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Date 05-Dec-14
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Conditions : COLORADO RIVER: BELOW DAVIS DAM – The striper bite is holding in the 1-3 pound range. Mike, visiting from San Diego, caught a hefty 8-pound striper from shore using a pencil popper fishing in the casino area. Sunshine Peninsula and Rotary Park are probably the hottest spots for trout. Shelly caught nice 1.3 pound 14? inch rainbow trout bait fishing off a dock in the peninsula area. Catfish are biting from the Avi to the dam. The bait most folks use is cut anchovies. Try spinners and if you don’t get any bites try various PowerBaits. You can check the Bureau of Reclamation Web site for flow predictions http://www.usbr.gov/lc/riverops.html before you go. If you fish the river below Davis Dam and are having luck, please e-mail me at gcummins@azgfd.gov so I can share your successes with others.

TOPOCK GORGE- Smallmouth and striper bite has slowed but sunfish are still biting in the backwaters in the gorge.

TOPOCK MARSH – Bass, catfish and crappie are still active but the bite has slowed a little bit. Use night crawlers or spin/swim baits for bass. Catfish are biting on anchovies and chicken livers. Zachary caught a nice 4.7 pound catfish on night crawlers. Cooler temperatures will make the Topock area more pleasurable but may slow the fishing action.

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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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