Lake Pleasant Fish Report

Lake Pleasant - New River , AZ

by Arizona Game & Fish Department

The Arizona Fishing Guides reported that the lake is super clear and one of the best places to sight fish for the beginners. The river has opened early due to the eagles not doing their thing, and all of the fish up there haven't seen a bait in months. Senkos and a drop shot around the tress are about the best thing going for the largemouth bass. The stripers are still a little deep and can be caught on anchovies and live shad.

We have been adding lots of pictures to our photo gallery along with lots of videos to the site as well.

Previously, Kyle Mayes from The Hook Up Outfitters said anglers are mainly catching stripers up the river, now that that section is open. Any 3-4-inch swim bait in shad or white colors has been effective. Reaction Innovators have been a good bet.

Stripers are hitting on the surface as well until about 10 a.m. when the bite begins to slow. Any type of walking bait could work, Mayes said. He said shad seem like they're starting to spawn, although fish are not actively chasing them. Mayes said a couple days ago (Monday) he caught a striper that was "more round than it was long," he said. "It was full of eggs."

The best overall bite for striped and largemouth bass has been by slowly retrieving an Alabama rig in 10-20 feet of water.

Finally, he said the striper should begin to gather in large schools to spawn in a couple weeks.

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Arizona Game & Fish Department Reports
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