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Barlett Lake Sponsored by
Date 19-Sep-15
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Conditions : BARTLETT LAKE: Lake elevation is 1,789 feet, feet, 87 % full.

Top-water action for bass should be good on-and-off throughout the day. Try working main points, islands and reefs, and remember to fish the deeper coves, especially in the morning. Sometimes anglers can find bass feeding on large schools of shad in the cove.

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.

This is the tail end of the prime flathead catfish season, but there are anglers who fish Bartlett all winter long for these monsters. Try live bluegill or small carp as bait. Look for the deeper holes, especially uplake where there is a little current.

For bluegills, try the backs of rocky coves using nightcrawlers or meal worms on light tackle. Also look for large rafts of bluegill, especially up in the narrows. When you find them, small spinners, crappie jigs and worms can get you lots of fish to fry.

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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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