This Week’s Fishing Report   


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From Licensed Professional Arizona Fishing Guide, Expert Fishing Instructor and 

Member of Duckett Fishing's Pro Staff

Lake Pleasant                

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             Mike Strole

          "The Fish Whisperer”

    Fishing Report

     November 12th

    Lake  Pleasant

The Lake is currently at 56.2% of capacity. Surface water temperature is in the mid 60’s to the 70’s in the Northern coves.  Central Arizona Project Has Been Pumping Water Into Lake Pleasant At Around 2,050 cfs This Last Week. 

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       It takes quality state of the art electronics, a knowledge of the lake, and the skill and experience to locate the fish, make the right bait selection and presentation, a detailed knowledge of fish behaviors their seasonal habitat, and feeding patterns to catch nice fish like these.

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The Lake Pleasant Striper is rated Good And Improving As A Result Of The Influx Of Colorado River Water Being Pumped Into The Lake.  There Is A Cold Front Moving Into The State Beginning Today.  Expect Windy Conditions Beginning Thursday Thru Saturday Morning Until Around 10:00AM. There Has  Been Top Water Bites During The Day, So Don’t Overlook That Possibility. Trolling Suspending Countdown Jerkbaits on Carolina Rigs Will Help You Target Fish In The 10 to 30 Foot Range.

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Casting and trolling Paddle Tail Swimbaits for the shallower fish that we find in the surface to 10 foot range. Fishing suspended Jerk Baits has also proven effective on those fish close to the surface as you can see by this quality Striper 

Bait fishing using Live Shad,  or Cut Anchovies, Fished On A Modified Drop Shot Rig In The 40 To 70 Foot Range. 

Vertical jigging 1 Ounce Trend Setter Jigging Spoons in yellow and white and have also proven to be successful in mid day, and even in the late afternoon in 40 to 70ft.

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You Can Catch Nice Largemouth Like The Ones Shown Below By Casting Paddle Tail Swimbaits, Suspending Jerkbaits. Drop Shot Riggs Using Robo Worms. Senkos Fished Wacky Style, Chatterbaits, And Texas Rigged Plastics Have Also Produced Quality Fish. 


Check out  my you tube videos at Mike Strole on You Tube for tips on drop shot, swim bait rigs, and my favorite spoons. 

Woods Canyon Lake   

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Woods Canyon Lake is a beautiful high country lake located 30 miles east of Payson, just off Highway 260 on the Mogollon Rim. At an elevation of 7,500 feet, it is cool summer get away surrounded by majestic Ponderosa Pines and Aspens. The lake covers 55 acres and is teaming with hungry Tiger and Rainbow trout. The lake is stocked regularly beginning in April and thru the Fall. In addition to the picturesque mountain scenery, bald eagles, osprey, elk, and deer can be seen as they visit the lake in search of food and water. 

Come Join Us For A “Trout Rout”, Today! 


Willow Springs Lake

Willow Springs Lake is the sister lake to Woods Canyon Lake. It is just two miles up the road from the Woods Canyon turnoff on Highway. Willow Springs Lake covers 158 acres of equally beautiful majestic Ponderosa Pines, Oak, and Douglas fir trees. This beautiful high country lake contains a variety of fish species including:Tiger Trout,  Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Brook Trout, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, and Bluegill. There are no limits on the number of Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, and Bluegill that the angler can catch. Willow Springs is also stocked with trout on a regular basis as is Woods Canyon. It provides the angler with the opportunity for a “MIXED BAG OF FISH”. 

Some Come Join Us And Experience This Remarkable Fishery, Today! 


Deluxe Combo Fishing Package Woods Canyon Lake and Willow Spring Lake

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