Colorado River, July 7 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: 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 is generally very good all along the Colorado River. There is still a good bite for the big redears and bluegill in Lake Havasu and up into Topoc Gorge and even up into Lake Mohave. Lots of fish to 3 pounds showing on baby nightcrawlers, red worms, crickets, and small jigs. The striper bite in Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave is very good, especially in Mojave, where there is a very good volume of fish in the four to 8-pound class and fish to 12 pounds common. In Mohave, the bite is still the best near the dam, powerlines, and points around Katherine’s Landing, but that is also where most of the fishing pressure is concentrated. In Havasu, the stripers are showing throughout the lake, chasing shad. There is topwater action early in the mornings. The largemouth and smallmouth bass action has been fair to good throughout the river system with a topwater bite most mornings and evening now with the heat, especially in the lower river backwaters and Topoc Marsh. The smallmouth bass in the lower river has been best along the rip-rap from Parker Dam to Palo Verde. This bite is wide open with most of the fish showing on crawdad-like jigs or crank baits, but also white tube baits. Since last week, at least 20 more flatheads topping 20 pounds have landed in the Palo Verde-Walter’s Camp region, most on live bluegill. The channel catfish bite is also fair to good throughout the system, mostly on cut baits or smaller live baits like nightcrawlers, marshmallow-meal worm combos, or dip baits. Trout action has slowed in the Davis Camp and Rotary Park areas, but a few fish are still being landed. Small spinners or spoons have been the best baits. While getting little pressure of publicity, the carp fishing is very good all along the river with a lot of fish to 15 pounds reported. A final note: It’s mosquito season. The bugs are out in full force, and repellent is highly recommended, especially on the lower river which has more backwaters.

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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