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Jojoba boat ramp reopens at Bartlett Lake

Fishing is about to take off at Bartlett Lake in Arizona, and the main, Jojoba ramp is once again open for launching boats.
Bartlett Lake


*** UPDATE: As of Feb. 23, the Jojoba ramp has once again closed as SRP pumps water out of Bartlett Lake. The Yellow Cliffs Ramp is closed as well.


PHOENIX — Boaters and anglers itching to launch into Bartlett Lake can now access the reservoir after the Jojoba boat ramp recently reopened to traffic.

The developed Jojoba ramp reopened Jan. 21, however, the Yellow Cliffs ramp remains closed due to low water levels, according to the Tonto National Forest.The lake, which sits about 40 miles northeast of Scottsdale, is a popular draw for anglers and boaters from throughout the state.Bartlett Lake is a federal fee area and a valid

Tonto Pass is required for vehicles and watercraft. The Tonto Pass is available at the lake’s marina store and many other local vendors. For more information on the Tonto Pass, go to www.fs.usda.gov/tonto and click on “Tonto Pass.”Those planning to fish at Bartlett or any waterway in Arizona must also have a current fishing license. Daily or annual licenses can be purchased online.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department reminds all watercraft users that boats in Arizona must have a life jacket aboard for every passenger and those 12 years old and younger must wear a life jacket at all times, under state law.

Users should also check to make sure a life jacket fits properly by ensuring there is no excess room above the openings of the jacket and that it does not ride up over the chin or face.For more information on boating in Arizona or to sign up for a safety course, visit www.azgfd.gov/boating.

Two largemouth bass on one lure: Phoenix man scores big July 6 at Bartlett Lake

Jerry Lowery of Phoenix with his double-bass hook-up from the morning of July 6, 2015, at Bartlett Lake in the Tonto National Forest, about a 2-hour drive northeast of Phoenix.
Jerry Lowery of Phoenix with his double-bass hook-up from the morning of July 6, 2015, at Bartlett Lake in the Tonto National Forest, about a 2-hour drive northeast of Phoenix.


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 …

After a 10-minute fight, he brought it to the boat – he’d caught two bass on the same crankbait.LMBcloseup




“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

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 onlineThis also helps conserve wildlife.

A Tonto pass also is required to visit the Tonto National Forest.

Rattlesnake fishing pier closed until further notice

PHOENIX — A heads up to those wanting to fish from shore at Bartlett Lake. Rattlesnake fishing pier in Rattlesnake Cove is closed after a weld broke earlier this week.

The pier will remain closed to the public until necessary repairs can be determined.

There is no estimate of how quickly the repairs can be completed to ensure the pier is safe to use again.

The U.S. Forest Service is working on a solution and asks for your patience.