Colorado River, July 20 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 web site with information updated hourly:

TOP NEWS: Heat has continued to put a major damper on the fishing activity all along the river again this week. Most of the activity has been water play. Temperatures have been over 100-plus or more all along the river again this week. Anglers braving the heat have found pretty good action across the board. In Havasu and Mohave, the surface bite on stripers is breaking wide open, and there are pretty good bite for largemouth, smallmouth, and panfish, too. All three species of bass are up chasing baitfish early and late in the day. Most of the black bass action in less than 20 feet of water early and late in the day, but there has been some movement deeper with the heat. Still, the surface and near-surface action on topwater and reaction baits has been the best top bet early and then plastics, deeper-running cranks, and swimbaits later. The bluegill and redear bites are still pretty good. All the lakes and backwaters are now producing a lot of fish. Quality redear in Havasu and Topoc Gorge have been the rule with fish to three pounds. Bluegill are also good in the lower river backwaters, especially the Palo Verde Lagoon, Pretty Water, Cibola, and Martinez Lake areas. Lots of ‘gills to three-quarter pound. The flathead catfish bite in the lower river is also very consistent with a lot of 15 to 20-pound flatheads, but just little fishing pressure and very few fish reported this past week. The bite has been all on live bluegill or goldfish. The channel catfish bite is also good to excellent, especially in the river stretches, but also in all the reservoirs and backwaters. Bullfrog season opened July 1, but the water levels are so high in the lower river that gigging has been a little tough, with most of the bullfrogs deep in the tules.

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

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