Over the last three years, Lake Havasu has earned a reputation as the best spot to catch really big redear sunfish – fish weighing more than four pounds.
Less than two years ago Havasu gave up a redear weighing slightly more than five and a half pounds. Less than two weeks ago, Havasu produced yet another giant redear – this one weighing five pounds 12.8 ounces.
The secret to Havasu’ s hefty redears is the lake’s quagga mussel infestation. While the mussels have negatively impacted many fish species – especially crappies – smallmouth bass have benefitted from the increased water clarity – and redear sunfish which primarily feed on small crustaceans have tajen full advantage of the new forage base.