Lake Pleasant Fish Report

Lake Pleasant - New River , AZ

by Arizona Game & Fish Department

(1,662 feet, 59-percent full): Water temperature last week varied from low 80s to high 70s. Jason Blauvert caught a near-state-record striper of 28.38 pounds on Sept. 13 on a 5-inch spoon. Read all about the catch.

Kyle from the Hook-Up Outfitters said the striper bite has been excellent. Striper fishing has been good in 40-70 feet of water using anchovies and spoons or ??- to 1-ounce crippled herrings.

"It seems to be hit-and-miss on top-water in the mornings," he said. "If you get on a school you can stay on them until the stop boiling."

He said anglers should use Heddon Spooks and any type of walking bait in the mornings. He's been finding the majority of largemouth bass over main lake humps or creek channels, although bass have been hooked in 5-45 feet.

In the end, night fishing is excellent for stripers. Just make sure you avoid monsoons. Get a bright submersible fishing light and fish various depths of the water column.

Top-water boils should become more frequent as the water cools during this fall transition. Silver Kastmaster lures are working well and so are shad jerk baits and top-water Zara Spooks.

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