Colorado River, Jan. 11 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: The fishing pressure remains relatively light and water levels are very low, especially in the lower river. Slow to fair action for most species. The best bite is probably the rainbow trout action in the Bullhead City stretch of the river thanks to weekly trout plants. The bite has been good at the two stocking locations — the Community Park and Davis Camp. Rotary Park will not be getting trout plants for a couple of months. The 1,700-fish are alternated between each spot each week. The trout plants have also moved some big stripers. There are also weekly trout plants at Willow Beach and the bite on rainbows has been good and a few stripers to 10 pounds reported. There is also a pretty fair striper bite in that same Bullhead stretch of the river, although most of the fish are from 1 to 3 pounds. Alan Romero, Bullhead City, had three stripers just below Davis Dam to 3.66 pounds fishing from shore with anchovies. In Havasu and Mohave, the bite on stripers is pretty decent most mornings in the south ends of both lakes with a lot of fish from five to seven pounds, and there are a lot of small stripers (less than 3 pounds) showing in the main river from Davis Dam to Topoc Gorge. There are slow to fair bites for largemouth and smallmouth all along the river, but Topoc Marsh and the lower river backwaters are the top spots with a lot of bass both places to 4 pounds. Few bluegill and redear reports, but a few nice fish continue to come into tackle shops each week, most taken in deeper water on small jigs tipped with bait. The flathead catfish bite in the lower river has been slow in the main river. The channel catfish bite is also pretty fair in the main river stretches, but also in all the reservoirs. Cool water temperatures have really slowed the bite.

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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