Fish Report, May 23 Ed

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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 and largemouth bass. The smallies are on rocky shelves from the dam to Katherine’s Landing. The largemouth are improving in all the coves in eight to 20 feet of water, also on plastics, nightcrawlers, and reaction baits. The bluegill and redear are good on small jigs or nightcrawler pieces in 10 to 20 feet of water. 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:      

LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: The striper bite improved this past week with quite a few one to three-pound class fish landed on cut baits from the Laughlin Bridge down through the Big Bend stretch and all the way down river to the Avi Bridge. Some bigger fish in the mix. Jerry Lovett, Bullhead City, had an 11.64-pound striper in the Big Bend Area from shore with anchovies. Marvin Kilpatrick, also Bullhead City, landed a 14.86-pound striper from shore in the upper Big Bend area, also on anchovies. Information: Riviera Marina 928-763-8550.      

NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Largemouth bass action has been good in the marsh with nightcrawlers and spinnerbaits producing quite a few fish. Lots of topwater action with the warm weather. The smallmouth bite is also pretty good in the main river and gorge areas. The bluegill and redear bite is very 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: Good action on smallmouth and largemouth bass. The bass are showing in a pretty good early and late topwater bite 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 shad. Live shad have been the best bet for stripers. The redear are good with a lot of fish up to five pounds reported this past week, including another near-record fish. Most are around a pound or better. No catfish reports. 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 the past two weeks with the warm weather. Lots of six to 14 pound cats.     

BLYTHE: The catfish bite has turned on all along the lower Colorado River. The hot weather lulled early this week but it was warming right back up. There were flatheads from 20 to 40 pounds weighed in this past week. Live bluegill and goldfish are the top baits and the canals are as good as the main river. 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. Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.         

PALO VERDE: Light fishing pressure, but there is very good action on channel catfish on cut baits, and the few anglers targeting flatheads in the main river are hammering the fish now, mostly on live bluegill or goldfish. Fish to 30-plus pounds this week. The largemouth bass are very good in the backwaters and lagoon and the smallmouth are also good in the main river. The bluegill are excellent 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. 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 30-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.   

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. 

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