Colorado River, April 21 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: 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: usbr.gov/lc/region/g4000/hourly/rivops.html.

TOP NEWS: Windy conditions all along the river this past week. The largemouth bass bite is still very good. The best action has been in the lower river (below Havasu) backwaters and margins of the main river as the fish move into the spawn. Anglers have been reporting 20 to 30 fish days. The bite is best on plastic worms, nightcrawlers, and some reaction baits for the largemouths. Topoc Marsh has also been good. The smallmouth bass in the lower river have also been best along the rip-rap from Parker Dam to Palo Verde. Most are showing on crawdad-like jigs or crank baits. Cibola Lake has stayed just fair with a lot of bass on beds. Water level is so high that most of the fish are back in the tules and inaccessible. Havasu and Mohave bites have also really turned on and the action is very good. Second best has been the striper action in the river between the Mohave and Havasu, especially from Davis Dam to the Avi Bridge. Albert Chapman and Paul Preston, Bullhead City, teamed up to landed a 26.10-pound striper from shore on anchovies in the Big Bend area. In Lake Mohave, the fish are showing in the mouths of coves and off points from Katherine’s Landing to the dam. Most are 1 to 3 pounders, but there are eight to 15 pounders in this action. In Havasu, the bite has spread through most of the main part of the lake and fish are showing from the dam to London Bridge. Trout action has slowed in the Davis Camp and Rotary Park areas, but a few fish are still being landed. Small spinners or spoons have been the best baits. The flathead catfish bite is finally starting to take off in the lower river, backwaters, and irrigation ditches. The bite has been pretty hot on live bluegill, goldfish, or tilapia. Lots of 20-pound class fish being reported.

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 Thursday through Monday.

PICACHO-MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or martinezlake.com.

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