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Lake Havasu Bass FishingTips

Jul 22, 2008
Lake Havasu is located just over three hours west of Phoenix, Arizona on the California border. It is highly under rated as a prime sight for catching bass. It is one of the best places in the state, if not the western US, to catch smallies (small mouth bass) and is also a premiere location for stripers (striped bass) as well.

Late spring and summer find Lake Havasu literally hopping with both smallie and striped bass, and if you want to catch them, consider using a lipless crank bait, and the shinier the better. When you reel one of these lures in at pretty good rate of speed, through boils, it really can catch a lot of bass. Especially if you are fishing near the artificial fish habitat on Lake Havasu, whether it is for largemouth or for smallmouth bass, you might want to try to fish with soft plastics. If you are fishing during the middle of the day, consider trying jig n pig combos and some deep diving crank bait, and fish in the deeper water.

One thing...don't be surprised if you pull a channel or flathead catfish out of Lake Havasu when you are fishing for bass, because they tend to hit on most anything, and it does happen.Be sure you are familiar with the current regulations on size at Lake Havasu before you fish. Though there is no size limit on striper, both largemouth and smallmouth bass have to be at least thirteen inches for you to have them in your possession. It just always pays to have a good knowledge of any and all special regulations before you fish any area with which you are not familiar.

During the early fall or late summer, if you are fishing Lake Havasu, one place to consider is certainly the area around the Bill Williams Arm. If you fish early mornings, try top water baits. Look for the schooling shad, and you are almost guaranteed to find your target bass present. Try 136 grubs in about 5 inch sizes. If you are using soft bait, consider using red and white or red and chartreuse. If you fish a 1/2 Oz. Jig like a #208 97 series, you can catch bass any time of the year, any where on Lake Havasu. It is a great go to bait anytime you want consistent action on the Lake.

There are some really great bass anglers native to this lake, and they sure know how to fish these waters for bass. Many of them swear flippers always see the best bass action on Lake Havasu. One popular lure is a smoke red with red flake or deep green with chartreuse tailed Gitzit. Another popular color is plum. Just Texas rig your tube, use an 1/8 Oz sinker and heavy line, and fish the main channel, flipping into the tules inside the first row. Flip into a pocket and keep along the main part of the channel for best results.

If you are fishing on Lake Havasu early in the morning, and looking for a reaction bite, consider the backwater areas of the lake and current break areas in the river.
About the Author
Dan Eggertsen is a fishing researcher and enthusiast who is committed to providing the best bass fishing information possible. Get more information on bass fishing Lake Havasu here: http://www.askbassfishing.com/
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