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 light, but there is generally fair to good action all along the Colorado River on stripes, catfish, and bass. The striper bite in Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave is fair to good. In Mohave, the bite is still the best near the dam, powerlines, and points around Katherine’s Landing, with the fish moving out to the mouths of coves and main body of the lake. Fish are up in the mornings and go deep the rest of the day. Some fish to eight pounds, but most in the two to four-pound range. Ryan Krup, Bullhead City, landed a 4.78 pound striper in Mohave on bait. In the river between Mohave and Havasu, there has been a slow to fair bite on two-pound stripers with some up to five, but there are scads of sub eight-inch fish throughout this stretch. Best bite on anchovies. In Havasu, the stripers are showing throughout the lake, with some surface activity still in the mornings, but most action in deeper water now. Bait or tolled lures in 20 to 50 feet of water is the best bet. The largemouth and smallmouth bass action has been fair throughout the river system with a topwater bite most mornings, especially in the lower river backwaters and Topoc Marsh. The smallmouth bass in the lower river has been best along the rip-rap from Parker Dam to Palo Verde. This bite is fair with most of the fish showing on crawdad-like jigs, cranks, or tube baits. Small trout were planted in the Bullhead stretch of river four weeks ago and the next plant will be either late October or November. The trout bite is spotty now, but a few rainbows are still showing. The flathead bite is fair with very light fishing pressure and few fish reported in the past couple of week. Most still on live goldfish or bluegill. The channel catfish bite is also fair to good throughout the system, mostly on cut baits or smaller baits like nightcrawlers, marshmallow-meal worm combos, or dip baits.
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.
LOWER DESERT WATERS
SALTON SEA: Very slow fishing with very few anglers reporting only an occasional small tilapia on nightcrawler pieces. No fish reported in recent days at either the state park headquarters jetty or the nearby Salton Sea Yacht Club jetty. Anglers should always call to get the latest information. The water level is still so low that launching is nearly impossible except for small boats (boaters should check with the main office at the recreation area before bringing a boat). The camp store is open Friday through Sunday. Information: Camp Store at 760-289-9455 (open Friday-Sunday). Salton Sea State Recreation Area main office at 760-393-3059, or the ranger station kiosk at 760-393-3052 (or mobile phone at 760-331-9944).