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Date 19-Oct-14
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Conditions : COLORADO RIVER: BELOW DAVIS DAM – Trout fishing on the river is about to get a lot better with the stocking of rainbow trout starting with the week of Sept. 29 and again on Oct. 4 for the Welcome Trout Back Event at Davis Camp. Bob, a local angler, caught a 1.64-pound striper and a big 6.42-pound catfish in the Rio Lomas area.

Using No. 2 hooks and 12-pound test seems to be the rigging of choice and the bait used most often are cut anchovies.

The Nature Center and the Sunshine Peninsula area are producing a pretty sustained bite. Another option for stripers was used by Justin. He used a swim glider lure to catch his 6.58-pound striper. Daniel caught his 9.20-pound catfish near the Avi Casino using anchovies fishing from shore. 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- Runoff from recent rains flushed lots of food into the river. Fish a short distance from anywhere that muddy water from runoff comes into the river. A recent trip boated smallmouth bluegill that averaged ½ pounds, and an 11-pound channel catfish. Another trip caught and released 12 stripers and 12 smallmouth bass weighing in the 1-3 pound range. Smallmouth has been reported to be doing very well all year long. Very productive summer so far in the Gorge.

TOPOCK MARSH – Fishing has picked up at the marsh with the warm temps. Bass, catfish and crappie are active and feeding. Use night crawlers or spin/swim baits for bass. Catfish are biting on anchovies and chicken livers.

You can access the marsh by boat at the North Dike, Catfish Paradise, and Five-Mile Landing. Billy sent pictures of Five Mile Landing and reported very limited fishing access because of the Refuge closing off the southern half of the marina area. Thanks Billy for your report. For more information on the marsh, contact the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge at (760) 326-3853 or go to http://www.fws.gov/southwest/refuges/arizona/havasu/index.html.

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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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