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: Fishing pressure is finally picking up. There continues to be fair to good action for most species, and the striper action is really picking up as evenings cool a little. In Havasu and Mohave, the surface bite on stripers is pretty good most mornings in the south ends of both lakes with a lot of fish from five to seven pounds, and there are a lot of small stripers (under three pounds) showing in the main river from Davis Dam to Topoc Gorge. There are pretty good bites for largemouth and smallmouth all along the river, but Topoc Marsh and the lower river backwaters are really turning on. The bass are up chasing baitfish early and late in the day. Most of the action is in less than 20 feet of water morning and evening, but the fish are in deeper water during most of the day. The bluegill and redear bites are improving with a pretty fair to good bite again. Lots of smaller fish, but some decent fish showing from deeper water on live bait. The best spots for quality redear are in Havasu and Topoc Gorge with fish to three pounds. The flathead catfish bite in the lower river has been slow to fair in the main river, but conditions are excellent now in both the river and backwaters. There’s just no one fishing. The channel catfish bite is also good in the main river stretches, but also in all the reservoirs. The trout plant are regular again in the Laughlin/Bullhead City stretch of the river and the bite is pretty good on spinners and PowerBait for the pan-sized rainbows. There are also weekly trout plants at Willow Beach and the bite on rainbows has been good and a few stripers to 14 pounds reported.
WILLOW BEACH: Information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.
LAKE MOHAVE: Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherineís 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.