Apr 232018
 

Here are a few more photos from the great kayak fishing for largemouth bass on the Colorado River. We’ve been catching plenty of fish, but for a couple days all we caught were small fish in the one to two pound range. The past couple days the bigger fish have started to get in on the action and we caught some really nice bass.

As usual, we’ve been hitting it early while it’s still pretty cool. The fishing in the early morning has been good.

Colorado River largemouth bass caught by watermanatwork.com kayak fisherman Ron Barbish

The fishing slowed down in the late morning and early afternoon for a couple days, but lately the fish will bite throughout the day. All you have to do is find them.

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The lower Colorado River is a great place for kayak fishing. There are plenty of high horsepower bass boats zooming around, especially on weekends, but the vast majority of boaters are good sportsmen and will give you some room. During the week, there are far fewer fishermen.

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It’s starting to get really hot, but with protection from the sun and plenty of water, we can fish all day. You never know when a fish is going to bite.

Colorado River largemouth bass caught by watermanatwork.com kayak fisherman Ron Barbish

Even this chunky Colorado River white crappie beat the bass to a black plastic worm.

Colorado River white crappie caught by watermanatwork.com kayak fisherman Ron Barbish

All the fish we catch are released. We started using forceps to extract lures that largemouth bass have inhaled or swallowed, using them has saved a lot fish. This bass needed a little poke on the cheek to get going.

Catch and release largemouth bass

One of the past week’s highlights was this big largemouth bass that hit a plastic work about a half hour before sunrise. A bit too dark for video, but this big fish put up quite the battle, running into the reeds a number of times between big jumps.

Big pre-dawn Colorado River largemouth bass caught by watermanatwork.com kayak fisherman Ron Barbish

We’ve seen plenty of these desert sunrises in the past week.

Colorado River sunrise

We are in town for a few hours to pick up supplies and use the internet, then we are headed back to the desert and further up the Colorado River. Check back for more kayak fishing action from the Colorado River.

Apr 172018
 

We spent another couple days kayak fishing for largemouth bass on the Colorado River, where the fishing remains pretty good. Not as good as last week when we were catching a lot of bigger fish, but still a lot of fish caught. The biggest fish were probably about two or three pounds, but I caught at least fifteen fish each of the two days and lost a bunch more. A lot of fishing action on the Colorado River.

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The fishing was best early in the mornings with the bite tapering off in the late morning and early afternoon.

Colorado River largemouth bass caught by watermanatwork.com kayak fisherman Ron Barbish

Hot action in the morning and picking off bass here and there in the afternoon made for a full fishing day. Had to do a fair bit of paddling to find the fish, but there was plenty of action once you found the hungry fish.

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The second day of the two day trip, the clouds started rolling in. It didn’t get much cooler, but the overcast conditions provided welcome relief from the blazing desert sun. Sun or clouds, the largemouth bass kept biting.

Colorado River largemouth bass caught by watermanatwork.com kayak fisherman Ron Barbish

After two eight to ten hour days on the kayak, today’s windy and overcast day off the water is a nice rest day. Catching up on some work and getting a break from the sun. Looks like a few windy days, we will be on fishing standby while we work on the kayak fishing videos that need editing.

Stay tuned for more kayak fishing action from the Colorado River.

Apr 122018
 

The kayak fishing on the Colorado River for largemouth bass continues to be very good. We are learning when to fish, where the fish are and what the fish are biting. The more time we spend on the river, the more fish we catch and we are starting to land a few big largemouth bass.

It’s starting to get really hot, at or near 100°F for days at a time. It’s 65° at night so it doesn’t cool off all that much. We like to get an early start in the morning when it is cool. We have to paddle a couple miles up the Colorado River to where we are fishing, it’s better to do it in the early morning darkness and be on the fishing spot when the sun comes up.

Launching the kayak before sunrise on the Colorado River

Getting out there early usually pays off with a few fish before the sun comes up. A little tougher fishing in the reeds and plant overgrowth on the river banks when you can’t see, that just adds to the excitement.

Largemouth bass caught before sunrise on the Colorado River by watermanatwork.com kayak fisherman Ron Barbish

Some of the mornings have been overcast, which is a welcome relief from the blazing hot desert sun. I’m wearing a hoodie more for protection from early morning mosquitoes rather than the cool temperature.

Early morning largemouth bass caught on the Colorado River by watermanatwork.com kayak fisherman Ron Barbish

I met James and Joe who were also camping and fishing on the Colorado River. These guys are hardcore fishermen and pretty fun guys in general. When Joe showed up, the first thing he did was cook up bacon, egg and cheese sandwiches for everybody. They where delicious, nice to meet people like this. A big bonus when you are traveling.

Joe cooking breakfast for everybody!

This section of the Colorado River is a great place for kayak fishing. The only thing that can keep you off the river is the wind and maybe the heat. There are plenty of places for fish to hang out and lots of largemouth and striped bass looking for food.

Kayak fishing on the Colorado River in the southwest USA.

We are starting to find some of the larger bass as we get more experience fishing on the Colorado River. We have had days when we have caught fifteen or twenty bass, which is a pretty decent day of fishing. There are a lot of “one pounders” that put up a great fight for their size and a few bigger fish in the two to five pound range.

Colorado River largemouth bass caught by watermanatwork.com kayak fisherman Ron Barbish

After a long day of fishing on the Colorado River in the desert heat, the kayak seems a lot heavier carrying it back to the truck than it did in the morning taking the kayak from the truck to the river. This looks like an ideal kayak fishing situation, but the temperature is over 100°. That’s very hot, but you have to haul all your fishing gear and the kayak back to camp. Uphill, as it always seems to be at the end of a long fishing day.

Kayak launch on the lower Colorado River

As we get more experience by spending more time on the river, we are starting to catch some larger bass. I pulled this big bass out of a clump of weeds on a sweltering 100° day. I’m pretty sure this is my personal best largemouth bass.

Large Colorado River largemouth bass caught by watermanatwork.com kayak fisherman Ron Barbish

After a few days of really hot weather and some hot largemouth bass fishing, we are back in town picking up supplies and taking care of business. It’s windy today and we’ve got another dust storm going. We had a dust storm last week that was full Laurence of Arabia, there was dust in and on everything. These desert dust storms are pretty knarly. Summer is coming on quickly, the birds are headed back north after a winter in the desert sun.

Birds ending the winter in the Arizona desert and headed back north for the summer

We’re headed back out to the river, dodging the windy spring days. We’ve been getting a lot of good kayak fishing video so we hope to get a few fishing videos produced, but the fishing has been so good, it’s hard to take a day off to edit video. Stay tuned for more kayak fishing action from the Colorado River.

Apr 032018
 

The scarcity of blog posts is due to our time spent kayak fishing for largemouth bass on the Colorado River. There have been a few slow days, some average days and some great fishing days on the river. The Colorado is a large river with plenty of fish and plenty of places for the fish to hide. We are starting to get the hang of fishing here and the number and size of the largemouth bass we are catching is starting to get bigger.

Kayak fishing for largemouth bass on the Colorado River in SW Arizona

There are a few places to launch, thanks to the portability of the fishing kayaks. Some of the launches are more of a challenge than others, this one is pretty nice. It’s a popular spot and can get a bit crowded at times, especially on weekends.

Kayak launching on the Colorado River in SW Arizona

It’s starting to get hot as summer approaches, so we try to get out on the water as early as possible. We’ve had success fishing for largemouth bass at night, but the fish don’t seem to be very active at night around here so we are usually out and fishing about an hour before sunrise. Getting on it early has been paying off most of the time.

Largemouth bass caught on the Colorado River just before dawn by watermanatwork.com kayak fisherman Ron Barbish

The bass fishing on the Colorado River can be good most of the day, seems like it slows down during the hottest part of the afternoon. The mornings in the desert are just about perfect; calm wind, cool and big fish willing to bite.

Colorado River largemouth bass caught by watermanatwork.com kayak fisherman Ron Barbish

Colorado River largemouth bass caught by watermanatwork.com kayak fisherman Ron Barbish

As I mentioned, it is starting to get hot here in the Arizona desert. The past few days have been in the mid nineties, pretty hot to be sitting on a kayak with no shade. The nights are only in the mid sixties, so it doesn’t cool off all that much. Cloudy and overcast days are a welcome sight because they provide a break from the scorching desert sun.

Cloudy sunrise on the Colorado River. A break from the hot desert sun.

Wide brim hats, long light colored clothing and sunscreen are mandatory for fishing in the middle of the desert. It’s worth the effort because there are big largemouth bass waiting to bite.

Colorado River largemouth bass caught by watermanatwork.com kayak fisherman Ron Barbish

Every day we go fishing, we learn more about the desert, the Colorado River and the fish that are in it. The more we learn, the better our chances are of catching more and bigger fish. I’ve been pretty lucky to land a few really big largemouth bass. It makes me want to go fishing more and more.

I have this gallery of selfies with fish because those are the only “trophies” there are from all the excellent fishing. We do have some good kayak fishing videos, those will be coming up shortly, but all the fish we catch have their picture taken and are released to fight another day.

Colorado River largemouth bass released to fight another day

Largemouth bass are not the only fish in the Colorado River, many species of fish call the river “home”. While fishing for bass one evening, I got a big hit and knew I had a big fish on the line. With visions of state record largemouth bass dancing in my head, I got the fish to the kayak to find it was a chunky channel catfish.

Colorado River channel catfish caught by watermanatwork.com kayak fisherman Ron Barbish

It’s very hot during the daytime, especially between noon and early evening, but the mornings, nights and evenings are just about perfect. There are a few mosquitoes that keep it from being totally perfect, but it’s still pretty nice.

Sunset over the Colorado River in southwest Arizona

We’re in town using the internet and stocking up on supplies, but we will be heading back to the Colorado River for more kayak fishing. Looks like a good few days coming up so we are anxious to get back out there after the great fishing we’ve been having. Keep checking back for more kayak fishing from the Colorado River!

Mar 262018
 

We just had a great day of kayak fishing on the Colorado River for largemouth bass. We’ve been fishing mainly at Mittry Lake, but the fishing there has been pretty poor. The wildlife has been very active as spring approaches, the largemouth bass have not gotten the word.

The fish that were active at Mittry Lake were the carp. Must be peak mating season because there were carp thrashing around everywhere.

Mating carp in the reeds of Mittry Lake in southwest Arizona

Now the wind has come up which makes the fishing much more challenging, if not impossible. There looked to be one calm day so we crossed our fingers and headed over to the Colorado River. It was almost dead calm for most of the morning, but as expected, the wind started to pick up.

Kayak fishing for largemouth bass on a windy Colorado River

The wind blew us off the river, but before it did, we had one of the best largemouth bass fishing days of the season. I caught at least fifteen bass, including a few nice ones and one really nice one.

I caught the first bass of the day about a half hour after launching. I had some new gear and re-spooled all the reels so I was checking all that out while looking for the fish. I fished here before and hadn’t had much luck but got dialed in pretty quickly today.

Colorado River largemouth bass caught by watermanatwork.com kayak fisherman Ron Barbish

It was overcast and warm as the fishing started to heat up. Getting in tight to the reeds to find where the bass were hiding was paying off. I managed to catch a few nice fish. When I caught this bass, the day was already a major success after all of the slow fishing at Mittry Lake.

Nice Colorado River largemouth bass caught by watermanatwork.com kayak fisherman Ron Barbish

The wind remained calm and I kept catching “one pounders”, had a number of hits that didn’t stick and a few fish lost when they jumped and spit the hook. I had another bite that started out kind of slow and light, but it was apparent pretty quickly that this was not a small fish.

Big Colorado River largemouth bass caught by watermanatwork.com kayak fisherman Ron Barbish

After a few jumps, a couple runs for the reeds and a few dives for the bottom, this big largemouth bass tried to head butt the kayak!

Big Colorado River largemouth bass caught by watermanatwork.com kayak fisherman Ron Barbish

After a great fight, the bass was in the kayak. Biggest largemouth bass of the season for sure and most likely my personal best. A really nice Colorado River largemouth bass, released to fight again.

Big Colorado River largemouth bass caught by watermanatwork.com kayak fisherman Ron Barbish

Just as the fishing begins to really pick up, so does the wind. We are looking at a few days of very windy conditions, then the summer desert heat starts to kick in. We will use the few windy days to dial in our extreme desert shade gear then we will be back out on the water looking for more big largemouth bass.

Mar 162018
 

We are kayak fishing for largemouth bass on Mittry Lake. There are other places to fish, but for kayak fishing, Mittry Lake is a great place. Sometimes the fishing can be really terrible for days at a time. Then again, there are the great fish caught on the “one last cast” and the big fish caught 20 yards off the launch ramp after fishing all day without a nibble. There are some good days and big fish to be had as well, that’s the mystery of Mittry Lake. Anybody will tell you, it is a challenging place to fish. There’s more. Even though Mitty Lake is very close to Yuma, Arizona and is heavily used, the natural beauty is incredible, especially for the middle of the desert.

Sunset over Mittry Lake in southwest Arizona.

Some of the mornings and early afternoons have been overcast. Not a bad thing to get a break from the blazing sun. 70° and light overcast is quite pleasant.

Cloudy morning at Mittry Lake in southwest Arizona.

The wildlife is very active in the morning, especially as it warms up as spring approaches. Birds are everywhere, beavers coming over to check you out and the last kayak trip I saw a wildcat as I was getting a snag loose in the reeds close to shore. Only about twenty feet away, pretty cool.

It’s nice the scenery and the weather are nice because there have been some slow fishing days. Then again, there have been some great fishing days. Typical Mittry Lake.

Mittry Lake largemouth bass caught by watermanatwork.com kayak fisherman Ron Barbish.

Mittry Lake largemouth bass caught by watermanatwork.com kayak fisherman Ron Barbish.

There have been a few windy days with weather fronts moving through the area. There was even a light rain day. The wind is the big weather factor. There have been days of 20-25mph wind with stronger gusts. Not many places to hide in the wide open desert.

Clouds over Mittry Lake as a weather front moves through the southwest Arizona desert.

When the fishing is tough, we use the kayaks to our advantage to look for fish in every nook and cranny of the lake. Mittry Lake is surrounded by reeds, many of which are on floating islands that the big fish live under.

Kayak fishing for largemouth bass in the reeds of Mittry Lake.

The fishing has been in very close quarters with fish being caught in shallow water and and very near or under the floating reeds.

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The big thing is finding where the hungry fish are. If you put your lure in the right spot, there are nice fish to be caught.

Mittry Lake largemouth bass caught by watermanatwork.com kayak fisherman Ron Barbish.

It was kind of a slow start, but the last day of the fishing trip was probably the best day. Caught five or six really nice fish with a few near misses and a couple fish lost due to fooling around with camera gear, so there was pretty good action. Nice to end the trip on a high note.

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We are in town for a few hours to make the blog posts, pick up a new fishing reel and pack in supplies for another kayak fishing adventure. It seems like the fishing is picking up, so we can’t wait to get back out on the water.

Mar 162018
 

A couple local bass fishermen clued us into a couple lesser known fishing spots among the backwaters of the Gila River so we took a few days to check it out. These places are pretty popular with the local fishermen, but not as popular as some other bass fishing spots. They are off the main road by some distance and they are rustic, at best. Launching a kayak is no problem, if you have a boat on a trailer, better be towing it with a 4×4.

Primitive boat launch ramp on the Gila River backwaters.

There have been a few overcast mornings. Not cold, just cloudy. Nice to have a little relief from the blazing sun when you are outside in the desert. Like most other bodies of water around here, it is a haven for all types of birds and other wildlife.

Gila River backwater on an overcast spring morning.

It’s not that big of a lake or pond, whatever you want to call it, but there are some big bass in here. Even the smaller fish put up a great fight.

Largemouth bass trying to throw the hook. Kayak fisherman Ron Barbish www.watermanatwork.com

Every morning has not been overcast, there have been some spectacular sunrises and sunsets over the desert waterways.

Sunrise over the backwaters of the Gila River

We did not catch any of the ten pound bass reputed to reside in these waters, but we did manage to land a few of their smaller cousins.

Feisty largemouth bass in the Gila River backwaters

We did a little exploring on the Gila River. It is a shallow, relatively fast moving river. We aren’t sure what kind of fish are in here or how to catch them, so we’ll save that for another day.

Exploring the Gila River by kayak

These places are well off the main road. After a few days of kayak fishing for largemouth bass, we are back on the road.

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Keep checking in because there are more kayak fishing adventures ahead.

Mar 142018
 

We are still kayak fishing and we are still going after the largemouth bass here in southwest Arizona. The weather is cool at night and in the early morning, but when the sun comes up it warms up pretty quickly. For late winter/early spring, it’s pretty darn nice.

Early morning on Mittry Lake in southwest Arizona

We’ve been hanging around Mittry Lake because we’ve had some pretty good success catching some nice largemouth bass. The fishing for the past week or so has been extremely challenging. We’ve managed to scrape out a few nice fish, but we’ve had to work pretty hard to get them. This is such a nice spot for kayak fishing, it’s great to be out on the water with all the wildlife, even though the fish may not exactly be jumping into the boat.

Cool early spring morning on Mittry Lake near Yuma, Arizona

The desert surrounding Mittry Lake is pretty spectacular, changing every day.

Desert hills around Mittry Lake

As cold weather fronts move through the area, the wind picks up and makes fishing very tough, if not impossible, but the view from the kayak fishing camp is pretty nice.

Cold weather front moving through the southwest Arizona desert.

We’ve had to work hard and do a lot of paddling to get them, but we’ve managed to catch a few nice largemouth bass. As spring gets closer, the bass are getting fatter.

Early spring largemouth bass caught by watermanatwork.com kayak fisherman Ron Barbish

The weather is getting warmer, which means there are more fishermen on the water, especially on weekends. There are a lot of fishermen in the Yuma area and a lot of out of town visitors, so the more popular fishing areas, especially those with good launch ramps, are heavily fished.

Weekend crowd on Mittry Lake

There have been a lot of windy days so we have been looking around at some other fishing spots. Some of the local fishermen have been cool enough to tell us where some of the lesser known local spots are so we are headed off to check them out. We can’t tell you where they are, but we can tell you that there are some big fish to be caught. We are headed even further off the beaten path but we’ll be back soon with photos and video so keep checking in.

Feb 272018
 

We’ve been dodging windy days to try and get in as much kayak fishing for largemouth bass here in southwest Arizona as we can. As we’ve learned by fishing on Mittry Lake, the fishing can be really terrible one day and fantastic the next. It’s probably like that at most fishing spots, but on Mittry Lake, the conditions don’t change all that much, so it’s a real mystery why the largemouth bass simply stop biting for days at a time. Anyway, we have managed to do pretty well despite a few very windy days and a few days where it seemed like there were no fish in the lake.

During a stretch of windy days, we camped on one side of the lake that was somewhat protected from the wind. Not a real private campsite, but easy kayak launching onto a seldom fished part of the lake because boats can’t get in. The solar panel is tied to the truck with extra rope because of the windy conditions. You meet a lot of people camping in this area, most of the time that’s a good thing, but there some people we really didn’t care to interact with. You meet a lot of travelers in this part of the country during the winter, most are nice, considerate people, but there are plenty of selfish assholes who ruin it for everyone else. That’s just how it goes.

Kayak fish camp in southwest Arizona

Most of the largemouth bass in this part of the lake are “one pounders” or smaller, but we did manage to catch a few bigger ones.

Mittry Lake largemouth bass caught by watermanatwork.com kayak fisherman Ron Barbish

When the wind died down, we moved to a different campsite on the other end of the lake. This spot has access to more of the lake’s better fishing spots. It is often crowded with RV squatters who live here, sometimes for a month or longer, until somebody comes by and kicks them out. We try to camp as far away from these people as we can. Most of the people we tend to interact with are local fishermen who seem to be the only other people at the boat launch before sunrise. These are our kind of people.

Kayak fish camp in the Arizona desert

The wind may have died down, but as low pressure moves through the desert, it can be pretty cold on the tail end of weather fronts moving through the area. Most mornings were in the low forties or high thirties. That’s a chilly start to the day, but when the sun comes up, it warms up pretty quickly.

A cold morning of kayak fishing on Mittry Lake in the Arizona desert

The fishing has been very much “hot and cold”, but putting time in on the water is the only way to get the nice fish.

Mittry Lake largemouth bass caught by watermanatwork.com kayak fisherman Ron Barbish

We’ve got a ton of bass fishing lures, the one that seems to be working best is this simple black leadhead grub.

Black leadhead grub used to land Mittry Lake largemouth bass

The past few days, the fishing has been really tough. There was a bass fishing tournament with about 20-25 boats, usually two anglers per boat, seven or eight of the boats caught no fish. The two boats that did the best caught five fish each. These guys are serious local bass fishermen, when that many of them get skunked, you know the fishing is not very good. On top of the poor fishing, or maybe because of it, the warming water temperature has caused an algae bloom. This slimy stuff sticks to everything. You have to clean it off your lure after nearly every cast. This is a pain in the butt and really cuts down on the fishing time.

Mittry Lake algae bloom

We’ve paddled miles trying to find the fish. None of the usual spots were working. There are a lot of largemouth bass that hide in the reeds that surround nearly all of Mittry Lake. Fishing in these reeds is not classic largemouth bass fishing, but that’s where a lot of fish are. Many of the local fishermen slow troll around the lake using some kind of jig to try and entice the fish out of the reeds. This type of fishing is not well suited for paddle kayaks, so we have to paddle into the reeds and make short casts into open areas. The reeds are so thick in spots, you could probably get lost. There are all kinds of birds and other wildlife hiding out here.

Kayak fishing deep in the reeds on Mittry Lake

After two days of tough fishing with hardly a nibble, we were ready to give up. Not wanting to quit after two days of not catching a single fish, I paddled deep into the reeds on the way back to the camp. After a couple short casts, I got a hookup and landed a small largemouth bass. Finally, things were going my way. A few more casts and I landed this nice largemouth bass. The “one last cast” routine pays off again.

Mittry Lake largemouth bass caught by watermanatwork.com kayak fisherman Ron Barbish

Despite the tough fishing at times, we are getting some good video and are working on a kayak fishing for largemouth bass video that we hope to have posted soon. Looks like a couple days of low wind so we are back out into the desert. Stay tuned for more kayak fishing adventures from watermanatwork.com.

Feb 142018
 

We are still out here in the desert kayak fishing in southwest Arizona. We’ve been spending more and more time out in the desert and less time near town and good internet service, that’s why it’s been so long between blog posts. We always take photos, but we’ve been trying to get enough video footage for a good kayak fishing video. It takes a lot of raw footage to make a decent video, we’re working on it and hope to have a video ready soon.

Even though we’ve had a couple rainstorms, water is still the key to life here in the desert. Before we head out into the desert, we load up with fuel, food and water.

Filling up with water before heading out into the desert.

On the way to the kayak fishing spot, we had to camp overnight in the desert. There are no campgrounds, toilets or water. “Dry camping” in the desert means you have to take everything you need with you. Odds are pretty good you will not be totally alone, there are a lot of people spending the winter in the Arizona desert.

Camping in the desert with the watermanatwork.com kayak fishing crew.

There are a lot of “sunbirds”, squatters and homeless people, surprisingly few travelers who come here for a specific reason, like fishing or cycling. Most of the people are older and just want to sit in a giant RV and watch TV. Squatters are people who come here set up to live for the winter without paying on government land. They usually have a trailer so they can park it and drive into town to get supplies. Nothing wrong with that except it takes the spot away from people who just want to camp less than the limit of two weeks. We’ve seen squatters and homeless people living in the same campsite for two months or longer, that means a lot of people have to go somewhere else, not quite fair. By far, most people play by the rules and it works pretty well. As usual, it’s always a few assholes who ruin it for everybody. You can usually find a place to camp, it might just be further away from the place you would like. Sometimes you get lucky and can be walking distance to the water or boat launch.

Kayak camping at Mittry Lake in southwest Arizona.

We’ve been spending some time at Mittry Lake, just outside of Yuma, AZ. It’s a perfect lake for kayak fishing. The lake is fairly large, but there is not much open water, it’s mostly a series of narrow channels lined with reeds that are home to largemouth bass. The wind is usually fairly light, but the lake is shallow so it doesn’t take much wind to kick it up. Being blown around by the wind makes it tough to get in the spots you need to have any success fishing for largemouth bass. Because of the tall reeds, there is always some shelter from the wind on one side of the channel or the other. The tall reeds also mean there aren’t many places to land your kayak, so plan on spending the entire fishing day in your boat.

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Like most fishing spots, Mittry Lake has it’s good and bad days. We’ve had some days when we wouldn’t even get a nibble, the next day you might catch a half dozen or more nice bass. Most of the local fishermen I’ve met are catch and release guys, so there are some big largemouth bass in Mittry Lake.

Largemouth bass caught on Mittry Lake by watermanatwork.com kayak fisherman Ron Barbish.

Not all the fish in Mittry Lake are largemouth bass. There are a few sunfish and striped bass, some carp and a few kinds of catfish. The catfish are caught mostly at night, but I managed to get this flathead catfish just before dawn. It’s a pretty big fish, but actually relatively small for a flathead catfish. These flathead catfish can get very large, but due to the size and depth of Mittry Lake, I’m not sure how big they actually get here.

Flathead catfish caught on Mittry Lake by kayak fisherman Ron Barbish.

We here at watermanatwork.com are firm believers in being on the water early, usually before sunrise. We’ve had a lot of success here in Arizona early in the morning. One morning, as we were paddling to the spot on Mittry Lake we wanted to fish at, I saw a fish surface in the pitch black water just under the kayak as I was paddling by. Even though it was still dark, I cast out a black leadhead grub I had rigged up, got a hit immediately and landed this largemouth bass on the first cast. Catching a fish or two early in the day makes you feel a lot better because at least you won’t get skunked.

Early morning largemouth bass caught by watermanatwork.com kayak fisherman Ron Barbish.

The Colorado River watershed here in the southwest Arizona is full of wildlife. Water is life in the desert and all animals, including humans, need it to survive. Mittry Lake is home to many kinds of birds that spend the winter here. Part of the lake is closed part if the winter to protect nesting migratory birds. This part of the desert is much more than sand, rocks and tumbleweed.

Moonrise at sunset on Mittry Lake in southwest Arizona.

There are a few places to camp around Mittry Lake that give you access to fishing. Although this is not the most private campsite in the area, you can launch kayaks as well as fish from shore right at your campsite. We camped next a nice couple from British Columbia who were enjoying the kayaking on the lake.

Lakefront campsite at Mittry Lake in southwest Arizona.

There are largemouth bass everywhere in the lake and a kayak is the perfect vehicle for finding them. Plenty of great kayak fishing for largemouth bass here on Mittry Lake and in this region of the southwest United States.

Largemouth bass fishing on Mittry Lake in southwest Arizona with watermanatwork.com.

A fishing kayak can get you into places that even a bass boat can’t get to. Largemouth bass can be found just about anywhere, all you have to do is find them and get them to eat a piece of plastic with a hook in it. We’ve been using a few basic lures the entire time we’ve been here and had pretty good success. You can spend a lot on a tackle box full of gear, but I’m not sure that means you’ll catch more fish. Time on the water and getting everywhere you think a bass might be lurking probably mean more than spending tons of cash on lures. Everybody has their way of catching the bigger bass, you have to spend a little time and develop a plan that works for you. Kayak fishing is a little different than fishing from a boat. You have to work around a human powered craft limitations and play to it’s strengths of access, stealth and maneuverability.

Mittry Lake largemouth bass caught by watermanatwork.com kayak fisherman Ron Barbish.

We are going to start exploring the Colorado River as the water warms up and see if we can have more success catching largemouth bass and hoping to land a larger striped bass, which the Colorado River is known for. We’ll wrap up this blog post with yet another beautiful Mittry Lake sunrise and get ready to head back out into the desert.

Sunrise at Mittry Lake in southwest Arizona.

Check back for more kayak fishing adventures with watermanatwork.com here in southwest Arizona!