Trout, stripers luring anglers to the river

April 13, 2018 GMT

BULLHEAD CITY — A few years ago, someone noted that if you want to find stripers in the Colorado River, find the trout first.

Now that the warmer weather has arrived, that seems to be sage advice.

“It’s a great time to be out fishing,” said Rusty Braun, proprietor of Riviera Marina in Bullhead City. “We have our stripers back and there are rainbow trout, also.

“Our water levels are up, as usual for this time of year, and our weather is warming up some. This combination is making for some great outdoor time. Fishing is always a great outdoor event.”

First, the trout.

“The areas to try are along the beach at Community Park and, of course, Rotary Park is still doing well,” Braun said.

Local anglers Victor Barnett and Richard Jenkins provided some support for that claim. Using salmon eggs, they hooked up nine rainbows while fishing from the shore in the launch ramp area at Rotary Park.

“There are a lot of great spots that are working well,” Braun said.

Braun said the most recent stocking appeared to be mostly smaller trout that hopefully will grow bigger.

“It seems our last stocking was a bit on the small side but we did get a lot of them,” he said.

And now, the stripers.

“I have been getting reports that the casino area has been seeing some striper action,” Braun said. “No word from up on Lake Mohave as of yet but near the dam should be producing around this time.”

Stephen Gregory, of Mohave Valley, pulled in his limit of five stripers from the Needles area, fishing from the shore using anchovies. He had a nice stringer that included a 2.22-pound, 19-inch fish and a 1.98-pound, 18-inch fish.

Lino Garcia used anchovies to catch a 6.84-pound, 27-inch striper from above the Avi Casino Resort.

“Whether you are targeting the striper using anchovies or your favorite lure,” Braun said, success can be realized.

“I like the Bomber Long A or some top-water action like the Cordell Pencil Popper. These are just a couple as there are a few that work well in our area.”

For trout, Braun said he recommends a variety of lures.

“Using spinners is always fun and provides some great action,” he said. “I would try a Panther Martin in yellow and red spots or a Jake’s Spin-A-Lure. Again, these are just a couple that are producing some great action.”

Braun said the largemouth bass aren’t being caught in large numbers yet at Topock Marsh.

“The largemouth bass are not on the nests in that area as of yet,” he said. “It’s a good time to practice catch-and-release for the largemouth bass and the trout.”

If you are having any success, let Braun know so he can share the news. Contact him at Riviera Marina, 520 Riviera Blvd. in Bullhead City, or call him at 928-763-8550.