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Dec
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. A few stripers from 12 to 20 pounds have been reported on big swimbaits, but darn few in recent weeks. 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 have also been pretty good 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 topwater and reaction baits early in the day. The catfish bite is fair to good in most coves, especially at night on cut baits. Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245. Interesting web site for Willow Beach and Lake Mohave striper anglers: http://lakemohavestripers.com.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: Fluctuating water levels slowed the fishing even more. The trout action is very spotty with the trout spread out along the river. They are still showing from Davis Camp and Laughlin Bridge, and along the casinos, Sunshine Peninsula, community park, and around Rotary Park. The striper bite has been slow to fair, and while a lot are under a pound, bigger fish show each week. 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. Mike Zayac, San Diego, landed stripers at 12.84 and 5.32 pounds this past week on Pencil Poppers. There are also a fair number of catfish showing for anglers fishing bait for the stripers, especially in the Nature Center area. Still some smallmouth reports below the Avi Bridge. 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. 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 topwater plugs. Channel cats are fair to good in both the main river and backwaters, and the marsh has been pretty fair for cats. Zachary Davis, Bullhead City, landed a 4.7-pound catfish on nightcrawlers. 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 the upper part of the lake in the basin where the river comes in or the opposite end of the lake near the power lines. There has been a little morning and evening action as the fish come up chasing baits, but most of the bite is subsurface now. The smallmouth action is fair to good on most rocky points on plastics, jigs, and slow-fished spinnerbaits in deep water. Only an occasional largemouth. Catfish have been fair on cut anchovies or other cut baits. The redear are slow to fair with fish up to three pounds. Most are around a pound or better.

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 in past three weeks and only the odd channel, too. The largemouth bass bite has been slow to fair 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: Light fishing pressure and overall slow action. The flathead bite is very slow, while the channel catfish bite is slow to fair in the main river. A few largemouth bass are showing in the backwaters, but that bite is tough. Smallmouth bass are a little better in the main river on crawdad-colored jigs, plastics, and cranks — but the slower presentations are working best now. The bluegill bite also finally tanked with very few reported. 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 to fair on live bluegill and goldfish. Channel catfish action is fair on stink 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. Fair bluegill action in most backwaters. The channel catfish action is fair to good on cut bait and stink baits, and the flathead action has slowed way down.

Dec
04

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. A few stripers from 12 to 20 pounds have been reported on big swimbaits, but darn few in recent weeks. 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 have also been pretty good 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 topwater and reaction baits early in the day. Dave ìDocî Baublittz, Bullhead City, had an 18.26-pound striper on a big plug from shore. The catfish bite is fair to good in most coves, especially at night on cut baits. Tony Smith and Chris Duncan, Bullhead, had a stringer of catfish to 6.16-pounds at 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 trout action has slowed as the trout spread out along the river. They are still showing from Davis Camp and Laughlin Bridge, and along the casinos, Sunshine Peninsula, community park, and around Rotary Park. Shelly Mochon, Bullhead City, had a 1.3-pound rainbow in the Sunshine Peninsula area. The striper bite has been slow to fair, and while a lot are under a pound, bigger fish show each week. 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. Mike Zayac, San Diego, landed an eight-pounder on a Pencil Popper in the Casino Row stretch. There are also a fair number of catfish showing for anglers fishing bait for the stripers, especially in the Nature Center area. Still some smallmouth reports below the Avi Bridge. 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. 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 topwater plugs. Channel cats are fair to good in both the main river and backwaters, and the marsh has been pretty fair for cats. Zachary Davis, Bullhead City, landed a 4.7-pound catfish on nightcrawlers. 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 fairin the upper part of the lake in the basin where the river comes in or the opposite end of the lake near the power lines. There has been a little morning and evening action as the fish come up chasing baits, but most of the bite is subsurface now. The smallmouth action is fair to good on most rocky points on plastics, jigs, and slow-fished spinnerbaits in deep water. Only an occasional largemouth. Catfish have been fair on cut anchovies or other cut baits. The redear have stayedfair with a lot of fish up to three pounds. Most are around a pound or better.

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 in past three weeks and only the odd channel, too. The largemouth bass bite has been slow to fair 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: Light fishing pressure and overall slow action. The flathead bite is very slow, while the channel catfish bite is slow to fair in the main river. A few largemouth bass are showing in the backwaters, but that bite is tough. Smallmouth bass are a little better in the main river on crawdad-colored jigs, plastics, and cranks — but the slower presentations are working best now. The bluegill bite also finally tanked with very few reported. 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 to fair on live bluegill and goldfish. Channel catfish action is fair on stink 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. Fair bluegill action in most backwaters. The channel catfish action is fair to good on cut bait and stink baits, and the flathead action has slowed way down.

Nov
27

COLORADO RIVER

ARIZONA FISHING REPORTS: The Arizona Game and Fish Department compiles a weekly report for most waters in the state, including the Colorado Rivers. Anglers can read the report at this direct link: http://azgfd.net/artman/publish/FishingReport/.

FLOW INFORMATION: Reservoir elevation levels and flow releases for the entire lower Colorado River are available at this web site with information updated hourly: www.usbr.gov/lc/region/g4000/hourly/rivops.html.

LAKE MEAD: Fishing for stripers fair 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. A few stripers from 12 to 20 pounds have been reported on big swimbaits, but darn few in recent weeks. 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 have also been pretty good 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 topwater and reaction baits early in the day. Dave ìDocî Baublittz, Bullhead City, had an 18.26-pound striper on a big plug from shore. The catfish bite is fair to good in most coves, especially at night on cut baits. Tony Smith and Chris Duncan, Bullhead, had a stringer of catfish to 6.16-pounds at 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 trout action has slowed to just fair as the trout spread out along the river. They are still showing from Davis Camp and Laughlin Bridge, and along the casinos, Sunshine Peninsula, community park, and around Rotary Park. There were 20,000 rainbows planted over three weeks in late September and early October. The striper bite has improved as the weather is cooling off, and while a lot are under a pound, more and one to three pounds and there are better fish landed each week. 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 lot of catfish showing for anglers fishing bait for the stripers, especially in the Nature Center area. Still some smallmouth reports below the Avi Bridge. 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. Lots of fish up chasing bait. 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 topwater plugs. Channel cats are fair to good 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 fairin the upper part of the lake in the basin where the river comes in or the opposite end of the lake near the power lines. There has been a little morning and evening action as the fish come up chasing baits, but most of the bite is subsurface now. The smallmouth action is fair to good on most rocky points on plastics, jigs, and slow-fished spinnerbaits in deep water. Only an occasional largemouth. Catfish have been fair on cut anchovies or other cut baits. The redear have stayedfair with a lot of fish up to three pounds. Most are around a pound or better.

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 in past two weeks and only the odd channel, too. The largemouth bass bite has been slow to fair 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: Light fishing pressure and overall slow action. The flathead bite is very slow, while the channel catfish bite is slow to fair in the main river. A few largemouth bass are showing in the backwaters, but that bite is tough. Smallmouth bass are a little better in the main river on crawdad-colored jigs, plastics, and cranks — but the slower presentations are working best now. The bluegill bite also finally tanked with very few reported. 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 to fair on live bluegill and goldfish. Channel catfish action is fair on stink 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. Fair bluegill action in most backwaters. The channel catfish action is fair to good on cut bait and stink baits, and the flathead action has slowed way down.

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

WILLOW BEACH: Very light fishing pressure and few reports. A few stripers from 12 to 20 pounds have been reported on big swimbaits, but darn few in recent weeks. For fishing information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: There has been fair to good action on smallmouth and largemouth bass on plastics and nightcrawlers on the shelves from the dam up past the power lines. Bluegill and redear have also been pretty good 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 topwater and reaction baits early in the day. The catfish bite is fair to good in most coves, especially at night on cut baits. Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245. Interesting web site for Willow Beach and Lake Mohave striper anglers: http://lakemohavestripers.com.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: The trout action has slowed to just fair as the trout spread out along the river. They are still showing from Davis Camp and Laughlin Bridge, and along the casinos, Sunshine Peninsula, community park, and around Rotary Park. There were 20,000 rainbows planted over three weeks in late September and early October. The striper bite has improved as the weather is cooling off, and while a lot are under a pound, more and one to three pounds and there are better fish landed each week. William Dennison, Bullhead City, had a 4.6-pounder off the Sunshine Peninsula. 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 lot of catfish showing for anglers fishing bait for the stripers. More and more smallmouth reports this past week, especially below the Avi Bridge. Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Windy and nasty much of the past week, but the largemouth bass action has been fair in the marsh with nightcrawlers and spinnerbaits producing quite a few fish, but most are small. Lots of fish up chasing bait. The smallmouth bite is fair in the main river and gorge areas. The bluegill and redear bite is good, mostly on nightcrawlers. Stripers in the main river are fair to good, mostly on cut baits, but some bigger fish on swimbaits and topwater plugs. Channel cats are fair to good in both the main river and backwaters, and the marsh has been good 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 good in the upper part of the lake in the basin where the river comes in or the opposite end of the lake near the power lines. There has been a good morning and evening topwater bites with good deeper water crankbaits or spooning working, too. Also still some baitfish. The smallmouth action is good on most rocky points with topwater early and then cranks and spinnerbaits later in the day. A few largemouth. Catfish have been very good on cut anchovies or other cut baits. The redear have been fair to good with a lot of fish up to three pounds. Most are around a pound or better.

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

BLYTHE: Very light fishing pressure, and the catfish bite has been fair and improving as things start to cool off all along the lower Colorado River. Top baits for the flatheads are live bluegill and goldfish. The channel catfish bite is fair on cut baits. The largemouth bass bite has been fair on plastics and nightcrawlers in the backwaters, and in the main river the smallmouth are fair to good on small cranks, especially in the stretches with rip-rap. The bluegill bite is fair to good in most areas. Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: Light fishing pressure, and the few anglers fishing are finding fair to good catfish action for both flathead and channel catfish. The largemouth bass are fair in the backwaters and lagoon, mostly on plastics or nightcrawlers with some reaction bait fish morning and evening. The smallmouth are pretty good in the main river on crawdad-colored cranks and jigs. The bluegill are good with some fish topping a 1 1/2-pounds in the lagoon. Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.

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

MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Largemouth bass action has been fair to good with the fish whacking live baits and plastics. Still lots of topwater action early and late in the day. Flathead catfish are very good on live bluegill and goldfish. Channel catfish action is good on stink baits. Bluegill are good, mostly in the mornings and evenings. 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, but there is still some topwater action early and late. Fair bluegill action in most backwaters. The channel catfish action is fair to good on cut bait and stink baits, and the flathead action is also good on live goldfish and bluegill.

Nov
13

COLORADO RIVER

ARIZONA FISHING REPORTS: The Arizona Game and Fish Department compiles a weekly report for most waters in the state, including the Colorado Rivers. Anglers can read the report at this direct link: http://azgfd.net/artman/publish/FishingReport/.

FLOW INFORMATION: Reservoir elevation levels and flow releases for the entire lower Colorado River are available at this web site with information updated hourly: www.usbr.gov/lc/region/g4000/hourly/rivops.html.

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

WILLOW BEACH: Very light fishing pressure and few reports. A few stripers from 12 to 20 pounds have been reported on big swimbaits, but darn few in recent weeks. For fishing information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: There has been fair to good action on smallmouth and largemouth bass on plastics and nightcrawlers on the shelves from the dam up past the power lines. Bluegill and redear have also been pretty good 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 topwater and reaction baits early in the day. The catfish bite is fair to good in most coves, especially at night on cut baits. Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245. Interesting web site for Willow Beach and Lake Mohave striper anglers: http://lakemohavestripers.com.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: The trout action has slowed to just fair as the trout spread out along the river. They are still showing from Davis Camp and along the casinos, Sunshine Peninsula, and around Rotary Park. There were 20,000 rainbows planted over three weeks in late September and early October. The striper bite has improved as the weather is cooling off, and while a lot are under a pound, there are better fish landed each week. 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. Kirk Sears, Bullhead City, had five stripers to about 1-8 and two catfish fishing the Big Bend area with anchovies. Quite a few catfish have also been showing for anglers fishing bait for the stripers. Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Largemouth bass action has been fair to good in the marsh with nightcrawlers and spinnerbaits producing quite a few fish, but most are small. Lots of fish up chasing bait. The smallmouth bite is fair in the main river and gorge areas. The bluegill and redear bite is good, mostly on nightcrawlers. Stripers in the main river are fair to good, mostly on cut baits, but some bigger fish on swimbaits and topwater plugs. Channel cats are fair to good in both the main river and backwaters, and the marsh has been good 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 good in the upper part of the lake in the basin where the river comes in or the opposite end of the lake near the power lines. There has been a good morning and evening topwater bites with good deeper water crankbaits or spooning working, too. Also still some baitfish. The smallmouth action is good on most rocky points with topwater early and then cranks and spinnerbaits later in the day. A few largemouth. Catfish have been very good on cut anchovies or other cut baits. The redear have been fair to good with a lot of fish up to three pounds. Most are around a pound or better.

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

BLYTHE: Very light fishing pressure, and the catfish bite has been fair and improving as things start to cool off all along the lower Colorado River. Top baits for the flatheads are live bluegill and goldfish. John Sargent, Palmdale, had a 30-pound flathead, while Sam Goldstein, also Palmdale, landed a 14-pounder. Both were taken on goldfish. The channel catfish bite is fair on cut baits. The largemouth bass bite has been fair on plastics and nightcrawlers in the backwaters, and in the main river the smallmouth are fair to good on small cranks, especially in the stretches with rip-rap. The bluegill bite is fair to good in most areas. Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: Light fishing pressure, and the few anglers fishing are finding fair to good catfish action for both flathead and channel catfish. The largemouth bass are fair in the backwaters and lagoon, mostly on plastics or nightcrawlers with some reaction bait fish morning and evening. The smallmouth are pretty good in the main river on crawdad-colored cranks and jigs. The bluegill are good with some fish topping a 1 1/2-pounds in the lagoon. Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.

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

MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Largemouth bass action has been fair to good with the fish whacking live baits and plastics. Still lots of topwater action early and late in the day. Flathead catfish are very good on live bluegill and goldfish. Channel catfish action is good on stink baits. Bluegill are good, mostly in the mornings and evenings. 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, but the topwater bite is still the best bet early and late. Fair bluegill action in most backwaters. The channel catfish action is fair to good on cut bait and stink baits, and the flathead action is also good on live goldfish and bluegill.

Oct
31

COLORADO RIVER

ARIZONA FISHING REPORTS: The Arizona Game and Fish Department compiles a weekly report for most waters in the state, including the Colorado Rivers. Anglers can read the report at this direct link: http://azgfd.net/artman/publish/FishingReport/.

FLOW INFORMATION: Reservoir elevation levels and flow releases for the entire lower Colorado River are available at this web site with information updated hourly: www.usbr.gov/lc/region/g4000/hourly/rivops.html.

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

WILLOW BEACH: Very light fishing pressure and few reports. A few stripers from 12 to 20 pounds have been reported on big swimbaits, but darn few in recent weeks. For fishing information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Fair to good action on smallmouth and largemouth bass on plastics and nightcrawlers on the shelves from the dam up past the power lines. Bluegill and redear have also been pretty good 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 topwater and reaction baits early in the day. The catfish bite is fair to good in most coves, especially at night on cut baits. Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245. Interesting web site for Willow Beach and Lake Mohave striper anglers: http://lakemohavestripers.com.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: The trout action has been very good from Davis Camp and along the casinos, Sunshine Peninsula, and around Rotary Park. There were 20,000 rainbows planted over three weeks in late September and early October, and many anglers have been reporting limits since. Jesse Valdez, 11, Bullhead City, had three rainbows, his first fish ever. While most anglers are focusing on trout, the striper bite remains fair on anchovies or other cut baits. Most are small, under a pound, but Bullhead City striper veteran Del Oden had a 5.62-pounder drifting an anchovy in the Big Bend area. Other species have been slow. Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Largemouth bass action has been fair to good in the marsh with nightcrawlers and spinnerbaits producing quite a few fish, but most are small. Lots of fish up chasing bait. Dayton Grant, Bullhead City, had a limit of largemouth to two pounds and a 3.74-pound catfish. The smallmouth bite is fair in the main river and gorge areas. The bluegill and redear bite is good, mostly on nightcrawlers. Stripers in the main river are fair to good, mostly on cut baits, but some bigger fish on swimbaits and topwater plugs. Channel cats are fair to good in both the main river and backwaters, and the marsh has been good 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: There has been fair action on smallmouth and largemouth bass, with the best bite the early and late topwater bite on frogs and buzz baits but the crankbait bite is improving. The stripers are fair to good with the fish following the schools of gizzard shad and larger lures in the five to 10-inch range are best. Top spots have been Site 6 and Windsor Beach areas. The redear have been fair to good with a lot of fish up to three pounds. Most are around a pound or better. Catfish fair in the coves with a lot of two to four-pound fish and some to 10-plus pounds on cut baits, especially at night and dawn and dusk.

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

BLYTHE: Very light fishing pressure, and the catfish bite has been fair and improving as things start to cool off all along the lower Colorado River. Top baits for the flatheads are live bluegill and goldfish. The canals are still pretty tough. The channel catfish bite is fair on cut baits. The bass bite has been fair on plastics and nightcrawlers in the backwaters, and in the main river the smallmouth are fair to good on small cranks, especially in the stretches with rip-rap. The bluegill bite is fair to good in most areas. Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: Light fishing pressure, and the few anglers fishing are finding fair to good catfish action for both flathead and channel catfish. Kirk McKay, Winnetka, had flatheads at 37 and 32 pounds this past week, along with a number of fish from five to 15 pounds. The largemouth bass are fair in the backwaters and lagoon, mostly on plastcis or nightcrawlers with some reaction bait fish morning and evening. The smallmouth are pretty good in the main river on crawdad-colored cranks and jigs. The bluegill are good with some fish topping a 1 1/2-pounds in the lagoon. Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.

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

MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Largemouth bass action has been fair to good with the fish whacking live baits and plastics. Lots of topwater action early and late in the day. Flathead catfish are very good on live bluegill and goldfish. Channel catfish action is good on stink baits. Bluegill are good, mostly in the mornings and evenings. 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, but the topwater bite has been the best bet early and late. Fair bluegill action in most backwaters. The channel catfish action is fair to good on cut bait and stink baits, and the flathead action is also good on live goldfish and bluegill.

Oct
24

COLORADO RIVER

ARIZONA FISHING REPORTS: The Arizona Game and Fish Department compiles a weekly report for most waters in the state, including the Colorado Rivers. Anglers can read the report at this direct link: http://azgfd.net/artman/publish/FishingReport/.

FLOW INFORMATION: Reservoir elevation levels and flow releases for the entire lower Colorado River are available at this web site with information updated hourly: www.usbr.gov/lc/region/g4000/hourly/rivops.html.

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

WILLOW BEACH: Very light fishing pressure and few reports. A few stripers from 12 to 20 pounds have been reported on big swimbaits, but darn few in recent weeks. For fishing information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Fair to good action on smallmouth and largemouth bass on plastics and nightcrawlers on the shelves from the dam up past the power lines. Bluegill and redear have also been pretty good 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 topwater and reaction baits early in the day. The catfish bite is fair to good in most coves, especially at night on cut baits. Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245. Interesting web site for Willow Beach and Lake Mohave striper anglers: http://lakemohavestripers.com.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: The trout action has been very good from Davis Camp and along the casinos, Sunshine Peninsula, and around Rotary Park. There were 20,000 rainbows planted over three weeks in late September and early October, and many anglers have been reporting limits since. Dennis Baldwin, Bullhead City, had 10 rainbows to about 12 inches Mice Tails in the Rotary Park Area. Mack Wilson, 8, also Bullhead, had four rainbow on nightcrawlers. While most anglers are focusing on trout, the striper bite remains fair on anchovies or other cut baits. Most are small, under a pound, but some to seven pounds have been reported in the past week. Other species have been slow. Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Largemouth bass action has been fair to good in the marsh with nightcrawlers and spinnerbaits producing quite a few fish, but most are small. Lots of fish up chasing bait. Dayton Grant, Bullhead City, had a limit of largemouth to two pounds and a 3.74-pound catfish. The smallmouth bite is fair in the main river and gorge areas. The bluegill and redear bite is good, mostly on nightcrawlers. Stripers in the main river are fair to good, mostly on cut baits, but some bigger fish on swimbaits and topwater plugs. Channel cats are fair to good in both the main river and backwaters, and the marsh has been good 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: There has been fair action on smallmouth and largemouth bass, with the best bite the early and late topwater bite on frogs and buzz baits but the crankbait bite is improving. The stripers are fair to good with the fish following the schools of gizzard shad and larger lures in the five to 10-inch range are best. Top spots have been Site 6 and Windsor Beach areas. The redear have been fair to good with a lot of fish up to three pounds. Most are around a pound or better. Catfish fair in the coves with a lot of two to four-pound fish and some to 10-plus pounds on cut baits, especially at night and dawn and dusk.

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

BLYTHE: Very light fishing pressure, and the catfish bite has been fair and improving as things start to cool off all along the lower Colorado River. Top baits for the flatheads are live bluegill and goldfish. The canals are still pretty tough. The channel catfish bite is fair on cut baits. The bass bite has been fair on plastics and nightcrawlers in the backwaters, and in the main river the smallmouth are fair to good on small cranks, especially in the stretches with rip-rap. The bluegill bite is fair to good in most areas. Mosquitos are still bad so bring the bug juice. Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: Light fishing pressure, and the few anglers fishing are finding slow to fair catfish action for both flathead to 15 pounds and channel catfish. The largemouth bass are fair in the backwaters and lagoon, mostly on plastcis or nightcrawlers with some reaction bait fish morning and evening. The smallmouth are pretty good in the main river on crawdad-colored cranks and jigs. The bluegill are fair to good with some fish topping a half-pound in the lagoon. Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.

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

MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Largemouth bass action has been fair to good with the fish whacking live baits and plastics. Lots of topwater action early and late in the day. Flathead catfish are very good on live bluegill and goldfish. Channel catfish action is good on stink baits. Bluegill are good, mostly in the mornings and evenings. 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, but the topwater bite has been the best bet early and late. Fair bluegill action in most backwaters. The channel catfish action is fair to good on cut bait and stink baits, and the flathead action is also good on live goldfish and bluegill.

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

WILLOW BEACH: Very light fishing pressure and few reports. A few stripers from 12 to 20 pounds have been reported on big swimbaits, but darn few in recent weeks. While there were trout plants this past week in the Bullhead area where 20,000 fish will go in by next week, none went in here and none were slated to be planted here. For fishing information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Fair to good action on smallmouth and largemouth bass on plastics and nightcrawlers on the shelves from the dam up past the power lines. Bluegill and redear have also been pretty good 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 topwater and reaction baits early in the day. The catfish bite is fair to good in most coves, especially at night on cut baits. Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245. Interesting web site for Willow Beach and Lake Mohave striper anglers: http://lakemohavestripers.com.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: The big news is that 20,000 rainbow trout will be planted in this stretch of the Colorado River. The first plants went in last Wednesday and will continue through next week split between Rotary Park and Davis Camp. There was a plant on Saturday at Davis Camp for a special ìWelcome Back the Troutî event that drew over 300 anglers. There were two plants this week and the final plants will be next week when the remaining fish in the 20,000 trout allotment will go in. The trout action has turned on with the plants and many anglers are reporting limits of eight to 12-inch rainbows. The best bite has been in the plant areas on Jakes lures and Panther Martins, but nightcrawlers and PowerBait are also good bets. The striper bite remains fair during the evenings in the casino area, Big Bend, and old community park areas. Cut baits are still the best bet. Also some catfish showing in this bite. Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Largemouth bass action has been fair in the marsh with nightcrawlers and spinnerbaits producing quite a few fish, but most are small. Lots of topwater action with the warm weather, but mostly at dawn and dusk. The smallmouth bite is fair in the main river and gorge areas. The bluegill and redear bite is good, mostly on nightcrawlers. Stripers in the main river are fair to good, mostly on cut baits, but some bigger fish on swimbaits and topwater plugs. Channel cats are fair to good in both the main river and backwaters, and the marsh has been good 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: There has been fair action on smallmouth and largemouth bass, with the best bite the early and late topwater bite on frogs and buzz baits but the crankbait bite is improving. The stripers are fair to good with the fish following the schools of gizzard shad and larger lures in the five to 10-inch range are best. Top spots have been Site 6 and Windsor Beach areas. The redear have been fair to good with a lot of fish up to three pounds. Most are around a pound or better. Catfish fair in the coves with a lot of two to four-pound fish and some to 10-plus pounds on cut baits, especially at night and dawn and dusk.

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

BLYTHE: Very light fishing pressure, and the catfish bite has been fair and improving as things start to cool off all along the lower Colorado River. Top baits for the flatheads are live bluegill and goldfish. The canals are still pretty tough. Mike Sevier, San Diego, landed a 35-pound flathead on a goldfish from a river backwater this past week. The channel catfish bite is fair on cut baits. The bass bite has been fair on plastics and nightcrawlers in the backwaters, and in the main river the smallmouth are fair to good on small cranks, especially in the stretches with rip-rap. The bluegill bite is fair to good in most areas. Mosquitos are still bad so bring the bug juice. Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: Light fishing pressure, and the few anglers fishing are finding slow to fair catfish action for both flathead to 15 pounds and channel catfish. The largemouth bass are fair to good in the backwaters and lagoon, mostly on topwater or reaction baits early and late in the day. The smallmouth are pretty good in the main river on crawdad-colored cranks and jigs. The bluegill are fair to good with some fish topping a half-pound in the lagoon. Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.

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

MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Largemouth bass action has been fair to good with the fish whacking live baits and plastics. Lots of topwater action early and late in the day. Flathead catfish are very good on live bluegill and goldfish. Channel catfish action is good on stink baits. Bluegill are good, mostly in the mornings and evenings. 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, but the topwater bite has been the best bet early and late. Fair bluegill action in most backwaters. The channel catfish action is fair to good on cut bait and stink baits, and the flathead action is also good on live goldfish and bluegill.

Sep
25

COLORADO RIVER

ARIZONA FISHING REPORTS: The Arizona Game and Fish Department compiles a weekly report for most waters in the state, including the Colorado Rivers. Anglers can read the report at this direct link: http://azgfd.net/artman/publish/FishingReport/.

FLOW INFORMATION: Reservoir elevation levels and flow releases for the entire lower Colorado River are available at this web site with information updated hourly: www.usbr.gov/lc/region/g4000/hourly/rivops.html.

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

WILLOW BEACH: Very light fishing pressure and few reports. A few stripers from 12 to 20 pounds have been reported on big swimbaits. For fishing information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Fair to good action on smallmouth and largemouth bass on plastics and nightcrawlers on the shelves from the dam up past the power lines. Bluegill and redear have also been pretty good 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 topwater and reaction baits early in the day. The catfish bite is fair to good in most coves, especially at night on cut baits. Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245. Interesting web site for Willow Beach and Lake Mohave striper anglers: http://lakemohavestripers.com.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: Fair to good catfish and striped bass action in this stretch of the river, from the dam all the way down to Needles. The top baits for both have been anchovies. The bite slowed a little this past week but was improving again at mid-week. Justin Smith, Bullhead, landed a 6.58-pound striper on a swimbait. Most of the stripers are one to three pounds, but some bigger fish are showing on Pencil Poppers. Top catfish reported was a 9.2-pounder landed by Daniel Fields, Bullhead, on anchovies. After a political battle to keep plants going into this part of the Colorado River, the first trout plant of the fall is slated for Oct. 4 at Davis Camp, with a special event planned. Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Largemouth bass action has been fair in the marsh with nightcrawlers and spinnerbaits producing quite a few fish, but most are small. Lots of topwater action with the warm weather, but mostly at dawn and dusk. The smallmouth bite is fair in the main river and gorge areas. The bluegill and redear bite is good, mostly on nightcrawlers. Stripers in the main river are fair to good, mostly on cut baits, but some bigger fish on swimbaits and topwater plugs. Channel cats are fair to good in both the main river and backwaters, and the marsh has been good 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: There has been fair action on smallmouth and largemouth bass, with the best bite the early and late topwater bite on frogs and buzz baits but the crankbait bite is improving. The stripers are fair to good with the fish following the schools of gizzard shad and larger lures in the five to 10-inch range are best. The redear have been fair to good with a lot of fish up to three pounds. Most are around a pound or better. Catfish fair to good in the coves with a lot of two to four-pound fish and some to 10-plus pounds on cut baits, especially at night and dawn and dusk.

PARKER STRIP: Catfish are fair to good on cut baits, and the flatheads are still pretty fair.

BLYTHE: Very light fishing pressure, but the catfish bite has been fair all along the lower Colorado River. Monsoon rains again have muddied up the water in some areas, but it’s been clearing pretty quickly. Top baits for the flatheads are live bluegill and goldfish. The canals are as good as the main river. Lots of six to 20-pound fish reported. The channel catfish bite is also good on cut baits. The bass bite has been fair on plastics and nightcrawlers in the backwaters, and in the main river the smallmouth are fair to good on small cranks, especially in the stretches with rip-rap. The bluegill bite is fair to good in most areas. Mosquitos are bad so bring the bug juice. Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: Light fishing pressure, but the few anglers fishing are finding pretty good catfish action for both flathead to 15 pounds and channel catfish. The largemouth bass are fair to good in the backwaters and lagoon, mostly on topwater or reaction baits early and late in the day. The smallmouth are also good in the main river on crawdad-colored cranks and jigs. The bluegill are fair to good with some fish topping a half-pound in the lagoon. Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.

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

MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Largemouth bass action has been fair to good with the fish whacking live baits and plastics. Lots of topwater action early and late in the day. Flathead catfish are very good on live bluegill and goldfish. Channel catfish action is good on stink baits. Bluegill are good, mostly in the mornings and evenings. 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, but the topwater bite has been the best bet early and late. Fair bluegill action in most backwaters. The channel catfish action is fair to good on cut bait and stink baits, and the flathead action is also good on live goldfish and bluegill.

Sep
18

COLORADO RIVER

ARIZONA FISHING REPORTS: The Arizona Game and Fish Department compiles a weekly report for most waters in the state, including the Colorado Rivers. Anglers can read the report at this direct link: http://azgfd.net/artman/publish/FishingReport/.

FLOW INFORMATION: Reservoir elevation levels and flow releases for the entire lower Colorado River are available at this web site with information updated hourly: www.usbr.gov/lc/region/g4000/hourly/rivops.html.

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

WILLOW BEACH: Very light fishing pressure and few reports. The trout bite is slow with no recent plants. A few stripers from 12 to 20 pounds have been reported on big swimbaits. Trout plants will resume this coming fall, but in far fewer numbers. For fishing information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Fair to good action on smallmouth and largemouth bass on plastics and nightcrawlers on the shelves from the dam up past the power lines. Bluegill and redear have also been pretty good 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 topwater and reaction baits early in the day. Scott Buckley, Bullhead, caught a 15.8-pound striper near the dam on anchovies. 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: Fair to good catfish and striped bass action in this stretch of the river, from the dam all the way down to Needles. The top baits for both have been anchovies. Richard Hayes, Bullhead City, landed a 10.62-pound catfish in the Community Park area on anchovies. Rex Price, Bullhead, landed a 2.38-pound striper in the same stretch of river on the same bait. Most of the stripers are one to three pounds, but some bigger fish are showing on Pencil Poppers. After a political battle to keep plants going into this part of the Colorado River, the first trout plant of the fall is slated for Oct. 4 at Davis Camp. Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Largemouth bass action has been fair in the marsh with nightcrawlers and spinnerbaits producing quite a few fish, but most are small. Lots of topwater action with the warm weather, but mostly at dawn and dusk. The smallmouth bite is fair in the main river and gorge areas. The bluegill and redear bite is good, mostly on nightcrawlers. Stripers in the main river are fair to good, mostly on cut baits, but some bigger fish on swimbaits and topwater plugs. Channel cats are fair to good in both the main river and backwaters, and the marsh has been good 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: There has been fair action on smallmouth and largemouth bass, with the best bite the early and late topwater bite on frogs and buzz baits but the crankbait bite is improving. The stripers are fair to good with the fish following the schools of gizzard shad and larger lures in the five to 10-inch range are best. The redear have been fair to good with a lot of fish up to three pounds. Most are around a pound or better. Catfish fair to good in the coves with a lot of two to four-pound fish and some to 10-plus pounds on cut baits, especially at night and dawn and dusk.

PARKER STRIP: Catfish are fair to good on cut baits, and the flatheads are still pretty fair.

BLYTHE: Very light fishing pressure, but the catfish bite has been fair all along the lower Colorado River. Monsoon rains again have muddied up the water in some areas, but it’s been clearing pretty quickly. Top baits for the flatheads are live bluegill and goldfish. The canals are as good as the main river. Lots of six to 20-pound fish reported. The channel catfish bite is also good on cut baits. The bass bite has been fair on plastics and nightcrawlers in the backwaters, and in the main river the smallmouth are fair to good on small cranks, especially in the stretches with rip-rap. The bluegill bite is fair to good in most areas. Mosquitos are bad so bring the bug juice. Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: Light fishing pressure, but the few anglers fishing are finding pretty good catfish action for both flathead to 15 pounds and channel catfish. The largemouth bass are fair to good in the backwaters and lagoon, mostly on topwater or reaction baits early and late in the day. The smallmouth are also good in the main river on crawdad-colored cranks and jigs. The bluegill are fair to good with some fish topping a half-pound in the lagoon. Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.

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

MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Largemouth bass action has been fair to good with the fish whacking live baits and plastics. Lots of topwater action early and late in the day. Flathead catfish are very good on live bluegill and goldfish. Channel catfish action is good on stink baits. Bluegill are good, mostly in the mornings and evenings. 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, but the topwater bite has been the best bet early and late. Fair bluegill action in most backwaters. The channel catfish action is fair to good on cut bait and stink baits, and the flathead action is also good on live goldfish and bluegill.

Sep
11

COLORADO RIVER

ARIZONA FISHING REPORTS: The Arizona Game and Fish Department compiles a weekly report for most waters in the state, including the Colorado Rivers. Anglers can read the report at this direct link: http://azgfd.net/artman/publish/FishingReport/.

FLOW INFORMATION: Reservoir elevation levels and flow releases for the entire lower Colorado River are available at this web site with information updated hourly: www.usbr.gov/lc/region/g4000/hourly/rivops.html.

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

WILLOW BEACH: Very light fishing pressure and few reports. The trout bite is slow with no recent plants. A few stripers from 12 to 20 pounds have been reported on big swimbaits. Trout plants will resume this coming fall, but in far fewer numbers. For fishing information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Fair to good action on smallmouth and largemouth bass on plastics and nightcrawlers on the shelves from the dam up past the power lines. Bluegill and redear have also been pretty good 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 topwater and reaction baits early in the day. The catfish bite is fair to good in most coves, especially at night on cut baits. Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245. Interesting web site for Willow Beach and Lake Mohave striper anglers: http://lakemohavestripers.com.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: Fair to good catfish and striped bass action for shore and boat anglers in this stretch of river. Most anglers are drifting anchovy pieces and getting both species. Top fish reported this past week was a 10.88-pound catfish landed by Ernie Calma, Bullhead, in the casino row area (Arizona side). Mike Adams, Bullhead, had a 30-inch striper on a Rat-L-Trap (estimated at eight or nine pounds, pre-cleaning). Justin Smith, Kenan Guleryuz, and Josh Gale, all Bullhead City, had five stripers from two to 6.32 pounds. The stripers are showing from Laughlin all the way down to Needles. Also some catfish showing in this same bite, also on cut baits. After a political battle to keep plants going into this part of the Colorado River, the first trout plant of the fall is slated for Oct. 4 at Davis Camp. Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Largemouth bass action has been fair in the marsh with nightcrawlers and spinnerbaits producing quite a few fish, but most are small. Lots of topwater action with the warm weather, but mostly at dawn and dusk. The smallmouth bite is fair in the main river and gorge areas. The bluegill and redear bite is good, mostly on nightcrawlers. Stripers in the main river are fair to good, mostly on cut baits, but some bigger fish on swimbaits and topwater plugs. Channel cats are fair to good in both the main river and backwaters, and the marsh has been good 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: There has been fair action on smallmouth and largemouth bass, with the best bite the early and late topwater bite on frogs and buzz baits. The stripers are fair to good with the fish following the schools of gizzard shad and larger lures in the five to 10-inch range are best. The redear have been fair to good with a lot of fish up to three pounds. Most are around a pound or better. Catfish fair to good in the coves with a lot of two to four-pound fish and some to 10-plus pounds on cut baits, especially at night and dawn and dusk. Information: Bass Tackle Master at 928-854-2277.

PARKER STRIP: Catfish are fair to good on cut baits, and the flatheads are still pretty fair.

BLYTHE: The catfish bite has been fair to good all along the lower Colorado River, but there continues to be light pressure. The water has mostly cleared up from the recent rains, and the flathead action is fair with live bluegill and goldfish the top baits. The canals are as good as the main river. Lots of six to 20-pound fish reported with a lot released. The channel catfish bite is also good on cut baits. The bass bite has been fair on plastics and nightcrawlers in the backwaters, and in the main river the smallmouth are fair to good on small cranks, especially in the stretches with rip-rap. The bluegill bite is fair to good in most areas. Mosquitos are bad so bring the bug juice. Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: Light fishing pressure, but the few anglers fishing are finding pretty good catfish action for both flathead to 15 pounds and channel catfish. The largemouth bass are fair to good in the backwaters and lagoon, mostly on topwater or reaction baits early and late in the day. The smallmouth are also good in the main river on crawdad-colored cranks and jigs. The bluegill are fair to good with some fish topping a half-pound in the lagoon. Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.

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

MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Largemouth bass action has been fair to good with the fish whacking live baits and plastics. Lots of topwater action early and late in the day. Flathead catfish are very good on live bluegill and goldfish. Channel catfish action is good on stink baits. Bluegill are good, mostly in the mornings and evenings. 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, but the topwater bite has been the best bet early and late. Fair bluegill action in most backwaters. The channel catfish action is fair to good on cut bait and stink baits, and the flathead action is also good on live goldfish and bluegill.

Sep
04

COLORADO RIVER

ARIZONA FISHING REPORTS: The Arizona Game and Fish Department compiles a weekly report for most waters in the state, including the Colorado Rivers. Anglers can read the report at this direct link: http://azgfd.net/artman/publish/FishingReport/.

FLOW INFORMATION: Reservoir elevation levels and flow releases for the entire lower Colorado River are available at this web site with information updated hourly: www.usbr.gov/lc/region/g4000/hourly/rivops.html.

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

WILLOW BEACH: Very light fishing pressure and few reports. The trout bite is slow with no recent plants. A few stripers from 12 to 20 pounds have been reported on big swimbaits. Trout plants will resume this coming fall, but in far fewer numbers. For fishing information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Fair to good action on smallmouth and largemouth bass on plastics and nightcrawlers on the shelves from the dam up past the power lines. Bluegill and redear have also been pretty good 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 topwater and reaction baits early in the day. The catfish bite is fair to good in most coves, especially at night on cut baits. Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245. Interesting web site for Willow Beach and Lake Mohave striper anglers: http://lakemohavestripers.com.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: Good striped bass action throughout this part of the Colorado River. While most are around a pound to two pounds and showing on anchovies, there have been a good number of quality fish showing in this bite. Also some fish on bigger topwater baits and cranks. The stripers are showing from Laughlin all the way down to Needles. Also some catfish showing in this same bite, also on cut baits. Amber Matice and her daughter Destiny, both of Bullhead City, teamed up on a 5.95 pound channel cat caught in the Rotary Park area. Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Largemouth bass action has been fair in the marsh with nightcrawlers and spinnerbaits producing quite a few fish, but most are small. Lots of topwater action with the warm weather, but mostly at dawn and dusk. The smallmouth bite is fair in the main river and gorge areas. The bluegill and redear bite is good, mostly on nightcrawlers. Stripers in the main river are fair to good, mostly on cut baits, but some bigger fish on swimbaits and topwater plugs. Channel cats are fair to good in both the main river and backwaters, and the marsh has been good 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: There has been fair action on smallmouth and largemouth bass, with the best bite the early and late topwater bite on frogs and buzz baits. The stripers are fair to good with the fish following the schools of gizzard shad and larger lures in the five to 10-inch range are best. The redear have been fair to good with a lot of fish up to three pounds. Most are around a pound or better. Catfish fair to good in the coves with a lot of two to four-pound fish and some to 10-plus pounds on cut baits, especially at night and dawn and dusk. Information: Bass Tackle Master at 928-854-2277.

PARKER STRIP: Catfish are fair to good on cut baits, and the flatheads are still pretty fair.

BLYTHE: The catfish bite has been good all along the lower Colorado River, but there continues to be light pressure. The water has mostly cleared up from the recent rains, and the flathead action is fair with live bluegill and goldfish the top baits. The canals are as good as the main river. Lots of six to 20-pound fish reported with a lot released. The channel catfish bite is also good on cut baits. The bass bite has been fair on plastics and nightcrawlers in the backwaters, and in the main river the smallmouth are fair to good on small cranks, especially in the stretches with rip-rap. The bluegill bite is fair to good in most areas. Mosquitos are bad so bring the bug juice. Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: Light fishing pressure, but the few anglers fishing are finding pretty good catfish action for both flathead to 15 pounds and channel catfish. The largemouth bass are fair to good in the backwaters and lagoon, mostly on topwater or reaction baits early and late in the day. The smallmouth are also good in the main river on crawdad-colored cranks and jigs. The bluegill are fair to good with some fish topping a half-pound in the lagoon. Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.

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

MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Largemouth bass action has been fair to good with the fish whacking live baits and plastics. Lots of topwater action early and late in the day. Flathead catfish are very good on live bluegill and goldfish. Channel catfish action is good on stink baits. Bluegill are good, mostly in the mornings and evenings. 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, but the topwater bite has been the best bet early and late. Fair bluegill action in most backwaters. The channel catfish action is fair to good on cut bait and stink baits, and the flathead action is also good on live goldfish and bluegill.

Aug
29

29.4-pound striper

This 29.4-pound striper was caught by Kenny Crawford, Bullhead City, from the upper Big Bend area on an anchovy.

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Aug
28

COLORADO RIVER

ARIZONA FISHING REPORTS: The Arizona Game and Fish Department compiles a weekly report for most waters in the state, including the Colorado Rivers. Anglers can read the report at this direct link: http://azgfd.net/artman/publish/FishingReport/.

FLOW INFORMATION: Reservoir elevation levels and flow releases for the entire lower Colorado River are available at this web site with information updated hourly: www.usbr.gov/lc/region/g4000/hourly/rivops.html.

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

WILLOW BEACH: Very light fishing pressure and few reports. The trout bite is slow with no recent plants. A few stripers from 12 to 20 pounds have been reported on big swimbaits. Trout plants will resume this coming fall, but in far fewer numbers. For fishing information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Fair to good action on smallmouth and largemouth bass on plastics and nightcrawlers on the shelves from the dam up past the power lines. Bluegill and redear have also been pretty good 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 topwater and reaction baits early in the day. The catfish bite is fair to good in most coves, especially at night on cut baits. Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245. Interesting web site for Willow Beach and Lake Mohave striper anglers: http://lakemohavestripers.com.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: Good to excellent striped bass action throughout this part of the Colorado River. While most are around a pound and showing on anchovies, there have been a good number of quality fish showing in this bite. Also some fish on bigger topwater baits and cranks. Best this week, and for some time, was a 29.4-pounder caught by Kenny Crawford, Bullhead City, from the upper Big Bend area on an anchovy. John Rivera, Bullhead, caught a 17.9-pound striper in the Avi Casino stretch. The stripers are showing from Laughlin all the way down to Needles. Also some catfish show, also on cut baits. Shelly Meston, Bullhead, landed a 10-pound channel cat in old Bullhead. Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Largemouth bass action has been fair in the marsh with nightcrawlers and spinnerbaits producing quite a few fish, but most are small. Lots of topwater action with the warm weather, but mostly at dawn and dusk. The smallmouth bite is fair in the main river and gorge areas. The bluegill and redear bite is good, mostly on nightcrawlers. Stripers in the main river are fair to good, mostly on cut baits, but some bigger fish on swimbaits and topwater plugs. Channel cats are fair to good in both the main river and backwaters, and the marsh has been good 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: There has been fair action on smallmouth and largemouth bass, with the best bite the early and late topwater bite on frogs and buzz baits. The stripers are fair to good with the fish following the schools of gizzard shad and larger lures in the five to 10-inch range are best. The redear have been fair to good with a lot of fish up to three pounds. Most are around a pound or better. Catfish fair to good in the coves with a lot of two to four-pound fish and some to 10-plus pounds on cut baits, especially at night and dawn and dusk. Information: Bass Tackle Master at 928-854-2277.

PARKER STRIP: Catfish are fair to good on cut baits, and the flatheads are still pretty fair.

BLYTHE: The catfish bite has been good all along the lower Colorado River, but there continues to be light pressure. The water has mostly cleared up from the recent rains, and the flathead action is fair with live bluegill and goldfish the top baits. The canals are as good as the main river. Lots of six to 20-pound fish reported with a lot released. The channel catfish bite is also good on cut baits. The bass bite has been fair on plastics and nightcrawlers in the backwaters, and in the main river the smallmouth are fair to good on small cranks, especially in the stretches with rip-rap. The bluegill bite is fair to good in most areas. Mosquitos are bad so bring the bug juice. Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: Light fishing pressure, but the few anglers fishing are finding pretty good catfish action for both flathead to 20 pounds and channel catfish. The largemouth bass are fair to good in the backwaters and lagoon, mostly on topwater or reaction baits early and late in the day. The smallmouth are also good in the main river on crawdad-colored cranks and jigs. The bluegill are fair to good with some fish topping a half-pound in the lagoon. Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.

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

MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Largemouth bass action has been fair to good with the fish whacking live baits and plastics. Lots of topwater action early and late in the day. Flathead catfish are very good on live bluegill and goldfish. Channel catfish action is good on stink baits. Bluegill are good, mostly in the mornings and evenings. 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, but the topwater bite has been the best bet early and late. Fair bluegill action in most backwaters. The channel catfish action is fair to good on cut bait and stink baits, and the flathead action is also good on live goldfish and bluegill.

Aug
21

COLORADO RIVER

ARIZONA FISHING REPORTS: The Arizona Game and Fish Department compiles a weekly report for most waters in the state, including the Colorado Rivers. Anglers can read the report at this direct link: http://azgfd.net/artman/publish/FishingReport/.

FLOW INFORMATION: Reservoir elevation levels and flow releases for the entire lower Colorado River are available at this web site with information updated hourly: www.usbr.gov/lc/region/g4000/hourly/rivops.html.

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

WILLOW BEACH: Very light fishing pressure and few reports. The trout bite is slow with no recent plants. A few stripers from 12 to 20 pounds have been reported on big swimbaits. Trout plants will resume this coming fall, but in far fewer numbers. For fishing information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

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

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: Continued good action on striped bass throughout this stretch of river. Most of the stripers are in the one-pound range and are showing on anchovies or other cut baits, but enough bigger fish are showing on bait and bigger cranks or swimbaits to make things interesting. Also quite a few catfish being landed. Bob Hildebrand, Bullhead City, had a 1.7-pound striper and an 8.54-pound catfish in the Avi Casino stretch. The bite has been good from Davis Dam down through the Laughlin stretch, Big Bend, and all the way past the Avi Bridge. Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Largemouth bass action has been fair in the marsh with nightcrawlers and spinnerbaits producing quite a few fish, but most are small. Lots of topwater action with the warm weather, but mostly at dawn and dusk. The smallmouth bite is fair in the main river and gorge areas. The bluegill and redear bite is good, mostly on nightcrawlers. Stripers in the main river are fair to good, mostly on cut baits, but some bigger fish on swimbaits and topwater plugs. Armando Cobarrubio, Bullhead City, had a 6.54-pound striper and a 8.02-pound channel catfish. Channel cats are fair to good in both the main river and backwaters, and the marsh has been good for cats. In the marsh, Bruce Way, Bullhead City, landed three stripers to 3.58 pounds. 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: Thunderstorms have mucked up the fishing and muddied up the water in most coves. The bites have slowed way down. There had been fair action on smallmouth and largemouth bass, with the best bite the early and late topwater bite on frogs and buzz baits. The stripers were fair to good with the fish following the schools of gizzard shad and larger lures in the five to 10-inch range are best. The redear have been fair to good with a lot of fish up to three pounds. Most are around a pound or better. Catfish improving in the coves with a lot of two to four-pound fish and some to 10-plus pounds on cut baits, and this is one of the only bites not shut down the last couple of days. Information: Bass Tackle Master at 928-854-2277.

PARKER STRIP: Off-color water in most areas early this week from thunderstorms. Catfish are fair to good on cut baits, and the flatheads are still pretty fair.

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

PALO VERDE: The river continues to run a little off-color due to thunderstorms, and there has been light fishing pressure. The few anglers fishing were finding pretty good catfish action for both flathead to 20 pounds and channel catfish. The largemouth bass had been fair to good in the backwaters and lagoon, mostly on topwater or reaction baits early and late in the day. The smallmouth were also good to excellent in the main river on crawdad-colored cranks and jigs. The bluegill were good with some fish topping a half-pound. The bass and bluegill bites should come back on as the water clears. Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.

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

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

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