Arizona Lake Fishing Report

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Sunday, April 24th, 2005

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      Water Temp: 65-70

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Fished from 11AM to 4:30PM. Lots of wind. Tried flippin but got nothing. Lost a few on weightless plastics pitched to bank. No fish in boat all day. Lots of submerged trees and bushes.
      City: Chandler

Saturday, April 2nd, 2005

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      Water Temp: Tana Kerr

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

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      Water Temp: 58

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: TOUGH FISHING. fEEDER STREAMS ARE BEST BEST. THEY ARE THERE JUST NOT BITTING.
      City: TEMPE

      Tips: nEED TO FIND CLEAR - MUD WATER LINES. TRY DYNAMITE WORKS ON CARTOONS

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2005

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      Water Temp: 68-70

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Fished Sunday afternoon thru Tues afternoon...water temp started out about 62 on Sunday but was up to 70 in places by Tues afternoon...the water level is fluctuating too rapidly...bite was very slow...caught 5 fish over two days....nothing over 2.5 lbs.....conditions seemed perfect except for water level dropping so that must be what is turning them off...lots of woody cover around the shore all over the lake now....
      City: Hemet

      Tips: fish we caught were on plastics fished in the tops of bushes in about 10 ft of water...

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2005

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      Water Temp: 46-47

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Fishing at Hall's Crossing
      City: Monticello

      Tips: We had a great weekend at Powell. Six of us caught 178 stripers and 4 catfish. Most were 4-6 lbs. We were using silver spoons and orange colored lead headed hooks with anchovies. Fishing under the lights at night off the bottom. We couldn't get baited up fast enough. Excellent fishing weekend for all of us.

Wednesday, February 9th, 2005

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      Water Temp: in the 50s

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: The bass are early spawning this year, i caught a 10 lb female full of eggs by the first pier left of the marina on rapal red dive to.
      City: Chandler

Monday, January 10th, 2005

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      Water Temp: high 40's

      Water Clarity: Muddy (0-2 foot visibility)

      Report: lake has come up drastically with the winter storms we have been having. Currently, the lake is raising 1 ft/day, and has done so for the past 2 weeks. This lake is at it's highwater mark, passing a level it has not been at for over 12 years! With current conditions, this lake will be THE best lake in AZ, probably in the western US
      in the years to come!
      City: Scottsdale, AZ

      Tips: Pig & jig in springtime for excellent smallmouth fishing. Jerks, & spinnerbaits in the backs of shallow coves for largemouth. Drift a minnow tipped 16/th oz. crappie jig for fish averaging 2 lbs. or more!

Saturday, January 1st, 2005

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      Water Temp: 57

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Didn't have much luck on the deep points, but found smaller fish biting in the back of coves all day in 2-10 ft of water. Happy to catch 20 - 25 1 pounders then a few bigger. Good way to start out the new year.
      City: Cottonwood

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004

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      Water Temp: 62-64 F

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Fished from 2p to dark, about 6p. I fished top watter popper, brown w/ white belly and white glitter tail, that produced 3 strikes, one of them producing a three pounder that was released. all strikes where in 6-8 foot of weedy water backed up to cat tails. My fishin' bud jigged purple worm in 10 feet for a couple hours but switched to top water.
      City: Casa Grande

      Tips: find the weeds.

Friday, November 5th, 2004

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      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

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      Elevation: 3570.53
      Temperature: Sunny 60/39
      Weekend: Partly Sunny and temperatures dropping a bit. Chance of Rain by Sunday.

      LAKE POWELL The Tournament 2 weeks ago (before the storm) produced excellent catching of smallmouth bass from 1-3 lbs. Top water actin on zara spooks (small and large) early in the day then go to th drop shooting on the submerged rock piles. The silver and black fleck Yammamoto Grubs as well as chatreuse are doing great and remember the keep the hook small. A slow lateral retrieve after touching bottom is the key.

      Bill McBurney Ambassdor Guides & Outfitters, Inc.
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      Serving the area since 1979
      City: Marble Canyon

Tuesday, October 19th, 2004

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      Water Temp: Clear

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Lake Elevation: 3570.63

      Fall Fishing on Lake Powell is producing great results this year for smallmouth bass and largemouth. The top water morning and evening bite on little zara spooks and such will do the trick. Bass poppers for the fly rodder. Fish the shade lines and smooth rock with broken rock ledges 15-40 feet deep. Shad are now being pushed to the back of the coves, so this is great top water hunting with this water level. Their must be thousands of new coves!.

      After morning shade give way to the sun, you want to start drop shooting those ledges, texas style too. Good fall colors this fall are silver and black flec grubs, pumpkin, chartreuse also. For the fly rodders, go deep with a 15' to a full sink (fast) and strip a black and white shad imitation or lefty deceiver. Stripers are a crap shoot right now but as long as your tackle is ready before you leave the dock (put the zara spooks on) that way if ou catch a boil, you are ready.

      Look for the striper to top water bite to possibly pick up one or more times in the lower lake the first 2 weeks of November depending on weather.

      Good Fishing,


      Bill McBurney
      www.ambassadorguides.com
      800.256.7596
      Serving Lees Ferry & Lake Powell since 1979
      City: Marble Canyon

Monday, June 21st, 2004

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      Water Temp: 80

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: .It appears that most of the Bluegill are dead. My kids usually catch and release dozens a day. They caught none and saw none, other than a few dead ones. We also saw hundrededs of dead or dying shad. We caught no fish at all but spoke to a couple that had several bass that were all caught at a depth of 5 to 15 feet and all on purple 4 inch power worms. Game and Fish blames the fish kill on a rare algae that was made worse by the recent White Mountain fires sending ash down the Salt River. In 40 years this is the first time I have not seen a Bluegill at Apache Lake. I hope they return.

      Tips: Fish off the bottom in 5 to 15 feet of water. Although the fishing is less than stellar the crawfish are abundant and easily caught day or night. Raw bacon or hot dogs work great tied to a string. My kids had a blast catching them.

Saturday, January 3rd, 2004

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      Water Temp: 51 -52

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Partner and I ished Desert Bass Anglers Tournament launching out o Fishers. Cold ront was pushing through the area with light rain as the tournament started. We began ishing right near the launch ramp with rat'l traps and spinnerbaits and had a small limit o ish by 8:30 a.m. We primarily ished outside cover in 8-10 eet o water, the deepest water in the area. We basically ished all day right inside the ishers landing area and progressively culled ish to our inal weight o 10.60 pounds. We caught 14 keeper ish and a couple o short ish and inished second.
      City: Lakeside

      Tips: With the cold water, the ish are bunched up and sometimes diicult to catch. Sounds simple, but keep your line wet.

Monday, September 1st, 2003

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      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Just got back rom ishing the River, I mainly ished the backwater and had a great time. The bass were biting on ox blood robo worms, with drop shot presentation. The bass would take it as soon as the worm hit the water. The biggest ish were about 2 pounds. Even though the bass werent to big it was great quality ishing.
      City: El Cajon, CA

      Tips: Use Dropshot in the backwater coves with ox blood and arrons magic. You can buy them at wal-mart or 2.97.

Tuesday, August 5th, 2003

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      Water Temp: dahno

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: largemouth 8.3# using at ree ingerling wite/pearl 18 t. o water.
      City: phx

      Tips: GO FISH!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, June 26th, 2003

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      Water Temp: 73-82

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: LAKE POWELL FISH REPORT JUNE 26, 2003By Wayne Gustaveson Lake Elevation: 3616Water Temperature: 73-82 FThe lake has reached its high point and will now slowly decline. That's good news or anglers battling muddy water at Hite where runo has made ishing extremely challenging. When the lake clears the stained water will produce a huge crop o plankton. The many shad spawned this spring will take advantage o the plankton bloom and grow quickly in size and number. Good orage conditions will prevail or the rest o the year. For this week it would be wise to ish in clear water. Bullrog/Halls boasts the best ishing or stripers and smallmouth bass. On a calm morning expect striper boils to start beore sunup and continue until about 9 AM. Surace eeding is repeated rom 6 to 9 each evening. Windy days spoil the topwater bite. The best action is ound in the moored houseboat ields at Bullrog and Halls and right in the main travel lanes as boats leave Bullrog Marina and head toward Halls. Stripers are in tight schools swimming shoulder-to-shoulder and not making much surace disturbance. They are eeding on larval shad which drit near the surace and do not swim well. Swimming and slurping in unison eeding stripers look more like a boat wake or wind rile. Investigate these strange looking surace disturbances by casting a Super Spook Jr. into the ray. You may ind more stripers than you can imagine during late June. Since the stripers do not need to swim ast to catch small shad the boil moves along at about 3 mph. Boat toward these ish in the same leisurely manner and they will stay on top. Rushing into the boil will make the ish go down only to resurace well out o casting range. Observe the school's direction o travel and idle to a point well ahead o the school. Let the boil come to you or best results. Smallmouth ishing is good lakewide but the summer pattern is well in place. Casting plastic grubs to the shallow shoreline is not eective. Bass are holding along the 25 oot contour. Park the boat in normal casting range to reach the shoreline but drop the lure straight down under the boat to ind deeper ish. Summer bass like a ree-loating, slow moving bait. The most eective presentations are the drop-shot or split shot rigs. The hook is about 18 inches rom the weight in both techniques. Drop- shot rigs have the weight on the bottom and hook tied up the line with a Palomar knot. The split shot rig is just the opposite with the bait on the bottom and the weight up the line. In both cases, let the weight touch bottom. Hold the lure in place and then wiggle it a ew times beore moving it to the next spot. When a bass picks it up, use a steady sweep as a hook set instead o quick lick o the wrist. Wahweap Bay has been slow ishing except or the deep bass rigs. Fishing improves with distance traveled uplake. The San Juan is still good near Neskahi Bay. Fish deep or bass and very early and late or boiling stripers.
      City: Page

Saturday, February 22nd, 2003

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      Water Temp: 55

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: ished under lights at night.Caught75 white bass,1 crappie,3LM,3 strippers,1 channel,ish suspended at 20 t,water rising till spring.
      City: phoenix az

      Tips: call me with questions

Saturday, February 8th, 2003

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      Water Temp: 54

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: pretty slow, caught a ew 2-3lbs in around 14' to 25', purple lizard, bites happened during mid-morning near heavy rock structures
      City: Phoenx

      Tips: water is cold aound this time, use smaller baits and work it soooo very slow!!

Wednesday, January 1st, 2003

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      Water Temp: 53.5

      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

      Report: Begining to ill ater 85' draw down, and is 27' lower than last year same time. Tough ishing now. North end lake starting to grow alge, main lake still clear with new colorado river water pumping in.

      Tips: Fish being caught are real shallow 1-4' (reaction baits), or 50'deep (drop shot).

Wednesday, October 30th, 2002

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      Water Clarity: Clear (4+ foot visibility)

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      City: Redding