Lake Mohave bass fishing was epic. While we were there all the fish we caught were in beast mode! We only caught four fish less than 2lbs, and the majority of them were 3lbs or more! It was an awesome trip. Here is the full report on the conditions, where we went, what we used, and how we “kraked” some beastly bass at Lake Mohave.
Lake Mohave Bass Fishing – Beast Mode!
Here is what the conditions were like on our three day trip out at Lake Mohave bass fishing.
Water Temp: 56 degrees
Weather: Bright and Sunny with 12- 22 mph winds. Daytime temperature was 70 degrees
Water Clarity: Crystal Clear. You could see the bottom at 20ft deep.
Where We Fished:
I’ve never fished Lake Mohave before this trip, so one night before the trip I stayed up until 3am charting out a map. I was stoked to see the spots I had marked produced fish. Here are some charted out places of where we fished on our trip.
What we used:
The lake had been rising, so there was a lot of new flooded timber and brush. We found the majority of the fish on the old bank line, in about 6-10 feet of water. The other factor was the wind blowing every day. We used baits that could be fished effectively in the wind and enabled us to fish the appropriate depth zone. Here is the list of some of the best baits we used, and how we fished them to land us some pigs. (Please refer to the bottom of the post for links to see and pick up the gear we used for this trip)
1. Swimbaits: We swam soft plastic swimbaits at a slow steady retrieve to catch a lot of fish. We rigged the swimbait with either a Texas style and a bullet weight or Texas style and a weighted hook. We used fairly light weights. Nothing heavier than 5/16 oz with a 4/0 or 5/0 hook to get it down to that 6ft depth zone. We caught 80% of our fish on swimbaits. It was a rush.
2. Spy bait: The second best producer was spy baits. I used the one made by Duo Realis. I primarily threw it over the deeper rock piles and had a couple toads inhale the bait. The key was just a slow steady retrieve. I used braided line with a fluorocarbon 6lb test leader, which gave the bait more action because of its small diameter. Those big smallmouths seemed to dig it.
3. Crankbait: I caught the biggest bass of the trip on a Megabass crankbait. It was a bluegill imitation color. I threw it shallow, and on the third turn of the reel, a 5lb largemouth couldn’t resist it. Here is the picture of the beast I caught on a crankbait.
How we did:
I’m going to be straight forward with you about how the fishing was. We had to work hard for every fish we caught, but when we hooked one it was a solid beast of a fish! It made all the hard work worth it! We spent three full days fishing: Thursday, Friday, & Saturday. Every day was a little bit different, but we still managed to get about 10 – 15 bites a day. Some days we landed more than others. Friday was our best day by far when we landed nine beasts, and Saturday was our toughest day when we only landed four of them, yet we missed a lot of fish. I personally had three snap right off. They were pigs, and they did their damage. We wound up using every one of the soft plastic swimbaits we had on hand. Those big smallmouths destroyed them. It was a lot of fun.
My dad and I both caught two of the biggest smallmouth bass of our lives! Here are the pictures of our two biggest smallmouth bass. We didn’t have a scale to weigh them, but the one was over 18 inches long and the other was 19 inches long. My best guess is they probably weighed in at 5lbs each with how thick they were.
Feel free to leave your comments below if you have any thoughts or questions about this trip. Thanks for all the support! This site wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for the loyalty of my readers. Also, special thanks to my father Chuck Spilker who makes dream trips like this happen for me. I sure love my father. I’m super blessed to have him in my life. In addition, I’d like to thank my beautiful wife who edits all my posts, and lets me take time away from home to go on these trips. Krakenbass.com wouldn’t exist without her.
Here are links to where you can pick up all the baits and gear we used on this trip.
Rod, Reel, & Line Combo’s:
Spiderwire Stealth Braid 300-Yard Spool Moss Gree 30lbs.
Sufix Invisiline Casting Flourocarbon 200-Yards Spool Size Fishing Line 12-Pound
Shimano Sellus Medium Heavy Worm and Jig Cast Rod 7’2″
Quantum Fishing Smoke 9 Bearing Baitcast Reel 7:3:1 ratio