ARIZONA FISHING REPORTS: The Arizona Game and Fish Department compiles a weekly report for most waters in the state, including the Colorado Rivers. Anglers can read the report at this direct link: http://azgfd.net/artman/publish/FishingReport/.
FLOW INFORMATION: Reservoir elevation levels and flow releases for the entire lower Colorado River are available at this web site with information updated hourly: www.usbr.gov/lc/region/g4000/hourly/rivops.html.
LAKE MEAD: Fishing for stripers fair on smaller fish in South Cove and other coves at the south end of the lake. Catches of channel catfish have also been fair. Cats from one to two pounds are being caught on cut baits. Most stripers are between one and two pounds and the best bait has been cut up gizzard shad, anchovies, sardines or shrimp. Fish are mostly in coves along steep canyon walls in 50 to 80 feet of water. The largemouth bass bite has been improving with the fish starting to move up in a pre-spawn movement of fish.
WILLOW BEACH: Very light fishing pressure and few reports. For fishing information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.
LAKE MOHAVE: Both the smallmouth and largemouth bass bites have improved in the past week with a lot of fish moving into the shallows for the spawn. Some fish are already fanning out nests. Plastics and nightcrawlers have been the best bet. Bluegill and redear are also improving on nightcrawlers near the dam and at Katherine’s. Stripers are fair at the dam and from the Power Lines up to Katherine’s in most of the coves. Anchovies have been the top bait, but a few fish are showing on reaction baits or jigging spoons early in the day. The catfish bite is fair to good in most coves, especially at night on cut baits. Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245. Interesting web site for Willow Beach and Lake Mohave striper anglers: http://lakemohavestripers.com.
LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: The stripers are fair to good in the Big Bend stretch, but the fish are very small (under a pound) and showing on anchovies. The bite is generally fair to good all the way down to the Avi Bridge. Lynn Hall, Laughlin, landed an 11.54-pound striper on an anchovy in the Big Bend area, while Jimi Carter, Bullhead City, caught a six-pound striper near Circle Beach. Both anglers were using anchovies. There is also a decent catfish bite in this same area and upstream to the dam. Also some bass showing in the backwaters and quite areas with the spawn beginning. Panfish showing, especially in the bays and backwaters, but still just fair. Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.
NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: The largemouth bass action has been fair to good in the marsh with nightcrawlers and slow-rolled spinnerbaits producing fish, but most are small. This bite has been getting better with each warm day and the fish are moving heavily into the spawn. The smallmouth bite is fair in the main river and gorge areas, with these fish also in a spawn mode. The bluegill and redear bite is starting to turn on, and the catfish action is also getting pretty good. Stripers in the main river are fair, mostly on cut baits, but some bigger fish on swimbaits and jerk baits. The catfish bite is also good in both the marsh and this stretch of river. You can access the marsh by boat at the North Dike, Catfish Paradise, and Five-Mile Landing. All three also provide plenty of area for shoreline fishing, too. Information: Phil’s Western Trader at 928-768-4954 or Capt. Doyle’s Fun Fishing guide service at 928-768-2667.
LAKE HAVASU: The striped bass bite has been fair in deep water at the dam and in the lower basin, but there is some movement of fish to other parts of the lake. Cut baits or spoons still the best bet. The smallmouth and largemouth bass are moving into the spawn with more and more fish in the shallows on beds. The smallmouth action is best on most rocky points on plastics, jigs, and slow-fished spinnerbaits. The largemouth are best in three to 12 feet of water on plastics, Senko-type baits, and Brush Hawgs. The bluegill and redear have started to improved, too. Catfish have been slow to fair on cut anchovies or other cut baits.
PARKER STRIP: Channel catfish are slow to fair on cut baits, and the flatheads are very slow.
BLYTHE: The largemouth bass bite has broken wide open all along this stretch of the river with good action in the main river and backwaters. J.J. Atchley, Blythe, landed a 6-11 bass in the river, while James Tingle, Chula Vista, had a 4-9, his personal best. Jeff Deis, San Bernardino, caught and released a couple of bass over five and several more over three pounds. Most fish have been on plastics, jigs, reaction baits, and nightcrawlers. Also more and more smallmouths showing in the main river on small cranks, jigs, and plastics, especially in the stretches with rip-rap. The spawn is starting for the bass. The bluegill bite is also starting to turn on with the warm weather. Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.
PALO VERDE: The largemouth bass bite has broken wide open with very good action in the lagoon and other backwaters. The fish are up on beds for the spawn. The handful of other reports from the region say the channel catfish action is pretty fair, and smallmouth bass are starting to really turn on in the main river with the best bite on plastics or reaction baits. Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.
PICACHO AREA: The bass have been good, with the best bite on plastics and live baits with the fish moving shallow. The catfish bite is fair on channels with cut baits, but the flathead bite is very slow. The bluegill bite is also slow. Light fishing pressure.
MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Largemouth bass action has been good with the fish moving shallow for the spawn. Live baits and plastics have been the best bet. Flathead catfish are fair live bluegill and goldfish. Channel catfish action is fair to good on stink baits and cut baits. Bluegill are slow. Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.
YUMA AREA: Largemouth bass action has been good in area backwaters. Most anglers are fishing live bait or plastics with the fish in the shallows for the spawn. The channel catfish action is fair on cut bait and stink baits, but the flatheads are slow. Bluegill are starting to turn on with quite a few starting to show.