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Jun
23

COLORADO RIVER

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

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

TOP NEWS: Fishing is generally very good all along the Colorado River. There is still a good bite for the big redears and bluegill in Lake Havasu and up into Topoc Gorge and even up into Lake Mohave. Lots of fish to three pounds showing on baby nightcrawlers, red worms, crickets, and small jigs. The striper bite in Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave is very good, especially in Mojave, where there is a very good volumne of fish in the four to eight-pound class and fish to 12 pounds common. In Mohave, the bite is still the best near the dam, powerlines, and points around Katherine’s Landing, but that is also where most of the fishing pressure is concentrated. In Havasu, the stripers are showing throughout the lake, chasing shad. There is topwater action early in the mornings. Gerry Ward, Bullhead City, had an 8.78-pound striper fishing an anchovy from shore in the Power Lines stretch of Mohave. The largemouth and smallmouth bass action has been fair to good throughout the river system with a topwater bite most mornings and evening now with the heat, especially in the lower river backwaters and Topoc Marsh. The smallmouth bass in the lower river has been best along the rip-rap from Parker Dam to Palo Verde. This bite is wide open with most of the fish showing on crawdad-like jigs or crank baits, but also white tube baits. Since Memorial Day weekend, at least 50 flathead catfish topping 20 pounds have been caught in the Palo Verde-Walter’s Camp region, most on live bluegill. The channel catfish bite is
also fair to good throughout the system, mostly on cut baits or smaller live baits like nightcrawlers, marshmallow-meal worm combos, or dip baits. Trout action has slowed in the Davis Camp and Rotary Park areas, but a few fish are still being landed. Small spinners or spoons have been the best baits. While getting little pressure of publicity, the carp fishing is very good all along the river with a lot of fish to 15 pounds reported. A final note: It’s mosquito season. The bugs are out in full force, and repellant is highly recommended, especially on the lower river which has more backwaters.

WILLOW BEACH: Information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Information: Phil’s Western Trader at 928-768-4954 or Capt. Doyle’s Fun Fishing guide service at 928-768-2667.

LAKE HAVASU: Information: Bass Tackle Master at 928-854-2277.

BLYTHE: Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Wednesday through Sunday.

PICACHO-MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.

Jun
17

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.

TOP NEWS: Fishing is generally very good all along the Colorado River. There is a hot bite for the big redears and bluegill in Lake Havasu and up into Topoc Gorge and even up into Lake Mohave. Lots of fish to three pounds showing on baby nightcrawlers, red worms, crickets, and small jigs. The striper bite in Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave is also breaking wide open and the quality of the fish in both lakes is very good this year with a lot of fish in the five to eight-pound class and fish to 12 pounds common. In Mohave, the bite is still the best near the dam, powerlines, and points around Katherine’s Landing, but that is also where most of the fishing pressure is concentrated. In Havasu, the stripers are showing throughout the lake, chasing shad. There is topwater action early in the mornings. Ryanna Faistwere, Rodney Stewart, and Tony Smith, all Bullhead City, had seven stripers from six to nine pounds from Lake Mohave. The largemouth and smallmouth bass action has been fair to good throughout the river system with a topwater bite most mornings and evening now with the heat, especially in the lower river backwaters and Topoc Marsh. The smallmouth bass in the lower river has been best along the rip-rap from Parker Dam to Palo Verde. Most are showing on crawdad-like jigs or crank baits. The catfish bite is also fair to good throughout the system, with the best action for flatheads in the lower river. Lots of eight to 15-pound flatheads are being caught. The best bite has been on live bluegill and goldfish during the dark moon phase. Trout action has slowed in the Davis Camp and Rotary Park areas, but a few fish are still being landed. Small spinners or spoons have been the best baits. While getting little pressure of publicity, the carp fishing is very good all along the river with a lot of fish to 15 pounds reported. A final note: It’s mosquito season. The bugs are out in full force, and repellant is highly recommended, especially on the lower river which has more backwaters.

WILLOW BEACH: Information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Information: Phil’s Western Trader at 928-768-4954 or Capt. Doyle’s Fun Fishing guide service at 928-768-2667.

LAKE HAVASU: Information: Bass Tackle Master at 928-854-2277.

BLYTHE: Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Wednesday through Sunday.

PICACHO-MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.

Jun
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.

TOP NEWS: Fishing has broken wide open along much of the river this past two weeks. The hot bite for the big redears and bluegill in Lake Havasu and up into Topoc Gorge and even up into Lake Mohave has stayed hot. Lots of fish to three pounds showing on baby nightcrawlers, red worms, crickets, and small jigs. The striper bite in Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave is also breaking wide open and the quality of the fish in both lakes is very good this year with a lot of fish in the five to eight-pound class and fish to 12 pounds common. In Mohave, the bite is still the best near the dam, powerlines, and points around Katherine’s Landing, but that is also where most of the fishing pressure is concentrated. In Havasu, the stripers are showing throughout the lake, chasing shad. There is topwater action early in the mornings. Shane Alpert, Bullhead City, had 10 stripers to six pound on anchovies from shore in Mohave. Enrique Hernandez and Thomas, McGuire, from the Mohave High School fishing club, and their instructor Gary Regan, had seven stripers to five pounds also fishing cut bait from shore on Mohave. The largemouth and smallmouth bass action has been fair to good throughout the river system with a topwater bite most mornings and evening now with the heat, especially in the lower river backwaters and Topoc Marsh. The smallmouth bass in the lower river has been best along the rip-rap from Parker Dam to Palo Verde. Most are showing on crawdad-like jigs or crank baits. The catfish bite is also fair to good throughout the system, with the best action for flatheads in the lower river. Lots of eight to 15-pound flatheads are being caught. The best bite has been on live bluegill and goldfish during the dark moon phase. Trout action has slowed in the Davis Camp and Rotary Park areas, but a few fish are still being landed. Small spinners or spoons have been the best baits. While getting little pressure of publicity, the carp fishing is very good all along the river with a lot of fish to 15 pounds reported. A final note: It’s mosquito season. The bugs are out in full force, and repellant is highly recommended, especially on the lower river which has more backwaters.

WILLOW BEACH: Information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Information: Phil’s Western Trader at 928-768-4954 or Capt. Doyle’s Fun Fishing guide service at 928-768-2667.

LAKE HAVASU: Information: Bass Tackle Master at 928-854-2277.

BLYTHE: Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Wednesday through Sunday.

PICACHO-MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.

Jun
02

COLORADO RIVER

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

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

TOP NEWS: Fishing has broken wide open along much of the river this past week to 10 days. The hot bite for the big redears and bluegill in Lake Havasu and up into Topoc Gorge and even up into Lake Mohave has stayed hot. Lots of fish to three pounds showing on baby nightcrawlers, red worms, crickets, and small jigs. The striper bite in Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave is also breaking wide open and the quality of the fish in both lakes is very good this year with a lot of fish in the five to eight-pound class and fish to 12 pounds common. Havasu even produced a 30-plus pounder in the annual Western Outdoor News striper derby a couple of weekends back. In Mohave, the bite is still the best near the dam, powerlines, and points around Katherine’s Landing, but that is also where most of the fishing pressure is concentrated. In Havasu, the stripers are showing throughout the lake, chasing shad. There is topwater action early in the mornings. Frank Burke, Bullhead City, had a seven-pounder on Mohave, while Jorge and son Jeremiah Terro, and friend Kenan Guleryuze, all Bullhead City, had a eight stripers from six to 8.18 pounds. The largemouth and smallmouth bass action has been fair to good throughout the river system with a topwater bite most mornings and evening now with the heat, especially in the lower river backwaters and Topoc Marsh. The smallmouth bass in the lower river has been best along the rip-rap from Parker Dam to Palo Verde. Most are showing on crawdad-like jigs or crank baits. The catfish bite is also fair to good throughout the system, with the best action for flatheads in the lower river. Lots of eight to 15-pound flatheads are being caught. The best bite has been on live bluegill and goldfish during the dark moon phase. Trout action has slowed in the Davis Camp and Rotary Park areas, but a few fish are still being landed. Small spinners or spoons have been the best baits. While getting little pressure of publicity, the carp fishing is very good all along the river with a lot of fish to 15 pounds reported. A final note: It’s mosquito season. The bugs are out in full force, and repellant is highly recommended, especially on the lower river which has more backwaters.

WILLOW BEACH: Information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Information: Phil’s Western Trader at 928-768-4954 or Capt. Doyle’s Fun Fishing guide service at 928-768-2667.

LAKE HAVASU: Information: Bass Tackle Master at 928-854-2277.

BLYTHE: Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Wednesday through Sunday.

PICACHO-MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.

May
26

COLORADO RIVER

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

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

TOP NEWS: The hot bite has been for the big redears and bluegill in Lake Havasu and up into Topoc Gorge and even up into Lake Mohave. Lots of fish to three pounds showing on baby nightcrawlers, red worms, crickets, and small jigs. Fishing backwaters in the Bullhead City area, local anglers Tony Smith, Chris Duncan, and Nichols Dennis had redear at 2.88 pounds, 2.48 pounds, and a largemouth bass at 4.04 pounds, respectively. All three were using nightcrawlers. The striper action is starting to outpace the black bass action from Havasu and north. The action has been fair to good in the river between the Mohave and Havasu, especially from Davis Dam to the Avi Bridge, with most of the action on cut baits around the Laughlin Casinos. Also a pretty good striper bite in Lake Mohave, with the best action still from the dam to Katherine’s Landing. Rodney Stewart, Bullhead City, had eight stripers fishing from shore in the powerline area on Mohave. The stringer weighed just under 50 pounds and most were from five to seven pounds. The largemouth and smallmouth bass action has been fair to good throughout the river system with the topwater bite starting, especially in the lower river backwaters, warmer coves on Havasu, and Topoc Marsh. The smallmouth bass in the lower river has been best along the rip-rap from Parker Dam to Palo Verde. Most are showing on crawdad-like jigs or crank baits. The catfish bite is also fair to good throughout the system, with the best action for flatheads in the lower river. A 62-pound flathead was reported recently from the Blythe region, but a lot of eight to 15-pounders are being caught. The best bite has been on live bluegill and goldfish during the dark moon phase. Trout action has slowed in the Davis Camp and Rotary Park areas, but a few fish are still being landed. Small spinners or spoons have been the best baits. While getting little pressure of publicity, the carp fishing is very good all along the river. One angler at Walter’s Camp landed three ice chests full of carp with a total weight of 250-plus pounds. His best fish were all in the 15-pound class.

WILLOW BEACH: Information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Information: Phil’s Western Trader at 928-768-4954 or Capt. Doyle’s Fun Fishing guide service at 928-768-2667.

LAKE HAVASU: Information: Bass Tackle Master at 928-854-2277.

BLYTHE: Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Wednesday through Sunday.

PICACHO-MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.

May
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.

TOP NEWS: Windy conditions all along the river again this past week. The hot bite has been for the big redears and bluegill in Lake Havasu and up into Topoc Gorge. Lots of fish to three pounds showing on baby nightcrawlers, red worms, crickets, and small jigs. The striper action is starting to outpace the black bass action from Havasu and north. The action has been fair to good in the river between the Mohave and Havasu, especially from Davis Dam to the Avi Bridge. The action was again tougher this past week, but still a few 10-fish limits of one to three-pound stripers reported, most on cut baits, around the Laughlin Casinos. In Lake Mohave, the fish are showing in the mouths of coves and off points from Katherines Landing to the dam. Most are also one to three pounders here, too, but George Terro, Bullhead City, landed a 6.18-pound striper on a Storm crankbait from shore. In Havasu, the bite has spread through most of the main part of the lake and fish are showing from the dam to London Bridge. The largemouth bass bite is still fair to good. The best action has been in the lower river (below Havasu) backwaters and margins of the main river with the fish moving out of the spawn. The bite is best on plastic worms, nightcrawlers, and some reaction baits for the largemouths. Topoc Marsh has also been good for bass and catfish. The smallmouth bass in the lower river have also been best along the rip-rap from Parker Dam to Palo Verde. Most are showing on crawdad-like jigs or crank baits. Cibola Lake has stayed just fair with many fish in a post spawn blues. Trout action has slowed in the Davis Camp and Rotary Park areas, but a few fish are still being landed. Small spinners or spoons have been the best baits. The flathead catfish bite is generally good all along the lower river, backwaters, and irrigation ditches. Getting little fishing pressure, this is one of the best bites in the region. Top baits are live bluegill and goldfish (legal on the river). There are lots of 20-pound class fish being reported.

WILLOW BEACH: Information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherines Landing at 928-754-3245.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Information: Phils Western Trader at 928-768-4954 or Capt. Doyles Fun Fishing guide service at 928-768-2667.

LAKE HAVASU: Information: Bass Tackle Master at 928-854-2277.

BLYTHE: Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: Information: Walters Camp 760-854-3322 Wednesday through Sunday.

PICACHO-MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.

May
05

COLORADO RIVER

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

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

TOP NEWS: Windy conditions all along the river again this past week. The striper action is starting to outpace the black bass action from Havasu and north. The action has been fair to good in the river between the Mohave and Havasu, especially from Davis Dam to the Avi Bridge. The action was a little tougher this past week as compared to two weeks ago. Still a few 10-fish limits of one to three-pound stripers reported, most on cut baits, around the Laughlin Casinos. Scot Sanders, Bullhead City, had a 6.84-pound striper on anchovies in the casino row stretch. In Lake Mohave, the fish are showing in the mouths of coves and off points from Katherine’s Landing to the dam. Most are also one to three pounders here, too, but there are eight to 15 pounders in this action. In Havasu, the bite has spread through most of the main part of the lake and fish are showing from the dam to London Bridge. The largemouth bass bite is still fair to good. The best action has been in the lower river (below Havasu) backwaters and margins of the main river with the fish moving out of the spawn. The bite is best on plastic worms, nightcrawlers, and some reaction baits for the largemouths. Topoc Marsh has also been good for bass and catfish. The smallmouth bass in the lower river have also been best along the rip-rap from Parker Dam to Palo Verde. Most are showing on crawdad-like jigs or crank baits. Cibola Lake has stayed just fair with many fish in a post spawn blues. Havasu and Mohave bites have stayed pretty good with a lot of fish toward the end of the spawn or post-spawn. Small plastics, jigs, and reaction baits all working. Trout action has slowed in the Davis Camp and Rotary Park areas, but a few fish are still being landed. Small spinners or spoons have been the best baits. The flathead catfish bite is generally good all along the lower river, backwaters, and irrigation ditches. The bite has been pretty hot on live bluegill, goldfish, or tilapia. Lots of 20-pound class fish being reported.

WILLOW BEACH: Information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Information: Phil’s Western Trader at 928-768-4954 or Capt. Doyle’s Fun Fishing guide service at 928-768-2667.

LAKE HAVASU: Information: Bass Tackle Master at 928-854-2277.

BLYTHE: Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Wednesday through Sunday.

PICACHO-MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.

Apr
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.

TOP NEWS: Windy conditions all along the river this past week. The largemouth bass bite is still very good. The best action has been in the lower river (below Havasu) backwaters and margins of the main river as the fish move into the spawn. Anglers have been reporting 20 to 30 fish days. The bite is best on plastic worms, nightcrawlers, and some reaction baits for the largemouths. Topoc Marsh has also been good. The smallmouth bass in the lower river have also been best along the rip-rap from Parker Dam to Palo Verde. Most are showing on crawdad-like jigs or crank baits. Cibola Lake has stayed just fair with a lot of bass on beds. Water level is so high that most of the fish are back in the tules and inaccessible. Havasu and Mohave bites have also really turned on and the action is very good. Second best has been the striper action in the river between the Mohave and Havasu, especially from Davis Dam to the Avi Bridge. Albert Chapman and Paul Preston, Bullhead City, teamed up to landed a 26.10-pound striper from shore on anchovies in the Big Bend area. In Lake Mohave, the fish are showing in the mouths of coves and off points from Katherine’s Landing to the dam. Most are one to three pounders, but there are eight to 15 pounders in this action. In Havasu, the bite has spread through most of the main part of the lake and fish are showing from the dam to London Bridge. Trout action has slowed in the Davis Camp and Rotary Park areas, but a few fish are still being landed. Small spinners or spoons have been the best baits. The flathead catfish bite is finally starting to take off in the lower river, backwaters, and irrigation ditches. The bite has been pretty hot on live bluegill, goldfish, or tilapia. Lots of 20-pound class fish being reported.

WILLOW BEACH: Information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Information: Phil’s Western Trader at 928-768-4954 or Capt. Doyle’s Fun Fishing guide service at 928-768-2667.

LAKE HAVASU: Information: Bass Tackle Master at 928-854-2277.

BLYTHE: Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.

PICACHO-MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.

Apr
07

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.

TOP NEWS: Still relatively light fishing pressure all along the Colorado River, but the largemouth bass bite is pretty much wide open. The best action has been in the lower river (below Havasu) backwaters and margins of the main river as the fish move into the spawn. Anglers have been reporting 20 to 30 fish days. The bite is best on plastic worms, nightcrawlers, and some reaction baits for the largemouths. Topoc Marsh has also been good. The smallmouth bass in the lower river have also been best along the rip-rap from Parker Dam to Palo Verde. Most are showing on crawdad-like jigs or crank baits. Cibola Lake has stayed just fair with a lot of bass on beds. Water level is so high that most of the fish are back in the tules and inaccessible. Havasu and Mohave bites have also really turned on in the past week and the action is very good. Second best has been the striper action in Lake Mohave and Lake Havasu, with a fair number of fish in the river between the two. Mohave still has been the best bite, but the action is just fair overall. In Lake Mohave, the fish are showing in the mouths of coves and off points from Katherine’s Landing to the dam. Most are one to three pounders, but there are eight to 15 pounders in this action. In Havasu, the bite is also in the southern end of the lake, mostly on cut baits in deep water. Some stripers are also showing below Davis Dam in the river around Bullhead City. Mike Zayac, San Diego, landed a 19.96-pound striper above the Nature Center on a big topwater bait. Trout action remains fair in the Davis Camp and Rotary Park areas, but a plant next week should perk this action. Most of the rainbows are pan-sized, but some to three pounds. Small spinners or spoons have been the best baits. Other The flathead catfish bite is finally starting to take off in the lower river, backwaters, and irrigation ditches. The bite has been pretty hot on live bluegill, goldfish, or tilapia. Top fish thig past week was a 40-pounder landed by Brian Holland, one of the new owners of Walter’s Camp, fishing a big live bluegill right at Walter’s.

WILLOW BEACH: Information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Information: Phil’s Western Trader at 928-768-4954 or Capt. Doyle’s Fun Fishing guide service at 928-768-2667.

LAKE HAVASU: Information: Bass Tackle Master at 928-854-2277.

BLYTHE: Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.

PICACHO-MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.

Mar
30

COLORADO RIVER

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

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

TOP NEWS: Still relatively light fishing pressure all along the Colorado River, but the largemouth bass bites are breaking wide open. The best action has been in the lower river (below Havasu) backwaters and margins of the main river as the fish move into the spawn. Anglers have been reporting 20 to 30 fish days. The bite is best on plastic worms, nightcrawlers, and some reaction baits for the largemouths. The smallmouth bass in the lower river have also been best along the rip-rap from Parker Dam to Palo Verde. Most are showing on crawdad-like jigs or crank baits. Cibola Lake has stayed just fair with a lot of bass on beds. Water level is so high that most of the fish are back in the tules and inaccessible. Second best has been the striper action in Lake Mohave and Lake Havasu, with a fair number of fish in the river between the two. Mohave still has been the best bite, but the action is just fair overall. In Lake Mohave, the fish are showing in the mouths of coves and off points from Katherine’s Landing to the dam. Most are one to three pounders, but there are eight to 15 pounders in this action. In Havasu, the bite is also in the southern end of the lake, mostly on cut baits in deep water. Some stripers are also showing below Davis Dam in the river around Bullhead City. Trout action remains slow to fair in the Davis Camp and Rotary Park areas, but a plant next week should perk this action. Most of the rainbows are pan-sized, but some to three pounds. Small spinners or spoons have been the best baits. Other The flathead catfish bite is finally starting to take off in the lower river, backwaters, and irrigation ditches. The bite has been pretty hot since the most recent full moon with the best action on live bluegill, goldfish, or tilapia. Story of the week: A 32-pound flathead was caught in the Palo Verde Lagoon by Walter Gramme, Artesia. That’s the short story. The longer version is that Gramme had one rod jerked out of its shoreline rod holder and it was gone before he could get to it. He grabbed another rod and cast out and tried to snag the first rod, which he did. He was able to land the first rod and the catfish was still hooked up, and then he proceeded to use the first rod to land the fish. This was all witnessed. Top that tale.

WILLOW BEACH: Information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Information: Phil’s Western Trader at 928-768-4954 or Capt. Doyle’s Fun Fishing guide service at 928-768-2667.

LAKE HAVASU: Information: Bass Tackle Master at 928-854-2277.

BLYTHE: Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.

PICACHO-MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.

Mar
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.

TOP NEWS: Still relatively light fishing pressure all along the Colorado River. The top bites have been the striper action in Lake Mohave and Lake Havasu, with a fair number of fish in the river between the two. Mohave still has been the best bite, but the action is just fair overall. In Lake Mohave, the fish are showing in the mouths of coves and off points from Katherine’s Landing to the dam. Most are one to three pounders, but there are eight to 15 pounders in this action. The warm weather also has the fish starting to move around. In Havasu, the bite is also in the southern end of the lake, mostly on cut baits in deep water. Some stripers are also showing below Davis Dam in the river around Bullhead City. Trout action remains pretty good in the Davis Camp and Rotary Park areas after plants three weeks ago. Most are pan-sized, but some to three pounds. Small spinners or spoons have been the best baits. Other species mostly slow. The largemouth bass bite is starting to turn on all along the river, but especially in the lower river backwaters and deeper coves on Lake Havasu. Cibola Lake will open to fishing March 15. There is a pre-spawn movement of fish into the shallows and the bite is pretty good on plastic worms, nightcrawlers, and some reaction bait action. The smallmouth bass in the lower river have also been starting to perk along the rip-rap from Parker Dam to Palo Verde. Most are showing on crawdad-like jigs or cranksbaits.

WILLOW BEACH: Information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Information: Phil’s Western Trader at 928-768-4954 or Capt. Doyle’s Fun Fishing guide service at 928-768-2667.

LAKE HAVASU: Information: Bass Tackle Master at 928-854-2277.

BLYTHE: Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.

PICACHO-MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.

Feb
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.

TOP NEWS: Very light fishing pressure all along the Colorado River. The top bites have been the striper action in Lake Mohave and Lake Havasu with a fair number of fish in the river between the two. Mohave has been the best bite, but the action is still just fair overall. In Lake Mohave, the fish are showing in the mouths of coves and off points from Katherine’s Landing to the dam. Most are one to three pounders, but there are eight to 15 pounders in this action. In Havasu, the bite is also in the southern end of the lake, mostly on cut baits in deep water. Some stripers are also showing below Davis Dam in the river around Bullhead City. Trout action remains pretty good in the Davis Camp and Rotary Park areas after plants again last week. Most are pan-sized, but some to three pounds. Small spinners or spoons have been the best baits. Other species mostly slow.

WILLOW BEACH: Information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Information: Phil’s Western Trader at 928-768-4954 or Capt. Doyle’s Fun Fishing guide service at 928-768-2667.

LAKE HAVASU: Information: Bass Tackle Master at 928-854-2277.

BLYTHE: Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.

PICACHO-MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.

Feb
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.

TOP NEWS: Very light fishing pressure all along the Colorado River. The top bites have been the striper action in Lake Mohave and Lake Havasu. Mohave has been the better of the two with slow to fair action, with Havasu a little slower. In Lake Mohave, the fish are showing in the mouths of coves and off points from Katherine’s Landing to the dam. Most are one to three pounders, but there are eight to 15 pounders in this action. In Havasu, the bite is also in the southern end of the lake, mostly on cut baits in deep water. Some stripers are also showing below Davis Dam in the river around Bullhead City. Trout action improved in below Davis Camp and in the Rotary Park areas after plants in both areas two weeks ago. Most are pan-sized, but some to three pounds. Small spinners or spoons have been getting limits. Other species mostly slow.

WILLOW BEACH: Information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Information: Phil’s Western Trader at 928-768-4954 or Capt. Doyle’s Fun Fishing guide service at 928-768-2667.

LAKE HAVASU: Information: Bass Tackle Master at 928-854-2277.

BLYTHE: Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.

PICACHO-MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.

Jan
14

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.

TOP NEWS: Very light fishing pressure all along the Colorado River. The top bites have been the striper action in Lake Mohave and Lake Havasu, but they have slowed a little. In Lake Mohave, the fish are showing in the mouths of coves and off points from Katherine’s Landing to the dam. Most are one to three pounders, but there are eight to 15 pounders in this action. In Havasu, the bite is also in the southern end of the lake, mostly on cut baits in deep water. Some stripers are also showing below Davis Dam in the river around Bullhead City. Justin Smith, Bullhead City, caught a 24.64-pound striper on a big swimbait in the old Bullhead area. Trout are slow to fair below Davis Dam with the best areas at the casinos, the community park, and Rotary Park. Other areas and species are mostly slow, even the redear have slowed way down.

WILLOW BEACH: Information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Information: Phil’s Western Trader at 928-768-4954 or Capt. Doyle’s Fun Fishing guide service at 928-768-2667.

LAKE HAVASU: Information: Bass Tackle Master at 928-854-2277.

BLYTHE: Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.

PICACHO-MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.

Dec
10

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.

TOP NEWS: Trout plants resumed two weeks ago in the upper river at Camp Davis just below Davis Dam at Laughlin, and the next plants are tentatively slated for Friday this week. Stripers are slow to fair in the main river from Laughlin to Topoc, but the bite has been good in both Mohave and Havasu. The fish are keying on shad in 10 to 25 feet of water. The largemouth and smallmouth bass action is generally just fair throughout the system, with the best action in the backwaters for largemouths. The lower river is also pretty fair for smallmouth bass, but getting little pressure. Havasu is also pretty good on smallmouth up chasing bait early (reaction baits) and then on rocky structure later (jigs and plastics). The catfish bite has been slowing with cooler water temperatures from Lake Mohave all the way to Yuma, especially in the backwaters and lagoons. The bite in the main river has been best, especially for channels on cut baits. Flatheads pretty slow. The redear and bluegill are slow to fair in Topoc Marsh and Gorge, all of Havasu, and the lower stretch of river backwaters and lakes, but getting very little pressure.

WILLOW BEACH: Information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Information: Phil’s Western Trader at 928-768-4954 or Capt. Doyle’s Fun Fishing guide service at 928-768-2667.

LAKE HAVASU: Information: Bass Tackle Master at 928-854-2277.

BLYTHE: Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.

PICACHO-MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.