Channel catfish are on the prowl

August 10, 2018

BULLHEAD CITY — A couple of big catfish have been pulled from area waters recently — along with a collection of other fish.

“The catfish are on the prowl, so to say,” said Rusty Braun, proprietor of Riviera Marina in Bullhead City. “Mohave High School student Charles Rolda came in to show off his channel cat at 21.34 pounds and 34 inches. Charles was fishing from shore up on Lake Mohave near the dam, using anchovies.

“The catfish bite along the Colorado River is starting to give up a few,” Braun added, referring to a photo of him holding a 12.5-pound channel cat. “No, I didn’t catch this one. It was from Lynn Hall of Bullhead City, who landed this fish using anchovies.

“Topock Marsh is producing channel cat and some largemouth action with spinner baits a great choice with white or green working the best.”

The river in the Bullhead City area still is producing stripers, Braun said.

“The casino area is producing a few along with the upper Big Bend area,” Braun said. “Anchovies are working well along with various hard baits.”

Randy Brown and his son-in-law, Parker Harding, were fishing from a dock and landed some nice stripers, including a 6-pounder, using a Long A Bomber.

Braun said there hasn’t been much word on trout lately, blaming the heat.

“The trout bite will be back soon and our weather will start to cool some,” he said.

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