Lake Pleasant Fish Report

Lake Pleasant - New River , AZ

by Arizona Game & Fish Department

Derrick Franks of the Striper Snatcher reported, "Fishing is red hot right now as Waddell Dam continues to pump water into the lake. The afternoon south wind is really making the northern part of lake very active, as it pushes the algae bloom into the northern coves. Largemouth bass, striped bass and white bass are chasing the shad that are venturing out of the tree cover. Migratory birds are a good visual cue when looking for baitfish. With the water temp being at 70 degrees, the fish have risen up the water column and can be caught off of reaction baits. My bait of choice is my custom soft plastic swimbait made by Cactus Wren Outdoors with a ??- or ??-ounce jighead, depending on wind and water depth."

Rick from the north Phoenix Sportsman's Warehouse said top-water action has been hot in the mornings until around 8 a.m. in and around Coles Bay, the rock cliffs and the back part of the stick-ups. He said long casts have been critical in getting bites (except when using a dropshot rig.)

Largemouth bass are hitting spinnerbaits, dropshots and jerkbaits. He said to make sure the blades on the spinnerbait are small in order to match the shad the bass are eating.

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