TOP NEWS: The striped bass have congregated in the upper end of Lake Havasu and masses of fish have moved up into the Topoc Gorge and all the way up to Davis Dam for the spawn. The fishing has been good from the upper end of Havasu at the sandbar all the way through this stretch of river, but they seem to be running in packs, so some spots might have few fish while a pool a half-mile upstream will be filled with fish. 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. Willie Schoggins, Bullhead City, landed a 7.66-pound striper on anchovies fishing off Park Street in Bullhead. There is also good redear action throughout Lake Havasu with a lot of two-pound class and bigger redear being caught. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are fair with some flurries of topwater action early in the day in both Havasu and Mohave. The catfish bite in the lower river is fair to good. Palo Verde Lagoon and the main river south of Blythe has a very good channel catfish bite. Thee bass and bluegill are fair in this lower stretch of river, but getting very little pressure. Overall it is hot, mosquito-plagued, fishing on the lower river.
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 www.martinezlake.com.