Colorado River

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History

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 exiting Nevada. Daily and seasonal flows can vary between 2,000 and 20,000+ cfs. Game species include striped bass, largemouth bass, channel catfish, rainbow trout, blue gill, and redear sunfish. Nongame species include razorback sucker and flannelmouth sucker. Largemouth bass average about 11.5 inches, but reach up to 20 inches. Striped bass average about 14 inches and reach up to 34 inches, and rainbow trout averaged about 9.0 inches and reach up to13 inches. Several striped bass were caught in 2008 that ranged between 28 to 30 pounds and the State record blue gill of 3 lb 10 oz was caught in 2010. The best time to fish for rainbow trout is October through March; for stripers is April through October, and for largemouth bass is March through June. The most productive fishing methods for stripers are cut bait and lures that imitate threadfin shad and trout. Rainbow trout are best captured with prepared baits and lures. Boating access in Nevada occurs at Sportsman’s Park in Laughlin, Big Bend State Park, and the Avi Casino. There are also several boating access points on the Arizona side. Shoreline access is available throughout most of the 12 miles of river in Nevada. Camping is available primarily on the Arizona side, but there is RV camping on the Nevada side. Laughlin offers inexpensive hotels. Consider the extreme summer temperatures, which may reach 115F. This is a very popular area with boaters and jet skiers in the summer.

Stocking

The warmwater species present in this section of the river are self-sustaining and are not stocked. Willow Beach Federal Fish Hatchery occasionally stocks rainbow trout.

Regulations

Season is open year around, any hour of the day or night, except in areas as posted. The limits are 10 trout, 6 largemouth bass, 10 striped bass, and 25 catfish. Minimum size for largemouth is 13 inches. No limit on other game fish.

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.

Access

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.


Species

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

  • Regions

  • Southern Nevada

  • Counties

  • Clark