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.