Area’s trout fishing gaining traction beyond Tri-state

December 8, 2018

BULLHEAD CITY — Word is getting out about the good rainbow trout in the Colorado River.

Of course, that’s part of the idea: publicize the fishing to attract more visitors who like to spend some time on the river or Lake Mohave.

While area officials are quick to tout the quality of the fishing in the Tri-state, the best form of publicity is word-of-mouth coming from the visiting fishermen themselves.

John Beigh, visiting from Ohio, went fishing in the Rotary Park area and landed some nice trout from the shore. He used a Kastmaster.

“This spinner also has been producing a few of our smaller striped bass,” said Rusty Braun, proprietor of Riviera Marina in Bullhead City, who captured Beigh’s exploits for posterity — the photograph that accompanies this article.

“It seems the stripers like the little shining thing as well as the trout do,” Braun said. “I have been getting reports that Rooster Tails were also doing well for bringing in trout.

“For you bait anglers, night crawlers and power bait are always a good choice. Then again, you do have to mix it up a bit to find out what is working the best.”

As for the stripers, Braun said the fish still are biting.

“I did hear of some striper action and anchovies were doing well,” he said.

Fishing has slowed at Lake Mohave after a couple of productive weeks.

“Lake Mohave has been a bit slow,” Braun reported. “Most likely our weather and the holidays are keeping our anglers off the water.”

That can be remedied, especially with gift-giving during the holidays, Braun said.

“Nothing like a new rod and reel to get them out there again,” he said. “Here is a thought for that Christmas stocking: new line and some hooks, sinkers or lures, along with a couple of spinners, will sure put a smile on any angler’s face.”

Back to fishing, Braun said he has been getting a bit of news from the Colorado River Nature Center in the southern part of Bullhead City.

“There has been some smallmouth bass action along the Nature Center shoreline, which is also a good spot for our stripers.”

If you have been getting some bites and want to share the news — or just want to talk about fishing — get in touch with Braun. Riviera Marina is at 520 Riviera Blvd. in Bullhead City. The phone number is 928-763-8550.

“Hope this helps for now,” Braun said of the week’s fishing news. “We will see you in soon to share that catch. Now go catch a fish.”

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