& Overview Looking
for a place along the Colorado River where you can catch epic numbers
of big largemouth bass and stripers? Then look no farther than Lake
Havasu, along the border between California and Arizona about 50 miles
downriver from Laughlin, NV (check out the map).
In addition to its excellent fishing, Lake Havasu is also renowned
as the home of London Bridge, which was purchased by American entrepeneur
Robert P. McCulloch in 1968 and shipped in pieces from London to Lake
Havasu City, AZ, where it was reassembled in its present location.
Fishermen rate Lake Havasu:
Lake Havasu At
Lake Havasu, it's all about bass - both stripers and largemouth. During
the winter and spring, stripers dominate. They follow schools of shad
during warmer weather, and a popular method of catching them involves
chumming with cut-up anchovies, then fishing with 6-8 pound line and
a piece of anchovy or squid on a #6 hook. Depending on your preference,
you can fish from anchor or drift.
is another popular method, either with downriggers or with deep-diving
crankbaits such as a Hellbender when the fish are fairly shallow.
Try attaching a short leader to your crankbait with a hook and a piece
of cut bait for even better results.
late winter, the stripers come to the surface to feed, and some awesome
topwater action results. Locals recommend Zara Spooks, Rat-L-Traps,
Pop R's, and small swimbaits.
the spring and fall, you can find amazing largemouth bass action in
Havasu, with lots of fish in the 2- to 5-pound range and some as large
as 7 pounds. Smallmouth bass run as large as 6 pounds, with 3-pounders
bass aren't your thing, catfish, bluegill, and crappie can also be
had here. During the winter months, when the water temperature drops, Havasu anglers can try their luck for rainbow trout as well. Try spinners, spoons, or Power Bait when fishing for trout.
launching facilities are available at Windsor Beach, located just
north of London Bridge, as well as at all of the resorts listed below.
Lake Havasu Weather You
can expect extremely hot conditions at Lake Havasu during the summer
months, so be prepared. Air temperatures all along the river
run the gamut from an average daytime high in the low 60's or so in
wintertime to 110 degrees plus during July and August. Water temperatures
can vary from the high 60's to the low 80's depending on the season.
the river sits in the middle of a desert, there is very little shade
or shelter available to keep the sun off of you during the hot season.
Sunscreen, a hat, and lots of water are a must!
you plan on boating on the river, always check the weather forecast
before going out.
to see current weather conditions and forecasts for Lake Havasu City,
age 16 and up require a fishing license from either California or
Arizona. Since Lake Havasu forms the border between the two states,
you will also need a special use stamp from the other state affixed
to your license. Fishing licenses and the necessary stamps are available
at any of the marinas listed above, as well as at tackle shops and
sporting goods stores in Lake Havasu City.
is allowed year round, any hour of the day or night, except in those
areas of Lake Havasu otherwise posted. Bag limits in the lake and
in those adjacent areas of the Colorado River between the I-40 bridge
(Topock Bridge) and Parker Dam are as follows:
- 10 fish, no minimum length.
Black Bass - 6 fish, 13-inch minimum length.
Striped Bass - 10 fish, no minimum length.
Catfish - 10 fish in combination, no minimum length.
Crappie - 25 fish, no minimum length.
No size or possession limits on other game fish.
for carp, tilapia, and shad is allowed from January 1 through
March 31, and from October 1 through December 31.
Note! Travelers who plan on crossing Parker Dam should check first to see if any
travel restrictions are in place. For security reasons, the dam is sometimes closed to truck
and RV traffic, and may only be open to vehicle traffic during daylight hours. For additional information
and current traffic restrictions, call (760) 663-3712 or the Parker,
AZ Chamber of Commerce at (928) 669-2174.