Fish Report-Freshwater, Sept. 23

TOP NEWS: The striped bass and catfish continue to be the best bets along the whole river. The stripers and catfish 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 2 to 3 pounds, bigger fish are caught each week. Gene Tafoya, Bullhead City, had a 7-2 striper near Davis Dam. The striper bite is also good in the main body of Havasu, especially in the California Bay region. Best action on drifted cut baits in the river and topwater and shad-like baits early and late in the day on the lake. More stripers are also starting to show in Lake Mohave, especially on cut baits in the coves from from Katherine’s Landing to the dam (especially under the power lines) in the evenings. Most are smaller (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. Paul Brenneman, Bullhead City, had cats at 14 and 11 pounds near Needles. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are fair with some flurries of topwater action early in the day in both Havasu and Mohave on the edges of the floating weed mats. The bass and bluegill are fair in the lower stretch of river, but getting very little pressure. Havaus and Topoc also have pretty decent panfish bites, especially on redear. 

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