Colorado River, May 18 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: 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 point and 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 to two pounds are being caught. 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. 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 full moon. The flathead bite has also started to take off with some good fish to 30 pounder reported 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.

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