Arizona Wildlife Conservation Strategy

Lake Havasu COA

The Department has developed concepts under a Strategic Vision Document (AGFD 2017) to help guide warmwater fisheries management in Arizona. Using these concepts, fisheries management at Lake Havasu will focus primarily on a high-quality largemouth bass and smallmouth bass fisheries, secondarily for Redear sunfish as a featured species and thirdly as a general opportunity fishery for striped bass. Bluegill, channel catfish, and flathead catfish can be locally abundant and will provide angling opportunities. A secondary emphasis for the management of Lake Havasu in the future may be the management of razorback sucker and bonytail chub. Currently, native fish management in Lake Havasu is not a priority for the Department, but there are potential opportunities for native fish management in the future and priorities may change.


Lower Colorado River


Conservation Potential


Management Priority

Sport Fish Recreation (Sport Fish Warmwater-High Quality); Native Aquatic Species Management (Native Fish Mgmt-Sustained)

Primary Strategy Species


Largemouth Bass

Secondary Strategy Species


Bonytail Chub, Razorback Sucker