Fish Report-Freshwater, Dec. 31

TOP NEWS: The best action on the river continues to be for stripers in Lake Mohave, with most of the fish showing in the mouths of coves, off points, and at the dam from Katherine’s Landing to the dam. Most are one to three pounders, but there are eight to 15 pounders in this action. The fish are pushing shad on the surface and the bite can be right on the surface or in 15 to 40 feet of water on cut baits. Chad Trostel, Bullhead City, had a pair of stripers at 10.26 and 9.2 pounds on shad-like baits. The striper action is also pretty fair in the lower reaches of Havasu, but not near as good as Mohave. Trout action has been fair from Davis Dam into the Big Bend stretch. This week’s plants were at Davis Camp and Rotary Park. Rex Price, Bullhead City, had eight rainbows in the Rotary Park area on spinners, but inflated nightcrawlers and PowerBait are also getting fish. Slow to fair action on smallmouth, especially in Havaus and the lower river. Largemouth are slow just about everywhere. The flathead catfish bite has been slow with cooler water temperatures from Lake Havaus all the way to Yuma. The channel catfish bite in the main river and all the reservoirs has been a little better with a few fish showing on nightcrawlers and cut baits, especially in the backwaters of the main river. The redear and bluegill are slow to fair in Topoc Marsh and Gorge, all of Havasu, and the lower stretch of river backwaters and lakes, but the panfish are getting very little pressure.

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