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.
LAKE MEAD: Fishing for stripers fair to good on smaller fish in South Cove and other coves at the south end of the lake. Catches of channel catfish have also been good. Cats from one to two pounds are being caught in increasing numbers by anglers who are primarily fishing for stripers. Most stripers are between one and two pounds and the best bait has been cut up gizzard shad, but cut up anchovies and sardines are also producing stripers and catfish. Fish in coves along steep canyon walls in 50 to 80 feet of water. The largemouth bass bite has been fair to good with a lot of fish on topwater early and late in the day, plastics the rest of the day in deeper water.
WILLOW BEACH: Very light fishing pressure and few reports. The trout bite is slow with no recent plants. Trout plants will resume this coming fall, but in far fewer numbers. For fishing information: Willow Beach Resort at (928) 767-4747.
LAKE MOHAVE: Fair to good action on smallmouth bass, but the largemouths are tougher. The smallies are on rocky shelves from the dam to Katherine’s Landing. Most of the coves are good. The largemouth are in deeper water in the coves around structure in 20 feet or more. Stripers are still pretty spotty with only a few showing at the dam and from the Power Lines up to Katherine’s and most of the coves. Anchovies have been the top bait, but a few fish are showing on topwater and reaction baits early in the day. The catfish bite is fair to good in most coves, especially at night on cut baits. Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245. Interesting web site for Willow Beach and Lake Mohave striper anglers: http://lakemohavestripers.com.
LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: The striped bass bite has been very consistent with most anglers getting two to five one to three-pound stripers while drifting anchovies. The bite is good from Davis Dam down through the Laughlin stretch, Big Bend, and all the way to the Avi Bridge. Best reported this week was an 8.66-pounder landed by Jem Feren, Bullhead City, while Bob Keller, Bullhead City, had a 3.8-pound striper.
NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Largemouth bass action has been fair in the marsh with nightcrawlers and spinnerbaits producing quite a few fish. Lots of topwater action with the warm weather, but only at dawn and dusk. The smallmouth bite is fair in the main river and gorge areas. The bluegill and redear bite is good, mostly on nightcrawlers. Stripers in the main river are also improving but still just fair. Channel cats are fair to good in both the main river and backwaters. Topoc has been good. You can access the marsh by boat at the North Dike, Catfish Paradise, and Five-Mile Landing. All three also provide plenty of area for shoreline fishing, too. Information: Phil’s Western Trader at (928) 768-4954 or Capt. Doyle’s Fun Fishing guide service at (928) 768-2667.
LAKE HAVASU: Fair to good action on smallmouth and largemouth bass. The bass are showing in a pretty good early and late topwater bite on frogs and buzz baits and then fair action on deep cranks, plastics and jigs, especially on rocky structure for the smallmouth. The striper are fair to good, with the fish following the schools of gizzard shad and larger lures in the five to 10-inch range are best. The redear are good with a lot of fish up to three pounds. Most are around a pound or better. Catfish improving in the coves with a lot of two to four-pound fish and some to 12 pounds on cut baits. Information: Bass Tackle Master at (928) 854-2277.
PARKER STRIP: Fishing for smallmouth bass is fair to good, mostly on crankbaits. Channel catfish are good on cut baits, and the flatheads have turned on with the warm weather. Lots of six to 14 pound cats.
BLYTHE: The catfish bite has been good all along the lower Colorado River. Live bluegill and goldfish are the top baits and the canals are as good as the main river. Lots of six to 20-pound fish reported with a lot released. The channel catfish bite is also good on cut baits. The bass bite is fair to good on plastics and nightcrawlers in the backwaters, and in the main river the smallmouth are getting good on small cranks, especially in the stretches with rip-rap. The bluegill bite is very good in most areas now. Mosquitos are bad so bring the bug juice. Information: B&B Bait (760) 921-2248.
PALO VERDE: Good action on channel catfish on cut baits, and the few anglers targeting flatheads in the main river are hammering the fish on live bluegill or goldfish. Fish to 20-plus pounds are showing every week now and some bigger. The largemouth bass are fair to good in the backwaters and lagoon, mostly on topwater or reaction baits early and late in the day. The smallmouth are also good in the main river. The bluegill are good with some fish topping a half-pound. Information: Walter’s Camp (760) 854-3322 Thursday through Monday.
PICACHO AREA: The bass are fair to good with the best bite on plastics and live baits and some topwater early and late. The catfish bite is good with more and more flatheads including quality fish topping 25 pounds, and the channels are showing in very good numbers on cut baits. The bluegill bite is good now. Light fishing pressure.
MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Largemouth bass action is good with the fish whacking live baits and plastics. Lots of topwater action early and late in the day. Flathead catfish are very good on live bluegill and goldfish with fish to 20-plus pounds reported this past week. Channel catfish action is good on stink baits. Bluegill are very good, mostly in the mornings and evenings. Information: (928) 783-9589 Thursday through Monday or martinezlake.com.
YUMA AREA: Largemouth bass action is good in area backwaters. Most of the action is on live bait or plastics, buy the topwater bite has really taken off with the warm weather. Good bluegill action in most backwaters. The channel catfish action is very good on cut bait and stink baits, and the flathead action is also good on live goldfish and bluegill.