BIG STRIPER

Jacob Reed holds a 13.56-pound striper he caught during last weekend’s Bullhead City Striper Derby. He landed the fish on anchovies. 

BULLHEAD CITY — Everybody knows the fishing is going pretty well along the Colorado River in the Bullhead City area.

That was evidenced by the recent Bullhead City Striper Derby.

But what about fishing at Lake Mohave?

“Not much word as of yet,” said Rusty Braun, proprietor of Riviera Marina in Bullhead City. “This should change soon.

“So far, it’s only some largemouth bass and a few smallmouth bass with plastics working well,” he added. “The peanut butter-and-jelly color and some cinnamon colors are working the best.”

And what about Topock Marsh?

“Not much from the marsh,” said Braun, speculating that the warmer weather may be keeping fishermen away from that area. “Our weather is warming up and that can be a hot area.”

Braun said those braving the heat at the marsh are having some success, though nothing to take home.

“‘A couple of anglers are saying the largemouth bass are still being landed, but most anglers practice catch-and-release with these fish.”

Now, back to the river proper. And the striper derby.

“We had a great time and the event was super,” Braun said of the two-day event conducted by the city, the marina and the help of many sponsors. “The music was provided by Tim Lamb, the piano man. He opened with ‘Freebird’ and did some Willie, Hank and Merle. At one point, we was doing a Doors medley.

“The barbecue food provided by Big Stein was fabulous. The VFW had a beer garden and their staff was the best.

“Our city staff did an outstanding job all the way around and all had a great time. Our raffle was a huge success. So, a great big thanks to all who came out and we hope to see more of you all next time.”

As for the fishing?

“Below Davis Dam, anchovies are catching a fair amount of striped bass,” Braun said. “We had a very successful striper derby last weekend. Our first fish brought in was from Jacob Reed and he was using anchovies to land his 13.56-pound striper at 325⁄8 inches. This turned out to be a $200 fish” landing Reed in the prize pool.

Another anchovy catch included a 9.24-pounder caught by Greg Magruder from the shore on the Nevada side in the area of the Colorado River Nature Center.

To prove that soft bait also can be effective, Patrick Paoli, of Fort Mohave, caught a 6.38-pound striper in the Needles area.

And lest we forget about the trout — it was a striper derby after all — Don Calvano brought in some rainbows he caught while fly fishing.

“He cleaned them before coming in, but it’s great to see some fly fishing going on,” Braun said of Calvano. “His favorite area is, of course, Community Park. That’s a great area as our parks people have done a super job on that area for anglers and picnicking families.”

If you have fishing news — or fish — to share, contact Braun at Riviera Marina, 520 Riviera Blvd. in Bullhead City, or give him a call at 928-763-8550.

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