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 50-80 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 the striper action has been slow for the few anglers targeting stripers. Best action on A.C. Plugs or similar lures between markers 47 and 56. The trout bite is really dwindling with few reported. No plants in over a month and not likely in the foreseeable future at Willow Beach because the hatchery will no longer be rearing trout. For fishing information: Willow Beach Resort at (928) 767-4747.
LAKE MOHAVE: Fair to good action on smallmouth and largemouth bass which all seem to be starting 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. Christian Duncan, Bullhead City, landed a 2.34-pound largemouth. 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: While the bite has been slow overall, there have been some very good stripers landed. Rex Price, Bullhead City, landed a 21.04-pound striper above the community park area in old Bullhead on an anchovy. The big striper had a pair of Cooper sunglasses in its gut. Few other reports. The river flows have jumped up dramatically in recent days. 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 as the spawn starts in the warmer backwater. There are also a few more bluegill and redear starting to show. Stripers in the main river are also improving. 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: Overall, the bite is really starting to turn on, especially for smallmouth and largemouth bass. The largemouth and smallmouth bass are already starting to nose around in the shallows for the spawn with some signs of beds already showing up. 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 fairly tough, 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 mostly in 20 to 50 feet of water with little angling pressure and still spotty action. 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. Other bites are slow.
BLYTHE: The bass bite is starting to take off, but the catfish bites are still lagging a little behind. The bass are best on plastics and nightcrawlers, but the action has been pretty tough. Even the smallmouth are fair in the rip-rap stretches of the river. Catfish are slow to fair, 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: With the water level starting to come up and the water temperatures climbing the bite has just exploded over the past two weeks, in spite of winds. The lagoon has been awesome for channel catfish with very good bites on the largemouth bass and flathead. Most of the flatheads are from eight to 12 pounds and showing on live bluegill, while the bass are running from one to five pounds and have been best on plastics, small spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and nightcrawlers. Some stripers are showing in the main river, especially at the mouth of the lagoon (outfall). Even the bluegill bite is getting better with lots of smaller (flathead bait-sized) fish being caught. Information: Walter’s Camp (760) 854-3322 Thursday through Monday.
PICACHO AREA: The bass are fair to good with the best bite on plastics and live baits. The catfish bite is very slow with only a few channels and flatheads completely shut off. The bluegill bite is very slow. 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. Few panfish reports. Information: (928) 783-9589 Thursday through Monday.
YUMA AREA: 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.