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July 9th, 2008
Southwestern Arizona

LAKE HAVASU – This Report was provided by John Galbraith of Anglers Pro Shop, Lake Havasu City: Striped bass fishing is excellent on cut anchovies or sardines in 35 to 56 feet of water from Copper Canyon south to Standard Wash. Early morning trolling or casting with Pointer 100s and 128s, chrome/blue Chug Bugs and Pencil Poppers are also producing some quality stripers off points and reefs throughout the main basin and south near the Bill Williams River arm.

Largemouth bass fishing is excellent with lots of fish being caught on Senkos, Gitzits and drop-shot worms around artificial habitats in 8 to 15 feet of water. Flipping brown jigs with orange craw trailers in cattail rows north in the river also good early before boat traffic pushes the bass deeper into the cattails.

Smallmouth are being caught on 3/8- or ½-ounce cinnamon brown and green pumpkin jigs throughout the lake on rocky banks and points in 6 to 18 feet of water.

Important notice:  Quagga mussels have been found in Lake Havasu so proper cleaning of all watercraft is critical to help prevent the spread of these invaders. Please move to the parking lot, DRAIN your live-wells and bilge where the water does not return to the lake. Drain all the water you can from your engine. Also, INSPECT your watercraft and trailer, removing any visible mussels, but also feel for any rough or gritty spots on the hull. These may be young mussels that can be hard to see.

PARKER STRIP – COLORADO RIVER (PARKER STRIP AREA) – Courtesy June’s Bait Shop in Parker: Water temps along the strip have been averaging in the upper fifties to low sixties, and it’s only getting hotter!

Important notice:  Quagga mussels have been found in Lake Havasu so proper cleaning of all watercraft is critical to help prevent the spread of these invaders. Please move to the parking lot, DRAIN your live-wells and bilge where the water does not return to the lake. Drain all the water you can from your engine. Also, INSPECT your watercraft and trailer, removing any visible mussels, but also feel for any rough or gritty spots on the hull. These may be young mussels that can be hard to see.

ALALMO LAKE – Report courtesy Mark Knapp (pictured below) with the Alamo Lake State Park. Well folks, in a nut shell the best time for fishing out here is in the evening, followed by early morning.  I talked with Scott, Austin, and Karri who gave fishing a thumbs up. Scott said they caught 40 crappies at night, and 25 bass during the early morning throwing topwater and drop-shotting.   Austin mumbled something about Karri “beating them”  and Karri made it loud and clear “again.”  Nice job Karri. The thrill of victory.

I had a note stuck in the door from some folks from Las Vegas that said they caught 15 crappies, 20 catfish, 2 bass, and 20 bluegills. I talked with them for a while before they went out and told them to be versatile and move around if they did not see bait fish around the crappie lights. They did and it paid off.

As far as the other guys I mentioned last week that never moved.  They stayed on the lake for 3 days, ended up with dead batteries, and I towed them in.  Their total score was 4 catfish.  They never moved the boat once. There batteries went dead from running the crappie lights for  three nights with out charging them.  Here’s a word to the wise.  Don’t run trolling motors, crappie lights, or anything like that off the battery that runs the big motor. That’s what the other batteries are for.  I have allot more to say on batteries but we will get there in minute.

Bob and Cheryl from Kingman stayed for a week and got a dose of the evening bite. The last night they were here they caught 20 crappies, 10 catfish, and 25 bass. Cheryl was throwing some kind of funky minnow imitation made by Storm, and Bob  put the hurts on them throwing a shad colored deep-diving crankbait.  Like the rest of us they found a brushy point right at sunset and started throwing into the brush.

I’ve still been averaging 20-plus fish a night throwing a Texas-rigged four-inch lizard.   Wolly tailed brush hogs are working too.

No good reports of shore fishing.  I’m sending a picture that shows what one looks like at the end of the day, but also what one can catch if you can stand the heat.  If you want to catch cat fish, bluegills, and crappie, then minnows and crappie light are the way to go.

If you want in on some killer bass fishing, then sunset till dark using plastics or training wheels throwing at any brushy point should work.

The heat will drain the water out of batteries in no time. I found this out the other day. I started out just fine. The boat fired right up.  I was up by the dam and went to start it and “click.”   When I got home I looked at the battery and there was no water in it. I just got done servicing the batteries at the beginning of summer.  That’s how fast the heat can kill a battery. Check water levels about once a month.

The lake level is at 1123ish with releases of 50 cfs. Both ramps are in operation but bigger boats are encouraged to use the Cholla ramp.  That’s all I got

Angler report:
Where:Alamo Lake
When:07/06/08
Caught:Bass (lost count)
Technique:Crankbaits, Carolina-rigged worms & lizards (crawfish, pumpkin, and some strange pink/chartreuse color *worm). Really, anything out there seemed to work!
Comments: Take the family and bring some sun screen, oh don’t forget A LOT of water. Alamo is hotter than Hades but don’t let that discourage you from going; this is a great lake to fish right now.
Name:Dave Nielson

Where:Alamo
When:06/21/08
Caught:4 Large mouth bass, 1 was 4lbs.11oz.
Technique:6″ robo worm
Comments:Bite was on in the early morning!
Name: Marshall Hipp


Where: Alamo lake
When: 06/16/08
Caught: Large mouth bass
Technique: 6 inch lizard
Comments: Caught 15 bass in 4 hours, one 6-pound 6-ounce monster
Name: Tim

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