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How can you stop ‘little bait-stealers?’

November 17, 2018

BULLHEAD CITY — If you’ve been fishing for stripers recently and are getting bites but no fish, there may be an easy solution.

“While using cut anchovies, you might need to try some bait wrap thread to help keep the little bait-stealers from getting away,” advised Rusty Braun, proprietor of Riviera Marina in Bullhead City.

This is especially true for anglers going after the big stripers that tend to cruise through in the Colorado River this time of year. If that big glob of bait is getting nibbles — but is disappearing off the hook — chances are it is smaller fish dining on the fringes and not swallowing the hook.

“The casino area is a great spot for the striped bass and your hard baits are producing the larger ones,” Braun said. “The Community Park are is doing well for trout and stripers. The stripers are mostly in the 1- to 2-pound range.

“This time of the year, with our water releases going up and down and our weather, it has been keeping the Big Bend area a little quiet.”

The trout are biting around Rotary Park, Braun said.

“Rotary Park is a good go-to spot for rainbow trout,” Braun said. “We are getting some nice plants from the Willow Beach hatchery. Those folks are supplying us with some great fish.”

At Lake Mohave, catfish are in the news.

“The channel catfish are being found in the coves around the dam and near the power lines,” Braun said. “The striper bite is picking up near Telephone Cove on the Nevada side.”

One of this week’s top catches was produced on Lake Mohave. Kris Moore landed a 6.18-pound, 243⁄4-inch channel cat using anchovies.

If you are having any success on the lake or river or just want to share a fish story, give Braun a call at 928-763-8550 or visit Riviera Marina, 520 Riviera Blvd. in Bullhead City.

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