Tim Oliver, Joe Staller and I hit the Parker Strip Saturday and met up with Phil Click for an afternoon of bed fishing. We all caught fish, mostly smallies and one good lmb.
We headed up to Havasu City that afternoon and got ready for the lake the next day. We split up and found some of the waters we normally fish, not fishable because of the water being pretty cloudy. Not sure what is going on but the lake was not the usual clear water we were accustomed to. On to Plan B. Joe and Phil fished his boat and Tim and I hit another spot.
Not sure how many fish we caught but we kept busy all morning netting fish.
Next day we hit the river again at a different spot
We fished it all day, taking turns and landed smallies and lmb’s. Curiously the lmb’s were all paired up and the smallies weren’t. Not sure what’s happening there either…usually it’s reversed. Great trip with a good group. Havasu comes through again but it is definitely not the same old Havasu of years past. I’m seeing more and more gizzard shad harassing the bass. Between the fish that are taken off the beds and left unguarded and the gizzard shad gobbling eggs, I have doubts Havasu can maintain the fishing it once had. I talked with a conventional guy who saw a ball of gizzard shad rolling a spawning female like a football gobbling the eggs as she was laying them. All her eggs were not going to be hatched. You wonder how often that goes on.