Weekly Fishing Report: The Reel Deal

CORiverStriper fishing is generally average to “gangbusters” at Lake Pleasant, Lake Mead, and the Colorado River below Davis Dam, where the Tyler family (above) all caught fish, the largest being 16.3 pounds, followed by a 6.6-pounder. Anchovies have been best for catfish and stripers in this area on the scenic Colorado.

Flathead catfish are also a good bet at Pleasant, where top-water action can also be a hot spot this time of the year.

The big bass hot spot in the state is Saguaro Lake. Michelle Sheer (left) caught this largemouth bass, estimated at nearly 10 pounds, at Saguaro on June 24 on a green plastic worm on a dropshot rig. It was caught just before sundown, around 6:30 p.m. This spectacular largie was released in good condition.

Nighttime fishing is ideal as we head deeper into summer. With a last quarter moon (and new moon the following week) submersible lights will be more effective.

Arizona crappie fishing

Crappie fishing is picking up at Alamo Lake. Mark Knapp, park ranger at Alamo Lake State Park, reported that nighttime anglers are catching 20-30 crappie a night by the dam using crappie lights and jigging minnows.

Bartlett Lake bass

At Bartlett Lake, bass are chasing shad and fishing continues to be excellent for average-size largemouth. Read our Fish AZ blog — your best resource for immediate Arizona fishing information — about an angler who caught two bass on one crankbait.

Also browse last week’s fishing report for more hot spots, and hit your favorite trout hole before temperatures get too hot.

See our summer trout stocking schedule as well.

Licensed to fish Arizona

And if you don’t have a license, purchase one online. They’re valid for 365 days from the date of purchase and help conserve wildlife. In case you didn’t know, hunter and anglers were the original conservationists — their efforts ended unregulated market hunting that wiped out or threatened many wildlife species and helped create today’s regulated, science-based management that has brought back sustainable, thriving populations of many wildlife species.

Thank you for helping us pay for wildlife conservation through your purchases of licenses, tags and stamps and excise taxes on hunting and fishing gear.

Finally, before heading out to fish, find the location of our state’s primary fishing waters using our Fish & Boat Arizona map.



Saguaro Lake
Kendra S.: This was caught yesterday (July 5) around 4 p.m. at Saguaro Lake on a plastic minnow looking lure. Unfortunately we didn’t get to weigh the fish but it had to be a good 4-5-pound bass. We turned him loose at the dock for someone else to get the thrill to catch as he was a fighter getting him into the boat.




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