Fish Report-Freshwater, April 22

LAKE MEAD: Fishing for stripers fair on smaller fish in South Cove and other coves at the south end of the lake. Catches of channel catfish have also been fair. Cats from one to two pounds are being caught on cut baits. Most stripers are between one and two pounds and the best bait has been cut up gizzard shad, anchovies, sardines or shrimp. Fish are mostly in coves along steep canyon walls in 50 to 80 feet of water. The largemouth bass bite has been improving with the fish in the spawn now.

WILLOW BEACH: Very light fishing pressure and few reports. For fishing information: Willow Beach Resort at (928) 767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Both the smallmouth and largemouth bass bites have been fair to good with most fish in the shallows. Plastics and nightcrawlers have been the best bet. Lots of fish in the three-pound range. Bluegill and redear are also improving on nightcrawlers near the dam and at Katherine?s. Stripers are fair at the dam and from the Power Lines up to Katherine?s in most of the coves. Matt Pernula, Bullhead City, had a 17.92-pound striper fishing anchovies from a boat. Anchovies have been the top bait, but a few fish are showing on reaction baits or jigging spoons early in the day. The catfish bite is fair to good in most coves, especially at night on cut baits. Information: Cottonwood Cove at (702) 297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at (928) 754-3245.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: The striped bass bite has continued to improve and the bite is good from the dam all the way downstream to Needles. Most are one to two pounds, but a lot of fish from four to six pounds are showing now. Jim Graeff, Bullhead City, landed a 6.22-pounder near the dam. Shaen Prokuda, Bullhead City, had a 6.54-pound striper in the Rotary Park area. Also more and more catfish showing in this bite. Paul Preston, Bullhead City, had an 8.54-pound cat, while fishing buddy Eddie Jones, Bullhead, had a 2.14-pound striper. Both were fishing near Needles. Some bass are showing in the backwaters and quite areas, and the bluegill and redear are also starting to take off. Information: Riviera Marina at (928) 763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: The largemouth bass action has been fair to good in the marsh with nightcrawlers and slow-rolled spinnerbaits producing fish, but most are small. The smallmouth bite is fair in the main river and gorge areas. The bluegill and redear bite is starting to turn on, and the catfish action is also getting pretty good. Stripers in the main river are good with the bite really taking off in the past two weeks. The fish are showing on cut baits, with bigger fish on swimbaits and jerk baits. The catfish bite is also good in both the marsh and this stretch of river. You can access the marsh by boat at the North Dike, Catfish Paradise, and Five-Mile Landing. All three also provide plenty of area for shoreline fishing, too. Information: Phil’s Western Trader at (928) 768-4954 or Capt. Doyle’s Fun Fishing guide service at (928) 768-2667. 

LAKE HAVASU: The striped bass bite has been fair in deep water at the dam and in the lower basin, but there is some movement of fish to the upper end of the lake. Shad are still deep, so little surface action yet. Cut baits or spoons still the best bet. The smallmouth and largemouth bass are still mostly shallow with some fish still in the spawn. The smallmouth action is best on most rocky points on plastics, jigs, and slow-fished spinnerbaits. The largemouth are best in three to 12 feet of water on plastics, Senko-type baits, and Brush Hawgs. The bluegill and redear are fair and improving with each warm day. Sonny de la Torre, Riverside, had a redear at 3-8 along with three others over two pounds fishing his custom jigs. Catfish have been slow to fair on cut anchovies or other cut baits.

PARKER STRIP: Channel catfish are slow to fair on cut baits, and the flatheads are very slow.

BLYTHE: The largemouth bass bite has broken wide open all along this stretch of the river with good action in the main river and backwaters. Most fish have been on plastics, jigs, reaction baits, and nightcrawlers. Also more and more smallmouths showing in the main river on small cranks, jigs, and plastics, especially in the stretches with rip-rap. The bluegill bite is also starting to turn on with the warm weather. Surprisingly slow channel catfish and flathead action. Information: B&B Bait (760) 921-2248.   

PALO VERDE: The largemouth bass bite has been very good in the lagoon and other backwaters. Plastics, reaction baits, and even topwater baits are all working. The channel catfish action is pretty fair, but few flatheads reported yet. The smallmouth bass are good in the main river with the best bite on plastics or reaction baits. Information: Walter’s Camp (760) 854-3322 Thursday through Monday.

PICACHO AREA: The bass have been good, with the best bite on plastics and live baits. The reaction bait and topwater bites are starting early this year. The catfish bite is fair on channels with cut baits, but the flathead bite is oddly slow. The bluegill bite is finally improving. Light fishing pressure.

MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Largemouth bass action has been good with the fish still mostly shallow. Live baits and plastics have been the best bet, but the reaction and topwater bites are starting to take off already. Flathead catfish are fair live bluegill and goldfish. Channel catfish action is fair to good on stink baits and cut baits. Bluegill are slow. Information: (928) 783-9589 Thursday through Monday.

YUMA AREA: Largemouth bass action has been good in area backwaters. Most anglers are fishing live bait, plastics, or reaction baits. The channel catfish action is fair on cut bait and stink baits, but the flatheads are slow. Bluegill are starting to turn on with quite a few starting to show.

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