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Stripers still striking on Lake Mohave

June 16, 2017 GMT

Daily News staff

BULLHEAD CITY — The fishing remains solid if not spectacular on area waters, according to the Arizona Game & Fish Department.

“Lake Mohave’s striper bite is going well with most using anchovies and some using their favorite lures,” wrote Gregg Cummins, editor of the AZGFD’s Colorado River region fishing report. “The largemouth and smallmouth bass are biting on pumpkin or blue/green flake plastics.”

Cummins noted that stripers are being caught near the dam. Local fisherman Troy Brooks can attest to that.

Brooks did some late-night fishing near the dam and caught a couple of nice stripers, using anchovies.

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“I started out using little bait,” he said, adding that he had a number of strikes without catching anything significant. He said there was a method to his madness.

“I was trying to get the smaller fish riled up,” he said, “because the bigger fish will follow them.”

After a short time, he switched to “bigger bait” — still using anchovies — and had success.

On the river below Davis Dam, Cummins wrote that the stripers are biting as are the trout.

“Small spinners can land trout when other baits aren’t working,” Cummins wrote.

Cummins said he had some personal success on Lake Mead during a recent outing in search of catfish.

“Had to wait out some bad weather and didn’t start fishing till 11 p.m.” he wrote. It didn’t seem to bother the fish nor the anglers.

“By 2 a.m., we had one ice chest filled and by 6:15 a.m. we had two ice chests and a bucket filled with fish.

“Turns out we caught 95 fish — 76 stripers (big fish 2 pounds, 12 ounces), 18 channel cats (big fish 3 pounds, 2 ounces) and a carp that weighed 9 pounds, 8 ounces.”

John Galbearth of Bass Tackle Masters reported that Lake Havasu is producing plenty of bass. He said that the bass are mostly in pre-spawn and that the redear sunfish are in full spawn.

“Bass fishing is as good as it gets as anglers are having luck with Senkos, spinnerbaits and top-water lures like frogs,” he reported.

The sunfish, he said, will be spawning for another couple of weeks. He suggested trying a fluorescent jighead tipped with a nightcralwer or just worms with a split-shot bobber rig. He also said crappie jigs are working.

Galbearth recommended going out early to get stripers with top-water lures. He said as the stripers move out to spawn, the best fishing will be in the old river channel in deeper water — 30 to 55 feet in the river to the north or south of where the lake begins to narrow.

Galbearth also reported that smallmouth bass also are being caught at Lake Havasu.

A word of caution to area anglers: With the area under an extreme heat warning for the next few days, be very careful on area waterways. Be sure to pack plenty of water — and leave the alcohol alone until you are back home.

To share fishing news by email, send to either BFishing@AZGFD.gov or bmcmillen@mohavedailynews.com.