Lake Havasu Gives Up Another Giant Redear Sunfish

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 Рthis 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.

This redear sunfish weighed more than five and a half pounds.

This redear sunfish weighed more than five and a half pounds.

The new champ at five pounds 12.8 ounces.

The new champ at five pounds 12.8 ounces.

About Pete Heley

Writes and self-publishes Oregon and Washington fishing books.
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