BULLHEAD CITY â€” The weekly fishing report for the Bullhead City area usually centers around trout and stripers â€” with occasional news about largemouth and smallmouth bass and catfish thrown in.
This week, Rusty Braun, proprietor of Riviera Marina in Bullhead City, had something a little different.
â€śI did get one of our local anglers to let me put this catch of gizzard shad in,â€ť said Braun as he submitted the photo of the â€śbashful anglerâ€ť holding two extra-large shad.
â€śThe larger one weighed in at 3.7 pounds, which is large for this species,â€ť Braun said. â€śThese are usually bait fish and a prime source of food for the striped bass. When they get this size, they will have a lot of offspring.â€ť
Braun said the shad are â€śfun to catch using fly fishing techniques. Even Rat-L-Traps can work. Iâ€™m not sure, but I have heard they are OK to eat. Tasty. I donâ€™t know but Iâ€™m waiting to hear back.â€ť
Braun had news on trout and stripers, too.
â€śWe have a lot of trout in the Colorado River here below Davis Dam,â€ť he said. â€śOur local anglers are having some great success in landing their limits of five rainbow trout.â€ť
One such local angler, Jerry Bussdieker, caught his five from the shore in the Community Park area, using power bait.
â€śI have reports of spinners also working well â€“ Rooster Tails, Panther Martins, Blue Fox to name a few that have been working. For you bait fishermen, night crawlers and various colors of power bait â€” light green, yellow and orange were going well.â€ť
Braun said reports of stripers below the dam have placed most of the fish â€śin the 2-pound range with some in the 5- to 7-pound range.â€ť
Braun said the city-sponsored striper derby will be held June 8-9 with more information upcoming.
To reach Braun, visit Riviera Marina at 502 Riviera Blvd. or call 928-763-8550.