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Fishermen, fish taking it easy for holidays

December 29, 2018

BULLHEAD CITY — The fish and the fishermen seem to be taking a break.

It’s not unusual for fishermen to take a respite from the river this time of year: Holiday functions tend to pull some of them away from the water; the lower water level cuts down on activity and the drop in temperatures discourage the less-hardy anglers from pursuing their avocation.

That explains the absence of many fishermen, but what about the fish?

“It seems the fish are also taking some time off for the holidays as the bite has been a bit slow,” said Rusty Braun, proprietor of Riviera Marina in Bullhead City. “There are some trout and stripers out there but it is taking an effort to find them.”

Mike Selby provided evidence of the trout — some of them good size — when he caught his limit of five during an outing in the casino area

“While fishing from shore and using his favorite spinner, he was able to land his limit,” Braun said. “He did try a few different types and colors before his black Rooster Tail started to produce these fish.

“Even the stocking sites have not been producing as well as should be. This will start to change for the better; our (increased) water releases are going to be coming up. We still will have some cold weather for this next month, but we are on an up.”

Braun said more trout are on the way.

“Our stocking sites for rainbow trout will be at Community Park and Davis Camp,” he said, noting that Rotary Park won’t be stocked for a while. “This is due to the chance that the trout might eat the larvae of the endangered razorback sucker fish.”

An area not far downstream from Rotary Park has been identified as a potential razorback breeding ground.

“The good news is that Community Park has a lot of shoreline access and the trout seem to hold up in various holes in that area,” he said.

Off the river, Braun said news is also somewhat spotty.

“I have heard of a few stripers up on Lake Mohave and some smallmouth bass action along the shelves,”he said. “Again, a little spotty as of yet”

If you are having any success or just want to talk about fishing, contact Braun at Riviera Marina, 520 Riviera Blvd. in Bullhead City, or give him a call at 928-763-8550.

“Hope this yelps for now and we will see you soon for an update or to share your catch and story,” he said. “Have a safe and happy New Year. See you in soon.”

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