Colorado River

Map of Colorado River

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The Colorado River forms the boundary between Arizona and Nevada.  Much of the 12 miles of river within Nevada is contained by dikes and is subject to commercial and private development.  There are a few backwater areas to fish along the Nevada side.

Pertinent Information

This section of the Colorado River flows from Davis Dam downstream for 12 miles before entering Arizona and California.  Daily and seasonal flows generally vary between 2,000 and 20,000 cubic feet per second.  Game fish species include striped bass, small- and largemouth bass, channel catfish, rainbow trout, bluegill, and redear sunfish.  Largemouth bass fishing picks up during March through June and range from 12 to 20 inches.  Striped bass fishing is best from April through October and average 15 inches, with some occasionally reaching larger than 35 inches.  The most productive fishing methods use cut bait and lures that imitate threadfin shad or trout.  Rainbow trout range from 9 to 13 inches and are generally caught from October through March.  They are best captured with Power Bait or salmon eggs or by casting spinners or lures.  Boating access along the Nevada side occurs at Sportsman’s Park in Laughlin, Big Bend State Park, and the Avi Resort and Casino.  There are additional ramps on the Arizona side.  Shoreline access occurs along most of river on the Nevada side of the river.  Camping is available on the Arizona side, but there is RV camping on the Nevada side.  Laughlin offers multiple hotel rooms.  Consider the extreme summer temperatures, which may reach 115°F.  


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Nevada Fishing Regulations

Boating Regulations

Vessels are prohibited in areas within the signs or buoys located below Davis Dam and the swimming area of Harrah’s Casino in Laughlin. Adjacent to Harrah’s Casino, all boat harbors, and other areas designated by buoys are zones in which a vessel must be operated at a speed that leaves a flat wake, but in no case may a vessel be operated at a speed in excess of 5 nautical miles per hour. Watch for posted areas.


To get to Davis Dam, travel east out of Las Vegas for 20 miles on Highway (515, 93, 95) towards Boulder City, turning south on Highway 95 before reaching the town. Travel approximately 60 miles south on Highway 95 to Highway 163. It is 15 miles to Davis Dam and the start of the lower Colorado River.


  • Rainbow Trout
  • Channel Catfish
  • Bluegill Sunfish
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Striped Bass

  • Regions

  • Southern Nevada

  • Counties

  • Clark