Angler Report: Lake Pleasant
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We’ve been fishing stripers at Lake Pleasant for 10 years and in the general manner throwing swim baits, using anchovies and lights at night in the bays and no-wake zones. Generally catching fish from small up to 24 inches.
Early this spring we switched over using our Ocean 4-ounce jigheads and 9-inch tailed Big Hammer swimbaits. We caught larger fish in the same bays but got snagged up a lot.
Now we troll in the blue water outside the bays along the edges of the original riverbed and island drop-offs in 75 to 100 feet of water trolling at 4.3 mph at about 15 feet or at the thermocline depth with heavy rods in rod holders.
Once a larger fish is caught we will stay in that general area and usually there is more of the same size fish or bigger.
My 6-foot-2 grandson calls them stripe-asaurus Rex.
All of these large fish have 16 inch or larger stripers head-first in their stomachs. All the larger fish have been caught in very specific areas.
PS: We release largemouth bass and eat all stripers.