Fish Report-Freshwater, Aug. 5

TOP NEWS: The striped bass continue to be best in the upper end of Lake Havasu and up through Topoc Gorge and all the way up to Davis Dam. The catfish bite has also really turned on throughout the lower river system, especially for channels, but also more flatheads are showing with two fish over 40 pounds reported from the Palo Verde Lagoon in the past week. Top striper spots have been the sandbar at the upper end of Havasu south to California Bay. There are also clusters of fish all the way upriver to Bullhead and then more concentrated numbers from there to the dam. While most of the stripers are one to three pounds, the bulk of the spawning fish are four to eight pounds with a few bigger fish each week. The catfish are showing in the backwaters along with the deeper pools and runs throughout the river, and they are being caught in all the lakes’ coves. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are fair with some flurries of topwater action early in the day in both Havasu and Mohave on the edges of the floating weed mats. The bass and bluegill are fair in this lower stretch of river, but getting very little pressure. Catches of note include an 8.8-pound catfish caught by Michael Sample, Bullhead City, and a 6.67-pound catfish caught by Steve Hammond, Bullhead City, both from that stretch of river. Larry Neal, Bullhead City, had a 5.86-pound striper at the Needles Bridge on a Rat-L-Trap. 

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