Colorado River Chain Fish Report


Updated January 10, 2021 

COLORADO RIVER (BELOW DAVIS DAM) – According to Rusty Braun at Riviera Marina, trout fishing is still “limit style” in his neck of the river. Jigs, Mice Tails and PowerBait have all been producing at the three area parks where the trout are stocked. Striped bass are showing up around Community Park lately, and while cut baits are getting smaller ones, swimbaits are starting to work for those on the larger end of “school size.”


LAKE HAVASU – Essentially a carbon copy of last week’s report with pretty decent winter bass fishing here so long as you can find the bait, which is moving around quite a bit at the moment with water temps in the 54- to 57-degree range. The north end of the lake near the Casino and Chalk Bluffs had been producing very well early in the week but by Monday a majority of the shad was cropping up farther south, particularly around Bill Williams and in the back of the washes. Anglers finding concentrations of bait are scoring anywhere from a half-dozen to 15 fish an outing — a nice mix of largemouth and smallies to 4-plus pounds with quite a few stripers mixing in. It’s been primarily all shad-imitation lures getting the best of it: spinnerbaits, underspins, A-rigs and swimbaits fished from the surface down to about 10 feet of water.


LAKE MEAD – The striped bass bite is still pretty solid, said John Wood at Angler’s Edge Guide Service. Anglers are scoring good numbers by throwing smaller swimbaits under working birds in 33 Hole, Government Wash and around Hemenway Harbor. Anglers going the live bait route are doing well by soaking the shad in 30 feet of water in the back of Vegas Wash and around Hemenway. There have also been reports of a pretty decent largemouth and smallmouth bite in and around Callville with reaction baits as there are lots of shad in the area. Work on the Echo Bay launch ramp is now complete and in good shape, but work continues at the Hemenway ramp where launching conditions are just fair at the moment — stay alert when launching here and take caution.

LAKE MOHAVEFor some reason, the water temperature is fluctuating quite a bit more than usual for this time of year, and that has fishing sketchy across the board. Still, WON is still getting reports from anglers who are getting a mixed-bag of smallmouth bass and striped bass. Most of that is coming from around the mouths of coves between Telephone Cove and the dam. Trolling swimbaits in open water in that zone is a way to target stripers exclusively.

WILLOW BEACH – Experienced anglers trolling or casting big swimbaits or glidebaits are still picking up quality stripers within reasonable boating range south of the Marina. Covering water and putting time in is key. Trout fishing remains solid around Willow Beach Marina where the local hatchery is planting fish once a week.








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