Fishing Report: Bartlett Lake
Bartlett Lake fishing report from Tuesday, Feb. 12
Water temperature: 51 degrees
Lake level: 1,754 feet (46 %).
The lake has risen about 3 feet during the past 2 weeks. As of Wednesday, the releases out of Horseshoe Dam were up to 1,000 cfs. The already muddy lake will come up even more, and with upcoming storms, it’s possible those releases increase.
Professional guide Gary Senft reported that water temperatures dropped from 57 degrees this week back down to 51 on Tuesday. Fishing action on Tuesday began to pick up around 2 p.m. — there had been a poor early bite with no reaction baits (jerk baits, top-water, crankbaits, etc.) working at all.
The majority of fish were in 12-15 feet of water, holding tight to the bottom.
“As soon as fishing starts warming up and the temperature goes back to 57 degrees you’ll see a change in their mood,” Senft said. “This has been the worst winter in 5 years in Arizona.”
He said the lake is very muddy, including the upper portion of Bartlett all the way to the yellow cliffs area. So a trick is finding clear water. “And there’s still plenty of it,” he said.
Try dropshot and Texas rigs with Roboworms fished slowly.