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.
FLOW INFORMATION: Reservoir elevation levels and flow releases for the entire lower Colorado River are available at this website with information updated hourly.
TOP NEWS: Fishing pressure remains light, but there is generally fair to good action all along the Colorado River on stripers and bass, with pretty fair action on catfish. There are also scattered panfish bites. The striper bite in Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave is the main attraction for anglers. In Mohave, the bite is still the best near the dam, powerlines, and points around Katherine’s Landing, with the fish moving out to the mouths of coves and main body of the lake. Fish are up on top some mornings, but the topwater bite is fading and most of the action is in deeper water on trolled lures or cut baits, mostly anchovies. The fish are mostly three to eight pounds. John Davis, Bullhead City, had a 5.62-pounder on anchovies near Katherine’s. In Havasu, the bite is mostly in the main body of the lake north of London Bridge, but some fish south. Trolled lures is the best method, but some fish on bait, and a few remnant surface boils some mornings. In the river between the two lakes, the striper action is picking up, especially on jerk baits and swimbaits, but most of the fish are showing on drifted anchovies fished near the bottom. Lots of really small fish in this stretch of the river (under 12 inches). The trout action is also picking up after a recent plant in the Davis Camp and Rotary Park areas, with small spinners and drifted nightcrawlers getting the most fish. The largemouth and smallmouth bass action has been good as the water and weather cools and the swimbait bite is the hot ticket in the main river and backwaters. The smallmouth bass in the lower river have been best along the rip-rap from Parker Dam to Palo Verde. The flathead bite is fair with very light fishing pressure and few fish reported in the past couple of weeks, including a near-50-pounder caught and released by Kirk McKay, Winnetka, at Walter’s Camp. Most flatheads are showing on live goldfish or bluegill. The channel catfish bite is also fair to good throughout the system, mostly on cut baits or smaller baits like nightcrawlers, marshmallow-meal worm combos, or dip baits.
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: Walterís Camp 760-854-3322 Wednesday through Sunday.
PICACHO-MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Information: 928-783-9589 Thursday through Monday or www.martinezlake.com.