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March Fishing Report submitted (3/24/2015 9:27 pm)
The only thing better than spring training in the great Arizona weather is the spring bass fishing.

Saguaro lake, sight fishing is the most prominent pattern. Look in the shallow water or staging areas outside the spawning areas. Also try jerk baits and senkos on the points going into the spawning areas as this will spark the interest of the fish.

Canyon lake, seems to be the hidden Jewell right now. With all the pressure on Saguaro lake this lake is putting out some real giants. The fish are spawning at Canyon as well. Look around the flats or any area with hard bottom. Jerkbaits and swimbaits will pull the big females off their beds and get them to react. Another good bait to use right now is a chatterbait. Target areas around the grass lines.

Roosevelt, this lake remains to be tough but the spawning fish are easy to catch when you find the clear water. Senkos and jerkbaits over the deeper flats will put some fish in your boat.

Apache lake, there is some really good fishing going on up at Apache. The fish are on either side of the spawn and can be caught throwing reaction baits across the flats. If you want to target the beds, get up in the shallow water with a good pair of polarized lenses and start looking.

Bartlett lake, the rising water and is making it a little tougher than normal but good fish for Bartlett are being caught. The fish are shallow around the big rocks and deeper flats in the 10-15 ft range. Throw crank baits and deeper spinner baits to get the bass to come off of their deeper beds.

Pleasant, there is some reaction bite going in the early morning hours. If you are targeting stripers throw small swim baits and inline spinners. After that you can still chase the stripers in deep water with spoons and anchovies. The largemouth are in full spawn mode and can be caught sight fishing. Just like with the other lakes, a good pair of polarized lenses is a must if you want to go sight fishing.

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December Fishing Report from The Arizona Fishing Guides submitted (12/30/2014 6:21 am)
Are you ready to Kick off 2015 with the Ultimate Fishing Experience and the Arizona Fishing Guides? Although the Arizona weather is cooling off, the fishing is heating up. Get your trip booked today and start off the new year with some great memories.

Saguaro Lake: Fishing is picking up and getting better every day. Fish are being caught in the shallow water with jerkbaits (do not forget to pause your retrieve) but if you want numbers of quality fish jigging spoons in 30 to 50 feet of water is the ticket. Use your electronics to locate the bait, start jigging a spoon and hang on as you could get a big fish like we had yesterday. Another option at Saguaro is a big swimbait. Although the big swimbait bite is not consistent you could find some quality fish.

Canyon Lake: Good fish are being caught in the 30 to 50 foot of water range. Locate the long points that lead into the channel and drop your favorite spoon. Another good bait to use this time of year is a dropshot in the 30 foot range. If you want to take a shot at a trophy Canyon is known to produce them this time of year on the big swimbaits. The key with these is you need to commit to throwing them all day. You may not catch one every time but if the timing is right, hang on as you could catch the fish of a lifetime.

Bartlett Lake: This lake is producing some great Bartlett fish in anywhere from 1 to 25 feet of water. Dropshot is always a go to bait on this lake but another couple of baits that are producing some great fish are crankbaits and jigs. Tie on your favorite color and have a blast catching the Bartlett bass.

Lake Pleasant: This lake is a blast if you want to catch stripers or white bass. Get to the back of any cove on the north end of the lake and throw swimbaits. Be sure to keep your favorite top water bait tied on in case you happen to see the shad boils. If you see a boil throw the top water just past it and work the bait back to the boat. This is the place to go if you want to introduce someone to fishing.

Apache Lake: Not a lot of news on this lake right now however some good baits to throw this time of the year are, jerkbaits with long pauses, crankbaits and dropshot. Don't be afraid to throw a big swimbait up here and catch some of those aggressive smallmouth.

Roosevelt Lake: This lake is still on the comeback but some good fish are ready to be caught. Look for the bait fish on your graph in 25 feet plus of water and either drop a spoon or dropshot. A good chance you will catch some yellow bass but where you find those guys you will also find some good largemouth. Other baits to throw at Roosevelt this time of year are crankabits and jigs.

This a good time of year to hit the water and avoid a lot of the lake traffic. Check out our trips page and get your trip booked today.

Have a Happy and Safe New Year!

Fishing Report and Contest Announcement from The Arizona Fishing Guides: submitted (11/11/2014 10:57 pm)
Fishing Report and Contest Announcement from The Arizona Fishing Guides:

Saguaro Lake: is just starting with the full fall patterns, you can catch fish shallow or deep. The big schools of bait fish are moving into the deeper water and so are some of the big largemouth. A good bait for those deep fish right now is silver and gold spoons. You can slow it down and catch those fish on Drop shot.

Canyon Lake: This lake is starting to ramp and will be getting better as the days get colder. Look for deep schools of shad and drop a spoon or a slow moving swim bait. Shallow crankbaits are are always good this time of year. I hear some of the big fish are starting to go after the big swimbaits. You may not catch a lot but the chance for that trophy bass is a good possibility.

Apache Lake: Wow, we are so close to this lake blowing up. It is right on the bubble of going off. The jerkbait bite is doing well and when you are ready to slow down, toss out your dropshot and be ready for a few quality Apache Bass.

Roosevelt: This lake still has a few fish eating top water when the sun gets up nice and high. The secondary pattern seems to be spooning in about 25-40 feet with gold or silver spoons depending on the clarity of the water.

Bartlett Lake: This lake is still one of the best lakes we have right now when it comes to numbers of fish. The lipless crankbaits were working best the last trip we had there but it didn't keep us from throwing a buzz bait around in the afternoon. We hooked up with some of our biggest bass of the day when we started that afternoon buzzbait..

Lake Pleasant: Stripers, stripers and more stripers. This lake is really starting to get good when it comes to stripers. Use your graphs to find the giant schools of baitfish and stipers. Throw small swimbaits and drop spoons though the giant schools of baitfish and hang on. The morning seems to be the deal when it comes to the largemouth bass. Try throwing poppers and skinny dippers to catch those morning largemouth.

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