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Lake Pleasant Sponsored by
Date 19-Sep-15
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Conditions : LAKE PLEASANT: (Lake elevation 57 % full)

Fishing remains good for striped bass, especially in the northern coves. Look for stripers and largemouth bass at times to be chasing shad at the surface, providing a good top-water bite. Also try spoons for the larger black bass holding well beneath the surface action. Usually, monster bass stay near the bottom and don’t expend much energy chasing their meals.

Nighttime fishing for catfish, especially form the shore, should be good using stink bait. This is prime catfish time. Try stink baits such as chicken liver. Corn also can work for catfish and carp. Frozen anchovies fished on the bottom are another good choice – you might even catch a striped bass.

Lake Pleasant fishing report from Striper Snatcher Guide Service: “The water level is at 57% with a daytime water temperature of 87 degrees. Waddell Dam is now filling the lake at 900cfs. I'm saying fishing is excellent morning, evening and night, but they are most definitely catchable during the day if you are good at understanding the dynamics of what the striped bass are doing as well as incorporating a good sonar. Twelve-inch striper are chasing 2-inch threadfin shad, high in the water column in the morning and evening. The really good striper are in the river channels where there is a big change in depth, moving about 3 mph chasing adult sized threadfin shad. I vertical fish those in 50 feet on average, using a minimum of 17-pound line with a bait with a high drop rate. When looking for these fish, always start in the river channels of the lake, on the wind-blown side of the lake preferably.

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About: - 10,000 acres Elevation 1,665 30 miles north of Phoenix
  • White Bass
  • Striped Bass
  • Large Mouth Bass
  • Bluegill
  • White Crappie
  • Black Crappie
  • Bigmouth Buffalo Fish

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