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 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 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. 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: Fair to good 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: The trout action has been very good from Davis Camp and along the casinos, Sunshine Peninsula, and around Rotary Park. There were 20,000 rainbows planted over three weeks in late September and early October, and many anglers have been reporting limits since. Dennis Baldwin, Bullhead City, had 10 rainbows to about 12 inches Mice Tails in the Rotary Park Area. Mack Wilson, 8, also Bullhead, had four rainbow on nightcrawlers. While most anglers are focusing on trout, the striper bite remains fair on anchovies or other cut baits. Most are small, under a pound, but some to seven pounds have been reported in the past week. Other species have been slow. Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.
NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Largemouth bass action has been fair to good in the marsh with nightcrawlers and spinnerbaits producing quite a few fish, but most are small. Lots of fish up chasing bait. Dayton Grant, Bullhead City, had a limit of largemouth to two pounds and a 3.74-pound catfish. The smallmouth bite is fair in the main river and gorge areas. The bluegill and redear bite is good, mostly on nightcrawlers. Stripers in the main river are fair to good, 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 good for cats. 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: There has been fair action on smallmouth and largemouth bass, with the best bite the early and late topwater bite on frogs and buzz baits but the crankbait bite is improving. The stripers are fair to good with the fish following the schools of gizzard shad and larger lures in the five to 10-inch range are best. Top spots have been Site 6 and Windsor Beach areas. The redear have been fair to good with a lot of fish up to three pounds. Most are around a pound or better. Catfish fair in the coves with a lot of two to four-pound fish and some to 10-plus pounds on cut baits, especially at night and dawn and dusk.
PARKER STRIP: Channel catfish are fair on cut baits, and the flatheads are still pretty slow.
BLYTHE: Very light fishing pressure, and the catfish bite has been fair and improving as things start to cool off all along the lower Colorado River. Top baits for the flatheads are live bluegill and goldfish. The canals are still pretty tough. The channel catfish bite is fair on cut baits. The bass bite has been fair on plastics and nightcrawlers in the backwaters, and in the main river the smallmouth are fair to good on small cranks, especially in the stretches with rip-rap. The bluegill bite is fair to good in most areas. Mosquitos are still bad so bring the bug juice. Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.
PALO VERDE: Light fishing pressure, and the few anglers fishing are finding slow to fair catfish action for both flathead to 15 pounds and channel catfish. The largemouth bass are fair in the backwaters and lagoon, mostly on plastcis or nightcrawlers with some reaction bait fish morning and evening. The smallmouth are pretty good in the main river on crawdad-colored cranks and jigs. The bluegill are fair to good with some fish topping a half-pound in the lagoon. Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.
PICACHO AREA: The bass have been fair to good with the best bite on plastics and live baits and some topwater early and late. The catfish bite is good with more and more flatheads including quality fish topping 25 pounds, and the channels are showing in very good numbers on cut baits. The bluegill bite is good now. Light fishing pressure.
MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Largemouth bass action has been fair to good with the fish whacking live baits and plastics. Lots of topwater action early and late in the day. Flathead catfish are very good on live bluegill and goldfish. Channel catfish action is good on stink baits. Bluegill are good, mostly in the mornings and evenings. 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, but the topwater bite has been the best bet early and late. Fair bluegill action in most backwaters. The channel catfish action is fair to good on cut bait and stink baits, and the flathead action is also good on live goldfish and bluegill.