TROUT ON A STICK:

Tina and Allen Jordan show off a nice catch of seven rainbow trout they caught using meal worms.

RUSTY BRAUN/Contributed

BULLHEAD CITY — The elusive trout aren’t all that elusive. But they do require a little effort to find in the Colorado River.

Tina and Allen Jordan found plenty of rainbows, catching a bunch on meal worms.

“These are some nice rainbows,” noted Rusty Braun, proprietor of Riviera Marina in Bullhead City, who provided the photo of the Jordans with their collection.

Braun said the trout are there — but they are moving.

“Whether you fish near the casinos or down by Rotary Park, the trout are moving around a bit,” he said. “You will need to try different techniques by using your favorite bait or your favorite spinner as the trout seem to change their feeding through the day.

“Power bait or night crawlers have been producing well. Even salmon eggs.

“My favorite is a Panther Martin in the yellow with red spots, but Rooster Tails and Mice Tails are also great baits to try.”

He offered a reminder for those practicing catch-and-release.

“With the trout, you can either use a barbless hook or smash the barb,” he said. “These trout are coming from the Willow Beach hatcher and we seem to be getting some nice-sized fish, thanks to the staff’s ability to produce a quality fish.”

Braun noted that the daily limit for trout below Davis Dam is now five, a change from last year.

Braund said the striper bite “has been going OK” near the dam and below the casinos while up on Lake Mohave, anchovies are still landing the stripers around the coves above the power lines.

“I have heard news of smallmoth action on both sides of the dam with the Nevada side working the best. Topock Marsh is giving up some nice largemouth bass along with an occasional panfish.”

If you have any success in your fishing endeavors, share the news with Braun by visiting Riviera Marina at 520 Riviera Blvd. or calling him at 928-763-8550.

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