ARIZONA FISHING REPORTS: The Arizona Game and Fish Department compiles a weekly report for most waters in the state, including the Colorado Rivers. Anglers can read the report at this direct link: http://azgfd.net/artman/publish/FishingReport/.
FLOW INFORMATION: Reservoir elevation levels and flow releases for the entire lower Colorado River are available at this web site with information updated hourly: www.usbr.gov/lc/region/g4000/hourly/rivops.html.
TOP NEWS: Small trout planted in the Bullhead stretch of river three weeks ago and the next plant will be either late October or November. The bite is spotty now. While fishing pressure is light, there is generally fair to good all along the Colorado River, and the heat is finally subsiding. The striper bite in Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave is fair to good. In Mohave, the bite is still the best near the dam, powerlines, and points around Katherine’s Landing, but the fish remain in deeper water for most of the day. Morning has been the best time to fish. Steve Ketcham, Fort Mohave, had four stripers from 7-8 to 4-8, all on anchovies near the day. In the river between Mohave and Havasu, there has been a slow to fair bite on two-pound stripers with some up to five, especially just below Davis Dam above the casinos on the Nevada side. Brayden Angell, Bullhead City, landed a 2.32-pound smallmouth in the Sunshine Peninsula area. In Havasu, the stripers are showing throughout the lake, chasing shad of top in the morning. Most fish showing from deeper water on bait or tolled lures in 20 to 50 feet of water. The largemouth and smallmouth bass action has been fair to good throughout the river system with a topwater bite most mornings, especially in the lower river backwaters and Topoc Marsh. The smallmouth bass in the lower river has been best along the rip-rap from Parker Dam to Palo Verde. This bite is fair to good with most of the fish showing on crawdad-like jigs or crank baits, but also white tube baits. The flathead bite remains good but with relatively light fishing. Still a lot of fish from 12 to 25 pounds being landed on goldfish and live bluegill. The channel catfish bite is also fair to good throughout the system, mostly on cut baits or smaller baits like nightcrawlers, marshmallow-meal worm combos, or dip baits. While getting little pressure of publicity, the carp fishing is very good all along the river with a lot of fish to 15 pounds reported.
WILLOW BEACH: Information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.
LAKE MOHAVE: Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245.
LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.
NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Information: Phil’s Western Trader at 928-768-4954 or Capt. Doyle’s Fun Fishing guide service at 928-768-2667.
LAKE HAVASU: Information: Bass Tackle Master at 928-854-2277.
BLYTHE: Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.
PALO VERDE: Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Wednesday through Sunday.
PICACHO-MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.
LOWER DESERT WATERS
SALTON SEA: Very slow fishing with very few anglers reporting only an occasional small tilapia on nightcrawler pieces. No fish reported in recent days at either the state park headquarters jetty or the nearby Salton Sea Yacht Club jetty. Anglers should always call to get the latest information. The water level is still so low that launching is nearly impossible except for small boats (boaters should check with the main office at the recreation area before bringing a boat). The camp store is open Friday through Sunday. Information: Camp Store at 760-289-9455 (open Friday-Sunday). Salton Sea State Recreation Area main office at 760-393-3059, or the ranger station kiosk at 760-393-3052 (or mobile phone at 760-331-9944).