ARIZONA FISHING REPORTS: The Arizona Game and Fish Department compiles a weekly report for most waters in the state, including the Colorado Rivers. Anglers can read the report at this direct link: http://azgfd.net/artman/publish/FishingReport/.
FLOW INFORMATION: Reservoir elevation levels and flow releases for the entire lower Colorado River are available at this web site with information updated hourly: www.usbr.gov/lc/region/g4000/hourly/rivops.html.
LAKE MEAD: Fishing for stripers fair on smaller fish in South Cove and other coves at the south end of the lake. Catches of channel catfish have also been fair. Cats from one to two pounds are being caught on cut baits. Most stripers are between one and two pounds and the best bait has been cut up gizzard shad, anchovies, sardines or shrimp. Fish are mostly in coves along steep canyon walls in 50 to 80 feet of water. The largemouth bass bite has been slow to fair with most fish in deeper water on plastics or jigs.
WILLOW BEACH: Very light fishing pressure and few reports. A few stripers from 12 to 20 pounds have been reported on big swimbaits, but darn few in recent weeks. For fishing information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.
LAKE MOHAVE: There has been fair action on smallmouth and largemouth bass on plastics and nightcrawlers on the shelves from the dam up past the power lines. Bluegill and redear have also been pretty good near the dam on nightcrawlers. Stripers are fair at the dam and from the Power Lines up to Katherine’s and most of the coves. Anchovies have been the top bait, but a few fish are showing on topwater and reaction baits early in the day. The catfish bite is fair to good in most coves, especially at night on cut baits. Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245. Interesting web site for Willow Beach and Lake Mohave striper anglers: http://lakemohavestripers.com.
LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: Fluctuating water levels slowed the fishing even more. The trout action is very spotty with the trout spread out along the river. They are still showing from Davis Camp and Laughlin Bridge, and along the casinos, Sunshine Peninsula, community park, and around Rotary Park. The striper bite has been slow to fair, and while a lot are under a pound, bigger fish show each week. The best bite has been on anchovies or other cut baits, but a smaller shad-like swimbaits or the bigger trout-like lures are getting some fish. Mike Zayac, San Diego, landed stripers at 12.84 and 5.32 pounds this past week on Pencil Poppers. There are also a fair number of catfish showing for anglers fishing bait for the stripers, especially in the Nature Center area. Still some smallmouth reports below the Avi Bridge. Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.
NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: The largemouth bass action has been fair in the marsh with nightcrawlers and slow-rolled spinnerbaits producing a few fish, but most are small. The smallmouth bite is fair in the main river and gorge areas. The bluegill and redear bite is slowing down, but a few fish are still showing on nightcrawlers. Stripers in the main river are fair, mostly on cut baits, but some bigger fish on swimbaits and topwater plugs. Channel cats are fair to good in both the main river and backwaters, and the marsh has been pretty fair for cats. Zachary Davis, Bullhead City, landed a 4.7-pound catfish on nightcrawlers. You can access the marsh by boat at the North Dike, Catfish Paradise, and Five-Mile Landing. All three also provide plenty of area for shoreline fishing, too. Information: Phil’s Western Trader at 928-768-4954 or Capt. Doyle’s Fun Fishing guide service at 928-768-2667.
LAKE HAVASU: The striped bass bite has been fair in the upper part of the lake in the basin where the river comes in or the opposite end of the lake near the power lines. There has been a little morning and evening action as the fish come up chasing baits, but most of the bite is subsurface now. The smallmouth action is fair to good on most rocky points on plastics, jigs, and slow-fished spinnerbaits in deep water. Only an occasional largemouth. Catfish have been fair on cut anchovies or other cut baits. The redear are slow to fair with fish up to three pounds. Most are around a pound or better.
PARKER STRIP: Channel catfish are slow to fair on cut baits, and the flatheads are very slow.
BLYTHE: Very light fishing pressure and overall slow fishing. Very few flatheads reported in past three weeks and only the odd channel, too. The largemouth bass bite has been slow to fair on plastics and nightcrawlers in the backwaters, and in the main river the smallmouth are fair on small cranks, jigs, and plastics, especially in the stretches with rip-rap. The bluegill bite slowed way down to nearly nothing. Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.
PALO VERDE: Light fishing pressure and overall slow action. The flathead bite is very slow, while the channel catfish bite is slow to fair in the main river. A few largemouth bass are showing in the backwaters, but that bite is tough. Smallmouth bass are a little better in the main river on crawdad-colored jigs, plastics, and cranks — but the slower presentations are working best now. The bluegill bite also finally tanked with very few reported. Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.
PICACHO AREA: The bass have been fair at best, with the best bite on plastics and live baits in slow presentations. The catfish bite is fair on channels with cut baits, but the flathead bite is very slow. The bluegill bite is also slow. Light fishing pressure.
MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Largemouth bass action has been fair with the fish whacking live baits and plastics. Flathead catfish are slow to fair on live bluegill and goldfish. Channel catfish action is fair on stink baits. Bluegill are slow. Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.
YUMA AREA: Largemouth bass action has been slow to fair in area backwaters. Most anglers are fishing live bait or plastics with slower presentations preferred. Fair bluegill action in most backwaters. The channel catfish action is fair to good on cut bait and stink baits, and the flathead action has slowed way down.