What’s Working?

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Glad you asked. Before we go out we check with Pastor Chris Blythe, one of the most successful guides in the Lake Havasu area. His boat holds 13 IGFA world fly-fishing records for redear sunfish caught on fly rods with light line. Capt. Blythe has the patience of Job out on the water and has some advice that will increase your catch rate.

In winter, Blythe and his clients are drifting live bait off the bottom. “We are using three-foot leaders and just slowly drifting with the wind, using spoons, slow trolling crank baits, and Pointer 101s – all are working well with very slow trolling below 1 mph.

“Slow rolling plastics along the bottom will yield big stringers as the stripers are munching down getting ready to spawn. Slow jigging white jigs with plastic skirts along the bottom also pay off as the water is cold … a slow presentation works best.” Capt. Blythe adds, “Cut bait and a lot of chum bring good stringers, but this technique is best used in current.”

He cautions anglers going up river to watch for shallow bars. “It’s best to stay on the California side using buoy markers as a guide.”

For anglers without a boat, he says Site Six is still open so long as you have a license.

Spend a day with Capt. Blythe by contacting him at 928-486-8371, Chris.blythe@live.com, or www.fishinginlakehavasu.com. Make a note: he has a weakness for cookies.

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