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Lake Pleasant Fishing Report 2022 [Tips, Spots, Pictures, Everything You Need to Know]

How To Fish Lake Pleasant | Your Lake Pleasant Fishing Report

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Lake Pleasant is a large deep lake that sits just 43 miles away from Arizona’s largest city Phoenix.  Overall it’s a popular lake being nestled in the middle part of the state.  In this post you’re going to be given the blueprint to fish this lake.

 So what are the best tips for fishing Lake Pleasant?  There are three important factors you must know  if you want to know how to fish Lake Pleasant successfully. First, you need to know what kind of fish is in the lake. Second, it’s important for you to know which part of the lake each species can be found. Lastly, what are the best baits that work on Lake Pleasant.  Remember, tactics, baits, and locations will be different for each type of fish. So let’s talk about the steps you need to take in order to give you the best chance of catching a fish on Lake Pleasant.

Key Takeaways

This lake gives locals and visitors the opportunity to test their luck in catching one of the many game species this lake has to offer, such as White Bass, Striped Bass, Largemouth Bass, Channel Catfish, Bluegill, and much, much more!

Here’s the most recent and updated Lake Pleasant Fishing Report – it gives you a quick and easy list of some really good fishing spots. If you’re looking for more detail on how to fish each spot scroll down into the article. 

  • Just outside Lake Pleasant Harbor
  • Jackass Cove
  • Aqua Fria River Arm
  • Humbug Creek Arm
  • Castle Creek
  • around Scorpion Bay Marina

Here are some additional fast and helpful tips just for you: 

  • The easiest way to fish this lake is by boat, but there are areas to fish from the bank, or by kayak or float tube.
  • There are multiple public boat ramps to use.
  • Camping and RV parking is available.
  • You can buy tackle and groceries at the lake or at one of the tackle shops in Phoenix. 

About Lake Pleasant

Lake Pleasant is a deep body of water with the average depth being 73 feet and a maximum depth of 210 feet when the lake is completely full. Being approximately 7 miles long and 2.5 miles across, the lake spans over 10,000 acres when completely full. This reservoir helps distribute water to all the southwest Phoenix agriculture farms.  

What Kinds of Fish Are In Lake Pleasant?

  • White Bass
  • Striped Bass
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Bluegill
  • White Crappie
  • Black Crappie
  • Bigmouth Buffalo Fish
  • Channel Catfish
  • Flathead Catfish
  • Green Sunfish
  • Redear Sunfish
  • Tilapia

Key Details to Know About Lake Pleasant

Special Closures Areas or Dates:

Annual Bald Eagle Closure of Agua Fria Arm. Per Maricopa County Parks: “The annual Bald Eagle Closure is typically in effect from December 15 thru June 15. Access to the area is restricted (violators will be prosecuted) until the closure is lifted.”

Special /Annual Events:

4th of July Fireworks Celebration.

Pleasant Harbor – Live music at the Dillon’s Bayou restaurant and seasonal festivals.

My Private Fishing Report

Fall Lake Pleasant Fishing Report – Updated 9/1/22.

Primary Species: Largemouth bass, Striped bass, Catfish

Top Baits:

  • Soft Body Swimbaits (Large)
  • Umbrella rigs
  • Crankbaits
  • Frogs/Toads
  • Spinnerbaits
  • Football jigs

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It’s my personal experience, striped bass action is great and make sure your find boils of these silvery fish chasing baitfish in the mornings and later in the afternoon.  You should even consider trolling umbrella rigs, black/blue, white or chrome/blue lipless crankbaits such as Lucky Craft LV-500 or Rat-L-Traps.

Largemouth bass are still being caught!  I’ve seen time and time again bass are chewing 3/8-1/2 football jigs with Hula grub trailers. Smoke Sparkle or Green Pumpkin Pepper seem to be the colors to go with.  Target chunk rock points with gravel transitions in 8 to 15 feet of water. The topwater bite is also going gangbusters! In calm mornings, I had the best success with with poppers, wake baits, Spooks, and Sammys. In breezier mornings, I suggest throwing Whopper Ploppers and  Buzzbaits. 

Talking to fellow anglers the channel catfish bite is fire this time of year!  You can catch them on liver, stink bait, cut mackerel, sardines, or squid off.  Scan the deeper points and coves with a deep channel in 12 to 30 feet of water.

Lake Pleasant Fishing Tips & General Fishing Strategies

It can be a challenge to break down this body of water… So that’s why I created this  Lake Pleasant Fishing Report to help you to easily start catching fish fast! 

Getting started, Lake Pleasant fishing can be tough… the water is clear-to-slightly stained and it can get pretty windy… 

There are two primary types of structure you need to know about when you’re fishing Lake Pleasant; hard structure and vegetation. Hard structure consists of boulders, rock piles, ledges, brush piles, man-made chunk rock banks, docks, and water diversion areas. There is an abundant amount of vegetation that grows in this lake in the form of shoreline tule thickets, cottonwood trees, submerged grass beds, and sometimes even floating vegetation or debris mats. 

Lake Pleasant also offers long points that can drop into deeper water, as well as creek channel swings. 

Most of the fish such as bass, bluegill, crappie, and catfish will spawn in the spring.  Bass will spawn in 1’-15’-feet of water notably on rocky structure, gravel flats, humps, and small creek inlets and cuts.  

When the summer heat sets in, the bass, bluegill, and crappie will move to deeper water to approximately 15’-30’-feet of water. Focus on drops offs, channels, points, submerged humps. 

Deeper area with chunk rock ranging from baseball to basketball size will attract predatory fish like bass, crappie and catfish because it provides a safe area the prey (crayfish, bream, and minnows) can hide.

But Where Are The Best Places To Fish At Lake Pleasant?

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It’s hard to decide what spot is the best at Lake Pleasant because there are so many spots to choose from.

DISCLAIMER:  The material provided is for general information purposes only. It’s important to understand that any information provided in this article can change at any time. Any maps or graphics featured are not to be used as navigational aids. Fishing Blueprint will not be responsible for any personal injury or property damage from any misuse of the maps or graphics provided.   It’s completely impossible to give you every single spot where you can potentially catch a fish.  But, what this list does do is to give you a helping hand and narrow down to the most productive fishing spots.

Just outside Lake Pleasant Harbor

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Fishing just outside Lake Pleasant Harbor can catch you an abundance of largemouth bass, striped bass, and crappie.  If the water is low, graph Waddell Cove and you’ll find bass and crappie suspended over submerged trees. Fishing around the tire line is also a great place to find striped bass and largemouth bass in the morning. Fishing the points and straights of the islands and coves are also good for largemouth bass.  It is not recommended you fish anywhere near the marina or boats. 

Some of the effective baits for this area include: soft plastic swimbaits, topwater walking baits (particularly the Super Spook), umbrella rigs, lipless crankbaits, large flutter spoons, and underspin jigs work great in this spot.

Located: southeast end of lake

Structural features: Submerged brush and timber. Large floating tires. 

Best species to target: Largemouth bass, striped bass, crappie

Most effective way to fish this spot: Boat, kayak, float tube

Jackass Cove

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Located just north of Lake Pleasant Harbor and marina Jackass Cove is a great spot to target largemouth bass, striped bass, and crappie.

In the morning largemouth bass and striped bass will chase shad. Crappie will suspend over submerged brush in the middle of the cove.  

Look closely… there are multiple main channel humps that will hold fish all day long!

This cove has a pretty deep channel and at night is a great catfishing and striped bass spot if you anchor over the mouth of the cove. 

Some of the effective baits for this area include: topwater walkers and poppers, drop shot, crankbaits, and quality jigs.

Located: east/southeast end of lake

Structural features: Submerged brush and timber. Deep channel. 

Best species to target: Largemouth bass, striped bass, catfish and crappie

Most effective way to fish this spot: Boat, kayak.

Aqua Fria River Arm

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The Agua Fria arm of Lake Pleasant is the Agua Fria River which drains into the reservoir.  It’s only open to the public at certain times of the year. Closure is typically in effect from December 15th thru June 15th due to the state’s bald eagle breeding program. When it’s open the entire arm  can be productive. In the morning largemouth bass and stripers will chase shad around points and along the rocky cliff walls. Largemouth bass, white bass and crappie will hold over submerged brush during the day. Night fishing is great for catfish and stripers.  

Some of the effective baits for this area include: topwater baits, drop shot, deep diving crankbaits, lipless crankbaits, soft plastic swimbaits, umbrella rigs, and underspin jigs and good bass jigs.

Located: Northeast end of lake

Structural features: rocky points, drop offs, cliff walls, submerged brush/timber in the middle of the channel

Best species to target: Largemouth bass, striped bass, white bass, catfish and crappie 

Most effective way to fish this spot: Boat

Humbug Creek Arm

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This long cove is also a deep feeder arm into the lake. At times the fishing here can be extremely good. Meaning, sometimes you can catch a boat load of fish in less than an hour.  The north end of the cove holds submerged brush and timber which can be good for largemouth bass, white bass, bluegill and crappie.

At the middle of the cove and at the mouth is great for Largemouth and striped bass.  This also has a deep channel with many drop offs and it’s great for night fishing for catfish and stripers. 

Effective baits for this area include: topwater walkers and poppers, drop shot, crankbaits, soft plastic swimbaits, umbrella rigs, and underspin jigs and jigs.

Located: north end of lake

Structural features: Submerged brush and timber, rocky points, deep channel, drop offs, 

Best species to target: Best species to target: Largemouth bass, striped bass, white bass, catfish, bluegill, and crappie 

Most effective way to fish this spot: Boat

Castle Creek

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Located on the northwest section of the lake Castle Creek is the most shallow of the creek arms mentioned. Different parts of Castle Creek will be more effective at different times of the year. The mouth of the cove is excellent for largemouth bass, crappie and striped bass along the drop off, especially when the water is low.

The cove holds a large flood plane with a good amount of submerged brush and timber, along with submerged humps. In the back of the cove there are several feeder creeks that are excellent for largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, and white bass. These same feeder creeks are also great for nighttime catfishing.

Effective baits for this area include: topwater baits, drop shot, crankbaits, soft plastic swimbaits, and underspin jigs and jigs.

Located: Northwest end of the lake

Structural features: Submerged brush and timber, submerged humps, feeder creeks

Best species to target: Best species to target: Largemouth bass, striped bass, white bass, catfish, bluegill and crappie 

Most effective way to fish this spot: Boat, kayak, float tube. Shore fishing is also really good.

Around Scorpion Bay Marina

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The structure around Scorpion Bay Marina can also hold a fair amount of largemouth bass, crappie and striper.

This spot is particularly good in the early morning when bass are chasing shad and nighttime catfish and striper fishing.

During the day the boating traffic drives the fish deep and out to the main lake, making for very difficult fishing.

Some of the effective baits for this area include: topwater baits, soft plastic swimbaits, umbrella rigs, lipless crankbaits, large flutter spoons, and underspin jigs work great in this spot.

Located: western end of the lake

Structural features: Drop offs, deep feeder channel

Best species to target: largemouth bass, striped bass, crappie, and bluegill

Most effective way to fish this spot: Boat, kayak, float tube. Shore fishing is also really good.

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How To Catch Fish In Lake Pleasant?

Largemouth Bass Fishing at Lake Pleasant

You may be wondering… How do you fish for bass in Lake Pleasant? Largemouth bass is a carnivorous member of the sunfish family. Lake Pleasant holds the Northern strain species of largemouth bass which is considered to be aggressive and offers a better fight than their Florida strain cousins.

Largemouth bass were introduced into the lake at its inception and have flourished in this warm water environment.  In the 1990’s and into the 2000’s largemouth bass size was reduced with the accidental introduction of Striped bass. However, the strong fishing effort of Striped bass has decreased their numbers (and thus competition), the largemouth have been rebounding and growing bigger and bigger every year. 

That’s why we wrote this Lake Pleasant Fishing Report for you… so you can get the inside scoop about the top spots and best lures to use to help you out…

If you’re still not sure how to catch a bass, do worry. A complete section on Bass Fishing 101 was written to help you out. In that section, you’ll learn about the top ways to get you catching bass fast.

Read more: Beginner’s Guide To Bass Fishing Basics – Tips, Secrets & Things To Avoid

General Largemouth Bass Details

Spawn: Spring, March-May

Food: Shad, bluegill, crayfish

Arizona State Record: 16 lb. 7.68 oz. 28.0 in., Canyon Lake Randall E. White, Mesa 4/22/97

Table Quality: Decent. Firm white meat. 

Angling techniques:

  • Topwater lures
  • Buzzbaits
  • Crankbaits
  • Soft plastic swimbaits
  • Spinnerbaits
  • Frog lures
  • Flipping lures
  • Heavy vegetation punching lures
  • Jerkbaits
  • Chatterbaits
  • Swim jigs
  • Hair jigs
  • Underspin jigs
  • Drop shot
  • Tubes
  • Ned rig
  • Neko rig
  • Mojo rig
  • Carolina rig
  • Football jigs

Striped Bass Fishing at Lake Pleasant

The striped bass was introduced into Lake Pleasant in 1959 when CAP was filling up Lake Pleasant. It’s believed that striper eggs flowed into the lake, hatched and started to thrive. Striped Bass are considered true bass, unlike largemouth and smallmouth which are a part of the sunfish family. 

Striped bass are pelagic feeders (like white bass and yellow bass) and are constantly on the move. They hunt and feed in schools.

Commonly known as “stripers”, striped bass travel into freshwater streams to reproduce, yet they are saltwater natives.

Most landlocked striped bass will grow to an average size of 12-20 inches and weigh 1-3 pounds. However, some striped bass can grow to become enormous and can weigh as much as 70+ pounds! 

Because their eggs need to move in order to hatch, stripers prefer freshwater rivers and streams as spawning places.

Once a lake or river is dammed off, the area is often inundated by landlocked stripers.

One great example of this is the striped bass that are found in the Colorado river lakes near the California-Arizona border. The river was a key spawning habitat before dams were created, and many giant stripers have come from these waters.

When targeting stripers, focus the majority of your fishing on the deepest water the lake has to offer. Stripers are typically nearby if you can find schools of shad.

It’s strongly recommended you invest in a good fish finder/ sonar unit. Bait fish will appear as a clump of tiny dots suspended in the water column.  Additionally, striped bass will appear as larger arcs below or near the school of shad.  If you see striped bass near the school of shad you need to fish it.

Stripers may be caught on a variety of artificial baits such as minnow baits, jointed crankbaits, umbrella rigs, or swimming spoons at proper depths when the baitfish are suspended over the deep water.

If you notice any surface feeding action, using topwater baits such as walking baits, or surface prop baits such as whopper ploppers make fishing an absolute blast. 

Jigging spoons perform insanely well when the stripers are deep.

Striped bass also can be caught using live or cut bait such as shad, herring, anchovies, or liver. 

These sleek silvery fish are often be found in medium to deep water coves and secondary lake arms. One of the first places to find striped bass is to look at your fishing map and find distinct changes in depth such as drop offs or river channel swings.

Striped bass can always be caught using live bait, cut bait (such as frozen anchovy, shad, shrimp, or squid – yep even in lakes), as well as chicken livers.

Lastly, trolling is another great approach to catch stripers. Use larger sizes of flashing lures. Stripers may be caught on a variety of baits such as minnow baits, jointed crankbaits, umbrella rigs, or swimming spoons

General Striped Bass Details

Spawn: April – mid-June in flowing water, current or rivers

Food: Shad, dead or alive. 

Arizona State Record: 29 lb. 13.76 oz. 45.25 in., Lake Pleasant. Bob Liddington, Phoenix 7/13/10

Table Quality: The meat is excellent. It’s firm, flaky and white. There is a red lateral line that must be removed otherwise it gives off a strong “fishy” taste. Otherwise, these make excellent fish fry meals.

Angling techniques:

  • Topwater lures
  • Jointed Crankbaits
  • Lipless Crankbaits
  • Soft plastic swimbaits
  • Spinnerbaits
  • Jerkbaits
  • Chatterbaits
  • Swim jigs
  • Hair jigs
  • Underspin jigs
  • Drop shot
  • Tubes
  • Frozen shad or anchovies as “cut bait”
  • Small soft plastic swimbait
  • Spoons
  • Streamer flies

Crappie Report for Lake Pleasant Fishing

Introduced in 1903 the White crappie are only found in Lake Pleasant. They tend to linger over submerged brush and timber and are found in school. The white crappie are much more tolerant in warmer water than their black crappie cousins. 

White crappie have a more “silvery” appearance and lack the dark vertical bars when compared to the black crappie.  Average weight of a white crappie in Lake Pleasant is going to be 0.75-pounds, however electronetted samples show they can get over 3-pounds in size!

The best time to fish for crappie in this lake and other lakes similar to it is in summertime while you’re night using a submerged green light. If you don’t know what a green fishing light is, or if you’re unfamiliar, then click this link to learn more.

General Crappie Details

Spawn: April – mid-June

Food: Larvae, small fish, and crustaceans. Threadfin shad make up their main diet. 

Arizona State Record: 3 lb. 5.28 oz. 16.75 in., Lake Pleasant. Robert Schnell, Glendale 2/22/82

Table Quality: The meat is excellent. It’s firm, flaky and white. 

Angling techniques:

  • Live minnows under bobbers
  • Crappie jigs
  • Crappie tubes
  • Silver spoons
  • Spinners

Catfish Fishing at Lake Pleasant

There are two species of catfish in Lake Pleasant. The channel catfish and flathead catfish.   The flathead species was purposely introduced when the lake was first created. However, after the Waddell Dam was created water via CAP assisted in filling the lake. This brought several new species such as the striped bass, flathead catfish, and tilapia. 

Channel catfish weight will range from 0.5-to-15-pounds in Lake Pleasant, however the average weight will be between 1-4-pounds. Conversely, “smaller” flathead catfish will weigh in at 15-pounds and can grow around 75-pounds.  A flathead survey conducted in 2016 and 2020 caught a flathead that weighed over 48-pounds!    

General Catfish Details

Spawn: March-June

Food: Carp, bluegill

Arizona State Record: 

Channel catfish – 33 lb., 5.76 oz., 39.5 in., Upper Lake Mary Carson Pete, 3/26/17

Flathead catfish – 76 lb. 8.64 oz., 53.5 in., Bartlett Lake Eddie Wilcoxson, Surprise 04/13/13

Table Quality: Soft white meat. In the summer the meat will taste muddy.

Angling techniques:

Flathead catfish:

  • live bait such as smaller carp, full sized bluegill, or tilapia

Channel catfish:

  • chicken liver
  • hotdogs
  • stink bait
  • small bluegill
  • small carp

White Bass Fishing at Lake Pleasant

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Introduced in 1960 the white bass 4 to 7 dark horizontal lines and are silver-white. They are also a member of the “true bass” family.

Ferocious eaters, the white bass hunt in schools pursuing schools of threadfin shad. Like striped bass and largemouth bass, the white bass will also corral the shad near the surface and cause the shad to jump out of the water called “boiling”.

If you see a “shad boil” nearly any small size lure that looks like a shad will be effective to catch a white bass.

Spawn: March to May

Food: Threadfin shad, other smaller minnows and fish, insects. 

Arizona State Record: 4 lb. 11.7 oz. 19.5 in., Upper Lake Pleasant.  David Amburgey, Peoria 4/72

Table Quality: The meat is excellent. It’s firm, flaky and white. There is a red lateral line that must be removed otherwise it gives off a strong “fishy” taste. Otherwise these make excellent fish fry meals.

Angling techniques:

  • Spinners
  • Spoons
  • Small soft plastic swimbaits
  • Small lipless crankbaits
  • Small topwater poppers and pencil baits

Bluegill Fishing at Lake Pleasant

Introduced to Arizona in 1932, the bluegill has teal-blue coloring on the bottom portion of the chin and gill plate. It also has a solid black opercula flap just behind the gill plate.

Bluegill are found on the shoreline and prefer nearby structures. Bluegill are incredibly aggressive and will quickly attack anything that looks like it could be eaten. Due to their aggressive behavior, they are one of the easiest fish to catch and are a great way to introduce someone to fishing.  

Spawn: April and May

Food: Small fish and insects

Arizona State Record: 3 lb. 15.68 oz. 15.75 in., Goldwater Lake. Christopher Ray Mapes, Prescott Valley 5/2/04

Table Quality: Firm, white meat 

Angling techniques: 

  • Worms
  • Dough balls
  • Slim jim sausages pieces on a small hook (not lying… it really works)
  • Small spinners
  • Trout flys

Carp Fishing at Lake Pleasant

Carp are an oily freshwater species of fish and are native to Europe and Asia. Carp are considered invasive to the United States.

The big, hard fighting fish are really fun to catch. Many anglers will fish for carp at night and bowfishing from the shore or from a boat!

Carp can be consumed however, their muddy taste and boney meat make it one of the least desirable fish to eat.

Spawn: March-June

Food: algae, plant matter, fish eggs, insects, aquatic worms, small crustaceans (snails), and small crayfish

Arizona State Record: 37 lb. 0.0 oz. 40.0 in., Bartlett Lake Jonathan Gardner, Phoenix 8/8/87

Table Quality: Poor. Soft white flesh that is muddy and riddled with bones

Angling techniques:

  • Dough balls
  • Corn
  • Worms
  • Cherry tomatoes (not kidding)
  • Commercial carp baits

Marinas/ Boat Ramps at Lake Pleasant

Pleasant Harbor Marina

Location: Southeast end of the lake

Phone number: (623) 235-6130

Number of lanes: 7

Bathrooms: Yes

Showers: No

Electric: Yes

Camping nearby: No

Scorpion Bay Marina

Location: West side of the lake

Address: Lake Pleasant Regional Park. 10970 Peninsula Blvd, Morristown, AZ, AZ 85342

Phone number: (928) 501-2628

Number of lanes: 0, 

Bathrooms: Yes

Showers: No

Electric: Yes

Camping nearby: Yes

Lake Pleasant 10 Lane Boat Ramp

Location: West side of the lake

Address: Lake Pleasant Regional Park. 41835 N. Castle Hot Springs Rd. Morristown, AZ 85342

Phone number: (602) 506-2930 ext. 2

Number of lanes: 10

Bathrooms: Yes

Showers: No

Electric: Yes

Camping nearby: Yes

Castle Creek Boat Ramp (Lake Pleasant)

Location: Northwest end of the lake

Phone number: (602) 506-2930 ext. 2

Number of lanes: 4

Bathrooms: yes

Showers: No

Electric: No

Camping nearby: Yes

Places at the lake you can get snacks and frosty beverages

Pleasant Harbor Marina

Location: Southeast end of the lake

Phone number: (623) 235-6130

Number of lanes: 7

Bathrooms: Yes

Showers: No

Electric: Yes

Camping nearby: No

Scorpion Bay Marina

Location: West side of the lake

Address: Lake Pleasant Regional Park. 10970 Peninsula Blvd, Morristown, AZ, AZ 85342

Phone number: (928) 501-2628

Number of lanes: 0. But is very close to 10-Lane ramp 

Bathrooms: Yes

Showers: No

Electric: Yes

Camping nearby: Yes

Tackle Shops & Tackle Retailers Near Lake Pleasant

Sportsman's Warehouse

Have a store located at the north end of Phoenix, Sportsman’s Warehouse feels like a combination of a small outdoor outfitter shop with the capacity to hold a large amount of tackle, gear, and other outdoor accessories.  The staff is friendly, patient, and knowledgeable.  Sportsman’s Warehouse carries a wide variety of gear for every bass, catfish, trout, crappie, walleye, and pike to get you started. 

The Hook-Up Tackle

Located in Northwest Phoenix, The Hook Up Tackle offers a massive amount of gear, tackle, and accessories for any budget. Opening in 2008, The Hook Up Tackle has everything you need especially if you’re into bass fishing.  They even offer hard to find bait and products from Japan.

Phoenix Fishing Supply

Located in central Phoenix, Phoenix Fishing Supply has been around since the 1980’s! Even before the big-box stores came into town Phoenix Fishing Supply has been catering to all types of anglers and offers a huge selection of products. 

Liar's Korner

Liar’s Korner Fishing Bait & Tackle is nestled in the far east side of metro Phoenix. This tackle shop is proudly run as a small family business that is serious about giving you the right gear to help you catch fish. It doesn’t matter if you’re fishing bass, crappie, walleye, or trout.  They have what you need. They carry all the name brands of tackle and gear, and frequently offer better prices than the big-box companies. 

Bass Pro Shops

Located on the east side Phoenix, Bass Pro Shops caters to very type of angler who wants to get their line wet.  Founded in 1972 by angler Johnny Morris in Springfield, Missouri Bass Pro Shops combines a massive tackle shop with their hunting, boating, conservation, and guide trips into a comprehensive outdoor and fishing retailer.

Places to camp and RV parks

Pleasant Harbor RV Campground – 928 501-5253

Desert Tortoise Campground – 602 506-2930

Roadrunner Campground – 928 501-1710

Lake Pleasant Regional Park Campground – 928 501-1710

Other Things To Do Near This Lake

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Fishing is not the only thing that brings people to this beautiful body of water. Here’s a list of other things you can do!

For those who want adventure nearby…

  • Morning Hot Air Balloon Flight Over Phoenix
  • Guided Desert ATV Tour
  • Grand Canyon Day Tour with Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon
  • Wine & Vinyard Tours In Sedona
  • Superstition Zipline
  • Salt River Kayaking Trip
  • Canyon Lake Apache Trail and Dolly Steamboat Tour
  • Day Tour in Northern Arizona Meteor Crater and Walnut Canyon From Phoenix
  • Verde Canyon Railroad Adventure
  • Jake’s Unlimited – Game Room,  Bowling, & Eatery
  • Pangaea Land of the Dinosaurs
  • Phoenix Zoo
  • Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium
  • The Hall of Flame Fire Museum

For those who want to chill at the lake…

  • Biking
  • Bird watching
  • Boating
  • Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Canoeing
  • Paddleboarding
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Camping
  • Horseshoes
  • Picnicking
  • Hiking
  • Gentle walking trails
  • Nature photography trails
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Mountain biking
  • Stargazing
  • and most importantly… relaxing.

In Summary...

As you now can see Lake Pleasant fishing can be tough at times, but it’s not impossible and with the help of the Lake Pleasant Fishing Report… It definitely helps you get started on the right foot quickly and easily, so you can avoid wasting hours wondering where and how to get started.

But Let Me Ask You a Question… 

Do you now have a better sense of where you can get started, even if you have have been here?  YES, we went over all the best locations to start when you get to this lake!

Do you feel that you have a good grasp of what species are in this lake?  YES, we went over using multiple helpful lists so you don’t waste your time and money going after the wrong species of fish!

Do you have a good understanding what baits are needed to catch each of the different species of fish? YES, we hammered this topic several times in the fishing report what baits and lures are needed to each and every fish!

YES! That’s right!… If you made it this far you know I truly over delivered for you… I gave away secrets about this lake that I haven’t told anyone until publishing this report. 

I Need To Ask A Favor From You And It’s Not Going To Cost You A Single Dime… 

If you have gotten anything out of this free report; whether its knowing where to get started, what kinds of fish are in Lake Pleasant, what baits to use, where to launch your boat, where to buy a frosty beverage, where to camp, and other things to do when you’re at this lake…

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My name is George and I'm been fishing my entire life and love all things outdoors. My passion is helping anyone catch more fish. The newest things I've been doing lately is learning how to break down and clean all my reels, teaching my boy how to kayak fish, and bushcraft wilderness survival.