Fishing Report

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LAKE PLEASANT - Water level is at 1,678 feet (74-percent full) and dropping. Like most lakes recently Pleasant seems to be hit-or-miss. Received report a little over a week ago of an angler catching 55 fish, white and largemouth bass, in about 30 minutes. Looks like if you hit it right, you have the potential to have some excellent fishing.

Slow trolling frozen anchovies or live shad can be productive. Keep in mind that in winter, our research studies show that the striped bass will mostly move out of the main lake and concentrate in the northern coves. Keep in mind that a portion of the Agua Fria Arm is closed due to nesting bald eagles.

ROOSEVELT LAKE - The lake is 82-percent full at an elevation of 2,142 feet. The Salt River was flowing at 191 cfs Monday morning.

Most recent reports from Rosy indicate fishing has been a little slow but some guys are catching crappie in decent number and the ones they are catching are large ones. Try the Tonto or Salt arms of the lake. Use John Deere grubs or black-blue-chartreuse (BBC) grubs on a 1/16-ounce jighead in about 25 feet of water.

Largemouth bass fishing is in the transition time to winter activity levels. Some of the better fishing right now is in the 20- to 30-foot range, especially off points. Drop-shotting and wired worms are the baits of choice. Fishing for smallmouth bass can be good, especially on windy days. Try areas where waves are stirring up the rocky shoreline. Use in-line spinners and crayfish imitations especially off rocky points and cliff walls.

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