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Sep
14

COLORADO RIVER

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

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

TOP NEWS: Fishing pressure remains relatively light, but it is finally picking up as the weather starts to moderate. There continues to be fair to good action for most species. In Havasu and Mohave, the surface bite on stripers is pretty good most mornings, and there are pretty good bites for largemouth, smallmouth, and panfish, too. The black bass, both smallmouths and largemouth, are up chasing baitfish early and late in the day. Most of the action is in less than 20 feet of water early and late, but the fish are in deeper water during most of the day. Still, the surface and near-surface action on topwater and reaction baits has been the best top bet early and then plastics, deeper-running cranks, and swimbaits later. The bluegill and redear bites slowed way down, especially in the backwaters, because of high water temperatures. All the lakes and backwaters the whole length of the river are producing a lot of tiny panfish, but quality fish are hard to find. There are a few quality redear in Havasu and Topoc Gorge with fish to three pounds but the bite is pretty tough. The flathead catfish bite in the lower river has been slow to fair in the main river, and deadly slow in the backwaters. A few fish to 18 pounds have been reported from the main river. The bite has been all on live bluegill or goldfish. The channel catfish bite is also good in the main river stretches, but also in all the reservoirs. Less so in backwaters, which are very warm. The first trout plants of the season in the Laughlin/Bullhead City stretch of the river went in last week, and another plant went in this week. Good action on spinners and PowerBait for the pan-sized rainbows.

WILLOW BEACH: Information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Information: Phil’s Western Trader at 928-768-4954 or Capt. Doyle’s Fun Fishing guide service at 928-768-2667.

LAKE HAVASU: Information: Bass Tackle Master at 928-854-2277.

BLYTHE: Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Wednesday through Sunday.

PICACHO-MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.

Aug
24

COLORADO RIVER

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

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

TOP NEWS: The break in the heat continued this week, and while still hot, there continue to have been some almost cool mornings. This has really spurring on the fishing, and the anglers out have found pretty good action almost across the board. In Havasu and Mohave, the surface bite on stripers is pretty good most mornings, and there are pretty good bite for largemouth, smallmouth, and panfish, too. The black bass, both smallmouths and largemouth, are up chasing baitfish early and late in the day. Most of the action is in less than 20 feet of water early and late, but the fish are in deeper water during most of the day. Still, the surface and near-surface action on topwater and reaction baits has been the best top bet early and then plastics, deeper-running cranks, and swimbaits later. The bluegill and redear bites are still pretty good if you locate a school of fish. All the lakes and backwaters the whole length of the river are producing a lot of fish. Quality redear in Havasu and Topoc Gorge have been the rule with fish to three pounds but the bite is just fair. Bluegill are also good in the lower river backwaters, especially the Palo Verde Lagoon, Pretty Water, Cibola, and Martinez Lake areas. Lots of ëgills to three-quarter pound, but there’s almost no fishing pressure. The flathead catfish bite in the lower river has been tougher, especially in the backwaters. The bite in the main river is still pretty fair on 15 to 20-pound flatheads but there is just very little fishing pressure. The bite has been all on live bluegill or goldfish. The channel catfish bite is also good in the main river stretches, but also in all the reservoirs. Less so in backwaters, which are very warm.

WILLOW BEACH: Information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Information: Phil’s Western Trader at 928-768-4954 or Capt. Doyle’s Fun Fishing guide service at 928-768-2667.

LAKE HAVASU: Information: Bass Tackle Master at 928-854-2277.

BLYTHE: Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Wednesday through Sunday.

PICACHO-MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.

Aug
10

COLORADO RIVER

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

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

TOP NEWS: Heat has continued to put a major damper on the fishing activity all along the river again this week, and there have been thunderstorms making the heat even more oppressive with humidity. It’s the summer doldrums. Temperatures have been over 100-plus or more all along the river again this week. The few anglers braving the heat have found pretty good action almost across the board. In Havasu and Mohave, the surface bite on stripers is pretty good most mornings, and there are pretty good bite for largemouth, smallmouth, and panfish, too. The black bass, both smallmouths and largemouth, are up chasing baitfish early and late in the day. Most of the action is in less than 20 feet of water early and late, but the fish are in deeper water during most of the day. Still, the surface and near-surface action on topwater and reaction baits has been the best top bet early and then plastics, deeper-running cranks, and swimbaits later. The bluegill and redear bites are still pretty good. All the lakes and backwaters the whole length of the river are producing a lot of fish. Quality redear in Havasu and Topoc Gorge have been the rule with fish to three pounds but the bite is just fair. Bluegill are also good in the lower river backwaters, especially the Palo Verde Lagoon, Pretty Water, Cibola, and Martinez Lake areas. Lots of ëgills to three-quarter pound, but there’s almost no fishing pressure. The flathead catfish bite in the lower river has been tougher, especially in the backwaters. The bite in the main river is still pretty fair on 15 to 20-pound flatheads but there is just very little fishing pressure. The bite has been all on live bluegill or goldfish. The channel catfish bite is also good in the main river stretches, but also in all the reservoirs. Dayton Grant, Bullhead City, had a 6.86-pound channel and a 3.46-pound bass out of Topoc Marsh, both on spinnerbaits, while Dennis Baldwin, also Bullhead, had cats at 5.86, 5.10, and 4.32 pounds on chicken liver in the marsh. Less so in backwaters, which are very warm. Bullfrog season opened July 1, but the water levels are so high in the lower river that gigging has been a little tough, with most of the bullfrogs deep in the tules.

WILLOW BEACH: Information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Information: Phil’s Western Trader at 928-768-4954 or Capt. Doyle’s Fun Fishing guide service at 928-768-2667.

LAKE HAVASU: Information: Bass Tackle Master at 928-854-2277.

BLYTHE: Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Wednesday through Sunday.

PICACHO-MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.

Jul
20

COLORADO RIVER

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

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

TOP NEWS: Heat has continued to put a major damper on the fishing activity all along the river again this week. Most of the activity has been water play. Temperatures have been over 100-plus or more all along the river again this week. Anglers braving the heat have found pretty good action across the board. In Havasu and Mohave, the surface bite on stripers is breaking wide open, and there are pretty good bite for largemouth, smallmouth, and panfish, too. All three species of bass are up chasing baitfish early and late in the day. Most of the black bass action in less than 20 feet of water early and late in the day, but there has been some movement deeper with the heat. Still, the surface and near-surface action on topwater and reaction baits has been the best top bet early and then plastics, deeper-running cranks, and swimbaits later. The bluegill and redear bites are still pretty good. All the lakes and backwaters are now producing a lot of fish. Quality redear in Havasu and Topoc Gorge have been the rule with fish to three pounds. Bluegill are also good in the lower river backwaters, especially the Palo Verde Lagoon, Pretty Water, Cibola, and Martinez Lake areas. Lots of ëgills to three-quarter pound. The flathead catfish bite in the lower river is also very consistent with a lot of 15 to 20-pound flatheads, but just little fishing pressure and very few fish reported this past week. The bite has been all on live bluegill or goldfish. The channel catfish bite is also good to excellent, especially in the river stretches, but also in all the reservoirs and backwaters. Bullfrog season opened July 1, but the water levels are so high in the lower river that gigging has been a little tough, with most of the bullfrogs deep in the tules.

WILLOW BEACH: Information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Information: Phil’s Western Trader at 928-768-4954 or Capt. Doyle’s Fun Fishing guide service at 928-768-2667.

LAKE HAVASU: Information: Bass Tackle Master at 928-854-2277.

BLYTHE: Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Wednesday through Sunday.

PICACHO-MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.

Jul
13

COLORADO RIVER

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

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

TOP NEWS: Heat has continued to put a major damper on the fishing activity all along the river again this week. Most of the activity has been water play. Temperatures have been over 110 or more at most places again this week. Few anglers have been braving this heat, but for those fishing the bite has been good for most species across the board. In Havasu and Mohave, the bites are good on stripers, largemouth, smallmouth, and panfish. All three species of bass are up chasing baitfish early and late in the day, and stripers are starting to move uplake into the river. More and more quality fish are showing in the Needles to Davis Dam and the Willow Beach stretches. Also still a lot of smaller fish in the Needles to Davis stretch. Most of the black bass action in less than 20 feet of water early and late in the day, but there has been some movement deeper with the heat. Still, the surface and near-surface action on topwater and reaction baits has been the best top bet early and then plastics, deeper-running cranks, and swimbaits later. The bluegill and redear bites are still pretty good. All the lakes and backwaters are now producing a lot of fish. Quality redear in Havasu and Topoc Gorge have been the rule with fish to three pounds. Bluegill are also good in the lower river backwaters, especially the Palo Verde Lagoon, Pretty Water, Cibola, and Martinez Lake areas. Lots of ëgills to three-quarter pound. The flathead catfish bite in the lower river is also very consistent with a lot of 15 to 20-pound flatheads, but just little fishing pressure and very few fish reported this past week. The bite has been all on live bluegill or goldfish. The channel catfish bite is also good to excellent, especially in the river stretches, but also in all the reservoirs and backwaters. Bullfrog season opened July 1, but the water levels are so high in the lower river that gigging has been a little tough, with most of the bullfrogs deep in the tules.

WILLOW BEACH: Information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Information: Phil’s Western Trader at 928-768-4954 or Capt. Doyle’s Fun Fishing guide service at 928-768-2667.

LAKE HAVASU: Information: Bass Tackle Master at 928-854-2277.

BLYTHE: Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Wednesday through Sunday.

PICACHO-MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.

Jun
29

COLORADO RIVER

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

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

TOP NEWS: Heat has continued to put a major damper on the fishing activity all along the river again this week. Temperatures have been over 110 or more at most places. Few anglers have been braving this heat, but those fishing, the bite has been good for most species across the board. In Havasu and Mohave, the bites are good on stripers, largemouth, smallmouth, and panfish. All three species of bass are up chasing baitfish early and late in the day, and stripers are starting to move uplake into the river. More and more quality fish are showing in the Needles to Davis Dam and the Willow Beach stretches. Also still a lot of smaller fish in the Needles to Davis stretch. Most of the black bass action in less than 20 feet of water early and late in the day, but there has been some movement deeper with the heat. Still, the surface and near-surface action on topwater and reaction baits has been the best top bet early and then plastics, deeper-running cranks, and swimbaits later. The bluegill and redear bites are still pretty good. All the lakes and backwaters are now producing a lot of fish. Quality redear in Havasu and Topoc Gorge have been the rule with fish to three pounds. Bluegill are also good in the lower river backwaters, especially the Palo Verde Lagoon, Pretty Water, Cibola, and Martinez Lake areas. Lots of ëgills to three-quarter pound. The flathead catfish bite in the lower river is also very consistent with a lot of 15 to 20-pound flatheads, but just little fishing pressure and very few fish reported this past week. The bite has been all on live bluegill or goldfish. The channel catfish bite is also good to excellent, especially in the river stretches, but also in all the reservoirs and backwaters.

WILLOW BEACH: Information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Information: Phil’s Western Trader at 928-768-4954 or Capt. Doyle’s Fun Fishing guide service at 928-768-2667.

LAKE HAVASU: Information: Bass Tackle Master at 928-854-2277.

BLYTHE: Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Wednesday through Sunday.

PICACHO-MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.

Jun
08

COLORADO RIVER

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

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

TOP NEWS: In Havasu and Mohave, the bites have really taken off, especially for stripers, largemouth, and smallmouth bass. In Mohave, both the smallmouth and largemouth bass are up chasing baitfish early and late and then on the points and inside the coves on structure the rest of the day. Most of the action in less than 20 feet of water. The stripers are showing in all the coves and points in both Mohave and Havasu with most starting to move up-lake, away from the dams. A few bigger fish are already being caught at Willow Beach. In the Bullhead stretch, a lot of small stripers in the two to three pound range are being caught, but fish to eight pounds are showing in better numbers. Topoc Marsh and Topoc Gorge are both very good for largemouths, stripers, and panfish. Topoc Marsh remains fair to good for smaller stripers, largemouth, and bluegill, and a few catfish are starting to show. The redear bite in Havaus and Topoc Gorge is very good. Trout planted early this year are still showing but in much lower numbers. Top spots are at Davis Camp, Big Bend, and the Community Park in the Bullhead area. Catfish are improving all along the river and backwaters with the lower river really turning on during the new moon. The flathead bite has also started to take off with some good fish to 30 pounds reported again this past week from Blythe to Yuma.

WILLOW BEACH: Information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Information: Phil’s Western Trader at 928-768-4954 or Capt. Doyle’s Fun Fishing guide service at 928-768-2667.

LAKE HAVASU: Information: Bass Tackle Master at 928-854-2277.

BLYTHE: Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Wednesday through Sunday.

PICACHO-MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.

Jun
01

COLORADO RIVER

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

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

TOP NEWS: In Havasu and Mohave, the bites have really taken off, especially for stripers, largemouth, and smallmouth bass. In Mohave, both the smallmouth and largemouth bass are up chasing baitfish early and late and then on the points and inside the coves on structure the rest of the day. Most of the action in less than 20 feet of water. The stripers are showing in all the coves and points in both Mohave and Havasu with most starting to move up-lake, away from the dams. John Andrews, Bullhead City, had a 9.24-pound striper on anchovies near the dam in Mohave. A few bigger fish are already being caught at Willow Beach. In the Bullhead stretch, a lot of small stripers in the two to three pound range are being caught, but fish to eight pounds are showing in better numbers. Topoc Marsh and Topoc Gorge are both very good for largemouths, stripers, and panfish. Topoc Marsh remains fair to good for smaller stripers, largemouth, and bluegill, and a few catfish are starting to show. The redear bite in Havaus and Topoc Gorge is very good. Trout planted early this year are still showing but in much lower numbers. Top spots are at Davis Camp, Big Bend, and the Community Park in the Bullhead area. Catfish are improving all along the river and backwaters with the lower river really turning on during the new moon. The flathead bite has also started to take off with some good fish to 30 pounds reported again this past week from Blythe to Yuma.

WILLOW BEACH: Information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Information: Phil’s Western Trader at 928-768-4954 or Capt. Doyle’s Fun Fishing guide service at 928-768-2667.

LAKE HAVASU: Information: Bass Tackle Master at 928-854-2277.

BLYTHE: Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Wednesday through Sunday.

PICACHO-MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.

May
25

COLORADO RIVER

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

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

TOP NEWS: In Havasu and Mohave, the bites have really taken off, especially for stripers, largemouth, and smallmouth bass, but the fishing pressure is still pretty light. In Mohave, both the smallmouth and largemouth bass are up chasing baitfish early and late and then on the points and inside the coves on structure the rest of the day. Most of the action in less than 20 feet of water. The stripers are showing in all the coves and points in both Mohave and Havasu with most starting to move up-lake, away from the dams. A few bigger fish are already being caught at Willow Beach. In the Bullhead stretch, a lot of small stripers in the two to three pound range are being caught, but fish to eight pounds are showing in better numbers. Topoc Marsh and Topoc Gorge are both very good for largemouths, stripers, and panfish. Topoc Marsh remains fair to good for smaller stripers, largemouth, and bluegill, and a few catfish are starting to show. The redear bite in Havaus and Topoc Gorge is very good. Trout planted early this year are still showing in decent numbers in the river at Davis Camp, Big Bend, and the Community Park in the Bullhead area. Catfish are improving all along the river and backwaters with the lower river really turning on during the new moon. The flathead bite has also started to take off with some good fish to 30 pounds reported again this past week from Blythe to Yuma.

WILLOW BEACH: Information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Information: Phil’s Western Trader at 928-768-4954 or Capt. Doyle’s Fun Fishing guide service at 928-768-2667.

LAKE HAVASU: Information: Bass Tackle Master at 928-854-2277.

BLYTHE: Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Wednesday through Sunday.

PICACHO-MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.

May
11

COLORADO RIVER

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

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

TOP NEWS: In Havasu and Mohave, the bites have really taken off, especially for stripers, largemouth, and smallmouth bass, but the fishing pressure is still pretty light. In Mohave, both the smallmouth and largemouth bass have moved shallow and are still mostly on beds, and the stripers are showing in all the coves and points with most starting to move up-lake, away from the dams. A few bigger fish are already being caught at Willow Beach. In the Bullhead stretch, a lot of small stripers to two pounds are being caught. In Havasu, all of the coves have largemouth and the smallmouth are on the rocky points, both in shallow water still on beds. Topoc Marsh and Topoc Gorge are both very good for largemouths, stripers, and panfish. Topoc Marsh remains fair to good for smaller stripers, mostly on cut anchovies. Trout planted early this year are still showing in decent numbers in the river at Davis Camp, Big Bend, and the Community Park in the Bullhead area. Catfish are improving, especially in backwaters, ditches, and canals all along the lower river, and the flatheads are starting to show in good numbers from Havasu south.

WILLOW BEACH: Information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Information: Phil’s Western Trader at 928-768-4954 or Capt. Doyle’s Fun Fishing guide service at 928-768-2667.

LAKE HAVASU: Information: Bass Tackle Master at 928-854-2277.

BLYTHE: Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Wednesday through Sunday.

PICACHO-MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.

Apr
20

COLORADO RIVER

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

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

TOP NEWS: Warmer temperatures have continued to improve the action all along the Colorado River. The action in Havasu and Mohave the bites have really taken off, especially for stripers, largemouth, and smallmouth bass, but the fishing pressure is still pretty light. The lower river always goes off first, but a cool snap and a surge in the flows dropped the water temperatures from 76 to 67 degrees two weeks ago, and the action still hasn’t recovered. In Mohave, both the smallmouth and largemouth bass have moved shallow and are on beds and the stripes are showing in all the coves and points near the dam and fish are starting to move upriver. A few bigger fish are already being caught at Willow Beach. In Havasu, all of the coves have largemouth and the smallmouth are on the rocky points, both in shallow water for the spawn. Topoc Marsh and Topoc Gorge are both starting very good for largemouths, stripers, and panfish. The stripers are also getting good all along the upper river with some good catches reported in Havasu and the Bullhead City stretch of the river. Mike Ramsey and Ronald Belton, both Bullhead City, teamed up to landed a 7.54-pound striper. Topoc Marsh remains wide open for smaller stripers, mostly on cut anchovies. Trout planted early this year are still showing in decent numbers in the river at Davis Camp and the Community Park in the Bullhead area. Caid Ambrose, Long Beach, had a limit of rainbows. Catfish are improving, especially in backwaters, ditches, and canals all along the river, and the flatheads are starting to show again in the lower river as water temperatures start to climb back up in area backwaters and ditches.

WILLOW BEACH: Information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Information: Phil’s Western Trader at 928-768-4954 or Capt. Doyle’s Fun Fishing guide service at 928-768-2667.

LAKE HAVASU: Information: Bass Tackle Master at 928-854-2277.

BLYTHE: Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Wednesday through Sunday.

PICACHO-MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.

Apr
06

COLORADO RIVER

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

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

TOP NEWS: Warmer temperatures over the past three weeks have broken open the warmwater bites all along the river, especially for the largemouth and smallmouth bass, but the fishing pressure is still prettyy light. The lower river always goes off first, and the bite is good to excellent in the lower river south of Lake Havasu, especially the backwater lakes. Cibola Lake opened March 15, and the few reports from there have been good. Havasu is starting to turn on with the bass — both largemouth and smallmouth — moving up out of the deep water in a major pre-spawn movement of fish. Mohave is just a little behind the lower parts of the river. Topoc Marsh and Topoc Gorge are both starting to take off for largemouths. The stripers are also getting good all along the river with some good catches reported in Havasu, but most of the fish are still in deeper water on schools of baitfish. In Mohave, the stripers are fair to good, mostly on cut baits at the south end of the lake. Topoc Marsh is wide open for smaller stripers, mostly on cut anchovies. Trout were planted three weeks ago in the river at Davis Camp and the Community Park in the Bullhead area, just fair action. Catfish are improving, especially in backwaters, ditches, and canals all along the river, and the flatheads are really turning on in the lower river, but no bruisers have been reported ñ most are in the six to 15-pound range.

WILLOW BEACH: Information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Information: Phil’s Western Trader at 928-768-4954 or Capt. Doyle’s Fun Fishing guide service at 928-768-2667.

LAKE HAVASU: Information: Bass Tackle Master at 928-854-2277.

BLYTHE: Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Wednesday through Sunday.

PICACHO-MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.

Mar
30

COLORADO RIVER

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

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

TOP NEWS: Warmer temperatures over the past two weeks have really started to turn on the warmwater bites all along the river, especially for the largemouth and smallmouth bass, but the fishing pressure is still very light. The lower river always goes off first, and the bite is good to excellent in the lower river south of Lake Havasu, especially the backwater lakes. Cibola Lake opened March 15 last week, and the few reports from there have been good. Havasu is starting to turn on with the bass — both largemouth and smallmouth — moving up out of the deep water in a major pre-spawn movement of fish. Mohave is just a little behind the lower parts of the river. Topoc Marsh and Topoc Gorge are both starting to take off for largemouths. The stripers are also getting good all along the river with some good catches reported in Havasu, but most of the fish are still in deeper water on schools of baitfish. In Mohave, the stripers are fair to good, mostly on cut baits at the south end of the lake. Topoc Marsh is wide open for smaller stripers, mostly on cut anchovies. Cliff and Matt McDonald, both Mohave Valley, had 20 stripers in the two to three pound range, but one was about four pounds. All were caught from the marsh this week. Trout were planted two weeks ago in the river at Davis Camp and the Community Park in the Bullhead area, just fair action. Catfish are improving, especially in backwaters, ditches, and canals all along the river, but mostly for channels. The flathead bite is waking up, however. There was a 22-pound flathead reported at Walter’s Camp near Palo Verde this week.

WILLOW BEACH: Information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Information: Phil’s Western Trader at 928-768-4954 or Capt. Doyle’s Fun Fishing guide service at 928-768-2667.

LAKE HAVASU: Information: Bass Tackle Master at 928-854-2277.

BLYTHE: Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Wednesday through Sunday.

PICACHO-MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.

Mar
09

COLORADO RIVER

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

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

TOP NEWS: Warmer temperatures since the last storm have really started to perk the fishing, especially along the lower river below Blythe. While few catfish are showing yet, there has been an improvement in the smallmouth bass fishing in the main river on crawdad-like jigs and crankbaits fishing slowly and the bite on largemouth bass in the backwaters is breaking wide open. The major reservoirs are all also started to have much better largemouth and smallmouth action with the fish starting to come out of the winter doldrums. In Havasu, the smallmouth are improving on rocky structure with some even up chasing bait with stripers, and the largemouth have been fair on plastics. The striper bite is improving by the day, but most fish are still in deeper water on schools of baitfish. In Mohave, both the largemouth and striped bass are improving, with the best action near the dam and at the power lines. The largemouth and smallmouth have been best on jigs and plastics in both Havasu and Mohave, while the stripers are best on cut baits with a few starting to show on trolled lures. Fish to 12 pounds have been reported in Mohave this past week. Trout were planted again this past week in the river at Davis Camp and the Community Park in the Bullhead area. Catfish are improving, especially in backwaters, ditches, and canals all along the river, but mostly for channels. Few flatheads begin reported yet. A reminder, Cibola Lake reopens to fishing March 15.

WILLOW BEACH: Information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Information: Phil’s Western Trader at 928-768-4954 or Capt. Doyle’s Fun Fishing guide service at 928-768-2667.

LAKE HAVASU: Information: Bass Tackle Master at 928-854-2277.

BLYTHE: Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Wednesday through Sunday.

PICACHO-MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.

Mar
02

COLORADO RIVER

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

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

TOP NEWS: Warmer temperatures since the last storm have finally started to perk the fishing a little bite, especially along the lower river below Blythe. While few catfish are showing yet, there has been an improvement in the smallmouth bass fishing in the main river on crawdad-like jigs and crankbaits fishing slowly. The major reservoirs are all also started to have better largemouth and smallmouth action with the fish starting to come out of the winter doldrums. In Havasu, the smallmouth are improving on rocky structure with some even up chasing bait with stripers. The striper bite is improving by the day, but most fish are still in deeper water on schools of baitfish. Largemouth are still pretty tough. In Mohave, both the largemouth and striped bass are improving, with the best action near the dam and at the power lines. The largemouth and smallmouth have been best on jigs and plastics in both Havasu and Mohave, while the stripers are best on cut baits with a few starting to show on trolled lures. Fish to 12 pounds have been reported in Mohave this past week. Trout will be planted again this week in the river at Davis Camp and the Community Park in the Bullhead area. Backwaters all along the river are better than the main river for bass and catfish, but they are still pretty tough with Topoc March and the Palo Verde Lagoon the better bets.

WILLOW BEACH: Information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Information: Phil’s Western Trader at 928-768-4954 or Capt. Doyle’s Fun Fishing guide service at 928-768-2667.

LAKE HAVASU: Information: Bass Tackle Master at 928-854-2277.

BLYTHE: Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.

PALO VERDE: Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Wednesday through Sunday.

PICACHO-MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.