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Here’s the latest from your fellow anglers (click on the water for directions):
John H. of Prescott Valley: I caught this beauty April 14 at Dogtown Lake — 4 pounds, 22 inches.
John A. Lake Powell stripers are biting. Easter Sunday’s catch.
Bill P.: Caught this guy this morning at Desert Breeze on a nightcrawler. My wife’s kitchen scale said 10 pounds, 1 ounce.
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Dick K.: I took a friend out on Pleasant on the morning of April 24th to fish stripers. We hit the lake early and caught shad with the cast net and then in the next couple hours put 22 very nice fish in the boat. Most fish were caught in 45-50 feet of water, some while drop-shotting live shad and others while trolling live shad on planer boards over 30-50 feet or water. Pictured is Bob Oliver from Peoria with 19 of the 22 fish that averaged around 3#. In the last 5 trips to Pleasant I have boated and filleted 119 stripers. I share my fillets with a lot of older people who never get to go fishing but enjoy eating fresh fish.
Riverview Lake (Mesa)
Rich S.: April 23, evening, 10.65 pound (channel catfish) on cut shad at Riverview Park (2100 W. 8th St., Mesa).
Also the recently stocked crappie have dispersed through the lake and are doing well. I have caught a few at multiple locations, when cast-netting for shad. I have been fortunate to have a few 6-inch shad swim under the net. What I find interesting is I have yet to have a bass take a free-swimming shad under a float (day break or evening). I know the bass are there because they show up in my net. Just makes me think there is a lot of food. To pass up such a live offering ?
Last, I let a young boy (under 10) struggle to land a 4-pound cat while his dad captured the moment with his phone. The best being when it finally surfaced.
Thank you for all the work you do, and then taking the time to put out the fishing report.
Don M.: Here are 16 channel catfish that my friend Linda Kaufman caught at Alamo Lake recently. We caught these in two hours in the upper end of the lake on nightcrawlers on 6 feet of water.
Bass and crappie fishing is tough!
David M.: Caught some nice crappie and a few yellows April 22 night fishing with minnows.
Caught April 22 — 18-inch cutthroat trout. My Daughter Aubrey who is 6 years old. Was fishing on the bottom with a worm. I thought she got stuck on a rock until I seen the tip of her fishing pole wiggling. Her first big fish.