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February/ Early Spring Fishing Report submitted (2/24/2016 10:04 pm)
Pleasant.. The lake is filling up and the water is warming as well. The stripers are starting to move a little more shallow as the shad move closer to the bank. You can catch largemouth and stripers in that 10-20 foot range using jerkbaits,and mid range type of swim baits. Check out Oliver at for the best swim baits.

Bartlett... As the lake fills up the bass start to move shallow. The ramp is now in the water and launching is easy. This is one of the best places to get a kid hooked on fishing. Start out with the reaction baits in the morning like spinner baits and crank baits. As the sun comes up start with the slow moving baits like drop shot and Jigs.

Roosevelt.. This beautiful lake is going to be really good in the next few weeks with all of this warm weather. You can still hone in your spooning skills. Lots of fish are still in their winter patterns but are ready to start that transition.

Apache... Seems to be a hit or miss type of lake at this time. One of our very own guides Clifford Pirch just weighed in a tournament bag of five fish of almost 35 pounds. Be ready for the small mouth to start moving shallow and start the spawning process.

Canyon/Saguaro.. These two lakes are always the first to start the spawning process. This is the most important time of year to practice catch and release. Catch the big ones, take a quick picture and get them back in the water.. Get a good pair of polarized glasses and move shallow. Be sure to go to for some of the best bed fishing baits. .

Be sure to get your trip booked soon with the Arizona Fishing Guides. Spots are limited for the next few months.

September Fishing Report submitted (9/21/2015 6:53 am)
Along with this week's storm comes fall like weather which will put the fish on the move for a better reaction bite.

Saguaro lake is starting to show signs over the last week for great top water explosions and unbelievable reaction strikes. Tie on your favorite walking bait, jerkbait or crankbait and getting ready to catch some fish. These reaction baits have been producing the best results.

Bartlett lake has shown signs of huge numbers with reports of 20-30 fish a day. Best chances for great numbers are: top water poppers, buzz baits and rattle traps. This is the perfect place to go to introduce someone to fishing or to get the kids on a lot of fish.

Canyon lake is slowly showing signs of better daytime fishing vs. night fishing. Your best bet is to try jerkbaits, spinner baits and chatterbaits as they are producing the biggest fish. If you get tired of "chuck and winding" your baits, tie on a dropshot as this is still putting some decent fish in the boat.

Apache/Roosevelt lake has had reports of great fishing for better than average fish. Look for the bait fish to start their migration towards the bank. Throw buzz baits, spinner baits and square bill crankbaits towards the back of long coves.

Lastly, lake Pleasant is showing great action for stripers and largemouth bass. Look for striper boils and throw topwater and swimbaits. With some of the better large mouth being caught on soft jerkbaits.

We are gearing up for a busy fall season be sure to book your trip soon.

August Fishing Report submitted (8/14/2015 7:39 am)
Fall is right around the corner and so is the some of the best topwater fishing the Arizona lakes have to offer. Don't miss out on that great bite, book your trip today.

Pleasant - If you want to have a blast catching stripers and white bass, get out there in the morning and look for surface activity and the birds, tie on your favorite topwater bait and be ready to catch fish. At mid morning start dropping a spoon around the main lake points. If you do not want to throw a spoon, dropshot has been putting fish in the boat. Target the 10 to 20 foot range in the main lake areas.

Bartlett lake - This continues to be a great place to go especially if you want to introduce someone to fishing or you want to get your kids out and on some fish. First thing in the morning or in the early evening hours, bass are schooling up and biting good with lipless cranks and topwater baits. Once the sun is up and it starts heating up slow down and throw a jig or drop shot. At night the bass love to feed on crawfish. Considering this, a jig at night can be a productive bait at Bartlett and a lot of the other lakes.

Saguaro - This lake continues to produce quality fish. Throw walking baits and poppers early in the morning and late in the afternoon to go after topwater fish. For a consistent bite locate the grass and throw a shaky head worm or drop shot around the grass lines. Some reaction baits (crankbaits and jerkbaits) are also producing around the grass lines. At night make the switch to Texas rig worms or even jigs around the shallow banks.

Canyon - this lake has been producing numbers with some big fish on reaction baits. The key time for these baits is before the sun gets up over the mountains. Once the sun is all the way up target the grass edges with swimbaits and crankbaits. If you want to take a break from casting and reeling throw dropshot around main lake points.

Apache - this lake has been picking up daily. First thing in the morning, you cannot beat throwing topwater up at this amazing lake. During the early afternoon the bass are schooling up and being caught on reaction baits. The night bite at Apache has been the best. Tie on a Texas rig with a big worm and hold on.

Roosevelt - similar to Apache, this lake has been picking up. Have a reaction bait tied on and ready to go as you will see flurries of schooling bass actively feeding through early afternoon. This lake can be a great lake to throw topwater....all day long.

Thanks to everyone who came out for the Get Outdoors Expo. We had a blast speaking to everyone.

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