Colorado River, Aug. 9 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: http://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: www.usbr.gov/lc/region/g4000/hourly/rivops.html.

TOP NEWS: Hot, but the fishing been fair. Four major bites to note: First, there is still a fair to good largemouth and smallmouth bass bite in Lake Havasu on reaction baits and plastics, but the fish are on top just a short window in the morning. Bass have also been pretty decent all along the river in the backwaters and all the reservoirs. The lower river around Palo Verde remains pretty good for smallmouth. Second, the flathead catfish action on the lower river below Blythe remains consistently fair to good, especially in the Palo Verde to Yuma stretch of river at night. Heat has fishing pressure light. In fact, the channel catfish action is also good all along the river and in all the river reservoirs, also mostly at night. Charles Rolda, Bullhead City, caught a 22-pound channel catfish in Lake Mojave near the dam on anchovies. Third, the big redear action remains fair but slowing at Havasu and throughout Topoc Gorge. Big fish from 1-8 to 2-8 have been reported in 20 to 60 feet of water. Fourth, the striped bass bite remains pretty fair in the river between Davis Dam and Lake Havasu, but mostly on small fish from one to two pounds, but some bigger fish for anglers throwing bigger swimbaits or topwater baits. The stripers bite in Mohave and Havasu is also pretty fair mostly on cut baits in pretty deep water, 40 feet plus. The trout bite Bullhead City stretch of the river has slowed way down due to the heat. Most of the fish are running a pound or better and PowerBait, nightcrawlers, and small spinners are all getting the rainbows.

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 www.martinezlake.com.

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