Colorado River Chain

Updated June 29, 2020

COLORADO RIVER (near Davis Dam) – According to Rusty Braun at Rusty Riviera Marina, the area around the Nature Center gave up striped bass of 11, 7.56 and 5.08 pounds to a family of anchovy dunkers. That’s been the top bait, and mornings and evenings (avoiding boat traffic) have been the most productive. Community Park has also been very good for striper numbers.

LAKE HAVASU – Another broken record fishing report for the week with continued hot weather and good overall fishing early and late, said Cliff Rubin at Bass Tackle Master. Covering water remains key to having a good day when targeting bass with the fish now schooled up more in post-spawn mode. Walking baits and frogs are getting a fair share of surface grabs, while working mid-range and deep-diving cranks along grass edges is also turning up some quality models and steady numbers. Your standard soft plastics arsenal is also getting the job done throughout the day. Stripers remain consistent and are best on anchovy with a good bit of chum — the 25- to 30-plus foot zone remains the prime target zone for the jailbirds, and there have been some isolated topwater fish at first light as well. Channel cats are turning on and eating anchovies, while some big flatheads continue to show on live bluegill at night. Some quality redear are still being taken in 15 to 35 feet on ‘crawlers.

LAKE MEAD – The topwater bite for both striped and black bass continues to improve as the lake’s shad continue to get bigger. Stripers are mostly running on the smaller side but the overall numbers have been there on topwater and small swimbaits. Anglers soaking cut bait first thing or at night are also connecting at a pretty good clip. Along with numerous spots throughout the lower basin the stripers are also taking topwater in the Echo Bay area, where the smallmouth have also been on the chew lately. Anglers braving the heat and anchoring up in the back of the Wash are doing well on catfish, with shrimp being a top bait offering. Cooler temps and high winds expected this week ought to shake things up to some degree in the week ahead.

LAKE MOHAVE – Good fishing on both smallmouth and largemouth bass for anglers using drop-shots and Senkos out of Princess Cove. Lake regulars reached out to WON and mentioned fishing for both of those species are much-improved this year and said it’s possibly do to a couple months of light angler pressure. Some striped bass are eating anchovies around the dam.

WILLOW BEACH – The big striped bass parade that has been going on for several weeks finally slowed down, as in, the numbers of double digit fish being reported is not as elevated as it was. The fishing is still good for quality biters in that 5- to 9-pound range for anglers slow trolling big swimbaits or pitching glide baits around the points and coves. Trout are still being stocked on a weekly, year-round basis, and that’s the best bite right there around Willow Beach Marina.