Stripers, bass, trout being caught on Colorado River

March 22, 2019

BULLHEAD CITY — Bass — striped and otherwise — are biting. So are the rainbow trout.

“Our striper bite is picking up,” said Rusty Braun, proprietor of Riviera Marina in Bullhead City. “The reports of stripers are coming in regular now. Our weather is getting better and allowing more anglers to get out and about.”

Among those out and about were Tom Gallant and Steven Baird, who caught some nice stripers while fishing from Gallant’s boat in the lower Big Bend area, using anchovies.

“The larger striper weighed in at 6.26 pounds and was 263⁄8 inches,” Braun said in describing a photo of the men each holding fish.

Up on Lake Mohave, the largemouth and smallmouth bass are starting to nest or are close,” Braun said. “The females are feeding and the males are starting to search out their nesting spots. Not much on the striper bite on the lake as of yet.”

Miles to the south, at Topock Marsh, Dayton Grant found some largemouths.

“Dayton Grant has been a regular for this area and stopped in to get one of his fish weighed,” Braun said. The results: 3.02 pounds and 18 inches.

“He was using a spinner bait from his boat,” Braun said.

The trout fishing has remained solid, especially at or around the stocking spots at Davis Camp and Bullhead Community Park.

“We did get an extra trout stocking this week, so trout are just all over the Colorado River here below Davis Dam,” Braun said. “Usually, the rainbow trout seem to move out from the stocking sites a day or so after the plant, which means its good practice to move around the shoreline to find a spot where the trout have holed up.

“One more tip that might help you: You need to try various spinners and different colors of power bait,” Braun added. “I heard that on Wednesday, it was green.”

Braun said Riviera Marina and the City of Bullhead City will be partnering for a striper derby, likely in May.

“As we get closer, I will have more details, but it looks like it will be on the 25th and 26th of May or Memorial Day Weekend,” he said. “We will keep all posted of the details as we get closer.”

If you are having any success and have a fish story — or a fish — to share, contact Braun at Riviera Marina, 520 Riviera Blvd. in Bullhead City, or give him a call at 928-763-8550.

“I hope this helps for now and we will see you in soon. Thanks for all of your support,” Braun said. “Now, go catch a fish.”