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Mohave prespawn bass on hot bite, last shots at rainbows in lower river

BY MIKE STEVENS/WON Staff Writer Published: Mar 21, 2019

Last shots at rainbows in lower river

BULLHEAD CITY, Nev. — Lake Mohave bass anglers had to be envious of the bite up on Havasu that includes some football-sized smallmouth, but their wait might be over. Prespawn bass on Mohave have really turned on over the last two weeks, and that goes for both numbers and size.


“Bass — largemouth and small­mouth are just starting to come up for the spawn,” said Kristina Pineda at BHC Bait and Tackle in Bullhead City. “They’re biting jigs with craw trailers.”


ruttinseasonRUTTIN’ SEASON — This 6-pound prespawn smallie was nabbed out of Lake Mohave by Jeff Rutt.


WON BASS competitor Jeff Van Nimwegen and his fishing partner, Jeff Rutt, also spent some time on Mohave and put up some solid stats as well.


“We caught about 30 keeper smallmouth including a lot of 4-pound-class fish,” said Van Nimwegan, who’s also an Okuma field staffer. “Fish are fat and healthy, and big females are hanging out and getting ready to move up. The 3⁄8-ounce Coolbaits (underspin) and jigs were the ticket.”


The big fish of the trip was a 6 pound smallie caught by Rutt.


As for Mohave stripers, recent cold fronts shook things up, but that is not to say they can’t be caught.


“Stripers can be had if you know where to look,” said Bryan Simons of Henderson, Nevada. “Dunk anchovies in the middle of coves or on points, and you’re golden.”


Simons is the reigning champ of the WON/Lake Havasu Striper Derby after winning the event in dramatic fashion in May 2018.


Below Davis Dam in the Lower River, trout fishing has been good according to Rusty Braun of Riviera Marina. Davis Camp and Community Park received the bulk of the weekly deliveries from Willow Beach Fish Hatchery, and that’s where anglers are getting the best of it. Jason Trautwein is a local angler who filled a 5-fish limit throwing a spinner, and according to Braun, PowerBait and nightcrawlers are also working.


Typically, trout stocking in this area would be done by now, but due to the lack of them during the government shutdown, bonus plants were added through the month of March. But, this is it until next season, so if you want to get your hacks in on stocker rainbows, get out there now or at least over the next couple weeks.


On the striped bass scene, anglers using cut baits are still getting into decent action on school-sized fish. Another local, Kent Davis, landed a 3.7-pound striper on a sardine fished from shore in the Casino area.


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