Two bass. One lure.
This morning (July 8) at Bartlett Lake, Jerry Lowery of Phoenix showed the largemouth bass continue to be on a summertime feeding frenzy.
In the middle of the north end of the lake, around 6 a.m., Lowery was throwing a pink-lipped Rat-L-Trap across shad boils. He hooked into what he said felt like a 10-12-pound bass. Little did he know …
“It was amazing,” Lowery said. “I’ve never done that and I’ve been fishing Bartlett on and off for 18 years.”
“Bartlett bass” a fishing blast at lake northeast of Phoenix
At Bartlett, the majority of the bass are 10-12 inches, and this mediocre size of bass are called by locals “Bartlett bass.” But there are so many bass at Bartlett that fishing has been on fire. And “Bartlett bass” are a great eating size. Largemouth bass are chasing shad, and that’s what Lowery was targeting with his Rat-L-Trap – shad popping on the surface, something that resembles a pod of light rain touching down on the water.
He just didn’t know he would hook into a double-bass bonus.
When to fish for bass at Bartlett Lake
His double hook-up is a testament to how aggressive and opportunistic and plentiful Bartlett bass are as water temperatures remain not too hot, and not too cold. Fish while the fishing’s good. Try starting at first light like Lowery, or begin a trip at 4 p.m. and fish as the sun – and temperatures – go down.
Anglers are reporting that a number of presentations are working such as plastic worms on a dropshot, Texas or Carolina rig, jigs, crankbaits and, to a lesser extent, top-water plugs.
All you need to fish for “Bartlett bass” is gear and a fishing license — purchase one online. This also helps conserve wildlife.
A Tonto pass also is required to visit the Tonto National Forest.