Staff Report~ 4/30/2014
This is a North Valley-focused version of the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s fishing report. To view the full report, visit azgfd.gov.
Lake Pleasant—Kyle Mayes from The Hook Up Outfitters said anglers are mainly catching stripers up the river, now that that section is open. Any 3-4-inch swim bait in shad or white colors has been effective. Reaction Innovators have been a good bet.
Striper are hitting on the surface as well until about 10 a.m. when the bite begins to slow. Any type of walking bait could work, Mayes said. He said shad seem like they’re starting to spawn, although fish are not actively chasing them. Mayes said he recently caught a striper that was “more round than it was long,” he said. “It was full of eggs.”
The best overall bite for striped and largemouth bass has been by slowly retrieving an Alabama rig in 10-20 feet of water.
Finally, he said the striper should begin to gather in large schools to spawn in a couple weeks.
Previously, Gary Senft of the Mesa Bass Pro Shops, said that bass are finally starting to pull into the shallows to spawn, but the spawners are few and far between.
“If you pull into a cove, you might be able to find a couple nests,” he said.
Experienced tournament anglers have said that the most productive technique by far has been the dropshot.
Senft said the best baits have been Roboworms: either a 4.5-inch in morning dawn to a 5.5-inch in ox blood. Senft would throw into trees in 7-8 feet of water and work it out to about 15 feet. Anglers can start fishing shallow, then work the secondary staging points. Some pre-spawning bass have been caught in 25-35 feet of water.
No anglers Senft has spoken with have caught bass on any types of reaction baits, although some have been caught on swim baits.