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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)
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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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