Colorado River Chain Fish Report

HAVASU live-shad eaters.

Updated March 13, 2023

COLORADO RIVER (BELOW DAVIS DAM) The bite is pretty tough across the board and the hope is weather improves action in this area. Trout are on a decent pick around the parks while stocking remains consistent. PowerBait, Rooster Tails and nightcrawlers are the top options. Flatheads are showing up on live black salties in the Topock Area.


LAKE HAVASU – Striped bass continue to slurp up live shad (caught in the lake) that are fished on sliding sinker, drop-shot or split-shot rigs. It’s still a game of “find the birds, find the fish.” Fishing for largemouth and smallmouth has been fair without many numbers but the quality is there for those that decide to bite.


LAKE MEAD – Some largemouth and smallmouth bass are being caught on crankbaits,  smaller swimbaits and chatterbaits around Callville. Those species along with striped bass are also showing up around shad schools which are easy to spot under birds and popping up all over the lake.


LAKE MOHAVE, WILLOW BEACHThings are improving according to Mike Huseman of River King Tackle. Water temps around Katherine Landing and Cottonwood are between 52 and 55 degrees. Prespawn smallmouth are starting to bite but it’s still just fair fishing in 20 foot and deeper water. Stripers are also starting to show up of late. Out of Willow Beach, Stripers are starting to hit well during the day now that the full moon is waning. Some decent fish are being caught on spoons and glidebaits in bone or natural colors in the Marina Area and south of the Marina. A lot of trout are hanging around the Marina and eating floating baits, spinners and spoons. The Blazing Stripers 2-angler team format striped bass tournament goes down April 22-23. Enter in person at River King Tackle in Bullhead City, online at or call the shop.


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