LAKE PLEASANT: Griffiths reported that as the water rises, stripers, whites and largemouth bass are all being caught on small swimbaits and spoons. Use swimbaits in 10 feet or less and spoons in 30 feet or deeper. Head to back of the arms at the water rises.
Angler's report: Derrick Franks, a nighttime striper fishing guide on Lake Pleasant, reported that he went fishing Nov. 13 at night, fishing off sharp ledges in 30-40 feet of water in the main lake. He caught 75 striper in three hours in the small to medium range. On Friday, Nov 15, for two hours he reported catching about 25 striped bass off frozen anchovies in the 1-pound range. He was fishing off steep drop-offs in 30 feet of water.
Previously, Gary Senft, a Bass Pro at the Mesa Bass Pro Shops, said anglers fishing in the heavy boat traffic had a tough time this past week. But Senft was able to get a good number of fish to hit dropshots and Texas rigs.
He said there is some top-water action in the river around the no-wake buoys. A lot of stripers are hitting top-water lures or white flukes. Senft said the crankbait bite wasnt good for him.
With dropshots, Roboworms in morning dawn an ox blood were most effective.
Senft said the key is to move form spot to spot; anglers can focus on no-wake buoys. He said bass were not preying on shad in the backs of coves. Not at all, he said. The cold weather took care of that. He added that boat traffic had kept shad deep in the water column.
He mentioned that one shore angler was cutting up anchovies near the 10-lane boat ramp, catching a good amount of stripers. Senft said the man was free-lining the bait on 8-pound test line in the morning (chumming pieces of anchovies and hooking a portion of the tail and body.)