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.
TOP NEWS: Fishing has broken wide open along much of the river this past week to 10 days. The hot bite for the big redears and bluegill in Lake Havasu and up into Topoc Gorge and even up into Lake Mohave has stayed hot. Lots of fish to 3 pounds showing on baby nightcrawlers, red worms, crickets, and small jigs. The striper bite in Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave is also breaking wide open and the quality of the fish in both lakes is very good this year with a lot of fish in the 5 to 8-pound class and fish to 12 pounds common. Havasu even produced a 30-plus pounder in the annual Western Outdoor News striper derby a couple of weekends back. In Mohave, the bite is still the best near the dam, powerlines, and points around Katherine’s Landing, but that is also where most of the fishing pressure is concentrated. In Havasu, the stripers are showing throughout the lake, chasing shad. There is topwater action early in the mornings. Frank Burke, Bullhead City, had a 7-pounder on Mohave, while Jorge and son Jeremiah Terro, and friend Kenan Guleryuze, all Bullhead City, had a eight stripers from six to 8.18 pounds. The largemouth and smallmouth bass action has been fair to good throughout the river system with a topwater bite most mornings and evening now with the heat, especially in the lower river backwaters and Topoc Marsh. The smallmouth bass in the lower river has been best along the rip-rap from Parker Dam to Palo Verde. Most are showing on crawdad-like jigs or crank baits. The catfish bite is also fair to good throughout the system, with the best action for flatheads in the lower river. Lots of eight to 15-pound flatheads are being caught. The best bite has been on live bluegill and goldfish during the dark moon phase. Trout action has slowed in the Davis Camp and Rotary Park areas, but a few fish are still being landed. Small spinners or spoons have been the best baits. While getting little pressure of publicity, the carp fishing is very good all along the river with a lot of fish to 15 pounds reported. A final note: It’s mosquito season. The bugs are out in full force, and repellent is highly recommended, especially on the lower river which has more backwaters.
WILLOW BEACH: Information: Willow Beach Resort at 928-767-4747.
LAKE MOHAVE: Information: Cottonwood Cove at 702-297-1464, Katherine’s Landing at 928-754-3245.
LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: Information: Riviera Marina at 928-763-8550.
NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Information: Phil’s Western Trader at 928-768-4954 or Capt. Doyle’s Fun Fishing guide service at 928-768-2667.
LAKE HAVASU: Information: Bass Tackle Master at 928-854-2277.
BLYTHE: Information: B&B Bait 760-921-2248.
PALO VERDE: Information: Walter’s Camp 760-854-3322 Wednesday through Sunday.
PICACHO-MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or martinezlake.com.