Crankbait yields a very nice Bass at Bartlett Lake Arizona

Bartlett Lake - Carefree, AZ (Maricopa County)

by Arizona Game & Fish Department

The second cast at Bartlett Lake Saturday morning, which sent a crankbait to touchdown just off a rocky point near the shoreline, produced that pop and pull from a bass we all surely love.

The 3-inch crankbait, diving and rising, duped a largemouth bass just after 8 a.m. Many more followed. The weather was bright and cool and clean with a party of four that included boat operator Skyler Clark, the fishing manager at the Mesa-based Sportsman's Warehouse. Just a whip of wind. Now's a great time to fish any desert lake such as Bartlett.

Largemouth bass were hitting just off the shoreline on deep-diving crankbaits. The above presentation involved reeling the crankbait quickly a few times, pausing around 4 seconds to let it rise, and then reeling quickly again. Repeating this process was effective until around 1 p.m., targeting shoreline points and ledges in around 20 feet of water. Water temperatures reached a high of 71 degrees.

The ledges and reefs in around 20 feet of water also could be targeted with green pumpkin Gary Yamamoto jigs and dropshot-rigged Roboworms (morning dawn.) Fishing leisurely, we caught about 20 bass during the morning.

The Arizona Game and Fish Commission Appointment Recommendation Board will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, beginning at 9 a.m., to review and select for interview applicants for the 2014 vacancy on the Arizona Game and Fish Commission. The meeting will be held at the Arizona Game and Fish Department headquarters at 5000 W. Carefree Highway in Phoenix and is open to the public. The meeting agenda is posted at The board will meet again on Friday, Nov. 8, beginning at...... Read More