Fish Report-Freshwater, Oct. 13

TOP NEWS: The striped bass and catfish continue to be the best bets along the whole river, but the largemouth (and smallmouth) bass bite have also improved in the past couple of weeks and both a providing fair to good fishing throughout the river system. The stripers are fair to good throughout the upper end from Lake Havasu up through Topoc Gorge and all the way up to Davis Dam. While most of the stripers are two to three pounds, bigger fish are caught each week. The striper bite is also good in the main body of Havasu for anglers fishing cut baits and topwater lures early and late in the day. More stripers are also starting to show in Lake Mohave, especially on cut baits in the coves from Katherine’s Landing to the dam. Most are small (under three pounds) in Mohave, too. The catfish bite has been good from Lake Mohave all the way to Yuma, especially in the backwaters and lagoons, but also in the main river pools for flatheads. The flathead bite has picked up in the past two weeks with some quality fish over 40 pounds reported. Both the largemouth and smallmouth have been best on reaction baits as the fish chase baitfish, sometimes mixed in with the stripers. Topwater baits are also a good bet. The redear and bluegill are fair in Topoc Marsh and Gorge, all of Havasu, and the lower stretch of river, but getting very little pressure.

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