LAKE HAVASU — Lake Havasu Fishing Report courtesy John Galbraith of, Lake Havasu City, early October. Fair afternoon striper bite from Winsor State Park south to Calif Bay/Thompson Bay using diving baits like the white Rat-L-Traps, Sassy Shads, Pointer 128s and some topwater plugs like chug bugs, Sammys and Super Spooks.

Baitfishing fair in 35 to 45 foot depths after 9 a.m. through the late afternoon hours. Reports of some spotty evening boils of larger stripers after 4 p.m. till dark.

Channel catfish bite excellent on cut mackerel and squid in the evening and after dark hours. October is a peak month for “big” cats as they feed heavily before the lake cools off for the winter. Flathead cats good too using live bait like small to med size bluegills or redears. They bite best from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Largemouth bass biting good on jigs with pork trailers, Senkos and tubes flipped & Pitched on tulles and weedline edges in 1 to 4 ft of water.

Smallmouth bass biting good on cinnamon or green pumpkin hula grubs with a 3/8 or 1/2oz football heads fished with an exposed hook. Use these around gravel flats and rocky outcrops. Smallies will usually bite these jigs on the fall so be ready and keep the slack out of your line as the jig descends.

PARKER STRIP — This is a good time to float the current near the dam and work curly-tails jigs or small topwater lures for smallmouth and largemouth bass.

The smallmouth bass fishing is best in the current just below Parker Dam.
The smallmouth bass fishing is best just below Parker Dam.

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