Excuse us if we brag a bit, but our favorite lake has appeared on the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s (AZGF) list of top five fishing holes for this winter. It actually came in at No. 2! In Arizona, winter doesn’t have to mean sending boats and rods and reels into hibernation. While outdoor recreation opportunities across many U.S. states shut down during the season of freeze, Arizona rolls on with trout stockings and water temperatures just warm enough to convince fish to bite after the holidays.
Ask our friends in state government and they’ll tell you, “Lake Havasu has some of the best bass fishing in the nation and water temperatures stay relatively warm during the winter.”
AZGF spokesman Nick Walter tells Today’s News Herald, “Havasu and the Lower Salt River are both incredible winter fisheries … It could almost come down to a coin flip to pick a number-one spot.”
In compiling its rankings, AZGF accounted for catch rates, opinions from regional fishing report editors, water quality, effects from drought conditions, proximity of fisheries to major population areas, how winter conditions affect fish feeding patterns and overall fishing experience.
“Though the wind can blow during the winter and spring months, the average daily temperature is pretty mild (in Havasu),” Walter said, “Bass and other game species are more affected by changes in barometric pressure than they are by water temperatures. This translates into more fish activity along the lower Colorado River versus inland Arizona. More activity could translate into a better chance for anglers to find active fish.”
According to Walter, lower boat traffic could also account for easier fishing on Lake Havasu during the winter months. “Anglers have the lake all to themselves in the winter, without wave runners and power boats,” Walter said.
In 2014, the lake ranked among Bassmaster Magazine’s top 20 fishing destinations in the U.S.
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Learn more about fishing in Lake Havasu at GoLakeHavasu.com