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Fishing conditions on Lake Havasu are ideal almost year-round! Lake Havasu is the location of over a dozen fishing tournaments and activities a year. Among the fish species thriving in the lake are largemouth bass, striped bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, channel catfish and flathead catfish. For information on the best bait, lures and times to fish for different species, see the chart below. Additional fishing updates are also posted to our blog.
~ Lake Havasu City, Convention and Visitors Bureau


Godzilla with Fins!
Giant Sunfish Found In Lake Havasu (June 2014)

They may not be Godzilla, and they’re certainly not radioactive, but anglers from all over continue to catch absurdly large redear sunfish in our lake. We’re pretty sure these aren’t prehistoric monsters, and we know they’re not spawning with imaginary piranha, so we asked an Arizona state biologist why Lake Havasu sunfish are so huge.

“It’s a dynamic lake in a large river system, so there’s always a lot of change going on,” said Russ Engel, Ph.D., Regional Fisheries Program Manager, Arizona Game and Fish Dept. “The biggest factor is the quagga mussels. The forage base is the main thing in how large these redear are growing, and that base is very large with the mussels in Lake Havasu.” He adds, “It’s phenomenal right now, really unusual.”

Scientists presented hard evidence at the annual Colorado River Aquatic Biologists (CRAB) meetings in recent years demonstrating that the redears have been eating the mussels. Some of the researchers actually captured the “shellcracker” sunfish, put them in a tank with quaggas, and observed the fish eating them. (After all, we expect nothing less from a group called CRAB).

Lake Havasu City resident Robert Lawler caught the current world record redear in May 2011 when he landed a 5.8-pound behemoth while testing a reel he’d recently refurbished. Mike Phua of Ontario, Calif., who caught a 5.7 pounder, landed the second biggest fish in March 2013. Other 5.7 and 5.25 lb. redear have been caught here just this spring.

What lies beneath? There’s something incredibly special going on right now below the surface of Lake Havasu, and we invite everyone to get in on the action. Who will be the first to catch a six pound sunfish? It could be you.

~ Lake Havasu City, Convention and Visitors Bureau
Lake Havasu Largemouth Bass
Lake Havasu Smallmouth Bass
CATFISH

BAIT:
  Anchovies            Nightcrawlers
  Chicken livers      Mackerel
  Stink bait              Live bluegill     

TECHNIQUE:
  Night is the best time
  Plentiful March-October
  Fish shallow spots with structure and vegetation
    during early morning and springtime
  Try drop off points in the bed of the lake later
    in the day and season

- Midday
  Plastic worms
  Craws
  Creature baits
LARGEMOUTH BASS

LURES:
- Early Morning
  Topwater Lures
  Buzzbaits
  Spinner baits

TECHNIQUE:
  Early morning is the best time
  Plentiful March-May
  Fish near structures and near submerged vegetation
  They like to hide in areas with cooler water

- Late Morning
  Jigs
  Crankbaits
  Swimbaits


PANFISH

BAIT:                            
  Mealworms
  Nightcrawlers      

LURES:
  Crappie jigs
  Small trout spinning lures 

TECHNIQUE:
- Any time is good
  Plentiful November-March and May-June
  Panfish can be caught all over the lake


                        SMALLMOUTH BASS

LURES:
- Morning
  Topwater Lures
  Lipless crankbaits
  White crappie jigs

TECHNIQUE:
  Early morning hours and late afternoon are the best times
  Plentiful February-April
  Look for rocky points, shorelines, and canyon areas





- Late Afternoon
  Topwater lures
  Lipless crankbaits
  White crappie jigs    





- Midday
  Crankbaits
  Plastics
  Creature baits





STRIPED BASS

BAIT:
  Anchovies
  Mackerel
  Squid
  Shad
  Bluegill 

LURES:  
- Morning
  Topwater lures

TECHNIQUE:
  Early morning and late afternoon are the best times
  Plentiful August-October
  In the summer, look for small gatherings of birds on the surface
  In the colder months, use the "bait and wait" technique

- Late afternoon
  Shad imitations
  Swimbaits 


Lake Havasu Striped Bass
Lake Havasu Catfish

Lake Havasu Panfish





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