Colorado River, April 20 Report

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.

FLOW INFORMATION: Reservoir elevation levels and flow releases for the entire lower Colorado River are available at this website with information updated hourly.

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 hasnít 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 martinezlake.com.

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