Arizona Wildlife Conservation Strategy

Colorado River and Associated Backwaters - Parker Strip COA

The Department has developed concepts under a Strategic Vision Document (AGFD 2017) to help guide warm water fisheries management in Arizona. Using these concepts, fisheries management on the Colorado River - Parker Strip will focus on general opportunity largemouth bass and smallmouth bass fisheries. 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 Parker Strip of the Colorado River will be mostly driven by existing conservation and recovery plans. Monitoring activities to determine if management objectives are being met should include electrofishing surveys and creel surveys every five years. In addition, the La Paz County Park Lagoon should be stocked yearly with rainbow trout to support the Parker Take a Kid Fishing Day that is run by the Parker Bass Club. The Department will continue to coordinate the netting of the cove for the event and will remove the harvest limit of Rainbow Trout during and after the event.


Lower Colorado River


Conservation Potential


Management Priority

Sport Fish Recreation (Sport Fish Warm Water-General Opportunity); Native Aquatic Species Management (Native Fish-Self-sustained)

Primary Strategy Species


Largemouth Bass

Secondary Strategy Species


Bonytail Chub, Razorback Sucker