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Fish Species of Lake Havasu

Fishing Lake Havasu, Arizona
Fishing conditions on Lake Havasu are ideal almost year-round! Lake Havasu is the location of over a dozen fishing tournaments and activities a year. Among the fish species thriving in the lake 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 fishing updates are also posted to our blog.
Real Bait Lures Technique
Fishing Species of Lake Havasu
Catfish
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
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
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
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
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