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.