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Fishing remains slow in river, lake

January 12, 2019

BULLHEAD CITY — No news is not necessarily good news where fishing is concerned.

Of course, it’s not necessarily bad news, either.

“Slow is all I can say for now,” said Rusty Braun, proprietor of Riviera Marina in Bullhead City. “I am not getting any word on our local striper bite.

“We tend to get some of our larger fish coming in this time of year. The water release and our weather are making it harder to get out there to even try and catch a fish.”

As for trout, the rainbows still are biting. Jackson Maki landed two 1-pounders on power bait fishing from the shore at Rotary Park.

“We still have some rainbow trout out there,” Braun said. “A great shoreline to try is the Community Park area. There are some good holes that the fish seem to hang in. Spinners will usually get them going and make them a little more active.”

Braun noted that the partial government shutdown is having an impact locally. The Willow Beach National Fish Hatchery is caught in the crosshairs of the budget impasse.

“This means we are on the back burner for a bit before our rainbow trout stocking starts make up.”

Braun said the wind, recent rain and colder temperatures have limited the fishing at Lake Mohave.

“Even with some brief opening in the weather, the fish are not ready to be landed. They just aren’t biting,” he said. “This should change soon as we are getting some warmer days.

“I hope you can get out and give it a try and will let us know either way if there is a change, what is biting and on what it is biting. We will keep an update as best we can.”

If you have fishing news — or fish — to share, contact Braun at Riviera Marina, 520 Riviera Blvd. in Bullhead City or give him a call at 928-763-8550.

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