UPCOMING EVENT: YETI College Fishing - 2019 - Sam Rayburn Reservoir


Heating Up on Havasu

The sun rises over mountains as anglers race off into the waters of Lake Havasu on day one.

Lake Havasu City, Ariz. – Warming weather could provide the spark that is needed to ignite a big-time bite on Lake Havasu this week for the first event of the 2015 Rayovac FLW Series Western Division, which is presented by Mercury.

Past FLW events on Havasu have been plagued by lower temperatures and strong winds that slowed the bite – fishing was good, but the anglers didn’t experience the lake’s full potential. The last few days on the Colorado River impoundment, however, have seen temperatures near 80 degrees with nearly no wind. As it stands now, the forecast for competition days is calling for more of the same, and many of the 152 pros in this tournament feel like that could open things up.

“The fish are already in the prespawn stage, and a few bucks have begun to make beds,” says Lake Havasu stud Joe Uribe Jr. “It’s been getting a little cool at night, but the water temperatures have been really steady, which is great. There are a lot of fish starting to push toward the bank, but I think the biggest factor this week will be the big prespawn largemouths.

“The lake is about 3 feet higher than it was last year for this tournament,” Uribe adds. “That’s a lot for Havasu. It will open up some more water to the guys fishing shallow in the river and could help spread the field out a little bit.”

Havasu gives anglers the option to fish shallow cover up the river or more traditional reservoir banks and cribs on the main lake. Either option can yield smallmouth or largemouth bass, so the question remains: Which species will be the focus this week?

“There’s no doubt that it’s going to take a mixed bag to do well this year,” says veteran pro Dean Rojas, who resides in Lake Havasu City. “The conditions are prime. We had 3 inches of snow here just a month ago, so this warming trend is a huge transition for these fish. And when you add in the full moon I think it could make things interesting. This type of weather is relatively unheard of for this time in February.”

Rojas believes that the top of this year’s leaderboard could include some new names – mostly because of the abundant ways to catch fish right now. Junk-fishing, which is typically a go-to tactic this time of year on Havasu, will likely produce some top finishes this time. But everything from flipping tules up the river to drop-shotting deep structure will be in play.

Two-time Western Division Angler of the Year Jeff Michels is no stranger to catching fish on the West Coast, and he echoed Rojas’ belief that there is no wrong presentation on the lake right now.

“A guy can pick up any rod in his boat and catch a fish or two on it,” Michels says. “The only problem is that one or two fish is about all you can catch on that rod, and then you have to switch it up. That tells me that covering a lot of water will be key.

“The thing about Havasu is that the river tends to give up fish more easily,” he continues. “But I believe the lake has more fish. Now with that said, the fish are right there about to pull up on the bank, and if they make that move it could be anyone’s game.”

Last week Lake Havasu gave up a 29 1/2-pound limit in a team tournament, and while most of the anglers don’t believe that will happen again this week, no one is ruling out the possibility of the field bringing in some bigger limits than in past FLW spring tournaments. Rojas, Michels and Uribe all believe that 15 pounds per day should make the top-10 cut. Catching 20 pounds per day could earn the win.

There’s no question that if the winds stay light and the sun keeps shining this tournament could be one of the best we’ve seen on Havasu.



Temperature at Takeoff: 64 degrees

Forecast High: 81 degrees

Precipitation: 0 percent chance

Wind: ENE at 3 mph, increasing to 10 mph from the east

Sky: partly cloudy

Water Temperature: mid- to upper 50s and rising


Check out photos from this morning's takeoff.




All 152 boaters and co-anglers will compete for two days. The top 10 boaters and co-anglers based on cumulative weight after two days of competition will advance to the third and final round, with the winner determined by the heaviest cumulative three-day weight.


Takeoff Time:

7 a.m.


Takeoff Location:

Windsor Beach boat ramps at Lake Havasu State Park

699 London Bridge Road

Lake Havasu City, AZ


Weigh-In Time:

3 p.m.


Weigh-In Location:

Windsor Beach boat ramps at Lake Havasu State Park

699 London Bridge Road

Lake Havasu City, AZ

Tags: kyle-wood  morning-story  2015-02-05-lake-havasu 


Burghoff Checks Out Toho on Day 2

FLW Tour rookie Miles “Sonar” Burghoff kicked off his freshman season with a strong performance on Sam Rayburn, where he just missed fishing the final day with a 12th-place finish. Now, the Tour is on a system he is more than familiar with, having spent countless hours on Lakes Toho and Kissimmee while attending college at the University of Central Florida. READ MORE »


Top 10 Patterns from Okeechobee

Whether it was a canal or small sections of the lake, each pro in the top chose to hunker down in an area and milk it for all it was worth in the season opener of the Costa FLW Series Southeastern Division presented by Power-Pole. Here’s a look at how the action unfolded. READ MORE »


Top 10 Baits from Okeechobee

Lake Okeechobee wasn’t her normal self in the Costa FLW Series Southeastern Division opener presented by Power-Pole. Bites were few and far between, but the top-10 pros dialed it in and got it done. Winner Nick Thliveros relied heavily on a crankbait and so did others, but Florida faithful’s like swim jigs, soft plastics and topwaters also fared well. READ MORE »


Niles Rallies for Co-angler Title

The Southeastern Division event on Lake Okeechobee presented by Power-Pole was a grind no matter if you were in the front of the boat or back. Bites were few and far between, and as a co-angler just catching a keeper or two kept you in the hunt. Niles started strong with an opening-day limit worth 18-9 to have him in the lead. On day two, he cooled off and brought a goose egg to the stage. Still, his day-one weight carried him to the final round where he started the day in fourth. Paired with Brett Preuett, Niles got to work Saturday. READ MORE »


Thliveros Brings it Home

Nick Thliveros led after day two on Okeechobee and after weighing his lowest weight of the week, he was able to seal the deal for his first Costa FLW Series win as a pro. READ MORE »


Okeechobee Midday Update – Day 3

The third and final day of the Costa FLW Series Southeastern Division event on Lake Okeechobee presented by Power-Pole has the weather anglers have been hoping for since they started practice. A light breeze, plenty of sun and temperatures near 80 degrees have the top 10 pros and co-anglers licking their chops for a chance at the biggest bag of the tournament. READ MORE »


Top 5 Patterns from Okeechobee – Day 2

Fishing as a whole is still tough on the Big O, but there was definitely an improvement today – especially for the guys at the top of the leaderboard. READ MORE »


Thliveros in Charge on Okeechobee

Nick Thliveros is one day away from taking the title in the Costa FLW Series event on Lake Okeechobee. READ MORE »


Okeechobee Midday Update – Day 2

Every ounce counts in a tournament, and that will certainly ring true today. The second day of Costa FLW Series competition on Lake Okeechobee presented by Power-Pole may be off to a better start, but big bites are still few and far between. READ MORE »


Top 5 Patterns from Okeechobee – Day 1

Things are tough on Okeechobee, but these pros cracked some of the code to wrangle solid catches. READ MORE »


Roder Out Front on Big O

Okeechobee is normally the place of dreams. This week, however, it isn’t quite living up to its reputation. Day one of the Costa FLW Series Southeastern Division event on the Big O saw plenty of fish, though the quality bites were hard to come by. Troy Roder of Brookeland, Texas, set the pace early with a 19-pound, 15-ounce limit to grab the lead in the season opener – presented by Power-Pole – with a lead of over 4 pounds heading into Friday. READ MORE »


Okeechobee Midday Update – Day 1

Power fishing and flipping lead the charge for the first few hours of fishing on Lake Okeechobee. READ MORE »


A Different Okeechobee

Cold fronts, dirty water and lower water levels make for an interesting start to the Costa FLW Series Southeastern Division season. READ MORE »


Spawn on the Horizon at Okeechobee

Florida is a familiar place for FLW competition, and Lake Okeechobee is probably the best-known fishery the Sunshine State has to offer. So there shouldn’t be many surprises when the Costa FLW Series Southeastern Division kicks off the season Jan. 31–Feb. 2 on the Big O with an event presented by Power-Pole. READ MORE »


How to Bass Fish High Water in Winter

High water isn’t unusual in the spring or summer, but dealing with rising water this early in the year was somewhat of a new experience for many of the pros – as it is for the weekend warrior. Therefore, the Rayburn Tour event is a case study on how to handle this situation and still put loads of bass in the boat. READ MORE »


Perfect Weather Now on Tap in Texas

Amistad is one of south Texas’ most famous reservoirs – the other being Falcon. Though it’s not the juggernaut that it was in the not too distant past, Amistad is still an incredible tournament fishery, with room to spread out and plenty of grass and rocky structure to target for big giant wintertime bass. READ MORE »


Rookie Profile: Jacob Wall

Looking ahead to 2019, Wall will not only embark on his rookie campaign on the FLW Tour, but also make the move to Alabama in order to make travel much more convenient for the season. READ MORE »


Webster’s Late Fall Scenarios

By Late November across the country, a lot of people have switched their focus from chasing bass to watching football and going hunting. Certainly, this time of year can lead to some hit or miss fishing, but don’t give up just yet. As the doldrums of winter creep closer, FLW Tour pro Joseph Webster has a simplistic, yet efficient approach to putting bass in the boat. READ MORE »


Find Ciscoes to Catch Big Smallies

Catching the biggest bass in a given body of water usually doesn’t happen by accident. Finding the right mix of forage and structure – along with other ingredients – can make all the difference. When it comes to big smallmouths up north in the fall, to truly put the odds in your favor you might need to veer off the beaten path and look for forage that doesn’t get a ton of attention all year. READ MORE »


Feldermann Consistent for Ozark Win

It’s been nearly 20 years since Mike Feldermann of Galena, Ill., has been to the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) All-American. Now, after sacking up 45 pounds, 4 ounces of bass to win the 2018 BFL Regional presented by Mercury on Lake of the Ozarks, he’ll finally make it back to the prestigious championship. READ MORE »