pound fish and some to 12 pounds on cut baits. Information: Bass Tackle Master at 928-854-2277.

PARKER STRIP: Fishing for smallmouth bass is fair to good, mostly on crankbaits. Channel catfish are good on cut baits, and the flatheads have turned on with the warm weather. Lots of six to 14 pound cats.

BLYTHE: The catfish bite has been good all along the lower Colorado River, and the bite was improving going into the full moon this week. Live bluegill and goldfish are the top baits and the canals are as good as the main river. Lots of six to 20-pound fish reported with a lot released. The channel catfish bite is also good on cut baits. The bass bite is fair to good on plastics and nightcrawlers in the backwaters, and in the main river the smallmouth are getting good on small cranks, especially in the stretches with rip-rap. The bluegill bite is very good in most areas now. Mosquitos are bad so bring the bug juice. Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: Light fishing pressure, but there is very good action on channel catfish on cut baits, and the few anglers targeting flatheads in the main river are hammering the fish on live bluegill or goldfish. Fish to 30-plus pounds again this week. The largemouth bass are very good in the backwaters and lagoon and the smallmouth are also good in the main river. The bluegill are excellent with some fish topping a half-pound. Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.

PICACHO AREA: The bass are fair to good with the best bite on plastics and live baits. The catfish bite is good with more and more flatheads including quality fish topping 25 pounds, and the channels are showing in very good numbers on cut baits. The bluegill bite is good now. Light fishing pressure.

MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Largemouth bass action is good with the fish whacking live baits and plastics. Lots of topwater action early and late in the day. Flathead catfish are very good on live bluegill and goldfish with fish to 30-plus pounds reported this past week. Channel catfish action is good on stink baits. Bluegill are very good, mostly in the mornings and evenings. Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.

YUMA AREA: Largemouth bass action is good in area backwaters. Most of the action is on live bait or plastics, buy the topwater bite has really taken off with the warm weather. Good bluegill action in most backwaters. The channel catfish action is very good on cut bait and stink baits, and the flathead action is also good on live goldfish and bluegill.

Jun
06

COLORADO RIVER

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.

LAKE MEAD: Fishing for stripers fair to good on smaller fish in South Cove and other coves at the south end of the lake. Catches of channel catfish have also been good. Cats from one to two pounds are being caught in increasing numbers by anglers who are primarily fishing for stripers. Most stripers are between one and two pounds and the best bait has been cut up gizzard shad, but cut up anchovies and sardines are also producing stripers and catfish. Fish in coves along steep canyon walls in 50 to 80 feet of water. The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good with a lot of fish on topwater early and late in the day, plastics the rest of the day in deeper water.

WILLOW BEACH: Very light fishing pressure, and few reports. The trout bite is slow with no recent plants. Trout plants will resume this coming fall, but in far fewer numbers. For fishing information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Fair to good action on smallmouth and largemouth bass. The smallies are on rocky shelves from the dam to Katherine’s Landing. The largemouth are improving in all the coves in eight to 20 feet of water, also on plastics, nightcrawlers, and reaction baits. The bluegill and redear are good on small jigs or nightcrawler pieces in 10 to 20 feet of water. Stripers are still pretty spotty with only a few showing at the dam and from the Power Lines up to Katherine’s and most of the coves. Anchovies have been the top bait, but a few fish are showing on topwater and reaction baits early in the day. The catfish bite is fair to good in most coves, especially at night on cut baits. Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245. Interesting web site for Willow Beach and Lake Mohave striper anglers: http://lakemohavestripers.com.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: The striper bite is fair to good with quite a few one to three-pound class fish landed on cut baits from the Laughlin Bridge down through the Big Bend stretch and all the way down river to the Avi Bridge. Boat traffic makes this area problematic to fish during the day, but the dawn and dusk fishing times have been good. Some bigger fish in the mix for anglers fishing bigger swim baits or topwater plugs. Ronnie Love, Bullhead City, landed an 8.32-pounder on bait near the dam, while Madison and Bill Trude, Bullhead City, landed six stripers to 1-8 drifting anchovies in the Big Bend area. Ernie and Kayden Calma, Bullhead City, were fishing at the Laughlin Bridge with anchovies and Bomber Long-As and had a batch of stripers to 3.66 pounds. Few reports on other species except for the odd holdover rainbow or catfish. Information: Riviera Marina 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Largemouth bass action has been good in the marsh with nightcrawlers and spinnerbaits producing quite a few fish. Lots of topwater action with the warm weather. The smallmouth bite is also pretty good in the main river and gorge areas. The bluegill and redear bite is very good, mostly on nightcrawlers. Stripers in the main river are also improving but still just fair. Channel cats are fair to good in both the main river and backwaters. Topoc has been good. You can access the marsh by boat at the North Dike, Catfish Paradise, and Five-Mile Landing. All three also provide plenty of area for shoreline fishing, too. Information: Phil’s Western Trader at 928-768-4954 or Capt. Doyle’s Fun Fishing guide service at 928-768-2667.
LAKE HAVASU: Good action on smallmouth and largemouth bass. The bass are showing in a pretty good early and late topwater bite on frogs and buzz baits and then fair action on deep cranks, plastics and jigs, especially on rocky structure for the smallmouth. The striper are fair to good, with the fish following the schools of gizzard shad and larger lures in the five to 10-inch range are best. Live shad have also good if you can get them. The redear are good with a lot of fish up to three pounds and more this past week. Most are around a pound or better. Catfish improving in the coves with a lot of two to four-pound fish and some to 12 pounds on cut baits. Information: Bass Tackle Master at 928-854-2277.

PARKER STRIP: Fishing for smallmouth bass is fair to good, mostly on crankbaits. Channel catfish are good on cut baits, and the flatheads have turned on with the warm weather. Lots of six to 14 pound cats.

BLYTHE: The catfish bite has been good all along the lower Colorado River, but the action lulled a little during the in-between moon phase. Top fish weighed in was a 35-pounder caught by Bob Zorunes, Calimesa, while fishing a bluegill at McIntyre Park in Blythe. Live bluegill and goldfish are the top baits and the canals are as good as the main river. Lots of six to 20-pound fish reported with a lot released. The channel catfish bite is also good on cut baits. The bass bite is fair to good on plastics and nightcrawlers in the backwaters, and in the main river the smallmouth are getting good on small cranks, especially in the stretches with rip-rap. The bluegill bite is very good in most areas now. Mosquitos are bad so bring the bug juice. Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: Light fishing pressure, but there is very good action on channel catfish on cut baits, and the few anglers targeting flatheads in the main river are hammering the fish on live bluegill or goldfish. Fish to 30-plus pounds again this week. The largemouth bass are very good in the backwaters and lagoon and the smallmouth are also good in the main river. The bluegill are excellent with some fish topping a half-pound. Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.

PICACHO AREA: The bass are fair to good with the best bite on plastics and live baits. The catfish bite is good with more and more flatheads including quality fish topping 25 pounds, and the channels are showing in very good numbers on cut baits. The bluegill bite is good now. Light fishing pressure.

MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Largemouth bass action is good with the fish whacking live baits and plastics. Lots of topwater action early and late in the day. Flathead catfish are very good on live bluegill and goldfish with fish to 30-plus pounds reported this past week. Channel catfish action is good on stink baits. Bluegill are very good, mostly in the mornings and evenings. Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.

YUMA AREA: Largemouth bass action is good in area backwaters. Most of the action is on live bait or plastics, buy the topwater bite has really taken off with the warm weather. Good bluegill action in most backwaters. The channel catfish action is very good on cut bait and stink baits, and the flathead action is also good on live goldfish and bluegill.

May
23

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.

LAKE MEAD: Fishing for stripers fair to good on smaller fish in South Cove and other coves at the south end of the lake. Catches of channel catfish have also been good. Cats from one to two pounds are being caught in increasing numbers by anglers who are primarily fishing for stripers. Most stripers are between one and two pounds and the best bait has been cut up gizzard shad, but cut up anchovies and sardines are also producing stripers and catfish. Fish in coves along steep canyon walls in 50 to 80 feet of water. The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good with a lot of fish on topwater early and late in the day, plastics the rest of the day in deeper water.

WILLOW BEACH: Very light fishing pressure, and few reports. The trout bite is slow with no recent plants. Trout plants will resume this coming fall, but in far fewer numbers. For fishing information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Fair to good action on smallmouth and largemouth bass. The smallies are on rocky shelves from the dam to Katherineís Landing. The largemouth are improving in all the coves in eight to 20 feet of water, also on plastics, nightcrawlers, and reaction baits. The bluegill and redear are good on small jigs or nightcrawler pieces in 10 to 20 feet of water. Stripers are still pretty spotty with only a few showing at the dam and from the Power Lines up to Katherineís and most of the coves. Anchovies have been the top bait, but a few fish are showing on topwater and reaction baits early in the day. The catfish bite is fair to good in most coves, especially at night on cut baits. Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherineís Landing at 928-754-3245. Interesting web site for Willow Beach and Lake Mohave striper anglers: http://lakemohavestripers.com.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: The striper bite improved this past week with quite a few one to three-pound class fish landed on cut baits from the Laughlin Bridge down through the Big Bend stretch and all the way down river to the Avi Bridge. Some bigger fish in the mix. Jerry Lovett, Bullhead City, had an 11.64-pound striper in the Big Bend Area from shore with anchovies. Marvin Kilpatrick, also Bullhead City, landed a 14.86-pound striper from shore in the upper Big Bend area, also on anchovies. Information: Riviera Marina 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Largemouth bass action has been good in the marsh with nightcrawlers and spinnerbaits producing quite a few fish. Lots of topwater action with the warm weather. The smallmouth bite is also pretty good in the main river and gorge areas. The bluegill and redear bite is very good, mostly on nightcrawlers. Stripers in the main river are also improving but still just fair. Channel cats are fair to good in both the main river and backwaters. Topoc has been good. You can access the marsh by boat at the North Dike, Catfish Paradise, and Five-Mile Landing. All three also provide plenty of area for shoreline fishing, too. Information: Philís Western Trader at 928-768-4954 or Capt. Doyleís Fun Fishing guide service at 928-768-2667.
LAKE HAVASU: Good action on smallmouth and largemouth bass. The bass are showing in a pretty good early and late topwater bite and then fair action on deep cranks, plastics and jigs, especially on rocky structure for the smallmouth. The striper are fair to good, with the fish following the schools of shad. Live shad have been the best bet for stripers. The redear are good with a lot of fish up to five pounds reported this past week, including another near-record fish. Most are around a pound or better. No catfish reports. Information: Bass Tackle Master at 928-854-2277.

PARKER STRIP: Fishing for smallmouth bass is fair to good, mostly on crankbaits. Channel catfish are good on cut baits, and the flatheads have turned on the past two weeks with the warm weather. Lots of six to 14 pound cats.

BLYTHE: The catfish bite has turned on all along the lower Colorado River. The hot weather lulled early this week but it was warming right back up. There were flatheads from 20 to 40 pounds weighed in this past week. Live bluegill and goldfish are the top baits and the canals are as good as the main river. The channel catfish bite is also good on cut baits. The bass bite is fair to good on plastics and nightcrawlers in the backwaters, and in the main river the smallmouth are getting good on small cranks, especially in the stretches with rip-rap. The bluegill bite is very good in most areas now. Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: Light fishing pressure, but there is very good action on channel catfish on cut baits, and the few anglers targeting flatheads in the main river are hammering the fish now, mostly on live bluegill or goldfish. Fish to 30-plus pounds this week. The largemouth bass are very good in the backwaters and lagoon and the smallmouth are also good in the main river. The bluegill are excellent with some fish topping a half-pound. Information: Walterís Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.

PICACHO AREA: The bass are fair to good with the best bite on plastics and live baits. The catfish bite is good with more and more flatheads including quality fish topping 25 pounds, and the channels are showing in very good numbers on cut baits. The bluegill bite is good now. Light fishing pressure.

MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Largemouth bass action is good with the fish whacking live baits and plastics. Lots of topwater action early and late in the day. Flathead catfish are very good on live bluegill and goldfish with fish to 30-plus pounds reported this past week. Channel catfish action is good on stink baits. Bluegill are very good, mostly in the mornings and evenings. Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.

YUMA AREA: Largemouth bass action is good in area backwaters. Most of the action is on live bait or plastics, buy the topwater bite has really taken off with the warm weather. Good bluegill action in most backwaters. The channel catfish action is very good on cut bait and stink baits, and the flathead action is also good on live goldfish and bluegill.

May
02

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.

LAKE MEAD: Fishing for stripers fair to good on smaller fish in South Cove and other coves at the south end of the lake. Catches of channel catfish have also been good. Cats from one to two pounds are being caught in increasing numbers by anglers who are primarily fishing for stripers. Most stripers are between one and two pounds and the best bait has been cut up gizzard shad, but cut up anchovies and sardines are also producing stripers and catfish. Fish in coves along steep canyon walls in 50 to 80 feet of water. The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good with a lot of fish on topwater early and late in the day, plastics the rest of the day in deeper water.

WILLOW BEACH: Very light fishing pressure, and few reports. The trout bite is slow with no recent plants. Trout plants will resume this coming fall, but in far fewer numbers. For fishing information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Fair to good action on smallmouth and largemouth bass. The smallies are on rocky shelves from the dam to Katherine’s Landing. The largemouth are improving in all the coves in four to eight feet of water, also on plastics, nightcrawlers, and reaction baits. The bluegill and redear are improving with pretty good action on small jigs or nightcrawler pieces in 10 to 20 feet of water. The panfish are moving shallower for the coming spawn. Stripers are still pretty spotty with only a few showing at the dam and from the Power Lines up to Katherine’s and most of the coves. Anchovies have been the top bait, but a few fish are showing on topwater and reaction baits early in the day. Lucy Trude, Bullhead City, had an 8.56-pound striper fishing anchovies near the dam. The catfish bite is fair to good in most coves, especially at night on cut baits. Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245. Interesting web site for Willow Beach and Lake Mohave striper anglers: http://lakemohavestripers.com.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: The striper bite has continued pretty fair with catches of two to six fish per angler not uncommon, but most are under three pounds. Bill Trude, Bullhead City, had five stripers from two to three pounds fishing anchovies in the Big Bend area. Catfish are improving, but still slow. Some panfish and largemouth bass action in backwaters and quietier spots along the river. Good news is that trout will again be stocked in the river this fall, but in far lesser numbers than in past years. Information: Riviera Marina 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Largemouth bass action has really perked in the marsh with nightcrawlers and spinnerbaits producing quite a few fish. The spawn is pretty much over in the marsh. The smallmouth bite is also starting to improve in the main river and gorge areas. There are also more bluegill and redear starting to show as they move shallow to spawn. Stripers in the main river are also improving but still just fair. Channel cats are fair to good in both the main river and backwaters. Topoc has been good. You can access the marsh by boat at the North Dike, Catfish Paradise, and Five-Mile Landing. All three also provide plenty of area for shoreline fishing, too. Information: Phil’s Western Trader at 928-768-4954 or Capt. Doyle’s Fun Fishing guide service at 928-768-2667.
LAKE HAVASU: Good action on smallmouth and largemouth bass. The bass are pretty much out of the spawn, and the fish are up chasing baitfish or rooting around for crawdads. A pretty decent bite on rocky structure with crawdad-like plastics, mostly for the smallmouth, while the largemouth are more focused on the baitfish. The striper remain fair, with the fish following the schools of shad. The shad are mostly in the south end of the lake with the biggest concentrations consistently in the Black Meadow Landing to Standard Wash stretch of the lake. Live shad had been the best bet for stripers. The redear are starting to come up for their spawn and showing in six to 20 feet of water with little angling pressure. No catfish reports. Information: Bass Tackle Master at 928-854-2277.

PARKER STRIP: Fishing for smallmouth bass is fair, and a few more channel catfish are showing. But overall the bite is tough with the high flows.

BLYTHE: Continued high flows have made the bite tough. The bass bite is fair but not what it should be this time of year, and the catfish bites are slow but improving with the warm weather. The bass are best on plastics and nightcrawlers in the backwaters, and in the main river even the smallmouth are just fair in the rip-rap stretches of the river. The backwater lakes and drain ditches have been better than the main river. The bluegill bite is good in most areas. Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: The flows remain high and this continues to make fishing tough. These flows will continue through May. The largemouth bass are way back in the tules and brush, but the bite is still pretty fair. The lagoon has also been tougher for catfish, both channels and flatheads. The few flatheads being caught are running from eight to 12 pounds. Also a few stripers showing for flathead anglers fishing live bluegill or tilapia (which are thick in the lagoon this year). The bass are from one to four pounds and showing on plastics, small spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and nightcrawlers. The bluegill bite is good with lots of smaller (flathead bait-sized) fish being caught. Smallmouth bass in the main river have been fair, mostly on small cranks, but there is little pressure on the smallies. Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.

PICACHO AREA: Very high water. The bass are fair to good with the best bite on plastics and live baits. The catfish bite is improving with more and more flatheads and channels showing in the bite. The bluegill bite is good now. Light fishing pressure.

MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Largemouth bass action is good with the fish whacking live baits and plastics. Most fish are up shallow and chaising bait. Channel catfish action is good on stink baits, and the flathead bite is turning on. Improved panfish action, too. Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.

YUMA AREA: High flows. Largemouth bass action is good in area backwaters. Most of the action is on live bait or plastics for fish on beds or crusing. Good bluegill action in most backwaters. The channel catfish action is very good on cut bait and stink baits, and the flathead action is really starting to take off on live goldfish and bluegill.

Apr
24

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.

LAKE MEAD: Fishing for stripers fair to good on smaller fish in South Cove and other coves at the south end of the lake. Catches of channel catfish have also been good. Cats from one to two pounds are being caught in increasing numbers by anglers who are primarily fishing for stripers. Most stripers are between one and two pounds and the best bait has been cut up gizzard shad, but cut up anchovies and sardines are also producing stripers and catfish. Fish in coves along steep canyon walls in 50 to 80 feet of water. The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good with a lot of fish on topwater early and late in the day, plastics the rest of the day in deeper water.

WILLOW BEACH: Very light fishing pressure, and few reports. The trout bite is slow with no recent plants and not likely in the foreseeable future at Willow Beach because the hatchery will no longer be rearing trout. Anglers can get more information here: http://www.outdoornewsservice.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=517:feds-end-trout-stocking-program-from-willow-beach-hatchery&Itemid=18. For fishing information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Fair to good action on smallmouth and largemouth bass which are into the spawn. The smallies are on rocky shelves from the dam to Katherine’s Landing. The largemouth are improving in all the coves in four to eight feet of water, also on plastics and nightcrawlers. The bluegill and redear are still mostly slow, but some signs of improvement on small jigs or nightcrawler pieces. Stripers are still pretty spotty with only a few showing at the dam and from the Power Lines up to Katherine’s and most of the coves. Anchovies have been the top bait, but a few fish are showing on topwater and reaction baits early in the day. The catfish bite is fair to good in most coves, especially at night on cut baits. Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245. Interesting web site for Willow Beach and Lake Mohave striper anglers: http://lakemohavestripers.com.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: The best action in this stretch of the river is still the bite for stripers. The fish being reported are generally pretty good quality, and most are being caught on anchovies. Few striper anglers hurling the big swimbaits or plugs. Top fish this week was a 26.72-pounder landed by Bob Tyler, Bullhead City, on an anchovy. Shelly Meston, Bullhead, landed a 13.5-pounder, also on an anchovy, her first striper. Some panfish and largemouth bass action in backwaters and quietier spots along the river. Few other reports. The river flows remain up. Information: Riviera Marina 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Largemouth bass action has really perked in the marsh with nightcrawlers and spinnerbaits producing quite a few fish during the spawn in the warmer backwater. The spawn is starting to wind down in the marsh. The smallmouth bite is also starting to improve in the main river and gorge areas with the smallies mostly on beds. There are also a few more bluegill and redear starting to show as they move shallow to spawn. Stripers in the main river are also improving but still just fair. Channel cats are fair to good in both the main river and backwaters. Topoc has been good. You can access the marsh by boat at the North Dike, Catfish Paradise, and Five-Mile Landing. All three also provide plenty of area for shoreline fishing, too. Information: Phil’s Western Trader at 928-768-4954 or Capt. Doyle’s Fun Fishing guide service at 928-768-2667.
LAKE HAVASU: Good action on smallmouth and largemouth bass. The bass are on the backside of the spawn in some areas with some fish still on beds. Overall, a pretty decent bite on rocky structure with crawdad-like plastics, mostly for the smallmouth, while the largemouth are more focused on the baitfish. The striper remain fair, with the fish following the schools of shad. The shad are mostly in the south end of the lake with the biggest concentrations consistently in the Black Meadow Landing to Standard Wash stretch of the lake. Live shad had been the best bet for stripers. The redear are starting to come up for their spawn and showing in six to 20 feet of water with little angling pressure. No catfish reports. Information: Bass Tackle Master at 928-854-2277.

PARKER STRIP: Fishing for smallmouth bass is fair, and a few more channel catfish are showing. But overall the bite is tough with the high flows.

BLYTHE: Continued high flows have made the bite tough. The bass bite is fair but not what it should be this time of year, and the catfish bites are simply slow. The bass are best on plastics and nightcrawlers in the backwaters, and in the main river even the smallmouth are just fair in the rip-rap stretches of the river. Catfish are slow, with a few channels but still only the odd flathead reported. The backwater lakes and drain ditches have been better than the main river. The bluegill bite is starting to improve. Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: The flows remain high and this continues to make fishing tough. These flows will continue through May. The largemouth bass are way back in the tules and brush, but the bite is still pretty fair. The lagoon has also been tougher for catfish, both channels and flatheads. The few flatheads being caught are running from eight to 12 pounds and one at 32 pounds was reported this past week. Also a few stripers showing for flathead anglers fishing live bluegill or tilapia (which are thick in the lagoon this year). The bass are from one to four pounds and showing on plastics, small spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and nightcrawlers. The bluegill bite is good lots of smaller (flathead bait-sized) fish being caught. Smallmouth bass in the main river have been fair, mostly on small cranks, but there is little pressure on the smallies. Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.

PICACHO AREA: Very high water. The bass are fair to good with the best bite on plastics and live baits. The catfish bite is improving with more and more flatheads and channels showing in the bite. The bluegill bite is also fair now. Light fishing pressure.

MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Largemouth bass action is good with the fish whacking live baits and plastics. Most fish are up shallow on beds. Channel catfish action is good on stink baits, and the flathead bite is turning on. Improved panfish action, too. Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.

YUMA AREA: High flows. Largemouth bass action is good in area backwaters. Most of the action is on live bait or plastics for fish on beds or crusing. Slow to fair bluegill in most backwaters. The channel catfish action is very good on cut bait and stink baits, and the flathead action is really starting to take off on live goldfish and bluegill.

Apr
19

Apr
18

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.

LAKE MEAD: Fishing for stripers fair to good on smaller fish in South Cove and other coves at the south end of the lake. Catches of channel catfish have also been good. Cats from one to two pounds are being caught in increasing numbers by anglers who are primarily fishing for stripers. Most stripers are between one and two pounds and the best bait has been cut up gizzard shad, but cut up anchovies and sardines are also producing stripers and catfish. Fish in coves along steep canyon walls in 50 to 80 feet of water. The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good with a lot of fish on topwater early and late in the day, plastics the rest of the day in deeper water.

WILLOW BEACH: Very light fishing pressure, and few reports. The trout bite is slow with no recent plants and not likely in the foreseeable future at Willow Beach because the hatchery will no longer be rearing trout. Anglers can get more information here: http://www.outdoornewsservice.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=517:feds-end-trout-stocking-program-from-willow-beach-hatchery&Itemid=18. For fishing information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Fair to good action on smallmouth and largemouth bass which are into the spawn. The smallies are on rocky shelves from the dam to Katherine’s Landing. The largemouth are improving in all the coves in four to eight feet of water, also on plastics and nightcrawlers. The bluegill and redear are still mostly slow, but some signs of improvement on small jigs or nightcrawler pieces. Stripers are still pretty spotty with only a few showing at the dam and from the Power Lines up to Katherine’s and most of the coves. Anchovies have been the top bait, but a few fish are showing on topwater and reaction baits early in the day. The catfish bite is fair to good in most coves, especially at night on cut baits. Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245. Interesting web site for Willow Beach and Lake Mohave striper anglers: http://lakemohavestripers.com.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: The best action in this stretch of the river is still the spotty bite for stripers. The fish being reported are generally pretty good quality. Kelly Taylor, Bullhead City, landed a pair of stripers at the Avi Bridge and they weighed in at 6.42 and 7.30 pounds, both taken on anchovies. In the old community park area of Bullhead, John Morrison, Bullhead City, caught an 11.22-pounder, also on anchovies. Some panfish and largemouth bass action in backwaters and quietier spots along the river. Few other reports. The river flows remain up. Information: Riviera Marina 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Largemouth bass action has really perked in the marsh with nightcrawlers and spinnerbaits producing quite a few fish during the spawn in the warmer backwater. The smallmouth bite is also starting to improve in the main river and gorge areas. There are also a few more bluegill and redear starting to show. Stripers in the main river are also improving but still just fair. Channel cats are fair to good in both the main river and backwaters. Topoc has been good. You can access the marsh by boat at the North Dike, Catfish Paradise, and Five-Mile Landing. All three also provide plenty of area for shoreline fishing, too. Information: Phil’s Western Trader at 928-768-4954 or Capt. Doyle’s Fun Fishing guide service at 928-768-2667.
LAKE HAVASU: Good action on smallmouth and largemouth bass. The bass are on the backside of the spawn in some areas with some fish still on beds. Overall, a pretty decent bite on rocky structure with crawdad-like plastics, mostly for the smallmouth, while the largemouth are more focused on the baitfish. The striper remain fair, with the fish following the schools of shad. The shad are mostly in the south end of the lake with the biggest concentrations consistently in the Black Meadow Landing to Standard Wash stretch of the lake. Live shad had been the best bet for stripers. The redear are starting to come up for their spawn and showing in six to 20 feet of water with little angling pressure. No catfish reports. Information: Bass Tackle Master at 928-854-2277.

PARKER STRIP: Fishing for smallmouth bass is fair, and a few more channel catfish are showing. But overall the bite is tough with the high flows.

BLYTHE: High flows have made the bite tough. The bass bite is OK but not what it should be this time of year, and the catfish bites are simply slow. The bass are best on plastics and nightcrawlers in the backwaters, and in the main river even the smallmouth are just fair in the rip-rap stretches of the river. Catfish are slow, with a few channels but still only the odd flathead reported. The backwater lakes and drain ditches have been better than the main river. The bluegill bite is starting to improve. Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: There has been a tremendous volume of water moving down the river over the past month, and it has made the fishing really tough. These flows will continue through May. The largemouth bass are way back in the tules and brush. The lagoon has also been tougher for catfish, both channels and flatheads. The few flatheads being caught are running from eight to 12 pounds and showing on live bluegill, while the bass are running from one to five pounds and have been best on plastics, small spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and nightcrawlers. The bluegill bite is getting better with lots of smaller (flathead bait-sized) fish being caught. Smallmouth bass in the main river have been fair, mostly on small cranks, but there is little pressure on the smallies. Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.

PICACHO AREA: Very high water. The bass are fair to good with the best bite on plastics and live baits. The catfish bite is improving with more and more flatheads and channels showing in the bite. The bluegill bite is also fair now. Light fishing pressure.

MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Largemouth bass action is good with the fish whacking live baits and plastics. Most fish are up shallow on beds. Channel catfish action is good on stink baits, and the flathead bite is turning on. Improved panfish action, too. Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.

YUMA AREA: High flows. Largemouth bass action is good in area backwaters. Most of the action is on live bait or plastics for fish on beds or crusing. Slow to fair bluegill in most backwaters. The channel catfish action is very good on cut bait and stink baits, and the flathead action is really starting to take off on live goldfish and bluegill.

Apr
10

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.

LAKE MEAD: Fishing for stripers fair to good on smaller fish in South Cove and other coves at the south end of the lake. Catches of channel catfish have also been good. Cats from one to two pounds are being caught in increasing numbers by anglers who are primarily fishing for stripers. Most stripers are between one and two pounds and the best bait has been cut up gizzard shad, but cut up anchovies and sardines are also producing stripers and catfish. Fish in coves along steep canyon walls in 50-80 feet of water. The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good with a lot of fish on topwater early and late in the day, plastics the rest of the day in deeper water.

WILLOW BEACH: Very light fishing pressure, and the striper action has been slow for the few anglers targeting stripers. Best action on A.C. Plugs or similar lures between markers 47 and 56. The trout bite is slow with no recent plants and not likely in the foreseeable future at Willow Beach because the hatchery will no longer be rearing trout. Anglers can get more information here: http://www.outdoornewsservice.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=517:feds-end-trout-stocking-program-from-willow-beach-hatchery&Itemid=18. For fishing information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Fair to good action on smallmouth and largemouth bass which all seem to be starting into the spawn. The smallies are on rocky shelves from the dam to Katherine’s Landing. The largemouth are improving in all the coves in four to eight feet of water, also on plastics and nightcrawlers. The bluegill and redear are still mostly slow, but some signs of improvement on small jigs or nightcrawler pieces. Stripers are still pretty spotty with only a few showing at the dam and from the Power Lines up to Katherine’s and most of the coves. Anchovies have been the top bait, but a few fish are showing on topwater and reaction baits early in the day. The catfish bite is fair to good in most coves, especially at night on cut baits. Larry Stevenson and his son James, both Bullhead City, were able to land a 12.62-pound channel catfish using anchovies shore fishing near the dam. Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245. Interesting web site for Willow Beach and Lake Mohave striper anglers: http://lakemohavestripers.com.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: Overall just fair action in the main river and light fishing pressure. The few anglers tossing anchovies have landed some excellent quality striped from eight to 20 pounds, but most are smaller. Scott Anderson, Bullhead City, had a pair of two pound stripers on anchovies from the Big Bend area. The smallmouth bass bite is also pretty good, but getting little pressure. The backwaters are stacked up with spawning largemouth bass, which have been good on small plastics or jigs. Few other reports. The river flows remain up. Information: Riviera Marina 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Largemouth bass action has really perked in the marsh with nightcrawlers and spinnerbaits producing quite a few fish as the spawn starts in the warmer backwater. The smallmouth bite is also starting to improve in the main river and gorge areas. There are also a few more bluegill and redear starting to show. Stripers in the main river are also improving but still mostly tough. Channel cats are fair to good in both the main river and backwaters. Topoc has been good. You can access the marsh by boat at the North Dike, Catfish Paradise, and Five-Mile Landing. All three also provide plenty of area for shoreline fishing, too. Information: Phil’s Western Trader at 928-768-4954 or Capt. Doyle’s Fun Fishing guide service at 928-768-2667.
LAKE HAVASU: Good action on smallmouth and largemouth bass. The bass are already starting to nose around in the shallows for the spawn with some signs of beds already showing up. Overall, a pretty decent bite on rocky structure with crawdad-like plastics, mostly for the smallmouth, while the largemouth are more focused on the baitfish. The striper remain fair, with the fish following the schools of shad. The shad are mostly in the south end of the lake with the biggest concentrations consistently in the Black Meadow Landing to Standard Wash stretch of the lake. Live shad had been the best bet for stripers. The redear are mostly in 20 to 50 feet of water with little angling pressure and still spotty action. No catfish reports. Information: Bass Tackle Master at 928-854-2277.

PARKER STRIP: Fishing for smallmouth bass is fair, and a few more channel catfish are showing. Other bites are slow.

BLYTHE: High flows. The bass bite is starting to take off, but the catfish bites are still lagging a little behind. The bass are best on plastics and nightcrawlers, but the action has been pretty tough. Even the smallmouth are fair in the rip-rap stretches of the river. Catfish are slow to fair, with a few channels but still only the odd flathead reported. The backwater lakes and drain ditches have been better than the main river. The bluegill bite is starting to improve. Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: There has been a tremendous volume of water moving down the river over the past three weeks, and it has made the fishing more difficult. These flows will continue through May. The largemouth bass are way back in the tules and brush. The lagoon has also been tougher for catfish, both channels and flatheads, but the action is still pretty fair overall with a lot of channels to three pounds being caught. The few flatheads being caught are running from eight to 12 pounds and showing on live bluegill, while the bass are running from one to five pounds and have been best on plastics, small spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and nightcrawlers. The bluegill bite is getting better with lots of smaller (flathead bait-sized) fish being caught. Smallmouth bass in the main river have been good, mostly on small cranks. Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.

PICACHO AREA: Very high water. The bass are fair to good with the best bite on plastics and live baits. The catfish bite is improving with more and more flatheads and channels showing in the bite. The bluegill bite is also fair now. Light fishing pressure.

MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Largemouth bass action is good with the fish whacking live baits and plastics. Most fish are up shallow on beds. Channel catfish action is good on stink baits, and the flathead bite is turning on. Improved panfish action, too. Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.

YUMA AREA: High flows. Largemouth bass action is good in area backwaters. Most of the action is on live bait or plastics for fish on beds or crusing. Slow to fair bluegill in most backwaters. The channel catfish action is very good on cut bait and stink baits, and the flathead action is really starting to take off on live goldfish and bluegill.

Mar
27

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.

LAKE MEAD: Fishing for stripers fair to good on smaller fish in South Cove and other coves at the south end of the lake. Catches of channel catfish have also been good. Cats from one to two pounds are being caught in increasing numbers by anglers who are primarily fishing for stripers. Most stripers are between one and two pounds and the best bait has been cut up gizzard shad, but cut up anchovies and sardines are also producing stripers and catfish. Fish in coves along steep canyon walls in 50-80 feet of water. The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good with a lot of fish on topwater early and late in the day, plastics the rest of the day in deeper water.

WILLOW BEACH: Very light fishing pressure, and the striper action has been slow for the few anglers targeting stripers. Best action on A.C. Plugs or similar lures between markers 47 and 56. The trout bite is slow with no recent plants and not likely in the foreseeable future at Willow Beach because the hatchery will no longer be rearing trout. Anglers can get more information here: http://www.outdoornewsservice.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=517:feds-end-trout-stocking-program-from-willow-beach-hatchery&Itemid=18. For fishing information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Fair to good action on smallmouth and largemouth bass which all seem to be starting into the spawn. The smallies are on rocky shelves from the dam to Katherine’s Landing. The largemouth are improving in all the coves in four to eight feet of water, also on plastics and nightcrawlers. The bluegill and redear are still mostly slow, but some signs of improvement on small jigs or nightcrawler pieces. Stripers are still pretty spotty with only a few showing at the dam and from the Power Lines up to Katherine’s and most of the coves. Anchovies have been the top bait, but a few fish are showing on topwater and reaction baits early in the day. The catfish bite is fair to good in most coves, especially at night on cut baits. Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245. Interesting web site for Willow Beach and Lake Mohave striper anglers: http://lakemohavestripers.com.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: Overall just fair action in the main river with only a few stripers and catfish showing. The smallmouth bass bite is also pretty good, but getting little pressure. Icy Thumniyon, Bullhead City, caught and released a 1-8 smallmouth on a anchovy in the Big Bend area. The backwaters are stacked up with spawning largemouth bass, which have been good on small plastics or jigs. Few other reports. The river flows remain up. Information: Riviera Marina 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Largemouth bass action has really perked in the marsh with nightcrawlers and spinnerbaits producing quite a few fish as the spawn starts in the warmer backwater. The smallmouth bite is also starting to improve in the main river and gorge areas. There are also a few more bluegill and redear starting to show. Stripers in the main river are also improving but still mostly tough. Channel cats are fair to good in both the main river and backwaters. Topoc has been good. You can access the marsh by boat at the North Dike, Catfish Paradise, and Five-Mile Landing. All three also provide plenty of area for shoreline fishing, too. Information: Phil’s Western Trader at 928-768-4954 or Capt. Doyle’s Fun Fishing guide service at 928-768-2667.
LAKE HAVASU: Fair to good action on smallmouth and largemouth bass. The bass are already starting to nose around in the shallows for the spawn with some signs of beds already showing up. Overall, a pretty decent bite on rocky structure with crawdad-like plastics, mostly for the smallmouth, while the largemouth are more focused on the baitfish. The striper remain fairly tough, following the schools of shad. The shad are mostly in the south end of the lake with the biggest concentrations consistently in the Black Meadow Landing to Standard Wash stretch of the lake. Live shad had been the best bet for stripers. The redear are mostly in 20 to 50 feet of water with little angling pressure and still spotty action. No catfish reports. Information: Bass Tackle Master at 928-854-2277.

PARKER STRIP: Fishing for smallmouth bass is fair, and a few more channel catfish are showing. Other bites are slow.

BLYTHE: The bass bite is starting to take off, but the catfish bites are still lagging a little behind. The bass are best on plastics and nightcrawlers, but the action has been pretty tough. Even the smallmouth are fair in the rip-rap stretches of the river. Catfish are slow to fair, with a few channels but still only the odd flathead reported. The backwater lakes and drain ditches have been better than the main river. The bluegill bite is starting to improve. Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: There has been a tremendous volume of water moving down the river over the past week to 10 days, and it has made the fishing more difficult. These flows will continue for the at least the next two weeks. The largemouth bass are way back in the tules and brush. The lagoon has also been tougher for catfish, both channels and flatheads, but the action is still pretty fair overall with most of the flatheads running from eight to 12 pounds and showing on live bluegill, while the bass are running from one to five pounds and have been best on plastics, small spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and nightcrawlers. The bluegill bite is getting better with lots of smaller (flathead bait-sized) fish being caught. Smallmouth bass in the main river have been good, mostly on small cranks. Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.

PICACHO AREA: The bass are fair to good with the best bite on plastics and live baits. The catfish bite is very slow with only a few channels and flatheads completely shut off. The bluegill bite is very slow. Light fishing pressure.

MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Largemouth bass action is good with the fish whacking live baits and plastics. Most fish are up shallow on beds. Channel catfish action is good on stink baits, and the flathead bite is turning on. Few panfish reports. Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.

YUMA AREA: Largemouth bass action is good in area backwaters. Most of the action is on live bait or plastics for fish on beds or crusing. Slow to fair bluegill in most backwaters. The channel catfish action is very good on cut bait and stink baits, and the flathead action is really starting to take off on live goldfish and bluegill.

Feb
20

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.

LAKE MEAD: Fishing for stripers fair to good on smaller fish in South Cove and other coves at the south end of the lake. Catches of channel catfish have also been good. Cats from one to two pounds are being caught in increasing numbers by anglers who are primarily fishing for stripers. Most stripers are between one and two pounds and the best bait has been cut up gizzard shad, but cut up anchovies and sardines are also producing stripers and catfish. Fish in coves along steep canyon walls in 50-80 feet of water. The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good with a lot of fish on topwater early and late in the day, plastics the rest of the day in deeper water.

WILLOW BEACH: Very light fishing pressure, and the striper action has been slow for the few anglers targeting stripers. Best action on A.C. Plugs or similar lures between markers 47 and 56. The trout bite is really dwindling with few reported. No plants in over a month and not likely in the foreseeable future at Willow Beach because the hatchery will no longer be rearing trout. Anglers can get more information here: http://www.outdoornewsservice.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=517:feds-end-trout-stocking-program-from-willow-beach-hatchery&Itemid=18. For fishing information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Slow to fair action on smallmouth bass on rocky shelves from the dam to Katherine’s Landing. The largemouth are slow in the coves in 12 to 25 feet of water, also on plastics and nightcrawlers. The bluegill and redear slowed way down with the colder weather. A few are showing in deeper water on small jigs or nightcrawler pieces. Stripers are still pretty spotty with only a few showing at the dam and from the Power Lines up to Katherine’s and most of the coves. Anchovies have been the top bait, but a few fish are showing on topwater and reaction baits early in the day. The catfish bite is fair to good in most coves, especially at night on cut baits. Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245. Interesting web site for Willow Beach and Lake Mohave striper anglers: http://lakemohavestripers.com.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: Trout remain very slow with only a few holdover rainbows showing on nightcrawlers in the Big Bend area. Stripers and other species remain very slow, but a few fish are starting to show with warmer weather. Kujat and Alpert Shane, Bullhead City, had a pair of stripers at six and 10 pounds fishing from shore at the Community Park. Information: Riviera Marina 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Catfish remain slow both the river and backwaters with only the odd fish showing now. Largemouth bass, however, have perked in the marsh with nightcrawlers and plastics producing a few fish. There are also a few more bluegill and redear starting to show. Stripers in the main river are very slow. You can access the marsh by boat at the North Dike, Catfish Paradise, and Five-Mile Landing. All three also provide plenty of area for shoreline fishing, too. Information: Phil’s Western Trader at 928-768-4954 or Capt. Doyle’s Fun Fishing guide service at 928-768-2667.
LAKE HAVASU: The water level is very low and will be that way through February. The striper bite has been tough, but the fish are following the shad. The shad have been moving south with the biggest concentrations in the Black Meadow Landing to Standard Wash stretch of the lake. Live shad had been the best bet for stripers. The largemouth and smallmouth bass are also keying on the baitfish. Also a pretty decent bite on rocky structure with crawdad-like plastics, mostly for the smallmouth. The redear are mostly in 20 to 50 feet of water with little angling pressure. No catfish reports. Information: Bass Tackle Master at 928-854-2277.

PARKER STRIP: Fishing for smallmouth bass is fair, but other bites are slow.

BLYTHE: The bass and catfish bites have been slow. The bass are still best on plastics and nightcrawlers, but the action has been pretty tough. Even the smallmouth are just fair in the rip-rap stretches of the river. Catfish are very slow, with a few channels but almost no flatheads reported. The backwater lakes and drain ditches have been better than the main river. The bluegill bite is very slow, Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: Very light fishing pressure and overall slow action. Water levels have been very low and the water remains cool. The catfish action has been slow for both channels and flatheads, and the bass bite is still off with only a few fish showing on plastics and nightcrawlers. Smallmouth in the main river better than largemouth. The bluegill bite is very slow. Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.

PICACHO AREA: The bass are slow to fair with the best bite on plastics and live baits. The catfish bite is very slow with only a few channels and flatheads completely shut off. The bluegill bite is very slow. Light fishing pressure.

MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Largemouth bass action is slow to fair with the fish whacking live baits and plastics. Channel catfish action is fair on stink baits, but the flathead bite is still slow. Few panfish reports. Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.

YUMA AREA: Largemouth bass action is slow to fair in area backwaters. Most of the action is on live bait or plastics. Slow to fair bluegill in most backwaters. The channel catfish action is fair on cut bait and stink baits, but the flathead bite has shut off.

Feb
13

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.

LAKE MEAD: Fishing for stripers fair to good on smaller fish in South Cove and other coves at the south end of the lake. Catches of channel catfish have also been good. Cats from one to two pounds are being caught in increasing numbers by anglers who are primarily fishing for stripers. Most stripers are between one and two pounds and the best bait has been cut up gizzard shad, but cut up anchovies and sardines are also producing stripers and catfish. Fish in coves along steep canyon walls in 50-80 feet of water. The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good with a lot of fish on topwater early and late in the day, plastics the rest of the day in deeper water.

WILLOW BEACH: Very light fishing pressure, and the striper action has been slow for the few anglers targeting stripers. Best action on A.C. Plugs or similar lures between markers 47 and 56. The trout bite is really dwindling with few reported. No plants in over a month and not likely in the foreseeable future at Willow Beach because the hatchery will no longer be rearing trout. Anglers can get more information here: http://www.outdoornewsservice.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=517:feds-end-trout-stocking-program-from-willow-beach-hatchery&Itemid=18. For fishing information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Slow to fair action on smallmouth bass on rocky shelves from the dam to Katherine’s Landing. Mike Huffman, Bullhead City, had a two-pound smallmouth at Katherine’s. The largemouth are slow in the coves in 12 to 25 feet of water, also on plastics and nightcrawlers. The bluegill and redear slowed way down with the colder weather. A few are showing in deeper water on small jigs or nightcrawler pieces. Stripers are still pretty spotty with only a few showing at the dam and from the Power Lines up to Katherine’s and most of the coves. Anchovies have been the top bait, but a few fish are showing on topwater and reaction baits early in the day. The catfish bite is fair to good in most coves, especially at night on cut baits. Christian Duncan, Bullhead City, landed a 4.27-pound catfish using anchovies while fishing the Katherine’s Landing fishing dock. Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245. Interesting web site for Willow Beach and Lake Mohave striper anglers: http://lakemohavestripers.com.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: Trout remain very slow with only a few holdover rainbows showing on nightcrawlers in the Big Bend area. Stripers and other species remain very slow. There will be a special meeting of the Mohave County Board of Supervisors beginning 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, to receive information and comments from the public on the cessation of the trout stocking program on the Colorado River. Stewart Jacks, assistant regional director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, will give an information presentation on the reasons for the end to the trout stocking program. The meeting will be held at the Mohave County Board of Supervisors auditorium, 700 W. Beale St., Kingman, AZ. For more information on why the Willow Beach National Fish Hatchery stopped planting, there is a comprehensive story here: http://www.outdoornewsservice.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=517:feds-end-trout-stocking-program-from-willow-beach-hatchery&Itemid=18. Information: Riviera Marina 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Catfish remain slow both the river and backwaters with only the odd fish showing now. Largemouth bass, however, have perked in the marsh with nightcrawlers and plastics producing a few fish. There are also a few more bluegill and redear starting to show. Stripers in the main river are very slow. You can access the marsh by boat at the North Dike, Catfish Paradise, and Five-Mile Landing. All three also provide plenty of area for shoreline fishing, too. Information: Phil’s Western Trader at 928-768-4954 or Capt. Doyle’s Fun Fishing guide service at 928-768-2667.
LAKE HAVASU: The water level is very low and will be that way through February. The striper bite has been tougher as the level fell, but the fish are following the shad. The shad have been moving south with the biggest concentrations in the Black Meadow Landing to Standard Wash stretch of the lake. Live shad had been the best bet for stripers. The largemouth and smallmouth bass are also keying on the baitfish. Also a pretty decent bite on rocky structure with crawdad-like plastics, mostly for the smallmouth. The redear are mostly in 20 to 50 feet of water with little angling pressure. No catfish reports. Information: Bass Tackle Master at 928-854-2277.

PARKER STRIP: Fishing for smallmouth bass is fair, but other bites are slow.

BLYTHE: The bass and catfish bites have been slow. The bass are still best on plastics and nightcrawlers, but the action has been pretty tough. Even the smallmouth are just fair in the rip-rap stretches of the river. Catfish are very slow, with a few channels but almost no flatheads reported. The backwater lakes and drain ditches have been better than the main river. The bluegill bite is very slow, Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: Very light fishing pressure and overall slow action. Water levels have been very low and the water remains cool. The catfish action has been slow for both channels and flatheads, and the bass bite is still off with only a few fish showing on plastics and nightcrawlers. Smallmouth in the main river better than largemouth. The bluegill bite is very slow. Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.

PICACHO AREA: The bass are slow to fair with the best bite on plastics and live baits. The catfish bite is very slow with only a few channels and flatheads completely shut off. The bluegill bite is very slow. Light fishing pressure.

MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Largemouth bass action is slow to fair with the fish whacking live baits and plastics. Channel catfish action is fair on stink baits, but the flathead bite is still slow. Few panfish reports. Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.

YUMA AREA: Largemouth bass action is slow to fair in area backwaters. Most of the action is on live bait or plastics. Slow to fair bluegill in most backwaters. The channel catfish action is fair on cut bait and stink baits, but the flathead bite has shut off.