Arizona Lake Fishing Report

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Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

    • Report: June 3 report from Warren Risberg of Www.reeleminadventures.com:

      “Hello Anglers/Fisherman,

      It seems most of the fisherman only have weekends to tackle the lake! But if you can find time to hit it during the week by 6 p.m. to sunset you can find some very fun shad boils near "reef buoys." I have been finding the boils in shallow water 15 feet deep and toward the shoreline. Keep a look-out for bushes and points, which produce good ambush spots for the fish. Be patient and watch the water consistently between those times. Even when you land a fish, keep an eye on the water to see where the boils/shad are moving! White or pearl colored swim baits are my bait of choice, as well as the clear Zara Spook Jr.

      Right now the underwater green and white lights have been effective by attracting an abundance of fry, shad and baby stripers as bait fish. This is what I have been seeing on my lights within the past two weeks of consistent sunset/night fishing. Still able to catch large numbers of nice size striper bass and channel cats on cut bait frozen anchovies in around 50 feet of water. There is a plentiful supply of creatures in the shallows at night and as you know the fish are up there too eating those live baits!
      Good luck, anglers!”

      Lake levels are predicted to fall until August.

    • Report: June 3 report from Warren Risberg of Www.reeleminadventures.com:

      “Hello Anglers/Fisherman,

      It seems most of the fisherman only have weekends to tackle the lake! But if you can find time to hit it during the week by 6 p.m. to sunset you can find some very fun shad boils near "reef buoys." I have been finding the boils in shallow water 15 feet deep and toward the shoreline. Keep a look-out for bushes and points, which produce good ambush spots for the fish. Be patient and watch the water consistently between those times. Even when you land a fish, keep an eye on the water to see where the boils/shad are moving! White or pearl colored swim baits are my bait of choice, as well as the clear Zara Spook Jr.

      Right now the underwater green and white lights have been effective by attracting an abundance of fry, shad and baby stripers as bait fish. This is what I have been seeing on my lights within the past two weeks of consistent sunset/night fishing. Still able to catch large numbers of nice size striper bass and channel cats on cut bait frozen anchovies in around 50 feet of water. There is a plentiful supply of creatures in the shallows at night and as you know the fish are up there too eating those live baits!

Saturday, May 30th, 2015

    • Report: The lake level has dropped five feet during the past week.

      Gary Senft, a Bass Pro at the Mesa Bass Pro Shops, said largemouth bass fishing is excellent. Water temperature on Monday morning was 73 degrees. He said anglers can catch some during the morning on crankbaits or spinnerbaits, but once the sun is up, bass will move into 10-15 feet of water into their comfort zone of about 65 degrees.

      Anglers should try a variety of techniques: dropshots, Texas rigs, Carolina rigs, and with different colors of plastic worms.

      “Flathead” Ed Wilcoxson said flathead catfishing slowed at Bartlett recently with an algal bloom. From Rattlesnake Cove, SB Cove and up the river, fishing is fair, he said, for 15-18-pound flatheads.

    • Report: May 30 report from Jim Goughnour of Rim Country Custom Rods:

      Good morning, Rim Country anglers,

      Now that the weather has stabilized, the fishing on Roosevelt Lake is back to a postspawn pattern. Recent reports reflect an excellent top water and shallow running crankbait bite. Rio Ricos, Sammys, Spooks and buzzbaits are successful top-water baits in the early morning and late afternoon. Crankbaits such as a Rapala SR5, Berkley minnows and Lucky Craft Pointers, which runs between 5 and 10 feet, will catch bass in a frenzy of feeding on shad. During the midday hours fishing was reported successful in 15-25 feet of water depth using Clifford Pirch Outdoors jigs, Senkos or Roboworms.

      Crappie fishing has also improved. Crappie are collecting into larger schools following the spawn. Most crappie anglers are fishing in 15 to 30 feet of water and always very close to cover or a rock structure. Vertical fishing using an ultralight power fishing rod and 4-pound test line are essential when fishing for crappie in clear, calm water. Any type of small shad imitation bait suspended in front of a school of crappie will attract some fast action.

      More water continues to be drawn out of Roosevelt Lake for downstream use. The lake level is currently at 48 percent full. We may now have to wait for summer monsoon rains or perhaps a late spring storm to bring more water into the lake. The water temperature is in the mid to high 70s, but rising as the ambient temperatures increase. The water clarity is clear for most of the lake.

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

    • Report: May 14 report from Jeremy Hoffman of the north Phoenix Sportsman's Warehouse: "Fishing is hot right now! Fish are being caught all over the lake on almost everything you can think of! The morning top-water bite is on for anglers throwing Ricos and Zara Puppies. Later in the day you can pick up fish on the old faithful dropshot rig with Roboworm colors such as oxblood lt., red flake, bold bluegill, and desert craw, just to name a few. Also, Zoom worms in watermelon candy will get the job done. Also, this is a great time to throw football jigs! One of my favorites is a 1/2-ounce football jighead with a 5-inch Gary Yamamoto Hula Grub in the 330 color (green pumpkin with purple/copper flakes). If you’re looking to throw crankbaits, try Rat-L-Traps and square bills in shad or craw colors."

Monday, October 13th, 2014

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      Water Temp: 80

      Water Clarity: Stained (2-4 foot visibility)

      Report: Weather: fall
      Lake Level: full\Best Depths: Shallow
      Lots of Topwater in AM then deeper schools of fish in the afternoon
      Big Bass: Shallow10/10/2014 - largemouth - seven pounds
      yes
      Events: Fall fishing is at its best.
      Guide Information: The Arizona Fishing Guides (www.thearizonafishingguides.com)\Name & Number: Jon Griffith 480-772-8460

      Tips: Chase schools in am then slow down in afternoon

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
      yes
      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