Which Southwestern Lakes are Best for Fishing from your Houseboat

Look no further than the Southwest for some of the best fishing in the states. Lake Powell, Lake Mead and Lake Mohave each have their own unique qualities that attract anglers near and far. Find out why you should pack your tackle box and rent a houseboat on one of the lakes below.

Lake Powell 

Recognized as one of the top bass fisheries in America, Lake Powell is a prime fishing location. If you’re planning a boating trip to Lake Powell soon, we’ve narrowed down the top places to cast your reel:

  • Good Hope Bay: You’ll find smallmouth and largemouth bass as well as walleye and striped bass here. The bay is large so you’ll have no trouble finding a spot in your Lake Powell boat rental.
  • Halls Creek/Bullfrog Creek: This is another great location for largemouth and smallmouth bass because of the heavy plankton growth thanks to the two creeks running into the lake. Some say this area has the biggest bass population in Lake Powell.
  • Upper San Juan River: If smallmouth bass is what you’re after, this is the place for you. In 1984, the Upper San Juan Arm of Lake Powell was one of the first places stocked with smallmouth bass. Still to this does, it’s a wealthy fishing ground for anglers.

Pro tip: The best times to fish on Lake Powell are from late June to mid-October. Within that period, July and August are considered the best months. 

Lake Mead

Another great lake to go bass fishing, Lake Mead stretches over 290 square miles – giving fishermen plenty of space to find their hot spot. You can seek out your own favorite spot too when you cruise to different parts of the lake on your houseboat.

Fish that call Lake Mead their home include: Largemouth and striped bass, catfish, crappie, and bluegill. Your best chance at catching these fish are in the fall, specifically July through December. Be aware of catch limits if you’re fishing on the Nevada side or the Arizona side of the lake.

Lake Mohave

Lake Mohave is a smaller, more intimate lake compared to Lake Mead and Lake Powell. Anglers enjoy this lake because it has several coves where bass tend to frequent. Lake Mohave is also known for its population of stripers, which swim in schools (usually 20 feet deep or deeper), and are easy to catch if you follow them.

Like Lake Mead, you can expect to catch striped bass, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, bluegill, and channel catfish at Lake Mohave. You may even catch some rainbow trout here!

Pro tip: Hang out around the upper lake area, near where there is a current from the river coming out of the Hoover Dam. This area of the lake is cooler and offers a more consistent environment that fish love.

Don’t forget to research and purchase the proper fishing license for each state you plan to fish in.

Now that you’ve learned more about fishing on these Southwestern lakes, it’s time to start planning your houseboat vacation. Give Forever Houseboats a call at 1-800-255-5561 to learn more or visit us online to book your reservation at Lake Powell, Lake Mead, or Lake Mohave.