Arizona Striped Bass Fishing

Striped Bass Fishing in Arizona.

Fishing for Striped Bass in Arizona started in 1974 with the Introduction of stripers into Lake Powell. Successful reproduction of the Striped Bass was documented in 1979. Striped Bass are found throughout the Colorado River between Lake Powell and the Mexican border and more recently in Lake Pleasant.

Waters in Arizona that have had
Striped Bass Stocked.

Lake Powell

Lake Mead

Lake Havasu

Lake Pleasant

Lake Mohave

Lake Alamo

 

 

Striper Fishing in Arizona

Lake Powell, Lake Mead, Lake Havasu,  and Alamo Lake are top spots with Lake Mead having the largest population. The state record was caught out of Alamo Lake.

They generally spend their time in the middle sections of the lake, in deeper water than most fish. Their primary diet is shad. They prefer the larger shad which are too big to be eaten by the vast majority of other fish in the lake. Stripers will eat just about any fish they can get in their mouth. As a schooling fish which can grow to enormous size they can deplete a school of baitfish in very short order. When you catch one you can rest assured that there are probably more close by.

Concentrate on the deeper waters in the lake. If you can locate schools of shad, stripers are often close by. When the baitfish are shallow over the deep water, you can catch stripers on crankbaits or by swimming spoons at appropriate depths. And for the ultimate thrill try large topwater baits if you see any surface feeding action. When they are deep, jigs and jigging spoons work well. Live and cut bait will also work when they are in medium to deeper water. Fish nearby or in the river channel if it is a defined depth change. Trolling is also an excellent way to fish for them. Use flashy lures in bigger sizes.

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