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Apr
30

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 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: Very light fishing pressure and few reports. For fishing information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Both the smallmouth and largemouth bass bites have been fair to good with most fish in the shallows. Plastics and nightcrawlers have been the best bet. Lots of fish in the three-pound range. Bluegill and redear are also improving on nightcrawlers near the dam and at Katherine’s. Stripers are slow to fair at the dam and from the Power Lines up to Katherine’s in 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. Lucas Arambul, Bullhead City, had a pair of cats at 4.62 pounds and 3.38 pounds near Katherine’s landing. 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 continued just fair from the dam all the way downstream to Needles. Most are one to two pounds, but a lot of fish from four to six pounds are showing now. Willie Schoggins, Bullhead City, landed the 4.42-pound striper on anchovies from shore in the Big Bend area. Bob Lindaas and Chuck Stephens, both Fort Mohave, had several stripers to 5.6 pounds, also on anchovies from shore. Some bass are showing in the backwaters, and the bluegill and redear are also starting to take off. 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. The smallmouth bite is fair in the main river and gorge areas. The bluegill and redear bite is starting to turn on and moving into the spawn, and the catfish action is also getting pretty good. Stripers in the main river are good with the bite really taking off in the past two weeks. The fish are showing on cut baits, with bigger fish on swimbaits and jerk baits. 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 fair in deep water at the dam and in the lower basin, but there is some movement of fish to the upper end of the lake. Shad are moving shallower, but still little surface action yet. Cut baits or spoons still the best bet. The smallmouth and largemouth bass are still mostly shallow with some fish still in the spawn. The smallmouth action is best on most rocky points on plastics, jigs, and slow-fished spinnerbaits. The largemouth are best in three to 12 feet of water on plastics, Senko-type baits, and Brush Hawgs. The bluegill and redear are fair and improving with each warm day. Catfish have been slow to fair on cut anchovies or other cut baits.

PARKER STRIP: Channel catfish fair on cut baits, and the flatheads catfish action is finally starting to turn on.

BLYTHE: The flathead catfish bite is finally starting to turn on with the big fish showing in good numbers over the past 10 days. The biggest fish was a 65-pounder landed by Gary Blue, a former Blythe resident now living in Orange County. He also had a 48-pounder. At least two other fish over 30 pounds were landed over the weekend. The largemouth bass bite has broken wide open all along this stretch of the river with good action in the main river and backwaters. Most fish have been on plastics, jigs, reaction baits, and nightcrawlers. Also more and more smallmouths showing in the main river on small cranks, jigs, and plastics, especially in the stretches with rip-rap. The bluegill bite is also starting to turn on with the warm weather. Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: The flathead catfish bite is turning on in the main river on live bluegill. A number of fish to 20 pounds and better reported in the past week. The largemouth bass bite has been very good in the lagoon and other backwaters. Plastics, reaction baits, and even topwater baits are all working. The channel catfish action is pretty fair, mostly on cut baits. The smallmouth bass are good in the main river with the best bite on plastics or reaction baits. 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 good with the fish still mostly shallow. Live baits and plastics have been the best bet, but the reaction and topwater bites are starting to take off already. 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 starting to turn on with a number of fish over 20 pounds reported the past two weeks. Bluegill are good.

Apr
23

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 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: Very light fishing pressure and few reports. For fishing information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Both the smallmouth and largemouth bass bites have been fair to good with most fish in the shallows. Plastics and nightcrawlers have been the best bet. Lots of fish in the three-pound range. Bluegill and redear are also improving on nightcrawlers near the dam and at Katherine’s. Stripers are fair at the dam and from the Power Lines up to Katherine’s in most of the coves. Matt Pernula, Bullhead City, had a 17.92-pound striper fishing anchovies from a boat. 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 striped bass bite has continued to improve and the bite is good from the dam all the way downstream to Needles. Most are one to two pounds, but a lot of fish from four to six pounds are showing now. Jim Graeff, Bullhead City, landed a 6.22-pounder near the dam. Shaen Prokuda, Bullhead City, had a 6.54-pound striper in the Rotary Park area. Also more and more catfish showing in this bite. Paul Preston, Bullhead City, had an 8.54-pound cat, while fishing buddy Eddie Jones, Bullhead, had a 2.14-pound striper. Both were fishing near Needles. Some bass are showing in the backwaters and quite areas, and the bluegill and redear are also starting to take off. 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. The smallmouth bite is fair in the main river and gorge areas. The bluegill and redear bite is starting to turn on, and the catfish action is also getting pretty good. Stripers in the main river are good with the bite really taking off in the past two weeks. The fish are showing on cut baits, with bigger fish on swimbaits and jerk baits. The catfish bite is also good in both the marsh and this stretch of river. 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 fair in deep water at the dam and in the lower basin, but there is some movement of fish to the upper end of the lake. Shad are still deep, so little surface action yet. Cut baits or spoons still the best bet. The smallmouth and largemouth bass are still mostly shallow with some fish still in the spawn. The smallmouth action is best on most rocky points on plastics, jigs, and slow-fished spinnerbaits. The largemouth are best in three to 12 feet of water on plastics, Senko-type baits, and Brush Hawgs. The bluegill and redear are fair and improving with each warm day. Sonny de la Torre, Riverside, had a redear at 3-8 along with three others over two pounds fishing his custom jigs. Catfish have been slow to fair on cut anchovies or other cut baits.

PARKER STRIP: Channel catfish are slow to fair on cut baits, and the flatheads are very slow.

BLYTHE: The largemouth bass bite has broken wide open all along this stretch of the river with good action in the main river and backwaters. Most fish have been on plastics, jigs, reaction baits, and nightcrawlers. Also more and more smallmouths showing in the main river on small cranks, jigs, and plastics, especially in the stretches with rip-rap. The bluegill bite is also starting to turn on with the warm weather. Surprisingly slow channel catfish and flathead action. Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: The largemouth bass bite has been very good in the lagoon and other backwaters. Plastics, reaction baits, and even topwater baits are all working. The channel catfish action is pretty fair, but few flatheads reported yet. The smallmouth bass are good in the main river with the best bite on plastics or reaction baits. 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, but the flathead bite is oddly slow. The bluegill bite is finally improving. Light fishing pressure.

MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Largemouth bass action has been good with the fish still mostly shallow. Live baits and plastics have been the best bet, but the reaction and topwater bites are starting to take off already. Flathead catfish are fair 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 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, but the flatheads are slow. Bluegill are starting to turn on with quite a few starting to show.

Apr
16

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 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: Very light fishing pressure and few reports. For fishing information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Both the smallmouth and largemouth bass bites have been fair to good with most fish in the shallows. Plastics and nightcrawlers have been the best bet. Bluegill and redear are also improving on nightcrawlers near the dam and at Katherine’s. Stripers are fair at the dam and from the Power Lines up to Katherine’s in most of the coves. Matt Pernula, Bullhead City, had a 17.92-pound striper fishing anchovies from a boat. 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 striped bass bite has continued to improve and most anglers reporting at least a striper or two now while fishing anchovies from the casinos down into the upper Big Bend region. Also more and more catfish showing in this bite. Youngsters Braden and Trentin Fontenot, Bullhead City, teamed up to land a 3.74-pound striper. Brett Osterode and daughter Dydney, along with Payge Durling, also Bullhead City, had an 8.62-pound catfish and a 1.34-pound striper. Some bass are showing in the backwaters and quite areas, and the bluegill and redear are also starting to take off. 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. The fish are mostly at the tail end of the spawn. The smallmouth bite is fair in the main river and gorge areas, with these fish also in a spawn mode. The bluegill and redear bite is starting to turn on, and the catfish action is also getting pretty good. Stripers in the main river are good with the bite really taking off in the past week. The fish are showing on cut baits, with bigger fish on swimbaits and jerk baits. The catfish bite is also good in both the marsh and this stretch of river. 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 fair in deep water at the dam and in the lower basin, but there is some movement of fish to the upper end of the lake. Shad are still deep, so little surface action yet. Cut baits or spoons still the best bet. The smallmouth and largemouth bass are still mostly shallow with some fish still in the spawn. The smallmouth action is best on most rocky points on plastics, jigs, and slow-fished spinnerbaits. The largemouth are best in three to 12 feet of water on plastics, Senko-type baits, and Brush Hawgs. The bluegill and redear are fair and improving with each warm day. Catfish have been slow to fair on cut anchovies or other cut baits.

PARKER STRIP: Channel catfish are slow to fair on cut baits, and the flatheads are very slow.

BLYTHE: The largemouth bass bite has broken wide open all along this stretch of the river with good action in the main river and backwaters. Most fish have been on plastics, jigs, reaction baits, and nightcrawlers. Also more and more smallmouths showing in the main river on small cranks, jigs, and plastics, especially in the stretches with rip-rap. The bluegill bite is also starting to turn on with the warm weather. Surprisingly slow channel catfish and flathead action. Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: The largemouth bass bite has been very good in the lagoon and other backwaters. The fish are still shallow, but the spawn is well progressed and even winding down. The channel catfish action is pretty fair, but few flatheads reported yet. The smallmouth bass are sgood in the main river with the best bite on plastics or reaction baits. 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 with the fish still mostly in the shallows. 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 good with the fish still mostly shallow. Live baits and plastics have been the best bet. Flathead catfish are fair 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 good in area backwaters. Most anglers are fishing live bait or plastics with the fish in the shallows. The channel catfish action is fair on cut bait and stink baits, but the flatheads are slow. Bluegill are starting to turn on with quite a few starting to show.

Apr
09

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 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: Very light fishing pressure and few reports. For fishing information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Both the smallmouth and largemouth bass bites have been fair to good with most fish in the shallows for the spawn. Plastics and nightcrawlers have been the best bet. Bluegill and redear are also improving on nightcrawlers near the dam and at Katherine’s. Stripers are fair at the dam and from the Power Lines up to Katherine’s in 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 stripers have improved again over the past week with good catches reported in the upper Big Bend stretch, but the fish are mostly the smaller one to three pounders, and mostly on cut anchovies, but more fish up to six pounds have been reported. Dylan Tyler, Bullhead City, had stripers at 2.10 and 2.66 pounds, while Destiny Matice, with a little help from mom Amber, Bullhead City, caught a 2.84-pound striper. The bite is generally fair to good all the way down to the Avi Bridge. There is also a decent catfish bite in this same area and upstream to the dam. Also some bass showing in the backwaters and quite areas with the spawn in full swing. Panfish showing, especially in the bays and backwaters, but still just fair. 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. The fish are mostly at the tail end of the spawn. The smallmouth bite is fair in the main river and gorge areas, with these fish also in a spawn mode. The bluegill and redear bite is starting to turn on, and the catfish action is also getting pretty good. Stripers in the main river are good with the bite really taking off in the past week. The fish are showing on cut baits, with bigger fish on swimbaits and jerk baits. The catfish bite is also good in both the marsh and this stretch of river. 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 fair in deep water at the dam and in the lower basin, but there is some movement of fish to the upper end of the lake. Shad are still deep, so little surface action yet. Cut baits or spoons still the best bet. The smallmouth and largemouth bass are still mostly shallow with some fish still in the spawn. The smallmouth action is best on most rocky points on plastics, jigs, and slow-fished spinnerbaits. The largemouth are best in three to 12 feet of water on plastics, Senko-type baits, and Brush Hawgs. The bluegill and redear are fair and improving with each warm day. Catfish have been slow to fair on cut anchovies or other cut baits.

PARKER STRIP: Channel catfish are slow to fair on cut baits, and the flatheads are very slow.

BLYTHE: The largemouth bass bite has broken wide open all along this stretch of the river with good action in the main river and backwaters. Most fish have been on plastics, jigs, reaction baits, and nightcrawlers. Also more and more smallmouths showing in the main river on small cranks, jigs, and plastics, especially in the stretches with rip-rap. The bluegill bite is also starting to turn on with the warm weather. Surprisingly slow channel catfish and flathead action. Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: The largemouth bass bite has broken wide open with very good action in the lagoon and other backwaters. The fish are still shallow, but the spawn is well progressed and even winding down. The channel catfish action is pretty fair, but few flatheads reported yet. The smallmouth bass are sgood in the main river with the best bite on plastics or reaction baits. 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 with the fish still mostly in the shallows. 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 good with the fish still mostly shallow. Live baits and plastics have been the best bet. Flathead catfish are fair 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 good in area backwaters. Most anglers are fishing live bait or plastics with the fish in the shallows. The channel catfish action is fair on cut bait and stink baits, but the flatheads are slow. Bluegill are starting to turn on with quite a few starting to show.

Apr
02

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 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 starting to move up in a pre-spawn movement of fish.

WILLOW BEACH: Very light fishing pressure and few reports. For fishing information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Both the smallmouth and largemouth bass bites have really started to turn on with a lot of fish moving into the shallows for the spawn. Plastics and nightcrawlers have been the best bet. Bob Hildebrandt, Bullhead City, had a 2.88-pound largemouth. Bluegill and redear are also improving on nightcrawlers near the dam and at Katherine’s. Stripers are fair at the dam and from the Power Lines up to Katherine’s in 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 stripers have improved again over the past week with good catches reported in the upper Big Bend stretch, but the fish are mostly the smaller one to three pounders, and mostly on cut anchovies, but more fish up to six pounds have been reported. The bite is generally fair to good all the way down to the Avi Bridge. There is also a decent catfish bite in this same area and upstream to the dam. Also some bass showing in the backwaters and quite areas with the spawn in full swing. Panfish showing, especially in the bays and backwaters, but still just fair. 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. The fish are mostly at the tail end of the spawn. The smallmouth bite is fair in the main river and gorge areas, with these fish also in a spawn mode. The bluegill and redear bite is starting to turn on, and the catfish action is also getting pretty good. Stripers in the main river are good with the bite really taking off in the past week. The fish are showing on cut baits, with bigger fish on swimbaits and jerk baits. The catfish bite is also good in both the marsh and this stretch of river. 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 fair in deep water at the dam and in the lower basin, but there is some movement of fish to the upper end of the lake. Shad are still deep, so little surface action yet. Cut baits or spoons still the best bet. The smallmouth and largemouth bass are in full spawn mode. The smallmouth action is best on most rocky points on plastics, jigs, and slow-fished spinnerbaits. The largemouth are best in three to 12 feet of water on plastics, Senko-type baits, and Brush Hawgs. The bluegill and redear are fair and improving with each warm day. Catfish have been slow to fair on cut anchovies or other cut baits.

PARKER STRIP: Channel catfish are slow to fair on cut baits, and the flatheads are very slow.

BLYTHE: The largemouth bass bite has broken wide open all along this stretch of the river with good action in the main river and backwaters. Most fish have been on plastics, jigs, reaction baits, and nightcrawlers. Also more and more smallmouths showing in the main river on small cranks, jigs, and plastics, especially in the stretches with rip-rap. The spawn is starting for the bass. The bluegill bite is also starting to turn on with the warm weather. Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.
PALO VERDE: The largemouth bass bite has broken wide open with very good action in the lagoon and other backwaters. The fish are up on beds for the spawn. The handful of other reports from the region say the channel catfish action is pretty fair, and smallmouth bass are starting to really turn on in the main river with the best bite on plastics or reaction baits. 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 with the fish moving shallow. 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 good with the fish moving shallow for the spawn. Live baits and plastics have been the best bet. Flathead catfish are fair 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 good in area backwaters. Most anglers are fishing live bait or plastics with the fish in the shallows for the spawn. The channel catfish action is fair on cut bait and stink baits, but the flatheads are slow. Bluegill are starting to turn on with quite a few starting to show.

Mar
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 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 starting to move up in a pre-spawn movement of fish.

WILLOW BEACH: Very light fishing pressure and few reports. For fishing information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Both the smallmouth and largemouth bass bites have improved in the past week with a lot of fish moving into the shallows for the spawn. Some fish are already fanning out nests. Plastics and nightcrawlers have been the best bet. Bluegill and redear are also improving on nightcrawlers near the dam and at Katherine’s. Stripers are fair at the dam and from the Power Lines up to Katherine’s in 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 stripers are fair to good in the Big Bend stretch, but the fish are very small (under a pound) and showing on anchovies. The bite is generally fair to good all the way down to the Avi Bridge. Lynn Hall, Laughlin, landed an 11.54-pound striper on an anchovy in the Big Bend area, while Jimi Carter, Bullhead City, caught a six-pound striper near Circle Beach. Both anglers were using anchovies. There is also a decent catfish bite in this same area and upstream to the dam. Also some bass showing in the backwaters and quite areas with the spawn beginning. Panfish showing, especially in the bays and backwaters, but still just fair. 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. This bite has been getting better with each warm day and the fish are moving heavily into the spawn. The smallmouth bite is fair in the main river and gorge areas, with these fish also in a spawn mode. The bluegill and redear bite is starting to turn on, and the catfish action is also getting pretty good. Stripers in the main river are fair, mostly on cut baits, but some bigger fish on swimbaits and jerk baits. The catfish bite is also good in both the marsh and this stretch of river. 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 fair in deep water at the dam and in the lower basin, but there is some movement of fish to other parts of the lake. Cut baits or spoons still the best bet. The smallmouth and largemouth bass are moving into the spawn with more and more fish in the shallows on beds. The smallmouth action is best on most rocky points on plastics, jigs, and slow-fished spinnerbaits. The largemouth are best in three to 12 feet of water on plastics, Senko-type baits, and Brush Hawgs. The bluegill and redear have started to improved, too. Catfish have been slow to fair on cut anchovies or other cut baits.

PARKER STRIP: Channel catfish are slow to fair on cut baits, and the flatheads are very slow.

BLYTHE: The largemouth bass bite has broken wide open all along this stretch of the river with good action in the main river and backwaters. J.J. Atchley, Blythe, landed a 6-11 bass in the river, while James Tingle, Chula Vista, had a 4-9, his personal best. Jeff Deis, San Bernardino, caught and released a couple of bass over five and several more over three pounds. Most fish have been on plastics, jigs, reaction baits, and nightcrawlers. Also more and more smallmouths showing in the main river on small cranks, jigs, and plastics, especially in the stretches with rip-rap. The spawn is starting for the bass. The bluegill bite is also starting to turn on with the warm weather. Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: The largemouth bass bite has broken wide open with very good action in the lagoon and other backwaters. The fish are up on beds for the spawn. The handful of other reports from the region say the channel catfish action is pretty fair, and smallmouth bass are starting to really turn on in the main river with the best bite on plastics or reaction baits. 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 with the fish moving shallow. 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 good with the fish moving shallow for the spawn. Live baits and plastics have been the best bet. Flathead catfish are fair 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 good in area backwaters. Most anglers are fishing live bait or plastics with the fish in the shallows for the spawn. The channel catfish action is fair on cut bait and stink baits, but the flatheads are slow. Bluegill are starting to turn on with quite a few starting to show.

Mar
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 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 starting to move up in a pre-spawn movement of fish.

WILLOW BEACH: Very light fishing pressure and few reports. For fishing information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Both the smallmouth and largemouth bass bites have improved in the past week with a lot of fish moving into the shallows for the spawn. Some fish are already fanning out nests. Plastics and nightcrawlers have been the best bet. Bluegill and redear are also improving on nightcrawlers near the dam and at Katherine’s. Stripers are fair at the dam and from the Power Lines up to Katherine’s in 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 stripers are fair to good in the Big Bend stretch, but the fish are very small (under a pound) and showing on anchovies. The bite is generally fair to good all the way down to the Avi Bridge. Few bigger fish reported. There is also a decent catfish bite in this same area and upstream to the dam. Bob Sobreprena, a Montana snowbird, landed a 9.12-pound channel cat. Also some bass showing in the backwaters and quite areas with the spawn beginning. Panfish showing, especially in the bays and backwaters, but still just fair. 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. This bite has been getting better with each warm day and the fish are moving heavily into the spawn. The smallmouth bite is fair in the main river and gorge areas, with these fish also in a spawn mode. The bluegill and redear bite is starting to turn on, and the catfish action is also getting pretty good. Stripers in the main river are fair, mostly on cut baits, but some bigger fish on swimbaits and jerk baits. The catfish bite is also good in both the marsh and this stretch of river. Ernie Calma, Bullhead City, had a 2.56-pound catfish and a couple of small stripers. 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 fair in deep water at the dam and in the lower basin, but there is some movement of fish to other parts of the lake. Cut baits or spoons still the best bet. The smallmouth and largemouth bass are moving into the spawn with more and more fish in the shallows and starting to bed. The smallmouth action is best on most rocky points on plastics, jigs, and slow-fished spinnerbaits. The largemouth are best in three to 12 feet of water on plastics, Senko-type baits, and Brush Hawgs. The bluegill and redear have started to improved, too. Catfish have been slow to fair on cut anchovies or other cut baits.

PARKER STRIP: Channel catfish are slow to fair on cut baits, and the flatheads are very slow.

BLYTHE: Very light fishing pressure. Very few flatheads reported, but there have been a few more channel cats in the bite this past week. The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good, but with little pressure. Most fish 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 spawn is starting for the bass. The bluegill bite is also still pretty slow, but improving. Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: No fishing pressure. The largemouth bass bite has broken wide open with very good action in the lagoon and other backwaters. The fish are up on beds for the spawn. The handful of other reports from the region say the channel catfish action is pretty fair, and smallmouth bass are starting to really turn on in the main river with the best bite on plastics or reaction baits. 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 with the fish moving shallow. 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 good with the fish moving shallow for the spawn. Live baits and plastics have been the best bet. Flathead catfish are fair 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 good in area backwaters. Most anglers are fishing live bait or plastics with the fish in the shallows for the spawn. The channel catfish action is fair on cut bait and stink baits, but the flatheads are slow. Bluegill are starting to turn on with quite a few starting to show.

Mar
05

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 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 fair to good action on smallmouth, while the largemouth are lagging behind. Plastics and nightcrawlers on the shelves from the dam up past the power lines is the best bet for the smallies, and this bite has been improving as the shallows warm and the fish start moving up. Dylan and Stephen Wilkinson, Golden Valley, had a stringer of smallmouth to two pounds on nightcrawlers from coves near the dam. Bluegill and redear are also improving on nightcrawlers near the dam and at Katherine’s. Stripers are fair at the dam and from the Power Lines up to Katherine’s in 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 stripers are slow to fair on cut anchovies all the way from the dam through the Big Bend area down to the Avi Bridge. Most are smaller fish from one to two pounds, but a few bigger fish to six pounds have been reported. Top area has been the Rotary Park region. Shane Prokuda, Bullhead City, landed a six-pound striper on a swimbait. The catfish bite is also pretty fair. Also some panfish showing, especially in the bays and backwaters. 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. This bite has been getting better with each warm day. The smallmouth bite is fair in the main river and gorge areas. The bluegill and redear bite is starting to turn on, and the catfish action is also getting pretty good. Stripers in the main river are fair, mostly on cut baits, but some bigger fish on swimbaits and jerk baits. 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, but there is some movement of fish to other parts of the lake. Cut baits or spoons still the best bet. There is increasing pre-spawn activity on both the smallmouth and largemouth bass, with the fish moving up this week. The smallmouth action is fair on most rocky points on plastics, jigs, and slow-fished spinnerbaits in deep water. A few largemouths in 10 to 16 feet of water on plastics. The bluegill and redear have started to improved, too. Catfish have been slow to fair on cut anchovies or other cut baits.

PARKER STRIP: Channel catfish are slow to fair on cut baits, and the flatheads are very slow.

BLYTHE: Very light fishing pressure. Very few flatheads reported, but there have been a few more channel cats in the bite this past week. The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good, but with little pressure. Most fish 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 is also still pretty slow, but improving. Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: No fishing pressure. Surface water temperature in the lagoon is already over 64 degrees. The handful of other reports from the region say the channel catfish action is pretty fair, and the bass bites — both smallmouth in the main river and largemouth in the backwaters — are pretty good on plastics and even some on reaction baits. Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.

PICACHO AREA: The bass have been fair, 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 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.

Feb
26

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 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 fair action on smallmouth, while the largemouth are lagging behind. Plastics and nightcrawlers on the shelves from the dam up past the power lines is the best bet for the smallies, and this bite has been improving as the shallows warm and the fish start moving up. Bluegill and redear are also improving on nightcrawlers near the dam and at Katherine’s. Stripers are fair at the dam and from the Power Lines up to Katherine’s in 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 stripers are fair on cut anchovies all the way from the dam through the Big Bend area down to the Avi Bridge. Most are smaller fish from one to two pounds, but a few bigger fish to six pounds have been reported. The catfish bite is also pretty fair. Steve Hammond, Fort Mohave, landed a 9.02-pound catfish in the Avi area. Also some panfish showing, especially in the bays and backwaters. 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. This bite has been getting better with each warm day. The smallmouth bite is fair in the main river and gorge areas. The bluegill and redear bite is starting to turn on, and the catfish action is also getting pretty good. Scott Buckley, Bullhead City, had a pair of cats at 3.26 and 2.92 pounds on chicken liver in the marsh. Stripers in the main river are fair, mostly on cut baits, but some bigger fish on swimbaits and jerk baits. 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, but the warmer weather has brought some fish up. Of the few stripers showing, however, some are better quality and most of the bite is still in deeper water on cut baits or spoons. There is increasing pre-spawn activity on both the smallmouth and largemouth bass, with the fish moving up this week. The smallmouth action is fair on most rocky points on plastics, jigs, and slow-fished spinnerbaits in deep water. A few largemouths in 10 to 16 feet of water on plastics. The bluegill and redear have started to improved, too. Catfish have been slow to fair on cut anchovies or other cut baits.

PARKER STRIP: Channel catfish are slow to fair on cut baits, and the flatheads are very slow.

BLYTHE: Very light fishing pressure. Very few flatheads reported, but there have been a few more channel cats in the bite this past week. The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good, but with little pressure. Most fish 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 is also still pretty slow, but improving. Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: No fishing pressure. Surface water temperature in the lagoon is already over 64 degrees. The handful of other reports from the region say the channel catfish action is pretty fair, and the bass bites — both smallmouth in the main river and largemouth in the backwaters — are pretty good on plastics and even some on reaction baits. Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.

PICACHO AREA: The bass have been fair, 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 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.

Feb
20

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 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, and this bite has been improving as the shallows warm and the fish start moving up. 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: Still light fishing pressure, but a few stripers continue to show for the few anglers fishing cut baits (mostly anchovies)and swim baits. Fish are showing from the casinos just below Davis Dam all the way down to the Avi Bridge. 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, and the bluegill and redear action is turning on in the backwaters. Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: The largemouth bass action has been fair in the marsh with nightcrawlers and slow-rolled spinnerbaits producing a few fish, but most are small. This bite has been getting better with each warm day. 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 and this bite has been improving by the day. 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, but the warm weather has brought some fish up. Of the few stripers showing, however, some are better quality and most of the bite is still in deeper water on cut baits or spoons. There is some pre-spawn activity on both the smallmouth and largemouth bass, with the fish moving up this week. The smallmouth action is fair on most rocky points on plastics, jigs, and slow-fished spinnerbaits in deep water. A few largemouths in 10 to 16 feet of water on plastics. The bluegill and redear have started to improved, too. Catfish have been slow to fair on cut anchovies or other cut baits.

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. 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 is also still pretty slow. Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: No fishing pressure. Surface water temperature in the lagoon is already over 60 degrees. The handful of other reports from the region say the channel catfish action is pretty fair, and the bass bites — both smallmouth in the main river and largemouth in the backwaters — are pretty good on plastics and even some on reaction baits. Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.

PICACHO AREA: The bass have been fair, 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 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.

Feb
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 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, and this bite has been improving as the shallows warm and the fish start moving up. 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. Leah Ezell, Bullhead City, landed a 7.26-pound channel cat. 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: Still light fishing pressure, but a few stripers continue to show for the few anglers fishing cut baits (mostly anchovies)and swim baits. Fish are showing from the casinos just below Davis Dam all the way down to the Avi Bridge. 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, and the bluegill and redear action is turning on in the backwaters. Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: The largemouth bass action has been fair in the marsh with nightcrawlers and slow-rolled spinnerbaits producing a few fish, but most are small. This bite has been getting better with each warm day. 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 and this bite has been improving by the day. 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, but the warm weather as brought some fish up. Of the few stripers showing, however, some are better quality and most of the bite is still in deeper water on cut baits or spoons. The warm weather is starting to bring some fish up. There is some pre-spawn activity on both the smallmouth and largemouth bass, with the fish moving up this week. The smallmouth action is fair on most rocky points on plastics, jigs, and slow-fished spinnerbaits in deep water. A few largemouths in 10 to 16 feet of water on plastics. The bluegill and redear have started to improved, too. Catfish have been slow to fair on cut anchovies or other cut baits.

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. 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 is also still pretty slow. Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: No fishing pressure. Surface water temperature in the lagoon is already over 60 degrees. The handful of other reports from the region say the channel catfish action is pretty fair, and the bass bites — both smallmouth in the main river and largemouth in the backwaters — are pretty good on plastics and even some on reaction baits. Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.

PICACHO AREA: The bass have been fair, 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 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.

Jan
29

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 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.

Jan
23

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 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: Overall, tough fishing. The trout action is very spotty with the trout spread out along the river. A few are still showing from Davis Camp and the Laughlin Bridge, along the casinos, Sunshine Peninsula, the community park, and around Rotary Park, but the numbers continue to dwindle. The striper bite has been slow but improved a little over the past week with the warmer weather. The best bite has been on anchovies or other cut baits, but a smaller shad-like swimbaits or the bigger trout-like lures are getting some fish. There are also a fair number of catfish showing for anglers, and the cats might be the best bet right now. 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 three weeks, the main canals in the valley should be filled back up with water toward the end of this week. 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.

Jan
15

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 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 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: Overall, tough fishing. The trout action is very spotty with the trout spread out along the river. A few are still showing from Davis Camp and the Laughlin Bridge, along the casinos, Sunshine Peninsula, the community park, and around Rotary Park, but the numbers continue to dwindle. The striper bite has been slow. The best bite has been on anchovies or other cut baits, but a smaller shad-like swimbaits or the bigger trout-like lures are getting some fish. There are also a fair number of catfish showing for anglers, and the cats might be the best bet right now. 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 the upper part of the lake in the basin or 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 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. 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. 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.

Jan
09

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 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 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: Overall, tough fishing. The trout action is very spotty with the trout spread out along the river. A few are still showing from Davis Camp and the Laughlin Bridge, along the casinos, Sunshine Peninsula, the community park, and around Rotary Park, but the numbers continue to dwindle. The striper bite has been slow. The best bite has been on anchovies or other cut baits, but a smaller shad-like swimbaits or the bigger trout-like lures are getting some fish. There are also a fair number of catfish showing for anglers, and the cats might be the best bet right now. Rex Price, Bullhead City, landed a 5.08-pound channel cat on anchovies in the Rotary Park area. 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 slowing down, but a few fish are still 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 the upper part of the lake in the basin or 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 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. 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. 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.