This Week’s Fishing Report   

March 15th

From Licensed Professional Arizona Fishing Guide, Expert Fishing Instructor and 

Member of Duckett Fishing's Pro Staff

Mike Strole

          "The Fish Whisperer”

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   Lake  Pleasant

     Fishing Report

The Lake is currently approaching 93% of capacity. Surface water temperature is beginning to warm up in the Northern coves due to the current warming trend.  Central Arizona Project Has Been Pumping Water Into Lake Pleasant At Around 5 cfs This Week. Be Aware Of Changing Weather Conditions and water levels. Temperatures will be on the rise and reach the 80’s during the next week. The runoff from the rain and the snow melt will bring nutrients and oxygenated water into the lakes as well as debri. So, be sure to be careful and and check the weather forecast before you get out on the lake.

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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 Fishing Is Continuing To  Improve And Will Continue To As The Weather Warms Up And The Surface Water Temperatures Warm Up.  One fishermen got on the Largemouth this week 25ft of water and landed a limmit of 5 tournament fish in 45 minutes. Check out the fishing tips listed below in the Largemouth section of this report. Bait Fishing Using Live Shad,  Or Cut Anchovies, Fished On A Modified Drop Shot Rig In The 25 To 50 Foot Range Has Proven To Be One Of The Best Ways To Put Fish In The Boat. Here Are Just A Few Examples Of The Quality Of The Fish We Have Been Catching This Season.

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Casting And Trolling Paddle Tail Swimbaits For The Shallower Fish That We Find In The Surface To 10-15 Foot Range Has Also Been Successful. 

Fishing suspended Jerk Baits has also proven effective on those fish close to the surface as you can see by this quality Striper Trolling Suspending Countdown Jerkbaits on Carolina Rigs Will Help You Target Fish In The 10 To 30 Foot Range. 

Vertical jigging 1 Ounce Trend Setter Jigging Spoons In Yellow And White Have Also Proven To Be Successful During Mid Day, And Even Into The Late Afternoon In  Depths From 40 to 80ft. The Pictures Below Give You Some Idea Of Our Success Using These Techniques!

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Bass Fishing Report For Lake Pleasant

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. The Largemouth are becomoing more active and to be successful you need to look for under water ledges in the 20 to 30 foot range. They can also be found cruzing the shallows. All the above baits will produce fish like the ones seen below.


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

The Rim Lakes should be opening in the next few weeks and their full of hungry hold over Trout, Bass, and Bluegill.

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, Deer, and Wild Turkey 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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