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Date 10-Nov-15
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Conditions : COLORADO RIVER: BELOW DAVIS DAM – The river bite has slowed a bit for stripers and catfish. The striper bite for larger stripers is best near the dam. Most people think anchovies are usually the best bait for the river for cats and stripers. Mike, from San Diego, fishes from shore and is usually successful using mostly pencil poppers and he just started using a Sammy. His last trip produced a stringer of 5 pound fish. 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. Many thanks to Rusty from the Riviera Marina for his fishing report.

TOPOCK GORGE - Smallmouth bass are still biting but the bite has slowed and sunfish are biting in the backwaters in the gorge. Stripers are being taken and are ranging between 1-4 pounds.

TOPOCK MARSH – Bass and crappie bite has slowed but the reported best bait is white or green spinners for largemouth. Catfish bite is producing 2-3 pounders and are biting on anchovies and chicken livers. Bluegills are biting according to reports. The February fish survey conducted by the Arizona Game & Fish caught several large channel catfish with the biggest weighing in at just under 18 pounds. That is about half the size of the Colorado River state record of 35 lbs. 4 oz. also caught in Topock Marsh in 1952.

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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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