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Barlett Lake Sponsored by
Date 23-Jan-15
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Conditions : BARTLETT LAKE: Lake elevation is 1,767 feet, 60 % full.

The lake elevation has dropped two feet during the past week. The surface water temperature last week was around 52 degrees.

The winter fishing tactics remain: fish slowly. Gary Senft, a Bass Pro at the Mesa Bass Pro Shops, said that for winter fishing, fishing is decent

Bass are 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. It’s also a particularly good time to try jigs or worms in watermelon or green pumpkin.

There is some decent crappie fishing. With the lake levels having dropped drastically the past few months, crappie have since moved. Try different some areas in around 20 feet of water, targeting underwater structure with 1/8- or 1/16-ounce crappie jigs (John Deere green and black, and white, are good colors) or minnows under a strike indicator cork.

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About: - Bartlett Lake is the closest lake to the Phoenix area on the Verde River. The lake has a surface area of 2,815 acres fed by the pristine waters of the Verde River. Upper Bartlett Lake, Rattlesnake and South Cove recreation sites provide areas for camping with trailers, picnicking, fishing and boating and are open year-round. Trailers longer than 16 feet are not recommended. The Jojoba Boating Site provides a paved launching ramp, except during low water levels. A marina facility provides a variety of services.

Fishing at Bartlett can produce largemouth and smallmouth bass, bluegill, catfish and crappie.

12 miles long 2,600 acres depth 188 feet Elevation 1,798 feet 22 miles east of Carefree

  • Large and small mouth bass
  • black crappie
  • flathead and channel catfish.

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