Colorado River, Dec. 1 Report

ARIZONA FISHING REPORTS: The Arizona Game and Fish Department compiles a weekly report for most waters in the state including the Colorado River. Anglers can read the report at this direct link: 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: usbr.gov/lc/region/g4000/hourly/rivops.html.

TOP NEWS: Fishing pressure remains light, but there is generally fair to good striper and black bass action all along the Colorado River, while the panfish and catfish bites have slowed with the cooler weather. The striper bite in Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave is the best bet. In Mohave, the bite is still the best near the dam, powerlines, and points around Katherine’s Landing, with the fish moving out to the mouths of coves and main body of the lake. Almost no topwater lately, but trolled lures or cut baits, mostly anchovies, are best in deeper water. The fish are mostly three to eight pounds. In Havasu, the bite is mostly in the main body of the lake north of London Bridge, but more fish are showing south now. Trolled lures is the best method, but some fish on bait, and a few remnant surface boils some mornings. In the river between the two lakes, the striper action is picking up, especially on jerk baits and swimbaits, but most of the fish are showing on drifted anchovies fished near the bottom. Lots of really small fish are in this stretch of the river running from one to two pounds, but also some bigger fish. The trout action is also fair with the most recent trout plant three weeks ago in the Davis Camp and Rotary Park areas. Another is due soon. Small spinners and drifted nightcrawlers are getting the most fish. The largemouth and smallmouth bass action has been fair to good as the water and weather cools and the swimbait bite is the hot ticket in the main river and backwaters. The smallmouth bass in the lower river have been best along the rip-rap from Parker Dam to Palo Verde. The flathead bite is slow to fair with very light fishing pressure and few fish reported in the past couple of weeks. Most flatheads are showing on live goldfish or bluegill. The channel catfish bite is also fair throughout the system, mostly on cut baits or smaller baits like nightcrawlers, marshmallow-meal worm combos, or dip baits.

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 martinezlake.com.

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