Cooler weather means more room for fishing

October 12, 2018

BULLHEAD CITY — The turning of the weather should mean more fishing opportunities for anglers in the Tri-state.

Not only do cooler temperatures mean that fishermen won’t have to sweat it out — at least not as much — to pursue those stripers, bass, catfish and trout, but they won’t have as many other people out on the river.

“Our anglers are having more room, so to speak, as the Jet Skis are not as thick out there,” said Rusty Braun, proprietor of Riviera Marina in Bullhead City.

With room to spread out, especially in areas that have quite a bit of on-the-water traffic during the summer months, fishermen are finding new locations to ply their avocation.

“This week, it’s Community Park, where the trout were stocked,” Braun said. “The shore line in that area has some great spots where the trout hold up for a nice meal.

“Your favorite spinner or a night crawler are sure to bring one to the dinner table.”

The striper bite is continuing.

“The casino area is doing well for you striper anglers with anchovies or your favorite lure sure to land you a nice-size striped bass,” Braun said. “I have heard that they are running in the 5-pound range and more. The smallies are starting to show up along this stretch of the river.

“Our last trout plant was at Rotary Park and the bite was a little slow. Mouse Tails and spinners were working the best.”

Striper action is picking up on Lake Mohave, Braun said.

“The striper bite is beginning. The coves up near and around the lower lines have been producing a few, while near the dam has seen some of those stripers in the 5-pound range.”

Catfish and smallmouth are also active on the lake.

“Don Calvano landed a channel catfish near the dam, bait-fishing from the shore,” Braun said. “His catfish weighed in at 4.12 pounds and was 227⁄8 inches long.

“I also heard that the smallmouth bass were going for plastics along the shelves and were in the 2- to 3-pound range.”

Topock Marsh is yielding catfish — as always — as well as some largemouth bass as well.

“Dayton Grant is seen in the marsh a lot and was able to bring in and share his largemouth bass at 3.68 pounds and 191⁄2 inches. This is a bit on the larger size from that area and well over the legal size limit of 13 inches.”

Braun reminded anglers that there is a bag limit of six for both largemouth and smallmouth.

If you are having some success and want to brag about it, give Braun a call at 928-763-8550 or visit Riviera Marina at 520 Riviera Blvd. in Bullhead City.

“We will see you in soon with that catch to share,” Braun said.

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