Colorado River, March 29 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: It looks like spring has finally arrived to the desert, and the action all along the river is really starting to take off. The big news is the very good catfish action on the lower river below Blythe. The flatheads have finally broke open with some good catches reported in the past week, especially in the Palo Verde-Walter’s Camp region. Paul Canon, San Bernardino, landed a 50-pound flathead Saturday night fishing a live bluegill. He and his group also had several other fish from 5 to 20 pounds. Another group reportedly had 200 pounds of fish for a weekend of fishing catfish. The largemouth and small bass bites are really starting to kick into gear as the fish move into the spawn. Topoc Marsh, the Topoc Gorge backwaters, and lower river from Walter’s Camp to Yuma have been the best areas, but the pre-spawn bite is happening in Lake Mohave and Lake Havasu, too. A few big redear are also starting to show at Havasu, and the bluegill bite has improved dramatically, especially in the lower river. Stripers are still a little spotty, but the warm weather and warming water conditions have sparked a few flurries in the reservoirs and main river, mostly on cut baits. The rainbow trout bite is still pretty good 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. 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. Fish to 17 inches reported. 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: 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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