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AZ
United States
33° 53' 18.654" N, 112° 16' 48.9828" W
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Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 61-70 F

Look for the spring bite to pick up any week now, despite rains predicted for Saturday – be sure to check the weather before heading out. Best bet might be frozen anchovies in 65-75 feet in northern coves. Shore anglers can try throwing jigs and jerkbaits – target shoreline structures.

Some anglers continue having luck striper fishing in Castle Creek during late mornings and afternoons. Live shad continues to be a reliable bait. Try dropshot rigs for both.

An angler reported fishing Saturday, Feb. 4 and that fish were active after 1:30 p.m. in the back of Humbug. Smaller stripers were 30 feet down in a total of 65 feet of depth.

Catfishing can be decent using dead shad fished on the bottom with hot dogs, chicken liver, or anchovies. Some anglers will chum a cove overnight with corn and return to fish the same cove with corn – this can be an effective tactic for catching carp and catfish.

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Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 81-90 F

LAKE PLEASANT – (Lake elevation 1,667 feet, 63.5 % full).

Aug. 1 from Guide Mike Strole, “The Fish Whisperer” of AZ Great Adventure Fishing:

Be sure to check out the weather report before planning your trip because of the monsoon storms that have been forecast.

Lake Pleasant water level is at 64%. CAP has been pumping out 1650  cubic feet per second. As a result, the water level has consistently been dropping. This has a tendency to create current in the river and creek channels.
The early morning surface bite is good in the north end of the lake and up in the river channel.

Throw 3-inch swimbaits with a stinger hook or ½-ounce spoons into the broils. As the sun peeks over the horizon and strikes the water the stripers have a tendency to move to the shaded sides of reefs and channels that have access to deeper water. This is a good time to break out your favorite spoons and vertical jig.
For more information or if you have questions or concerns check out azgreatadventurefishing.com or send an email to azgreatadventurefishing@cox.net  Be safe, enjoy, and have fun.

July 24 report from Derrick Franks of the Striper Snatcher Guide Service:

With the lake at 69 percent, water elevation and the dam releasing 2,200 cubic feet per second, Lake Pleasant has slowly tilted efficiency in the anglers’ favor.

Fish will be structurally oriented to transition areas in the river channels of the northern coves. The reason being is there is current created from the significant water release, thus creating a scenario where generally pelagic fish will stack up on the shade side of a river channel drop-off.

This is the perfect scenario for spoon fishing. Once you hook the first one, generally they can all be caught if you can stay over them. The spoon fishing tactic is fun and exciting and will last all day long.

The white bass have made a great comeback this season and we got into schools of just white bass most of last week. I use a 2-ounce, 3-inch Trendsetter Jig that has a drop rate of 10 feet per second to offset the drift rate of a 10-knot wind.

I like to pound the bottom of the lake with it and do a fast wind up and watch my graph. You'll be able to tell if they are reacting on it.  The most common mistake is using a spoon that's too light. You want that lure to stay under you so you can effectively give it the proper action.

For more information (and to reach out for any inquiries about Lake Pleasant logistics) visit www.stripersnatcher.com.

But these boils should pick up – read a Fish AZ blog article about top-water boils.

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Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 61-70 F

The water temperature is anywhere from 77-79 degrees depending where you are on the lake.  The striper are slowly starting to move out to deeper water. Most anglers are catching the fish between 60-85 feet with some anglers catching them at 100 feet.

This is normal going into the hot summer months. The fish want the colder water but most importantly the oxygen in the deeper water.  Guys are now starting to fish the southern end of the lake.

The dropshot rig with frozen anchovies is still the most common and consistent way to catch these fish. If you’re able to net some threadfin shad, that will always do very well for the striper bite.  Now that the water is warming up, anglers are seeing more top water and boil action. This seems to be most consistent at sunrise and sunset in the coves around the lake right now with boils lasting 5-10 minutes.

Casting Ricos, Jr Spooks, Kastmasters, or paddle tail swim baits have been very successful.  The fishing will only get better going into the summer and night fishing has been very good.  The following picture is from Jack Anderson who went a couple nights ago and did very well night fishing with friends and family.

Have fun on the water everybody!  

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