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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.

Feb
16

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 remained very light over the past week. Action is still generally slow all along the river for all species, but the warm weather in recent days did perk a few bite. The top bets have been the striper action in Lake Mohave from the dam to Katherine’s Landing for anglers fishing bait or small swimbaits. The bite on stripers in the river between Needles and Bullhead is also improving. There is also fair trout action in the Davis Camp and Rotary Park areas of the river near Bullhead City, and trout were planted last week. There will be one more plants in February. Lastly, the smallmouth bass bite is pretty fair for anglers targeting these fish from Mohave downstream. The best action has been on crawdad-like jigs or lures fishing on rocky structure or rip rap.

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.

Feb
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: Fishing pressure remained very light over the past week. Action is generally slow all along the river for all species. The top bites this past week have been the striper action in Lake Mohave from the dam to Katherine’s Landing for anglers fishing bait or small swimbaits. Robert Isza, Bullhead City, had five stripers from 3.8 to 8.3 pounds, all on anchovies. There is also fair trout action in the Davis Camp and Rotary Park areas of the river near Bullhead City, and trout were planted this week. There will be two more plants in February. Lastly, the smallmouth bass bite is pretty fair for anglers targeting these fish from Mohave downstream. The best action has been on crawdad-like jigs or lures fishing on rocky structure or rip rap. Hennery Peterson, 94, of Bullhead City, landed a smallmouth bass at 3.9 pounds from Lake Mohave 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.

Jan
26

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 light and weather really hampered the fish all along the river over the past week. The striper bite has remained slow along most of the river. Ditto for the black bass, panfish, and catfish. A few channel catfish are showing for patient anglers all along the river. The two bites of note: There is fair trout action in the Davis Camp and Rotary Park areas of the river near Bullhead City, and trout were planted two weeks ago and should go in again this week (and three times in February). Second, the handful of anglers fishing for smallmouth bass in the lower river are seeing some fish in the main channels along rip-rap and around structure. Best action on slowly-fished crawdad cranks or jigs.

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.

Dec
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: Fishing pressure remains light, but there is generally fair to good striper and black bass action all along the Colorado River, while the panfish and catfish bites have slowed with the cooler weather. The striper bite in Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave is the best bet. 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. Almost no topwater lately, but trolled lures or cut baits, mostly anchovies, are best in deeper water. The fish are mostly three to eight pounds. In Havasu, the bite is mostly in the main body of the lake north of London Bridge, but more fish are showing south now. Trolled lures is the best method, but some fish on bait, and a few remnant surface boils some mornings. In the river between the two lakes, the striper action is picking up, especially on jerk baits and swimbaits, but most of the fish are showing on drifted anchovies fished near the bottom. Lots of really small fish in this stretch of the river running from one to two pounds, but some bigger fish. The trout action is also fair with the most recent trout plant three weeks ago in the Davis Camp and Rotary Park areas. Another is due soon. Small spinners and drifted nightcrawlers are getting the most fish. The largemouth and smallmouth bass action has been fair to good as the water and weather cools and the swimbait bite is the hot ticket in the main river and backwaters. The smallmouth bass in the lower river have been best along the rip-rap from Parker Dam to Palo Verde. The flathead bite is slow to fair with very light fishing pressure and few fish reported in the past couple of weeks. Most flatheads are showing on live goldfish or bluegill. The channel catfish bite is also fair 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.

Nov
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: Fishing pressure remains light, but there is generally fair to good striper and black bass action all along the Colorado River, and fair catfish and panfish action. The striper bite in Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave is the best bet. 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 on top some mornings, but the topwater bite is fading and most of the action is in deeper water on trolled lures or cut baits, mostly anchovies. The fish are mostly three to eight pounds. In Havasu, the bite is mostly in the main body of the lake north of London Bridge, but some fish south. Trolled lures is the best method, but some fish on bait, and a few remnant surface boils some mornings. In the river between the two lakes, the striper action is picking up, especially on jerk baits and swimbaits, but most of the fish are showing on drifted anchovies fished near the bottom. Lots of really small fish in this stretch of the river running from one to two pounds, but some bigger fish. Dane Dupre, Bullhead City, landed an 18.06-pound striper on a swim bait. The trout action is also fair to good after a trout plant two weeks ago in the Davis Camp and Rotary Park areas, with small spinners and drifted nightcrawlers getting the most fish. Still some 10-fish limits reported. The largemouth and smallmouth bass action has been good as the water and weather cools and the swimbait bite is the hot ticket in the main river and backwaters. The smallmouth bass in the lower river have been best along the rip-rap from Parker Dam to Palo Verde. The flathead bite is fair with very light fishing pressure and few fish reported in the past couple of weeks. Most flatheads are showing 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.

Nov
03

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 light, but there is generally fair to good action all along the Colorado River on stripers and bass, with pretty fair action on catfish. There are also scattered panfish bites. The striper bite in Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave is the main attraction for anglers. 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 on top some mornings, but the topwater bite is fading and most of the action is in deeper water on trolled lures or cut baits, mostly anchovies. The fish are mostly three to eight pounds. In Havasu, the bite is mostly in the main body of the lake north of London Bridge, but some fish south. Trolled lures is the best method, but some fish on bait, and a few remnant surface boils some mornings. In the river between the two lakes, the striper action is picking up, especially on jerk baits and swimbaits, but most of the fish are showing on drifted anchovies fished near the bottom. Lots of really small fish in this stretch of the river (under 12 inches), but some bigger fish. The trout action is also picking up after a recent plant in the Davis Camp and Rotary Park areas, with small spinners and drifted nightcrawlers getting the most fish. The largemouth and smallmouth bass action has been good as the water and weather cools and the swimbait bite is the hot ticket in the main river and backwaters. The smallmouth bass in the lower river have been best along the rip-rap from Parker Dam to Palo Verde. The flathead bite is fair with very light fishing pressure and few fish reported in the past couple of weeks. Most flatheads are showing 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: Continued slow fishing in spite of cooling water temperatures. Also very light fishing pressure. Only a few reports of tilapia reported at the state park headquarters jetty or the nearby Salton Sea Yacht Club jetty. All fish showing on nightcrawler pieces. 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).

Oct
28

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 light, but there is generally fair to good action all along the Colorado River on stripers and bass, with pretty fair action on catfish. There are also scattered panfish bites. The striper bite in Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave is the main attraction for anglers. 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 on top some mornings, but the topwater bite is fading and most of the action is in deeper water on trolled lures or cut baits, mostly anchovies. The fish are mostly three to eight pounds. In Havaus, the bite is mostly in the main body of the lake north of London Bridge, but some fish south. Trolled lures is the best method, but some fish on bait, and a few remnant surface boils some mornings. In the river between the two lakes, the striper action is picking up, especially on jerk baits and swimbaits, but most of the fish are showing on drifted anchovies fished near the bottom. Lots of really small fish in this stretch of the river (under 12 inches), but some bigger fish. Cindy Carpenter, Bullhead City, landed a 25-pound class fish on a crankbait. The trout action is also picking up after a recent plant in the Davis Camp and Rotary Park areas, with small spinners and drifted nightcrawlers getting the most fish. The largemouth and smallmouth bass action has been good as the water and weather cools and the swimbait bite is the hot ticket in the main river and backwaters. The smallmouth bass in the lower river have been best along the rip-rap from Parker Dam to Palo Verde. The flathead bite is fair with very light fishing pressure and few fish reported in the past couple of weeks. Most flatheads are showing 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.

Oct
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: 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).