Fish Report-Freshwater, July 30

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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 showing. Top striper spots have been the sandbar at the upper end of Havasu with clusters of fish all the way to Bullhead and then more concentrated numbers from there to the dam. While most of the stripers are 1 to 3 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. Ernie Calma, Bullhead City, had channel cats at 16.28 and 7.52 pounds, while his son Kayden landed a 7.58-pounder. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are fair with some flurries of topwater action early in the day in both Havasu and Mohave. The 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.

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