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AZ Colorado River, Willow Beach - Fishing

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Lat: 35.870506
Lng: -114.661278

Marker owner: Xray

Average user rating for this marker: 4.67

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AZ Colorado River, Willow Beach
Marker Description: Willow Beach big time Striper fishing. Willow Beach, located one hour from Las Vegas on the Arizona side of the Colorado River, is ideal for trout fishing because of the 750,000 trout released each year from the National Fish Hatchery. You'll love the water, with temperatures up to 20 degrees cooler than Lake Mead, as you boat the short 11 miles through the Black Canyon to Hoover Dam.

The best times to fish Willow beach are Fridays as trout are released most Friday mornings into the Colorado River. Due to high temperatures during the day, many anglers fish at night, often fishing through the night.

You can fish off the shore for smaller fish or rent a boat and head to deeper waters where 20 and 30 pound big striped bass are common. Fish the canyon walls for some of the larger fish and the weeds near shore for some of the smaller ones. Head to Las Vegas Bay and the Black Canyon for your best chance to catch striped bass. One of the best offshore fishing spots is downriver from the fish hatchery where many anglers congregate to catch the fish as they are released.

Fish Varities
You'll find a variety of fish including bluegill, rainbow trout, largemouth bass, black crappie, channel catfish and striped bass. Both the razorback sucker and bonytail chub are endangered. If you catch one, throw it back and contact the National Park Service about the catch.

The best bait to catch rainbow trout includes cheese and mashmallows in the deeper, colder parts of the water. Use minnows and worms for blugill, minnows, lures and nightcrawlers for largemouth bass, and minnows and crickets for black crappie. If you want to catch catfish, prepared or natural stink bait is best.

Fishing Regulations
You must purchase a fishing license for all persons fishing unless they are under 14 years old or blind. Bag and possession limits are strictly enforced to protect the fish populations so check with the Arizona Game and Fish Department for a complete list of restrictions.

GPS car info: 25804 North Willow Beach Road, Willow Beach, AZ - Angie.

Visitor Comments

Re: AZ Colorado River, Willow Beach Posted by dnorris Thu. December 01, 2011 12:35 am
I saw the guy in the wetsuit (fishing from a kayak) bring in a nice stripper as we were setting off to fish. Purchased an AC Plug that he caught the nice striper on - a whopping $30 bucks but it is a piece of art. Had no luck with it though probably because I was fishing during the day. We saw a whole lot of monster trout in the water above mile marker 60 but couldn't get them to bite either - tried pheasant tails and trout magnets.

Turns out the fishing for anything other than the fresh stockies is pretty difficult.

We saw two eagles.

Check out the AC Plug - made of wood - it is a god souvenir if nothing else.
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Re: AZ Colorado River, Willow Beach Posted by Brownie Mon. September 26, 2011 04:19 am
For boat reservations, call Willow Beach Marina: 928-767-4747. $125 (for 5 people) for a day of fishing - you can go all the way to the Hoover Dam. Mondays you can't go up river, I don't know why. You can get the boat at 7:00 and must be back by 3:00. If you are coming from Vegas there is a one hour time difference - Vegas is an hour ahead. So you need to leave by 5AM to make it to Willow Beach by 7:00 even though it is only an hour away. If you don't make it by 7:30AM they might give away your reserved boat. Ouch, don't party too hard the night before.

Re: AZ Willow Beach Posted by dnorris Sun. August 28, 2011 03:32 pm
I hit Willow Beach early morning on 12/22/10 right when the rainbows were planted. Due to rain there were only three other fishermen present. It was a very successful day for Rainbows. The fish were hitting Panther Martins, small Rapala rainbow trout lures and I even caught one on a soft plastic jig. Just for fun I tried worms, without any success.
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