Colorado River, March 30 report

ARIZONA FISHING REPORTS: The Arizona Game and Fish Department compiles a weekly report for most waters in the state, including the Colorado Rivers. Anglers can read the report at this direct link: azgfd.net/artman/publish/FishingReport/.

FLOW INFORMATION: Reservoir elevation levels and flow releases for the entire lower Colorado River are available at this web site with information updated hourly: usbr.gov/lc/region/g4000/hourly/rivops.html

TOP NEWS: Still relatively light fishing pressure all along the Colorado River, but the largemouth bass bites are breaking wide open. The best action has been in the lower river (below Havasu) backwaters and margins of the main river as the fish move into the spawn. Anglers have been reporting 20 to 30 fish days. The bite is best on plastic worms, nightcrawlers, and some reaction baits for the largemouths. The smallmouth bass in the lower river have also been best along the rip-rap from Parker Dam to Palo Verde. Most are showing on crawdad-like jigs or crank baits. Cibola Lake has stayed just fair with a lot of bass on beds. Water level is so high that most of the fish are back in the tules and inaccessible. Second best has been the striper action in Lake Mohave and Lake Havasu, with a fair number of fish in the river between the two. Mohave still has been the best bite, but the action is just fair overall. In Lake Mohave, the fish are showing in the mouths of coves and off points from Katherine’s Landing to the dam. Most are one to three pounders, but there are eight to 15 pounders in this action. In Havasu, the bite is also in the southern end of the lake, mostly on cut baits in deep water. Some stripers are also showing below Davis Dam in the river around Bullhead City. Trout action remains slow to fair in the Davis Camp and Rotary Park areas, but a plant next week should perk this action. Most of the rainbows are pan-sized, but some to three pounds. Small spinners or spoons have been the best baits. Other The flathead catfish bite is finally starting to take off in the lower river, backwaters, and irrigation ditches. The bite has been pretty hot since the most recent full moon with the best action on live bluegill, goldfish, or tilapia. Story of the week: A 32-pound flathead was caught in the Palo Verde Lagoon by Walter Gramme, Artesia. That’s the short story. The longer version is that Gramme had one rod jerked out of its shoreline rod holder and it was gone before he could get to it. He grabbed another rod and cast out and tried to snag the first rod, which he did. He was able to land the first rod and the catfish was still hooked up, and then he proceeded to use the first rod to land the fish. This was all witnessed. Top that tale.

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 martinezlake.com.

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