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 low, especially in the lower river. Slow to fair action for most species, and the cool weather and some rain didn’t help again this week. The best bite is still for the rainbow trout 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, but it and the casino stretch are producing quite a few fish. 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. Mike Merrot, Bullhead City, and his granddaughter Alyssa Carmona, Bakersfield, both had limits of rainbows from the Community Park area on small jigs. Jackson Maki, Bullhead City, also had four rainbows on nightcrawlers and PowerBait from shore in the Rotary Park Area. In this same stretch of river a few stripers are showing, and most are 1 to 3 pounds and being caught on anchovies. 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. The next best bite has been for largemouths in the lower river backwaters, especially the Palo Verde Lagoon and Topoc Marsh. Good action on pre-spawn fish, with a lot of bass from 2 to 3 pounds with some to 7 pounds reported at Walter’s Camp. 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. Some are even showing on or near the top up chasing gizzard shad. There are a lot of small stripers (less than 3 pounds) showing in the main river from Davis Dam to Topoc Gorge. Bluegill have been very tough lately all along the river, and very few redear are showing in Havasu. The flathead catfish bite in the lower river has been slow in the main river. The channel catfish bite is also slow in the main 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.