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Aug
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.

TOP NEWS: The striped bass and catfish continue to be the best bets along the whole river. The stripers are fair to good throughout the upper end from Lake Havasu up through Topoc Gorge and all the way up to Davis Dam. The bite is also good now in the main body of Havasu, especially in the California Bay region. Best action on drifted cut baits in the river and topwater and shad-like baits early and late in the day on the lake. More fish are also starting to show in Lake Mohave, especially on cut baits in the stretch from Katherine’s Landing to the dam. The catfish bite has also really turned on throughout the river system, especially for channels, but also more flatheads in Palo Verde Lagoon and other deep pools and backwaters in the lower part of the river. Gene Tafoya, Bullhead City, had an 11.64-pound channel cat fishing in the community park area in old Bullhead. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are fair with some flurries of topwater action early in the day in both Havasu and Mohave on the edges of the floating weed mats. The bass and bluegill are fair in the lower stretch of river, but getting very little pressure. Havaus and Topoc also have pretty decent panfish bites, especially on redear.

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.

Aug
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.

TOP NEWS: The striped bass and catfish continue to be the best bets. The stripers are good throughout the upper end from Lake Havasu up through Topoc Gorge and all the way up to Davis Dam. The bite is also good now in the main lake, especially in the California Bay region. Best action on drifted cut baits in the river and topwater and shad-like baits early and late in the day on the lake. The catfish bite has also really turned on throughout the lower river system, especially for channels, but also more flatheads in Palo Verde Lagoon and other deep pools and backwaters in this part of the river. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are fair with some flurries of topwater action early in the day in both Havasu and Mohave on the edges of the floating weed mats. The bass and bluegill are fair in the lower stretch of river, but getting very little pressure. Havaus and Topoc also have pretty decent panfish bites, especially on redear.

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.

Aug
06

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 striped bass continue to be best in the upper end of Lake Havasu and up through Topoc Gorge and all the way up to Davis Dam. The catfish bite has also really turned on throughout the lower river system, especially for channels, but also more flatheads are showing with two fish over 40 pounds reported from the Palo Verde Lagoon in the past week. Top striper spots have been the sandbar at the upper end of Havasu south to California Bay. There are also clusters of fish all the way upriver to Bullhead and then more concentrated numbers from there to the dam. While most of the stripers are one to three pounds, the bulk of the spawning fish are four to eight pounds with a few bigger fish each week. The catfish are showing in the backwaters along with the deeper pools and runs throughout the river, and they are being caught in all the lakes’ coves. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are fair with some flurries of topwater action early in the day in both Havasu and Mohave on the edges of the floating weed mats. The bass and bluegill are fair in this lower stretch of river, but getting very little pressure. Catches of note include an 8.8-pound catfish caught by Michael Sample, Bullhead City, and a 6.67-pound catfish caught by Steve Hammond, Bullhead City, both from that stretch of river. Larry Neal, Bullhead City, had a 5.86-pound striper at the Needles Bridge on a Rat-L-Trap.

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.

Jul
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: The striped bass continue to be best in the upper end of Lake Havasu and up through Topoc Gorge and all the way up to Davis Dam. The catfish bite has also really turned on throughout the lower river system, especially for channels, but also more flatheads showing. Top striper spots have been the sandbar at the upper end of Havasu with clusters of fish all the way to Bullhead and then more concentrated numbers from there to the dam. While most of the stripers are one to three pounds, the bulk of the spawning fish are four to eight pounds with a few bigger fish each week. The catfish are showing in the backwaters along with the deeper pools and runs throughout the river, and they are being caught in all the lakes’ coves. Ernie Calma, Bullhead City, had channel cats at 16.28 and 7.52 pounds, while his son Kayden landed a 7.58-pounder. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are fair with some flurries of topwater action early in the day in both Havasu and Mohave. The bass and bluegill are fair in this lower stretch of river, but getting very little pressure. Overall it is hot, mosquito-plagued, fishing on the lower river.

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.

Jul
16

COLORADO RIVER

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

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

TOP NEWS: The striped bass have congregated in the upper end of Lake Havasu and masses of fish have moved up into the Topoc Gorge and all the way up to Davis Dam for the spawn. The fishing has been good from the upper end of Havasu at the sandbar all the way through this stretch of river, but they seem to be running in packs, so some spots might have few fish while a pool a half-mile upstream will be filled with fish. While most of the stripers are one to three pounds, the bulk of the spawning fish are four to eight pounds with a few bigger fish each week. Willie Schoggins, Bullhead City, landed a 7.66-pound striper on anchovies fishing off Park Street in Bullhead. There is also good redear action throughout Lake Havasu with a lot of two-pound class and bigger redear being caught. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are fair with some flurries of topwater action early in the day in both Havasu and Mohave. The catfish bite in the lower river is fair to good. Palo Verde Lagoon and the main river south of Blythe has a very good channel catfish bite. Thee bass and bluegill are fair in this lower stretch of river, but getting very little pressure. Overall it is hot, mosquito-plagued, fishing on the lower river.

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.

Jul
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: The striped bass are starting to spawn and have been moving upriver out of Lake Havasu and moving up all the way to Davis Dam. The fishing has been good from the upper end of Havasu at the sandbar all the way through Topoc Gorge and up to the dam. Lots of four to six-pound fish are showing with bigger fish being caught each week. There is also good action on the resident smaller stripers. The bigger fish are best on reaction baits, while the smaller stripers are best on cut baits. Shawn Reffett, Bullhead City, had stripers at 6.94 and 4.14 pounds on anchovies in the river south of Needles. There is also good redear action throughout Lake Havasu with a lot of two-pound class and bigger redear being caught.

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.

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

WILLOW BEACH: Catfish fair on cut baits. A few striped bass to 18 pounds reported in recent weeks, but this bite is tough. For fishing information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Both the smallmouth and largemouth bass bites have been fair to good on plastics and nightcrawlers, with some topwater early in the day. Lots of fish in the three-pound range, and the best bite has been morning or evening. Bluegill and redear are also improving on nightcrawlers near the dam and at Katherine’s. Stripers are improving with a lot of fish in the Katherine’s area on anchovies in the coves and off the points. The stripers are in the one to four-pound range. 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 striper action in this whole stretch or river from Davis Dam all the way downstream to Topoc Gorge. The heat is on and there is relatively light fishing pressure, but lots of one to four-pound fish are showing on anchovies, swimbaits, and surface plugs. Just below the dam, Mike Zayac, San Diego, landed a 25.9-pound striper fishing a topwater plug. Dean Thomas, Paradise, had stripers at 2.28 and 1.78 pounds in the Big Bend area. Dean Thomas, Bullhead City, landed a 2.16-pounder on anchovies. Some largemouth bass are also showing in the backwaters and smallmouth pretty decent along any rip-rap. The bluegill and redear are good in quiet water areas. Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: The largemouth bass action has been fair to good in the marsh with nightcrawlers and slow-rolled spinnerbaits producing fish, but most are small, and the best bite is early and late in the day. The smallmouth bite is fair in the main river and gorge areas. The bluegill and redear bite is good, mostly on red worms or nightcrawlers. The catfish action is also getting pretty good. Stripers in the main river are very good. Most of the fish are showing on cut baits, mostly anchovies or sardines, but topwater lures and swimbaits are also getting fish. 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 striper bite has been fair to good with the best action early in the morning for anglers trolling or casting topwater or shallow-running shad-like lures in the main basin from the river entrance south to Whipple Bay. Bait anglers fishing anchovies have had success from the sandbar to Blankenship Bend. The catfish bite is good on cut mackerel for the channel and live bluegill for the flatheads at night in shallow coves where there is deep-water access. The largemouth bass bite is very good early and late in the day on topwater frog and baitfish imitations, but the bite is tough the rest of the day. Some smallmouth showing on topwater in rocky areas, but most are showing in deeper water on deep-running cranks or crawdad-like plastics.

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

BLYTHE: The flathead catfish bite has been fair to good at night. The best action has been in the main river’s big pools on live bluegill, goldfish, and tilapia. The largemouth bass bite has been good all along this stretch of the river and its backwaters, but the bite has been restricted to early and late in the day. Most fish have been on plastics, jigs, reaction baits, and nightcrawlers, but the topwater baits are working good now, too. Smallmouths are showing in fair to good numbers in the main river on small cranks, jigs, and plastics, especially in the stretches with rip-rap. The bluegill bite is good in most backwaters and quiet areas on the river on nightcrawlers. Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: The flathead catfish bite is fair to good in the main river on live bluegill, especially at night, but there is very little pressure now with the heat (110 degrees plus most days) and the mosquitos. The largemouth and smallmouth bass bites have been fair to good in the lagoon and other backwaters. Plastics, reaction baits, and topwater baits are all working. The channel catfish action is pretty fair, mostly on cut baits. The smallmouth bass are also good in the main river with the best bite on plastics or reaction baits. Smallies to four pounds reported. Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.

PICACHO AREA: The bass have been good, with the best bite on plastics and live baits. The reaction bait and topwater bites are starting early this year. The catfish bite is fair on channels with cut baits, and the flathead catfish bite is finally starting to turn on for anglers fishing live goldfish, bluegill, or tilapia. The bluegill bite is good. Still light fishing pressure.

MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Largemouth bass action has been on live baits, plastics, and reaction baits. Even some topwater. Flathead catfish are fair to good on live bluegill and goldfish. Channel catfish action is good on stink baits and cut baits. Bluegill are finally turning on with pretty good action. Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.

YUMA AREA: Largemouth bass action has been good in area backwaters. Most anglers are fishing live bait, plastics, or reaction baits. The channel catfish action is fair on cut bait and stink baits, and the flathead are fair to good with a number of fish over 20 pounds reported. Bluegill are good.

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

WILLOW BEACH: Catfish fair on cut baits. A few striped bass to 18 pounds reported in recent weeks, but this bite is tough. For fishing information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Both the smallmouth and largemouth bass bites have been good on plastics and nightcrawlers, but some topwater now. Lots of fish in the three-pound range, and the best bite has been morning or evening. Bluegill and redear are also improving on nightcrawlers near the dam and at Katherine’s. Stripers are improving with a lot of fish in the Katherine’s area on anchovies. The stripers are in the one to four-pound range. 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 striper action in this whole stretch or river from Davis Dam all the way downstream to Topoc Gorge. Most of the fish are one to three pounds, but some are bigger and most are showing on anchovies or small, shad-like cranks or swimbaits. Gene Tafoya, Bullhead City, had four stripers to 4.6 pounds on X-Rap cranks. Catfish are also showing in decent numbers. Some bass are also showing in the backwaters, and the bluegill and redear are good. Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: The largemouth bass action has been fair to good in the marsh with nightcrawlers and slow-rolled spinnerbaits producing fish, but most are small. The smallmouth bite is fair in the main river and gorge areas. The bluegill and redear bite is good with a lot of fish still on beds. The catfish action is also getting pretty good. Stripers in the main river are very good with the bite really taking off over the past three weeks of warm weather. The fish are showing on cut baits, with bigger fish (topping four pounds) on swimbaits and jerk baits. Dennis Baldwin, Bullhead City, had a 4.2-pound striper to top of his stringer of stripers. You can access the marsh by boat at the North Dike, Catfish Paradise, and Five-Mile Landing. All three also provide plenty of area for shoreline fishing, too. Information: Phil’s Western Trader at 928-768-4954 or Capt. Doyle’s Fun Fishing guide service at 928-768-2667.
LAKE HAVASU: The striped bass bite has been fair to good with most of the fish in the upper end of the lake and hitting topwater most mornings and then hanging in 30 to 50 feet during the day and taking cut baits. Most of the fish are three to six pounds with some up into double digits. The smallmouth and largemouth bass are fair with some topwater (frogs) and crankbait action early and late. The bite is tough during the day. The bluegill and redear are fair to good with lots of fish on beds. Two-plus pounders common. Catfish have finally come alive with good action in most coves on cut baits.

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

BLYTHE: The flathead catfish bite has been fair to good. The best action has been in the main river’s big pools on live bluegill, goldfish, and tilapia. The largemouth bass bite has been good all along this stretch of the river and its backwaters, but the bite has been restricted to early and late in the day. Most fish have been on plastics, jigs, reaction baits, and nightcrawlers, but the topwater action is starting to take off. Smallmouths are showing in fair to good numbers in the main river on small cranks, jigs, and plastics, especially in the stretches with rip-rap. The bluegill bite is good in most backwaters and quiet areas on the river on nightcrawlers. Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: The flathead catfish bite is fair to good in the main river on live bluegill. The largemouth and smallmouth bass bites have been very good in the lagoon and other backwaters. Plastics, reaction baits, and even topwater baits are all working. The channel catfish action is pretty fair, mostly on cut baits. The smallmouth bass are also good in the main river with the best bite on plastics or reaction baits. Smallies to four pounds reported in recent days. Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.

PICACHO AREA: The bass have been good, with the best bite on plastics and live baits. The reaction bait and topwater bites are starting early this year. The catfish bite is fair on channels with cut baits, and the flathead catfish bite is finally starting to turn on for anglers fishing live goldfish, bluegill, or tilapia. The bluegill bite is good. Still light fishing pressure.

MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Largemouth bass action has been on live baits, plastics, and reaction baits. Even some topwater. Flathead catfish are fair to good on live bluegill and goldfish. Channel catfish action is good on stink baits and cut baits. Bluegill are finally turning on with pretty good action. Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.

YUMA AREA: Largemouth bass action has been good in area backwaters. Most anglers are fishing live bait, plastics, or reaction baits. The channel catfish action is fair on cut bait and stink baits, and the flathead are starting to turn on with a number of fish over 20 pounds reported the past two weeks. Bluegill are good.

Jun
05

COLORADO RIVER

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

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

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

WILLOW BEACH: Catfish fair on cut baits. A few striped bass to 18 pounds reported in recent weeks, but this bite is tough. For fishing information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Both the smallmouth and largemouth bass bites have been fair to good on plastics and nightcrawlers. Lots of fish in the three-pound range. Bluegill and redear are also improving on nightcrawlers near the dam and at Katherine’s. Stripers are improving with a lot of fish in the Katherine’s area on anchovies. The stripers are in the one to four-pound range. The catfish bite is fair to good in most coves, especially at night on cut baits. Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245. Interesting web site for Willow Beach and Lake Mohave striper anglers: http://lakemohavestripers.com.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: The striped bass bite has been very good this past week from the dam all the way downstream to Needles and below. Most are one to two pounds, but a lot of fish from four to six pounds are showing now. Lino Garcia, Bullhead City, had four stripers to 2.84-pound fishing anchovies just below Davis Dam. Quite a few catfish are also showing from the quieter stretches and backwaters. Brody Horton, Bullhead City, had a 10.4-pound catfish from the Nature Center bay. Some bass are also showing in the backwaters, and the bluegill and redear are also starting to take off. Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: The largemouth bass action has been fair to good in the marsh with nightcrawlers and slow-rolled spinnerbaits producing fish, but most are small. The smallmouth bite is fair in the main river and gorge areas. The bluegill and redear bite is good with a lot of fish still on beds. The catfish action is also getting pretty good. Stripers in the main river are very good with the bite really taking off over the past two weeks of warm weather. The fish are showing on cut baits, with bigger fish (topping four pounds) on swimbaits and jerk baits. You can access the marsh by boat at the North Dike, Catfish Paradise, and Five-Mile Landing. All three also provide plenty of area for shoreline fishing, too. Information: Phil’s Western Trader at 928-768-4954 or Capt. Doyle’s Fun Fishing guide service at 928-768-2667.
LAKE HAVASU: The striped bass bite has been fair to good with most of the fish in the upper end of the lake and hitting topwater most mornings and then hanging in 30 to 50 feet during the day and taking cut baits. Most of the fish are three to six pounds with some up into double digits. The smallmouth and largemouth bass are fair with some topwater (frogs) and crankbait action early and late. The bite is tough during the day. The bluegill and redear are fair to good with lots of fish on beds. Two-plus pounders common. Catfish have finally come alive with good action in most coves on cut baits.

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

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

PALO VERDE: The flathead catfish bite is good in the main river on live bluegill. The largemouth and smallmouth bass bites have been very good in the lagoon and other backwaters. Plastics, reaction baits, and even topwater baits are all working. The channel catfish action is pretty fair, mostly on cut baits. The smallmouth bass are also good in the main river with the best bite on plastics or reaction baits. Smallies to four pounds reported in recent days. Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.

PICACHO AREA: The bass have been good, with the best bite on plastics and live baits. The reaction bait and topwater bites are starting early this year. The catfish bite is fair on channels with cut baits, and the flathead catfish bite is finally starting to turn on for anglers fishing live goldfish, bluegill, or tilapia. The bluegill bite is good. Still light fishing pressure.

MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Largemouth bass action has been on live baits, plastics, and reaction baits. Even some topwater. Flathead catfish are fair to good on live bluegill and goldfish. Channel catfish action is good on stink baits and cut baits. Bluegill are finally turning on with pretty good action. Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.

YUMA AREA: Largemouth bass action has been good in area backwaters. Most anglers are fishing live bait, plastics, or reaction baits. The channel catfish action is fair on cut bait and stink baits, and the flathead are starting to turn on with a number of fish over 20 pounds reported the past two weeks. Bluegill are good.

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

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

LAKE MOHAVE: Both the smallmouth and largemouth bass bites have been fair to good on plastics and nightcrawlers. Lots of fish in the three-pound range. Bluegill and redear are also improving on nightcrawlers near the dam and at Katherine’s. Stripers are improving with a lot of fish in the Katherine’s area on anchovies. The stripers are in the one to four-pound range. The catfish bite is fair to good in most coves, especially at night on cut baits. Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245. Interesting web site for Willow Beach and Lake Mohave striper anglers: http://lakemohavestripers.com.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: The striped bass bite has been fair from the dam all the way downstream to Needles. Most are one to two pounds, but a lot of fish from four to six pounds are showing now. Steven Boblett, Bullhead City, had stripers at 5.58 and 3.28 pounds near Davis Dam. Bob Hilderbrand, Bullhead City, and son John Hildebrand, San Gabriel, had 12 stripers to two pounds in the Avi-stretch of the river on anchovies. Tony Smith and Chris Duncan, both Bullhead City, teamed up to landed a 15.68-pound catfish in the river near the Nature Center. Catfish are fair overall. Some bass are showing in the backwaters, and the bluegill and redear are also starting to take off. Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: The largemouth bass action has been fair to good in the marsh with nightcrawlers and slow-rolled spinnerbaits producing fish, but most are small. The smallmouth bite is fair in the main river and gorge areas. The bluegill and redear bite is starting to turn on and moving into the spawn, and the catfish action is also getting pretty good. Stripers in the main river are fair to good with the bite really taking off. The fish are showing on cut baits, with bigger fish on swimbaits and jerk baits. You can access the marsh by boat at the North Dike, Catfish Paradise, and Five-Mile Landing. All three also provide plenty of area for shoreline fishing, too. Information: Phil’s Western Trader at 928-768-4954 or Capt. Doyle’s Fun Fishing guide service at 928-768-2667.
LAKE HAVASU: The striped bass bite has been improving with more and more fish taken on or near the surface. The best bite is still in deeper water on spoons and cut baits, but the fish are showing throughout the lake as more and more fish are moving upriver and into the gorge. The smallmouth and largemouth bass are fair. The smallmouth action is best on most rocky points on plastics, jigs, and slow-fished spinnerbaits. The largemouth are best on plastics, Senko-type baits, and Brush Hawgs. The bluegill and redear are fair to good with lots of fish on beds. Two-plus pounders common. Catfish have been slow to fair on cut anchovies or other cut baits.

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

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

PALO VERDE: The flathead catfish bite is good in the main river on live bluegill. A number of fish to 20 pounds and better reported in the past week, including another one in the 40-pound class. The largemouth and smallmouth bass bites have been very good in the lagoon and other backwaters. Plastics, reaction baits, and even topwater baits are all working. The channel catfish action is pretty fair, mostly on cut baits. The smallmouth bass are also good in the main river with the best bite on plastics or reaction baits. Smallies to four pounds reported in recent days. Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.

PICACHO AREA: The bass have been good, with the best bite on plastics and live baits. The reaction bait and topwater bites are starting early this year. The catfish bite is fair on channels with cut baits, and the flathead catfish bite is finally starting to turn on for anglers fishing live goldfish, bluegill, or tilapia. The bluegill bite is good. Still light fishing pressure.

MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Largemouth bass action has been on live baits, plastics, and reaction baits. Even some topwater. Flathead catfish are fair to good on live bluegill and goldfish. Channel catfish action is good on stink baits and cut baits. Bluegill are finally turning on with pretty good action. Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.

YUMA AREA: Largemouth bass action has been good in area backwaters. Most anglers are fishing live bait, plastics, or reaction baits. The channel catfish action is fair on cut bait and stink baits, and the flathead are starting to turn on with a number of fish over 20 pounds reported the past two weeks. Bluegill are good.

May
18

1st Place

Annual Striper Derby @ the Nautical Inn in
Lake Havasu…
My boys took 3rd place out of 130 teams with 86.72 lbs of fish…
And 1st Place Father/Son!!!

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May
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.

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

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

LAKE MOHAVE: Both the smallmouth and largemouth bass bites have been fair to good on plastics and nightcrawlers. Lots of fish in the three-pound range. Bluegill and redear are also improving on nightcrawlers near the dam and at Katherine’s. Stripers are improving with a lot of fish in the Katherine’s area on anchovies. The stripers are in the one to four-pound range. The catfish bite is fair to good in most coves, especially at night on cut baits. Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245. Interesting web site for Willow Beach and Lake Mohave striper anglers: http://lakemohavestripers.com.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: The striped bass bite has if pretty fair from the dam all the way downstream to Needles. Most are one to two pounds, but a lot of fish from four to six pounds are showing now. Some bass are showing in the backwaters, and the bluegill and redear are also starting to take off. Paul Preston, Bullhead City, had nine bluegill and redear to a pound fishing in Laughlin Bay. Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: The largemouth bass action has been fair to good in the marsh with nightcrawlers and slow-rolled spinnerbaits producing fish, but most are small. The smallmouth bite is fair in the main river and gorge areas. The bluegill and redear bite is starting to turn on and moving into the spawn, and the catfish action is also getting pretty good. Dennis Baldwin, Bullhead City, had five catfish to three pounds fishing in the marsh with nighcrawlers. Stripers in the main river are good with the bite really taking off. The fish are showing on cut baits, with bigger fish on swimbaits and jerk baits. You can access the marsh by boat at the North Dike, Catfish Paradise, and Five-Mile Landing. All three also provide plenty of area for shoreline fishing, too. Information: Phil’s Western Trader at 928-768-4954 or Capt. Doyle’s Fun Fishing guide service at 928-768-2667.
LAKE HAVASU: The striped bass bite has been fair in deep water at the dam and in the lower basin, but more and more fish are moving upriver and into the gorge. Shad are moving shallower and there has been more surface action over the past two weeks, but cut baits or spoons still the best bet. The smallmouth and largemouth bass are fair with the spawn mostly over. The smallmouth action is best on most rocky points on plastics, jigs, and slow-fished spinnerbaits. The largemouth are best on plastics, Senko-type baits, and Brush Hawgs. The bluegill and redear are fair to good with lots of fish on beds. Two-plus pounders common. Catfish have been slow to fair on cut anchovies or other cut baits.

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

BLYTHE: The flathead catfish bite has been fair to good. The best action has been in the main river’s big pools on live bluegill, goldfish, and tilapia. Junior angler Seth Perkins, San Jacinto, caught a 45-pound flathead on a bluegill. The largemouth bass bite has been good all along this stretch of the river with good action in the main river and backwaters. Most fish have been on plastics, jigs, reaction baits, and nightcrawlers. Also more and more smallmouths showing in the main river on small cranks, jigs, and plastics, especially in the stretches with rip-rap. The bluegill bite is also starting to turn on with the warm weather. Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: The flathead catfish bite is good in the main river on live bluegill. A number of fish to 20 pounds and better reported in the past week. The largemouth bass bite has been very good in the lagoon and other backwaters. Plastics, reaction baits, and even topwater baits are all working. The channel catfish action is pretty fair, mostly on cut baits. The smallmouth bass are good in the main river with the best bite on plastics or reaction baits. Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.

PICACHO AREA: The bass have been good, with the best bite on plastics and live baits. The reaction bait and topwater bites are starting early this year. The catfish bite is fair on channels with cut baits, and the flathead catfish bite is finally starting to turn on for anglers fishing live goldfish, bluegill, or tilapia. The bluegill bite is good. Still light fishing pressure.

MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Largemouth bass action has been on live baits, plastics, and reaction baits. Even some topwater. Flathead catfish are fair to good on live bluegill and goldfish. Channel catfish action is good on stink baits and cut baits. Bluegill are finally turning on with pretty good action. Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.

YUMA AREA: Largemouth bass action has been good in area backwaters. Most anglers are fishing live bait, plastics, or reaction baits. The channel catfish action is fair on cut bait and stink baits, and the flathead are starting to turn on with a number of fish over 20 pounds reported the past two weeks. Bluegill are good.

Apr
30

COLORADO RIVER

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

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

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

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

LAKE MOHAVE: Both the smallmouth and largemouth bass bites have been fair to good with most fish in the shallows. Plastics and nightcrawlers have been the best bet. Lots of fish in the three-pound range. Bluegill and redear are also improving on nightcrawlers near the dam and at Katherine’s. Stripers are slow to fair at the dam and from the Power Lines up to Katherine’s in most of the coves. Anchovies have been the top bait, but a few fish are showing on reaction baits or jigging spoons early in the day. The catfish bite is fair to good in most coves, especially at night on cut baits. Lucas Arambul, Bullhead City, had a pair of cats at 4.62 pounds and 3.38 pounds near Katherine’s landing. Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245. Interesting web site for Willow Beach and Lake Mohave striper anglers: http://lakemohavestripers.com.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: The striped bass bite has continued just fair from the dam all the way downstream to Needles. Most are one to two pounds, but a lot of fish from four to six pounds are showing now. Willie Schoggins, Bullhead City, landed the 4.42-pound striper on anchovies from shore in the Big Bend area. Bob Lindaas and Chuck Stephens, both Fort Mohave, had several stripers to 5.6 pounds, also on anchovies from shore. Some bass are showing in the backwaters, and the bluegill and redear are also starting to take off. Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: The largemouth bass action has been fair to good in the marsh with nightcrawlers and slow-rolled spinnerbaits producing fish, but most are small. The smallmouth bite is fair in the main river and gorge areas. The bluegill and redear bite is starting to turn on and moving into the spawn, and the catfish action is also getting pretty good. Stripers in the main river are good with the bite really taking off in the past two weeks. The fish are showing on cut baits, with bigger fish on swimbaits and jerk baits. You can access the marsh by boat at the North Dike, Catfish Paradise, and Five-Mile Landing. All three also provide plenty of area for shoreline fishing, too. Information: Phil’s Western Trader at 928-768-4954 or Capt. Doyle’s Fun Fishing guide service at 928-768-2667.
LAKE HAVASU: The striped bass bite has been fair in deep water at the dam and in the lower basin, but there is some movement of fish to the upper end of the lake. Shad are moving shallower, but still little surface action yet. Cut baits or spoons still the best bet. The smallmouth and largemouth bass are still mostly shallow with some fish still in the spawn. The smallmouth action is best on most rocky points on plastics, jigs, and slow-fished spinnerbaits. The largemouth are best in three to 12 feet of water on plastics, Senko-type baits, and Brush Hawgs. The bluegill and redear are fair and improving with each warm day. Catfish have been slow to fair on cut anchovies or other cut baits.

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

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

PALO VERDE: The flathead catfish bite is turning on in the main river on live bluegill. A number of fish to 20 pounds and better reported in the past week. The largemouth bass bite has been very good in the lagoon and other backwaters. Plastics, reaction baits, and even topwater baits are all working. The channel catfish action is pretty fair, mostly on cut baits. The smallmouth bass are good in the main river with the best bite on plastics or reaction baits. Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.

PICACHO AREA: The bass have been good, with the best bite on plastics and live baits. The reaction bait and topwater bites are starting early this year. The catfish bite is fair on channels with cut baits, and the flathead catfish bite is finally starting to turn on for anglers fishing live goldfish, bluegill, or tilapia. The bluegill bite is good. Still light fishing pressure.

MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Largemouth bass action has been good with the fish still mostly shallow. Live baits and plastics have been the best bet, but the reaction and topwater bites are starting to take off already. Flathead catfish are fair to good on live bluegill and goldfish. Channel catfish action is good on stink baits and cut baits. Bluegill are finally turning on with pretty good action. Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.

YUMA AREA: Largemouth bass action has been good in area backwaters. Most anglers are fishing live bait, plastics, or reaction baits. The channel catfish action is fair on cut bait and stink baits, and the flathead are starting to turn on with a number of fish over 20 pounds reported the past two weeks. Bluegill are good.

Apr
23

COLORADO RIVER

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

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

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

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

LAKE MOHAVE: Both the smallmouth and largemouth bass bites have been fair to good with most fish in the shallows. Plastics and nightcrawlers have been the best bet. Lots of fish in the three-pound range. Bluegill and redear are also improving on nightcrawlers near the dam and at Katherine’s. Stripers are fair at the dam and from the Power Lines up to Katherine’s in most of the coves. Matt Pernula, Bullhead City, had a 17.92-pound striper fishing anchovies from a boat. Anchovies have been the top bait, but a few fish are showing on reaction baits or jigging spoons early in the day. The catfish bite is fair to good in most coves, especially at night on cut baits. Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245. Interesting web site for Willow Beach and Lake Mohave striper anglers: http://lakemohavestripers.com.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: The striped bass bite has continued to improve and the bite is good from the dam all the way downstream to Needles. Most are one to two pounds, but a lot of fish from four to six pounds are showing now. Jim Graeff, Bullhead City, landed a 6.22-pounder near the dam. Shaen Prokuda, Bullhead City, had a 6.54-pound striper in the Rotary Park area. Also more and more catfish showing in this bite. Paul Preston, Bullhead City, had an 8.54-pound cat, while fishing buddy Eddie Jones, Bullhead, had a 2.14-pound striper. Both were fishing near Needles. Some bass are showing in the backwaters and quite areas, and the bluegill and redear are also starting to take off. Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: The largemouth bass action has been fair to good in the marsh with nightcrawlers and slow-rolled spinnerbaits producing fish, but most are small. The smallmouth bite is fair in the main river and gorge areas. The bluegill and redear bite is starting to turn on, and the catfish action is also getting pretty good. Stripers in the main river are good with the bite really taking off in the past two weeks. The fish are showing on cut baits, with bigger fish on swimbaits and jerk baits. The catfish bite is also good in both the marsh and this stretch of river. You can access the marsh by boat at the North Dike, Catfish Paradise, and Five-Mile Landing. All three also provide plenty of area for shoreline fishing, too. Information: Phil’s Western Trader at 928-768-4954 or Capt. Doyle’s Fun Fishing guide service at 928-768-2667.
LAKE HAVASU: The striped bass bite has been fair in deep water at the dam and in the lower basin, but there is some movement of fish to the upper end of the lake. Shad are still deep, so little surface action yet. Cut baits or spoons still the best bet. The smallmouth and largemouth bass are still mostly shallow with some fish still in the spawn. The smallmouth action is best on most rocky points on plastics, jigs, and slow-fished spinnerbaits. The largemouth are best in three to 12 feet of water on plastics, Senko-type baits, and Brush Hawgs. The bluegill and redear are fair and improving with each warm day. Sonny de la Torre, Riverside, had a redear at 3-8 along with three others over two pounds fishing his custom jigs. Catfish have been slow to fair on cut anchovies or other cut baits.

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

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

PALO VERDE: The largemouth bass bite has been very good in the lagoon and other backwaters. Plastics, reaction baits, and even topwater baits are all working. The channel catfish action is pretty fair, but few flatheads reported yet. The smallmouth bass are good in the main river with the best bite on plastics or reaction baits. Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.

PICACHO AREA: The bass have been good, with the best bite on plastics and live baits. The reaction bait and topwater bites are starting early this year. The catfish bite is fair on channels with cut baits, but the flathead bite is oddly slow. The bluegill bite is finally improving. Light fishing pressure.

MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Largemouth bass action has been good with the fish still mostly shallow. Live baits and plastics have been the best bet, but the reaction and topwater bites are starting to take off already. Flathead catfish are fair live bluegill and goldfish. Channel catfish action is fair to good on stink baits and cut baits. Bluegill are slow. Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.

YUMA AREA: Largemouth bass action has been good in area backwaters. Most anglers are fishing live bait, plastics, or reaction baits. The channel catfish action is fair on cut bait and stink baits, but the flatheads are slow. Bluegill are starting to turn on with quite a few starting to show.

Apr
16

COLORADO RIVER

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

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

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

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

LAKE MOHAVE: Both the smallmouth and largemouth bass bites have been fair to good with most fish in the shallows. Plastics and nightcrawlers have been the best bet. Bluegill and redear are also improving on nightcrawlers near the dam and at Katherine’s. Stripers are fair at the dam and from the Power Lines up to Katherine’s in most of the coves. Matt Pernula, Bullhead City, had a 17.92-pound striper fishing anchovies from a boat. Anchovies have been the top bait, but a few fish are showing on reaction baits or jigging spoons early in the day. The catfish bite is fair to good in most coves, especially at night on cut baits. Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245. Interesting web site for Willow Beach and Lake Mohave striper anglers: http://lakemohavestripers.com.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: The striped bass bite has continued to improve and most anglers reporting at least a striper or two now while fishing anchovies from the casinos down into the upper Big Bend region. Also more and more catfish showing in this bite. Youngsters Braden and Trentin Fontenot, Bullhead City, teamed up to land a 3.74-pound striper. Brett Osterode and daughter Dydney, along with Payge Durling, also Bullhead City, had an 8.62-pound catfish and a 1.34-pound striper. Some bass are showing in the backwaters and quite areas, and the bluegill and redear are also starting to take off. Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: The largemouth bass action has been fair to good in the marsh with nightcrawlers and slow-rolled spinnerbaits producing fish, but most are small. The fish are mostly at the tail end of the spawn. The smallmouth bite is fair in the main river and gorge areas, with these fish also in a spawn mode. The bluegill and redear bite is starting to turn on, and the catfish action is also getting pretty good. Stripers in the main river are good with the bite really taking off in the past week. The fish are showing on cut baits, with bigger fish on swimbaits and jerk baits. The catfish bite is also good in both the marsh and this stretch of river. You can access the marsh by boat at the North Dike, Catfish Paradise, and Five-Mile Landing. All three also provide plenty of area for shoreline fishing, too. Information: Phil’s Western Trader at 928-768-4954 or Capt. Doyle’s Fun Fishing guide service at 928-768-2667.
LAKE HAVASU: The striped bass bite has been fair in deep water at the dam and in the lower basin, but there is some movement of fish to the upper end of the lake. Shad are still deep, so little surface action yet. Cut baits or spoons still the best bet. The smallmouth and largemouth bass are still mostly shallow with some fish still in the spawn. The smallmouth action is best on most rocky points on plastics, jigs, and slow-fished spinnerbaits. The largemouth are best in three to 12 feet of water on plastics, Senko-type baits, and Brush Hawgs. The bluegill and redear are fair and improving with each warm day. Catfish have been slow to fair on cut anchovies or other cut baits.

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

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

PALO VERDE: The largemouth bass bite has been very good in the lagoon and other backwaters. The fish are still shallow, but the spawn is well progressed and even winding down. The channel catfish action is pretty fair, but few flatheads reported yet. The smallmouth bass are sgood in the main river with the best bite on plastics or reaction baits. Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.

PICACHO AREA: The bass have been good, with the best bite on plastics and live baits with the fish still mostly in the shallows. The catfish bite is fair on channels with cut baits, but the flathead bite is very slow. The bluegill bite is also slow. Light fishing pressure.

MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Largemouth bass action has been good with the fish still mostly shallow. Live baits and plastics have been the best bet. Flathead catfish are fair live bluegill and goldfish. Channel catfish action is fair to good on stink baits and cut baits. Bluegill are slow. Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.

YUMA AREA: Largemouth bass action has been good in area backwaters. Most anglers are fishing live bait or plastics with the fish in the shallows. The channel catfish action is fair on cut bait and stink baits, but the flatheads are slow. Bluegill are starting to turn on with quite a few starting to show.