Stockings improve area trout fishing

October 19, 2018 GMT

BULLHEAD CITY — Trout are biting in the Colorado River.

“We are getting some great rainbow trout from the Willow Beach hatchery,” said Rusty Braun, proprietor of Riviera Marina in Bullhead City. “The hatchery is bringing us over 800 trout at each of the stocking sites.

“A huge thanks goes out to the new manager of the Willow Beach National Fish Hatcher and the crew that raises these fish.”

Mike Merritt took advantage of the trout bite in the Rotary Park area, catching his five-rainbow limit while fishing from the shore. His catch may have included a holdover or two — fish a bit bigger than those being stocked.

The other stocking site is at Davis Camp.

“These fish are well over the 12-inch size,” Braun said of the latest batch stocked locally. “Power bait was working the best. You might try your favorite spinner for some great air action and I heard the Mouse Tails in the bubble gum (color) were working as well.”

Braun offered a reminder for trout anglers who want to practice catch-and-release.

“If you are going to practice catch-and-release, cut or smash the barb (on the hook) so as not to hurt the fish,” he said. “An injured trout will not survive, so be careful or keep those fish for the dinner table. These are great for the table, a nice-sized fish.”

Braun said stripers still are biting in the casino area.

“The smaller stripers are getting to your bait first, so you lure anglers should see some fish in the 5- to 8-pound range,” he said. “Up on Lake Mohave, the striper bite is just taking off with the coves near the power lines starting to produce a few. It’s best to try near the openings and watch for the birds to know where a school might be.

“Down-river near the dam, the Arizona side is also starting to get active. Here along the Colorado River below Davis Dam, we are producing some great action with anchovies producing the best. Community Park is producing well for stripers. The area down-river from the launch ramp has some great spots and lures seem to be doing well for the larger fish.”

At Topock Marsh, Braun said, fishing “has been a little slow mostly due to the water levels and our wind.”

“Only the hardiest anglers brave that area in these conditions. Our weather change tends to slow the bite some.”

If you are having any luck — or skill — catching fish, let Braun know so he can share the news. He can be reached at Riviera Marina, 520 Riviera Blvd. in Bullhead City, or by calling 928-763-8550.

“Hope this helps some,” he said. “We will see you in soon with that catch. Now, go catch a fish.”