Arizona Wildlife Conservation Strategy

Colorado River and Associated Backwaters - Davis Dam to Lake Havasu COA

The Department has developed concepts under Coldwater and Warmwater Strategic Vision Document (AGFD 2015, AGFD 2017) to help guide fisheries management in Arizona. Using these concepts, fisheries management on the Colorado River-Davis Dam to Lake Havasu COA will focus on an intensive-use rainbow trout fishery, a General Opportunity smallmouth bass fishery and a Featured Species striped bass fishery. Native fish species management, conservation, and recovery will be in partnership with the USFWS, Lower Colorado River Multi-Species Conservation Program, and other partners. Actions related to the management, conservation, and recovery of native fish species in the Colorado River will be mostly driven by existing conservation and recovery plans. Razorback sucker are currently stocked into this reach of the Colorado River. Monitoring activities to determine if management objectives are being met should include electrofishing surveys and creel surveys every five years.


Lower Colorado River


Conservation Potential


Management Priority

Sport Fish Recreation (Sportfish Coldwater-Intensive Use); Native Aquatic Species Management (Native Fish Mgmt-Sustained)

Primary Strategy Species


Rainbow Trout

Secondary Strategy Species


Razorback Sucker