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Trout stocking returns — at least for a while

February 9, 2019

BULLHEAD CITY — Trout stocking is back for the Colorado River in the Bullhead City area.

At least for the time being.

“Well, great news,” reported Rusty Braun, proprietor of Riviera Marina in Bullhead City. “We have our rainbow trout stocking back until March. Or ’til the next shutdown — due to the fact that the Willow Beach hatchery is a federal hatchery (operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service).

“We hope for a fair deal. We hope for the best.”

In the meantime, the stocking sites “will be Bullhead Community Park, where the big tortoise (Poki) is and Davis Camp,” Braun said. “These areas usually have the trout moving out soon, so you will have to try various areas near the sites to find holes they may hold up in.

“Spinners of various brands are always fun to use. I like the Panther Martin in a yellow with red spots, Lil’ Jakes and the Blue Fox, just to name a few. Night crawlers and power bait in a green to start, then mix colors until you find that one which is bringin in the fish.”

For 6-year-old Daisy Polomski, it was a night crawler that brought in a 1.79-pound, 173⁄8-inch trout.

“She was out fishing with grandpa, who was driving the boat near the casinos,” Braun said. “She was using her favorite pole.”

Braun said the water releases continue to increase and, despite a recent cold-and-rainy snap, the weather should be improving to allow more anglers on the lake and along the river.

“We are looking for more anglers to get out there and target the stripers,” he said. “The striper bite should be picking up. I have heard some anglers are doing OK up on Lake Mohave for the striped bass. They have been in the 4- to 6-pound range.”

Otherwise, he said, “there’s not much word here along the Colorado River or the Topock Marsh area. This should be changing soon.”

If you are having any success, share the news with Braun by stopping in at Riviera Marina, 520 Riviera Blvd. in Bullhead City, or calling him at 928-763-8550.

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