Lake Havasu Fishing Guide:

Fishing enthusiasts from all over the continent flock to Lake Havasu's amazing crystal clear deep water, a true oasis in the desert ringed with inlets and coves ready for the boater and fishing enthusiast to discover.

Lake Havasu is renowned as the best year round fresh water fishing lake in all of California and Arizona. The lake offers every kind of fisherman exactly what they are looking for, from trolling to fly fishing. There are many access sites around the lake, including Take-off Point, Havasu Springs, Site Six and Mesquite Cove. Many local fishermen will confess that their secret hot spot is around the south end of the lake near the Bill Williams Arm.

The avid fisherman will be ecstatic at the conditions to land phenomenal catches. Striped Bass (Morone saxatilis), Channel Catfish (Ictalurus punctatus), Carp (Cyprinus carpio), Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides), Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus), Redear Sunfish (Zepomis microlophus), and Flathead Catfish (Pylodictis olivaris) are common and abundant. The lake is also teeming with forage fish such as Threadfin Shad (Dorosoma petenense), Red Shiner (Notropis lutrensis), Mosquitofish (Gambusia affinis), and Fathead Minnow (pimephales promelas).

The Striped Bass is the main predator in the lake and is sought after by most of the sport fishermen who come to this fishing paradise. These Stripers can be caught all year round, but the best locations shift with the different water temperatures brought about by seasonal changes. A 5 pound Striper is a common catch but every year some lucky fisherman comes away from Lake Havasu carrying a monster weighing upwards of 30 pounds.

The Largemouth Bass is the subject of tournaments most weekends from September to May. The average size of these catches is around 2 pounds, but some range up to about 6 pounds. Summertime fishing is usually confined to early morning or evening hours to escape the heat of the middle of the day.

Channel Catfish are very abundant and average close to 4 pounds, with some behemoths reaching 50 pounds. Black Crappie is fairly limited with average sizes around 2 pounds which can be landed at only a couple of locations around the lake, in contrast to a couple of decades ago when Black Crappie was a very abundant fish in the area. The current state record for Redear Sunfish was caught at Lake Havasu, weighing in at three and a half pounds.

The Lower Colorado River is acknowledged around the country as one of the pinnacles of fishing, stretching all the way to the Mexican border. In the vicinity of Lake Havasu City you'll find endless opportunities along the lower river to catch bass, crappie, panfish, catfish, and carp. Some of the hotspots include Topock Marsh which features various accessible features such as the Catfish Paradise fishing pier, plus boat access at North Dike which is the northernmost boundary of the marsh where water diverted from the Colorado River enters Topock. New South Dike the area where water flow continues on to the Colorado River. Lake Powell is famous for its walleye as well as large and smallmouth bass and can easily be accessed on Bullfrog, Halls' Crossing, Rainbow Bridge, Wahweap or Hite. You can try Lee's Ferry or head up towards Lake Mohave for Rainbow Trout.

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Lake Havasu City, Arizona Vacation Guide

Fishing Lake Havasu

Fishing Lake Havasu

Fishing Lake Havasu

Fishing Lake Havasu
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Fishing Lake Havasu