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Colorado River Freshwater Fishing Report

Stripers, catfish and panfish on Colorado River

Western Outdoor NewsPublished: Jul 12, 2013

BULLHEAD CITY, ARIZ. — The desert heat has made for uncomfortable afternoon fishing conditions on the Colorado River and the desert lakes, but anglers making the effort to fish in the morning and evening hours have been finding steady action for summertime species such as stripers, catfish, bass and bluegill.


“Well, with our weather in full swing of summer, our fishing is best in the mornings or evenings,” said Rusty at Rusty’s Riviera Marina in Bullhead City, “with both producing well.”


On the Colorado River below Davis Dam, the striper bite has been steady.


“The striper bite has been great,” Rusty noted, “and anglers are getting them in all the spots from the Davis Camp area to the Nature Center.” Both shore anglers and boaters have been tapping into the action. “While a lure is my favorite, anchovies are producing a lot of fish, whether you’re on shore along the river or on the dock at Katherine’s Landing.”


Ken Nome was fishing an unidentified lure in the lower casino area when he tied into a 6.5-pound, 27-inch lineside.


“Last I heard, the Big Bend area is starting to take off and we are getting some catfish action,” Rusty added. “But we can’t leave out the sunfish (bluegill, redear and crappie).”


Eleven-year-old Isaac Nunez was fishing a Berkley Mice Tail in Sunshine Cove where he landed a 1.94-pound redear measuring 13-5/8 inched long. This was a great catch and gave Isaac some bragging rights.


“I have heard the [Topock Marsh] is starting up, with the largemouth bass being taken mostly on spinnerbaits, with even a striper now and again. The stripers seem to be in the 2- to 7-pound range, and these fish make for a great fight.”