BARTLETT LAKE: Lake elevation is 1,795 feet, feet, 95 % full.
With more rain expected for Saturday, and winter run-off keeping the lake temperatures from warming, the best bet remains fishing the main lake. The dropshot has been a productive rig using morning dawn-colored Roboworms, as well as jigs, Texas rigs and a new J rig. See a video of how to use a J rig at Bartlett during the winter.
Look for bass to be following shad, and so the bass have not been in the same location from one day to another. In the morning, fish dropshots, Texas rigs, jigs, spinnerbaits or crankbaits. Once the sun comes up, fish in 20-30 feet of water over points, humps, reefs, etc.
Be ready for a subtle bite winter bass are lethargic and more likely than in the fall or spring to hit a bait as its falling. Its also a particularly good time to try jigs or worms in watermelon or green pumpkin.
The Yellow Cliffs boat ramp has once again opened -- there was 30 feet of water depth at the ramp on Thursday. For one, this can be a good crappie area. Fish in deeper water off cliff walls during the winter, targeting underwater brush and ledges.
Dont forget the Bartlett Lake Marina is now open. See www.bartlettlake.com or contact 480-221-0503 for more information.