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Date 01-May-15
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Conditions : 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. Bob, from Orange Ca. caught two good looking stripers that will make a fine meal just below the dam. Young fishermen Braden and brother Trenton caught a beautiful 3.74-pound striper in the upper Big Bend area while near the Nature Center, Brett and his daughter Sydney and friend Paige landed a nice 8.62-pound catfish and a 1.34-pound striper using anchovies. In general the stripers are running about 1-3 pounds in the river currently.

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. 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 less than 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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