LAKE MEAD: Fishing for stripers fair to good on smaller fish in South Cove and other coves at the south end of the lake. Catches of channel catfish have also been good. Cats from one to two pounds are being caught in increasing numbers by anglers who are primarily fishing for stripers. Most stripers are between one and two pounds and the best bait has been cut up gizzard shad, but cut up anchovies and sardines are also producing stripers and catfish. Fish in coves along steep canyon walls in 50 to 80 feet of water. The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good with a lot of fish on topwater early and late in the day, plastics the rest of the day in deeper water.
WILLOW BEACH: Very light fishing pressure, and few reports. The trout bite is slow with no recent plants and not likely in the foreseeable future at Willow Beach because the hatchery will no longer be rearing trout. Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.
LAKE MOHAVE: Fair to good action on smallmouth and largemouth bass which are into the spawn. The smallies are on rocky shelves from the dam to Katherine’s Landing. The largemouth are improving in all the coves in four to eight feet of water, also on plastics and nightcrawlers. The bluegill and redear are still mostly slow, but some signs of improvement on small jigs or nightcrawler pieces. Stripers are still pretty spotty with only a few showing at the dam and from the Power Lines up to Katherine’s and most of the coves. Anchovies have been the top bait, but a few fish are showing on topwater and reaction baits early in the day. The catfish bite is fair to good in most coves, especially at night on cut baits. Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245.
LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: The best action in this stretch of the river is still the bite for stripers. The fish being reported are generally pretty good quality, and most are being caught on anchovies. Few striper anglers hurling the big swimbaits or plugs. Top fish this week was a 26.72-pounder landed by Bob Tyler, Bullhead City, on an anchovy. Shelly Meston, Bullhead, landed a 13.5-pounder, also on an anchovy, her first striper. Some panfish and largemouth bass action in backwaters and quietier spots along the river. Few other reports. The river flows remain up. Information: Riviera Marina 928-763-8550.
NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Largemouth bass action has really perked in the marsh with nightcrawlers and spinnerbaits producing quite a few fish during the spawn in the warmer backwater. The spawn is starting to wind down in the marsh. The smallmouth bite is also starting to improve in the main river and gorge areas with the smallies mostly on beds. There are also a few more bluegill and redear starting to show as they move shallow to spawn. Stripers in the main river are also improving but still just fair. Channel cats are fair to good in both the main river and backwaters. Topoc has been good. You can access the marsh by boat at the North Dike, Catfish Paradise, and Five-Mile Landing. All three also provide plenty of area for shoreline fishing, too. Information: Phil’s Western Trader at 928-768-4954 or Capt. Doyle’s Fun Fishing guide service at 928-768-2667. LAKE HAVASU: Good action on smallmouth and largemouth bass. The bass are on the backside of the spawn in some areas with some fish still on beds. Overall, a pretty decent bite on rocky structure with crawdad-like plastics, mostly for the smallmouth, while the largemouth are more focused on the baitfish. The striper remain fair, with the fish following the schools of shad. The shad are mostly in the south end of the lake with the biggest concentrations consistently in the Black Meadow Landing to Standard Wash stretch of the lake. Live shad had been the best bet for stripers. The redear are starting to come up for their spawn and showing in six to 20 feet of water with little angling pressure. No catfish reports. Information: Bass Tackle Master at 928-854-2277.
PARKER STRIP: Fishing for smallmouth bass is fair, and a few more channel catfish are showing. But overall the bite is tough with the high flows.
BLYTHE: Continued high flows have made the bite tough. The bass bite is fair but not what it should be this time of year, and the catfish bites are simply slow. The bass are best on plastics and nightcrawlers in the backwaters, and in the main river even the smallmouth are just fair in the rip-rap stretches of the river. Catfish are slow, with a few channels but still only the odd flathead reported. The backwater lakes and drain ditches have been better than the main river. The bluegill bite is starting to improve. Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.
PALO VERDE: The flows remain high and this continues to make fishing tough. These flows will continue through May. The largemouth bass are way back in the tules and brush, but the bite is still pretty fair. The lagoon has also been tougher for catfish, both channels and flatheads. The few flatheads being caught are running from eight to 12 pounds and one at 32 pounds was reported this past week. Also a few stripers showing for flathead anglers fishing live bluegill or tilapia (which are thick in the lagoon this year). The bass are from one to four pounds and showing on plastics, small spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and nightcrawlers. The bluegill bite is good lots of smaller (flathead bait-sized) fish being caught. Smallmouth bass in the main river have been fair, mostly on small cranks, but there is little pressure on the smallies. Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.
PICACHO AREA: Very high water. The bass are fair to good with the best bite on plastics and live baits. The catfish bite is improving with more and more flatheads and channels showing in the bite. The bluegill bite is also fair now. Light fishing pressure.
MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Largemouth bass action is good with the fish whacking live baits and plastics. Most fish are up shallow on beds. Channel catfish action is good on stink baits, and the flathead bite is turning on. Improved panfish action, too. Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday.
YUMA AREA: High flows. Largemouth bass action is good in area backwaters. Most of the action is on live bait or plastics for fish on beds or crusing. Slow to fair bluegill in most backwaters. The channel catfish action is very good on cut bait and stink baits, and the flathead action is really starting to take off on live goldfish and bluegill.