Fishing Report

Fishing Report

July 20th, 2017

Lake elevation is 1,795 feet, feet, 96 % full.

Water temperature has been up to 88 degrees. The lake level has risen 6 percent during the past week as water is being released from Horseshoe Dam.

Gary Senft of the Mesa Bass ProShops fished the lake eight times during the past week and a half and said this has produced the most consistent bass fishing in the Phoenix region. Bass have been biting more frequently during bright moons (especially full or half) and cloudless nights. In theory, this would make fishing the daytime this weekend during a new moon an advantage.

Try night fishing throwing Texas rigged or dropshot-rigged plastic worms over points and islands in 4-18 feet of water. Also, jigging crawdad plastics has been effective in 4-5 feet of water. Use dark colors at night — especially during full moons.

Flathead catfishing also is excellent. Fish shallow during the nighttime with bluegill or carp as bait.

Don’t forget the Bartlett Lake Marina is now open. See or contact 480-221-0503 for more information.

Note: The Arizona Catfish Conservation Association, a 501c3 non-profit club based in Arizona, is asking anyone who catches a tagged flathead or channel catfish at Lake Pleasant or Bartlett Lake to note the number of the tag, along with any other information such as weight, length or girth, GPS coordinates (if available) and then visit

Desert Fox

The Monsoons are here ! Given that, the temperatures remain in the triple digits ,however, a major change in temperature in early morning and late evening hours have had a very positive influence on Bass fishing.Early morning hours are opportune times for the Bass to make major runs on shad/minnows in the shallows/coves. One can witness , right at first light, the Bass rounding up the bait fish and driving major schools to the shoreline. Great time to break out the top water lures or, in many cases, shade colored crank baits. Later on in the morning hours , consider breaking out your favorite plastic worm rigs. Drop shot remains the favorite , however, the Texas Rig and Carolina rigs are effective. The Bass remain in 30-35 feet of water until the sun moves high in the sky--

Bartlett's favorite catch--The Monster Flat heads are in full feeding swing. Bring along a couple cans of whole kernal corn. Find a nice cove , chum with a can of corn, then rig a small treble hook loaded with corn and catch a few Carp ( favorite) or a few bluegill. Before rigging for the monster cat fish, put the carp and/or Blue gill in duress by either cutting off the tail or scaling one side--keep the bait alive!!! This duress will induce a scent from the bait fish and d raw the monsters in. I have seen 25-30 pound catfish pulled out of 10 feet of water. You do not have to go deep to catch these monsters--just intice them in from the deep.

Bring the kids !!! Bartlett is full of Bluegill/sunfish and are a blast for the kids to catch. Size doesn't matter when it comes to quantity of catch--this will keep you busy !!!

For more action, rent a boat from the Marina for a few hours and run up the river. The releases from Horseshoe has dumped a lot of catfish and Bass into the Bartlett waters .

Have fun out there---keep an eye on the sky and watch out for the storms and high winds---watch for clouds to develop over the Yellow Cliffs. If black clouds start to form over the mountain---'tis time to come in and batten down the hatches!!

The Desert Fox