Laughlin/ Colorado River below Davis Dam

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.

Type of water
Fishing Report

The river is producing striped bass catches just south of Casino Row. Swimbaits and glide baits are enticing stripers to bite. Anglers are also reporting success with a variety topwater lures in the afternoon. Rainbow trout stockings continue weekly. Trout are averaging 10 to 12 inches and are showing a preference for worms and spinners in red or yellow.


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, 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 as well. 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 of the river. Laughlin offers multiple hotel rooms. Consider the extreme summer temperatures, which may reach 115°F.