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General Discussion / Minnows at rosey
« on: April 10, 2019, 10:23 PM »
Can someone verify that the stores up there have minnows in stock tomorrow? My only option to get minnows is to take an extended lunch tomorrow or get them at the stores OTW up. I would hate to find out they don't have any when I get up there.

On a side note... Anyone know if Bass Pro carries minnows? I know Cabela's does, but that's a long drive from work.

Bartlett / Bartlett - 04-07
« on: April 08, 2019, 01:27 PM »
Went on a solo mission yesterday to look for the elusive 2019 Bartlett Crappie  :violent-smiley-007:

Before I start this report I think it's important to know that you should NEVER rely on getting a Tonto Pass at the marina store, because if they're sold out you have to go to the kiosk and pay $18 for a day pass. Lesson learned......

Anyway, I launched at the Jojoba Ramp around 12:30 with the plan of speed fishing all my favorite spots. Because I've heard nothing good from everyone fishing up the river, I wanted to start up around the main channel. Figured water clarity would be better (It wasn't much better) and so it could be warmer.

I drifted minnows, drifted jigs, tossed minnows with a bobber, tossed MANY MANY colored jigs and was only able to catch one crappie on a road runner with a purple grub. I caught her in a small cove off the main channel south of Adler. Hammered that area and couldn't get another bite.  :dontknow:

The areas I hit up were Rattlesnake Cove, the unnamed coves off the main channel, Crappie Cove, the cove up by Ship Rock, and the south wall just past the No Wake markers.

I was dissapointed I was only able to catch one, but it was a pretty nice one and it seems like a lot of people aren't having luck here, so I can't be too upset. Hope we can figure this out soon!

All Other Lakes / Patagonia - AZGFD "Catch of the Week"
« on: April 05, 2019, 09:49 PM »

Vu Au with the Catch of the Week

Don't typically see crappie as the AZGFD "Catch of the Week", but Vu Au caught some nice slabs out of there last week. Looks like it could be pretty good crappie fishing for our southern AZ guys!


Bald eagle closure at Agua Fria arm of Lake Pleasant to be lifted


The bald eagle closure in the Agua Fria arm of Lake Pleasant will be lifted as of noon on Friday, April 5.

That means boaters will be able to boat from the main body of the lake into this area of the Agua Fria arm.  The boat launch at Agua Fria will not be accessible this season, but there is now access to the Agua Fria conservation area via the waterways from the main and north entries of Lake Pleasant. Access for walk-in traffic is currently available on a daily basis and will be permitted from the upper parking area.

Note that vehicular access to the Agua Fria Conservation Area is still closed.

See the closure area.

This seasonal closure is typically Dec. 15-June 15.

Water level at Pleasant is 1,696 feet and 93-percent full.

The Agua Fria arm of Lake Pleasant is an excellent fishing spot for abundant white, striped and largemouth bass. The top-water bite at Pleasant should be picking up but anglers will likely need to hit the water by 5 a.m.

All Other Lakes / Upper Lake Mary is flowing nicely
« on: March 08, 2019, 09:24 PM »
Saw a post on Facebook today of Upper Lake Mary and how it's flowing over the spillway nicely. I tried to share the video directly into a post here, but haven't been able to. You can check it out by clicking on the link below.

I don't know Lake Mary as well as many of you, so I don't know if this is unusual for this time of year, but I do know Lake Mary has struggled with good lake levels in the past. I think it's always exciting to see our fisheries overflowing!

Lake Mary is finally over flowing! Arizona sure is getting a lot of moisture this year!

Bartlett / So close to 100% full!
« on: March 08, 2019, 09:15 PM »
Wanted to check out the water level at Bartlett earlier and it showed 99% full and being about 8" from being 100% full! I doubt SRP will let it get to 100% (unless we get a huge storm out of nowhere), but it's really cool to see. I would really like to see it firsthand! I took some pictures of the lake last year and want to take pix this year from the same area to see the difference,

Anyone have pictures of the lake as it is right now?

Click Here For The Current Water Level At Bartlett Lake

Bartlett / Bartlett - 5/6/18
« on: May 06, 2018, 10:25 PM »
Hit up Bartlett with my mom today. Hit the water about 7:45 AM and was off by the 9th inning of the D-backs game (I know this because I was able to catch the end of the game on my radio while loading the boat ;D )

It was a slow and steady day of catching crappie. Managed to catch about 30 crappie between the two of us. Mom caught 6 crappie and a few bass. I caught the rest. There was a time I let her use my pole for 20 minutes and she didn't catch one. She gave it back to me and I managed to boat one in less than 30 seconds. She wasn't too pleased. :lol_hitting:

Did the same thing I've been doing. Looking for submerged trees and rock piles and fishing those. If I don't catch anything or the catching slows down, I move on. Color didn't seem to matter as I was switching between BBC, Purple Rain, Orange Crush, Money, Bubblegum, and Red Hot Mama (yes, that color exists) all day and still managed to catch. If one color slowed down, I would switch until it picked up again.

My biggest catch of the day was this guy...

My mom's first crappie of the day, and first fish in quite a while

3 of the 9 I kept had eggs in them still... wtf is their deal with spawning at this lake?!?

General Discussion / What do you use for a transom saver?
« on: April 30, 2018, 01:54 PM »
I have a 225 Mercury Outboard and I'm looking into a new transom saver. The one I currently use magically broke a few years ago while at the upholster shop. I've gotten to work since them because I wasn't using the boat much, but now that I'm going out a few times a month I would like one that won't snap out of nowhere...

Historically I've always used these types of savers: Attwood Heavy Duty Transom Saver

But I've been leaning towards getting one of these types.... Attwood OMC Swivl-Eze Lock N' Stow

What do you use on your boat? Has anyone used both of these and like one over the other?

Bartlett / Bartlett - 4/23/2018
« on: April 24, 2018, 11:54 AM »
Had 1 last vacation day to burn before I lost it, so I took the day off and headed to Bartlett with my brother and sister. After hearing some rather disappointing reports over the last week or two and hearing about the low water levels, I had very little expectation for this trip.

After staying up until 2 AM the night before restringing several reels, I got a much later start than planned. We got to the lake around 11, picked up a few dozen minnows from the marina store, and took off from the ramp around 11:30.

I fished the same set-up all day: casting a road runner with a grub. Because of how low the water levels were, we focused on fishing rocky points or any submerged rock piles we could find on the main channel coves and up the river. The only pattern I noticed was the standard "light colors in clear water, dark colors in murky water" on the grub. My sister had luck throwing a jig tipped with a minnow and my brother changed his gear constantly but kept catching, so really it was all dependent on where we were fishing. My advice, use what you're comfortable with.

At the end of the day we ended up with the following:
  • 1 Channel Cat
  • 1 big carp
  • 12-15 large mouth bass (all released)
  • 27 crappie
    • Released 11, with only 5 of them being "dinks"
    • Kept a reasonable 16 (See picture below)
I'm lost on the current spawn status because 6 of the ones we kept were full of eggs. I felt like they were post spawn because of the water temps, but the eggs in the females would indicate otherwise. It's possible some have spawned and some haven't... I don't know.  :dontknow:

I was second guessing going to Bartlett, but definitely glad I did!

General Discussion / Lake Pleasant Fee Increase (County Side)
« on: April 17, 2018, 04:38 PM »
I just saw a video on one of the Facebook fishing groups I follow regarding a small increase in entry fees, along with a big change in overnight fishing fees.

It looks like the Day Use fee for the lake went up 1 dollar, so it's $11 to go to Lake Pleasant for Day Use Only. I put emphasis on the Day Use part of that statement because the county has decided that anyone who stays at the lake past 10 PM is now considered an over-night camper. This means, you now have to pay the camping fee and not Day Use.

I would link the video, but it's a closed group on FB and you need to be a member of the group to view it. I sent an email out to Lake Pleasant Regional Park to find out more details on it and I'm waiting to hear back.

In the meantime, here's a link to the News Release regarding the price increase.

Additional notes regarding this....
This increase and rule change only affects the county ramps, which are the 10-lane and 4-lane (Castle Creek). You can still enter at the marina and pay the single 24-hour lake access fee, which is $8 if I remember right.

Is there anyone else with more information regarding this? Bruce, I figure you would be the insider on this information. :)

Crappie Gear / Spinner Reels For Crappie
« on: April 16, 2018, 06:05 PM »
I busted one of my favorite crappie reels this weekend and I decided to look for a good replacement. I Googled it and wasn't really happy with the results. I had one guy saying "Go Shimano" because they make the best, highest end reels on the market which seemed like a ridiculous statement...  :icon_scratch: Then I had another website who gave their "best 5 crappie reels" and only a few of the links they supplied went to valid locations. Needless to say, the results I found were terrible and didn't really help me at all.

I wanted to reach out to everyone here and find out what reels you use for crappie fishing. Do you guys even care about the reel or is all about the rod to you? Do you use different types of reels on your trolling rods vs your shore tossing jig rods? Or do you just buy a combo at Walmart and use it for trout, crappie, and bass (Which I'm definitely guilty of doing!)  :greengrin:

I wouldn't mind hearing everyone's thought on this.

Bartlett / Bartlett | 03-06-17
« on: March 06, 2017, 12:39 PM »
Went out to Bartlett yesterday with my family to get the boat on the water and to see what it looked like at 100% since it had been forever since I've seen it that full. We did a little fishing DEEEEEEP up the river (Past Sheep Creek), but didn't catch anything. I had never taken my daughter out on the boat so this was a trip to see how she would like it and to get her to try real fishing (She's been using objects around the house and pretending they were fishing poles and casting out to try and catch fish).

While I didn't catch anything, I did scan some stacked fish (assuming crappie) around 12-15 feet below the surface in Cat Bay. Was the same when I putted around Crappie Cove and the cove just past Ship Rock. Surface temp was between 54-56.

Lake Condition
There was debris everywhere! Lots of little sticks and bushes, but still plenty of lower unit destroyer logs floating on the surface. There were "Debris Beds" all over the lake (see pictures below). They were stacked in the back of coves, sitting in the middle of the channel... just everywhere. I almost wanted to toss some anchovies next to them and try to catch tuna, but I knew that wouldn't work.  :icon_jokercolor:

Yellow Cliffs Ramp

This is the big island just past the No Wake markers

Ship Rock

Some of the debris you can see around the lake

Look at how high this debris got on top of those rocks! It looks like giant pterodactyl nest

General Discussion / Fish Habitats with AZGFD
« on: December 07, 2015, 04:58 PM »
Last Saturday Sparkchaser and I went out to the Mesa Game and Fish office to help out with the tear down of the new habitats that were poured the day before. I can't speak for both of us, but I had a lot of fun doing it and want to help out with more events like this. There were quite a few volunteers out there so the job was finished a lot faster than expected.

I spoke with Amberle, who's spearheading this whole thing, about the destination of all these new habitats and she informed me that they plan on setting them in Rosey sometime next summer.

Here see a few photos of the habitats and what it looked like as we took them apart.

Crappie Questions / Fishing knots
« on: September 01, 2015, 11:07 AM »
I was messing around on Facebook this morning and found an interesting video on how to tie some fishing knots. I've never used any of these knots myself so I don't know if they're for a specific type of fishing or for larger fish. Have any of you ever tried these knots?

General Discussion / Boat Bow LED Lighting
« on: August 20, 2015, 10:41 PM »
With all the changes I'm making to my boat I lost my bow light.  I figured it might be a good time to look into other options. Does anyone have a Red/Green LED kit attached to the bow of their boat or know someone that has? Before I go and get it I want to make sure it's worth my while.

This is a picture of it and below is the URL to what I'm looking at on Amazon.

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