Fish Report-Freshwater, Dec. 17

TOP NEWS: Trout plants last week at Camp Davis and trout are showing from this area down through the Big Bend stretch, but overall just a fair bite since the weekend. Stripers are fair in the main river from Laughlin to Topoc, but the bite has been good in both Mohave and Havasu. The fish are keying on shad in 10 to 25 feet of water. Shane Alpert, Bullhead Citty, landed a 14.90-pound striper on a swimbait in Mohave from shore near the dam. The largemouth and smallmouth bass action is generally just fair throughout the system, with the best action in the backwaters for largemouths. The lower river is also pretty fair for smallmouth bass, but getting little pressure. Havasu is also pretty good on smallmouth up chasing bait early (reaction baits) and then on rocky structure later (jigs and plastics). The catfish bite has been slowing with cooler water temperatures from Lake Mohave all the way to Yuma, especially in the backwaters and lagoons. The bite in the main river has been best, especially for channels on cut baits. Flatheads pretty slow. The redear and bluegill are slow to fair in Topoc Marsh and Gorge, all of Havasu, and the lower stretch of river backwaters and lakes, but getting very little pressure.

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