Lake Pleasant

New River, Arizona

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This desert lake offers lots of diverse structures that make it a great place to fly fish. Casting a popping bug against a saguaro cactus or over flooded ocotillo is quite an experience. This lake is a short drive from Phoenix and yields large bass in the double digits. Arizona’s best-known bass lake has been written up in bass fishing magazines for years. Almost 10,000 acres in size, it has tons of shoreline and many coves and arms worth exploring. The water in the lake fluctuates with the season and agricultural demand. It’s generally clear, but if the lake begins to fill or drop rapidly it muddies up, which can affect fishing. Types of Fish: Largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, white bass, crappie, and bluegills. Also carp, catfish, and some striped bass. This eTrail covers the "where, when, and how" to fish in this region. You'll get a full-page map and information on the known hatches, suggested equipment to bring, and the best flies to use.

Lake Pleasant Professional Review and Guide

"This desert lake offers lots of diverse structures that make it a great place to fly fish. Casting a popping bug against a saguaro cactus or over flooded ocotillo is quite an experience. This lake is a short drive from Phoenix and yields large bass in the double digits. Arizona’s best-known bass lake has been written up in bass fishing magazines for years. Almost 10,000 acres in size, it has tons of shoreline and many coves and arms worth exploring.

The water in the lake fluctuates with the season and agricultural demand. It’s generally clear, but if the lake begins to fill or drop rapidly it muddies up, which can affect fishing. Types of Fish: Largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, white bass, crappie, and bluegills. Also carp, catfish, and some striped bass. This eTrail covers the "where, when, and how" to fish in this region. You'll get a full-page map and information on the known hatches, suggested equipment to bring, and the best flies to use."

Activity Type: Fly-Fishing
Nearby City: New River
Trail Type: Several options
Season & Limits: Year-round; best spring and mild days
Driving Directions: Directions to Lake Pleasant

Recent Trail Reviews

10/21/2007
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We off roaded to the end where the lake was suppose to be closed down for bald eagle nesting, there were markers in the water showing it either closed down or no wake when passing, and we could not relax and fish for 10 seconds while 600 boats flew past us. We even saw wake patrol pulling a water skiier through at break neck speeds. It didnt calm down till dark at that point we were burnt out and had headaches from all the rude people. It was on a weekday too, so i bet its horrible on a weekend. Fishing was not to great, saw lots but nothing bighting i suspect because of all the boats tearing through and disturbing things.



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May 2018