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When it comes to fishing, we’ll take any tip if it helps us land the big ones. Want to know what’s really happening out on the lake? Here’s how to receive current fishing reports from active Lake Havasu anglers. Best of all, it’s free.

HavasuFishing.com explains how to catch monster fish, including the hot spots and hot lures that are really producing. The site also offers a free community forum that includes updated fishing reports and a lively discussion group.

The advice is pretty specific:

Freshwater_assasin reports how best to catch stripers: “To hook them I recommend an octopus or any live bait hooked upward through both lips and in between the nostrils.”

Lazy B reports: “I fly-line shad with 6 lb. line and let them swim where they want. I found that even a small split-shot will weigh them down to the bottom making them look unnatural. If you want to keep the shad in the top of the water column try using a bobber.”

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For a handy fishing guide to the entire lake, visit the Fishing section of GoLakeHavasu.com.
Learn what the state says about fishing throughout Arizona, including Lake Havasu.

Lake Havasu Ranked Number One for Cold Weather Fishing

Kayak fishing on Lake Havasu

Of course, it’s no surprise that we’re a big fan of Lake Havasu fishing. But when a leading Arizona newspaper reports Lake Havasu is ranked the number one cold weather fishing spot in the state, well, that’s something to really crow about.

In a December story titled, “Best winter fishing holes in Arizona,” the Tucson News reported the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s list of the Top 5 winter fishing holes across the state.

Yup, Lake Havasu came up number one. The story reads, “This lake stays warm even in the winter thanks to its shallow depth and the clear skies above. Lake Havasu heats up quickly on a sunny winter day, and anglers can try for some monster redear sunfish.”

Catch More Fish: Follow the Wolf Packs

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Fishing is naturally slower in the winter, so for the most success we turn to John Galbraith of BassTackleMaster for some advice. His number one tip? Follow the wolf packs.

In winter months, large and small mouth bass tend to group in big numbers, chasing schools of bait fish. “If you’re lucky enough to locate a wolf pack of fish on the lake, you’ll catch more fish in one day than the entire year,” John tells us.

Last December, three consecutive casts did the trick for Shaun Bailey and Mike Williams at the National Bass West Colorado River Region team tournament, vaulting the duo’s limit to 30.01 pounds of bass and a first-place finish. Bailey and Williams are the first team to break the 30-pound barrier in a sanctioned event, setting a new 5-fish tournament weight record on the lake. Part of their success came by fishing wolf packs.

“We were throwing crankbaits all morning for three pounders and we put a limit together there,” Bailey said. “When the wind came up, we went to target structure with a Paul Bailey Alabama rig armed with 5-inch Predator swimbaits,” he tells Blake Warren, staff writer for WONews.com.

This winter, the bass bite at Lake Havasu has been solid and steady. A solid mix of largemouth and smallies are hitting mostly reaction baits, according to Cliff Rubin of BassTackleMaster. Swimbaits, crankbaits and jerkbaits are all working well.

BTM’s John Galbraith says the best way to locate a wolf pack is to keep an eye on sea gulls diving on bait fish, and watch for Clark’s grebe, a medium-sized white flightless bird that swims and dives in the lake.

For ideas on where to enjoy spectacular fishing on Lake Havasu, visit the fishing section of the CVB website.

17-inch Gizzard Shad Sets Lake Havasu Record

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Young gizzard shad are usually used for bait.

While official records on shad aren’t kept, BassTackleMasters owner John Galbraith is sure the 17-incher gizzard shad caught this fall by guide Chris Blythe is a record. The gizzard shad weighed 2.8 pounds and measured 17 inches. Blythe caught it with a four-foot throw net while fishing for bait.

Gizzard shad are an introduced species in Arizona, brought to the Colorado River system as a forage food for bass because of their small size and relatively high abundance. The downside is that they spawn in large numbers and can reach densities high enough to ensure that many of them survive past the first year, making them essentially invulnerable to predation. The adult has a deep body, with a silvery-green coloration above fading to plain silver below.

“We’ve never had these big shads in the lake before,” Galbraith tells us. “Most gizzard shad stay well below 16 inches.”

Shad aren’t very good for eating – it takes a lot to prepare them correctly. So they’re mostly frozen and used for bait. As for that gizzard, glad you asked. The gizzard shad is so named because It actually has a gizzard, a sack filled with rocks or sand that aids the animal in the breakdown of consumed food.

Learn more about Lake Havasu fishing at GoLakeHavasu.com.

Arizona Republic Shines a Light on Lake Havasu City

Lake Havasu lighthouse
Travel Writer Roger Naylor shines a light(house) on Lake Havasu City in a recent Arizona Republic newspaper story that lists the 13 top reasons why people like to live in Arizona.

Naylor, author of Boots and Burgers: An Arizona Handbook for Hungry Hikers (2014), praises the root beer at Mr. D’z Route 66 diner in Kingman, the burros of Oatman, the Desert Bar in nearby Parker, and, no surprise here, the 25 lighthouse replicas of Lake Havasu.  Each 1/3 scale replica lighthouse is a functional navigational aid for boaters on Lake Havasu.

It just so happens that Lake Havasu City is home to more lighthouses than any other city in the entire country. All of the lighthouses were built and are maintained by the Lake Havasu Lighthouse Club, a nonprofit group of independent citizens dedicated to the preservation, improvement and promotion of Lake Havasu and the Lake Havasu City lifestyle. The lighthouses make an already adventurous boating experience even more beautiful and unique.

Spend President’s Day at Havasu 95 Speedway, Feb. 20, 2016

Havasu 95 Speedway, Lake Havasu City Arizona
The racing action at the Speedway this President’s Day will be exciting enough, but fans will really like what happens at 5 p.m. when the races are over.

The Havasu 95 Speedway in SARA Park is a 0.25-mile paved oval racing track that operates under ASA sanctioning, and primarily hosts weekly stock car events. It’s one of three paved ovals in the state of Arizona and the only one in western Arizona. The facility has thrilled racing fans for 10 years and the schedule keeps getting better.

For a complete listing of events this season, visit the CVB website’s activities section. The President’s day line-up on Feb. 20, 2016 includes:

Late Models – Twin 50’s
Get It N Gear Street Stocks
Sam Nichols Factory Stocks
Team Factory – On dirt

“Listen carefully to what veteran announcer Mike Flanders has to say”, said track manager Bill Rozhon. “He is the son of Bruce Flanders, Irwindale Event Center’s chief announcer, and comes up with some amusing and entertaining lines”.

Part of the charm surrounding the Havasu 95 Speedway is the opportunity to interact with drivers in the pit. These road warriors are real people with a passion for their sport and they love to talk about their equipment and experiences.

Bill tells us, “After the races at about 5 p.m. the pits open up and spectators can come down and meet and talk to the drivers and request autographs.”

Gates open at noon and racing begins at 2 p.m.

Winterfest 2016 Celebrates Lake Havasu City’s Culture

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Visitors and residents alike will come out by the thousands for the 31st Annual Winterfest, February 20-21. Over 200 vendors from across the U.S. invite everyone to shop, browse, relax, and enjoy Lake Havasu City’s unique culture.

Winterfest has been a favorite event for locals and visitors alike for a generation. It’s two spectacular days of arts, crafts, clothing, jewelry, home decor, tasty street food, beer garden, and eclectic entertainment.

It’s being held in the Downtown Havasu District on McCulloch Blvd. between Acoma & Smoketree. Look for easy access to free parking along Swanson and Mesquite Avenues.

On the Edge of Fear and Fun – 2016 Western Winter Blast Pyrotechnics Show

Fireworks Over Lake Havasu at WPA Winter Blast
Dogs and cats can often be found hiding under the bed during a fireworks display, but most humans enjoy the vibrant spectacle. Why? Research suggests we enjoy them because they offer the brain an ideal combination of pleasure and pain that excites us and leaves us wanting more, while comforting us with the knowledge that we are safe.

Huh? Think that’s a bunch of psychobabble? Who cares when few other fireworks shows can light a candle to this one.

Scenic SARA Park on Feb. 11 to 14 glows brighter than ever this year when the clear desert sky morphs into a spectacular kaleidoscope of colors in honor of the 27th anniversary of Winter Blast.

Fireworks start each evening at 5 p.m. and continue until 10:30 p.m. nightly, except Sunday when it ends at 10 p.m. The organized show segments are approximately one hour and begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday to Sunday, with the largest single show being Saturday night. Gates for the show will open at 3 p.m. each day.

928 MX Promotions, Inc., will be hosting a Ball Field Pyro Party each day of Winter Blast from 3 p.m. to midnight on the ball fields at SARA Park with a beer and wine garden, food vendors, entertainment, bounce house, kid’s activities and more.

Tin Can Tourists Come to Town, Feb. 4 -7, 2016

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Some people prefer to camp in complete luxury. Call it “glamping” if you will. They take their flat screen TV’s, Wi-Fi and microwaves into the great outdoors. But some traditionalists like to spend time outdoors in vintage travel trailers, those built before 1970. They’re coming to town on Feb. 4 to 7 and you’re invited.

The 2nd Annual Vintage Trailer Campout at Windsor Beach, Lake Havasu State Park, will showcase vintage trailers for everyone to come check out. You’re likely to see a streamlined, compact, lightweight travel trailer called the teardrop, which gets its name from its teardrop profile. First popular in the 1930s, they usually only have sleeping space for two adults and often have a basic kitchen in the rear. If you see an an “Open” sign, you’re welcome to come inside.

“We fell in love with these trailers. People who camp in vintage trailers are wonderful,” says co-organizer Cherri Aiken from Acme, Wash. (which must be where Wile E. Coyote buys his anvils and TNT). “These are vintage trailers, many with original ice boxes and stoves.”

Cherri, who owns a 1952 Viking with her husband Mike, is a fan of these campouts because they date back to the days when people would meet in the real world, not just the virtual world, and actually talk to each other.

“Collecting vintage trailers is the fastest growing hobby after old cars. The prices have gone up and it’s harder to find them,” she tells us.

Visitor Center Volunteers Field Some Weird Questions

Lake Havasu City Visitor Center mapA dedicated staff of Visitor Information Center (VIC) volunteers hear some strange questions from time to time as people visit to use the free Wi-Fi, tour the art gallery and pin their hometowns on a wall map. See if you already know the answers.

Two Visitor Center volunteers, Barbara Shufeldt and John Kendig, were recently honored for each serving over 10 years. At least four hours per week they’ve helped visitors – as many as 100,000 per year visit the facility in the former London Arms Pub – gain the most from their time in Lake Havasu City. Sometimes though, they are asked questions that are pretty, well, strange. Such as:

  • “Where’s the bridge?” (That’s an easy one since the Visitor Information Center is located in the English Village, right next to the historic structure).
  • “Can we see the bridge at night?” (Yes, the bridge is lit up at night).
  • “Does it cost anything to see the bridge?” (It’s free, but you can take an official 90 minute tour of the bridge for $10).

One cherished tradition is to come to the VIC and pin your hometown on a large wall map. Arizona and California, as you might expect, are a solid mass of pins. But you might be surprised to see Great Britain, The Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Japan, China, and Philippines well represented. If you’re from Greenland and Iceland there’s still plenty of room, but because the display fills up so much, every New Year’s Day the map is photographed and volunteers come to remove thousands of pins so they can start anew for the year.

What’s one reason the city is so popular? Jan Kassies, Director of Visitor Services, jokes, “We don’t have hurricanes, tornadoes, or earthquakes – just a few reasons why winter here is pretty attractive. Besides, unlike Florida, it’s a dry heat. No mosquitoes, no flies and no alligators.”

To learn more about what to see and do in Lake Havasu City, come see Jan and the team of volunteers (you can even ask them some silly questions) at the Lake Havasu City Visitor Center.