Colorado River

Whole tackle bag working for Havasu bass

BY BLAKE WARREN/WON Staff WriterPublished: May 10, 2018

Trolling bite picking up for stripers,
redear still going strong too

LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. — It’s now really starting to heat up on the weather scene at Lake Havasu, and so too it is with the fishing on multiple fronts as well. For starters, the early-May bass bite’s been rock solid and producing very good numbers of largemouth with decent counts of smallies in the mix too. And these black bass aren’t being all that particular with their meals as of late, as anglers are cashing in on bites in a wide range of different ways.

savagegearmayflySAVAGE GEAR MAYFLY Nymphs did the trick on these slab redear for Lake Havasu local Jordan Panster. The sunfish are also taking nightcrawlers fished on chartreuse, red or pink jigheads and on slip bobber set-ups.

“It’s pretty dang good right now for this time of the year,” said Cliff Rubin at Bass Tackle Master. “You can do just about whatever you want — you can just get ’em on so many different things right now. Spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, jigs, plastics, creature baits, cranks, top­-water… it’s all getting it done. The topwater bite should just be getting even better here in the near future with this warm weather that moved in, so look for that to happen this coming week and beyond.”

Shifting gears to bass of the striped variety, the morning trolling bite has come on in recent days, according to Rubin. The first few hours of the day are giving up troll fish at a pretty steady clip, with a few chunkier jailbirds to 7 or 8 pounds making occasional appearances to sweeten the deal.

“Pointer 128s are always a good bet along with white Rat-L-Traps,” Rubin said, “but swimbaits that you can get down a little deeper are working and guys are also getting ’em with Alabama rigs. Storm WildEye Swim Shads have been good.” Once the troll bite starts to wane by mid to late morning, Rubin said the cut bait bite’s been pretty decent through the afternoons for those braving the heat, but that the key to getting bit has been “a lot of chum,” so pick up a few extra bags of anchovies if you’re going that route.

The redear bite is still going strong as well, and should continue for at least the next week or two here — it’s just a mere matter of locating a little pocket of panfish. The best way to get after the big slabs is with ‘crawlers rigged up on a jighead or a slip bobber setup. The most effective jighead colors have been chartreuse, pink and red. Split-shot / bobber rigs armed with ’crawlers have also been working for sunfish to 3½ pounds. A few skilled anglers are picking ‘em off with artificials on light tackle, like Slab Jiggies and Savage Gear Mayfly Nymphs. The best catfish action is coming at night on cut baits, and Rubin said that he expects the kitty bite to start ramping up here in the next couple weeks.

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