Bassmaster Magazine consistently names Lake Havasu as one of the Top 10 Best Bass Lakes in the Western U.S., making it an excellent fishing spot. With the big fish biting year-round, it’s a virtual fisherman’s paradise. Here you’ll find incredible views and amazing fish, like channel catfish, bluegill, crappies and striped bass. You can explore the numerous coves along the 60 miles of shoreline, or simply enjoy the free fishing docks and piers.
Lake Havasu’s hot weather and cool waters ensure superb bass fishing year round. Some of the best places to find bass are in the pockets between rocks. It’s not uncommon to catch bass between 5 and 10 pounds throughout Lake Havasu.
Lure choice will vary depending on the time of day you like to fish and the target fish. Early mornings from March to May are the best time to catch largemouth bass using topwater lures, buzz baits, or spinnerbaits. Smallmouth bass like topwater lures, lipless crankbaits, and white crappie jigs. Smallmouth bass can be caught during the early morning or late afternoon hours. Their population is at its peak between February and April. Striped bass are plentiful from August to October. To catch striped bass, use a topwater lure in the morning and shad imitations swimbaits in the late afternoon. A “bait and wait” technique is recommended when the weather is colder.
Redear Sunfish are plentiful in Lake Havasu. In 2021, a world-record-setting redear was caught in Lake Havasu. These panfish are prevalent most of the year, and anglers with the most success catching Redear Sunfish use mealworms, nightcrawlers, crappie jigs, small trout, and spinning lures.
If you happen to catch a razorback sucker, flannelmouth sucker, roundtail chub, or bonytail chub, they should be released. These species are endangered, and you’ll be helping in the restoration efforts if you notify a local natural resource manager of your catch.
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Lake Havasu boat ramps:
The following boat ramps provide access to Lake Havasu.