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Date 23-Apr-16
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Conditions : COLORADO RIVER: BELOW DAVIS DAM - The last trout stocking was March 21st and was split between Davis Camp and Rotary Park. This stocking was the last trout stocking until the fall. The trout have moved around from the last stocking date but folks are still catching trout on both sides of the river. Use spinners, night crawlers and yellow or green Power Bait for trout. Robert caught a full stringer of trout on the Arizona side of casino row using Powerbait. Most people think anchovies are usually the best bait for the river for cats and stripers. Laughlin Lagoon is starting to produce largemouth.

TOPOCK GORGE - Use swim baits and pencil poppers if anchovies aren’t working. Stripers are being taken and are ranging between 1-4 pounds.

TOPOCK MARSH – Melvin reports that the crappie bite is on in the marsh and there is some catfish activity. Robert landed a nice 3.2 lbs. channel catfish and reported that the bass being caught are just under legal length (13 inch minimum). Try chicken livers or worms for catfish. You can access the marsh by boat at the North Dike, Catfish Paradise, and Five-Mile Landing. The last report I received said that launching at North Dike was extremely difficult. For more information on the marsh, contact the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge at (760) 326-3853

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COLORADO RIVER OUTLOOK (from Palo Verde to Yuma)

This area should be fair for both smallmouth bass (in the channel) and largemouth bass (in the backwaters) throughout the entire area. Channel and flathead catfish are always fair to good in this section of the Colorado River. Most of the flathead catfish will be in the 2 to 5 pound size range with an occasional fish over 30 pounds. The time for fishing for both species of catfish is in the evening to midnight.  

Colorado River (between Walter's Camp and Picacho State Park)

This section of the Colorado River is relatively remote and can only be accessed by boat from either end. Fishing is expected to be fair to good for flathead catfish with sizes over 40 pounds. The best time for fishing for both species of catfish will be in the evening to midnight. Largemouth bass and bluegill are also present in the various backwaters and slack water areas. Other species available in the main river are smallmouth bass, and striped bass.

Colorado River (between Picacho State Park and Imperial Dam

This area is expected to be fair to good for largemouth bass, channel catfish, and flathead catfish. Bass and channel catfish in excess of 5 pounds are present along with flathead catfish as large as 40 pounds. Bluegills are also present in the various backwaters and an occasional striped bass will be caught in the main river channel.

Colorado River (between Laguna and Morelos dams

This area will be fair for largemouth bass and flathead catfish. Bass in excess of 5 pounds are common and flathead catfish over 20 pounds are a good bet. In this area, accessibility to the river is dependent on the amount of water being released. Usually shallow draft boats work the best. The lower end has had some dredging work done and the larger boat will be able to get on the river in that area.




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