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. For fishing information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.
LAKE MOHAVE: There has been fair to good action on smallmouth, while the largemouth are lagging behind. Plastics and nightcrawlers on the shelves from the dam up past the power lines is the best bet for the smallies, and this bite has been improving as the shallows warm and the fish start moving up. Dylan and Stephen Wilkinson, Golden Valley, had a stringer of smallmouth to two pounds on nightcrawlers from coves near the dam. 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 slow to fair on cut anchovies all the way from the dam through the Big Bend area down to the Avi Bridge. Most are smaller fish from one to two pounds, but a few bigger fish to six pounds have been reported. Top area has been the Rotary Park region. Shane Prokuda, Bullhead City, landed a six-pound striper on a swimbait. The catfish bite is also pretty fair. Also some panfish showing, especially in the bays and backwaters. 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. The smallmouth bite is fair in the main river and gorge areas. 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. 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 slow to 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. There is increasing pre-spawn activity on both the smallmouth and largemouth bass, with the fish moving up this week. The smallmouth action is fair on most rocky points on plastics, jigs, and slow-fished spinnerbaits in deep water. A few largemouths in 10 to 16 feet of water on plastics. 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: Very light fishing pressure. Very few flatheads reported, but there have been a few more channel cats in the bite this past week. The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good, but with little pressure. Most fish 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 is also still pretty slow, but improving. Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.
PALO VERDE: No fishing pressure. Surface water temperature in the lagoon is already over 64 degrees. The handful of other reports from the region say the channel catfish action is pretty fair, and the bass bites — both smallmouth in the main river and largemouth in the backwaters — are pretty good on plastics and even some on reaction baits. Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.
PICACHO AREA: The bass have been fair, 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 on 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 fair in area backwaters. Most anglers are fishing live bait or plastics with slower presentations preferred. The channel catfish action is fair on cut bait and stink baits, but the flathead is very slow. Bluegill are also slow.