Tiny trout aimed at pest reduction

August 17, 2018

BULLHEAD CITY — An infusion of small trout into the Colorado River earlier this week is part of the ongoing efforts to control the caddisfly population in Bullhead City.

“First, we did get a trout plant,” said Rusty Braun, proprietor of Riviera Marina in Bullhead City. “These are very small and not catchable size but they are for the infestation of bugs we are having along the river.

“The caddisfly is our biggest problem as of yet.”

The 80,000 trout stocked as part of a partnership between the City of Bullhead City and the Bullhead Pest Abatement District are expected to put a huge dent in that problem.

“These smaller trout are expected to continue to devour the caddisfly eggs in the Colorado River in Bullhead City,” according to a post on the city’s Facebook page. The Aug. 13 stocking “is the result of numerous public meetings and studies with a great amount of citizen input. City Pest Abatement Manager Joe Iburg has worked diligently over the past few years to reduce the insect (population) in Bullhead City. Special thanks to the Pest Abatement Board for their continued dedication to eliminate the caddisfly, black fly and mosquitoes in Bullhead City.”

Some of those trout may grow to catchable size — if the stripers don’t get them first. Even so, Braun said more trout are on their way.

“We will be getting more rainbow trout of catchable size, both to help with the caddisfly and for sport,” Braun said.

“For now, you striper anglers get on out there as we have a bite going on,” he added. “This is a great time to land that trophy fish.”

Justin Smith landed just such a striper, catching an 18-pounder on his favorite lure.

“I have been hearing that the casino area also was producing a few,” Braun said. Smith’s catch was made further downriver with the help of his 1-year-old son, Hunter.

And further downriver, at Topock Marsh, Dayton Grant caught a collection of largemouths and stripers from his boat using his favorite spinner baits.

“He likes white or green,” Braun said. “And yes, the stripers will go after these also.”

Anchovies remain a popular bait for stripers. Tom Gallant and Steven Baird caught a bunch of them from Gallant’s boat in the Lower Big Bend area.

Braun said news from Lake Mohave is generally centered around catfish and smallmouth bass. The smallmouths are populating the shelves.

“These smallies are running in the 3-pound range,” Braun said.

If you are having any success and want to share the news — and maybe a picture of your prized catch — contact Braun at Riviera Marina, 520 Riviera Blvd. in Bullhead City — or give him a call at 928-763-8550.

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