October is considered the peak month for big catfish at Lake Havasu

Lake Havasu - Havasu City, AZ

by Arizona Game & Fish Department

At Lake Havasu, John Galbraith (Bass Tackle Master) reports that the afternoon striper bite has been good from Lake Havasu State Park south to California and Thompson Bays. Anglers are catching stripers on diving baits like Rat-L-Traps (in white), Sassy Shads, Pointer 128/158s and some topwater lures like Chug Bugs, Sammy’s and Super Spooks. Bait anglers are catching stripers at 30- to 45-foot depths after 9 a.m. and through the late afternoon hours. There have been some reports of morning boils of large stripers from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m

October is considered the peak month for big catfish at Lake Havasu. Both species are feeding heavily before the lake cools off for winter. The channel catfish bite is excellent and they currently prefer cut mackerel or squid in the evenings and after dark. The Havasu flathead cats are biting well too. Try small- to medium-size bluegills or redear sunfish from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Then hold on for the ride.

Largemouth bass fishing is currently pretty good at Havasu. Try flipping or pitching jigs with craw trailers like the chigger craw, Senkos and tubes in tulles and weed line edges in 1- to 4-feet of water.

The Havasu smallmouth bass are biting well around gravel flats and rocky outcroppings on green pumpkin Hula Grubs with a 3/8- or 1/2-ounce football head and exposed hook. Smallies usually bite these jigs as they fall, so be ready and keep the slack out of your line as the jig descends.

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