Colorado River, May 12 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:

FLOW INFORMATION: Reservoir elevation levels and flow releases for the entire lower Colorado River are available at this web site with information updated hourly:

TOP NEWS: Windy conditions all along the river again this past week. The hot bite has been for the big redears and bluegill in Lake Havasu and up into Topoc Gorge. Lots of fish to three pounds showing on baby nightcrawlers, red worms, crickets, and small jigs. The striper action is starting to outpace the black bass action from Havasu and north. The action has been fair to good in the river between the Mohave and Havasu, especially from Davis Dam to the Avi Bridge. The action was again tougher this past week, but still a few 10-fish limits of one to three-pound stripers reported, most on cut baits, around the Laughlin Casinos. In Lake Mohave, the fish are showing in the mouths of coves and off points from Katherine’s Landing to the dam. Most are also one to three pounders here, too, but George Terro, Bullhead City, landed a 6.18-pound striper on a Storm crankbait from shore. In Havasu, the bite has spread through most of the main part of the lake and fish are showing from the dam to London Bridge. The largemouth bass bite is still fair to good. The best action has been in the lower river (below Havasu) backwaters and margins of the main river with the fish moving out of the spawn. The bite is best on plastic worms, nightcrawlers, and some reaction baits for the largemouths. Topoc Marsh has also been good for bass and catfish. 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 many fish in a post spawn blues. Trout action has slowed in the Davis Camp and Rotary Park areas, but a few fish are still being landed. Small spinners or spoons have been the best baits. The flathead catfish bite is generally good all along the lower river, backwaters, and irrigation ditches. Getting little fishing pressure, this is one of the best bites in the region. Top baits are live bluegill and goldfish (legal on the river). There are lots of 20-pound class fish being reported.

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 Wednesday through Sunday. 

PICACHO-MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or

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