Fish Report-Freshwater, Nov. 18

TOP NEWS: Trout plants resume this coming Saturday in the upper river at Camp Davis just below Davis Dam at Laughlin. Overall, the bite still is fair throughout the river system, with some areas of good striper action. Mohave and Havasu have both had flurries of good striper action over the past week with the fish chasing baitfish, mostly shad. This means some topwater or near-surface action, which sometimes can go on until mid-morning, and then action on fish in deeper water on cut baits. The largemouth and smallmouth bass action is generally just fair throughout the system, with the best action in the backwaters for largemouths. The lower river is also pretty good for smallmouth bass, but getting little pressure. Havasu is also pretty good on smallmouth up chasing bait early (reaction baits) and then on rocky structure later (jigs and plastics). The catfish bite has been slowing with cooler water temperatures from Lake Mohave all the way to Yuma, especially in the backwaters and lagoons. The bite in the main river has been best, especially for channels on cut baits. Flatheads slowing. The redear and bluegill are fair to good in Topoc Marsh and Gorge, all of Havasu, and the lower stretch of river backwaters and lakes, but getting very little pressure.

LAKE MOHAVE: Big fish of the week: Ernie Calma, Bullhead City, had stripers at eight and 7-12, along with several others in the 2 pound range, fishing Mohave near the dam with swimbaits. Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245.

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