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Fishing

FishingPier_512x219There are many places to enjoy fishing on Havasu National Wildlife Refuge.  The Colorado River provides abundant populations of catfish, striped bass, and largemouth bass.

Topock Marsh shorelines are considered part of the Colorado River special use permit areas. Arizona license holders do not need this stamp while fishing on the marsh; however, California fishermen must purchase a Colorado River special use stamp with their California fishing license for fishing marsh waters and shorelines. State and Federal fishing laws and regulations apply.

The closed portion of Topock Marsh is closed to all access (including fishing) from October 1st until the end of the state waterfowl season, including the youth waterfowl hunt. Closed area signs and buoys mark the area.

Fishing Hotspots at Havasu

Topock Marsh
Topock Marsh has modest amounts of bass, crappie, catfish, and carp. Three sites offer boat access to the marsh: North Dike, Five Mile Landing, and Catfish Paradise. There is no fee to use the boat launches; however, there is no access from Topock Marsh into the lower Colorado River channel.
  • North Dike: Marks the northern boundary of the marsh where water diverted from the Colorado River enters the marsh. North Dike offers a boat launch as well as shoreline fishing from the dike.
  • Five Mile Landing: Has a boat launch with some fishing from its shorelines. A no wake zone exists in the harbor of Five Mile Landing.
  • Catfish Paradise: Has a universally accessible fishing pier and boat launch as well as a non-water bathroom facility and a small picnic area.
South Dike
South Dike is approximately one-quarter mile hike into a water control structure that controls the return flow of Topock Marsh water to the Colorado River. Fishermen can hike or bike into this area.

New South Dike
New South Dike is approximately a one-quarter mile hike to a bridge where water flow from the South Dike continues on to the Colorado River.

Mesquite Bay
Located within Lake Havasu City limits on London Bridge Road are two fishing piers. Both bays are closed to motorized watercraft, have their own fishing pier and constructed underwater fish habitat areas. Fishermen are treated to a quiet experience because motorized watercraft is prohibited. Kayaks and canoes are permitted to launch and retrieve at Mesquite Bay.

Mesquite Bay 1 (North)
Mesquite Bay 1 is universally accessible and has an improved paved parking area, non-water bathrooms, and an approximately 100-yard concrete pathway to the fishing pier. Two shade shelters and informational signs along the path describe native wildlife species and discuss environmental diversity.

Mesquite Bay 2 (South)
Mesquite Bay 2 has a gravel parking lot with a gravel trail, which includes a hike up a short slope and a downgrade for approximately 100-yards before getting to the fishing pier. There is a shelter with informational signs along the way.

Levee Road
Many fishermen use the Levee Road access off of Barrackman Road and Arizona Highway 95. Levee Road follows the Colorado River to a turnaround just before Topock Marina and the I-40 bridge. 
Last Updated: Sep 11, 2012
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