Arizona Freshwater

Willow Beach: Stringers of big trout and a double-digit striper landed

BY MIKE STEVENS/WON Staff Writer Published: Jan 16, 2020

WILLOW BEACH, Ariz. — Quality trout are patrolling tree-lined banks near Willow Beach, where local anglers are picking them off with minijigs, and a double-digit striped bass was caught in the area for the second week in a row.

willowbeachisWILLOW BEACH IS kicking out some fine-looking trout, and Carmelo Castro has been piling them up on CML Baits. PHOTO COURTESY CARMELO CASTRO

Willow Beach regular Carmelo Castro has been getting into easy limits anchored by solid 4- to 6-plus pound rainbows. The Las Vegas angler told Western Outdoor News these trout are spread out along the tree lines “up and down river” from Willow Beach, and he’s getting them on the new slugs from CML Baits in green sparkle. Castro has already landed two over 6 pounds in 2020, and even considering the size, these are not your typical stockers. Most of the specimens he’s landed lately are healthy, full-finned trout, many of which are sporting distinctive red lateral lines and hookjaws.

His wife, Shea Castro, not only got in on the trout action, but she also landed multiple striped bass, including a personal-best 7-pound striper followed by a 10.10 pounder that inhaled a BHC Stalked Trout swimbait ten minutes later. She was casting the trout imitator toward the middle in the evening from the same tree lines that are kicking out trout during the day.

These rainbows are products of the local Willow Beach National Fish Hatchery, and they get stocked near Willow Beach Marina on a weekly and year-round basis. It’s located 11 miles from Hoover Dam and stocks 750,000 trout annually from Lake Mead to the Mexican border.

SHEA CASTRO CAUGHT her personal-best 7-pound striped bass out of Willow Beach, then beat it with a 10.1 pounder ten minutes later. She was throwing a BHC Stalked Trout swimbait at night in the same area she and her husband, Carmelo, piled up quality rainbows during the day. PHOTO COURTESY SHEA CASTRO


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