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Lake Havasu Sponsored by
Date 01-Nov-18
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Conditions : LAKE HAVASU: To catch largemouth bass, use top-water lures such as frogs or walk-the-dog type of baits, or reaction baits like spinnerbaits or crankbaits in the early morning and then switch to jigs, crankbaits, or swimbaits as the day progresses. Some of the best plastic baits for Havasu are weightless Texas-rigged Ikas, Roboworms on a dropshot rig, or weightless Texas-rigged seinkos. For largemouths, it is generally best to fish around structure such as weedbeds, emergent vegetation, boat docks, or artificial habitat. As the fall progresses, smallmouths will generally move shallower, but will still require anglers to fish different locations than largemouths. For smallmouth bass it is usually best to fish rocky points, ridges, shorelines, or canyons. Most people use top-water lures, lipless crankbaits or jigs in the mornings and evenings. During the day try crankbaits, plastic worms or creature baits such as fake crawdads. Many of the same baits work for both large and smallmouth bass. Striper fishing was fairly tough throughout most of the winter and early spring, but seemed to get better throughout most of the summer. We have been getting a few more reports of limits of stripers, though the limits have been tending to consist mostly of 12 to 16 inch fish. There is still a chance of catching a 15-plus pound fish, but not as good as in years past. Using live shad for bait is a good bet any time of the year. As the fall progresses, stripers will probably be moving to shallower water, as their temperature tolerances are not going to limit where they can hang out nearly as much as during the summer. As always, fishing on the bottom or trolling with live shad or cut anchovies should be a good bet. Especially during September, when fishing early in the morning, always keep an eye out for boils or where birds are actively feeding is going to be your best bet for some exciting action for some fast and furious action. Use top-water lures, spoons, or swimbaits that resemble shad to take advantage of these boils. A good strategy to escape the heat during the day during the early fall would be to night fish with dead bait for stripers. When doing this, anchor on a point near a drop off and fish with cut anchovies or threadfin shad. To increase your chances of success, bring some underwater lights to attract both bait and stripers. Channel catfishing is a great fishery in Lake Havasu that is generally underutilized by anglers. Lake Havasu has the potential to produce some very large fish; and in fact, a Colorado River catch-and-release record channel catfish was caught in Lake Havasu in early May. Several fish of similar size were harvested during the creel survey of Lake Havasu from July 2017 to June 2018, which means this possible new record could be broken relatively quickly. Channel catfish are widespread in the lake and can be caught using nightcrawlers, live bait, hot dogs, anchovies, chicken liver, stinkbait or about anything that stinks. Fishing for channel catfish will stay pretty good until the water cools toward the end of November. Flathead catfish are relatively uncommon in the upper part of the lake, but are relatively abundant in the lower half, especially in the vicinity of the Bill Williams River arm of the reservoir. Flatheads can be caught any time of the year but your best bet will be at night during September. Fishing for flathead catfish will really slow down when waters temps fall to the low 70s or even 60s by the end of November or early December. For flathead catfish, it is best to use live bait such as bluegill or small common carp. Large carp are abundant in the lake and can provide some exciting fishing. Twenty to 25-pound carp are not uncommon. Most people use canned corn or dough balls.

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About: - Lake Havasu's deep water, fringed with coves and inlets, provides ideal fishing conditions for black and striped bass, crappie, bluegill, catfish and trout. Lineside bass can be found in schools around the Parker Strip. Some of the best fishing is toward the south end of the Lake in the Bill Williams Arm.

Fishing Access: Current fishing access sites include Take-off Point, Havasu Springs, Site Six and Mesquite Cove. These sites all include parking, restrooms and universally-accessible fishing docks.

  • Striper Bass
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Crappie
  • Bluegill

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