The Bass at Saguaro Lake are chasing the bait fish

Saguaro Lake - Sunflower, AZ (Maricopa County)

by Arizona Game & Fish Department

SAGUARO LAKE - Lake elevation is 1,525 feet (93 percent full)

Skyler Clark, the Mesa Sportsman's Warehouse fishing manager, said he's receiving more reports of fish chasing shad in the mornings by no wake buoys - many boaters have been targeting these pods of bait, so you may have to deal with heavy boat traffic. Try spoons such as KastMasters as well, which are effective but Clark said many anglers have not reported using. Spoons work well this time of year when fish are keying on shad.

Still, the most consistent bite has been off dropshots, but not over grass, as had been the case in early summer. Fish apparently took quite a pounding in those areas.

Angler's report:
Jim F. at Saguaro The wife and I hit Saguaro Lake yesterday at first light and did pretty good, catching a nice handful of largemouth bass and a scrappy 5 pound channel cat- all on small to medium sized crank baits. Looking around at some of the other fishermen in the area we noticed that almost everyone was catching fish in good numbers. One man not too far from us hooped and hollered and loudly announced that he had just caught a 9 pounder.

Previously, Mike McFarland of the Hook Up Outfitters said Saguaro has been proving excellent largemouth bass fishing opportunities. Try jigs, crankbaits, and top-water lures early and late.