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Barlett Lake Sponsored by
Date 18-Jul-14
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Conditions : BARTLETT LAKE: Lake elevation is 1,776 feet, 71 % full. The lake level has remained level during the past week, but the water level rose drastically the past couple months. With the muddy water rising as well, fishing may be tough, but some anglers are reporting a decent first-light top-water and daytime crankbait bite along rock stringers or around points, islands and reefs. Try fishing by the dam or the marina.

Crappie fishing reportedly has been poor to fair, but anglers can try throwing minnows or crappie jigs.

There might also be a top-water 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.

Gary Senft, a semiprofessional angler from Bass Pro Shops, fished Wednesday, July 9 beginning at 6 a.m. The water temperature was 76-78 degrees and skies were partly cloudy. Best bite was using dropshots primarily on the ends of points, islands and over reefs in as deep as 25 feet of water. A few bass were caught on jigs and Texas rigs. Best colors of Roboworms for dropshots were red crawler and morning dawn.

As summer progresses, bass are moving more quickly into deeper water as the sun rises.

Reported by: Arizona F&G

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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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