Fish Report-Freshwater, Jan. 7

TOP NEWS: These latest storms may change this bite, but through the weekend the best action on the river continued 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 1 to 3 pounders, but there are 8 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. The striper action is also pretty fair in the lower reaches of Havasu, but not near as good as Mohave. Trout action has been slow to fair from Davis Dam into the Big Bend stretch. Last week’s plants were at Davis Camp and Rotary Park. 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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