LAKE PLEASANT: (Lake elevation 1,686 feet, 82 % full).
Shad can be found in the back of Castle Creek or Coles Bay. Angler will need to keep finding different spots when netting shad. The ideal depth for shad has been 7-15 feet of depth near the shoe. Some great striper trips can be during or just after rain.
An angler reported on the Arizona Striper fishing Facebook page fishing Thursday morning fish in no wind, a little rain and spotting just a few shad in humbug caught five decent stripers on swimbaits, dropshots with shad, and another trolling an unspecified bait.
Catfishing can be decent using dead shad fished on the bottom with hot dogs, chicken liver, or anchovies. Some anglers will chum a cove overnight with corn and return to fish the same cove with corn this can be an effective tactic for catching carp and catfish.
This month, fishing in general has been decent for striped bass in northern coves, in 55-80 feet of water, using live shad. Humbug has been particularly good for stripers with anchovies in 60 feet of water depth. Jigging spoons in deep water and using Alabama rigs has been producing decent fish as well. With cooler water temperatures, the best bite might be from noon to sunset -- try Alabama rigs, Skinny Dipper paddle tails, or jig 1- to 1.5-ounce spoons. Live shad and anchovies are effective as well. Try the mouths of Humbug, Castle Creek or Coles Bay.