Colorado River, Dec. 22 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.

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 light, and the striper bite has slowed to just fair or worse, and the black bass action is also sputtering with the cooler weather. The panfish bites have also slowed way down. Catfish remain fair, but only for channel cats with the flatheads slowing way down. The striper bites in Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave are still the best bets, but cooler weather and winds have continued to hamper this action. In Mohave, the bite is still the best near the dam, powerlines, Telephone Cove, and points around Katherine’s Landing, with the fish mostly in deeper water now and showing on cut baits, mostly anchovies, and deeply fished lures. The fish are mostly three to eight pounds. Barbara Andreetta, Bullhead City, had three stripers to seven pounds. In Havasu, the bite is mostly in the main body of the lake. Bait and trolled lures are both working, but the bite is far from hot. In the river between the two lakes, the striper action is fair with most of the fish showing on bait, with a few bigger fish on trout-like swimbaits. The trout action picked up this week after a trout plant last week. A lot of 10-fish limits reported at Davis Camp and Rotary Park. Small spinners and drifted nightcrawlers are getting the most fish. The largemouth and smallmouth bass action has been fair throughout the river system, but the fish are getting more lethargic as the water cools. Baits and slow-fished plastics have been the best bait. The smallmouth bass in the lower river have been best along the rip-rap from Parker Dam to Palo Verde on live crawdads, if you can get them. The flathead bite is slow 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. George McMurrick, Bullhead City, landed a 14.68-pound channel on chicken liver in Lake Mohave, but the lower river backwaters and ditches have been best. Flatheads are very slow right now with no fishing pressure.

WILLOW BEACH: Information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherineís Landing at 928-754-3245.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Information: Philís Western Trader at 928-768-4954 or Capt. Doyleís 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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