Bartlett Lake Fish Report

Bartlett Lake - Carefree, AZ (Maricopa County)


by Arizona Game & Fish Department
9-17-2014
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Lake elevation is 1,785 feet, 82 % full.

Should be good topwater action for bass off-and-on throughout the day night now. Try working the main lake points, islands and reefs, but don't ignore the deeper coves, especially in the morning. Sometimes you can find bass feeding on large schools of shad in the coves.

This is the tail end of the prime flathead catfish season, but there are anglers who fish Bartlett all winter long for these huge voracious fish. Try live bluegill or small carp as bait. Look for the deeper holes, especially uplake where there is a little current.

For bluegills, try the backs of rocky coves using night crawlers or meal worms on light tackle. Also look for large rafts of bluegill, especially up in the narrows. When you find them, small spinners, crappie jigs and worms can get you lots of fish to fry.

Jeremy Hoffman from the north Phoenix Sportsman's Warehouse said anglers are having success on largemouth bass night-fishing using black or black/blue jigs or soft plastics in 5-20 feet of water. Anglers also are having great summer action on flathead and channel catfish.



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