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Barlett Lake Sponsored by
Date 21-Aug-15
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Conditions : BARTLETT LAKE: Lake elevation is 1,776 feet, feet, 71 % full.

Gary Senft, Bass Pro at the Mesa Bass Pro Shops, said effective largemouth bass methods have been baby brush hogs in green pumpkin or watermelon candy with a dropshot or Texas rig. Fish drop-offs- points, ledges and reefs in 15-18 feet of water. He said crankbaits, buzzbaits, and top-water fishing has been tough. The main lake is still viable.

Fishing was slow for two anglers Thursday, Aug. 13 in calm, muggy conditions from 4-10 p.m. using dropshot- and Texas-rigged plastic worms in 15-25 feet of water. A Texas-rigged, purple, 6-inch plastic worm (at night) and a 3-inch Rattlin' Rapala, shad-pattern crankbait were the top producers for largemouth bass.

The best fishing will be at first and last light, or at night. During the day, crankbaits or jigs bounced along the rock stringers, or worked around the points, islands and reefs can produce.

Recent reports indicate crappie action has faded. Crappie should be congregating in larger schools suspended in deeper water, quite often off extended underwater points or along the Yellow Cliffs.

Although top-water action can be tough, stay alert. Look for a possible first-light topwater bass bite. Sometimes it is sporadic to non-existent. But if you hit it right, you might be able to get some good action. This bite should continue getting better and better as the season progresses. There might also be a topwater bite right before monsoon-generated storms hit. But be sure to get off the water of there is lightning.

This is the prime flathead catfish season. Try live bluegill or small carp as bait. Look for the deeper holes, especially up-lake where there is a little current. For bluegills, try the backs of rocky coves using nightcrawlers or meal worms on light tackle.

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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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