Important notice: With the recent discovery of invasive quagga mussels in Mead, Mohave and Havasu proper, cleaning of all watercraft is extremely important to prevent the spread of this invasive species. For more information on cleaning of watercraft, go to the Arizona Game and Fish Department's web pages at azgfd.gov or.
Smallmouth bass fishing is getting better as they are in prespawn conditions now with a few already on beds. Finesse worms, brown jigs, and Gitzits are good choices to catch these aggressive bass.
Outlook: On Havasu and Topock Gorge, largemouth bass, as well as smallmouth bass are expected to be good to excellent. The size will range from 13 inches and up with an occasional fish greater than 4 pounds. Striped bass will continue to be excellent for small fish (12-18 inches) with occasional fish over 8 pounds. Channel catfish as well as bluegill and redear sunfish will be fair to good. Flathead catfish fishing should be fair at the lower end of the lake (Bill Williams River Arm) through the fall. Sizes of flathead catfish can reach as high as 40 pounds. When fishing for them, select the interior points in the coves and the areas where artificial structure has been placed.
The cooler weather causes the bite to slow down so it is important to work your lures slower and in deeper water. Put away your topwater lures and switch to plastics, crank baits, spinner baits, jigs, etc.
Courtesy AZ G&F