LAKE PLEASANT: The Arizona Fishing Guides reported that striper fishing has been good at the north end of the lake (up the river, Castle Creek, Humbug, Coles Bay, etc.). Stripers have been caught up shallow in the mornings on top-water plugs and swimbaits. Largemouth bass fishing has been tough, but largies tend to hang out beneath stripers, and so anglers have the possibility of hooking into both in a given area. For example, a striper boil may bust up a bait pod and the largemouths will begin chewing.
For stripers, try fishing anchovies in 50-70 feet of water or jigging half-ounce or three-quarter ounce spoons in white or chrome.
Angler Barry W. previously said small lures that had a flash like a silver Kastmaster, or small shad-looking crank or jerk baits worked well also. He also used a white Zara Spook on the top water for largemouth bass during the boils. Remember that all the fish are competing for those bait fish and you never know what you have until it comes to the boat.
Once the sun went down, started fishing anchovies at the mouth of a bay. The depth was 100 feet with fish submersed at around 35-50 feet.
Other anglers are catching stripers at night using anchovies smaller stripers in 30 feet and larger stripers in 60 feet.
Once we get father into the summer and hotter weather the fish will go deeper and the boils will be more common and luckily longer with duration. Barry W. likes using live shad for catching striper but he said its been difficult lately. The shad have moved out from shallow water and seem to be sporadic throughout the lake which makes it tough for netting. Other fisherman have shared the same frustration with me on the lake as well regarding cast netting.
Keep in mind that there is no limit on stripers at Lake Pleasant and you are encouraged to catch and keep all you can to help the aquatic environment. The traditional method for fishing at night for stripers is using submersible lights and dangling pieces of frozen anchovies, while chumming to attract or hold schools of stripers. Fishing is also good for bluegill and for channel catfish. Carp fishing is usually pretty good, especially at night using dough bait or corn. Try chumming with corn to attract carp and other fish.