River yielding nice stripers

October 5, 2018

BULLHEAD CITY — The stripers still are biting along the Colorado River.

“I am hearing of a lot of smaller stripers in the 1- to 3-pound range that are being landed in the Rotary Park area,” said Rusty Braun, proprietor of Riviera Marina in Bullhead City.

Some big ones are being caught, too.

“In the casino area, Mike Fisher was able to land a nice 9.38-pound (striper) at 301⁄4 inches,” Braun said. “Down river a bit, below Community Park, Jay and Tammy Knapp landed a nice trophy of a fish at 17.92 pounds and 363⁄4 inches.”

The Knapps were using anchovies while fishing from their riverside dock.

Trout activity will be picking up; it’s now a matter of when, not if, Braun said.

“We now have our first trout stocking of the season from the federal hatchery,” Braun said. “The Willow Beach hatchery is stocking some nice rainbows. Some of the stocked trout are in the 15-inch range.

“Davis Camp and Rotary Park were the first sites; next, Community Park will get a plant of trout along with Davis Camp again.

“You trout anglers might have to mix it up a bit to get these rainbows to the dinner table,” he added. “Try power bait and night crawlers. I did hear that Mouse Tails were doing OK.

“A good idea is to throw your favorite spinner for some great action. I like the Panther Martin or Blue Fox, but there are a lot of spinners that will work well. The best bet is to change your spinner if it’s not working.”

Braun reminded fishermen that there is a limit on trout in the area.

“We’re looking for those stringers of trout,” he said. “Remember: The limit is five below Davis Dam.”

Spinner baits also are getting some bites on other species in and around Topock Marsh, Braun said.

“Spinner baits are working well in white or green for most largemouth bass and now and again, a catfish will go after these colors,” he said.

Smallmouth and largemouth bass and channel catfish are being caught at Lake Mohave, he said.

“The smallmouth bass are best found along the shelves on your way back into the coves while the largemouth bass and catfish like a bit slower water and are back in the shallows.

“The striper bite (at Lake Mohave) has yet to take off.”

If you have a fish story to tell, or just want to talk about fishing in the area, contact Braun at Riviera Marina, 520 Riviera Blvd. in Bullhead City, or give him a call at 928-763-8550.

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