Bartlett Lake Fishing Report

Bartlett Lake - Carefree, AZ (Maricopa County)

by Arizona Game & Fish Department

At Bartlett Lake, (report courtesy of Sportsman's Warehouse), bass can be caught on topwater lures and Yamamoto football jigs, dropshots with roboworms, Ned Rigs with Z-Man Finesse TRDs, and crankbaits (shad imitation colors work best this time of year). Remember, bass can be caught around boulders and in brush lines on Senkos and spinnerbaits. Crappie is just starting, try around the Yellow Cliffs with 1/16-ounce jigs and 2-inch Kalins. Slow trolling can work well. Catfish are becoming active. In the days and weeks to come they will be lurking the shallows in search of food. For channel cats, use live worms, stink baits and chicken livers. For flatheads, load up with big line 20-pound plus, fish 5-15 feet deep with live worms, live bluegill or small carp. Rig up a Carolina Rig with 1-ounce egg sinker to help keep your bait on the bottom. Fish from dusk to dawn. Remember, the Arizona state record came out of Bartlett. Angler and guide "Flathead Ed" landed the 76.52-pound monster catfish in 2013.