Fish Report-Freshwater, June 17

LAKE MEAD: Fishing for stripers fair on smaller fish in South Cove and other coves at the south end of the lake. Catches of channel catfish have also been fair. Cats from one to two pounds are being caught on cut baits. Most stripers are between one and two pounds and the best bait has been cut up gizzard shad, anchovies, sardines or shrimp. Fish are mostly in coves along steep canyon walls in 50 to 80 feet of water. The largemouth bass bite has been improving with the fish in the spawn now.

WILLOW BEACH: Catfish fair on cut baits. A few striped bass to 18 pounds reported in recent weeks, but this bite is tough. For fishing information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.

LAKE MOHAVE: Both the smallmouth and largemouth bass bites have been good on plastics and nightcrawlers, but some topwater now. Lots of fish in the three-pound range, and the best bite has been morning or evening. Bluegill and redear are also improving on nightcrawlers near the dam and at Katherine’s. Stripers are improving with a lot of fish in the Katherine’s area on anchovies. The stripers are in the one to four-pound range. The catfish bite is fair to good in most coves, especially at night on cut baits. Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245.

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: Good striper action in this whole stretch or river from Davis Dam all the way downstream to Topoc Gorge. Most of the fish are one to three pounds, but some are bigger and most are showing on anchovies or small, shad-like cranks or swimbaits. Gene Phelps and Larry Frank, both Bullhead City, had a stringer of stripers with the big fish at 5.44 and 3.5 pounds, all on anchovies in the Big Bend area from a boat. Gary and Tom Getty, both Bullhead, had a stringer of stripers in the two-pound range and a 3.13-pound catfish on anchovies near the dam. Catfish are also showing in decent numbers. Some largemouth bass are also showing in the backwaters and smallmouth pretty decent along any rip-rap. The bluegill and redear are good in quiet water areas. Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: The largemouth bass action has been fair to good in the marsh with nightcrawlers and slow-rolled spinnerbaits producing fish, but most are small. The smallmouth bite is fair in the main river and gorge areas. The bluegill and redear bite is good with a lot of fish still on beds. The catfish action is also getting pretty good. Stripers in the main river are very good. Most of the fish are showing on cut baits, mostly anchovies or sardines, but topwater lures and swimbaits are also getting fish. Shawn Reffett, Bullhead City, had a stringer of stripers to 6.6 pounds fishing anchovies from a boat. You can access the marsh by boat at the North Dike, Catfish Paradise, and Five-Mile Landing. All three also provide plenty of area for shoreline fishing, too. Information: Phil’s Western Trader at 928-768-4954 or Capt. Doyle’s Fun Fishing guide service at 928-768-2667. 

LAKE HAVASU: The striped bass bite has been fair to good with most of the fish in the upper end of the lake and hitting topwater most mornings and then hanging in 30 to 50 feet during the day and taking cut baits. Most of the fish are three to six pounds with some up into double digits. The smallmouth and largemouth bass are fair with some topwater (frogs) and crankbait action early and late. The bite is tough during the day. The bluegill and redear are fair to good with lots of fish on beds. Two-plus pounders common. Catfish have finally come alive with good action in most coves on cut baits.

PARKER STRIP: Channel catfish fair to good on cut baits, and the flatheads catfish action is finally starting to turn on.

BLYTHE: The flathead catfish bite has been fair to good. The best action has been in the main river’s big pools on live bluegill, goldfish, and tilapia. The largemouth bass bite has been good all along this stretch of the river and its backwaters, but the bite has been restricted to early and late in the day. Most fish have been on plastics, jigs, reaction baits, and nightcrawlers, but the topwater action is starting to take off. Smallmouths are showing in fair to good numbers in the main river on small cranks, jigs, and plastics, especially in the stretches with rip-rap. The bluegill bite is good in most backwaters and quiet areas on the river on nightcrawlers. Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.   

PALO VERDE: The flathead catfish bite is fair to good in the main river on live bluegill. The largemouth and smallmouth bass bites have been very good in the lagoon and other backwaters. Plastics, reaction baits, and even topwater baits are all working. The channel catfish action is pretty fair, mostly on cut baits. The smallmouth bass are also good in the main river with the best bite on plastics or reaction baits. Smallies to 4 pounds reported in recent days. Information: Walter?s Camp 760-854-3322 Thursday through Monday.

PICACHO AREA: The bass have been good, with the best bite on plastics and live baits. The reaction bait and topwater bites are starting early this year. The catfish bite is fair on channels with cut baits, and the flathead catfish bite is finally starting to turn on for anglers fishing live goldfish, bluegill, or tilapia. The bluegill bite is good. Still light fishing pressure.

MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Largemouth bass action has been on live baits, plastics, and reaction baits. Even some topwater. Flathead catfish are fair to good on live bluegill and goldfish. Channel catfish action is good on stink baits and cut baits. Bluegill are finally turning on with pretty good action. Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday.

YUMA AREA: Largemouth bass action has been good in area backwaters. Most anglers are fishing live bait, plastics, or reaction baits. The channel catfish action is fair on cut bait and stink baits, and the flathead are starting to turn on with a number of fish over 20 pounds reported the past two weeks. Bluegill are good. 

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