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 improving with the fish in the spawn now.
WILLOW BEACH: Catfish fair on cut baits. A few striped bass to 18 pounds reported in recent weeks, but this bite is tough. For fishing information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.
LAKE MOHAVE: Both the smallmouth and largemouth bass bites have been fair to good on plastics and nightcrawlers, with some topwater early in the day. Lots of fish in the three-pound range, and the best bite has been morning or evening. Bluegill and redear are also improving on nightcrawlers near the dam and at Katherine’s. Stripers are improving with a lot of fish in the Katherine’s area on anchovies in the coves and off the points. The stripers are in the one to four-pound range. 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: Good striper action in this whole stretch or river from Davis Dam all the way downstream to Topoc Gorge. The heat is on and there is relatively light fishing pressure, but lots of one to four-pound fish are showing on anchovies, swimbaits, and surface plugs. Just below the dam, Mike Zayac, San Diego, landed a 25.9-pound striper fishing a topwater plug. Dean Thomas, Paradise, had stripers at 2.28 and 1.78 pounds in the Big Bend area. Dean Thomas, Bullhead City, landed a 2.16-pounder on anchovies. Some largemouth bass are also showing in the backwaters and smallmouth pretty decent along any rip-rap. The bluegill and redear are good in quiet water areas. Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.
NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: The largemouth bass action has been fair to good in the marsh with nightcrawlers and slow-rolled spinnerbaits producing fish, but most are small, and the best bite is early and late in the day. The smallmouth bite is fair in the main river and gorge areas. The bluegill and redear bite is good, mostly on red worms or nightcrawlers. The catfish action is also getting pretty good. Stripers in the main river are very good. Most of the fish are showing on cut baits, mostly anchovies or sardines, but topwater lures and swimbaits are also getting fish. 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 striper bite has been fair to good with the best action early in the morning for anglers trolling or casting topwater or shallow-running shad-like lures in the main basin from the river entrance south to Whipple Bay. Bait anglers fishing anchovies have had success from the sandbar to Blankenship Bend. The catfish bite is good on cut mackerel for the channel and live bluegill for the flatheads at night in shallow coves where there is deep-water access. The largemouth bass bite is very good early and late in the day on topwater frog and baitfish imitations, but the bite is tough the rest of the day. Some smallmouth showing on topwater in rocky areas, but most are showing in deeper water on deep-running cranks or crawdad-like plastics.
PARKER STRIP: Channel catfish fair to good on cut baits, and the flatheads catfish action is finally starting to turn on.
BLYTHE: The flathead catfish bite has been fair to good at night. The best action has been in the main river’s big pools on live bluegill, goldfish, and tilapia. The largemouth bass bite has been good all along this stretch of the river and its backwaters, but the bite has been restricted to early and late in the day. Most fish have been on plastics, jigs, reaction baits, and nightcrawlers, but the topwater baits are working good now, too. Smallmouths are showing in fair to good numbers in the main river on small cranks, jigs, and plastics, especially in the stretches with rip-rap. The bluegill bite is good in most backwaters and quiet areas on the river on nightcrawlers. Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.
PALO VERDE: The flathead catfish bite is fair to good in the main river on live bluegill, especially at night, but there is very little pressure now with the heat (110 degrees plus most days) and the mosquitos. The largemouth and smallmouth bass bites have been fair to good in the lagoon and other backwaters. Plastics, reaction baits, and topwater baits are all working. The channel catfish action is pretty fair, mostly on cut baits. The smallmouth bass are also good in the main river with the best bite on plastics or reaction baits. Smallies to four pounds reported. Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.
PICACHO AREA: The bass have been good, with the best bite on plastics and live baits. The reaction bait and topwater bites are starting early this year. The catfish bite is fair on channels with cut baits, and the flathead catfish bite is finally starting to turn on for anglers fishing live goldfish, bluegill, or tilapia. The bluegill bite is good. Still light fishing pressure.
MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Largemouth bass action has been on live baits, plastics, and reaction baits. Even some topwater. Flathead catfish are fair to good on live bluegill and goldfish. Channel catfish action is good on stink baits and cut baits. Bluegill are finally turning on with pretty good action. Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.
YUMA AREA: Largemouth bass action has been good in area backwaters. Most anglers are fishing live bait, plastics, or reaction baits. The channel catfish action is fair on cut bait and stink baits, and the flathead are fair to good with a number of fish over 20 pounds reported. Bluegill are good.