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AZ
United States
33° 53' 18.654" N, 112° 16' 48.9828" W
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Average: 3 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 81-90 F

Report from Barry W. from the Arizona Striper Fishing Facebook page.

"The striper season is in full effect and the stripers are biting. The lake is full of baitfish and striper. The striper population seems to be stronger than ever. This is great for catching lots of fish and having constant bites but sadly it also means a lot of the striper being caught is the smaller fish (dinks).

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Shawnie P. caught this 22-inch flathead at Lake Pleasant on Aug. 20 just after sunset in about 50 of water. It was her first ever catfish and was obviously very excited.

The key is to fish under the smaller fish. The bigger stripers normally are swimming below the school of smaller fish.

 

This weekend moving forward should really start to take off for night fishing. The moon phase is now changing and from Aug. 8-22 the new moon phase should be ideal for night fishing with a light. This means instead of catching 12-30 fish a night you could catch up to 100 a night in the darker conditions. Anchovies are working best for bait but reports have also aid worms will work also. The fish have gone deeper for cooler and more oxygenated water. Most anglers are fishing 80-110 feet deep with a dropshot setup.

Many anglers have reported having good success at Two Cow cove, Pipeline, 10 lane boat ramp area and certain coves in the Agua Fria River. I provided a few pictures of striper catches that have been shared in our group. The concentration of fish and fishing success has been at the south end of the lake. Boils are common and seem to be more active in the evening hour according to many reports. White or shad color swim baits have been successful in the boils but chrome Rat L Traps has been very productive also. Be sure to watch the shoreline edge for boils and the bird activity in the area. Keep covering more water and your chances of finding boils will increase. Tight lines!"

Aug. 12 from Derrick Franks of the Striper Snatcher Guide Service: “Water temp is 85 degrees with a water elevation of 65% percent. I've brought some bigger saltwater tackle that I've modified some and have been catching ridiculous-sized striped bass during the day using my graph and studying wind direction to minimize water. Moon phase still dictates food source. The striper I'm catching are eating 6-inch shad or larger. For inquiries visit www.stripersnatcher.com.”

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Average: 3 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 81-90 F

"The striper season is in full effect and the stripers are biting. The lake is full of baitfish and striper. The striper population seems to be stronger than ever. This is great for catching lots of fish and having constant bites but sadly it also means a lot of the striper being caught is the smaller fish (dinks).

The key is to fish under the smaller fish. The bigger stripers normally are swimming below the school of smaller fish.  This weekend moving forward should really start to take off for night fishing. The moon phase is now changing and from August 8th to 22nd the new moon phase should be ideal for night fishing with a light. This means instead of catching 12-30 fish a night you could catch up to 100 a night in the darker conditions.  Anchovies are working best for bait but reports have also aid worms will work also.  The fish have gone deeper for cooler and more oxygenated water. Most anglers are fishing 80-110 feet deep with a dropshot setup. 

Many anglers have reported having good success at Two cow cove, Pipeline, 10 lane boat ramp area and certain covers in the agu fria river. I provided a few pictures of striper catches that have been shared in our group. The concentration of fish and fishing success has been at the south end of the lake.  Boils are common and seem to be more active in the evening hour according to many reports.  White or shad color swim baits have been successful in the boils but chrome Rat L traps has been very productive also. Be sure to watch the shoreline edge for boils and the bird activity in the area.  Keep covering more water and your chances of finding boils will increase.  Tight lines!"

Aug. 12 from Derrick Franks of the Striper Snatcher Guide Service: “Water temp is 85 degrees with a water elevation of 65% percent.  I've brought some bigger saltwater tackle that I've modified some and have been catching ridiculous-sized striped bass during the day using my graph and studying wind direction to minimize water.  Moon phase still dictates food source. The striper I'm catching are eating 6-inch shad or larger.  For inquiries visit www.stripersnatcher.com.”

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Average: 3 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 81-90 F

An angler reported fishing the evening of July 29 in strong winds and light rain catching a few one-pound stripers and a catfish using anchovies. The bite ended when the winds picked up.

Anglers will need to cover a lot of water when chasing the early morning shad boils. Shad have been constantly on the move and one angler reported that there has been no pattern with which to hone in on a bite.

Some decent stripers can be caught on the surface as well as using a vertical spoon-fishing technique, dropping a spoon into schools of fish that show on a fish finder, for stripers, white bass and largemouth bass.

Look for bird activity, such as great blue herons or seagulls. Binoculars can help you spot boils.

The anchovy bite for stripers can be decent, but it's still a good fall back if you can't find surface boils.

With a full moon this week, fishing with submersible lights won’t be as effective.

Nighttime fishing for catfish, especially from shore, should be good. This is prime catfish time. Try stinkbaits such as chicken liver. Corn can also work for both catfish and carp. Frozen anchovies fished on the bottom are another good choice -- you might even catch a striped bass.

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