Colorado River, May 4 Report

ARIZONA FISHING REPORTS: The Arizona Game and Fish Department compiles a weekly report for most waters in the state, including the Colorado River. 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. 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 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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