Fishing Can Be Humbling Experience



Fishing can be one of the most humbling sports as conditions and fish behavior change daily or even hourly. One day you can be catching fish everywhere you go and the next day you might wonder if there's a bass left in the lake.

If you're faced with these conditions where the fish seem to disappear, there are a couple things you can do to turn the trip around. One trick is to down-size your lures so that you can make the lure appear to be an easy and vulnerable target. After experiencing heavy fishing pressure, fish are not as open minded to take bulky or challenging meals.

Another trick is to slow down and fish an area thoroughly if you're confident the fish are there. Try to make perfect casts and keep your lure in the tight strike zone as long as possible.

It might not turn out to be the best fishing trip ever, but you'll be pleased to have caught fish when conditions are tough.

For any of your tackle needs or to go fishing with Clifford Pirch, call (928) 978-3518. Or you can e-mail questions or comments to

Cliff's Tip of the Week

Sometimes color choice can make a big difference when faced with tough fishing. Change colors often to see if you can find one that will draw a few extra bites.

Lake reports

Apache: Fishing is good. Both largemouth and smallmouth bass have been hitting topwater lures. There have been several reports of catches in the 6- to 8-pound range this week.

Bartlett: Fishing is good. Topwater fishing with Ricos has been good early in the day. Many anglers have also had good success with 4-inch and 6-inch worms on the bottom.

Pleasant: Fishing is fair. For the best action, look for fish feeding on shad in 35 to 45 feet. Jigging spoons or drop-shot rigs seem to be the easiest way to target these fish. There have also been some reports of topwater action early and again during the middle of the day. However, the deeper patterns have been more stable than the shallow patterns with recent heavy fishing pressure.

Roosevelt: Fishing is excellent. The spoon bite continues to produce big numbers of fish. Crankbaits and topwaters are also still working well. Several fishermen reported catching 60 bass per day this week with several in the 6-pound range.

Saguaro: Fishing is fair. Yellow bass are still the best bet for action. Try fishing small spoons and tailspinners. Some largemouth have been caught on Texas-rigged worms in red, brown or purple. For walleye, try firetiger crankbaits in the late evening.

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