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 azgfd.net/artman/publish/FishingReport/.
FLOW INFORMATION: Reservoir elevation levels and flow releases for the entire lower Colorado River are available at this website, with information updated hourly: usbr.gov/lc/region/g4000/hourly/rivops.html.
LAKE MEAD: Still overall slow action. Cut anchovies are still the bait of choice for stripers, and the best action is frequently at night under a floating light on dark moons. The bite for largemouth and smallmouth is slow, with only a few fish on deeply fished jigs or plastics. Launching conditions at South Cove have improved as the water level has gone up. There are currently four lanes. As the water rises, logs and other debris can become hazards, so be careful boating.
WILLOW BEACH: Light fishing pressure, but anglers fishing for the bigger stripers with trout-like swimbaits are still getting quite a few quality fish. Most of the action is in the Mile Marker 51 to 52 stretch. Good trout action after the weekly plants each Friday. Information: Willow Beach Resort (928) 767-4747.
LAKE MOHAVE: The striper action has been slowly improving in the south end of the lake on cut baits fished in deeper water, but overall the bite is still tough. A few catfish are starting to show in the coves. Largemouth action is slow, with the fish still stacked up in deep water, mostly suspended. Information: Cottonwood Cove (702) 297-1464, Katherine’s Landing (928) 754-3245, lakemohavestripers.com.
LAUGHLIN-BULLHEAD AREA: The rainbow trout action has been very good in this stretch of the river and the final plant of the season will go in March 12. The bite has been good from the casinos down through the Rotary Park area, with Sunshine Peninsula near Davis Camp a good spot of late. Jo Ann Blaalid, South Dakota, landed a 4.48-pound rainbow, while Jim Selcke, Colorado, caught a 4.18-pounder. Both were caught on nightcrawlers. The stripers have been quiet this week, with little pressure. Information: Riviera Marina (928) 763-8550.
NEEDLES-TOPOC REGION: Action in the main river has been slow overall, but there have been some signs of improvement on smallmouth bass, with some even starting to poke around in the shallows in a pre-spawn activity. The largemouth bass action is also starting to improve in Topoc Marsh, and a few more catfish are also beginning to show. Stripers remain mostly slow in the main river. You can access the marsh by boat at the North Dike, Catfish Paradise and Five-Mile Landing. All three provide plenty of area for shoreline fishing, too. Information: Phil’s Western Trader (928) 768-4954, Capt. Doyle’s Fun Fishing guide service (928) 768-2667.
LAKE HAVASU: The few stripers being caught are mostly showing at late afternoon or evening in the south end of the lake on frozen anchovies. Site 6 and Havasu Springs have been the top areas in this slow bite. More smallmouth bass are starting to move up shallow and are fanning out beds already, and they are being caught on jigs and plastics. But this action is just starting. The largemouth bass are still suspended out in 20 to 30 feet or are moving up onto points in those same depths. They are just starting to show on plastics and jigs. The redear are also slow and in even deeper water, with very few showing on half a nightcrawler around structure. Information: Bass Tackle Master (928) 854-2277.
PARKER STRIP: Fishing for smallmouth bass is slow to fair, with the redear bite even slower. Channel and flathead catfish fishing is also slow, with a few more channels than flatheads, and this bite seems to be improving. Stripers slow.
BLYTHE: The smallmouth bass action is slow to fair in the main river, but the largemouth bite remains tough with little action, even in local backwaters. A few flathead catfish are being caught from the local drain ditches, with the warmer days over the past couple of weeks. The channel catfish bite is still slow, but a few are showing. Few panfish. Information: B&B Bait (760) 921-2248.
PALO VERDE: Light fishing pressure and overall slow action, but there have been a few flatheads this week, with the warming weather. Channel catfish are also improving in the main river and backwaters, but overall still pretty tough. Smallmouth bass continue fair in the main river, but the largemouth are still tough in area backwaters and the main lagoon. Some fish are starting to move tight to the tules in a pre-spawn movement. Information: Walter’s Camp (760) 854-3322 Thursday-Monday.
PICACHO AREA: The bass are slow to fair on plastics and live baits with some fish showing on reaction baits on warm days. Generally slow catfish action, but a few channels are showing. The bluegill bite is slow.
MARTINEZ LAKE AREA: Largemouth bass action is slow to fair with a few fish on live baits and plastics, and the activity has improved the past two weeks. Channel catfish action is slow to fair on stinkbaits, but the flathead action is tough. No panfish to speak of, either. Information: (928) 783-9589 Thursday-Monday, martinezlake.com.
YUMA AREA: Largemouth bass action is slow, with a few fish on live bait or plastics in local backwaters. The warmer weather the past couple of weeks has improved this bite and some fish are already moving into the shallows in a pre-spawn movement. The channel catfish action is fair on cut bait and stinkbaits, and a few more flatheads are starting to show. Panfish still slow.