Stripers few and far between

January 5, 2019

BULLHEAD CITY — It’s a mystery.

A paucity of striper reports has Rusty Braun, proprietor of Rusty’s Riviera Marina, not sure whether it’s simply the bite being on the slow side, or it the cold and wind has been keeping anglers indoors.

There are still stripers out there, as evidenced by Steve Pugh taking a kayak onto Lake Mohave where he landed a 26-inch, 6.94-pound striper using a soft bait in a white pattern.

“He had some luck catching a couple of other stripers in this size range and was practicing catch and release,” Braun said, “but this fish had taken the hook too far in to release.”

And that’s about it for news from the lake, Braun said, “mostly due to the wind advisories.”

The shoreline near the dam and along Telephone Cove are some good locations for stripers, he said. For anglers in pursuit of trout, the shoreline along Community Park is a good spot along with the Nevada side.

“The downside of our trout bite is our stocking is shut down along with the rest of the federal government,” Braun said. “In other words, at this time the funding is temporarily on hold.”

Meanwhile, he said he hopes to hear of striper catches soon, as some of the larger fish tend to be taken around this time of year.

“I know it’s a little brutal out there, so just watch for a break in the weather and our water levels,” Braun said. “The water levels are starting to come up — not a lot as of yet, but we are getting a little higher release.”

If you do happen to land a big one — or any one at all — let Braun know about it Rusty’s Riviera Marina, 520 Riviera Blvd. or call him at 928-763-8550.

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