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.