Colorado River, Oct. 12 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: 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 very light all along the river, but it is finally picking up as the weather starts to moderate. There continues to be fair to good action for most species. In Havasu and Mohave, the surface bite on stripers is pretty good most mornings, and there are a lot of small stripers (under three pounds) showing in the main river from Davis Dam to Topoc Gorge. There are pretty good bites for largemouth and smallmouth all along the river. The bass are up chasing baitfish early and late in the day. Most of the action is in less than 20 feet of water early and late, but the fish are in deeper water during most of the day. Still, the surface and near-surface action on topwater and reaction baits has been a top bet early and then plastics, deeper-running cranks, and swimbaits later. The bluegill and redear bites are improving after going into a funk late in the summer. Lots of smaller fish, but some decent fish showing from deeper water on live bait. The best spots for quality redear are in Havasu and Topoc Gorge with fish to three pounds. The flathead catfish bite in the lower river has been slow to fair in the main river, but conditions are excellent now in both the river and backwaters. There’s just no one fishing. The channel catfish bite is also good in the main river stretches, but also in all the reservoirs. The first trout plants of the season in the Laughlin/Bullhead City stretch of the river went in this week and two weeks ago. Fair action on spinners and PowerBait for the pan-sized rainbows.

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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