Alamo and Havasu Lakes Should be Fishing Hot Spots
January 25, 2005
A hot fishing area this year should be Alamo Lake, which is located west of Wickenburg. Along the Colorado River, Lake Havasu should be a fishing hot spot, thanks to all the nutrient-laden runoff from Alamo.
Jacobson says there is currently a good number of bass over the slot limit and a couple of strong year classes of smaller bass that are just ready to enter the protected slot. Channel catfish is also expected to be excellent this year. In addition to excellent fishing, all of the boat ramps will be useable.
The store at the lake has closed, so you need to bring everything with you. If you run short of anything, you might be able to pick it up at the Wayside Inn or in the small community of Wenden. The certified scale that was located at the store is now located at the Alamo State Park Office.
Wildlife Manager Stewart Kohnke says he expects to see
some 3.5-pound crappies being caught this spring. "Last year,
anglers were catching some 3 pounders. Those fish should be about
3.5 pounds by now."
"Striped bass will continue to be excellent for small fish (12-18 inches) with occasional fish over 5 pounds," says Jacobson.
Channel catfish, as well as bluegill and redear sunfish, will be fair to good. "If you're interested in flathead catfish, fishing should be good at the lower end of the lake around the Bill Williams River Arm during late May and on through the summer. Sizes of flathead catfish can reach as high as 40 pounds," Jacobson says.
Because Alamo Lake received so much runoff, the Bill Williams River was running at almost 7,000 cfs during the January storms. That runoff provided much-needed nutrient inflows to Havasu. That should help fish grow-outs.
A good strategy for anglers is to fish along the mud line in the lake. Slow trolling can be effective, so can spooning.
Colorado River (Parker Strip Area)
Colorado River (between Palo Verde Weir and Walter's
Channel and flathead catfish are always fair to good in this section of the Colorado River. Most flathead catfish will be in the 2- to 5-pound size range with an occasional fish over 20 pounds. The time to fish for both catfish species is from late spring through the end of summer. "Generally speaking, when fishing for catfish: the hotter the weather, the better the fishing," Jacobson says.
Colorado River (between Walter's Camp and Picacho
Colorado River (between Picacho State Park and
Colorado River (between Laguna and Morelos dams)
"In this area, accessibility to the river is dependent
on the amount of water being released. Usually shallow draft boats
work best. The lower end has had some dredging work done, and larger
boats will be able to get on the river there," says Jacobson.
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