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Old 04-06-2009, 05:44 PM
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Had a good trip on Saturday. The wind storm from Friday night was gone and it was calm. The water is at 88 percent full, and at this level I have to wade 15-20 feet to get to the island - it got up to almost belt high. The water is about 57 degrees, but it wasn't chilly for long. Got there around 7:30am and fished a whole anchovy on one rod and a waterdog on the other. I had a few takers in the morning on the anchovy, but not a thing on the waterdog. Around 2 or so, I switched both rods to a whole anchovy and things picked up and I ended up getting 5, all in the 2-3 pound range, all healthy and fat. I was the only bank fisherman - I guess nobody else wanted to get wet! There were a few boats fishing and from what I saw, they were getting a few too. The nice thing is, there weren't those annoying jetskiers zooming in front of me. When the water warms up a bit, that will change and the fishing will get better too. That's my latest report - see ya out there.
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Old 04-07-2009, 04:52 PM
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Thanks for the report Kurt.
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Old 04-15-2009, 08:34 PM
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Nice to see a fellow Pleasant fishermen in the house! I hadn't posted here because I thought most of this was eastern fishing. And my fish look so small compared to a lot of these, haha!

I caught my first Striper (AZ native) about 4yr ago just west of that island below an RV camp site and have been hooked since.

As for spot burning, we are new to the striper arena and happy to show others the way but I have been careful myself as more people have begun to show. Two Cow and Sunset coves are great examples that are getting overrun but still produce all the time. I don't like fishing weekends here because it is a rec lake but did catch 7 on Easter Sunday. This time of year on til water drops dramatically (this is a resevoir in the desert hills so it drops late summer) most 20-40 feet drop or good surf cast produces with a little chumming (cut up 3-4 anchovies) and it usuall is only 15-30 min. We also get quite a few boils in summer and birds feeding to help pinpoint good areas. My wife and I have had 4 poles going at once and multi catches many times!

A boat on a boil really produces and at night under a light (somereports of 100+ fish nights. But, I find that I tend to catch more and consistently in the day from the shore, and I get my sleep! (OK so maybe thats why I justify)

For those of you that don't know. Pleasant is near metro Phx. Many fisherman were used to bass fishing and think Stripers are "trash fish" out of ignorance. We get guys spending tons of money on bass boats and gear that are new to fishing and have't caught much of anything but hate striper.
I'm just hoping they don't catch on before I land some huge ones:)
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Old 04-27-2009, 12:27 PM
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Fished my spot on the island by the dam on Sat 4/25. The water is 65 degrees and the lake is 89% full. At 1693' the water is up to my chest where I have to wade across. It's 85 degrees out and windy. I fished from 10am-7pm and got 3 using whole anchovies. A few 90 degree weeks to warm up the water and things will pick up I'm sure. Tight lines.
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Old 04-27-2009, 12:33 PM
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Awesome, good luck (pictures).

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Old 05-07-2009, 11:03 PM
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I went out Sat afternoon, last week. My job is killing me on long hours but I'm just glad to be employed right now even though its salary for a 60 frickin hour a week Uhaul job (doh!).

I went out about 3pm and had 4 stripes and a pretty large carp (about 12lb) on by 630 or so but left before dark.

Was up in Castle Creek (NW end). I noticed the schoolies seem to be a little bigger than Two Cow or Sunset (I've been to each about 4 times this spring). I am only about 25-30 feet out, the water is 10 feet deep or so in front of me but there is an immediate drop of about 20 feet or so within view. I chummed 4 or so cut anchovies and a few more later and kept getting the bite. When I'm close or they are top feeding I like to go weightless and they nail it (same tactic, different bait, works perfect on them winter trout too). Problem is that cliff hangs me up a bit. Other little issue is wind. When weightless the line will get pulled under rocks and tie you up more. Pleasant has its fair share of wind so you have to expect it but still can catch.

I use large weight and leave my casting rod out deep looking for the larger ones. I picked up a sluggo eel lure and ran it some, but had no luck yet. It's definitely for the hogs and will try it on and off too.

I don't know about back east but I've seen some guys do real well on chicken liver here too, although I haven't tried.

BTW, I think we need an Arizona stripers247.com club! And some nice 247 striper gear to wear to the lake, I bass fished for years and still do occasionally (and trout, and flathead, channel cat and pike soon) but as I mentioned get annoyed by some of these ignorant bass fisherman.

I have owned several boats too, and still go out on friends boats, and will own again, but for now I'm enjoying the look on some of these guys faces as I pull fish after fish (I know, its wrong). I do get annoyed when they crowd in though and can't talk, but its nothing a two ounce weight flung by can't handle though! :)

If you happen to see a guy in an Jeep CJ7 on 35's and he has a beer in his hand in the (often in the am, haha) while watching his pole like a hawk. It just might be me. Say hello and lets BS!

Rob
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Old 05-11-2009, 09:41 PM
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It got hot as of late last week, but I am going to make it out during a weekday this week and may stay night and jet to work in the am. I often fish alone and will try and get some pics up.

If anyone wants to fish let me know, your spot or mine. I like some beers but don't have too. Just need that bite to get my blood going.
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Old 06-22-2009, 11:11 PM
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I has some issues with son being sick and work, but I have made it out 4 times in the last month. I couldn't believe I got skunked the first time. It has been a while and I was hoping it wasn't a sign of overfishing. Any way, the next time ( in the same spot) I got 8 but 7 seven were some of the smallest I have caught, they were constanly biting but the were only 11-12". This was in a spont in North coves but that had been producing nice fish.

So back to my regular two cow cove spot I went, I got 2 stripes, 2 channel cat and 2 2-3lb largemouth. What a surprise, all on anchovys. A triple double, haha. It took about 8 hours but I had some nice bites.

The water is now about 12 feet down and this fish are moving out a little but the are boiling like crazy in two cow and other large cover. When I was in two cow fishing there was a boil about 20 feet wide and 60 feet long, the fish are topwaterl everywhere. 100 fish stories are going on at the bairt shop.

I was surprised I didn't do better there but decided to hit castle creek for the last time but not too far north. I stayed the night and had a blast. I got there about two and had 11 stripes and 4 channel cat all off anchovies by 7 or so. I stayed up til 3 am throwing a slug-go on and off (my arms were killing me!) but I figured the big ones may move in late night. I had no luck but got up and threw anchovies again about 6 am and had another 15 stripes and two cat by 11 am. I was burned out or would have stayed. I am going to hit that spot again (hopefully this week). I paln to throw some bluegill if I stay the night, looks like killer spot for flathead too. I will get some pics, I just am not into carry cameras and stuff and I practice catch and release.
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