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Lake Mohave/Willow Beach moving into prime season

BY MIKE STEVENS/WON Staff WriterPublished: Sep 14, 2017

Better fishing reported throughout Colorado River chain

BULLHEAD CITY, ARIZ. — Even locals that know Lake Mohave better than anyone are familiar with its late-summer doldrums, and it gets to the point where most fish elsewhere on the Colorado River chain in July and August. They also know that some of the best fishing months they’ve ever had on the watershed were in the fall, and guess what’s right around the corner.


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LAS VEGAS ANGLER Arnold Manuel used a trout-imitating swimbait to fool this quality striper just south of Placer Cove on Lake Mohave.


“Fishing has been slower than normal on the upper end of Lake Mohave due to monsoon season and lake transition time,” said Las Vegas angler Tim Campbell. “There's a few people consistently catching decent sized striper throwing bigger swimbaits and trout imitations.”


Campbell and his buddy Arnold Manual have been targeting schooling fish a little south of Placer Cove where they have found some consistent striped-bass fishing for a couple weeks and where Manual caught a quality model. Most of their action has been on bigger swimmies. Some cut bait fish were also caught closer to Davis Dam by shore anglers soaking anchovies both day and night.


Those monsoon systems resulted in flash flooding that closed some roads including the Willow Beach access road and Cottonwood Cove access road at Mile Marker 9 but both were reopened by the weekend. If you are fishing these areas, it’s always wise to check on road conditions before heading out there.


Elsewhere in the region, plenty of 1- to 3-pound stripers are being caught at Lake Mead and Lake Havasu, with Mead in particular kicking out some bigger swimbait fish. To the south, a monster 3,175-pound trout plant was spread out between Rotary Park, Davis Camp and Community Park, which is not only great news for trout anglers, but that almost certainly will stoke the swimbait bite downstream of Davis Dam.




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