Colorado River, Sept. 21 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 website with information updated hourly.

TOP NEWS: Fishing pressure remains relatively light, 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. Tony Smith and Chris Duncan, both Bullhead, had stripers at 11 and 8.32 pounds, respectively fishing in Mohave. There are pretty good bites for largemouth, smallmouth, and panfish, too. The black bass, both smallmouths and largemouth, 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 the best top bet early and then plastics, deeper-running cranks, and swimbaits later. The bluegill and redear bites slowed way down, especially in the backwaters, because of high water temperatures. All the lakes and backwaters the whole length of the river are producing a lot of tiny panfish, but quality fish are hard to find. There are a few quality redear in Havasu and Topoc Gorge with fish to three pounds but the bite is pretty tough. The flathead catfish bite in the lower river has been slow to fair in the main river, and deadly slow in the backwaters. A few fish to 23 pounds have been reported from the main river. The bite has been all on live bluegill or goldfish. The channel catfish bite is also good in the main river stretches, but also in all the reservoirs. Less so in backwaters, which are very warm. The first trout plants of the season in the Laughlin/Bullhead City stretch of the river went in last week, and another plant went in this week. Good 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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