Lake Havasu; a Fishing Oasis in the Desert

Lake Havasu; a Fishing Oasis in the Desert

This weekend a lot of friends are competing at the Wild West Bass Trail Pro/Am at Lake Havasu. Who do you think will win?

Colorado River at Blankenship Bend

Colorado River at Blankenship Bend

If you haven’t been to Havasu here is a brief photographic tour.

Catfish Bay

Catfish Bay

Lake Havasu is located on the Colorado River where the Mojave Desert meets the Sonoran Desert. California is located on the western shoreline, Lake Havasu City, and Arizona is on the eastern shores.

“Back Water” near Blankenship Valley on the Colorado River

“Back Water” near Blankenship Valley on the Colorado River

Havasu consists of the central lake located above Parker Dam to the south and the Colorado River entering from the north.

Picture was taken from the Arizona shore, Thompson Bay, and Pittsburgh Island center, California far side

Picture was taken from the Arizona shore, Thompson Bay, and Pittsburgh Island center, California far side

Havasu competitors typically focus on largemouth bass to anchor winning tournament bags, but it has been proven that you can win major events with nothing but smallmouth bass.

Troy Lindner assisting Walt Kondraki with his heavy limit of Havasu Smallies

Troy Lindner assisting Walt Kondraki with his heavy limit of Havasu Smallies

As rugged as the desert environment is, it’s also fragile. 

Copper Canyon

Copper Canyon

Flood a desert valley and the submerged cover elements will soon fade away. Havasu has responded exceptionally to this condition and has implemented a world-class habitat program.

Manmade and natural habitat is placed throughout Havasu.

Manmade and natural habitat is placed throughout Havasu.

To learn more about Havasu’s Fisheries Improvement Partnership click http://thebbz.com/2013/2/11/lake-havasu-fisheries-improvement-partnership

Havasu is extremely popular for a variety water sports. During Spring Break Havasu becomes packed with every type of boater including those that party way too much while operating their vessels, be careful. 

Sand Bar Island, this is mild boat traffic for a summer day.

Sand Bar Island, this is mild boat traffic for a summer day.

At the right time of year if you push into Havasu “Back Water” you might find a big bite,…

Backwater Adventure

Backwater Adventure

…or maybe just a wild Burro. Burros were originally brought to the desert by minors. When mining ceased the minors let them go. These sturdy, adaptable animals learned to not only survive but flourish in this harsh environment. 

Wild Havasu Burro

Wild Havasu Burro

Relocated from England block by block the London Bridge was purchased and reassembled in Lake Havasu City by Robert P. McCulloch. The bridge was rebuilt over land between Pittsburgh Point and the city. 

Water Jetpacker in front of the London Bridge

Water Jetpacker in front of the London Bridge

Afterward, the Bridgewater Channel was created under the bridge building a waterway and turning the peninsula into an island. Initially thought to be a crazy idea, but as it turned this project has been attributed to a significant boom of new land buyers. 

The Bridgewater Channel as it passes under the London Bridge. The channel provides a short cut from the main lake to Thompson Bay.

The Bridgewater Channel as it passes under the London Bridge. The channel provides a short cut from the main lake to Thompson Bay.

If you ever get the opportunity to visit Lake Havasu, do it. From the adventure up the river, the main lake, and the southern portion this venue is a dynamic fishery. You will have an opportunity to catch big stripers, toad largemouth, hard fighting stout smallmouth, and even world record size blue gill.

Photo credit top left to clockwise; striper – hookedaz.com, largemouth – havasunews,com, smallmouth – havasunews.com, bluegill aka shell cracker – azgfd.com

Photo credit top left to clockwise; striper – hookedaz.com, largemouth – havasunews,com, smallmouth – havasunews.com, bluegill aka shell cracker – azgfd.com

Havasu Sunset

Havasu Sunset

Good luck to all the competitors!

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