LAKE PLEASANT: (Lake elevation 1,674 feet, 69 %)
"The striper season is in full effect and the stripers are biting. The lake is full of baitfish and striper. The striper population seems to be stronger than ever. This is great for catching lots of fish and having constant bites but sadly it also means a lot of the striper being caught is the smaller fish (dinks).
The key is to fish under the smaller fish. The bigger stripers normally are swimming below the school of smaller fish.
This weekend moving forward should really start to take off for night fishing. The moon phase is now changing and from Aug. 8-22 the new moon phase should be ideal for night fishing with a light. This means instead of catching 12-30 fish a night you could catch up to 100 a night in the darker conditions. Anchovies are working best for bait but reports have also aid worms will work also. The fish have gone deeper for cooler and more oxygenated water. Most anglers are fishing 80-110 feet deep with a dropshot setup.
Many anglers have reported having good success at Two Cow cove, Pipeline, 10 lane boat ramp area and certain coves in the Agua Fria River. I provided a few pictures of striper catches that have been shared in our group. The concentration of fish and fishing success has been at the south end of the lake. Boils are common and seem to be more active in the evening hour according to many reports. White or shad color swim baits have been successful in the boils but chrome Rat L Traps has been very productive also. Be sure to watch the shoreline edge for boils and the bird activity in the area. Keep covering more water and your chances of finding boils will increase. Tight lines!"
Aug. 12 from Derrick Franks of the Striper Snatcher Guide Service: Water temp is 85 degrees with a water elevation of 65% percent. I've brought some bigger saltwater tackle that I've modified some and have been catching ridiculous-sized striped bass during the day using my graph and studying wind direction to minimize water. Moon phase still dictates food source. The striper I'm catching are eating 6-inch shad or larger.