Beach expansion provides fishing opportunities

September 1, 2018

BULLHEAD CITY — The open beaches at Community Park, particularly in the Section 12 expansion south of Bullhead Area Chamber of Commerce, are proving to be productive for area anglers.

“The Community Park area is a great spot as the area has been opened up and is now more accessible for those used-to-be-hard-to-go-to fishing hot spots,” said Rusty Braun, proprietor of Riviera Marina in Bullhead City.

It is adding to the list of good spots for striper-seeking fishermen, Braun said.

“The casino area is seeing some striper action, but mostly in the 1- to 3-pound range,” he said. Davis Camp, Sunshine Peninsula and the Rotary Park area also have been popular spots for both fish and fishermen.

“The striper bite is continuing here along the Colorado River,” Braun said. “Below Davis Dam is producing the best catches so far.”

While an abundance of nice 1- to 3-pounders are being reported, an occasional bigger fish is finding its way to the hook.

“You will want to make sure of a good knot and fresh line as there are some larger fish surprising our anglers,” Braun said.

Anchovies remain the bait of choice, he said.

Mike Merritt came in with a limit of stripers, including a 73⁄4-pounder. Christy Anderson caught a 21⁄4-pounder. Merritt was fishing from his boat while Anderson was fishing from the shore.

Kris Moore provided evidence of a good catfish bite, pulling in a 5-pounder from Lake Mohave.

“He was bait fishing from his boat near the dam,” Braun said. “Some of the other spots are farther up on the lake, near the power lines.”

Braun said striper fishing “hasn’t started to take off yet” at Lake Mohave and added that smallmouth and largemouth bass are “being a little elusive.”

“The smallies can be found along the shelves fishing plastics or spinner baits. The largemouth bite is not great but OK.”

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

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