Fishing Report: Colorado River waters 39.36-pound striped bass
The rainbow trout stocking has resumed and we have Jim Rott with a limit of trout he landed in the Community Park area using PowerBait and fishing from shore. This time of year, our water levels are going some up — and a lot down. So anyone using a boat here along the Colorado River needs to watch and learn the river channel.
Also the catch of the year is our visiting angler from Bishop, Calif. Jerry Thoresen. The striper he is holding (above) weighed in at 39.36 pounds and was 47 3/8 inches. This is the heaviest striped bass I have had the pleasure to weigh. I was once told that a trophy fish was anything that was over about 12 pounds — give or take a couple pounds either way. This fish is an example of a trophy to be mounted on one’s wall, so to say.
Another idea was presented to me to say it should have been released. This goes several ways. On this fish, it was hooked using a hard bait and was hooked deep, so the chances of survival was slim. Most of the anglers who fish for largemouth bass practice catch and release and some with the smallmouth bass. This is due to the tournaments that nets a lot of these species, which is why they are required to keep them alive and then released after weigh in. The striper to most is not a game fish: it’s for the table.
Up on Lake Mohave, the limit is 20 for striped bass 20 inches in length or larger; unlimited for striped bass under 20 inches in length. This can add up when they are getting in the 10-pound range, so to some it’s, “Let the small ones go so they will get bigger,” and to others it’s, “Keep the smaller fish so the others will have a better chance to grow.” But for now we are getting some big fish here along the Colorado river. So we need our anglers out there to catch them to protect the trout.
More good news up on Lake Mohave the striper bite is picking up just out side of Katherine Landing and are in the 4- to 7-pound range with anchovies and Storm baits working well.
Hope this helps for now and thanks for all of your support and we well see you in soon.
Now go catch a fish.