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Apache Lake Sponsored by
Date 15-Sep-14
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Conditions : APACHE: Lake elevation is 1,909 feet (95-percent full). Bass fishing remains fair to good.

Bass Pro Gary Senft fished the lake last weekend. The majority of largemouth bass were holding in 30 feet of water and hitting Powerworms and various crawdad-imitations. There wasn't a morning top-water bite for Senft.

One angler reported fishing useing Rapala Nos. 5 and 7. The weather is cooling a bit, and the yellow bass were striking the Rapalas.

The key to locating smallmouth bass can be looking to the adjacent shoreline and seeing all the small rocks that crawdads would hide in. Smallmouth bass, as evident by their red-tinted mouths and claws sticking from their throats, were gorging on crawdads. The heavier largemouth and smallmouth bass were caught on Texas-rigged Roboworms and half-ounce football jigs with green pumpkin Yamamoto hula grubs (crawdad imitations).

You still might find bass chasing shad at the surface, especially at first light. Try working the major points using soft plastic crayfish like lures worked along the bottom. Crankbaits can also work well at times. A few good-sized smallies can be caught -- please practice catch-and-release on these fish, which are in the comeback mode. Walleye fishing should be decent at first and last light using night crawler rigs, or jigs tipped with worms. Apache is also full of some really nice yellow bass. Try gold KastMasters or yellow/gold Rooster Tails. Catfishing should be good. Carp fishing can be very good.

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Apache Lake is between Canyon Lake and Roosevelt lake and is formed by Horse Mesa Dam. At an elevation of 1914 feet,  Apache Lake is long and narrow and is the second largest Salt River Project lake (2600 Arcres). The Apache Lake Marina and Resort is one mile from the main highway and features a motel, gas station, coffee shop, picnic supplies and a trailer park for 12 units.

  • walleye
  • largemouth bass
  • smallmouth bass
  • redear sunfish
  • bluegill
  • catfish
  • crappie

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