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May 27th, 2009

LAKE HAVASU – Lake Level 447.68. Striped bass bite improving during the morning hours using blue/white 3/8 to 3/4 Stump jumpers with 4″ hyper tails cast or trolled in the early twilight hours. After sunup switch to
trolled anchovies with fish seekers or 2 oz. banana sinkers. Still fishing cut sardines or anchovies producing numbers of small limits throughout the Windsor basin south to Black Rock.
Smallmouth bass hitting red 8 to 14ft diving crankbaits, wacky rigged finesse worms in oxblood, junebug or red craw colors with a 1/4 oz. drop sinker fished near rocky or gravel bottomed shorelines where bass are preparing to spawn in 4 to 15 ft of water.
This report was provided by
John Galbraith of Anglers Pro Shop
Lake Havasu City
Report Provided by: www.HavasuFishing.com. The warmer weather has heated up the water and fishing is greatly improving for almost all species.

Post spawn bass are biting well using lipless crankbaits and jerk baits.

Smallmouth have also been biting on jerk baits and a few have also been reported on night crawlers.

Catfish are being reported all over the lake using anchovies. Redear and little smallmouth can be caught around the docks using night crawlers or mealworms on a bobber. Only a few small striper in the 10-12″ range have been reported.
Sandpoint Fish Report for May 14, courtesy Karen Coats, Sandpoint Bait and Tackle Shop. This last week we have had guest in the park go out at night and sit in coves and catch catfish; 14 of the big guys at 10 to 15 pounds. The guest were using night crawlers and chicken livers.
Dale from Laughlin NV got two 4-pound smallmouth, one   5-pound smallmouth and three   3-pound largemouth on topwater from Windsor to Sandpoint.
The bluegills are on the nest right now and are being caught using meal worms and night crawlers.
ALAMO LAKE – No new reports. Fishing should be good for bass, crappie and channel catfish.
With a waning quarter moon this weekend, this should be a good time to fish at night for crappie, largemouth bass and catfish.

Angler reports:
Rocky Priddy: Fished 5/16/09 from 7:20 PM to 1:45 AM.
Caught 50 bass and 32 crappies. Fished in main lake tied to tree…used minnows on a slip bobber 12 feet down in 30 feet of water. Largest crappie was 2 lbs and largest bass was 2 lbs.
Matt G.: Lake is on fire — Went out 5/13 pulled out 30 lmb biggest 4#. Any cove is a guaranty hot spot mostly on south End of lake in clearer waters. Caught most on  Swim baits and poppers

Lake Havasu & Topock Gorge:
Fishing for largemouth bass, as well as smallmouth bass, is expected to be fair. 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.
The lake is also full of smaller stripers, which will make it challenging to catch the larger fish.

Channel catfish as well as bluegill & 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.

Colorado River (Parker Strip Area):
Smallmouth bass with fish over two pounds in size are expected to be fair this winter.  In addition, redear sunfish should also be fair in the pound plus sizes.   The Parker Strip is well known for its smallmouth bass fishing, especially in the area from the dam to several miles downstream.

The Parker Strip is also home to some really impressive, dinner-plate sized redear sunfish of two pounds or larger.  Channel and flathead catfish are always fair in this section of the Colorado River.  Below the dam, striper fishing should also be fair, using live shad or anchovies this winter.

Colorado River (between Palo Verde Diversion Dam and Walter’s Camp):
This area should be fair for both smallmouth bass (in the channel) and largemouth bass (in the backwaters) throughout the entire area. Channel and flathead catfish are always fair to good in this section of the Colorado River. Most of the flathead catfish will be in the 2 to 5 pound size range with an occasional fish over 30 pounds. The time for fishing for both species of catfish is in the evening to midnight.

Colorado River (between Walter’s Camp and Picacho State Park):
This section of the Colorado River is relatively remote and can only be accessed by boat from either end. Fishing is expected to be fair to good for flathead catfish with sizes over 40 pounds. The best time for fishing for both species of catfish will be in the evening to midnight.  Largemouth bass and bluegill are also present in the various backwaters and slack water areas. Other species available in the main river are smallmouth bass and striped bass.

Colorado River (between Picacho State Park and Imperial Dam):
This area is expected to be fair to good for largemouth bass, channel catfish, and flathead catfish. Bass and channel catfish in excess of 5 pounds are present along with flathead catfish as large as 40 pounds. Bluegills are also present in the various backwaters and an occasional striped bass will be caught in the main river channel.

Colorado River (between Laguna and Morelos dams):
This area will be fair for largemouth bass and flathead catfish. Bass in excess of 5 pounds are common and flathead catfish over 20 pounds are a good bet. In this area accessibility to the river is dependent on the amount of water being released. Usually shallow draft boats work the best. The lower end has had some dredging work done and larger boats may be able to get on the river in that area.

With the increase in border issues and illegal activity on the lower end of this stretch, we recommend exercising extreme caution, avoiding nighttime use, or even staying away from the area altogether (Pilot Knob to Moreles Dam).

Regional Hot Spots:

Alamo Lake will be the hot spot for largemouth bass and channel catfish.  There are many fish in the lake at the present time (especially channel catfish), and keeping some to eat will not impact the population in the slightest, and will perhaps even enhance it.

Next choice would be Lake Havasu for striped bass, Lake Havasu and the Parker Strip for smallmouth bass, and Martinez Lake and Imperial Division backwaters for largemouth bass.   For the die-hard flathead catfish angler, large catfish can still be caught from Walter’s Camp down to Imperial Dam, although fishing likely won’t be as effective as in the warmer months.

If you need any additional information or assistance don’t hesitate to contact the Yuma Regional office at (928) 341-4052 and we will be happy to give you whatever information we have.

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