Lake Havasu Fishing Report 2021 [Tips, Spots, Pictures, Everything You Need to Know]

How To Fish Lake Havasu And Not Walk Away Empty Handed!

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Lake Havasu is a large semi-deep reservoir lake that sits just 193 miles away from Arizona’s largest city Phoenix. 

Lake Havasu used to only be known as a college spring break party lake.  However, Lake Havasu Fisheries Improvement Program (LHFIP) has worked with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to develop 875 acres of artificial fish habitat and five free fishing piers open to the public in and around Lake Havasu beginning in 1992.

Since then, the quality of fishing has exploded. Lake Havasu has been voted consistently within the 100 Fishing Lakes in the United States and provides locals and visitors the opportunity to test their luck in catching one of the many game species this lake has to offer, such as Striped Bass, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Channel Catfish, Bluegill, and much, much more!

So what are the best tips for fishing Lake Havasu?  There are three important factors you must know  if you want to know how to fish Lake Havasu successfully. First, you need to know what kind of fish is in the lake. Second, it’s important for you to know which part of the lake each species can be found. Lastly, what are the best baits that work on Lake Havasu.  Remember, tactics, baits, and locations will be different for each type of fish. So let’s talk about the steps you need to take in order to give you the best chance of catching a fish on Lake Havasu.

About Lake Havasu

Collectively, Lake Havasu is a very popular lake for both anglers and college spring break party goers. Lake Havasu is located on the western edge of the state and sits between Arizona and California.  In this post you’re going to be given the blueprint to fish this lake.

Lake Havasu is a semi-deep body of water with the average depth being 35 feet and a maximum depth of 90 feet when the lake is completely full. It’s a long lake spanning over 26 miles long and 2.85 miles across, the lake is spread over 19,300 acres when completely full. This reservoir helps distribute water to all the southwest Arizona and California agriculture farms.  

Lake Havasu is also home to the London Bridge. The London Bridge was disassembled in London, England, and each stone was numbered for re-assembly at Lake Havasu City. The bridge was delivered to the Port of Long Beach, California, and then moved overland to Lake Havasu City, where it was reassembled in 1968.

What Kinds of Fish Are In Lake Havasu

  • Striped Bass
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Bluegill
  • Black Crappie
  • Channel Catfish
  • Flathead Catfish
  • Bluegill
  • Green Sunfish
  • Red Ear Sunfish
  • Tilapia
  • Carp

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Lake Havasu Fishing Hotspots

It’s hard to decide what spot is the best at Lake Havasu because there are so many spots to choose from.

It is highly suggested that you target a certain species or group of fish when fishing Lake Havasu. Anglers fishing from a boat had a greater likelihood of success than those fishing from the land or on one of the many free fishing piers. 

But where are the best places to fish at Lake Havasu?  

In this list, I’m going to show you the best fishing spots at Lake Havasu.  However it will be broken up into sections: Upper River, Mid Lake, Lower Lake

DISCLAIMER:  It’s completely impossible to give you every single spot where you can potentially catch a fish in Lake Havasu.  But, what this list does do is to give you a helping hand and narrow down to the most productive fishing spots.

Special Closures Areas or Restrictions:

Fire Restrictions. Wildfires can occur around Lake Havasu.  Sometimes there will be no-entry areas restricting access to non-government boaters. 

Private Property Restrictions. Before fishing around any marinas please make sure you are not entering a private area.  Furthermore, if an owner has a “no fishing” around their dock or boat please respect their request. Lake Havasu has plenty of other locations to fish.

Upper River

Catfish Bay

photo – google

Fishing just north of where the Colorado drains into the main lake, Catfish Bay is a sheltered bay characterized by reeds and tulles to the north side and shallow rocky points to the south. 

This is a great spot if you encounter Havasu’s strong winds or strong currents. 

Largemouth can be found in and around the tulles and smallmouth can be caught along the rocky points and cuts. 

Here’s a list of effective baits and techniques you can use in this area:

Calm or post-frontal conditions: Senkos, drop shot rig, tubes, Neko rig, football jigs

Windy, pre-frontal, summer conditions: spinnerbaits, crankbaits, swim jigs, chatterbaits, and underspin jigs.

Artificial habitat/structure: drop shot rig, crankbaits, Neko rig, wacky worm

Grass/ reeds/ tulles: Frogs, flipping lures, heavy vegetation punching, Texas rigged Senko, Mojo rig. In submerged grass; drop shot rig, soft plastic swimbaits, swim jigs, crankbaits, lipless crankbaits all work great!

Rocks, points, cuts: crankbaits, jigs, Texas rigs

Located: north end of lake

Structural features: Reeds, tulles, rocky structure (points, cuts, boulders) 

Best species to target: Largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, bluegill

Most effective way to fish this spot: Boat

Jops Harbor

photo – google

Jops Harbor is another sheltered bay to the north end of the lake. 

It’s more open than Catfish Bay, but also has reeds and tulles and a significant amount of submerged vegetation and grass in the summertime.

Jops Harbor is dotted with several narrow points which is great if you like to fish squarebills.

This area is also great for bed fishing in the spring. 

This is another great spot if you encounter Havasu’s strong winds or strong currents. 

Largemouth can be found in and around the tulles and smallmouth can be caught along with the rocky points and cuts. 

Here’s a list of effective baits and techniques you can use in this area:

Calm or post-frontal conditions: Senkos, drop shot rig, tubes, Neko rig, football jigs

Windy, pre-frontal, summer conditions: spinnerbaits, crankbaits, swim jigs, chatterbaits, and underspin jigs.

Artificial habitat/structure: drop shot rig, crankbaits, Neko rig, wacky worm

Grass/ reeds/ tulles: Frogs, flipping lures, heavy vegetation punching, Texas rigged Senko, Mojo rig. In submerged grass; drop shot rig, soft plastic swimbaits, swim jigs, crankbaits, lipless crankbaits all work great!

Rocks, points, cuts: crankbaits, jigs, Texas rigs

Located: north end of lake

Structural features: Reeds, tulles, rocky structure (points, cuts, boulders) 

Best species to target: Largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, bluegill, tilapia, catfish

Most effective way to fish this spot: Boat, kayak, float tube

Castle Rock Bay

photo – google

To the north of Jobs Harbor is Castle Rock Bay which is even more tucked away from the two previous coves. 

Castle Rock Bay is completely sheltered from the main river channel and is surrounded by reeds and tulles. 

Largemouth, bluegill, tilapia, and catfish are commonly caught in this area.  

Here’s a list of effective baits and techniques you can use in this area:

Calm or post-frontal conditions: Senkos, drop shot rig, tubes, Neko rig, football jigs

Windy, pre-frontal, summer conditions: spinnerbaits, crankbaits, swim jigs, chatterbaits, and underspin jigs.

Grass/ reeds/ tulles: Frogs, flipping lures, heavy vegetation punching, Texas rigged Senko, Mojo rig. In submerged grass; drop shot rig, soft plastic swimbaits, swim jigs, crankbaits, lipless crankbaits all work great!

Rocks, points, cuts: crankbaits, jigs, Texas rigs

Located: north end of lake

Structural features: Reeds, tulles, rocky structure (points, cuts, boulders) 

Best species to target: Largemouth, bluegill, tilapia, catfish

Most effective way to fish this spot: Boat, kayak, float tube

Blankenship Bend

photo – google

Further up river a sharp bend to the east marks the location of Blankenship Bend. 

Blankenship Bend is more of a collective area of fishing spots, rather than a singular location. 

Fishing is best by targeting the inner bend and all the small washout coves the current creates. 

Furthermore, anglers can choose to also fish rocky bluff walls just off the main river channel. 

Largemouth can be found in and around the tulles and smallmouth can be caught along the rocky points and walls. 

Here’s a list of effective baits and techniques you can use in this area:

Calm or post-frontal conditions: Senkos, drop shot rig, tubes, Neko rig, football jigs

Windy, pre-frontal, summer conditions: spinnerbaits, crankbaits, swim jigs, chatterbaits, and underspin jigs.

Grass/ reeds/ tulles: Frogs, flipping lures, heavy vegetation punching, Texas rigged Senko, Mojo rig. In submerged grass; drop shot rig, soft plastic swimbaits, swim jigs, crankbaits, lipless crankbaits all work great!

Rocks, points, cuts: crankbaits, jigs, Texas rigs

Located: north end of lake

Structural features: Reeds, tulles, rocky structure (points, cuts, boulders) 

Best species to target: Largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, bluegill

Most effective way to fish this spot: Boat

Mid Lake

How to fish artificial structure in Lake Havasu?

Research has definitively shown that the most successful anglers shoe fish the mid-lake section of Lake Havasu revolves around fishing around artificial structures. 

Yes, I understand there are a handful of fishing docks and some marinas however, if you really want to be successful in this section of the lake, you’ll have to target artificial structures.

What I’m about to share is going to catch me A LOT of flak, and frankly, I probably shouldn’t be sharing this bit of information… but whatever here goes…

As you may know, Lake Havasu is filled with many different types of artificial structures…

Lake Havasu Fishing - Georgia Cubes. photo: BLM.gov
Lake Havasu Fishing - Reef Balls. photo: BLM.gov
Lake Havasu Fishing - Christmas Trees. photo: azgfd.gov
Lake Havasu Fishing - Cage habitat

And not surprisingly, most of the artificial structures are located in the mid-lake section of the reservoir!  

But there is a specific way to fish these structures and that’s what I’m about to share with you…

The best way to fish this area is to do your homework by graphing the various types of structure FIRST

Sometimes you need to spend HOURS just graphing. Graph and mark every type of structure you find… you’ll need it later.

Then, take note if you see bass or bait on the structure.

Second, pay attention to the other types of cover the bass could be holding in – washes/culverts, submerged grass, drop-offs, ect…

Next, using a finesse bait like a drop shot rig, tubes, Neko rig, mojo rig, crankbait, or wacky Senko, start fishing these various structures keeping note of the following:

  • Bait used
  • Depth your fishing at
  • Type of structure
  • Secondary structure
  • Other environmental conditions (wind, current strength, water clarity, water temperature, ect…) 

After you caught a couple of fish, start connecting the dots and develop a working plan.

Evaluate the other structures that meet the criteria you found. 

For some reason, bass tend to relate to the same type of structure on any given day. 

Windsor Beach Area

photo – google

The Windsor Beach area is located on the Arizona side of the lake and it spans nearly a mile and a half of shoreline. 

This area has multiple fishing docks, marinas, sightseeing areas, and not surprisingly, this fishing spot is CHALKED full of artificial structures!

Here’s a list of effective baits and techniques you can use in this area:

Calm or post-frontal conditions: Senkos, drop shot rig, tubes, Neko rig, football jigs

Windy, pre-frontal, summer conditions: spinnerbaits, crankbaits, swim jigs, chatterbaits, and underspin jigs.

Artificial habitat/structure: drop shot rig, crankbaits, Neko rig, wacky worm

Grass/ reeds/ tulles: Frogs, flipping lures, heavy vegetation punching, Texas rigged Senko, Mojo rig. In submerged grass; drop shot rig, soft plastic swimbaits, swim jigs, crankbaits, lipless crankbaits all work great!

Rocks, points, cuts: crankbaits, jigs, Texas rigs

Located: mid-lake, Arizona side

Structural features: artificial structure, fishing docks, marinas, submerged grass, ledges, drop-offs, culverts, and points 

Best species to target: Largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, bluegill, tilapia, catfish

Most effective way to fish this spot: Boat, kayak, float tube

  

Chalk Cliffs to Ski Cove Three

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If you’re targeting striped bass, then you have to check out this area.

Schools of striped bass will suspend around the river channel ledge and multiple points this area offers. 

The secret to effective striper fishing is using high-quality fish sonar.

Trolling soft plastic swimbaits, hard plastic minnow-style jointed swimbaits, umbrella rigs, silver spoons, white or silver in-line spinners, as well as live bait work the best in the location.

You can also consider using cut frozen anchovies that may be slowly drifted using a drift sock for slowing your boat down without having to drain your battery.

photo – navionics

When the stripers are busting on the surface, try walking a topwater bait. 

White or silver lipless crankbaits, silver spoons, big in-spinners, and umbrella rigs work really well if it’s windy.

In calm conditions, throwing a 4″ soft plastic swimbait like a Little Dipper or Keitech Easy Shiner. 

Have a bright-colored crankbait ready if the striped bass dive when the boat approaches the boil; one of these tactics should deliver at least a couple of good fish.

Lastly, do you want to escape the heat? In evenings, anchor off of points and fish deep with anchovies.  Works best when you use a green light to attract the baitfish!

Located: mid-lake California side

Structural features: Submerged river channel, ledges, points, sparse artificial structure. 

Best species to target: Striped bass, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, crappie

Most effective way to fish this spot: Boat, kayak, float tube

Ski Cove One to Grass Island

photo – google

At times the fishing here can be extremely good.

In the summer submerged grass can grow rampant in this section of the lake. There are also patches of submerged brush and timber, along with cuts and runoff channels which can be excellent for largemouth bass.

Here’s a list of effective baits and techniques you can use in this area:

Grass/ reeds/ tulles: Frogs, flipping lures, heavy vegetation punching, Texas rigged Senko, Mojo rig. In submerged grass; drop shot rig, soft plastic swimbaits, swim jigs, crankbaits, lipless crankbaits all work great!

Rocks, points, cuts: crankbaits, jigs, Texas rigs

Located: southeast end of lake

Structural features: Submerged brush and timber. Large floating tires. 

Best species to target: Largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, bluegill, striped bass, crappie

Most effective way to fish this spot: Boat

Daytona Wash to Contact Point

photo – google

Just south of the London Bridge, this area of the lake is extremely productive and has great access points for many kayak or float tube anglers. 

The stretch of lake is loaded with artificial structures, submerged weed flats, cuts, drop-offs and washes.

In the backs of the pockets and coves there are large sections of tulles and reeds making it great if you like flipping baits into vegetation or fishing for bluegill. 

Due to the river current flowing directly into this area, it’s extremely productive during the early morning and late evenings. 

Striped bass will hold over the main lake river channel drop-offs.

photo – navionics

Here’s a list of effective baits and techniques you can use in this area:

Calm or post-frontal conditions: Senkos, drop shot rig, tubes, Neko rig, football jigs

Windy, pre-frontal, summer conditions: spinnerbaits, crankbaits, swim jigs, chatterbaits, and underspin jigs.

Artificial habitat/structure: drop shot rig, crankbaits, Neko rig, wacky worm

Grass/ reeds/ tulles: Frogs, flipping lures, heavy vegetation punching, Texas rigged Senko, Mojo rig. In submerged grass; drop shot rig, soft plastic swimbaits, swim jigs, crankbaits, lipless crankbaits all work great!

Rocks, points, cuts: crankbaits, jigs, Texas rigs

Located: mid-lake, Arizona side

Structural features: artificial structure, fishing docks, emerging vegetation (tulles and reeds), submerged grass, ledges, drop-offs, culverts, and points 

Best species to target: Largemouth bass, striped bass, smallmouth bass, bluegill, catfish

Most effective way to fish this spot: Boat, kayak, float tube, limited shore access

Three Points to Teal Point

photo – google

Further down the river sits the section between Three Points and Teal Point.

This area of the lake also has great access points for kayak anglers or float tube fishermen. 

Although this stretch of lake is loaded with artificial structures, cuts, drop-offs, pockets and washes, the area is more rocky then the previous, which makes it excellent for smallmouth bass fishing.

In the backs of the pockets and coves there are sections of tulles and reeds making it great if you like flipping baits into vegetation or fishing for bluegill. 

Due to the river current flowing directly into this area, it’s extremely productive during the early morning and late evenings. 

Striped bass will hold over the main lake river channel drop-offs.

Some of the effective baits for this area include: flipping creature baits into shadows of the artificial structures, soft plastic swimbaits, topwater walking baits and poppers, topwater frogs, drop shot rig, tubes, Neko rig, football jigs, spinnerbaits, swim jigs, and underspin jigs work great in this area.

But don’t forget about jigs and Texas rigs work great around the rocks, points and cuts. 

Located: mid-lake, Arizona side

Structural features: artificial structure, submerged grass, emerging vegetation (tulles and reeds), ledges, drop-offs, culverts, chunk rock, boulders, and points 

Best species to target: Largemouth bass, striped bass, smallmouth bass, bluegill, catfish

Most effective way to fish this spot: Boat, kayak, float tube

Havasu Palms into Whipple Bay

photo – google

The area between Havasu Palms and Whipple Bay is good area to get away from the crowds. 

Most of the crazy recreational boaters to not travel this far down. 

RV’ers that are staying in Whipple Point can fish this area from the shore, boat, kayak, or float tube. 

This area has a fair amount of artificial structures,  docks, marina, drop-offs, pockets and washes that should be explored.

This area tends to be more rocky which makes it great for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, striped bass, bluegill, and catfish.

Here’s a list of effective baits and techniques you can use in this area:

Calm or post-frontal conditions: Senkos, drop shot rig, tubes, Neko rig, football jigs

Windy, pre-frontal, summer conditions: spinnerbaits, crankbaits, swim jigs, chatterbaits, and underspin jigs.

Artificial habitat/structure: drop shot rig, crankbaits, Neko rig, wacky worm

Grass/ reeds/ tulles: Frogs, flipping lures, heavy vegetation punching, Texas rigged Senko, Mojo rig. In submerged grass; drop shot rig, soft plastic swimbaits, swim jigs, crankbaits, lipless crankbaits all work great!

Rocks, points, cuts: crankbaits, jigs, Texas rigs

Located: lower-lake, California side

Structural features: artificial structure, submerged grass, emerging vegetation (tulles and reeds), ledges, drop-offs, culverts, chunk rock, boulders, and points 

Best species to target: Largemouth bass, striped bass, smallmouth bass, bluegill, catfish

Most effective way to fish this spot: Boat, kayak, float tube, limited shore access

Lower Lake

Three Dunes Point to Cattail Cove State Park

photo – google

The area between Three Dunes Point and Sandpoint Marina is great for seclusion. 

Most of the crazy recreational boaters to not travel this far down. 

Campers and RV’ers that are staying in Sandpoint can fish this area from the shore, boat, kayak, or float tube. 

This area is also loaded with artificial structures, cuts, drop-offs, pockets and washes.

This area tends to be more rocky which makes it great for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, striped bass, bluegill, and catfish.

Here’s a list of effective baits and techniques you can use in this area:

Calm or post-frontal conditions: Senkos, drop shot rig, tubes, Neko rig, football jigs

Windy, pre-frontal, summer conditions: spinnerbaits, crankbaits, swim jigs, chatterbaits, and underspin jigs.

Artificial habitat/structure: drop shot rig, crankbaits, Neko rig, wacky worm

Grass/ reeds/ tulles: Frogs, flipping lures, heavy vegetation punching, Texas rigged Senko, Mojo rig. In submerged grass; drop shot rig, soft plastic swimbaits, swim jigs, crankbaits, lipless crankbaits all work great!

Rocks, points, cuts: crankbaits, jigs, Texas rigs

Located: lower-lake, Arizona side

Structural features: artificial structure, submerged grass, emerging vegetation (tulles and reeds), ledges, drop-offs, culverts, chunk rock, boulders, and points 

Best species to target: Largemouth bass, striped bass, smallmouth bass, bluegill, catfish

Most effective way to fish this spot: Boat, kayak, float tube, limited shore access

Bass Isles to Powerline Cove

photo – google

This area can definitely be overwheilming for someone who has never been here before, frankly because there are so many options and structures to fish. 

Luckily due to its location, it’s not really frequented very often.  And if you do see another angler, the area is so big you can easily find another spot!

This area is also loaded with artificial structures, cuts, drop-offs, pockets, and washes.

In my opinion, the most unique feature in the area is the presence of underwater shelves and submerged humps that range between 9-25 feet of water.

This area tends to be rockier which makes it great for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, striped bass, bluegill, and catfish.

Here’s a list of effective baits and techniques you can use in this area:

Calm or post-frontal conditions: Senkos, drop shot rig, tubes, Neko rig, football jigs

Windy, pre-frontal, summer conditions: spinnerbaits, crankbaits, swim jigs, chatterbaits, and underspin jigs.

Artificial habitat/structure: drop shot rig, crankbaits, Neko rig, wacky worm

Grass/ reeds/ tulles: Frogs, flipping lures, heavy vegetation punching, Texas rigged Senko, Mojo rig. In submerged grass; drop shot rig, soft plastic swimbaits, swim jigs, crankbaits, lipless crankbaits all work great!

Rocks, points, cuts: crankbaits, jigs, Texas rigs

Located: lower-lake, Arizona side

Structural features: artificial structure, submerged grass, emerging vegetation (tulles and reeds), ledges, drop-offs, culverts, chunk rock, boulders, and points 

Best species to target: Largemouth bass, striped bass, smallmouth bass, bluegill, catfish

Most effective way to fish this spot: Boat, kayak, float tube, limited shore access

Bill Williams River

photo – google

Located about 25miles south of Lake Havasu City, the Bill Williams River drains into Lake Havasu

The mouth is a relatively open area that can be fished for both largemouth and striped bass. 

The river is lined with tall reeds and tulles. 

This is a great spot if you want quiet solitude or want to avoid Havasu’s strong winds or strong currents. 

Bill Williams - close up view

The mouth of the Bill Williams River arm can fished by trolling chatterbaits, swimbaits, swim jigs, or crankbaits.

Otherwise, anglers can venture up the river and use frogs, flipping lures, heavy vegetation punching, Texas rigged Senko, and the Mojo rig. In submerged grass or slightly open water consider using drop shot rig, soft plastic swimbaits, swim jigs, crankbaits, lipless crankbaits.

Believe it or not your best chance of success is to target this area in the hottest part of the day.  Bass will tuck themselves deep in shadows thereby pinning themselves deep in the shadows.

Be sure to use a heavy fishing line when fishing thick vegetation. 

Located: south end of lake

Structural features: Reeds, tulles, open bay

Best species to target: Largemouth bass, striped bass, tilapia, bluegill

Most effective way to fish this spot: Boat

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Target Species at Lake Havasu

Bass Popultion In Lake Havasu

The population of these popular species has grown tremendously in both size and number, thanks to a massive habitat rehabilitation initiative that began in the 1990s. 

It is not unusual for new fishermen to have a great day at this lake, while expert anglers regularly report  winning tournaments with a standard five fish limit and bags weighing over 20+ pounds. 

Aside from the manmade habitat, Lake Havasu offers a variety of other habitat alternatives for fishermen. 

Marshes with shallow and submerged weeds, reeds and tules, boat docks, marinas, bluff walls, ledges, river channels, and rocky shorelines all have the potential to host bass, but each requires a somewhat different technique to catch them.

Largemouth Bass Fishing at Lake Havasu

Largemouth bass is a carnivorous member of the sunfish family.

Lake Havasu holds some MONSTER bass.  At anytime you could hook into a bass that could be your all-time personal best.  

In general, Lake Havasu is a clear to slightly stained lake. Meaning finesse techniques (like drop shot fishing), small lures (like football jigs), and thin diameter line gets you the most bites when the wind is calm. 

However, Lake Havasu is notorious to get windy about an hour or two after the sun rises. This gives you the opportunity to use reaction baits like spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, crankbaits, jerkbaits, umbrella rigs, and large spoons. 

Listed below are a handful of facts, top spots, and best lures to use to help you out…

If you’re still not sure how to catch a bass, do worry. A complete section on Bass Fishing 101 was written to help you out. In that section, you’ll learn about the top ways to get you catching bass fast.

Read more: Beginner’s Guide To Bass Fishing Basics – Tips, Secrets & Things To Avoid

General Largemouth Bass Details

Spawn: Spring, March-May

Food: Shad, bluegill, crayfish

Arizona State Record: 16 lb. 7.68 oz. 28.0 in., Canyon Lake Randall E. White, Mesa 4/22/97

Table Quality: Decent. Firm white meat. 

Angling techniques:

Smallmouth Bass Fishing at Roosevelt Lake

Smallmouth bass are sibling species closely related to largemouth bass. They have a pretty brown/golden color and carry the nickname of “bronzeback”. Some physical features make it different from the largemouth bass. Aside from being bronze in color, they will have grey-brown vertical bands and most defining feature is the jaw does not extend past its eye. 

Overall, smallmouth bass are most likely going about half the size of largemouth bass. However, pound for pound, a smallmouth can be incredibly aggressive and will put up an amazing fight. 

General Smallmouth Bass Details

Spawn: March-May

Food: fish, crustaceans. 

Arizona State Record: 6 lb. 4.48 oz. 21 in. Lake Havasu Sue Nowak, 2/23/17

Table Quality: Similar to a largemouth bass it’s firm, white, flaky, mild-tasting

Angling techniques:

  • Finesse jigs
  • Crankbaits
  • Soft plastic swimbaits
  • Hard plastic and soft plastic jerkbaits
  • Drop shot plastic worms
  • Tubes
  • Smaller crankbaits
  • Streamer flies. 
  • Live baits: minnows, hellgrammites, and crayfish

Striped Bass Fishing at Lake Havasu

In the late 1960s, striped bass were introduced into Lake Mead, Lake Powell, and Lake Havasu. Unlike Mead, however, Lake Powell and Havasu have enjoyed a thriving striper population ever since.

Striped bass are considered true bass, unlike largemouth and smallmouth which are a part of the sunfish family. 

Striped bass are pelagic feeders (like white bass and yellow bass) and are constantly on the move. They hunt and feed in schools. The average size of striped bass in Lake Havasu is around 1-3 pounds. 

General Striped Bass Details

Spawn: April – mid-June in flowing water, current or rivers

Food: Shad, dead or alive. 

Arizona State Record: 29 lb. 13.76 oz. 45.25 in., Lake Pleasant. Bob Liddington, Phoenix 7/13/10

Table Quality: The meat is excellent. It’s firm, flaky and white. There is a red lateral line that must be removed otherwise it gives off a strong “fishy” taste. Otherwise, these make excellent fish fry meals.

Angling techniques:

  • Frozen shad or anchovies as “cut bait”
  • Small soft plastic swimbait
  • Spoons
  • Jointed crankbaits
  • Swim jigs
  • Streamer flies

Crappie Fishing at Lake Havasu

Introduced to Arizona in 1905, Lake Havasu holds black crappie. These fish tend to linger over submerged brush and timber and are found in schools.

The black crappie are much more tolerant in cooler water than their white crappie cousins. 

Black crappie can be described as having an irregular black dots and blotched on the back and have more of a “silvery-olive” background.

Average weight of a crappie in Lake Havasu is going to be 0.75-pounds, however electro-netted samples show they can get over 3-pounds in size!

General Crappie Details

Spawn: April – mid-June

Food: Larvae, small fish, and crustaceans. Threadfin shad make up their main diet. 

Arizona State Record: 4 lb. 10.0 oz. –in., San Carlos Lake John Shadrick, Mammoth 1959

Table Quality: The meat is excellent. It’s firm, flaky and white. 

Angling techniques:

Catfish Fishing at Lake Havasu

There are two species of catfish in Lake Havasu. The channel catfish and flathead catfish.   The flathead species was purposely introduced when the lake was first created. 

In 2018, George Terro of Bullhead City caught a gigantic channel catfish well over 20+ pounds which challenged the Colorado River record holder.

Channel catfish weight will range from 0.5-to-10-pounds in Lake Havasu, however the average weight will be between 1-4-pounds. Conversely, “smaller” flathead catfish will weigh in at 15-pounds and can grow around 75-pounds.  A flathead survey conducted in 2016 and 2020 caught a flathead that weighed over 48-pounds!    

General Catfish Details

Spawn: March-June

Food: Carp, bluegill

Arizona State Record: 

Channel catfish – 33 lb., 5.76 oz., 39.5 in., Upper Lake Mary Carson Pete, 3/26/17

Flathead catfish – 76 lb. 8.64 oz., 53.5 in., Bartlett Lake Eddie Wilcoxson, Surprise 04/13/13

Table Quality: Soft white meat. In the summer the meat will taste muddy.

Angling techniques:

Flathead catfish:

  • live bait such as smaller carp, full sized bluegill, or tilapia

Channel catfish:

  • chicken liver
  • hotdogs
  • stink bait
  • small bluegill
  • small carp

Bluegill Fishing at Lake Havasu

Introduced to Arizona in 1932, the bluegill has teal-blue coloring on the bottom portion of the chin and gill plate. It also has a solid black opercula flap just behind the gill plate.

Bluegill are found on the shoreline and prefer nearby structures. Bluegill are incredibly aggressive and will quickly attack anything that looks like it could be eaten. Due to their aggressive behavior, they are one of the easiest fish to catch and are a great way to introduce someone to fishing.  

Spawn: April and May

Food: Small fish and insects

Arizona State Record: 3 lb. 15.68 oz. 15.75 in., Goldwater Lake. Christopher Ray Mapes, Prescott Valley 5/2/04

Table Quality: Firm, white meat 

Angling techniques: 

  • Worms
  • Dough balls
  • Slim jim sausages pieces on a small hook (not lying… it really works)
  • Small spinners
  • Trout flys

Carp Fishing at Lake Havasu

Carp are an oily freshwater species of fish and are native to Europe and Asia. Carp are considered invasive to the United States.

The big, hard fighting fish are really fun to catch. Many anglers will fish for carp at night and bowfishing from the shore or from a boat!

Carp can be consumed however, their muddy taste and boney meat make it one of the least desirable fish to eat.

Spawn: March-June

Food: algae, plant matter, fish eggs, insects, aquatic worms, small crustaceans (snails), and small crayfish

Arizona State Record: 37 lb. 0.0 oz. 40.0 in., Bartlett Lake Jonathan Gardner, Phoenix 8/8/87

Table Quality: Poor. Soft white flesh that is muddy and riddled with bones

Angling techniques:

  • Dough balls
  • Corn
  • Worms
  • Cherry tomatoes (not kidding)
  • Commercial carp baits

Marinas/ Boat Ramps at Lake Havasu

Windsor Beach

Location: Mid-lake Arizona side

Address: 699 London Bridge Rd, Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403

Phone number: (623) 235-6130

Number of lanes: 12

Bathrooms: Yes

Showers: No

Electric: Yes

Camping nearby: No

Lake Havasu Marina

Location: Mid-lake Arizona side

Address: 1100 McCulloch Blvd N, Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403

Phone number: +1-928-855-2159

Number of lanes: 7

Bathrooms: Yes

Showers: No

Electric: Yes

Camping nearby: Yes

Site Six

Location: Mid-lake Arizona side

Address: Beachcomber Blvd, Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403

Phone number: +1-928-453-8686

Number of lanes: 3

Bathrooms: Yes

Showers: No

Electric: Yes

Camping nearby: Yes

Cattail Cove

Location: Lower lake Arizona side

Address: AZ-95, Lake Havasu City, AZ 86406

Phone number: +1-928-855-1223

Number of lanes: 3

Bathrooms: Yes

Showers: Yes

Electric: Yes

Camping nearby: Yes

Parker Dam Launch

Location: South-end of the lake

Address: Takeoff Point Rd, Parker, AZ 85344

Phone number: none

Number of lanes: 1

Bathrooms: yes

Showers: No

Electric: No

Camping nearby: Yes

Tackle Shops & Tackle Retailers In Lake Havasu

Bass Tackle Master

Have a store located in Lake Havasu City and is just north of the London Bridge on London Bridge road.  Bass Tackle Master is your no frills, to the point tackle shop. The staff is friendly, patient, and knowledgeable.  Bass Tackle Master carries a wide variety of gear for every striped bass, largemouth, smallmouth, catfish, and  crappie angler.  

West Marine

Also located in Lake Havasu City and across  from Windsor Breach. West Marine has a small selection of tackle but more importantly is your go to resource in the event you have any boating trouble on the lake. The staff is courteous, approachable, and knowledgeable.  

Tackle Shops & Tackle Retailers In Phoenix (before you go)

Sportsman's Warehouse

Have a store located at the north end of Phoenix, Sportsman’s Warehouse feels like a combination of a small outdoor outfitter shop with the capacity to hold a large amount of tackle, gear, and other outdoor accessories.  The staff is friendly, patient, and knowledgeable.  Sportsman’s Warehouse carries a wide variety of gear for every bass, catfish, trout, crappie, walleye, and pike to get you started. 

The Hook-Up Tackle

Located in Northwest Phoenix, The Hook Up Tackle offers a massive amount of gear, tackle, and accessories for any budget. Opening in 2008, The Hook Up Tackle has everything you need especially if you’re into bass fishing.  They even offer hard to find bait and products from Japan.

Phoenix Fishing Supply

Located in central Phoenix, Phoenix Fishing Supply has been around since the 1980’s! Even before the big-box stores came into town Phoenix Fishing Supply has been catering to all types of anglers and offers a huge selection of products. 

Liar's Korner

Liar’s Korner Fishing Bait & Tackle is nestled in the far east side of metro Phoenix. This tackle shop is proudly run as a small family business that is serious about giving you the right gear to help you catch fish. It doesn’t matter if you’re fishing bass, crappie, walleye, or trout.  They have what you need. They carry all the name brands of tackle and gear, and frequently offer better prices than the big-box companies. 

Bass Pro Shops

Located on the east side Phoenix, Bass Pro Shops caters to very type of angler who wants to get their line wet.  Founded in 1972 by angler Johnny Morris in Springfield, Missouri Bass Pro Shops combines a massive tackle shop with their hunting, boating, conservation, and guide trips into a comprehensive outdoor and fishing retailer.

Other Recreational Activities to Know About Lake Havasu

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London Bridge Recreational Complex – Live music and other social events at multiple restaurants as well as seasonal festivals.

The City Of Lake Havasu also offers:

  • Arts & craft shows
  • Farmers markets
  • Annual National Public Lands Day Canoe & Kayak Clean-Up
  • Poker Runs
  • Ghost Tours
  • Meteorite Hunts
  • Rock Hounding Tours
  • Annual powerboat races
  • and much, much more…

Casinos & Gaming

After a hard day of fishing relax and unwind while having a frosty beverage and doing a little gambling.  Lake Havasu is home to multiple locations to test your luck!

Havasu Landing Resort & Casino

The Havasu Landing Resort & Casino is situated on the beaches of Lake Havasu, right across from Lake Havasu City, in the state of California.

The casino, hotel, ferry dock, and marina berths with a store are all brand new.

The casino’s gaming floor has been enlarged to include more popular slots, Black Jack tables, and 3-Card Poker.

On weekends, beginning at 8 p.m., there is also live entertainment.

Quality Inn & Suites

Want to do some horse betting and drink some cheap frost beverages? Then the small bar and betting room in the Quality Inn is for you. 

Gallagher's Dining & Pub Gaming

Gallagher’s Dining & Pub is conveniently located in east-central Lake Havasu City and offers a variety of gaming and betting options.

In a casual setting, you may play and participate in Texas Hold ‘Em Poker tournaments, Lottery, Pull Tabs, Keno, sports betting, pool, and darts.

Bluewater Casino

37 miles south of Lake Havasu City the Bluewater Resort and Casino is one of Arizona’s best casinos.

It has a large variety of entertainment and gaming options, including all types of slots and a card area where you can play blackjack, Texas Hold ‘Em Poker tournaments, Keno, sports betting, pool, multiple restaurants.

Accessories You’ll Need

RodThe popularity of fishing is growing and people are becoming much more conscious of  different rods that can help them.

Fisherman want best technique specific rod for the money.

Luckily, I wrote several reports article that provides you with detailed information in order for you to make buy the rod for the money, and more importantly which rods to avoid at all costs.

>> What Rods To Use For Bass Fishing? 10 Awesome General Purpose Rods Reviewed

Reel – Having the correct reel to match with your rod is just as important.  A good reel should be light and have a buttery smooth drag. There are several great reels on the market, but I recommend the Daiwa Tatula SV/TW baitbasting reel. It’s a great reel packed with great features. So much so it could easily be priced in the mid $200 range.

>>How To Choose A Great Bass Fishing Reel For The Money [and which to avoid at all costs]

Fishing Line – Having a good line is just as important as having a good rod. I recommend fishing with a good fluorocarbon line. Furthermore, it’s super sensitive because it has little to no stretch, and underwater it’s invisible to the bass!  If pride or money is on the line I would use Sunline Sniper FC.

>>21 Tips To Choose The Best Fishing Line

Fishing Lures – It’s pretty hard and darn near impossible trying to catch a fish without using some sort of lure or bait.  More importantly these baits you should never forget at home or it could lead to a horrible day on the water

>>5 Bass Fishing Lures You Never Want to Leave At Home

Tackle Bag – You can’t carry all your gear in your pockets, so you need a reliable tackle bag to transport it. I wrote a complete review guide, Best Tackle Bag for Fishing, check it out by clicking here.   But if you don’t have the time to read the full guide then let me tell you I recommend the Lunker Bag by KastKing.

>>15 Best Tackle Bags For The Money (Tested & Reviewed)

Fishing Pliers – Nothing will ruin a day quicker than getting a hook embedded in your hand, or worse your eye.  That’s why I always recommend having good set-up pliers that won’t rust and won’t slip out of your hand.  I recommend that KastKing Cutthroat 7” Fishing Pliers.

Landing Net – As you are reeling in that monster fish, you don’t want to injure yourself or knock the fish off the hook by trying to grab it. That’s why I recommend a dependable telescopic landing net.

Fishing Weight Scale – Whether if you’re going to keep your catch or just take a photo of it and brag to your friends it’s important to have an accurate scale. I recommend a scale that has a large LED display like this one fishing scale here.

Wide Brim Fishing Hat – Nowadays, you have to protect yourself against the sun’s harmful rays. Wearing a wide brim hat not only gives you UV protection, but it also keeps you cool.  I recommend the Columbia Unisex Bora Bora Booney hat. It fits any size head and it feels really comfortable.

Fishing Sun Shirt – Don’t you stop at only getting head protection, you also need to protect your chest, back, arms, and torso. According to the researchers finding skin cancers on the shoulders and forearms rank within the top-5 locations to get skin cancer*. Avoid any unnecessary UV exposure and stay cool by wearing a UV protective PFG Fishing Shirt by Columbia.

Fishing Gloves – Fishing gloves allow your hands to stay covered from the sun’s harmful rays and stay dry by using a special material. These gloves by Fishaholic offer UPF50+

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