There was a time, winter fishing at Lake Havasu was like walking the plank. You might see the water, but you wouldn’t need a fishing rod.

But the arrival of smallmouth bass has changed everything. Guide and competitive angler Rusty Brown just got back from three days on the water: one for the WON Bass team event and two for just for the heck of it.

Well, not quite. The Rapala pro staffer and his partner David Grant of Newport Beach were taking some time to test out some new baits from the sponsor company. And wouldn’t you know it, the Havasu smallies were all in on everything from crawdad Dives2 crankbaits to the new Max Rap jerkbait.

“We caught them from the narrows to the Palms, Site 6 and both sides of Thompson Bay,” Rusty told me.

Ideal conditions with mid day temperatures of 60 to 65 degrees and barely a breath of wind, combined with 62 to 64-degree water temperature made the venture about as pleasant as you will find. “The lake has such a good population of 3- to 4 1/2-pound smallmouth and some even bigger, while the largemouth run 2 1/2 to maybe 6 pounds,” he offered.

The crankbait fish came in 9 to 11 feet, while the jerkbait fish were 2- to 4-feet “if that” he reported. “Everything came on 8-pound test. I used Maxima 8-pound, and for cranking the Sufix Deep Cranking line. It helps to get down.”

With spring just getting started, it’s no wonder, Havasu is one of the hottest destinations in the West.


3 Responses to “Havasu as good as February bass fishing gets”

Good to see my buddy Rusty out there!!! Way to go – looks like good times!


Holey Macanolie, thats some big fish right there!!! When I go fishing you are exactly the guide I want to have to show me how to do it right! Way to go……
Melissa :-)’

Rusty really is an amazing guide. If you want the best book him. You won’t regret it.