Bass fishing with a fly rod is just beginning to catch on in Arizona and Bartlett Reservoir, located in a canyon just a 20 minute drive from Scottsdale, is a great place to partake. The lake sports lots of smallmouth and largemouth bass as well as some crappie and bluegill. It takes good casting and a powerful hook set, but when a bass takes your fly on the surface, the experience is explosive.
Amidst cacti and other desert plants, this low elevation lake is 2,815 acres, has 33 miles of shoreline and is up to 188 feet deep in places. Types of Fish: Largemouth and smallmouth bass, crappie, pike, sunfish. 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.
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