Arizona Lake Fishing Report

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Sunday, September 21st, 2014

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      Water Temp: 83°

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Weather: warm 100° mostly sunny
      Lake Level: 99% full\Best Depths: 10-15 ft
      The bass are staging in the grass on current swept points in the mornings and eves. Using Topwater and swim baits when the current is moving. After they pull current we are slowing down wit a drop shot rig and 6 inch robo worms in watermelon candy colors.
      Big Bass: 10-15 ft09/20/2014 - largemouth - 7 pounds
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      Events: Fall fishing is just around the corner
      Guide Information: The Arizona Fishing Guides (www.thearizonafishingguides.com)\Name & Number: Jon Griffith 480-772-8460\Pricing Specials/Open Dates: call for scheduling

      Tips: Wait for current in mornings then slow down in afternoon

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

    • Water Temp: 60 am 63 aftern

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: We fished Bartlett once again on Sun from 8am till 1PM as we had to be home by 2PM to be with the wife/kids. Working off the same pattern as the week before we fished primarily drop shot on main lake and secondary points leading into spawning coves. Seems every point held at least 1-2 fish in 15' of water like last week where the water clarity was at least a foot or more. This week we started at the dam and worked our way towards the middle of the lake. Didn't get our first fish in the boat until 10:45am however the size was a little better this week than last. Not as many bites but we're starting to put a better pattern together.

      We didn't see much activity on the graph around the points near the dam area but we did see some huge schools of bass out in the middle of the lake over 100' of water chasing what looked like shad or bluegill in 30-40'. Not exactly sure how to catch those bass but we did try throwing spoons for them for a little bit. Any advice on how to catch those fish or what they are would be greatly appreciated.

      Spoke to a few other boats who were on the same pattern as us running points and ran into a guy with a Tracker aluminum bass boat with his 2 teenage kids in the back. He too was out last Sunday and was catching unusually larger bass in the 3+ lb range last week whereas most our fish we were catching were rats. Rather than throwing the Bartlett staple of morning dawn chart tip roboworm (like we were throwing) he was throwing the new Strike King dropshot baits with the coffee scent built into the worm. This is probably the first time I've heard someone swear by strike kings coffee scent bait and probably wouldn't believe him until I had a chance to throw the baits myself. Especially with the report of how big the fish he was catching and how small some of the fish have been for us (largest was maybe 2.5 lbs the last 2 weeks). Then I saw some pics posted on the Facebook group by another angler holding (3) 3lb+ bass from Bartlett yesterday that was fishing the same area as us and I'm thinking I'll give them a try next outing. Doesn't hurt I suppose to give them a try as maybe that's the key to some bigger bites for us.

      From what I can tell the bait he was throwing was a fairly good bluegill imitation bait and the roboworm we were throwing was more of a shad color bait. As for boat traffic it didn't seem to bad in the morning on Bartlett especially around the middle to south part of the lake. From what I heard Saguaro has been a zoo lately and the Rangers shut down the boat launch around 10:45am on Sag saying there was close to a 3 hr wait to launch a boat.

      Tell you what the size of fish are no where near what you're seeing at Saguaro but at least the lake traffic is much more manageable. If we can get the bigger fish to go at Bartlett I'll be happy fishing a less pressured lake than dealing with the circus on Saguaro until the weather is warm enough for night fishing comfortably.

      As for Bartlett conditions water temps in the am 60 degree 63 when we got off the lake at 1PM. Didn't see any fish on beds yet. Bartlett must spawn later than the Salt River chain of lakes. Threw dropshot, senko, shakey head, jigs, spoons and crankbait but only seemed to be able to catch them on dropshot.
      City: Cave Creek

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

    • Water Temp: 59 am 64 aftern

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Fished Bartlett with my buddy from 10am to 2:30 as we had a late start. Lots of boats on the water and the lake water level appears to be dropping. Sportsman's said the lake was a 60% but with this many boats the lake is fishing really small. We started up both above the no wake zone but all the brush was out if the water and looked like chocolate milk. Moves to the main lake and the water cleared up considerably and saw water temps from 59 in the morning to 64 by end of day. Caught about a dozen rats to 2lbs fishing a dropshot on 15 fort rock points leading into spawning coves and boulders. Missed just as many fish as we caught as it was a mush bite. Key for us was dead sticking the dropshot if you shook the bait they wouldn't bite. We threw cranks, spinnerbaits & jigs but couldn't get bit throwing anything moving.

      Talked to a guy in a Champion who was on the same patten who only had 9 bass all day fish a Texas rig. Seems like the wind Sat messed up the bite but as the water warmed up the bite improved. No fish on beds yet. Bite should pickup in another few weeks
      City: Cave Creek

      Tips: Fish points leading into spawning coves in the middle part of the lake where you have at least 2' of water clarity or more.

Saturday, June 11th, 2011

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      Water Temp: 60

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Great day for fishing,my brother Ray and I fished about 4 hr.Fished the dam and Rock creek.
      Cought 11 bass lost 3 and one nice 3 lb spot and Ray got his fishing mojo back.
      City: Plumas Lake

      Tips: All fish on plastic, watermelon color.
      Bang the bottom and fish slow.

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

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      Water Temp: 56-65

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Thanks for the info....Had a great trip
      City: Winston, Or

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

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      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: I'm heading down the end of the month thru the first part of March for a week of fishing. How is it? any tips? Spawning time? Frog fish?
      City: Winston, Or

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

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      Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

      Report: Fishing has been tough for every angler I spoke to in the last three weeks, bass are being caught on 4 inch drop shot with oxblood colored robo's. Cranks are not working and top water action has been nil. It's chilly in the morning prior to sunup but warms up nicely. Boat traffic is scarce. PLEASE...catch and return the fish to the lake, we can make a great fishery close to home if we all contribute our share. Thanks
      City: Gilbert

      Tips: Spoons are said to be working in fifty to sixty feet of water but the drop shot in twenty to thirty feet seems to be working the best.

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

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      Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

      Report: I am the Director of the McMullen Valley Chamber of Commerce in Salome, Arizona and it has come to our attention that the State of Arizona has ear-marked Alamo Lake State Park for closure.

      This will not only adversely affect our economy tremendously, but it will also affect the various organizations that sponsor Bass Tournaments at this lake and the general public who use this facility.

      We would really appreciate any help you could supply in the way of emails to Arizona State Parks, and/or representation at the meeting, which is taking place January 15th, at the Phoenix Zoo.

      Thank you.

      Linda Darland
      Director
      McMullen Valley Chamber of Commerce
      Salome, Arizona
      City: Salome

Monday, January 4th, 2010

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      Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

      Report: dont let what happened at shasta ,happen to you locals .sign up early with a local. these are the opinions and views of carl.
      City: anderson

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

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      Water Temp: 76

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Fished from 10:30am till 3:30pm trying out some new gear on Bartlett. Only had 3 keepers on jigs before 1:30pm fishing main lake structure. Worked my way back up the river chasing shad and caught ~15 fish 13" and smaller on 1/4oz Yamamoto grubs & spinning rod realizing that they didn't want anything to do with my jig. I figured with the cold storm that downsizing would do the trick and it paid off catching a fish every 3rd or 4th cast while they were busting shad. Fun but not the size I was looking for.

      Started to work my way back out from the back of the cove and ran into a big flathead catfish on the grub with 8lb test on a secondary point. After a little experimenting I decided to scale down the profile of my jig and caught 2 more keepers close to 14" before heading in for the day.
      City: Scottsdale, AZ

Saturday, October 24th, 2009

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      Water Temp: 77

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Fished from 1pm to sunset fishing jigs all day. Fished a 1/2oz Strike King Pro Model football head jig with a green pumpkin yamamoto twin tail trailer in 10-25 feet of water. Caught 7 fish with the bf weighing 3.2 pounds. Nice day on the water just using the time to get ready for the Stren Championship on Pickwick in a few weeks. Fish aren't quite in their fall pattern just yet and the lake is being dropped 1 ft per day as they are planning to repair the dam. Beware of unmarked obstacles as there are a few islands barely exposed at the moment.
      City: Scottsdale, AZ

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

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      Water Temp: 55-58

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: I spoke to several of the guys who fished the Stren, one of which is my team partner and since I am not planning on fishing this lake any time soon I am going to share some information.
      Limits are being caught on Senkos pitched against the stick ups and any visible wood; GP/Blkflk, watermelon red wacky as well as flipping brush hogs on the wood.
      Reaction bite is hit and miss but the bigger fish seem to be eating blade and crank baits in 8-15 feet at the mouths of creek channels.
      My partner said that he caught betwen forty and fifty fish on day one but all but three were in the slot and they could only keep one slot fish each day.
      City: DHS

      Tips: reaction early, flip and pitch the wood with senkos and brush hogs then move out and parellel bank at 10-15 with DD22 or heavy blade in shad or blue gill colors.

Friday, April 10th, 2009

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      Water Temp: 57

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Fishing has been phenomenal this year so far here at Lake Powell. Water temps have cooled a bit recently but once the water heats up again the smallmouth and largemouth will be biting. Most of the fish caught to this point in tournaments and recreational fishing have been in the 2-6lb range. Looks like a great year to fish Lake Powell!
      City: Page

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

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      Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

      Report: Never fished here before...bringing the family..Need help

Saturday, February 7th, 2009

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      Water Temp: upper 50's

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: 2 Bass, good size. Fished two hours before dusk. Slow retrieve, 13ft to 20 ft, carolina rig,3/8th ounce split shot, 12-14inch from top of hook, 4 inch Yamamoto worm, watermelon color, 02 hook, 14lb test. Around the corner of Butcher Jones back toward a cove around a rocky shore line. Found some structure on the finder and a few good size fish. Casted parallel to the shore line into 5ft to 10 ft of water. Nice hook set, solid top of the lip.
      City: mesa

      Tips: Slow presentation, find some bottom structure, look for fish on fish finder.

Saturday, March 8th, 2008

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      Water Temp: 57-60

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Hey guys. Did pretty good down in martinez this past weekend. a little bit of a cold front came through and made fishing a little tougher than a lot had expected. There had also been a ton of pressure on the fish with the fed-nation there as well as NBW.

      Witht he cold front in mind and all the pressure, i stayed really close to the launch, i knew martinez could get me at least a limit pretty fast and then i could go searching for bigger fish. we fished tules in about 4-6ft. with wacky rigged senkos. we were surrounded by other boats the entire morning, man there had to be 20 boats in that small area. most looked to be using jigs or t-rigs with no luck. us on the other hand had a limit by 9am. i was planning on leaving when we got a limit but my limit fish was 5.12 and 3rd big fish of the tourny, so we stuck around, basically all day. we culled about 4-5 times throughout the rest of the day.

      with about 2hrs. left we went to a backwater towards the dam where i had seen some decent fish on beds. i thought they had already been caught and they were, so we fished for about an hour in there and then left. we went to the little backwater right by the weigh in at fisher for the last hour and threw a dropshot around with no luck. with about 25min left i picked up the senko and skipped it under a dock, bam 3 1/2lber. next cast, backlash, picked it out then went to the next dock, dam, 2 1/2 lber...with 6min. left i skip one more dock and...thump my rod bows with a fish at least 4lbs. half way to the boat...slack line. i reel in my senko and the week guard didn't even move, i never even had a hook in her but she just wouldn't let go. that fish would have won us the tournament. anyway, we did good and that was the only mistake we had all day. my partner didn't catch one fish but he was a hell of a netman.

      in the end, we finished 3rd place with 15.32lbs. and 3rd big fish of the tournament with a 5.12lb. martinez is awesome right now, go fish it.
      City: Blythe, CA

      Tips: keep your line wet and hold on, this is the time of year you can throw whatever your favorite bait is and catch them good.

Saturday, February 2nd, 2008

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      Water Temp: 49 in main rive

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Hit the Lower Colorado River on Saturday, 2/2/08 for my first Desert Bass Tournament of the season. I had the preveldge of fishing with Mr. Bob La Londe of Yuma as my partner and it was a good thing in that he caught our one and only fish.

      It was a tough bite. A lot of boats left without weighing in a single fish. We started the morning flipping current without any luck. After about an hour and a half we moved to some back waters where we fished a back point with jigs and dropshot. Again no love. Moved back into another pocket to work a saddle where Bob was able to score on a legal sized bass with a dropshotted green pumpkin/black flake worm. We continued to work the saddle without another bite. From there we ran up river to canal North of Ferguson and the South run of that canal with the same results...nothing. We moved into Ferguson to an area I had been successful in the past and again nothing. Strange thing was that Ferguson was relatively clear, yet you could not see any fish. In fact we only saw one carp. Moved South again to another back water area that had been dredged out and the water was really dirty. Couldn't buy a bite there either. Moved to another clear water canal and tried drop shotting and senkoing the canal. Began finally seeing fish, but they were very spooked and on a few appeared to be barely legal.

      All it all the company and the weather were great. I had anticipated cloud cover with a low pressure system that was suppose to bring rain into the area. The front must have stalled off the Pacific because the day was warm, blue bird skies with a high pressure system.
      City: El Cajon

Sunday, December 23rd, 2007

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      Water Temp: 54-57

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Fished Lake Pleasant for the first time since moving out from CA this past summer on 12/23/07. On the water from 7:00am - 2:30pm out of the Red Ranger (think I saw Delw's Gambler as I was pulling out looking at his catfish photo). Was focusing primiarly on Largemouth but not much to talk about.

      Started out on a main lake island trying to see what stage the fish were in (depth, structure, etc). Got 2 hits on a shakey head worm with a 10" straight tail worm but found they were biting the tail 4"-5" from the back (probably too big of a worm). Something left over from Clear Lake that works great but probably too agressive for Pleasant. Hooked 1 fish on an LV-500 but came off before I could figure out what species. Went into Castle Creek and had 1 small largemouth on a bomber 6a along with 6 either white bass or small stripers. No takers on the drop shot or jig. Didn't see much activity on the depth finder other than a fish here and there in about 13-15 feet and every so often something in 40-50 feet. All bites came shallow for me today (15' or less). Water temps were 54-57 with some nice stain back in Castle Creek.
      City: Scottsdale, Az

Saturday, September 29th, 2007

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      Water Temp: 75.6

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Fished Lower Colorado for three days, from 9/27 - 9/29. Found most of my fish in 2 - 8 feet of water in the back waters. Through the fluke most of the time and was getting hit early morning and late afternoon. The senko was productive around tullies just out of the grass. On the first day I was able to get some better fish throwing a Siezmic Frog and Zoom Horny Toad onto mats. The wind picked up on Friday and most of the mats I fished Thursday and Friday were blown out for Saturday. Did find some thicker stuff in some of the smaller backwaters that held decent fish, but low numbers. Spent a lot of time throwing back little 12" and 13" fish.
      City: El Cajon

      Tips: Throw the frog under any overhangs if possible and work it back out. If throwing a frog on the mat, jump it in place without moving it forward if possible. The senko was most productive if fished wacky. The better fish came off mats that had a good ledge or drop near the edge of the mats. It only had to be a one foot drop, but it had to be a sharp drop.

Saturday, September 15th, 2007

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      Water Temp: 84.4 - 88.6

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: My Daughter and I launched from Squaw Lake at 6:30 am and was off. Started out doing a little metering of the mouth into Squaw Lake. The grass has really grown out. The first fish set the stardard for the day and came in 6' of water. It weighed 5.75#. Found lots of mats in many of the backwaters and a few fish under those mats. Lake Martinez was totally overgrown with a lot of matted weeds. Spent some time flippping craw and creature baits in the mats, tullies and brush at canal entrances and in various back waters. Headed for Fisher's for lunch at "The Other Place" around 11:30 then called it a day after that. Ambient air temperature 111 degrees. Finished the day with 10 fish from 1.5# - 2# and the one 5.75# for a total of 11 fish. Not a great day fishing on the river, however great day with my kid.
      City: El Cajon

      Tips: Find the shade and current. Drinks lots of water, focus and work the plastics slow.