Heat continues to roast anglers

September 22, 2018

BULLHEAD CITY — The heat is taking its toll on area fishing, but as the calendar creeps toward October, that should be changing.

“I am hearing that our weather will start to cool down soon,” said Rusty Braun, proprietor of Riviera Marina in Bullhead City. “With that being said, it’s only our hardiest anglers who are showing up to fish.”

Those that are showing up are coming up with nice catches.

“We have some news from up on Lake Mohave that the catfish bite is best near the coves by Davis Dam, with some channel cats in the coves near the power lines,” Braun said. “The striper bite is still a hit-and-miss proposition with some action near the Arizona side near the dam.”

Kris Moore harvested some channel cats and stripers. The cats were 7.22 pounds and 4.24 pounds respectively and the larger striper was at 3.52 pounds.

“A good tip on the lake is to watch for the boils,” Braun said. “If you see birds in the area, trying fishing there. There has been some smallmouth activity, mostly at the entrance to the coves. Plastics are working well along these shelves.”

Below Davis Dam, the striper bite remains strong, Braun said.

“Our local anglers, Mike Merritt and his sidekick, Pat Farley, were able to bring in their limit of stripers,” Braun said. “They were fishing in Mike’s boat in the upper Big Bend area, using anchovies. Each caught their limit of 10.”

The limit on trout below Davis Dam is now five per fisherman.

“The rainbow trout we are getting from the Willow Beach hatchery should be in the 12-inch range,” Braun said. “This stocking will start in early October and will run through March.”

If you are having any success and want to share the news, contact Braun at Riviera Marina, 520 Riviera Blvd. in Bullhead City, or give him a call at 928-763-8550.

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