Colorado River, July 19 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 action all along the river is fair to good, but the heat and mosquitos are bad on the lower river. Still five 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 bass have been pretty decent all along the river in the backwaters and all the reservoirs. This bite continues to slow with the warm weather and the window to catch them is mostly very early and very late. The lower river around Palo Verde remains pretty good for smallmouth. Second, the flathead catfish action on the lower river below Blythe remains good to excellent, 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. Diana Moultron, Bullhead City, landed a 13.22-pound channel on anchovies near Sunshine Peninsula (she also had a couple of five-pound class stripers). Third, the big redear action is very good at Havasu and throughout Topoc Gorge. A lot of big fish from 1-8 to 2-8 have been reported in 15 to 40 feet of water. Fourth, the striped bass bite has been very good 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. This action has spread upstream into Lake Mohave and downstream into Havasu, with pretty good bites in both of these lakes now, mostly on cut baits. Fifth, there continues to be a good trout bite in the Bullhead City stretch of the river. Weekly plants at the two stocking locations — the Community Park and Davis Camp. The 1,700-fish plants are alternated between each spot each week. Most of the fish are running a pound or better and PowerBait, nightcrawlers, and small spinners are all getting the rainbows. There are also weekly trout plants at Willow Beach and the bite on rainbows has been good.

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: Walterís 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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