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 on smaller fish in South Cove and other coves at the south end of the lake. Catches of channel catfish have also been fair. 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 slow to fair with most fish in deeper water on plastics or jigs.
WILLOW BEACH: Very light fishing pressure and few reports. For fishing information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.
LAKE MOHAVE: There has been slow to fair action on smallmouth and largemouth bass on plastics and nightcrawlers on the shelves from the dam up past the power lines. Bluegill and redear are slow near the dam on nightcrawlers. Stripers are fair 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 reaction baits or jigging spoons 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 has improved over the past week with a fair bite on cut baits (mostly anchovies) and swim baits. George Terro, Bullhead City, had stripers at 5.34 and 1.62 pounds near the Avi Bridge on swimbaits. Trout are slow with only a few showing along the casinos, Sunshine Peninsula, the community park, and around Rotary Park, but the numbers continue to dwindle. There are also a fair number of catfish showing for anglers. Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.
NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: The largemouth bass action has been slow to fair in the marsh with nightcrawlers and slow-rolled spinnerbaits producing a few fish, but most are small. The smallmouth bite is fair in the main river and gorge areas. The bluegill and redear bite is slow, but a few fish are showing on nightcrawlers. Stripers in the main river are fair, mostly on cut baits, but some bigger fish on swimbaits and jerk baits. Channel cats are fair in both the main river and backwaters, and the marsh has been pretty fair for cats. 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 striped bass bite has been slow to fair in deep water at the dam and in the lower basin. Of the few stripers showing, however, some are better quality. Most of the bite is in deeper water on cut baits or spoons. The smallmouth action is slow to fair on most rocky points on plastics, jigs, and slow-fished spinnerbaits in deep water. Only an occasional largemouth. Catfish have been slow to fair on cut anchovies or other cut baits. The redear are slow.
PARKER STRIP: Channel catfish are slow to fair on cut baits, and the flatheads are very slow.
BLYTHE: Very light fishing pressure and overall slow fishing. Very few flatheads reported, but there have been a few more channel cats in the bite this past week. After being drained for three weeks, the main canals in the valley are now filled back up with water. The largemouth bass bite has been slow on plastics and nightcrawlers in the backwaters, and in the main river the smallmouth are fair on small cranks, jigs, and plastics, especially in the stretches with rip-rap. The bluegill bite slowed way down to nearly nothing. Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.
PALO VERDE: Very little fishing pressure. The channel catfish bite had been fair, but everything else is very slow. The channels have been hitting on just about any cut bait. There are a lot of fish from three to four pounds in the mix. There are also a few smallmouth bass showing in the main river on crawdads or crawdad-colored jigs, plastics, and cranks — but the slower presentations are working best now. Largemouth bass have been very slow. Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.
PICACHO AREA: The bass have been fair at best, with the best bite on plastics and live baits in slow presentations. The catfish bite is fair on channels with cut baits, but the flathead bite is very slow. The bluegill bite is also slow. Light fishing pressure.
MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Largemouth bass action has been fair with the fish whacking live baits and plastics. Flathead catfish are slow on live bluegill and goldfish. Channel catfish action is fair to good on stink baits and cut baits. Bluegill are slow. Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.
YUMA AREA: Largemouth bass action has been slow to fair in area backwaters. Most anglers are fishing live bait or plastics with slower presentations preferred. The channel catfish action is fair on cut bait and stink baits, but the flathead is very slow. Bluegill are also slow.