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Arizona Fishing Report: The Reel Deal

April and October can be the best months of the year to fish in Arizona. The water temperatures are ideal for waves of spawns. Continued access to high country lakes will open the way for lunker holdovers (as of Thursday, access is open to Woods Canyon Lake).

The buffet is laid out – bass are spawning, especially with next week’s (April 11) full moon; crappie should be spawning; flathead catfish are making camera lenses struggle to keep fish in frame; trout are being stocked all across the high country and anglers are catching holdovers as well as tasty stockers; channel catfish are abundant in the Community Fishing Program lakes.

It’s supposed to be a pretty windy weekend, so anglers might consider fishing leeside shorelines and coves. Not only will the protection make fishing more comfortable, the fact that you’re fishing downwind can push baitfish and sportfish to your area.

Seems this is the time of the year the big flathead begin to roam the banks, looking for something like a live bluegill or carp (your bait) to munch.

Enjoy this incredible spring weather– and fishing!

Stocking report

Channel catfish

March 30 — Tempe Town Lake, Friendship Park Pond, Bonsall Park, Roadrunner Lake, Eldorado Lake, McQueen Park, Freestone Pond, DIscovery Park, Dave White Pond, Pacana Park, Patterson Ponds.

Rainbow trout

March 28 — Verde River (middle), Salt River,  Lower Lake Mary.

Bluegill

Monday, March 27 — Eldorado Lake, Papago Ponds, Steele Indian School, Encanto Lake, Roadrunner Lake, Ashurst Lake.

See the full schedule.

Public fishing events

At these free fishing clinics, loaner rods are provided, bait is free, and no license is required for those who register during event hours.

Saturday, April 8 — Youth Fishing Day, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Bonsall Pond (5840 W. Bethany Home Rd., Glendale). The AZGFD and city of Glendale will give out up to 1,000 free youth license on a first-come, first-serve basis.

See the full schedule

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Fishing cool: Beating Arizona’s sultry summers

Arizona summertime fishing means night-fishing picks up.
Arizona summertime fishing means night-fishing picks up. Bartlett Lake in the Tonto National Forest is always a good night-fishing option for bass.

If you’re the type of angler who likes sweat-soaked, year-round fishing opportunities in Arizona, here’s a few simple tips to stay safe — and cool:

  • Go early or go late.
  • Don’t go at all (is that an option?)
  • Drink water every 15-20 minutes.
  • Drink something with electrolytes to prevent muscle cramps.
  • Bring your own shade (wide-brimmed hats, shade shelters, etc)
  • Plan a trip to a cooler part of the state. White Mountains, anybody?
  • Get wet. Soaking a handkerchief in the water and keeping it on your head, and under your hat, is a great way to keep your body temperature stable. Anglers also could wrap an evaporative cooling towel around their neck.
  • Know your limits: summertime might not the time to be trying for a personal best.
  • Leave detailed plans with someone (float plan).
  • Sign up for a boating safety class.

How to fish in Arizona in the summer

Also, methods of fishing on the summer heat differs. For desert bass fishing, all methods of tackle must be lightweight — light lines, small hooks and sinkers, etc.  Bites from these lethargic fish will be light, so be patient before setting the hook.

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Are you interested in Arizona’s wildlife and outdoor recreation — or do you know someone who is? Subscribe or give a gift subscription to Arizona Wildlife Views.

For an in-depth explanation of summertime fishing tactics, see a “From the Field” — For the Angler — column in the May/June issue of our Wildlife Views magazine. This issue also contains fishing articles about how fisheries managers perform creel surveys, and details about our Arizona Trout Challenge.

Complete fishing information also is available.

Weekly Fishing Report: The Reel Deal

 

The recent full moon helped trigger a heavy wave of spawn activity in the Phoenix/Tucson-area desert lakes. Although largemouth bass spawn through June, this will likely be the final such apex of spawn activity for some time. Please release bedding bass (especially those younger, 4-5 pounders) to help keep future bass populations robust.

In many desert lakes such as Lake Pleasant, shad are spawning. Anglers can grab a four-foot throw net and snatch shad that tend to race along the shoreline. One accurate netting can scoop up enough bait for the day.

All of our Community Fishing Program waters have been stocked with catfish. See a stocking schedule. The “core” fishing waters in Phoenix and Tucson will be stocked again May 11-16.

This is also one of the best times of the year to fish for flathead catfish (they tend to not move as much at night during the full moon, however.) About this time two years ago “Flathead” Ed Wilcoxson caught a state-record flathead at Bartlett Lake. In doing so, he allowed AZGFD to get on his boat and grab video of some of his secrets. Have fun!

If you plan on fishing the lower Colorado River or the East Fork of the Black River, you just might catch a tagged trout. If you choose to keep a trout, please return the tags to AZGFD. Read more about this project.

On Saturday, several anglers caught their first fish at the second annual Brian Pinney Memorial Fishing Clinic in north Phoenix. Thanks to all who came out to our pond at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility and learned some “Fishing 101.” Some, like the girl on the left, caught their first fish.

We are also looking forward to participating in the Payson Wildlife Fair this Saturday! This fair includes activities and booths to promote wildlife recreation, games, a fishing clinic and other traditional outdoor recreation opportunities. It’s free to the public. For more information, call the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Mesa office at (480) 981-9400.

See more public fishing events from our Fish AZ blog.

And be sure to grab a license online – your purchase helps conserve wildlife!


ANGLER REPORTS


(Please send your fishing reports to
BFishing@AZGFD.gov)

Canyon Lake


Jason S.: We fished from 6 p.m. till 1 a.m. We caught five before 7:30 and only one after. Two were nice though: a 5.5-pound bass around 9, but the best bite was earlier and I caught a 7-pound, 3-ouncer on a dropshot.

Lake Pleasant

Kevin: Fished the Upper Agua Fria Arm of Lake Pleasant via Table Mesa Road on May 1. It was one of our best days this season. Lots of doubles and triples on stripers and largemouth. Fishing was good until 9:30 a.m., dead when breeze quit until 11:30 a.m., and great the rest of the day when the south wind started. Caught more than 40 and lost many more on shad imitation baits. The water level has dropped, but loading our boat was no problem. The water has actually come up a few inches this week due to CAP inflows.

Thank you, anglers!

Arizona fishing opportunities wouldn’t be possible without the Sport Fish Restoration Program. It was created through the Dingell-Johnson Act of 1950 (Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act) and the Wallop-Breaux amendments of 1984.

Through a federal excise tax paid by manufacturers on fishing gear and motorboat fuels, it provides grant funds for fishery conservation, boating access, and aquatic education.

SEE THE FULL REPORT

Weekly Fishing Report: The Reel Deal

 

It’s Community catfish time! We just stocked our “core” fishing waters on Thursday with catfish. See a video of how the day went for one of our newest Community Fishing Program assistants. The above angler caught a stringer of catfish from Encanto Lake in Phoenix.

On Saturday, we have a free fishing clinic, the second annual Brian Pinney Memorial Fishing Clinic in north Phoenix. See more information, including directions to our pond in the Ben Avery Shooting Facility.

Time to get your top-water rods rigged and ready and part of your arsenal. The morning surface bite is picking up at Lake Havasu and Alamo Lake. No matter your favorite fishery to watch bass crush a surface dancer, keeping a rod rigged with a chugger, popper or stick bait and using binoculars to spot surface boils to target top-water action is a good idea — just in case.

Most bass are in the post-spawn mode right now and are feeding aggressively. At the right place and time an angler could really have a banner day.

May at Lake Powell means walleye are on the feed as they rebuild from spawning. More details in the full report.

Also a great time to head to the mountains for some holdover trout. See our summer trout stocking schedule.

And be sure to grab a license online – your purchase helps conserve wildlife!



ANGLER REPORTS
(Please send your fishing reports to
BFishing@AZGFD.gov)

Bartlett Lake

Edy K.: Caught this beautiful flathead catfish at Bartlett Lake April 15 and there was only one thing I could do” take this photo” and release him back. So, I’m asking others that want to catch the big one, to do the same.

Caught at 1 pm using 65-pound braided line and a 2 ounce slip sinker, and a 6/0 j-hook on 20-pound monofilament leader, Live bluegill hooked just above lateral line will keep it alive. Threw out to 30 feet into a hole, where this mammoth cat was.

The absolute best fishing trip ever.

Thanks to “Flathead Ed” for the tips on YouTube, and AZ GAME AND FISH FOR ALL THE HARD WORK YOU DO TO MAKE A DREAM CATCH LIKE THIS ONE COME TRUE. This fish is still out there……waiting…….maybe I’ll catch him again…..maybe not.

Lake Pleasant

Joe R: We got a good late bite last Friday between 4:45 and 7 p.m. Caught about 20 largemouth on 4-inch worms fishing the damn area. Here’s a picture of my wife Kelsey and her daughter Zoe.

Pena Blanca Lake

Philip L.: Fished Pena Blanca Lake from the western shore, just north of the boat ramp, on Sunday, April 26, from about 11 am – 4 pm. The three of us landed a cool dozen, with plenty more bites. We caught seven bass and five trout, all on nightcrawlers, and threw back all bass and kept all trout. Nothing bigger than 15 inches or so but still a lot of fun. Our crawdad trap, on the other hand, had no luck.

Thank you, anglers!

Arizona fishing opportunities wouldn’t be possible without the Sport Fish Restoration Program. It was created through the Dingell-Johnson Act of 1950 (Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act) and the Wallop-Breaux amendments of 1984.


Through a federal excise tax paid by manufacturers on fishing gear and motorboat fuels, it provides grant funds for fishery conservation, boating access, and aquatic education.

SEE THE FULL REPORT

Weekly Fishing Report: The Reel Deal

Rosy2Roosevelt Lake on Thursday got yet another stocking of Florida-strain largemouth bass, something we hope will lead to a revitalization of this fishery. We stocked 40,000 fingerlings. See more details.

Also, get free licenses for youths at Glendale’s Bonsall Park on Saturday (April 25). The first 1,000 youth ages 10-17 during event hours of 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. will receive a free youth hunt/fish license that’s valid for 365 days. Besides, it’s a free AZGFD fishing clinic — read all about it.

On to hot spots. At Lower Lake Mary in Flagstaff, we had a report on Sunday of an angler catching and releasing 72 trout fishing along the south dike using a bead headed prince nymph fly.

Canal fishing has been good and flathead catfish action is picking up and should be good until mid-June.

Speaking of flatheads, a state record also was set this week. Joe Kauffman of Peoria brought to our Phoenix headquarters on Tuesday this 41.16-pound flathead catfish that is a non-hook-and-line state record. See the video for all the details. Kauffman bow-fished for the flathead at Saguaro on Saturday, April 18.

A year-round bow-fishing season was approved in Sept of 2013 only for Salt River-chain lakes Saguaro, Apache, Canyon and Roosevelt with a special regulation bag limit of five catfish in any combination. This season will end Dec. 31 of 2016, but can be continued upon commission approval. Department data showed catfish populations in these fisheries are robust in sizes and populations.

Sounds like smallmouth bass fishing is excellent at Lake Powell, and in the Colorado River, anchovies are still “getting it done,” according to the Mohave Valley Daily News.

Also a great time to target holdover trout in the high country. Mogollon Rim lakes Woods Canyon and Willow Springs are good for holdovers and recently-stocked trout (Forest Road 300 is open).

Don’t forget to see the new summer trout stocking schedule.

And be sure to grab a license online – your purchase helps conserve wildlife!



ANGLER REPORTS
(Please send your fishing reports to BFishing@AZGFD.gov)

Pena Blanca Lake
Marcus R.: 7.2-pound bass caught on a 7-inch plastic worm and at 6:25 a.m.

SRP canal
Tyler D.: Canal fishing has been great lately because “rainbow trout” have gotten in it for some reason. I’ve been using dropshot with mice tails and I’ve been throwing Savage Gear Real Trout’s, Strike King Hack Attack jigs, and spinners for larger bass.

Lake Pleasant
Kevin H.: Fished the upper Agua Fria Arm of Lake Pleasant on Sunday April 19th off of Table Mesa Road. The water temperature ranged from 66 degrees in the morning and 68° in the afternoon. The weather system that blew through last week seemed to slow down the fishing considerably compared to the last few weeks. The morning striper bite was very slow, but the fishing picked up in the afternoon once the south wind started blowing. We caught a couple of largemouth in the shallows and 10+ stripers in 30’ of water near the main channel. All fish were caught on shad-like bait. The striped bass are spawning, or very close to spawning by the looks of their eggs. The water is dropping over a foot a week due to the CAP releases.

Jim N.: Many largemouth bass nests were seen to be abandoned in all northern coves of Lake Pleasant since the water level has dropped more than 4 feet during the past couple of days. Bass fry production will naturally be affected. My party caught bass by steep structure such as Clift’s where bass go when water levels drop.

Weekly Fishing Report: The Reel Deal

Storms early in the week dumped on many fisheries statewide, which not only cranked up any inflows, it created a jolt of nutrients and oxygen that turned some fish on.

At some lakes, the inflows may be a bit turbid. A key can be fishing the edge of a stain line. Also fish near a feeder creek where there is an influx of nutrients that brings in bait fish, and in turn, sport fish.

That said, it sounds like the lower Colorado River from Picacho State Park to the Imperial Dam has been much better for flathead catfish than bass. The bass bite reportedly was poor due to the storms lowering the water temperature and making the water murky.

But Rich Fritz isn’t complaining. He caught the above flathead catfish out of the Colorado River in Yuma on Aug. 24 that measured 48.25 inches and weighed 55 pounds and 11.84 ounces. It’s a new Big Fish of the Year leader for the flathead catch-and-keep category. Catfishing also is great at Alamo Lake and Bartlett Lake.

Catfish stocking will return to the Community Fishing Program lakes on Sept. 14. Get rigged and ready.


The high-country summer trout stockings are winding down. In the White Mountains, we’re stocking Fool Hollow Lake (400 13-inch rainbow trout), Show Low Lake – (850 13-inch rainbows), Willow Springs Lake (1,895 rainbows), Woods Canyon Lake (3,060 rainbows), East Fork Black River (1,000 Apache trout), Little Colorado River in Greer (500 Apache trout), Sheeps Crossing (500 Apache trout), and Silver Creek (500 Apache trout).


Our Fish&Boat Arizona map will show plenty of other options.

Also, see a full list of fire restrictions in Arizona.

Buying a license online helps conserve wildlife and outdoor recreation opportunities for current and future generations. Help yourself and your future loved ones.

Enjoy your Labor Day weekend by kicking back with a rod in hand and an ice chest full of fish.

ANGLER REPORTS

(Send your fishing reports and photos to Bfishing@AZGFD.gov.)

Encanto Lake

Vini U.: It’s been a great week to fish for carp at Encanto Lagoon, day or night. They’ve even been biting in the pouring rain. I caught all three of these fish off of 4-pound test on an Ultra-Light rod. Use a few pieces of corn and a No. 6 hook and you’ve got yourself a great fight on Ultra-Light tackle.

Colorado River (Picacho State Park to Imperial Dam)

Charles S.: I fished the river on Sunday and Monday and the bass bite was extremely poor. Recent storms and lower air temps have lowered the water temps by about 5 degrees, with average surface temps around 83.5 degrees, water is still murky. We fished both current and a few of the lakes and only caught a few dinks over the entire weekend. We were asked by a few bass fishermen if we were able to establish any type of pattern and I could only hang my head in shame. With the Labor Day weekend upon us, I doubt I will do much fishing until after the holiday. The good news is that almost everyone that fishes for flatheads are reporting that they are catching lots of double-digit fish as well as a few trophy fish.

Steele Indian School Park

Andrew R.: This bass was caught by my girlfriend on a Zoom plastic motor oil/ chartreuse 5-inch worm. Greatest catch of hers and weighed 2.4 pounds on site. Caught on Aug. 23 about 2 p.m. in about 10 feet of water between weed lines. Location was Indian School and Hayden. Indian School Park, I believe. Small, non-stocked lake.

She has been actively fishing for about one year and has excelled in every type of fishing that I have presented her. The motivation and willingness to learn has led to her catching catfish, trout, carp, bluegill, and largemouth bass. With a little know how and the right tools she can seek and destroy any type of fish she is after.

Ryon G.: At Steele Indian School Park, caught nice size catfish on dip bait on Aug. 22 at 8 p.m. Pounds unknown — did not have a scale with me, but it was 25.5 inches long.

Saguaro Lake

Steve: I fished Saguaro from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 15. Had some top-water nibbles from 5 a.m. to 5:30 a.m., but nothing hooked. I was using top-water hard bait.

Switched to a Texas rig in all colors from 5-30 feet of water… nothing. Rigged up a 3-inch swimbait for 5-10 feet of water and caught three largemouth bass in the 2-3.5-pound range.

The water temp was 85 degrees, no wind and very little traffic. Fished until 9 a.m. with no action after 7:30 a.m.

I went back to Saguaro on the 18th (Monday). Hit the water at 4 a.m. and fished until 9 a.m. There was a fishing tournament going on and there were about 27 boats at the boat ramp. Since they weren’t getting on the water until 5 a.m., I went around them. Usually I watch these guys and try to mimic their fishing methods — not today.

I got back to Shiprock (I think that’s the name). I noticed a load of fish at 5-10 feet and 25-30 feet with shad above and below the bigger fish.

I started throwing top water above the shad and got nothing. Switched to a 6-inch swimbait and hooked nine largemouth bass by 5:45 a.m. All were 2-4 pounds. The sonar showed the shad collecting from the surface to about 10 feet with the larger fish at 15 feet.

While tying on some different lures, I started seeing and hearing some serious top-water action. Threw some top-water bait and got nothing.

Switched to a shallow (1-3 foot depth) crankbait and pulled in a 4.5-pound and a 5-pounder in less than 10 minutes.

I followed the action west through the canyon toward the big water and caught another 10 largemouth.

Around 8:30 am the fish started going deep. I had to make a decision… keep fishing or go home a look for a job. Decided a job would be best if I want to keep the boat.

Lake Pleasant

Bruce B.: Stripers under lights in 60-70 feet, Aug. 22.

Arivaca Lake

Joe N. in Amado: I made a trip to Arivaca Lake this (Friday) morning. The lake is super low and there is a lot of vegetation between the boat ramp and the nearest point of water, which is approximately 200 yards.


Even with the rain it has received it is still very low.

The best bet for getting on the water would be a kayak, canoe, or something light you could throw in the bed of a truck or rooftop. Didn’t do any fishing, but I’m sure you could have some success early mornings and towards evening. This is going on the third year of not enough rain from the monsoons to fill the lake.

If it continues….it may be helpful to install some sort of a low water ramp or access farther down the lake where everyone unloads their boat. I’ve visited the lake several times and always find that I can’t get my boat in the water even though it’s only a little 12 feet.

You guys did an awesome job on the new boat ramp and floatable dock, but I think it’s gonna be a long time before it gets any use. I believe the water table needs to come up 4-5 feet before there will be any use of the new ramp and dock.

Other than that, the road leading down to the lake is in good shape. Good luck to those of you who can get on the water and enjoy the fishing. It’s still a very scenic and peaceful place to go and spend some time with the family.

Hope this helps as I haven’t seen any recent reports about Arivaca Lake.

Tempe Town Lake

C.P.: Rich S. reported he cracked the code… I went out there today and had a great time. Caught three largemouth bass in about an hour and a half using a Carolina rig.

All three were keepers, but I released them because I was just having fun.

This is the type of fishing that makes fishing fun. My Carolina rig: red No. 2 hook with a rubber crawdad on a 12-inch lead, swivel, red glass bead, half-ounce brass slide weight. Thanks, Rich S.

NEWS

Game and Fish Department investigates

use of aircraft to harass wildlife

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is investigating a reported incident of harassing wildlife with an aircraft. Multiple reports were received by the Department on Aug. 22 and 23, 2014 from a number of concerned archery hunters who witnessed the incidents. Read the full article.

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Angler reports: What’s biting from the desert to the mountains

Arizona anglers’ fishing reports

 

LakePlezstripersJoshua M. had a striper bonanza at Lake Pleasant: Caught these in about 45-55 feet of water on frozen anchovies, and a drop light. The total depth of the location was just over 200 feet. I set the drop light at 15 feet or so, waited quietly for about 30 minutes, and then the action began and continued until dawn.

I had a great time, as it was my birthday and I caught all the fish needed for our fish fry! Thanks to the AZGFD and Pleasant Harbor for making times like these possible!

 Justin E. found that good ol’ nightcrawlers was the only last weekend ticket at Bear Canyon Lake: Figured I would send over my day out there. Got there around 4 p.m. for the afternoon/evening bite.

Used an assortment of Z-Ray’s in all different sizes, Kastmasters in different finishes and sizes, and a Mepps. Not a nibble on any lure, just miniature fish following it in.

Also tried chartruse Powerbait fished off the bottom, no bites either. Tried PowerBait with a bobber and nothing.

Lake was busy, walked almost the length of the lake on one side and couldn’t get more than 100 paces from another group of people. Tried the trailhead side of the lake from four different positions and sitting on the dam. No other groups reported much in the way of good luck. A few fish here and there all using good old fashioned night crawlers.

RedMtnBgillTodd B. reported that bluegill such as the one pictured were hitting nonstop at Red Mountain Lake the morning of June 13: I was using 1/8-ounce Rat-L-Traps, and small  Beetle Spins. I could not keep them off of the line.

Charles S. with a Colorado River report from Picacho State Park to Imperial Dam: Air temps have been triple digit and water temps in the current are hovering around 79 – 80 degrees. Backwater temps are around 81 and 84 (even higher in select areas).

Peggy and I did most of our fishing over the weekend in the current and caught probably 10 bass ranging between 2-4 pounds, and a handful of dinks, as well as a nice flathead in the 6-pound range.

Almost all of the fish were caught flipping brush hogs in the current and adjacent eddies. I had also hooked a good-size bass in one of the lakes, but it threw the hook after a very short tug of war. I imagine that if I had been rigged with a lighter, more standard weight, vs. the colossal weight I throw in current, that I would have boated it. The bass are definitely in their summer patterns and I expect the bite to be above average for the next month.

Hopefully the warmer waters will kick start the vegetation so we can do some frogging!

Travis W. caught these 13- and 14-inch largemouth bass from Rattlesnake Cove  June 7.
Travis W. caught these 13- and 14-inch largemouth bass from Lake Pleasant’s Rattlesnake Cove Saturday, June 7.

Dave King from the north Phoenix Sportsman’s Warehouse with reports from Bartlett Lake and Lake Pleasant: Bartlett has been hot. Been out the last three weeks pulling in 20-30 fish on half day trips.

Deep-diving crankbaits and dropshot rigs have worked great. Ox blood, watermelon and morning dawn have all been working. Bigger fish are holding on the drop-offs in the main lake.

Also the water from yellow cliffs up is dirty with a lot of debris.  Water is rising fast. Main lake still clear.

Lake Pleasant stripers have been biting good along the creek channels in humbug and castle. Anchovies and glow-in-the-dark spoons have made for good action. For largemouths we’ve been throwing top water first thing and then dropshots along the bluffs once the sun comes up. Clear Zara spooks or Rico’s for top water, watermelon red flake for dropshot.

Rich S. cracked the code at Tempe Town Lake last week: I am an avid largemouth bass angler. I am 26 and have been fishing for bass in Arizona since I was 6.

For the past three weeks on my lunch break I go down to Tempe Town Lake between 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. For the first two weeks I could not get a bass to even bite my numerous different presentations.

This last week things turned for the better. I have been knocking them dead under the Mill North Bridge and the light rail/train bridge. I have been using a Carolina rig with a short 4-inch leader and a 6-inch green Senko.

Was out there from 12:45-1:30 p.m. on Father’s Day and had six fish on and brought four in. I showed some fellow anglers what I was using and wished them good luck.

My advice is to go slow on the bottom. Texas rig, drop shot, Carolina rig all will probably work, but my success has all come on a Carolina rig. Hope this helps. Good luck.

Stay tuned for the full Arizona Game and Fish Dept. Weekly Fishing Report scheduled to come out on Thursday

Anglers Report: Lake Pleasant striper bonanza

Lake Pleasant/George Andrejko-AZGFD
Lake Pleasant/George Andrejko-AZGFD

Thanks to Barry W. for this Friday, May 23, striper fishing report from Lake Pleasant:

 

I went striper fishing at Lake Pleasant a few days ago. There was a little bit of top-water boils happening, but fishing was very slow for the first couple of hours in the morning.

We tried dropping anchovies at a few different areas with no luck. Finally I found a school of stripers in one of the coves on the northern side of the lake.  I started to chum, and after about 10 minutes we dropped anchovies down.  We started catching very small stripers.

My buddy and I decided we would keep chumming, but maybe try dropping spoons down and jig. That was the key!!! We started hooking 2-4 pound stripers.  The heavier spoons were getting deeper to the bigger fish, instead of the smaller fish picking it off first.  The secret is to chum to keep the school interested and suspended under your boat.

We kept the school interested for about an hour and a half.  The exciting thing was watching the spoons drop down and see them fall through a school of 60-100 fish.  Keep trying different areas, find the fish and switch up fishing techniques and you will have great success at Lake Pleasant.

I had the pleasure of teaching my daughters Girl Scout troop a fishing class at Dog Town Lake up near Williams on the 17th. Yes, there is a huge water shortage in the area but the lake is still producing great trout fishing.  The PowerBait was a huge hit and the key colors seemed to be, white, rainbow, and American pie. These are newly stocked trout so most of them are small between 8-10 inches.

Be sure to use light line and smaller size hooks like size 12-16.  The water is low but seems to be a lot better than the other lakes in the area.