Lake Havasu is one of my favorite fisheries and I had a lot of confidence going into this event. February can be a finicky time in Havasu depending on the transition period. During this event the weather was warming water temps well into the 60’s and fish were in pre-spawn and spawning phase. For some anglers catching a limit seemed to be pretty easy with all the fish moving up. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, it’s all about making the right decision at the right time to win one of these.
Since I was the 87th boat out, I decided against fishing for a limit of small bed fish I marked in practice. I had a hard time catching the big bag I expected to catch and they just seemed inactive without a little wind. I ended up catching 3 3lb small mouth on reaction baits late in the day when the wind picked up. With Shane Moline leading day one with 22 lbs, I decided to swing for the fences on day two.
The day started out great catching several stripers and boating a 4 lb large mouth on a crank bait. My second spot I caught and lost a 3-4 lb fish that jumped and threw the crank bait and that kind of set the tone for the rest of the day. After running 5 or 6 more spots and with minimal wind, I decided to abandon the reaction bite and do what I love most. I started flipping a small patch of tullies and quickly started catching some small bass. I ended up catching 6 more fish with only 2 being keepers. Kevin Hugo wins the event with an 18 lb average fishing backwaters up river.