Colorado River, June 21 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.

DERBY INFORMATION: The Colorado River Best of the West Fishing Derby will be held June 23-24. Pre-registration on line is $15 per day or $25 on-site the each day of the event. Check-in and final weigh-ins at Riviera Marina. Prizes are given for the biggest catfish and stripers weighed in. Daily entry also qualifies you for daily raffles, and additional raffle ticket may be purchased. For more information, go to www.bullheadcity.com.

TOP NEWS: The action all along the river is pretty good. Five major bites to note: First, there is still a good largemouth and smallmouth bass bite in Lake Havasu on reaction baits and plastics. But bass have been good all along the river in the backwaters and all the reservoirs. The lower river around Palo Verde has also been 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 but with light fishing pressures. Third, the big redear action is very good at Havasu and throughout Topoc Gorge. A lot of toads from 1-8 to 2-8 have been reported in 6 to 18 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 1 to 2 pounds. The bites in Mohave and Havasu are improving with better quality fish on bait and topwater. 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 1 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. The striper action is also improving all along the river, especially in Havasu and the river between Havasu and Davis Dam (lots of fish lighter than 5 pounds). The striper bite is also fair in Lake Mohave. Catfish are also starting to show in better numbers from Havasu upstream, mostly channel cats.

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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