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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.

Mid Summer Fishing Report submitted (7/12/2015 4:58 pm)
Great time of year to book an evening trip. We run our evening trips from 6PM to 10PM, contact us to get your trip booked.

Summer time fishing is here. Lots of big fish are being caught at the great Arizona Lakes.

Saguaro: At first and last light you cant go wrong with having your favorite topwater bait tied on. The big fish will chase shad up into the shallows then move back out to deep water. Target points and flats that have deep water close by. Along with topwater be sure to have a jerkbait or small swimbait tied on. These baits are producing quality fish and will help you catch those stubborn suspended fish. As the day or night progresses slow way down and switch to dropshot or your favorite creature bait on a Carolina rig in the 20 to 25ft range.

Canyon: This is another lake that is producing a lot of quality fish at first light with topwater walking baits or poppers. Target points that have quick access to deep water. A good bait to have tied on with your favorite topwater is a small senko. If your topwater is missed throw a small senko to the area where you were missed and hang on. Similar to Saguaro jerkbaits and small swimbaits are also producing quality fish. Once the reaction bite slows make the switch to throwing Carolina rig, jig or dropshot around rocky points or the flats.

Apache: The hidden gem of Arizona is producing quality fish (Smallmouth and Largemouth) at first and last light. If you are heading up to this great lake make sure you have a topwater popper, small crankbait and a soft jerkbait (fluke) tied on. These baits are doing great up there. Look for the surface activity around the points and hang on as those Apache Smallmouth can get aggressive and are a blast to catch.

Roosevelt: This lake is gearing up to be a great lake again just like back in the day. The smaller fish are very active and can be caught throughout the day on topwater and spinnerbaits. Target the shallow water areas early then move out a little deeper as some quality fish have been caught in the 25ft range on jigs and creature baits. Another great bait to use at this lake this time of year is a lipless crankbait. Cast shallow and reel slowly out to the deep water.

Bartlett: Do you want to get someone excited about bass fishing? Take them to Bartlett and throw a topwater all day long. You will catch a bunch of fish. Look for the surface activity and throw nothing but a topwater bait (Popper/ Small Walking bait or a small crankbait). Good areas are backs of coves and the flats.

Pleasant: This lake can be a lot of fun this time of year. Start in Humbug or Castle creek at first light as these areas have been producing the most surface activity. Small swimbaits and walking baits have been bringing in the Stripers. Typically when you find the Striper boils largemouth will be mixed in. As the surface activity slows switch to dropshot around the trees. If you want to go night fishing, anchovies in and up to 50ft of water has been the ticket.

Night Time Fishing is Picking Up submitted (6/28/2015 7:25 am)
The night fishing is picking up and now is the perfect time to duck out of work a little early and hit the water with The Arizona Fishing Guides for an evening (6pm to 10pm) trip.

Contact Us on our website or call us at 480-772-8460 to get your evening trip booked.

Saguaro – If you get out right before sun up get your favorite topwater bait and start throwing it. Target areas where there is deep water close as the fish will move up, feed and head back out. A similar pattern can be used when the sun starts going down. Once the sun is down make the switch to throwing Texas rig, Carolina rig or your favorite craw type bait. Dark color baits can produce big bites at Saguaro right now. You can’t go wrong with focusing on the 15 to 25ft range.

Bartlett – Numbers, numbers and more numbers. You may not catch a giant but you will catch a lot of fish throwing reaction baits (crankbaits and topwater) early. This lake is a blast at night. A great bait to use for fishing Bartlett at night is a jig or other type of creature bait. Drag the bait slowly around the flats or rocky areas. The 10 to 20ft range seems to be great area to target. If you are not getting bites on the jig or creature, slow it down with a Texas rig or dropshot.


Canyon – The early morning reaction bite (crankbaits and lipless crankbaits) is still putting fish in the boat. The night bite is picking up and there are some Canyon lake giants ready to be caught. Big Texas rig baits and jigs with a big trailer can produce the big bites at night. Target the areas where there is deep water close by. The big fish tend to move up shallow, eat then head back out to deep water. Sit in the deeper water, cast towards the shore and pull the bait slowly back to the boat.


Roosevelt – If you are going to Roosevelt don’t forget your favorite topwater bait. Topwater is still going strong early morning and in the evening. Once topwater slows slow it down with a Jig. Jigs with Craw trailers are great bait to use at Roosevelt this time of year. Target the rocky areas.

Apache - Great time of year to make the trip to this hidden gem. First thing in the mornings throw your favorite popper or walking baits to catch both largemouth and smallmouth. Once that bite slows make the switch to throwing drop shot or Texas rigged worms or craws. If you find grass target just outside of it.

Pleasant – Early in the morning stick to the backs of the coves with your small swimbaits or topwater bait in case the stripers start to boil. The night time striper bite can be a lot of fun. A great night time bait continues to be anchovies.

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