Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal

Anglers spot boils by drifting or trolling before casting over the popping balls of shad.


Striper fishing can be average to “gangbusters” at Lake Pleasant, Lake Mead, Lake Havasu, and the Colorado River below Davis Dam. Many anglers took advantage of the recent new moon to pull in some stripers at night under submersible lights. See a recent Fish AZ blog article about fishing boils — the action should still be great at night.

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. Try dropshot-rigged plastic worms just before sundown …

Crappie fishing should be picking up at Alamo Lake. This time of the year, nighttime anglers can catch 20-30 crappie a night by the dam using crappie lights and jigging minnows.

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Angler Reports

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MeadStripersLake Mead
Ray and Yoli P.: Finally figured out how to fish for nighttime stripers! Wife and I caught 160 nice fat keepers in a span of about 5 hours. Non-stop action and no sunburn!


RoperBassRoper Lake
Tim S.: My friend and I had great success over the weekend of July 2-3 at Roper Lake.  We were fishing with crankbaits in about 12 feet of water from a Jon boat.  We caught 11 largemouth bass ranging from .75 pounds to this 4.1-pound hawg!

My friend Ryan caught a 2- inch beast on a black gizzard Strike King #5 that we call “Lucky Lure.” The water is very murky and dark-colored crankbaits were producing the best bites.


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