Outdoors column: Local anglers catch big bass, catfish | The Kingman Miner

This spring there have been many local angles that have done quite well.

These are friends and neighbors who live here in Kingman and have other jobs besides bass/cat fishing.

A few weeks ago, I wrote a story about local professional bass angler Frankie Mueller. The 26-year-old had just won the Bass Nation Western Region Championship at Lake Havasu and picked up a nice check for his efforts.

More recently, Mueller fished in the Western Outdoor News California Clear Lake Open bass tournament. There were 154 boats in this three-day event, and when it was all over Mueller finished in 5th place in the Pro Division, fishing against some of the top bass anglers in the West.

Mueller, who said he used frogs, a Lucky Strike square bill crankbait and a custom hand poured plastic bait to weigh in over 55 pounds of bass during the three-day event. The winner of the tournament, Lake Havasu City resident Justin Kerr, weighed in 60 pounds. Mueller had a great payday, receiving a check for $7,000 for his efforts.

The father/son team of Ray and Donnie Scroggins are no strangers to fishing bass tournaments. In the past Donnie and Ray have fished and won tournaments including while fishing with the Kingman Bass Club. Donnie was the president of the local club for several years.

Donnie and Ray recently participated in the Cactus Team Trails Tournament at Lake Pleasant.

This tournament trail consists of six tournaments that are fished all over Arizona. The group fished at Martinez Lake, Bartlett Lake, Alamo Lake, Roosevelt Lake, Lake Pleasant and then back at Bartlett Lake.

Unlike many tournaments the team that finishes at the top wins an all-expenses trip to Baccarat Lake in Mexico, one of the top bass lakes in that country. There are 80 teams vying for the top prize, and right now Donnie and Ray are in 12th place.

Ray is 80-years-old and according to his son, is probably fishing in his last tournament.

The Scroggins team pre-fished one day and at the start of the tournament went back to an area where they had found some quality bass.

The day started off slow, but at 11 am Donnie started using a drop shot and quickly had a limit in the boat. Included in that limit was the second largest bass caught during the tournament, a lunker that weighed 6.25 pounds.

The team had a solid limit that weighed 14.71 pounds, good for an eighth-place finish out of 50 boats.

They also got a nice check. It was the best day that the Scroggins have had on Lake Pleasant.

Donnie noted: “I couldn’t be more happy than to be able to do it with my dad. This year has been an exciting one to fish this circuit with him.”

Kingman resident Greg Holden, after he retired a few years ago from his auto repair business, bought himself a Ranger bass boat and decided to start fishing for channel catfish at the Topock Marsh, which is part of the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge. The marsh is located east of the Colorado River near Needles, California.

The marsh is about 4,000 acres of mostly flooded cattails and reeds, and is not very deep in many locations. but holds a number of different species of fish including largemouth bass, striped bass, crappie and carp for anglers to pursue.

Anglers like Holden are only allowed to fish in the marsh from October till the end of the waterfowl season. Persons with Arizona fishing licenses don’t need any kind of special stamps.

Holden said has made four trips to the marsh this spring, and last month he caught a 24 pound channel cat that he released.

Recently Greg and his wife Camille had one heck of a day in the marsh, landing seven channel cats that weighed from five to 17 pounds.

Greg said his wife got the 17 pounder. The couple fished only during daylight hours. Holden said they used shrimp and cut up skipjack for bait.

Besides these great results last Saturday evening I spoke with an angler at South Cove on Lake Mead.

The man said that he and his two friends had an awesome day fishing for bass, catching 60.

Then Saturday night I went out with friends Jay Chan and Ralph Wood. With us were two anglers who had purchased a donated overnight striper trip that the auction Tucson chapter pf Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation haded off.

We fished in Virgin Canyon from 8:30 pm to 2 amBetween us we caught 100 stripers and two channel cats.

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