‘Not-so-normal’ weather impacting fishing

February 22, 2019 GMT

BULLHEAD CITY — Rusty Braun had an appropriate phrase for the recent weather in the Tri-state.

“Not-so-normal.”

Cooler-than-normal temperatures, combined with occasional wind and even some rain, are keeping anglers off the water. That makes it a bit harder to get a good read on how successful the fishing has been recently.

“With our weather being a bit on the not-so-normal side for this time of year, the fishing is a bit slow,” said Braun, proprietor of Riviera Marina in Bullhead City. “Our striper bite here along the Colorado River is still a bit spotty with some action around the casino area and near Davis Dam. Both anchovies and your hard baits have a good chance to bring in a fish or two.

“Up on Lake Mohave, I have heard of some striper activity above the power lines. The striper bite should be picking up near Davis Dam soon.”

Anglers are catching some trout, especially in the Community Park area.

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“The Willow Beach hatcher7 is helping out a bunch by stocking some nice rainbow trout,” Braun said. “Now that this federal hatchery is back on-line and up-and-running, we are getting some nice fish. Our Community Park area is a super spot to show our local anglers.”

That’s where Pat Farley and Mike Merritt each caught their five-trout limit.

“Mike used one of his favorite spinners while Pat was bait-fishing with power bait. With Community Park stocked on Tuesday, it’s a great family outdoor trip. This area has a great shoreline and after the trout move out, they will hold up in the various holes in that area.”

Activity at Topock Marsh should be picking up after completion of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services feral swine removal program within the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge.

“I have heard that this management team has determined that these feral pigs might not be fit for human consumption. That’s why our hunters are not allowed to participate in this harvest of these critters that don’t belong in this area.”

Anglers having success are encouraged to contact Braun to share the news. He can be reached at Riviera Marina, 520 Riviera Blvd. in Bullhead City, are by calling 928-763-8550.