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Date 14-Mar-15
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Conditions : COLORADO RIVER: Angler report: Picacho State Park to Imperial Dam -- Charles S.: Water surface temps have been between 64.5 and 67 degrees. Fishing over the past few weeks has been improving with the rise in water temps, but you need to be on your toes as the fish are just holding onto the baits. If you notice any loss of normal contact with the lure, or change in the natural vibration or feel, set the hook! The beds that I did manage to locate had fish on them, though the beds are quite difficult to locate. As far as baits go, on Monday the largemouth were hitting just about anything you threw out there, jigs, grubs, creatures, crankbaits, etc. A few days later fisherman were scratching their heads trying to find something they would bite. But that’s fishing.

COLORADO RIVER BELOW DAVIS DAM – Sunshine Peninsula and Rotary Park are probably the best spots for the few trout that are left. Catfish are biting from the Avi to the dam. Steve caught a 9 pound catfish in the Avi area using anchovies. Shane caught a 5.96-pound striper with swim bait fishing from shore in the Rotary Park area. The striper bite was slow last week but has picked up some this week. The bait most folks use for stripers and catfish is cut anchovies. You can check the Bureau of Reclamation Web site for flow predictions

TOPOCK GORGE- Smallmouth and striper bite should be picking up and sunfish are biting in the backwaters in the gorge.

TOPOCK MARSH – Bass, catfish and crappie are still active but the bite is slow. Use night crawlers or spin/swim baits for bass. Catfish are biting on anchovies and chicken livers. Scott caught 3.3-pound and 2.9-pound catfish using chicken liver. Bluegills are biting according to reports. The February fish survey we conducted led to the catch of several large channel catfish with the biggest weighing in at just less than 18 pounds. That is about half the size of the Colorado River state record of 35 pounds, 4 ounces, 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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