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Apr
19

Apr
18

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

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

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

WILLOW BEACH: Very light fishing pressure, and few reports. The trout bite is slow with no recent plants and not likely in the foreseeable future at Willow Beach because the hatchery will no longer be rearing trout. Anglers can get more information here: http://www.outdoornewsservice.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=517:feds-end-trout-stocking-program-from-willow-beach-hatchery&Itemid=18. For fishing information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Fair to good action on smallmouth and largemouth bass which are into the spawn. The smallies are on rocky shelves from the dam to Katherine’s Landing. The largemouth are improving in all the coves in four to eight feet of water, also on plastics and nightcrawlers. The bluegill and redear are still mostly slow, but some signs of improvement on small jigs or nightcrawler pieces. Stripers are still pretty spotty with only a few showing at the dam and from the Power Lines up to Katherine’s and most of the coves. Anchovies have been the top bait, but a few fish are showing on topwater and reaction baits early in the day. The catfish bite is fair to good in most coves, especially at night on cut baits. Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245. Interesting web site for Willow Beach and Lake Mohave striper anglers: http://lakemohavestripers.com.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: The best action in this stretch of the river is still the spotty bite for stripers. The fish being reported are generally pretty good quality. Kelly Taylor, Bullhead City, landed a pair of stripers at the Avi Bridge and they weighed in at 6.42 and 7.30 pounds, both taken on anchovies. In the old community park area of Bullhead, John Morrison, Bullhead City, caught an 11.22-pounder, also on anchovies. Some panfish and largemouth bass action in backwaters and quietier spots along the river. Few other reports. The river flows remain up. Information: Riviera Marina 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Largemouth bass action has really perked in the marsh with nightcrawlers and spinnerbaits producing quite a few fish during the spawn in the warmer backwater. The smallmouth bite is also starting to improve in the main river and gorge areas. There are also a few more bluegill and redear starting to show. Stripers in the main river are also improving but still just fair. Channel cats are fair to good in both the main river and backwaters. Topoc has been good. 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: Good action on smallmouth and largemouth bass. The bass are on the backside of the spawn in some areas with some fish still on beds. Overall, a pretty decent bite on rocky structure with crawdad-like plastics, mostly for the smallmouth, while the largemouth are more focused on the baitfish. The striper remain fair, with the fish following the schools of shad. The shad are mostly in the south end of the lake with the biggest concentrations consistently in the Black Meadow Landing to Standard Wash stretch of the lake. Live shad had been the best bet for stripers. The redear are starting to come up for their spawn and showing in six to 20 feet of water with little angling pressure. No catfish reports. Information: Bass Tackle Master at 928-854-2277.

PARKER STRIP: Fishing for smallmouth bass is fair, and a few more channel catfish are showing. But overall the bite is tough with the high flows.

BLYTHE: High flows have made the bite tough. The bass bite is OK but not what it should be this time of year, and the catfish bites are simply slow. The bass are best on plastics and nightcrawlers in the backwaters, and in the main river even the smallmouth are just fair in the rip-rap stretches of the river. Catfish are slow, with a few channels but still only the odd flathead reported. The backwater lakes and drain ditches have been better than the main river. The bluegill bite is starting to improve. Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: There has been a tremendous volume of water moving down the river over the past month, and it has made the fishing really tough. These flows will continue through May. The largemouth bass are way back in the tules and brush. The lagoon has also been tougher for catfish, both channels and flatheads. The few flatheads being caught are running from eight to 12 pounds and showing on live bluegill, while the bass are running from one to five pounds and have been best on plastics, small spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and nightcrawlers. The bluegill bite is getting better with lots of smaller (flathead bait-sized) fish being caught. Smallmouth bass in the main river have been fair, mostly on small cranks, but there is little pressure on the smallies. Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.

PICACHO AREA: Very high water. The bass are fair to good with the best bite on plastics and live baits. The catfish bite is improving with more and more flatheads and channels showing in the bite. The bluegill bite is also fair now. Light fishing pressure.

MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Largemouth bass action is good with the fish whacking live baits and plastics. Most fish are up shallow on beds. Channel catfish action is good on stink baits, and the flathead bite is turning on. Improved panfish action, too. Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.

YUMA AREA: High flows. Largemouth bass action is good in area backwaters. Most of the action is on live bait or plastics for fish on beds or crusing. Slow to fair bluegill in most backwaters. The channel catfish action is very good on cut bait and stink baits, and the flathead action is really starting to take off on live goldfish and bluegill.

Apr
10

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

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

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

WILLOW BEACH: Very light fishing pressure, and the striper action has been slow for the few anglers targeting stripers. Best action on A.C. Plugs or similar lures between markers 47 and 56. The trout bite is slow with no recent plants and not likely in the foreseeable future at Willow Beach because the hatchery will no longer be rearing trout. Anglers can get more information here: http://www.outdoornewsservice.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=517:feds-end-trout-stocking-program-from-willow-beach-hatchery&Itemid=18. For fishing information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Fair to good action on smallmouth and largemouth bass which all seem to be starting into the spawn. The smallies are on rocky shelves from the dam to Katherine’s Landing. The largemouth are improving in all the coves in four to eight feet of water, also on plastics and nightcrawlers. The bluegill and redear are still mostly slow, but some signs of improvement on small jigs or nightcrawler pieces. Stripers are still pretty spotty with only a few showing at the dam and from the Power Lines up to Katherine’s and most of the coves. Anchovies have been the top bait, but a few fish are showing on topwater and reaction baits early in the day. The catfish bite is fair to good in most coves, especially at night on cut baits. Larry Stevenson and his son James, both Bullhead City, were able to land a 12.62-pound channel catfish using anchovies shore fishing near the dam. Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245. Interesting web site for Willow Beach and Lake Mohave striper anglers: http://lakemohavestripers.com.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: Overall just fair action in the main river and light fishing pressure. The few anglers tossing anchovies have landed some excellent quality striped from eight to 20 pounds, but most are smaller. Scott Anderson, Bullhead City, had a pair of two pound stripers on anchovies from the Big Bend area. The smallmouth bass bite is also pretty good, but getting little pressure. The backwaters are stacked up with spawning largemouth bass, which have been good on small plastics or jigs. Few other reports. The river flows remain up. Information: Riviera Marina 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Largemouth bass action has really perked in the marsh with nightcrawlers and spinnerbaits producing quite a few fish as the spawn starts in the warmer backwater. The smallmouth bite is also starting to improve in the main river and gorge areas. There are also a few more bluegill and redear starting to show. Stripers in the main river are also improving but still mostly tough. Channel cats are fair to good in both the main river and backwaters. Topoc has been good. 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: Good action on smallmouth and largemouth bass. The bass are already starting to nose around in the shallows for the spawn with some signs of beds already showing up. Overall, a pretty decent bite on rocky structure with crawdad-like plastics, mostly for the smallmouth, while the largemouth are more focused on the baitfish. The striper remain fair, with the fish following the schools of shad. The shad are mostly in the south end of the lake with the biggest concentrations consistently in the Black Meadow Landing to Standard Wash stretch of the lake. Live shad had been the best bet for stripers. The redear are mostly in 20 to 50 feet of water with little angling pressure and still spotty action. No catfish reports. Information: Bass Tackle Master at 928-854-2277.

PARKER STRIP: Fishing for smallmouth bass is fair, and a few more channel catfish are showing. Other bites are slow.

BLYTHE: High flows. The bass bite is starting to take off, but the catfish bites are still lagging a little behind. The bass are best on plastics and nightcrawlers, but the action has been pretty tough. Even the smallmouth are fair in the rip-rap stretches of the river. Catfish are slow to fair, with a few channels but still only the odd flathead reported. The backwater lakes and drain ditches have been better than the main river. The bluegill bite is starting to improve. Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: There has been a tremendous volume of water moving down the river over the past three weeks, and it has made the fishing more difficult. These flows will continue through May. The largemouth bass are way back in the tules and brush. The lagoon has also been tougher for catfish, both channels and flatheads, but the action is still pretty fair overall with a lot of channels to three pounds being caught. The few flatheads being caught are running from eight to 12 pounds and showing on live bluegill, while the bass are running from one to five pounds and have been best on plastics, small spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and nightcrawlers. The bluegill bite is getting better with lots of smaller (flathead bait-sized) fish being caught. Smallmouth bass in the main river have been good, mostly on small cranks. Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.

PICACHO AREA: Very high water. The bass are fair to good with the best bite on plastics and live baits. The catfish bite is improving with more and more flatheads and channels showing in the bite. The bluegill bite is also fair now. Light fishing pressure.

MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Largemouth bass action is good with the fish whacking live baits and plastics. Most fish are up shallow on beds. Channel catfish action is good on stink baits, and the flathead bite is turning on. Improved panfish action, too. Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.

YUMA AREA: High flows. Largemouth bass action is good in area backwaters. Most of the action is on live bait or plastics for fish on beds or crusing. Slow to fair bluegill in most backwaters. The channel catfish action is very good on cut bait and stink baits, and the flathead action is really starting to take off on live goldfish and bluegill.

Mar
27

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

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

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

WILLOW BEACH: Very light fishing pressure, and the striper action has been slow for the few anglers targeting stripers. Best action on A.C. Plugs or similar lures between markers 47 and 56. The trout bite is slow with no recent plants and not likely in the foreseeable future at Willow Beach because the hatchery will no longer be rearing trout. Anglers can get more information here: http://www.outdoornewsservice.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=517:feds-end-trout-stocking-program-from-willow-beach-hatchery&Itemid=18. For fishing information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Fair to good action on smallmouth and largemouth bass which all seem to be starting into the spawn. The smallies are on rocky shelves from the dam to Katherine’s Landing. The largemouth are improving in all the coves in four to eight feet of water, also on plastics and nightcrawlers. The bluegill and redear are still mostly slow, but some signs of improvement on small jigs or nightcrawler pieces. Stripers are still pretty spotty with only a few showing at the dam and from the Power Lines up to Katherine’s and most of the coves. Anchovies have been the top bait, but a few fish are showing on topwater and reaction baits early in the day. The catfish bite is fair to good in most coves, especially at night on cut baits. Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245. Interesting web site for Willow Beach and Lake Mohave striper anglers: http://lakemohavestripers.com.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: Overall just fair action in the main river with only a few stripers and catfish showing. The smallmouth bass bite is also pretty good, but getting little pressure. Icy Thumniyon, Bullhead City, caught and released a 1-8 smallmouth on a anchovy in the Big Bend area. The backwaters are stacked up with spawning largemouth bass, which have been good on small plastics or jigs. Few other reports. The river flows remain up. Information: Riviera Marina 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Largemouth bass action has really perked in the marsh with nightcrawlers and spinnerbaits producing quite a few fish as the spawn starts in the warmer backwater. The smallmouth bite is also starting to improve in the main river and gorge areas. There are also a few more bluegill and redear starting to show. Stripers in the main river are also improving but still mostly tough. Channel cats are fair to good in both the main river and backwaters. Topoc has been good. 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: Fair to good action on smallmouth and largemouth bass. The bass are already starting to nose around in the shallows for the spawn with some signs of beds already showing up. Overall, a pretty decent bite on rocky structure with crawdad-like plastics, mostly for the smallmouth, while the largemouth are more focused on the baitfish. The striper remain fairly tough, following the schools of shad. The shad are mostly in the south end of the lake with the biggest concentrations consistently in the Black Meadow Landing to Standard Wash stretch of the lake. Live shad had been the best bet for stripers. The redear are mostly in 20 to 50 feet of water with little angling pressure and still spotty action. No catfish reports. Information: Bass Tackle Master at 928-854-2277.

PARKER STRIP: Fishing for smallmouth bass is fair, and a few more channel catfish are showing. Other bites are slow.

BLYTHE: The bass bite is starting to take off, but the catfish bites are still lagging a little behind. The bass are best on plastics and nightcrawlers, but the action has been pretty tough. Even the smallmouth are fair in the rip-rap stretches of the river. Catfish are slow to fair, with a few channels but still only the odd flathead reported. The backwater lakes and drain ditches have been better than the main river. The bluegill bite is starting to improve. Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: There has been a tremendous volume of water moving down the river over the past week to 10 days, and it has made the fishing more difficult. These flows will continue for the at least the next two weeks. The largemouth bass are way back in the tules and brush. The lagoon has also been tougher for catfish, both channels and flatheads, but the action is still pretty fair overall with most of the flatheads running from eight to 12 pounds and showing on live bluegill, while the bass are running from one to five pounds and have been best on plastics, small spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and nightcrawlers. The bluegill bite is getting better with lots of smaller (flathead bait-sized) fish being caught. Smallmouth bass in the main river have been good, mostly on small cranks. Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.

PICACHO AREA: The bass are fair to good with the best bite on plastics and live baits. The catfish bite is very slow with only a few channels and flatheads completely shut off. The bluegill bite is very slow. Light fishing pressure.

MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Largemouth bass action is good with the fish whacking live baits and plastics. Most fish are up shallow on beds. Channel catfish action is good on stink baits, and the flathead bite is turning on. Few panfish reports. Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.

YUMA AREA: Largemouth bass action is good in area backwaters. Most of the action is on live bait or plastics for fish on beds or crusing. Slow to fair bluegill in most backwaters. The channel catfish action is very good on cut bait and stink baits, and the flathead action is really starting to take off on live goldfish and bluegill.

Feb
20

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

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

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

WILLOW BEACH: Very light fishing pressure, and the striper action has been slow for the few anglers targeting stripers. Best action on A.C. Plugs or similar lures between markers 47 and 56. The trout bite is really dwindling with few reported. No plants in over a month and not likely in the foreseeable future at Willow Beach because the hatchery will no longer be rearing trout. Anglers can get more information here: http://www.outdoornewsservice.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=517:feds-end-trout-stocking-program-from-willow-beach-hatchery&Itemid=18. For fishing information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Slow to fair action on smallmouth bass on rocky shelves from the dam to Katherine’s Landing. The largemouth are slow in the coves in 12 to 25 feet of water, also on plastics and nightcrawlers. The bluegill and redear slowed way down with the colder weather. A few are showing in deeper water on small jigs or nightcrawler pieces. Stripers are still pretty spotty with only a few showing at the dam and from the Power Lines up to Katherine’s and most of the coves. Anchovies have been the top bait, but a few fish are showing on topwater and reaction baits early in the day. The catfish bite is fair to good in most coves, especially at night on cut baits. Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245. Interesting web site for Willow Beach and Lake Mohave striper anglers: http://lakemohavestripers.com.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: Trout remain very slow with only a few holdover rainbows showing on nightcrawlers in the Big Bend area. Stripers and other species remain very slow, but a few fish are starting to show with warmer weather. Kujat and Alpert Shane, Bullhead City, had a pair of stripers at six and 10 pounds fishing from shore at the Community Park. Information: Riviera Marina 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Catfish remain slow both the river and backwaters with only the odd fish showing now. Largemouth bass, however, have perked in the marsh with nightcrawlers and plastics producing a few fish. There are also a few more bluegill and redear starting to show. Stripers in the main river are very slow. 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 water level is very low and will be that way through February. The striper bite has been tough, but the fish are following the shad. The shad have been moving south with the biggest concentrations in the Black Meadow Landing to Standard Wash stretch of the lake. Live shad had been the best bet for stripers. The largemouth and smallmouth bass are also keying on the baitfish. Also a pretty decent bite on rocky structure with crawdad-like plastics, mostly for the smallmouth. The redear are mostly in 20 to 50 feet of water with little angling pressure. No catfish reports. Information: Bass Tackle Master at 928-854-2277.

PARKER STRIP: Fishing for smallmouth bass is fair, but other bites are slow.

BLYTHE: The bass and catfish bites have been slow. The bass are still best on plastics and nightcrawlers, but the action has been pretty tough. Even the smallmouth are just fair in the rip-rap stretches of the river. Catfish are very slow, with a few channels but almost no flatheads reported. The backwater lakes and drain ditches have been better than the main river. The bluegill bite is very slow, Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: Very light fishing pressure and overall slow action. Water levels have been very low and the water remains cool. The catfish action has been slow for both channels and flatheads, and the bass bite is still off with only a few fish showing on plastics and nightcrawlers. Smallmouth in the main river better than largemouth. The bluegill bite is very slow. Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.

PICACHO AREA: The bass are slow to fair with the best bite on plastics and live baits. The catfish bite is very slow with only a few channels and flatheads completely shut off. The bluegill bite is very slow. Light fishing pressure.

MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Largemouth bass action is slow to fair with the fish whacking live baits and plastics. Channel catfish action is fair on stink baits, but the flathead bite is still slow. Few panfish reports. Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.

YUMA AREA: Largemouth bass action is slow to fair in area backwaters. Most of the action is on live bait or plastics. Slow to fair bluegill in most backwaters. The channel catfish action is fair on cut bait and stink baits, but the flathead bite has shut off.

Feb
13

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

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

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

WILLOW BEACH: Very light fishing pressure, and the striper action has been slow for the few anglers targeting stripers. Best action on A.C. Plugs or similar lures between markers 47 and 56. The trout bite is really dwindling with few reported. No plants in over a month and not likely in the foreseeable future at Willow Beach because the hatchery will no longer be rearing trout. Anglers can get more information here: http://www.outdoornewsservice.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=517:feds-end-trout-stocking-program-from-willow-beach-hatchery&Itemid=18. For fishing information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Slow to fair action on smallmouth bass on rocky shelves from the dam to Katherine’s Landing. Mike Huffman, Bullhead City, had a two-pound smallmouth at Katherine’s. The largemouth are slow in the coves in 12 to 25 feet of water, also on plastics and nightcrawlers. The bluegill and redear slowed way down with the colder weather. A few are showing in deeper water on small jigs or nightcrawler pieces. Stripers are still pretty spotty with only a few showing at the dam and from the Power Lines up to Katherine’s and most of the coves. Anchovies have been the top bait, but a few fish are showing on topwater and reaction baits early in the day. The catfish bite is fair to good in most coves, especially at night on cut baits. Christian Duncan, Bullhead City, landed a 4.27-pound catfish using anchovies while fishing the Katherine’s Landing fishing dock. 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: Trout remain very slow with only a few holdover rainbows showing on nightcrawlers in the Big Bend area. Stripers and other species remain very slow. There will be a special meeting of the Mohave County Board of Supervisors beginning 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, to receive information and comments from the public on the cessation of the trout stocking program on the Colorado River. Stewart Jacks, assistant regional director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, will give an information presentation on the reasons for the end to the trout stocking program. The meeting will be held at the Mohave County Board of Supervisors auditorium, 700 W. Beale St., Kingman, AZ. For more information on why the Willow Beach National Fish Hatchery stopped planting, there is a comprehensive story here: http://www.outdoornewsservice.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=517:feds-end-trout-stocking-program-from-willow-beach-hatchery&Itemid=18. Information: Riviera Marina 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Catfish remain slow both the river and backwaters with only the odd fish showing now. Largemouth bass, however, have perked in the marsh with nightcrawlers and plastics producing a few fish. There are also a few more bluegill and redear starting to show. Stripers in the main river are very slow. 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 water level is very low and will be that way through February. The striper bite has been tougher as the level fell, but the fish are following the shad. The shad have been moving south with the biggest concentrations in the Black Meadow Landing to Standard Wash stretch of the lake. Live shad had been the best bet for stripers. The largemouth and smallmouth bass are also keying on the baitfish. Also a pretty decent bite on rocky structure with crawdad-like plastics, mostly for the smallmouth. The redear are mostly in 20 to 50 feet of water with little angling pressure. No catfish reports. Information: Bass Tackle Master at 928-854-2277.

PARKER STRIP: Fishing for smallmouth bass is fair, but other bites are slow.

BLYTHE: The bass and catfish bites have been slow. The bass are still best on plastics and nightcrawlers, but the action has been pretty tough. Even the smallmouth are just fair in the rip-rap stretches of the river. Catfish are very slow, with a few channels but almost no flatheads reported. The backwater lakes and drain ditches have been better than the main river. The bluegill bite is very slow, Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: Very light fishing pressure and overall slow action. Water levels have been very low and the water remains cool. The catfish action has been slow for both channels and flatheads, and the bass bite is still off with only a few fish showing on plastics and nightcrawlers. Smallmouth in the main river better than largemouth. The bluegill bite is very slow. Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.

PICACHO AREA: The bass are slow to fair with the best bite on plastics and live baits. The catfish bite is very slow with only a few channels and flatheads completely shut off. The bluegill bite is very slow. Light fishing pressure.

MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Largemouth bass action is slow to fair with the fish whacking live baits and plastics. Channel catfish action is fair on stink baits, but the flathead bite is still slow. Few panfish reports. Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.

YUMA AREA: Largemouth bass action is slow to fair in area backwaters. Most of the action is on live bait or plastics. Slow to fair bluegill in most backwaters. The channel catfish action is fair on cut bait and stink baits, but the flathead bite has shut off.

Jan
30

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

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

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

WILLOW BEACH: Very light fishing pressure, and the striper action has been slow for the few anglers targeting stripers. Best action on A.C. Plugs or similar lures between markers 47 and 56. The trout bite is really dwindling with few reported. No plants in over a month and not likely in the foreseeable future at Willow Beach because the hatchery will no longer be rearing trout. Anglers can get more information here: http://www.outdoornewsservice.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=517:feds-end-trout-stocking-program-from-willow-beach-hatchery&Itemid=18. For fishing information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Slow to fair action on smallmouth bass on rocky shelves from the dam to Katherine’s Landing. Mike Huffman, Bullhead City, had a two-pound smallmouth at Katherine’s. The largemouth are slow in the coves in 12 to 25 feet of water, also on plastics and nightcrawlers. The bluegill and redear slowed way down with the colder weather. A few are showing in deeper water on small jigs or nightcrawler pieces. Stripers are still pretty spotty with only a few showing at the dam and from the Power Lines up to Katherine’s and most of the coves. Anchovies have been the top bait, but a few fish are showing on topwater and reaction baits early in the day. The catfish bite is fair to good in most coves, especially at night on cut baits. Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245. Interesting web site for Willow Beach and Lake Mohave striper anglers: http://lakemohavestripers.com.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: Overall, pretty tough fishing. A smattering of catfish and smallmouth bass, but the trout action has pretty much dried up. There will be no more trout plants this season and probably no more into the foreseeable future because the trout stocking program has ended at the Willow Beach National Fish Hatchery due to maintenance issues with the trout portion of the hatchery. More information here: http://www.outdoornewsservice.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=517:feds-end-trout-stocking-program-from-willow-beach-hatchery&Itemid=18. No reports of other species. Information: Riviera Marina 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Catfish remain slow both the river and backwaters with only the odd fish showing now. Ditto for bluegill and redear. Largemouth bass, however, have perked in the marsh with the warmer weather. Stripers in the main river are very slow. 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 water level is very low and will be that way through February. The striper bite has been tougher as the level fell, but the fish are following the shad. The shad have been moving south with the biggest concentrations in the Black Meadow Landing to Standard Wash stretch of the lake. Live shad had been the best bet for stripers. The largemouth and smallmouth bass are also keying on the baitfish. Also a pretty decent bite on rocky structure with crawdad-like plastics, mostly for the smallmouth. The redear are mostly in 20 to 50 feet of water with little angling pressure. No catfish reports. Information: Bass Tackle Master at 928-854-2277.

PARKER STRIP: Fishing for smallmouth bass is fair, but other bites are slow.

BLYTHE: The bass and catfish bites have been slow. The bass are still best on plastics and nightcrawlers, but the action has been pretty tough. Even the smallmouth are just fair in the rip-rap stretches of the river. Catfish are very slow, with a few channels but almost no flatheads reported. The backwater lakes and drain ditches have been better than the main river. The bluegill bite is very slow, Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: Very light fishing pressure and overall slow action. Water levels have been very low and the water remains cool even with the warm weather the past week. The catfish action has been slow for both channels and flatheads, and the bass bite is still off with only a few fish showing on plastics and nightcrawlers. Smallmouth in the main river better than largemouth. The bluegill bite is very slow. Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.

PICACHO AREA: The bass are slow to fair with the best bite on plastics and live baits. The catfish bite is very slow with only a few channels and flatheads completely shut off. The bluegill bite is very slow. Light fishing pressure.

MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Largemouth bass action is slow to fair with the fish whacking live baits and plastics. Channel catfish action is fair on stink baits, but the flathead bite is still slow. Few panfish reports. Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.

YUMA AREA: Largemouth bass action is slow to fair in area backwaters. Most of the action is on live bait or plastics. Slow to fair bluegill in most backwaters. The channel catfish action is fair on cut bait and stink baits, but the flathead bite has shut off.

Jan
09

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

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

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

WILLOW BEACH: Very light fishing pressure, but the striper action has been slow for the few anglers targeting stripers. Best action on A.C. Plugs or similar lures between markers 47 and 56. The trout bite is really dwindling with few reported. No plants in over a month and not likely in the foreseeable future at Willow Beach because the hatchery will no longer be rearing trout. Anglers can get more information here: http://www.outdoornewsservice.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=517:feds-end-trout-stocking-program-from-willow-beach-hatchery&Itemid=18. For fishing information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Slowish action on smallmouth bass on rocky shelves from the dam to Katherine’s Landing. The largemouth are slow in the coves in 12 to 25 feet of water, also on plastics and nightcrawlers. The bluegill and redear slowed way down with the colder weather. A few are showing in deeper water on small jigs or nightcrawler pieces. Stripers are still pretty spotty with only a few showing at the dam and from the Power Lines up to Katherine’s and most of the coves. Anchovies have been the top bait, but a few fish are showing on topwater and reaction baits early in the day. The catfish bite is fair to good in most coves, especially at night on cut baits. Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245. Interesting web site for Willow Beach and Lake Mohave striper anglers: http://lakemohavestripers.com.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: Trout action has been tough this past week in the Big Bend, Rotary Park, and the casino stretch on holdover rainbows. Top action has been on nightcrawlers and spinners. There will be no more trout plants this year and probably no more into the foreseeable future because the trout stocking program has ended at the Willow Beach National Fish Hatchery due to maintenance issues with the trout portion of the hatchery. More information here: http://www.outdoornewsservice.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=517:feds-end-trout-stocking-program-from-willow-beach-hatchery&Itemid=18. No reports of other species. Information: Riviera Marina 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Catfish remain fair in both the river and backwaters, and the bluegill and redear are spotty. Bass reports scanty and the fishing pressure is light. Overall the bite has been fair in the backwaters and Topoc Marsh. 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: Overall, difficult fishing. For the black bass, most anglers have been fishing slow, deep presentations on structure, with smallmouths doing better than largemouths. The stripers are still mostly in deeper water and the shad have not come up because of the cool, still off-color water, so bait has been working best. Few reports on redear and catfish. Information: Bass Tackle Master at 928-854-2277.

PARKER STRIP: Fishing for smallmouth bass is fair, but other bites are slow.

BLYTHE: The bass and catfish bites have been slow to fair with cooling water conditions. The bass are still best on plastics, nightcrawlers, and reaction baits. Smallmouth are still pretty good in the rip-rap stretches of the river. The flatheads are best on live bluegill or goldfish. The backwater lakes and drain ditches have been better than the main river. The bluegill bite is also slowed way down. Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: Very light fishing pressure. The catfish action has been fair in both the lagoon and the main river with few flatheads. The bass bite is fair on plastics and nightcrawlers, with some fishing on cranks. Smallmouth better than largemouth now. The bluegill bite has slowed. Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.

PICACHO AREA: The bass are fair with the best bite on plastics and live baits with some fish on reaction baits. The catfish bite is slowing way down, especially the flathead. The bluegill bite is off. Very light fishing pressure.

MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Largemouth bass action is fair with the fish whacking live baits and plastics, but the crankbaits and spinnerbait bite has slowed. Channel catfish action is fair on stink baits, but the flathead bite has slowed way down. Few panfish reports. Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.

YUMA AREA: Largemouth bass action is fair in area backwaters. Most of the action is on live bait or plastics. Slow to fair bluegill in most backwaters, but that bite is dwindling. The channel catfish action is fair on cut bait and stink baits, but the flathead bite has shut off.

Jan
02

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

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

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

WILLOW BEACH: Very light fishing pressure, but the striper action has been slow for the few anglers targeting stripers. Best action on A.C. Plugs or similar lures between markers 47 and 56. The trout bite is really dwindling after an 11,000-fish plant four weeks ago. This plant was the last trout plant in the foreseeable future at Willow Beach because the hatchery will no longer be rearing trout. Anglers can get more information here: http://www.outdoornewsservice.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=517:feds-end-trout-stocking-program-from-willow-beach-hatchery&Itemid=18. For fishing information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Slow to fair action on smallmouth bass on rocky shelves from the dam to Katherine’s Landing. The largemouth are good in the coves in 12 to 25 feet of water, also on plastics and nightcrawlers. The bluegill and redear slowed way down with the colder weather. A few are showing in deeper water on small jigs or nightcrawler pieces. Stripers are still pretty spotty with only a few showing at the dam and from the Power Lines up to Katherine’s and most of the coves. Anchovies have been the top bait, but a few fish are showing on topwater and reaction baits early in the day. The catfish bite is fair to good in most coves, especially at night on cut baits. Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245. Interesting web site for Willow Beach and Lake Mohave striper anglers: http://lakemohavestripers.com.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: Trout action remains fair in the Big Bend, Rotary Park, and the casino stretch on holdover rainbows. Top action has been on nightcrawlers and spinners. Elmer Davis, Bullhead City, had a 4.22 rainbow on a nightcrawlers from his dock in the Big Bend area. There will be no more trout plants this year and probably no more into the foreseeable future because the trout stocking program has ended at the Willow Beach National Fish Hatchery due to maintenance issues with the trout portion of the hatchery. More information here: http://www.outdoornewsservice.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=517:feds-end-trout-stocking-program-from-willow-beach-hatchery&Itemid=18. No reports of other species. Information: Riviera Marina 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Catfish remain fair in both the river and backwaters, and the bluegill and redear are spotty. Bass reports scanty and the fishing pressure is light. Overall the bite has been fair in the backwaters and Topoc Marsh. 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: Overall, difficult fishing. For the black bass, most anglers have been fishing slow, deep presentations on structure, with smallmouths doing better than largemouths. The stripers are still mostly in deeper water and the shad have not come up because of the cool, still off-color water, so bait has been working best. Few reports on redear and catfish. Information: Bass Tackle Master at 928-854-2277.

PARKER STRIP: Fishing for smallmouth bass is fair, but other bites are slow.

BLYTHE: The bass and catfish bites have been slow to fair with cooling water conditions. The bass are still best on plastics, nightcrawlers, and reaction baits. Smallmouth are still pretty good in the rip-rap stretches of the river. The flatheads are best on live bluegill or goldfish. The backwater lakes and drain ditches have been better than the main river. The bluegill bite is also slowed way down. Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: Very light fishing pressure. The catfish action has been fair in both the lagoon and the main river with few flatheads. The bass bite is fair on plastics and nightcrawlers, with some fishing on cranks. Smallmouth better than largemouth now. The bluegill bite has slowed. Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.

PICACHO AREA: The bass are fair with the best bite on plastics and live baits with some fish on reaction baits. The catfish bite is slowing way down, especially the flathead. The bluegill bite is off. Very light fishing pressure.

MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Largemouth bass action is fair with the fish whacking live baits and plastics, but the crankbaits and spinnerbait bite has slowed. Channel catfish action is fair on stink baits, but the flathead bite has slowed way down. Few panfish reports. Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.

YUMA AREA: Largemouth bass action is fair in area backwaters. Most of the action is on live bait or plastics. Slow to fair bluegill in most backwaters, but that bite is dwindling. The channel catfish action is fair on cut bait and stink baits, but the flathead bite has shut off.

Dec
19

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

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

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

WILLOW BEACH: Very light fishing pressure, but the striper action continues to be fair for the few anglers targeting stripers. Best action on A.C. Plugs or similar lures between markers 47 and 56. There also continues to be fair trout action after an 11,000-fish plant three weeks ago. This plant was the last trout plant in the foreseeable future at Willow Beach because the hatchery will no longer be rearing trout. Anglers can get more information here: http://www.outdoornewsservice.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=517:feds-end-trout-stocking-program-from-willow-beach-hatchery&Itemid=18. For fishing information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Fair action on smallmouth bass on rocky shelves from the dam to Katherine’s Landing. The largemouth are good in the coves in 12 to 25 feet of water, also on plastics and nightcrawlers. The bluegill and redear slowed way down with the colder weather. A few are showing in deeper water on small jigs or nightcrawler pieces. Stripers are still pretty spotty with only a few showing at the dam and from the Power Lines up to Katherine’s and most of the coves. Anchovies have been the top bait, but a few fish are showing on topwater and reaction baits early in the day. The catfish bite is fair to good in most coves, especially at night on cut baits. Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245. Interesting web site for Willow Beach and Lake Mohave striper anglers: http://lakemohavestripers.com.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: Wind has put a real damper on angler’s efforts, but the trout action remains fair in the Rotary Park area and the casino stretch on planters from last month and holdover rainbows. Paul Sun, Mohave Valley, landed a six-pound rainbow at Rotary Park on a crankbait. Top action has been on nightcrawlers and spinners. There will be no more trout plants this year and probably no more into the foreseeable future because the trout stocking program has ended at the Willow Beach National Fish Hatchery due to maintenance issues with the trout portion of the hatchery. More information here: http://www.outdoornewsservice.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=517:feds-end-trout-stocking-program-from-willow-beach-hatchery&Itemid=18. No reports of other species. Information: Riviera Marina 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Catfish remain fair in both the river and backwaters, and the bluegill and redear are spotty. Bass reports scanty and the fishing pressure is light, but overall the bite has been fair in the backwaters and Topoc Marsh. 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 lake still has stained water from the river mouth all the way through the main basin. From Site Six downriver, there are pockets of clearer water, but the bite is still difficult. Most anglers have been fishing slow, deep presentations on structure for the bass. The stripers are still mostly in deeper water and the shad have not come up because of the dirty water, so bait has been working best. Few reports on redear and catfish. Information: Bass Tackle Master at 928-854-2277.

PARKER STRIP: Fishing for smallmouth bass is fair, but other bites are slow.

BLYTHE: The bass and catfish bites have been slow to fair with cooling water conditions. The bass are still best on plastics, nightcrawlers, and reaction baits. Smallmouth are still pretty good in the rip-rap stretches of the river. The flatheads are best on live bluegill or goldfish. The backwater lakes and drain ditches have been better than the main river. The bluegill bite is also slowed way down. Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: Light fishing pressure. The catfish action has been fair in both the lagoon and the main river with few flatheads. The bass bite is fair on plastics and nightcrawlers, with some fishing on cranks. Smallmouth better than largemouth now. The bluegill bite has slowed. Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.

PICACHO AREA: The bass are fair with the best bite on plastics and live baits with some fish on reaction baits. The catfish bite is slowing way down, especially the flathead. The bluegill bite is off. Very light fishing pressure.

MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Largemouth bass action is fair with the fish whacking live baits and plastics, but the crankbaits and spinnerbait bite has slowed. Channel catfish action is fair on stink baits, but the flathead bite has slowed way down. Few panfish reports. Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.

YUMA AREA: Largemouth bass action is fair in area backwaters. Most of the action is on live bait or plastics. Slow to fair bluegill in most backwaters, but that bite is dwindling. The channel catfish action is fair on cut bait and stink baits, but the flathead bite has shut off.

Dec
12

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

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

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

WILLOW BEACH: Very light fishing pressure, but the striper action continues to be fair for the few anglers targeting stripers. Best action on A.C. Plugs or similar lures between markers 47 and 56. There also continues to be good trout action after an 11,000-fish plant two weeks ago. This plant was the last trout plant in the foreseeable future at Willow Beach because the hatchery will no longer be rearing trout. Anglers can get more information here: http://www.outdoornewsservice.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=517:feds-end-trout-stocking-program-from-willow-beach-hatchery&Itemid=18. For fishing information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Pretty good action on smallmouth bass on rocky shelves from the dam to Katherine’s Landing. The largemouth are good in the coves in 12 to 25 feet of water, also on plastics and nightcrawlers. The bluegill and redear are also good in most of the coves, mostly on small jigs or nightcrawler pieces. Stripers are still pretty spotty with only a few showing at the dam and from the Power Lines up to Katherine’s and most of the coves. Anchovies have been the top bait, but a few fish are showing on topwater and reaction baits early in the day. The catfish bite is fair to good in most coves, especially at night on cut baits. Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245. Interesting web site for Willow Beach and Lake Mohave striper anglers: http://lakemohavestripers.com.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: The trout action remains good in the Rotary Park area and the casino stretch (stock areas) and the holdover rainbows are showing with the one-pound stockers. Jerry Ward, Bullhead City, had a limit of rainbows from Rotary Park. Top action has been on nightcrawlers and spinners. There will be no more trout plants this year and probably no more into the foreseeable future because the trout stocking program has ended at the Willow Beach National Fish Hatchery due to maintenance issues with the trout portion of the hatchery. More information here: http://www.outdoornewsservice.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=517:feds-end-trout-stocking-program-from-willow-beach-hatchery&Itemid=18. No reports of other species. Information: Riviera Marina 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Catfish remain fair in both the river and backwaters, and the bluegill and redear have improved this past week. Bass reports scanty and the fishing pressure is light, but overall the bite has been fair in the backwaters and Topoc Marsh. Francis Stewart, Bullhead, had a pair of bass at 2.74 and 1.92 pounds from the marsh. 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: Trout fishing. The lake still has stained water from the river mouth all the way through the main basin. From Site Six downriver, there are pockets of clearer water, but the bite is still difficult. Most anglers have been fishing slow, deep presentations on structure for the bass. The stripers are still mostly in deeper water and the shad have not come up because of the dirty water, so bait has been working best. Few reports on redear and catfish. Information: Bass Tackle Master at 928-854-2277.

PARKER STRIP: Fishing for smallmouth bass is fair, but other bites are slow.

BLYTHE: The bass and catfish bites have been slow to fair with cooling water conditions. The bass are still best on plastics, nightcrawlers, and reaction baits. Smallmouth are still pretty good in the rip-rap stretches of the river. The flatheads are best on live bluegill or goldfish. The backwater lakes and drain ditches have been better than the main river. The bluegill bite is also slowed way down. Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: Light fishing pressure. The catfish action has been fair in both the lagoon and the main river with few flatheads. The bass bite is fair on plastics and nightcrawlers, with some fishing on cranks. Smallmouth better than largemouth now. The bluegill bite has slowed. Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.

PICACHO AREA: The bass are fair with the best bite on plastics and live baits with some fish on reaction baits. The catfish bite is slowing way down, especially the flathead. The bluegill bite is off. Very light fishing pressure.

MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Largemouth bass action is fair with the fish whacking live baits and plastics, but the crankbaits and spinnerbait bite has slowed. Channel catfish action is fair on stink baits, but the flathead bite has slowed way down. Few panfish reports. Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.

YUMA AREA: Largemouth bass action is fair in area backwaters. Most of the action is on live bait or plastics. Slow to fair bluegill in most backwaters, but that bite is dwindling. The channel catfish action is fair on cut bait and stink baits, but the flathead bite has shut off.

Nov
22

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

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

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

WILLOW BEACH: The striper bite continues to be fair to good on A.C. Plugs or similar lures between markers 47 and 56. There also continues to be good trout action after the weekly plants each Friday. For information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Pretty good action on smallmouth bass on rocky shelves from the dam to Katherine’s Landing. The largemouth are good in the coves in 12 to 25 feet of water, also on plastics and nightcrawlers. The bluegill and redear are also good in most of the coves, mostly on small jigs or nightcrawler pieces. Stripers are still pretty spotty with only a few showing at the dam and from the Power Lines up to Katherine’s and most of the coves. Anchovies have been the top bait, but a few fish are showing on topwater and reaction baits early in the day. The catfish bite is fair to good in most coves, especially at night on cut baits. Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245. Interesting web site for Willow Beach and Lake Mohave striper anglers: http://lakemohavestripers.com.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: The first trout plant of the year on Tuesday last week and the bite has been very good since. The fresh plants also seemed to stir up the holdover rainbows and some nice trout were reported. Gary Reagan, Bullhead, had rainbows at 5.7 and 3.58 pounds, while Jo Ann Ballidd, Bullhead, had a 4.76-pounder. The fish are showing at the casinos, Davis Camp, and Sunshine Peninsula on spinners and PowerBait with Hatchery Dust are the top baits. No reports on other species. Information: Riviera Marina 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Catfish remain fair in both the river and backwaters, and the bluegill and redear have improved this past week. Bass reports scanty and the fishing pressure is light, but overall the bite has been good in the backwater and Topoc Marsh. 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: Fair striper action. The best bite is still at the south end and up into the Bill Williams arm. Most are smaller, 12-inch class fish, and they are showing on both shad-like cranks or drifted baits, mostly anchovies or sardines. The largemouth and smallmouth bite has been good with the fish mostly in eight to 15 feet of water and schooled up and whacking shad. Any four-inch crank or swim bait fished through the bass with get fish. The redear bite is fair in most of the deeper coves on the outside of the weeds. Lots of fish over pound. Few catfish reports. Information: Bass Tackle Master at 928-854-2277.

PARKER STRIP: Fishing for smallmouth bass is fair to good, and the panfish action is fair. Channel and flathead catfish fishing is good. Stripers slow.

BLYTHE: The bass and catfish bites have been fair to good this past week, and it looks like the catfish are starting to improve as we move into fall. The bass are best on plastics, nightcrawlers, and reaction baits, including some topwater fish. Smallmouth are still pretty good in the rip-rap stretches of the river. The flatheads are best on live bluegill or goldfish. The backwater lakes and drain ditches have been better than the main river, but both are producing the cats. The bluegill bite is good, especially in the backwaters. Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: The catfish action has continued fair to good in both the lagoon and the main river with both channels and flatheads showing in decent numbers. Lots of fish up to 15 pounds. The bass bite is fair to good on plastics, cranks, and still some topwater with fish to five pounds in the local backwaters and smallies to four pounds in the main river. The bluegill bite is also good with more quality fish than normal in the lagoon. Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.

PICACHO AREA: The bass are good with the best bite on plastics and live baits with some fish on reaction baits. The catfish bite is still good with some quality flatheads being caught on goldfish and live bluegill. The bluegill bite is also good with a lot of quality fish this season. Still light fishing pressure.

MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Largemouth bass action is good with the fish whacking live baits, plastics, cranks, and spinnerbaits. Channel catfish action is fair to good on stink baits, and the flathead action is fair to good on live bluegill or goldfish. Fish over 10 pounds most weeks. Good bluegill action in most of the backwaters, and a few crappie have been reported. Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.

YUMA AREA: Largemouth bass action is good in area backwaters. Most of the action is on live bait or plastics. Also fair to good bluegill in most backwaters. The channel catfish action is fair on cut bait and stink baits, and the flatheads are best on live goldfish, bluegill, or tilapia.

Nov
07

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

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

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

WILLOW BEACH: The striper bite continues to be fair to good on A.C. Plugs or similar lures between markers 47 and 56. There also continues to be good trout action after the weekly plants each Friday. For information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Pretty good action on smallmouth bass with some topwater early and late in the day and then a pretty good bite on rocky shelves from the dam to Katherine’s Landing. The largemouth are good in the coves in 12 to 25 feet of water with some topwater bass early mornings. The bluegill and redear are also good in most of the coves, mostly on small jigs or nightcrawler pieces. Stripers are still pretty spotty with only a few showing at the dam and from the Power Lines up to Katherine’s and most of the coves. Anchovies have been the top bait, but a few fish are showing on topwater and reaction baits early in the day. The catfish bite is fair to good in most coves, especially at night on cut baits. Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245. Interesting web site for Willow Beach and Lake Mohave striper anglers: http://lakemohavestripers.com.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: The first trout plant of the year will be Nov. 12. There was also a trout dieoff at the Willow Beach hatchery in August. No word on if that will affect this season’s plants. The holdover rainbows have already started showing. The striper bite has been slow with a few in the one to three-pound range. The catfish bite is still happening with the top spots are the community park area, the Nature Center, and the Sunshine Peninsula (both sides). Justin Smith, Bullhead City, landed an 8.86-pound cat on an anchovy just above the Nature Center from shore. No reports on other species. Information: Riviera Marina 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Catfish remain fair in both the river and backwaters, and the bluegill and redear have improved this past week. Bass reports scanty and the fishing pressure is light, but overall the bite has been good in the backwater and Topoc Marsh. 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: Fair striper action. The best bite is still at the south end and up into the Bill Williams arm. Most are smaller, 12-inch class fish, and they are showing on both shad-like cranks or drifted baits, mostly anchovies or sardines. The largemouth and smallmouth bite has been good with the fish mostly in eight to 15 feet of water and schooled up and whacking shad. Any four-inch crank or swim bait fished through the bass with get fish. The redear bite is fair in most of the deeper coves on the outside of the weeds. Lots of fish over pound. Few catfish reports. Information: Bass Tackle Master at 928-854-2277.

PARKER STRIP: Fishing for smallmouth bass is fair to good, and the panfish action is fair. Channel and flathead catfish fishing is good. Stripers slow.

BLYTHE: The bass and catfish bites have been fair to good this past week, and it looks like the catfish are starting to improve as we move into fall. The bass are best on plastics, nightcrawlers, and reaction baits, including some topwater fish. Smallmouth are still pretty good in the rip-rap stretches of the river. The flatheads are best on live bluegill or goldfish. The backwater lakes and drain ditches have been better than the main river, but both are producing the cats. The bluegill bite is good, especially in the backwaters. Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: The catfish action has continued fair to good in both the lagoon and the main river with both channels and flatheads showing in decent numbers. Lots of fish up to 15 pounds. The bass bite is fair to good on plastics, cranks, and still some topwater with fish to five pounds in the local backwaters and smallies to four pounds in the main river. The bluegill bite is also good with more quality fish than normal in the lagoon. Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.

PICACHO AREA: The bass are good with the best bite on plastics and live baits with some fish on reaction baits. The catfish bite is still good with some quality flatheads being caught on goldfish and live bluegill. The bluegill bite is also good with a lot of quality fish this season. Still light fishing pressure.

MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Largemouth bass action is good with the fish whacking live baits, plastics, cranks, and spinnerbaits. Channel catfish action is fair to good on stink baits, and the flathead action is fair to good on live bluegill or goldfish. Fish over 10 pounds most weeks. Good bluegill action in most of the backwaters, and a few crappie have been reported. Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.

YUMA AREA: Largemouth bass action is good in area backwaters. Most of the action is on live bait or plastics. Also fair to good bluegill in most backwaters. The channel catfish action is fair on cut bait and stink baits, and the flatheads are best on live goldfish, bluegill, or tilapia.

Nov
01

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

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

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

WILLOW BEACH: The striper bite continues to be fair to good on A.C. Plugs or similar lures between markers 47 and 56. There also continues to be good trout action after the weekly plants each Friday. For information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Pretty good action on smallmouth bass with some topwater early and late in the day and then a pretty good bite on rocky shelves from the dam to Katherine’s Landing. The largemouth are good in the coves in 12 to 25 feet of water with some topwater bass early mornings. The bluegill and redear are also good in most of the coves, mostly on small jigs or nightcrawler pieces. Stripers are still pretty spotty with only a few showing at the dam and from the Power Lines up to Katherine’s and most of the coves. Anchovies have been the top bait, but a few fish are showing on topwater and reaction baits early in the day. The catfish bite is fair to good in most coves, especially at night on cut baits. Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245. Interesting web site for Willow Beach and Lake Mohave striper anglers: http://lakemohavestripers.com.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: The first trout plant of the year will be Nov. 12. There was also a trout dieoff at the Willow Beach hatchery in August. No word on if that will affect this season’s plants. The holdover rainbows have already started showing. Jo Ann Blaalid of South Dakota and Josh Eiland of Bullhead City each had rainbows at four-plus pounds this past week. The striper bite has been slow with a few in the one to three-pound range. The catfish bite is still happening with the top spots are the community park area and the Sunshine Peninsula (both sides). Robert Way, Bullhead City, landed an 11.48-pound channel cat. No reports on other species. Information: Riviera Marina 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Catfish remain fair in both the river and backwaters, and the bluegill and redear have improved this past week. Bass reports scanty and the fishing pressure is light, but overall the bite has been good in the backwater and Topoc Marsh. 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 fall striper bite seems to be kicking into gear with more activity on the surface in the past week. The best action is still at the south end and up into the Bill Williams arm. Most are smaller, 12-inch class fish, and they are showing on both shad-like cranks and topwater baits of drifted baits, mostly anchovies or sardines. The largemouth and smallmouth bite has been good with the fish mostly in eight to 15 feet of water and schooled up and whacking shad. Any four-inch crank or swim bait fished through the bass with get fish. The redear bite remains pretty good in most of the coves on the weed lines. Lots of fish over pound. Few catfish reports. Information: Bass Tackle Master at 928-854-2277.

PARKER STRIP: Fishing for smallmouth bass is fair to good, and the panfish action is fair. Channel and flathead catfish fishing is good. Stripers slow.

BLYTHE: The bass and catfish bites have been fair to good this past week, and it looks like the catfish are starting to improve as we move into fall. The bass are best on plastics, nightcrawlers, and reaction baits, including some topwater fish. Smallmouth are still pretty good in the rip-rap stretches of the river. The flatheads are best on live bluegill or goldfish. The backwater lakes and drain ditches have been better than the main river, but both are producing the cats. The bluegill bite is good, especially in the backwaters. Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: The catfish action has continued fair to good in both the lagoon and the main river with both channels and flatheads showing in decent numbers. Lots of fish up to 15 pounds. Daymon Proctor, Idaho, landed flatheads at 13 and 28 pounds fishing goldfish in the lagoon. The bass bite is good on plastics, cranks, and topwater with fish to five pounds in the local backwaters and smallies to four pounds in the main river. The bluegill bite is also good with more quality fish than normal in the lagoon. Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.

PICACHO AREA: The bass are good with the best bite on plastics and live baits with more and more fish showing on reaction baits. The catfish bite is still good with some quality flatheads being caught on goldfish and live bluegill. The bluegill bite is also good with a lot of quality fish this season. Still light fishing pressure.

MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Largemouth bass action is good with the fish whacking live baits, plastics, cranks, and spinnerbaits. Channel catfish action is fair to good on stink baits, and the flathead action is fair to good on live bluegill or goldfish. Fish over 10 pounds most weeks. Good bluegill action in most of the backwaters, and a few crappie have been reported. Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.

YUMA AREA: Largemouth bass action is good in area backwaters. Most of the action is on live bait or plastics. Also fair to good bluegill in most backwaters. The channel catfish action is fair on cut bait and stink baits, and the flatheads are best on live goldfish, bluegill, or tilapia.

Oct
10

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

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

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

WILLOW BEACH: The striper bite continues to be fair to good on A.C. Plugs or similar lures between markers 47 and 56. There also continues to be good trout action after the weekly plants each Friday. For information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Pretty good action on smallmouth bass with some topwater early and late in the day and then a pretty good bite on rocky shelves from the dam to Katherine’s Landing. The largemouth are good in the coves in 12 to 25 feet of water with some topwater bass early mornings. The bluegill and redear are also very good in most of the coves, mostly on small jigs or nightcrawler pieces. Stripers are still pretty spotty with only a few showing at the dam and from the Power Lines up to Katherine’s and most of the coves. Anchovies have been the top bait, but a few fish are showing on topwater and reaction baits early in the day. The catfish bite is fair to good in most coves, especially at night on cut baits. Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245. Interesting web site for Willow Beach and Lake Mohave striper anglers: http://lakemohavestripers.com.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: The trout plants slated to start this month are currently on hold because of the federal shutdown. The cooling weather has some holdover trout starting to show. Jo Ann and Norm Blaalid, South Dakota, had holdover rainbows at 4.22 and 3.24 pounds fishing nightcrawlers in the casino area. The catfish bite has continued very good for the past three weeks along this stretch of the river. The bite has been on anchovies and nightcrawlers. Joe Sotomayour, Bullhead City, landed a 12.16-pound cat on anchovies from shore below the Nature Center. The striper are slow to fair, but most are very small — in the one pound range — and showing on anchovies. The smallmouth bite is also pretty fair from Big Bend down to Needles but getting little fishing pressure. A few largemouths are showing in old Bullhead community park area. Information: Riviera Marina 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Catfish remain fair in both the river and backwaters, and the bluegill and redear have improved this past week. Bass reports scanty and the fishing pressure is light, but overall the bite has been good in the backwater and Topoc Marsh. 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 lake remains pretty stained from the river mouth to the dam with the best visibility at mid-lake, and that clarity is just about five feet. The largemouth and smallmouth bite has been excellent, however, with the fish mostly in eight to 15 feet of water and schooled up and whacking shad. Any four-inch crank or swim bait fished through the bass with get fish. The stripers are best at the south end of the lake around the Bill Williams Arm. Most are smaller, 12-inch class fish, and they are showing on both shad-like cranks and topwater baits of drifted baits, mostly anchovies or sardines. The redear bite remains pretty good in most of the coves on the weed lines. Lots of fish over pound. Few catfish reports. Information: Bass Tackle Master at 928-854-2277.

PARKER STRIP: Fishing for smallmouth bass is fair and improving, but the panfish action is still slow. Channel and flathead catfish fishing is improving, but there are still more channels than flatheads. Both bites getting better with each warm day. Stripers slow.

BLYTHE: The bass and catfish bites have been slow to fair this past week, but it looks like the catfish are starting to improve as we move into fall. The bass are best on plastics, nightcrawlers, and reaction baits, including some topwater fish. Smallmouth are still pretty good in the rip-rap stretches of the river. The flatheads are best on live bluegill or goldfish. The backwater lakes and drain ditches have been better than the main river, but both are just fair for the cats. The bluegill bite is good, especially in the backwaters. Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: The catfish action has continued fair to good in both the lagoon and the main river with both channels and flatheads showing in decent numbers. Lots of fish up to 15 pounds. The bass bite is good on plastics, cranks, and topwater with fish to five pounds in the local backwaters and smallies to four pounds in the main river. The bluegill bite is also good with more quality fish than normal in the lagoon. No reports from Cibola Lake. Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.

PICACHO AREA: The bass are good early and late in the day. Best bite on plastics and live baits with some fish showing on reaction baits. The catfish bite has also started to really turn on with some quality flatheads being caught on goldfish and live bluegill at night during the full moon. The bluegill bite is also good with a lot of quality fish this season. Still light fishing pressure.

MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Largemouth bass action is good with the fish whacking live baits and plastics but only early and late in the day. Channel catfish action is fair to good on stink baits, and the flathead action is really starting to turn around with some nice fish to 20-plus pounds this week. Very good bluegill action in most of the backwaters, and a few crappie have been reported. Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.

YUMA AREA: Largemouth bass action is good in area backwaters. Most of the action is on live bait or plastics. Also fair to good bluegill in most backwaters. The channel catfish action is fair on cut bait and stink baits, and a few more flatheads are starting to show.