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Old 10-02-2008, 10:47 PM
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Default Palo Verde Dam Stripers?

I'm been looking for another striper spot where I don't need a boat (mine needs a motor), and I want to try below the Palo Verde dam. I've looked at the maps online and it looks like I need to fish from the California side, taking 95 North from Blythe. It looks like an Indian reservation on the AZ side. Anybody been there? Can you park close to the river? What's the bank like? I'll be bringing my wife and baby boy, so I'm trying to figure out how easy it will be bringing chairs and stuff. I'll bring lots of anchovies - anything else work well there? I'll post how it goes.... thanks guys.
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Old 10-03-2008, 10:25 AM
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Default Re: Palo Verde Dam Stripers?

I just checked on a CA fishing license - YIPES! It's 88.20 + 3 for a Colorado River Stamp + 10 if I want a 2 pole stamp. Anybody know if I can fish from the AZ side? The map says it's Indian Reservation land, but I don't know if that makes any difference. Anybody been there who knows what's up? Thank you,
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Old 10-03-2008, 08:33 PM
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take the 95 north past blythe for about 10 miles.

on the right side, there is a deversion dam.
you can fish there free, and find plenty of fish at the canal and THE HARD TO FISH DAM.

if you pass that area , you,ll find plenty of spots to camp or just fish for the day.
really HOT out there, but the bass /cat fishing is great.

i would get with WAYNE at b.b. tackle on 8th ave, ITS ALONG THE WAY TO PALOS VERDE.
he,ll hip you on 40 to 60lb cats, if you like.

if fishing for stripers, BIG SWIMBAITS.

i had one follower, and that was it.

shiners and gold fish are allowed up there.
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Old 10-03-2008, 08:35 PM
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Yes, you do need a colorado stamp also.

63.00 will get you cali/colorado/2 pole stamp
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Old 10-03-2008, 08:36 PM
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OH, IF YOU WANNA FISH THE A.Z. SIDE.

ive seen motor homes with dune buggys fishing there all weekend.
just find a spot and drop anchor, everyone is super cool out there
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Old 10-05-2008, 12:34 AM
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Default Re: Palo Verde Dam Stripers?

Thanks for the advice guys. I called the Yellow Mart and asked about fishing the AZ side and it looks like I would need an Indian permit. I think I'll pay California instead. The satellite pic looks like the CA side is easier to fish with family and associated items to be carted in. I'm taking my birthday 10/10 (on a Friday this year!) off and taking the wife and baby boy. It's cooling off a bit now. 90s we can handle after the 110s of the summer. I'll bring anchovies and see how it goes...

I attached a satellite pic of the area. I'll be on that beach like area below the dam on the south side of the river on Friday 10/10. Maybe I'll see somebody there from here who knows....
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Old 10-05-2008, 12:24 PM
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thats the spot alright.

if fishing the dam, use swimmys or big white buck tails.
the canal is also loaded with fish.

a.c. plugs or the such to bring them out from deep.
oct is prime.

if you follow the road n95 about another 1/4 mile, you,ll find more great spots to load up your rod.

good luck and let us know how it went.

gold fish/ shiners are best bait.
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Old 10-06-2008, 12:33 PM
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Thanks Dodoman - you're the man!

What do you mean by "a.c. plugs"?

I'll post how it goes...
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Old 10-06-2008, 10:15 PM
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ive had alot of followers on a.c.plugs and castiac shads.

more of l.m.b. and only one striper.
i was there a month too early and WAYNE at b.b.tackle says OCT is prime time. you should do great.
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Old 10-09-2008, 07:24 PM
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I'm taking off tomorrow morning EARLY. I got some anchovies, some huge shad almost as long as my hand and some bucktails. I lose too many lures to use swimbaits. I just got all new lines on my rods. I'm not sure what the bank looks like there - it looks like it's steep and rocky by the dam, but I'm not sure what it looks like further down. Its hard to land a fish with a long rod on a steep bank, so I'm bringing my shorter ones too. It looks like parking is pretty close, so I don't mind bringing a bunch of stuff. I'll report back with pics...
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Old 10-10-2008, 11:46 PM
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good luck out there.

here are some photos from a couple months ago.
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Old 10-11-2008, 11:41 PM
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My wife and son (2 mos old) and I got there at about 8:30am and we were the only ones there. That's usually not a good sign. You park in the parking lot and there's a foot bridge across the canal, then you walk up a hill and the dam is at the top. We brought a lot of stuff so I had to make 2 trips. I figured out real quick that this is the kind of place where it should be a guys only trip.

You weren't kidding about the dam being hard to fish. Just getting down to the water is a slow process. It is VERY steep and you need a free hand to navigate the boulders. I had to put off any beer drinking - too dangerous. I got down to the water and proceeded to donate fishing gear into the river. First I tried some white bucktails, casting out into the white water and drifting them downstream. There are a lot of big boulders on the bottom, not gravel, so you can't really bounce your weights, you just get hung up and you lose it. I tried some whole anchovies with a slip sinker and the big shad also, with no luck. I gave it a good 4 hours before I got tired of losing gear.

I got the family and we moved over to the canal a little downstream from the foot bridge. I soaked some anchovies and got a channel cat and that was about it. I had a lot of overhead with the family along and couldn't really move around as much as I would have liked. I think it would have been more family friendly to fish above the dam maybe, but we never went there, so I don't know what it looks like.

I saw some guys with big surf rods around 5 going to the dam, so I left my stuff at the canal and went to take a look. I watched them from the top for about 10 minutes and watched one of them pull out a nice striper. He was using something big and white.

I think I have that place figured out now. You fish close to the dam and throw right into the gates where the water goes through the dam. Keep your rod tip way up and don't stop reeling or you'll hang up and lose it. I think next time I'll bring my 9 foot ugly stick surf rod and some more bucktails. Having a weight on your line just makes it more likely you'll lose your gear.

I attached some pics - the dam, then looking downstream from the dam and a couple more. I'll BE BAAAACK.
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Old 10-12-2008, 11:18 AM
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WELL , YOU MADE IT THIS FAR, let continue on.

im no pro, but a good hoe.lol
i see you found the spot.

the dam is difficult for one that must know how to fish it.
yes, there are big boulders centered around the dam.

any sinker rigging material will hang up quick.
best to use anything white in color and wind fast .
i marked a arrow of an area , for the next time you go there.

try this spot. HARD TO GET TO AFTER THEY LOADED MORE ROCKS IN THAT AREA.

nice pictures, i sea you brought family.
best to take family above the dam, MORE SAFER AND QUITE there.
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Old 10-12-2008, 11:31 AM
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been looking for pictures above dam.
all i can say is this.
THERES A CANAL tyed in to the channelm along the river.

its only a few hundred yards from the dam.
the water flow is better and plenty of fish to be seen.
small mouth, flat heads, large mouths, and stripers.

its a safer ground with no heavy obstructions in the way.
you can park your car feets from the river and toss out a line or 2.
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Old 10-14-2008, 04:33 PM
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dodoman -

That's what I ended up doing, fishing the canal. I got one channel cat and that's it. I need to do an overnight deal so I can get the morning and evening bite. If I have family with me, I think I'll try above the dam in the deep water. Maybe a few stripers there. I'll post pics of the bank when I go there.

I want to try the dam again - but on a guys only trip. Now that I know what's going on, I'll do better. I'll bring my 9' Ugly Stik and my big reel and some bucktails. Thanks for the advice dodoman!

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