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Lake Havasu Fishing - Fish Species in Lake Havasu

lake havasu fishing
Fish species are varied and plentiful in Lake Havasu
Lake Havasu fishing conditions are ideal almost year-round! Lake Havasu is the location of over thirty fishing tournaments and activities a year. Among the types of fish in Lake Havasu are largemouth bass, striped bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, channel catfish and flathead catfish. For information on the best bait, lures and times to fish for different species, see the chart below. Additional Lake Havasu fishing updates are also posted to our blog.

Real Bait Lures Technique
Lake Havasu Fishing Species
Catfish (Yellow Bullhead, Flathead & Channel)
catfish - lake havasu fishing
Anchovies
Nightcrawlers
Chicken livers
Mackerel
Stink bait
Live bluegill
N/A
  • Night is the best time
  • Plentiful March-October
  • Fish shallow spots with structure and vegetation during early morning and springtime
  • Try drop off points in the bed of the lake later in the day and season
Largemouth Bass
largemouth bass - fishing lake havasu
N/A Early Morning
Topwater Lures
Buzzbaits
Spinner baits

Late Morning
Jigs
Crankbaits
Swimbaits

Midday
Plastic worms
Craws
Creature baits
  • Early morning is the best time
  • Plentiful March-May
  • Fish near structures and near submerged vegetation
  • They like to hide in areas with cooler water
Panfish (Bluegill, Redear & Green Sunfish)
panfish - lake havasu fishing
Mealworms
Nightcrawlers
Crappie jigs
Small trout spinning lures
  • Any time is good
  • Plentiful November-March and May-June
  • Panfish can be caught all over the lake
Smallmouth Bass
smallmouth bass - fishing on lake havasu
N/A Morning
Topwater Lures
Lipless crankbaits
White crappie jigs

Midday
Crankbaits
Plastics
Creature baits

Late Afternoon
Topwater lures
Lipless crankbaits
White crappie jigs
  • Early morning hours and late afternoon are the best times
  • Plentiful February-April
  • Look for rocky points, shorelines, and canyon areas
Striped Bass
striped bass - lake havasu fishing
Anchovies
Mackerel
Squid
Shad
Bluegill
Morning
Topwater lures

Late afternoon
Shad imitations
Swimbaits
  • Early morning and late afternoon are the best times
  • Plentiful August-October
  • In the summer, look for small gatherings of birds on the surface
  • In the colder months, use the "bait and wait" technique