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AZ Lakes, AZ Pros: Gregg Warne – Splitshotting Any Arizona Lake

Back in the day, nearly every Saturday, all year 'round, you'd find Gregg Warne fishing a tournament somewhere in Arizona, Nevada, Utah, or California, and the conditions were not always perfect. But... Full story

 

AZ Lakes AZ Pros Jerry Tate

Jerry Tate of JT's Arizona Hunting and Fishing specializes in fishing Lake Pleasant.He's on the water several days a week, and has a handful of good friends who also spend tons of time on Pleasant. Be... Full story

 
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AZ Lakes AZPros Levi Wittrock On Tournaments

Levi Wittrock graduated from Northern Arizona University where he was the president of the NAU Bass Fishing Club for two years. He and his partner represented NAU at many tournaments during those two... Full story

 

AZ Lakes, AZ Pros Gary Dobyns Winter Tournament Fishing

AZ Lakes, AZ Pros – Bass Fishing In Winter Gary Dobyns Talks Winter Tournament Fishing From Dobyns To Margie Anderson I know Gary Dobyns is originally a California boy, but he’s in Texas now and no... Full story

 
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AZ Lakes AZ Pros Dave Prothe At Roosevelt

It was cold, but the fishing was hot. By Margie Anderson We went out with Dave Prothe under the worst conditions. Roosevelt was the lowest I've ever seen it, and it was cold out. The water was dirty a... Full story

 

AZ Lakes AZ Pros Matt Shura At Canyon Lake

A crankbait can easily evolve into one of your favorite go-to techniques any time of year. Crankbaits = 'Idiot Baits'? Crankbaits are sometimes called "idiot baits" because people have the idea that... Full story

 

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. Tai puts safety in first place at night. "You absolutely must have a spotlight at night," says Au, "but Arizona law says you can't drive with it constantly on. What I do is bar... 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 of the...  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 wei... 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

 

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