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May Fishing Report submitted (5/30/2017 8:48 pm)
Summer is in full effect here in Arizona along with some of the hottest fishing.

Lake Pleasant is producing some good bags of stripers and white pass along with the occasional trophy Largemouth.

These Fish can be caught on moving baits such as swimbaits hard jerkbaits topwater and Alabama rigs. We have been catching most of our fish in the river or the North coves in 5 to 30 ft.

Bartlett has been showing its true potential in numbers of fish. Lots of boiling fish first thing in the morning and last thing in the evening. Be sure to break out your favorite top water baits and those baits that you can throw a long ways to reach out the boils that are just out of touch.

Roosevelt Lake i just getting over the spawn which means most of the fish can be caught on senkos and soft jerkbaits around the trees. Do not be afraid to throw top water baits as the occasional topwater fish is always good and rewarding.

Canyon Lake is finishing up with their spawn as well. The Fish can be caught on drop shot and senkos. Most of the fish are on the edge of the flats and around the grass in about 5 to 15 foot of water.

Apache Lake and Saguaro Lake have been showing signs of golden algae. The fishing is still good and will probably remain so as long as we do our part as Anglers. Do not keep fish in your Livewell and transport them around the lake just to take pictures of them later. Just catch them, take a quick picture and release where you caught them. Arizona Game and Fish is doing their part and fixing the problem that we are having. All of us at the Arizona fishing guides have confidence in their programs to help fix our resources for future generations to come.

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February Fishing Report submitted (2/19/2017 10:35 am)
With the seasons starting to change, it is time to spring into action and book your guided fishing trip today. Lets kick this fishing report off by going out to Lake Pleasant. Lake Pleasant is fishing a little tougher than normal this time of year. The stripers are there along with the largemouth but seem to be in that transition period of coming out of the deep water and moving into the shallower water. These Fish can be caught on long points and channel breaks.

Our second lake is going to be Bartlett Lake. This lake is always good this time of year however right now with the anticipation of storms over the next week they are letting out a lot of water from Horseshoe and Bartlett Lake and this has the water levels fluctuating . While this is happening it will be a little bit tougher to catch them but look for boulders just under the surface that the sun will start to warm up on those bright sunny days. Throw reaction baits such as chatterbaits, spinnerbaits and small cranks. After that bite, slow down and throw shakeyhead and dropshot.

We will combine Saguaro and Canyon has our third and fourth Lake. These two Lakes typically fish the same. The fish are farther along in the spawning mode than any other lake in in the Phoenix area. They are still not quite spawning yet but are on the move from those 50 and 60 foot depths. A great way to catch these fish is to follow the bait fish and target the active feeders that are feeding up before the spawn.

The last two lakes that we will cover together will be Apache and Roosevelt. Apache is fishing great right now with reaction baits in the morning then slowing down in the afternoon with a jig or dropshot on those days that just do not have any wind. Roosevelt Lake is rising everyday and as it does the fish will move up Shallow and try to get into that warmer water as they also want to spawn. So be sure to target the hard bottoms and flat contours.

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December Fishing Report submitted (12/6/2016 10:19 pm)
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Unlike the weather here in Arizona the fishing is really starting to heat up with all of the wintertime patterns. Be sure to give that special outdoorsman or outdoors woman in your family the perfect gift, a trip with the Arizona Fishing Guides. Gift Certificates are available.

Bartlett lake - with a temperature dropping Bartlett Lake still tends to fish pretty shallow. Reaction Bates and a dropshot up close to the bank is typically your best bet. Once the sun rises and is up high fish around the rocks to keep the bites going. If the water is not rising, the muddy water has been the most productive.

Lake Pleasant- the water is rising which tends to push the bait fish back into the northern banks and up into the shallows. Get to the northern banks and throw swimbaits and jerkbaits. We have been getting lucky and still finding a topwater bite. The Largemouth are still going to be a little bit deeper and hanging around some of the rocks, When you find them there throw a shaky head or dropshot to get them into the boat. Arizona Custom Baits makes some of the best dropshot worms for Lake Pleasant.

Apache Lake- If you do not mind the drive, the numbers are there and this lake is fishing great. Smallmouth are being caught on jerkbaits and small swimbaits. The largemouth however, have moved into the deeper waters and into that winter pattern. Fish deep throwing spoons, dropshot and jigs.

Canyon and Saguaro Lake- these two Lakes are fishing about the same and you can always go and throw the big baits first thing in the morning until about mid morning. There is always a chance of catching a giant fish. Sometimes they are few and far between but when you get one it is usually a pretty big one. When you are going for numbers or taking kids fishing, these are the lakes to hit. Some of the most fun fishing we have had this year has been in the last couple of weeks spooning off of deep points that touch the channel and throwing swimbaits with a tiny jig head in deep water. The fish are moving a lot but they are staying together they will either be in 20 to 30 feet of water or 50 to 70 feet of water. Use the graphs to find them.

August Fishing Report submitted (11/5/2016 11:55 pm)
August Fishing Report from The Arizona Fishing Guides

Bartlett lake: The last few weeks has been fishing pretty good with its ups and downs due to weather and water levels. We haven't been catch them very deep, most of our fish have been up shallow within the first 20 ft. The best techniques have been slow moving baits like jigs and Shaky heads.

Lake Pleasant: Lately has been some of the best striper fishing we have enjoyed in the last few years. With some of the biggest stripers as deep as 60 ft. There has been a ton of top water action although it's been a lot of smaller fish however, the occasional 3 pounder has been lurking below the big schools of smaller fish. Topwater and small swimbaits have been the ticket for the smaller ones and the bigger ones have been caught on spoons 1/2 up to 1.5 ounces.

Roosevelt has been pretty quiet the last few weeks with not a lot of action. You can still catch fish on topwater and moving baits in the morning and late evening. After the reaction bite slows a slow moving bait seems to be the best bet.

Apache Lake: This lake has been a bit of a dark horse. The topwater bite has been lots of fun first thing in the morning and up in the river when they are moving water. The bite slows down as the sun comes up and they fish tend to move deeper with the bait fish. When this happens try spoons and deep swimbaits to get those fish to bite.

Saguaro & Canyon: The fishing has slowed down a bit due to pressure and monsoon storms. We have been able to catch them on dropshot, worms and jigs. We are still waiting for that surge of topwater action to start up and that usually happens when the night time temps dip a little.

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August Fishing Report submitted (11/5/2016 11:47 pm)
August Fishing Report from The Arizona Fishing Guides

Bartlett lake: The last few weeks has been fishing pretty good with its ups and downs due to weather and water levels. We haven't been catch them very deep, most of our fish have been up shallow within the first 20 ft. The best techniques have been slow moving baits like jigs and Shaky heads.

Lake Pleasant: Lately has been some of the best striper fishing we have enjoyed in the last few years. With some of the biggest stripers as deep as 60 ft. There has been a ton of top water action although it's been a lot of smaller fish however, the occasional 3 pounder has been lurking below the big schools of smaller fish. Topwater and small swimbaits have been the ticket for the smaller ones and the bigger ones have been caught on spoons 1/2 up to 1.5 ounces.

Roosevelt has been pretty quiet the last few weeks with not a lot of action. You can still catch fish on topwater and moving baits in the morning and late evening. After the reaction bite slows a slow moving bait seems to be the best bet.

Apache Lake: This lake has been a bit of a dark horse. The topwater bite has been lots of fun first thing in the morning and up in the river when they are moving water. The bite slows down as the sun comes up and they fish tend to move deeper with the bait fish. When this happens try spoons and deep swimbaits to get those fish to bite.

Saguaro & Canyon: The fishing has slowed down a bit due to pressure and monsoon storms. We have been able to catch them on dropshot, worms and jigs. We are still waiting for that surge of topwater action to start up and that usually happens when the night time temps dip a little.

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May Fishing Report submitted (5/15/2016 5:29 am)
Lake Pleasant: This lake is going good right now as the stripers are moving up shallow along with the balls of shad. You can catch them on reaction baits, topwater, swimbaits and jerkbaits. The Largemouth are still spawning in some areas and you can catch them by doing some sight fishing. You can also find the Largemouth up around the trees. Try throwing senkos or dropshot to get these fish to bite.

Bartlett Lake: Another hotspot with plenty of numbers to be caught. We have had 30 and 40 fish days. These days are a lot of fun for kids and Anglers alike. Several techniques are putting them in the boat. The most productive patterns have been on topwater, dropshot and Texas rigs up in shallow water in and around the flooded tumble weeds

Saguaro and Canyon: These lakes are back to normal and they are producing some very big bags. We are close to night fishing being ready to explode. There is a big Shad spawn going on on both lakes and you can catch them on reaction baits in the mornings then around 8 or so follow the balls of shad around the lake throwing swimbaits, jerkbaits and and your favorite topwater baits. These have been the most productive baits at both of these lakes.

Roosevelt and Apache Lakes: The spawn is on the tail end and the fish are in the trees guarding fry and starting to feed up for the summer time patterns. Senkos and spinnerbaits are key. Stay shallow and inside of the trees as there is no reason to fishing deep water just yet.

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February/ Early Spring Fishing Report submitted (2/25/2016 5:04 am)
Pleasant.. The lake is filling up and the water is warming as well. The stripers are starting to move a little more shallow as the shad move closer to the bank. You can catch largemouth and stripers in that 10-20 foot range using jerkbaits,and mid range type of swim baits. Check out Oliver at www.proswimbaits.com for the best swim baits.

Bartlett... As the lake fills up the bass start to move shallow. The ramp is now in the water and launching is easy. This is one of the best places to get a kid hooked on fishing. Start out with the reaction baits in the morning like spinner baits and crank baits. As the sun comes up start with the slow moving baits like drop shot and Jigs.

Roosevelt.. This beautiful lake is going to be really good in the next few weeks with all of this warm weather. You can still hone in your spooning skills. Lots of fish are still in their winter patterns but are ready to start that transition.

Apache... Seems to be a hit or miss type of lake at this time. One of our very own guides Clifford Pirch just weighed in a tournament bag of five fish of almost 35 pounds. Be ready for the small mouth to start moving shallow and start the spawning process.

Canyon/Saguaro.. These two lakes are always the first to start the spawning process. This is the most important time of year to practice catch and release. Catch the big ones, take a quick picture and get them back in the water.. Get a good pair of polarized glasses and move shallow. Be sure to go to www.arizonacustombaits.com for some of the best bed fishing baits. .

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September Fishing Report submitted (9/21/2015 12:53 pm)
Along with this week's storm comes fall like weather which will put the fish on the move for a better reaction bite.

Saguaro lake is starting to show signs over the last week for great top water explosions and unbelievable reaction strikes. Tie on your favorite walking bait, jerkbait or crankbait and getting ready to catch some fish. These reaction baits have been producing the best results.

Bartlett lake has shown signs of huge numbers with reports of 20-30 fish a day. Best chances for great numbers are: top water poppers, buzz baits and rattle traps. This is the perfect place to go to introduce someone to fishing or to get the kids on a lot of fish.

Canyon lake is slowly showing signs of better daytime fishing vs. night fishing. Your best bet is to try jerkbaits, spinner baits and chatterbaits as they are producing the biggest fish. If you get tired of "chuck and winding" your baits, tie on a dropshot as this is still putting some decent fish in the boat.

Apache/Roosevelt lake has had reports of great fishing for better than average fish. Look for the bait fish to start their migration towards the bank. Throw buzz baits, spinner baits and square bill crankbaits towards the back of long coves.

Lastly, lake Pleasant is showing great action for stripers and largemouth bass. Look for striper boils and throw topwater and swimbaits. With some of the better large mouth being caught on soft jerkbaits.

We are gearing up for a busy fall season be sure to book your trip soon.

August Fishing Report submitted (8/14/2015 1:39 pm)
Fall is right around the corner and so is the some of the best topwater fishing the Arizona lakes have to offer. Don't miss out on that great bite, book your trip today.

Pleasant - If you want to have a blast catching stripers and white bass, get out there in the morning and look for surface activity and the birds, tie on your favorite topwater bait and be ready to catch fish. At mid morning start dropping a spoon around the main lake points. If you do not want to throw a spoon, dropshot has been putting fish in the boat. Target the 10 to 20 foot range in the main lake areas.

Bartlett lake - This continues to be a great place to go especially if you want to introduce someone to fishing or you want to get your kids out and on some fish. First thing in the morning or in the early evening hours, bass are schooling up and biting good with lipless cranks and topwater baits. Once the sun is up and it starts heating up slow down and throw a jig or drop shot. At night the bass love to feed on crawfish. Considering this, a jig at night can be a productive bait at Bartlett and a lot of the other lakes.

Saguaro - This lake continues to produce quality fish. Throw walking baits and poppers early in the morning and late in the afternoon to go after topwater fish. For a consistent bite locate the grass and throw a shaky head worm or drop shot around the grass lines. Some reaction baits (crankbaits and jerkbaits) are also producing around the grass lines. At night make the switch to Texas rig worms or even jigs around the shallow banks.

Canyon - this lake has been producing numbers with some big fish on reaction baits. The key time for these baits is before the sun gets up over the mountains. Once the sun is all the way up target the grass edges with swimbaits and crankbaits. If you want to take a break from casting and reeling throw dropshot around main lake points.

Apache - this lake has been picking up daily. First thing in the morning, you cannot beat throwing topwater up at this amazing lake. During the early afternoon the bass are schooling up and being caught on reaction baits. The night bite at Apache has been the best. Tie on a Texas rig with a big worm and hold on.

Roosevelt - similar to Apache, this lake has been picking up. Have a reaction bait tied on and ready to go as you will see flurries of schooling bass actively feeding through early afternoon. This lake can be a great lake to throw topwater....all day long.

Thanks to everyone who came out for the Get Outdoors Expo. We had a blast speaking to everyone.

Mid Summer Fishing Report submitted (7/12/2015 10:58 pm)
Great time of year to book an evening trip. We run our evening trips from 6PM to 10PM, contact us to get your trip booked.

Summer time fishing is here. Lots of big fish are being caught at the great Arizona Lakes.

Saguaro: At first and last light you cant go wrong with having your favorite topwater bait tied on. The big fish will chase shad up into the shallows then move back out to deep water. Target points and flats that have deep water close by. Along with topwater be sure to have a jerkbait or small swimbait tied on. These baits are producing quality fish and will help you catch those stubborn suspended fish. As the day or night progresses slow way down and switch to dropshot or your favorite creature bait on a Carolina rig in the 20 to 25ft range.

Canyon: This is another lake that is producing a lot of quality fish at first light with topwater walking baits or poppers. Target points that have quick access to deep water. A good bait to have tied on with your favorite topwater is a small senko. If your topwater is missed throw a small senko to the area where you were missed and hang on. Similar to Saguaro jerkbaits and small swimbaits are also producing quality fish. Once the reaction bite slows make the switch to throwing Carolina rig, jig or dropshot around rocky points or the flats.

Apache: The hidden gem of Arizona is producing quality fish (Smallmouth and Largemouth) at first and last light. If you are heading up to this great lake make sure you have a topwater popper, small crankbait and a soft jerkbait (fluke) tied on. These baits are doing great up there. Look for the surface activity around the points and hang on as those Apache Smallmouth can get aggressive and are a blast to catch.

Roosevelt: This lake is gearing up to be a great lake again just like back in the day. The smaller fish are very active and can be caught throughout the day on topwater and spinnerbaits. Target the shallow water areas early then move out a little deeper as some quality fish have been caught in the 25ft range on jigs and creature baits. Another great bait to use at this lake this time of year is a lipless crankbait. Cast shallow and reel slowly out to the deep water.

Bartlett: Do you want to get someone excited about bass fishing? Take them to Bartlett and throw a topwater all day long. You will catch a bunch of fish. Look for the surface activity and throw nothing but a topwater bait (Popper/ Small Walking bait or a small crankbait). Good areas are backs of coves and the flats.

Pleasant: This lake can be a lot of fun this time of year. Start in Humbug or Castle creek at first light as these areas have been producing the most surface activity. Small swimbaits and walking baits have been bringing in the Stripers. Typically when you find the Striper boils largemouth will be mixed in. As the surface activity slows switch to dropshot around the trees. If you want to go night fishing, anchovies in and up to 50ft of water has been the ticket.

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