LAKE HAVASU: Lake Level 445.72
Smallmouth and largemouth bass tend to spawn earlier at western impoundments such as Lake Havasu than the rest of the state because these solunar bowls warm up quick and early. An unseasonably warm winter nearly made for some early pre-spawning bass but recent rainy, windy weather has prevented many bass from moving in shallow to stick around and build spawning beds. Look for the full moon on March 1 to produce a big wave of pre-spawners, especially for smallmouth bass.
John Galbraith of BassTackleMaster.com reported the average daytime water temp has been running around 54-58 degrees. The daytime striper bite is good for 2-pound class fish using cut anchovies. Those wanting to get bit by the bigger stripers must fish during twilight or dark hours. Vast majority of stripers have been coming from the mouth of the river south to Black Rock Cove. Best artificial baits this week have been green-tailed Bass Assassins and 3/4 or 1-ounce White Rat-L-Traps.
Look for evenings or mornings with foul weather windy conditions as the larger stripers will usually be on the bite during this time. Artificial scent is important during tough fishing times as the stripers and bass need a little extra incentive to draw an aggressive strike.
Smallmouth bass bite has been fair to good during late morning through afternoon hours. Try using 8-15 foot diving crankbaits, deadsticking dropshotted Roboworms, Lv500/Rat-L-Trap style lipless cranks cast around primary and secondary points where schooling smallies move up to chase shad or feed on crawdads.
Its a cover water game as smallies move frequently and you may have to cover several miles of shoreline to find them. We have a great population of smallmouth so dont give up.