Fishing Season: Year Round

Lake Pleasant - AZ

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

Water Temp:


Orvis Phoenix 's Tip of the Week

Good time to be chasing the bait balls around the lake! Walk the banks if you don't have a boat and look for busting fishing. Throw some shinny minnow patterns! Stop by and grab some killer patterns.

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Map of Lake Pleasant

5-Day Outlook as of 10/1/23

If not busting boils, get some sink line and dredge deepwith some EP minnows!

Techniques & Tips as of 10/1/23

Right now if you can find deeper points and any good baitfish cover, the bass wont be far behind.. 2-3" thread fin shad representations!

Local Species Available Year Round

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    Striped Bass

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    Largemouth Bass

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    White Bass

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Orvis Phoenix 's Recommended Fly Patterns

"Must-have" fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Puglisi Floating Minnow mullet.,grey 2/0
Clouser Minnow White 6
Clouser Minnow olive 6
Cowen's Baitfish grey/white 4
Foxy Clouser Tan/Fox 8
Gurgler Hammerhead 2
Lefty's Deceiver white 4

Puglisi Floating Minnow

This salt water fly pattern is sure to induce a striking response.

Orvis Phoenix 's Recommended Gear

Description: About Lake Pleasant

Beautiful 10,000 surface acre lake surrounded by the sonoran desert and the Bradshaw Mountains. Lake Pleasant is a clear water lake with 110 shoreline miles, and is home to some of the southwest's best bass and striper fishing

Nearest Airport:

Phoenix Sky Harbor


Shad, Shad, and more Shad!

Best Time to Fish:


Best Stretch:

Upper creek arms

Best Access:

Pleasant Harbor, south ramp, Castle Creek Boat Ramp