BassWestUSA - Spring, 2012, Page 56

Galbraith also offers these words of wisdom to an- glers. “Since the introduction of the Quagga mussel into the waters of Lake Havasu, fishermen are going to have to be very conscious of the clear water conditions that have resulted. “I’d only recommend utilizing fluorocar- bon lines when fishing the lake and the lighter weight line that you use, the better. I would typically not even consider using anything over a 12-15 pound test for most of my fishing”. It is not only the smallmouth that make Havasu great; the Largemouth population has also gone on a steroid like growth spurt. This author has conducted many bass tour-

naments on Lake Havasu and notes that a four-pound largemouth in someone’s bag used to take home big fish money. Not any more. Largemouth bass in the 5-6- 7 pound range are not an uncommon sight during any weekend derby. In fact, the largemouth bass lake record has been broken twice recently by double-digit fish. While the fishing at Lake Havasu can be phenom- enal, it is wise during the months from Spring Break through Labor Day to check the events calendar at the Lake Havasu Convention and Visitors Bureau (www.go- to make sure that you are not going to be heading out on a big event weekend. Lake Havasu hosts a number of major go-fast boat and Jet Ski races and during holiday weekends, the lake is a destination spot for the college party scene. Things can get crowded during these times and lodging can sometimes be hard to come by. The good news though is that for the remaining two thirds of the year, Lake Havasu is a paradise that every fisherman should experi- ence at least once in their lifetime. BWU



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