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 website with information updated hourly.
TOP NEWS: The entire Colorado River is approaching wide-open status for most species. In Havasu and Mohave, the bites are very good on stripers, largemouth, smallmouth, and panfish. All three species of bass are up chasing baitfish early and late in the day, and stripers are starting to move uplake into the river. More and more quality fish are showing in the Needles to Davis Dam and the Willow Beach stretches. Also still a lot of smaller fish in the Needles to Davis stretch. Most of the black bass action in less than 20 feet of water with surface baits a top bet early and then plastics or swim baits later. The bluegill and redear bites are good to excellent, too. 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, especially in the lower river backwaters, especially the Palo Verde Lagoon, Pretty Waters, 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 and the biggest reported in the past week at Walter’s Camp was a 32-pounder. All on live bluegill or goldfish. The channel catfish bite is also excellent, especially in the river stretches, but also in all the reservoirs and 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 www.martinezlake.com.