Bartlett Lake Fishing Report

Bartlett Lake - Carefree, AZ (Maricopa County)

by Arizona Game & Fish Department

The lake level has been dropping 8-10 inches daily (four feet during the past week). Bass fishing has been uncharacteristically slow, and this may be due to rapidly dropping water from Bartlett into Horseshoe Lake. There are reports that bass that were in 30 feet of water went to around 50 feet deep -- along with schools of shad.

Gary Senft, a Bass Pro at the Mesa Bass Pro Shops, suggests fishing deep early in the morning and as the water warms, fish in 15-20 feet of water. Try Ricos, Pop-R's, small crankbaits, and with plastics -- Carolina rigs, dropshots and Texas rigs.

In general, effective largemouth bass methods this time of the year tend to be baby brush hogs in green pumpkin or watermelon candy with a dropshot or Texas rig. Also try top water poppers, buzz baits and Rat-L-Traps. Fish drop-offs, points, ledges and reefs in 15 to 18 feet of water. This bite should continue getting better and better as the season progresses.

Bartlett does have good shoreline options at Rattlesnake Cove. In general, this is the perfect place to go to introduce someone to fishing or to get the kids on a lot of fish.

Crappie should be congregating in larger schools suspended in deeper water, quite often off extended underwater points or along the Yellow Cliffs.

This is the prime flathead catfish season. Try live bluegill or small carp as bait. Look for the deeper holes, especially up-lake where there is a little current. For bluegills, try the backs of rocky coves using nightcrawlers or meal worms on light tackle.

Lake elevation is 1,766 feet, feet, 59 % full.

More Reports

Nov. 10 report from Jim Goughnour of Rim Country Custom Rods: The big news among Rim Country anglers is the decreased amount of water being taken out of Roosevelt Lake to meet downstream demands. Each year during the winter months, water from Bartlett Lake and the Verde River is used as the primary downstream water source allowing Roosevelt Lake to replenish during the winter months. The Verde River runs into the Salt River just north of Mesa which permits the use...... Read More

Arizona Game & Fish Department Reports
for Friday, November 4th, 2016
Roosevelt Lake: Roosevelt Lake Fishing Report
Bartlett Lake: Bartlett Lake Fishing Report
Lake Pleasant: Lake Pleasant Fishing Report
Saguaro Lake: Saguaro Lake Fishing Report
Canyon Lake (AZ): Canyon Lake Fishing Report
Apache Lake: Apache Lake Fishing Report
Horseshoe Lake (AZ): Horseshoe Lake Fishing Report
Dogtown Lake: Dogtown Lake Fishing Report
Kinnikinick Lake: Kinnikinick Lake Fishing Report
Cluff Ranch Ponds: Cluff Ranch Ponds Fishing Report
: Patagonia Lake Fishing Report
Parker Canyon Lake: Parker Canyon Lake Fishing Report
Pena Blanca Lake: Pena Blanca Lake Fishing Report
Riggs Flat Lake: Riggs Flat Lake Fishing Report
Roper Lake: Roper Lake Fishing Report
Rose Canyon Lake: Rose Canyon Lake Fishing Report
Bear Canyon Lake: Bear Canyon Lake Fishing Report
Black Canyon Lake: Black Canyon Lake Fishing Report
Chevelon Canyon Lake: Chevelon Canyon Lake Fishing Report
Willow Springs Lake: Willow Springs Lake Fishing Report
Woods Canyon Lake: Woods Canyon Lake Fishing Report
: Fool Hollow Lake Fishing Report
Rainbow Lake: Rainbow Lake Fishing Report
Scott Reservoir: Scott Reservoir Fishing Report
Show Low Lake: Show Low Lake Fishing Report
Woodland Reservoir: Woodland Lake Fishing Report
Becker Lake: Becker Lake Fishing Report
Big Lake: Big Lake Fishing Report
Carnero Lake: Carnero Lake Fishing Report
Clear Creek Reservoir: Clear Creek Reservoir Fishing Report
Concho Lake: Concho Lake Fishing Report
Crescent Lake: Crescent Lake Fishing Report
Greer Lakes: Greer Lakes Fishing Report
Hulsey Lake: Hulsey Lake Fishing Report
Lee Valley Lake: Lee Valley Lake Fishing Report
Luna Lake: Luna Lake Fishing Report
Lyman Lake: Lyman Lake Fishing Report
Black River: Black River East Fork Fishing Report
Little Colorado River: Little Colorado River Fishing Report
Show Low Creek: Show Low Creek Fishing Report
Silver Creek AZ: Silver Creek Fishing Report
Lake Mead: Lake Mead Fishing Report
Lake Mohave: Lake Mohave Fishing Report
Colorado River - Willow Beach: Willow Beach Fishing Report
Colorado River: Colorado River Fishing Report
Topock Gorge: Topock Gorge Fishing Report
Topock Marsh: Topock Marsh Fishing Report
Dead Horse Ranch State Park : Dead Horse Ranch State Park Fishing Report
Verde River: Verde River Fishing Report
Fain Lake: Fain Lake Fishing Report
Goldwater Lake: Goldwater Lake Fishing Report
Granite Basin Lake: Granite Basin Lake Fishing Report
Lynx Lake: Lynx Lake Fishing Report
Watson Lake: Watson Lake Fishing Report
Willow Creek Reservoir: Willow Creek Reservoir Fishing Report
Lake Powell: Lake Powell Fishing Report
Alamo Lake: Alamo Lake Fishing Report