LAKE PLEASANT: Fishing on Thursday was generally slow in mostly blue-bird skies and calm winds from 6 a.m. until noon. The surface water temperature reached 80 degrees by 11 a.m. Dropshots drew looks and strikes from largemouth bass (and likely some nibbling bluegill), but bass were not aggressive with dropshotted Roboworms in morning dawn, Bass Assassins, or shad-representing swim baits along many of the lake's rocky shorelines and submerged structures. Best bet may be a top-water bite as the sun comes up, beginning around 4:30 a.m., and as the suns sets. Striper fishing under the lights is a prime option.
Jeremy Hoffman, north Phoenix Sportsman's Warehouse manager, gave this report: Striper fishing under lights should be on fire again this weekend! Saturday is the new moon so you can expect your lights to be swarming with shad almost as soon as you drop them down. And remember if theyre not schooling up shortly after you drop them
MOVE! Good spots to try would be Coles, Humbug, up in the river arm, Firemans cove, and lastly the tires by the marina. If youd like to get a mixed bag, instead of using anchovies, buy yourself a bucket full of minnows and free-line them down on a size 2 aberdeen hook. With minnows you can expect to get stripers, whites, crappie, largemouth, and maybe even a catfish. Ive caught some giant white bass at night under lights fishing with minnows. Its a blast to have a mixed bag.
Night fishing for largemouth is really starting to fire up. Try throwing football jigs, and the old faithful Texas rigged 7- or 10-inch black and blue Power Worm.
Previously, Mike McFarland, a Professional Fishing Guide at Hook-Up Outfitters, said there had been a pretty decent top-water bite all over the lake. It can be wide open in the middle of nowhere, he said. Anglers can hit an early-and-late afternoon top-water bite. In between, anglers can dropshot soft plastics along the banks for largemouth bass. Good Roboworm colors will be morning dawn or any prism shad colors such as prism crawler.
Bass fishing in general had been good along the shorelines, he said. Many of the post-spawn fish are recovered and eating more frequently in all areas of the lake in shallow water.
Striper boils are happening from the middle of the lake to 200 feet of water depth.