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: Catfish fair on cut baits. A few striped bass to 18 pounds reported in recent weeks, but this bite is tough. For fishing information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.
LAKE MOHAVE: Both the smallmouth and largemouth bass bites have been fair to good on plastics and nightcrawlers. Lots of fish in the 3-pound range. Bluegill and redear are also improving on nightcrawlers near the dam and at Katherine’s. Stripers are improving with a lot of fish in the Katherine’s area on anchovies. The stripers are in the one to four-pound range. 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 been very good this past week from the dam all the way downstream to Needles and below. Most are one to two pounds, but a lot of fish from 4 to 6 pounds are showing now. Lino Garcia, Bullhead City, had four stripers to 2.84-pound fishing anchovies just below Davis Dam. Quite a few catfish are also showing from the quieter stretches and backwaters. Brody Horton, Bullhead City, had a 10.4-pound catfish from the Nature Center bay. Some bass are also showing in the backwaters, 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 good with a lot of fish still on beds. The catfish action is also getting pretty good. Stripers in the main river are very good with the bite really taking off over the past two weeks of warm weather. The fish are showing on cut baits, with bigger fish (topping four pounds) on swimbaits and jerk baits. 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 to good with most of the fish in the upper end of the lake and hitting topwater most mornings and then hanging in 30 to 50 feet during the day and taking cut baits. Most of the fish are three to six pounds with some up into double digits. The smallmouth and largemouth bass are fair with some topwater (frogs) and crankbait action early and late. The bite is tough during the day. The bluegill and redear are fair to good with lots of fish on beds. Two-plus pounders common. Catfish have finally come alive with good action in most coves on cut baits.
PARKER STRIP: Channel catfish fair to good on cut baits, and the flatheads catfish action is finally starting to turn on.
BLYTHE: The flathead catfish bite has been fair to good. The best action has been in the main river?s big pools on live bluegill, goldfish, and tilapia. The largemouth bass bite has been good 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. Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.
PALO VERDE: The flathead catfish bite is good in the main river on live bluegill. The largemouth and smallmouth bass bites have 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, mostly on cut baits. The smallmouth bass are also good in the main river with the best bite on plastics or reaction baits. Smallies to 4 pounds reported in recent days. 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, and the flathead catfish bite is finally starting to turn on for anglers fishing live goldfish, bluegill, or tilapia. The bluegill bite is good. Still light fishing pressure.
MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Largemouth bass action has been on live baits, plastics, and reaction baits. Even some topwater. Flathead catfish are fair to good on live bluegill and goldfish. Channel catfish action is good on stink baits and cut baits. Bluegill are finally turning on with pretty good action. 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, and the flathead are starting to turn on with a number of fish over 20 pounds reported the past two weeks. Bluegill are good.