BassWestUSA - Spring, 2012, Page 54

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• Lake Havasu is 45 miles long and boasts 35 square miles of surface area. Havasu attracts roughly 2.5 million visitors annually.

• Multi-agency fisheries restoration work from 1993 to 2003 included planting 65,000 housing shelters for bass, 55,000 catfish condos, and 12,000 brush piles in the lake. Volunteers have put in over 54,000 man hours on the project.

• Arizona Game and Fish are the official record keepers of fish weights. While no one specifically knows what the Havasu Record smallmouth is, AG&F lists the Colorado River record as a 5lb 3oz fish. Havasu regularly kicks out fish in this range. Double digit largemouth have been caught in Havasu.

• Non-indigenous fish introduced into Lake Havasu include Flathead Catfish (1940) Striped Bass (1959) White Sturgeon (1968) and smallmouth Bass (2000)

• Razorback Suckers and Bonytail Chubs are two indigenous species to Lake Havasu. Both are on the endangered species list and must be immediately returned to the water if caught.

• Parker Dam, which holds back the waters of Lake Havasu is the world’s deepest dam. While 320 feet tall, 235 feet of the dam is buried in the riverbed.

• Bass Master Tackle is Havasu’s main tackle shop equipped with the latest in gear for Lake Havasu fishing. Contact John Galbraith at (928) 854-2277.

• General Lake Havasu Visitor information on campgrounds, lodging, and food can be obtained by contacting the Lake Havasu Convention and Visitors Bureau at www.golakehavasu.com

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