Senator McCain makes stop at lower Colorado River trout stocking

Arizona Senator John McCain  watched Wednesday as some 2,500 rainbow trout poured from a fish stocking truck into Davis Dam on the lower Colorado River.

McCain made a stop to this portion of the lower Colorado River to continue his support for the restoration of the Willow Beach National Fish Hatchery. A ribbon-cutting celebration will take place Thursday at the hatchery.

Meanwhile, the Arizona Game and Fish Department remains committed to creating great trout fishing opportunities on this area of the Colorado River — and will continue ongoing stockings until anticipated trout stockings from the Willow Beach National Fish Hatchery resume in spring of 2017.

Stockings from the Willow Beach National Fish Hatchery are anticipated in early 2017. AZGFD’s commitment to anglers for great trout fishing opportunities on this area of the Colorado River is evidenced by great relations with local businesses and organizations. Ongoing stockings have been made possible by donations from local pest abatement districts.

Here, McCain asks about the fish stocking business:

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Arizona Senator John McCain (left) was interested in the in’s and out’s of the fish stocking business.

Fishing Davis Dam on the Colorado River

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A woman caught this rainbow trout Wednesday fishing a nightcrawler under a bobber at Davis Dam.

Some experienced anglers say they wait a week after a stocking before hitting pockets where they know trout have settled. Try fishing a nightcrawler under a bobber, small spinners and Kastmasters.

Catfish and striper fishing also is a good bet. Most people think anchovies are usually the best bait for the river for cats and stripers. The best bite is above the casinos near the bridge on the Nevada side.

Catfish are being caught in the lower Big Bend area. Laughlin Lagoon also is producing a few largemouth bass.

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