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 hot bite has been for the big redears and bluegill in Lake Havasu and up into Topoc Gorge and even up into Lake Mohave. Lots of fish to three pounds showing on baby nightcrawlers, red worms, crickets, and small jigs. Fishing backwaters in the Bullhead City area, local anglers Tony Smith, Chris Duncan, and Nichols Dennis had redear at 2.88 pounds, 2.48 pounds, and a largemouth bass at 4.04 pounds, respectively. All three were using nightcrawlers. The striper action is starting to outpace the black bass action from Havasu and north. The action has been fair to good in the river between the Mohave and Havasu, especially from Davis Dam to the Avi Bridge, with most of the action on cut baits around the Laughlin Casinos. Also a pretty good striper bite in Lake Mohave, with the best action still from the dam to Katherine’s Landing. Rodney Stewart, Bullhead City, had eight stripers fishing from shore in the powerline area on Mohave. The stringer weighed just under 50 pounds and most were from five to seven pounds. The largemouth and smallmouth bass action has been fair to good throughout the river system with the topwater bite starting, especially in the lower river backwaters, warmer coves on Havasu, and Topoc Marsh. The smallmouth bass in the lower river has been best along the rip-rap from Parker Dam to Palo Verde. Most are showing on crawdad-like jigs or crank baits. The catfish bite is also fair to good throughout the system, with the best action for flatheads in the lower river. A 62-pound flathead was reported recently from the Blythe region, but a lot of eight to 15-pounders are being caught. The best bite has been on live bluegill and goldfish during the dark moon phase. Trout action has slowed in the Davis Camp and Rotary Park areas, but a few fish are still being landed. Small spinners or spoons have been the best baits. While getting little pressure of publicity, the carp fishing is very good all along the river. One angler at Walter’s Camp landed three ice chests full of carp with a total weight of 250-plus pounds. His best fish were all in the 15-pound class.
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.