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Lake Mohave angler twice rings double-digit striper bell

BY MIKE STEVENS/WON Staff Writer
Published: Jan 03, 2018
BULLHEAD CITY, Ariz. — Fishing has been on the slow side across the board on Lake Mohave but that didn’t mean this fishery missed out on the flurry of big striped bass that bit all over the Colorado River chain. At least a couple big ones were reported, and the presence of smaller models hanging deep could be a good sign of things to come.

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TIM BOYD OF Las Vegas caught this 19.53-pound striper on a Mavenbaits glidebait near Katherine Landing on Lake Mohave, and he also landed a 10 pounder in that area on the same lure.

 

Las Vegas angler Tim Boyd is a regular on the Willow Beach fishing scene, but he has been plying the waters further south around Katherine Landing lately. That trip paid off on his most-recent outing when he connected on a 19.53-pound striped bass, and a 10 pounder for good measure. Both fish were caught on the locally-made (Las Vegas) Mavenbaits glidebait near Mile Marker 3.

“The bite has been better later in the day after 9 or 10 a.m when the sun is out,” said Jason Halgas, also from Vegas and Boyd’s regular compadre on the water."

Halgas also said there are big numbers of smaller fish holding between 60 and 100 feet deep where they can be caught on bucktail jigs.

“Those are smaller 3- to 5-pound fish, and you just need to find the schools on the fish finder, then you can get a lot of them.”

While trout are stocked at Willow Beach and below the lake in the Colorado River, this lower end of Lake Mohave doesn’t get to take advantage of it as the rainbows planted at Willow don’t make it that far down. According to Halgas, stripers in lower Lake Mohave are feeding primarily on 4- to 6-inch gizzard shad.

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