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One of the Best Fishing Lakes in Arizona


Fishing Lake Havasu from Gone With the Wynns

Fishing Lake Havasu is popular all year long Lake Havasu easily ranks among the finest Arizona fishing lakes and is possibly one of the best fishing lakes in the Southwest. Anglers of all ages and abilities can expect to haul in largemouth bass, striped bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, channel catfish and flathead catfish with no need to make up fish tales. They’re plenty large and abundant without any exaggeration!

Fishing is popular in Lake Havasu all year long. Cast your line from one of several free public-access fishing docks and piers or launch your boat from one of the many launch ramps and marinas. Cruise the coves and 450 miles of lake shoreline for the ultimate catch.

Licenses and limits for Arizona fishing lakes

Lake Havasu forms the border between Arizona and California. Appropriate state regulations apply to angler location on the reservoir. All Arizona fishing lakes, Lake Havasu included, require an Arizona fishing license (available at bait and tackle shops and online at the Arizona Game & Fish Department website).

Bag limits are 10 trout, 6 bass (13" minimum), 10 catfish (any combination), and 25 crappie/sunfish. When you’re on one of the best fishing lakes around, those limits can be reached on a good day more quickly than you may think.

Due to restoration efforts, there are three protected (endangered) fish species in Lake Havasu - razorback sucker, flannelmouth sucker, roundtail chub and bonytail chub. It is unlawful to possess any of these species. If you happen to catch any of these fish, please release them alive and, if possible, report the catch to a natural resource manager in the area.

Fish habitat improvement

In 1992, the Lake Havasu Fisheries Improvement Program began construction and placement of fish habitat structures in 42 coves throughout the lake, with the objective of enhancing and sustaining the game fish population. Since completion in 2002, the program has continued to maintain these structures. Residents feel strongly about protecting fishing on the lake for generations to come. Countless volunteers have contributed more than 210,000 hours to the program thus far.

The Bureau of Land Management leads a seven-member partnership for the program that includes the Arizona Game and Fish Department, Bureau of Reclamation, California Department of Fish and Game, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Geological Survey, and Anglers United, a private nonprofit group.

As one of the largest and most successful fish habitat improvement projects ever undertaken in the U.S., it stands as a shining example of what can be accomplished when government natural resource agencies, anglers and interested members of the public and private sector companies work together on behalf of the future of fishing. (For more information, contact BLM at 928-505-1258.)

The combination of natural resources and careful management make Lake Havasu one of the best fishing lakes in Arizona. The video below will explain more about the fishing habitat program on Lake Havasu.


To stay updated on Arizona fishing license information, hot spots, record catches and lake levels, visit the Arizona Game & Fish Department website.