Hit The Books To Learn Best Bass Methods

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Beginning tournament fishermen often ask me what's the best way to learn about bass fishing. There are so many ways to get fishing information now that you hardly have to leave your house.

One good way to learn and keep up with new techniques is by reading good bass fishing material like Bass West or Bassmaster Magazine. Another popular new tool can be watching the videos produced by western pros like Mark Kile or John Murray that really detail techniques that work in the Southwest.

These knowledge gathering materials can be extremely helpful, but you also have to spend time on the water. If you're just starting out I would recommend fishing some type of draw tournament where you can watch a seasoned angler during a day of competition.

The High Country Bassmasters are having their next tournament on Saturday. For information about the bass club or fishing the tournament you can call Kyle Sawyer at 474-5359.

For any of your tackle needs or to go fishing with Clifford Pirch call (928) 978-3518.

Lake reports

Apache: Fishing is fair to good. Fishing with live minnows for all species has been productive. Inline spinners and jerkbaits are working well for bass.

Bartlett: Fishing is excellent. Crankbaits and spinnerbaits have been working well. The worm bite is incredible. Dark colors seem to be best.

Pleasant: Fishing is fair. Drop shotting and Carolina rigging have been the most productive strategies. Secondary points along creek channels are all holding fish. Also try reaction baits in the back of coves as more and more fish move into the shallows. Crappie fishing has been fair to good on live minnows in off-colored creeks.

Roosevelt: Fishing is fair. The bass and crappies are still a little stubborn, but it should take off by the time this report comes out.

Saguaro: Fishing is fair to good. Lizards and worms are working well along the edges of the channel and on shallow flats. Also try the Castaic swimbaits for a lunker. There are lots of big fish up in the shallows that will attack this giant bait.

Other Arizona waters

Angler's note: Deep snow has made these lakes mostly in-accessible. However, water levels should be good this spring.

Chevelon Canyon: Winter conditions prevail.

Bear Canyon: winter conditions prevail. Has risen at least four feet since last fall.

Black Canyon: Winter conditions prevail.

Willow Springs: Winter conditions prevail. Gate is closed.

Woods Canyon: Winter conditions prevail. Gate is closed. Not accessible.

Green Valley Lake: Fishing has been good to excellent, with most anglers catching limits of feisty trout. This fishery is part of the urban fishing program and requires an urban fishing license. The lake contains rainbow trout, bluegills and catfish. Power bait, salmon eggs and worms are effective. Try crappie jigs, small rapalas, crankbaits and small spoons.

Chevelon Canyon: Winter conditions prevail.

Note: Runoff has made some lakes have muddy water, which can make angling difficult.

Kaibab: Lake is open.

Cataract: Lake is open.

City reservoir: Closed.

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