Andrew Wright displays an 11.88-pound, 293⁄4-inch channel catfish he caught in the Colorado River. Wright was fishing from a friend’s boat, targeting stripers with anchovies.

BULLHEAD CITY — Anchovies are the bait of choice for a lot of Tri-state fishermen, especially those going after the area’s prized stripers.

Seems the fishy bait attracts other species as well.

“Our local angler Andrew Wright was fishing from a friend’s boat, using anchovies, and landed an 11.88-pound catfish at 293⁄4 inches,” reported Rusty Braun, proprietor of Riviera Marina in Bullhead City. “They were fishing for stripers and were surprised with this catch.”

As for stripers, anchovies may be the best bet but not the only one for hooking up some keepers. The key is patience and perseverance.

“Here below Davis Dam along the Colorado River, the striper bite is going well,” Braun said. “These fish are mostly in the 2-pound range with the smaller ones getting to your bait first.

“The larger stripers are on the way; this time of year we can get some larger fish in the 20-pound range. These are average sizes which can go up or down.”

Striper action is picking up on Lake Mohave, Braun said.

“I have heard that up on Lake Mohave, the bite is picking up,“ he said. “Stripers are showing signs of activity in the coves and off the points near the dam.

“There are reports of boils in various spots with fish running in the 4-pound range. While in your boat, you need to close in on them slowly for the best success.” 

Evening hours have been the most fruitful, Braun said.

“Watch for the birds or ripples in large areas and that should be the bait fish that the stripers are feeding on,” he said. “Telephone Cove has been doing OK for stripers and some catfish action.”

Back on the river proper, trout are being stocked weekly at Davis Camp and alternating weekly rotations at Community Park and Rotary Park.

“I have been getting reports of night crawlers and power bait in a light green or orange working best,” Braun said. “This can vary, so you might have to mix it up a bit to find out what is working best at the time of day you are fishing. Also, try various spinners for some great action.

“These trout have been some good, fighting fish that our Willow Beach hatchery is providing for all you anglers out there.”

Braun said fishing news is sparse out of Topock Marsh.

“Topock Marsh has been a little slow except for duck hunters — they are having some great luck,” Braun said.

Having any luck with 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.

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