STRINGER OF STRIPERS:

Tim Kilgore, from the Parker area, made a fishing trip on the Colorado River part of a visit to see friends in the Tri-state and was rewarded with a stringer of stripers caught on anchovies in the lower Big Bend area.

BULLHEAD CITY — If you are craving a fish dinner — a fresh fish dinner — then striper should be on the menu.

“The striper bite is going well along with the rainbow trout and an occasional channel catfish,” said Rusty Braun, proprietor of Riviera Marina in Bullhead City.

“This time of year, we can get some of our larger stripers in the casino row area below Davis Dam along the Colorado River. I have been getting word that our Nature Center shoreline has been showing some striper activity. The shore along Community Park should be having some of our larger stripers coming in with lures producing the larger fish. This is not necessarily the rule as anchovies catch a lot of fish.”

Tim Kilgore, an angler from the Parker area, was visiting friends in the Tri-state and included a fishing outing on the itinerary. 

“Tim was fishing in the lower Big Bend area and was able to land a limit of stripers,” Braun said. “He was fishing from a friend’s boat, using anchovies.”

None of Kilgore’s stripers were monsters but all were suitable for eating.

“This is a great size as they filet out easy and leave a nice filet for my favorite dish, fish tacos,” Braun said “There are a lot of different ways to prepare these fish and all are great. It’s a good eating fish.”

So are the rainbow trout, although they may require a little more ingenuity to bring them in, Braun said.

“The rainbow trout are being stocked but a little more trouble to bring to the table,” he said. “You will need to try various techniques to land these trout. It seems they need to get accustomed to the area before they start feeding.

“I have heard that power bait — night crawlers — are great for you bait anglers while various spinners are producing well. I like a Panther Martin in yellow with red spots as an example but I am hearing that Rooster Tails were producing super.”

Away from the Bullhead City area, fishing seems to be hit-and-miss.

“The striper bite is starting to pick up on Lake Mohave with the coves above the power lines being a good go-to area,” Braun said. “The area closer to Davis Dam is producing a few catfish and some smallmouth bass.”

If you are having some success or just have a fish story to share, give Braun a call at 928-763-8550 or visit Riviera Marina at 520 Riviera Blvd. in Bullhead City.

“Hope this information helps for now,” Braun said. “Watch that wind and we will see you in soon to share the catch.”

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