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PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2018 11:57 am 
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Some great kayak fishing for largemouth bass action on the Colorado River


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2018 11:22 am 
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Kayak fishing for striped bass on the lower Colorado River



Pretty exciting kayak fishing as well as a great workout!

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2018 1:48 pm 
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After a somewhat rough trip down here, we are back on the Colorado River in southwest Arizona looking for largemouth bass. I am not quite in tip top kayak fishing shape because on the way down here, while stopped for a construction zone flagman, a fully loaded semi truck rear ended me, almost killing myself and the construction flagman, destroying my truck and crushing just about everything in it.

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I was extremely lucky to not be killed, although I did sustain some lingering injuries. Even worse, the insurance companies are giving me a hard time and I will probably take a financial beating as well. If you think you are covered in case of an accident, you better think again. If you have Progressive vehicle insurance, I beg you to get rid of them and get somebody else.

Anyway, the water levels here on the Colorado watershed are up and down like a yo-yo. The river level can change as much as five or six feet in a few days. Dramatic water level changes definitely put a damper on the fishing action so things have been a bit slow. We've at least managed to get a couple fish on the slow days and got a few decent bass when the fishing has been a little better.

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The fishing should pick up when the people in Southern California stop taking so many showers and draining the Colorado River. When the water levels stabilize somewhat, we expect to see the bigger fish come out to play. They gotta eat sometime. So count your blessings, be thankful you are able to go kayak fishing and take it one day at a time.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2018 7:53 am 
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The scenery is always great, but the fishing has been on the slow side due to fluctuating water levels.

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Getting a few here and there, mostly in the early morning.

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Always looking for the fish...

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2019 12:56 pm 
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The largemouth bass fishing on the Columbia River has been very slow lately due to fluctuating river water levels and seasonably low water temperatures. A lot of glum fishermen at the boat launches these days. Most of the fish I've caught have been early in the morning in deeper water, not where you usually find feeding bass. If the fish are deep, it is hard to get them to bite.

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It has been windy with a couple considerable rain events that caused flash flooding and left behind a whole lot of sticky mud. Foggy mornings are common in our home waters of the Columbia Gorge, here in the desert southwest they are rare.

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Some of the other fish in the river have been more active, like this channel catfish, but even they are not active as usual.

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Since the winter weather is pretty bad in some parts of the lower 48, we can't complain too much. What goes on here on BLM land with the government shut down has been interesting, but the fishing should start picking up as the water levels stabilize and the temperature comes up a few degrees.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2019 6:54 pm 
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Good Heavens! Glad you made it out of that one!

As I was clicking on the thread, I was actually thinking about your old Toyota and how it fulfilled its purpose well with not a lot of extra fluff. Really sorry to see what happened to it. Looks like you’ve treated yourself with a new Tacoma.

Thanks for keeping the videos coming and I pray your body heals well.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2019 11:41 am 
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Pescatoral Pursuit wrote:
Good Heavens! Glad you made it out of that one!

As I was clicking on the thread, I was actually thinking about your old Toyota and how it fulfilled its purpose well with not a lot of extra fluff. Really sorry to see what happened to it. Looks like you’ve treated yourself with a new Tacoma.

Thanks for keeping the videos coming and I pray your body heals well.


Thanks for the positive thoughts. Being hit by a 40 ton truck is quite an experience. Sorry to say the things I've learned about insurance companies, government and money have diminished any hope I had for the future of this country to just about zero.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2019 11:52 am 
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The fishing here in the southwest USA continues to be challenging due to fluctuating river levels and cold water. Seeing as the mid winter weather in the rest of the country has been pretty bad, it's hard to complain too much. Like they say, the fishing is always good, the catching is not as good sometimes. When it's windy or the fishing sucks, we look around for more places to fish. If you don't need a boat launch ramp, there are a lot more places to fish.

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There are numerous places to camp. The camping spots on the water look real good, they look just as good to the hordes of hungry mosquitoes.

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When I see my friend's houses and vehicles buried in snow and I'm looking at this, it's nice to catch fish, but not entirely mandatory this time of year.

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We are catching some fish, just not as many as we hope for or expect. This is a great fishing spot. If you get skunked, you're shocked.

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After a few days off for some Columbia Gorge type wind, we are back on it tomorrow, hoping the water has warmed up a degree or two.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2019 12:13 pm 
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It's been in the low 30's in the morning, the water temperature in the Colorado River has been closer to 50° than 60° and there has been rain, mud and flash flooding. Not what most people think of when you say "Arizona desert". Here is a double rainbow caused by a small passing rainstorm just before sunset. Double rainbows are fairly common were we live in the Columbia River Gorge, but something you don't see all the time in the desert southwest.

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The cold air is uncomfortable, but the cold water is the real issue. When the water temperature is in the low fifties, bass are not going to be very active so you most likely are not going to catch a lot of fish. When the water is cold, usually the bigger fish move around a bit while the smaller fish are refrigerated. We haven't been catching many fish, but the bass we have caught have been pretty nice fish.

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Most of the fishing success has been in the early morning with a few fish here and there for the rest of the day. All the bigger fish early.

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The largemouth bass weren't biting but I caught this Colorado River tilapia. They are mainly vegetarians, usually you only get them in the seafood section of the supermarket.

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There is significant rain here in the desert southwest today, it's almost 100% certain we won't see a sunset like this later today.

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Probably some wind following this rain event but we are back on the water as soon as weather permits.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2019 7:41 am 
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What’s the story on the tilapia? In FL they are an invasive, practically choking lakes and waterways, aggressive towards native species, and are difficult to catch on rod and reel.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2019 12:19 pm 
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I'm not sure how the tilapia got into the river, but there are a lot of tilapia and carp in the lower Colorado River, especially the lakes and backwaters. I didn't really catch this tilapia on rod and reel, I reached over the side of the kayak and grabbed it. In Klickitat County, it's known as "hand fishing".

Along with cold temperatures and fluctuating water levels, now there is fire as well...

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