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AZ Lakes AZ Pros Dan Westfall Jerry Loughranat

Big Fish And Big Money Can Come On Crankbaits When water temperatures start to go down and lake levels begin to rise, crankbait time is here again. Fish start moving up and getting a lot more active,... Full story

 

AZ Lakes AZ Pros John Murray

Then the weather heats up and the fish quit chasing reaction baits, John Murray starts using a spoon, especially at Lake Pleasant. "Spoons will catch everything in the lake," says Murray, "including...  Website

 

AZ Lakes AZ Pros John Murray

One of the best ways to catch summer bass on Lake Pleasant is with a Carolina rig. I remember back in the day when VanderKooi and his partner came to the scales with a 42-pound limit they caught on...  Website

 
 By Margie Anderson    Fishing    May 1, 2022

AZ Lakes AZ Pros Tai Au

Like Tai, take it easy.... Full story

 

AZ Lakes AZ Pros Rambo and Chamberlin

Something Different This Month: Crappie Pros Rambo and Chamberlin Tell Us What Not to Do! Most anglers are familiar with bass pros, but Arizona anglers might not be aware that there are a lot of...  Website

 

AZ Lakes AZ Pros Debbie Blanchard At Havasu

Early in February it can seem like the fish are on strike," says local resident and ournament angler Debbie Blanchard, "but before long the big smallmouth start to move in and you can catch a lot of... Full story

 

AZ Lakes AZ Pros Marty Lawrence

Prespawn can be a difficult time for bass fishermen. Marty Lawrence’s advice on prespawn fishing is “don’t overthink it”. That being said, the man probably has 14 rods on the deck by the end...  Website

 

AZ Lakes AZ Pros Fred Ward At Bartlett Lake

John and I have known fishing legend Fred Ward for many years, but we actually met him in Florida. At that time I was writing for a tiny publication (now defunct) called Arizona Fishing News. My day... Full story

 

AZ Lakes, AZ Pros Crankbait Time Is Here Again

When water temperatures start to go down and lake levels begin to rise, crankbait time is here again. Fish start moving up and getting more active, and one of the best ways to find them is to start...  Website

 

AZ Lakes, AZ Pros Marc Townsend At Pleasant

Marc Townsend is one of those guys who can catch fish just about anywhere, and Pleasant is no exception. We went out with him one September and started out fishing very shallow with Yamamoto...  Website

 

AZ Lakes AZ Pros Marty Lawrence At Bartlett Lake

Yamamoto Pro MartyLawrence fishes a lot of night tournaments in the summer, and summer in Arizona means monsoon storms. These storms usually do roll in at night and if you're out on the water, it can...  Website

 

AZ Lakes AZ Pros Daniel Elias

Daniel Elias found out about the Free Rig in early 2019 from Japanese bass fishermen on Instagram, in posts that weren't even in English. The rig is fairly simple – you use a cylindrical drop shot w... Full story

 

AZ Lakes, AZ Pros – Vanderkooi At Lake Pleasant

I'll never forget the year the All Star Super Team Championship at Lake Pleasant was won with a Carolina rig, and Rob VanderKooi and Lynton Leslie also took second place using the rig. Both before...  Website

 
 By Margie Anderson    Fishing    May 1, 2021

AZ Lakes, AZ Pros – Ben Koller At Pleasant

Even if you have to brave the desert heat to fish, it pays to get out on your nearest lake this time of year. Warmer water means active fish, and active fish eat more. Even on the desert lakes, don't...  Website

 

AZ Lakes AZ Pros Mark Kile At Roosevelt

Mark Kile was the guy to watch at any local tournament a few years back. We were lucky enough to go out with him several times at his home lake, Roosevelt, and he just flat knows how to catch them.... Full story

 

AZ Lakes, AZ Pros - Tim Van Vliet On Lake Pleasant

The legend is that an angler eating lunch on the lake accidently dropped a spoon overboard. As he watched the silver spoon drift downward, sun glinting off the handle and bowl, he saw a fish dart out... Full story

 

AZ Lakes, AZ Pros: Garry Garland At Roosevelt Lake

The names Bobby and Garry Garland will be enshrined in the fishing hall of fame for all time because of the Gitzit, the original tube bait. The brothers invented the lure to help them catch the...  Website

 

AZ Lakes AZ Pros Matsubu At Lake Mead

Ben Matsubu once took sixth place in a WON Bass Tri-State Championship on Mead with a split-shot rig. He said he watched another guy fish a bank and catch nothing, then Ben went behind him with a...  Website

 

AZ Lakes AZ Pros Dave Prothe At Roosevelt

Years go by and fishermen change, but the bass sure don't. We went fishing at Roosevelt one November many years ago with an AllStar Bass angler named Dave Prothe, and he schooled us on spinnerbaits... Full story

 

AZ Lakes AZ Pros Brett Hite At Bartlett Lake

Bass Pro Brett Hite has won over $1.6 million fishing tournaments. We got to go out with him on Bartlett a couple of years ago, and he gave us some great fall fishing tips. He's a cool guy. Keep It... Full story

 

AZ Lakes, AZ Pros: Curt Rambo Knows Crappie Fishing Roosevelt

Curt Rambo is arguably the best crappie jigger in Arizona. We've been fishing with Curt for decades, and he knows Roosevelt like the back of his hand. While bass fishermen will tell you that staying...  Website

 

AZ Lakes AZ Pros Clifford Pirch At Willow Springs Lake

We went to Roosevelt one night with Clifford Pirch, and I was a bit surprised when he started throwing a spinnerbait. He explained that with a spinnerbait, you can cover quite a bit of water fairly...  Website

 

AZ Lakes AZ Pros Johnny Johnson At Willow Springs Lake

Willow Springs Lake isn't the only lake on the Rim with bass, but it's one of the largest, and certainly one of the most popular. A lifelong resident of Pinetop, Ariz., TV host Johnny Johnson has...  Website

 

AZ LAKES, AZ PROS: Roosevelt/Art Chamberlin

The key to enjoying a night fishing trip is organization. If you have all the equipment you need, and everything is kept where it should be, fishing in the dark is a real pleasure no matter what kind... Full story

 
 By Margie Anderson    Fishing    May 1, 2020

AZ Lakes AZ Pros Johnny Johnson At Rainbow Lake

Television host and musician Johnny Johnson has lived in Lakeside for most of his life and knows these lakes intimately. He lives about five minutes from Rainbow Lake, and spends time on the water...  Website

 

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