Bartlett Lake

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  • Bartlett Lake is located north of Cave Creek. It's one of the most popular lakes for fishing and boating in Arizona along the Verde River.

    Bartlett holds the state record Inland waters, hook-and-line record: 76 pounds, 8.64 ounces, Bartlett Lake, 2013 by Eddie “Flathead Ed” Wilcoxson.

    • Largemouth Bass
    • Crappie
    • Flathead Catfish
    • Channel Catfish
    • Bluegill
    • Carp
    • Sunfish
  • GPS:
    33 50’ 27.8” N, 111 38’ 15.9” W
    Phone Numbers for more information::
    Cave Creek Ranger District 40202 N Cave Creek RD, Scottsdale, AZ 85262 Ph. 480-595-3300 Fax 480 595 3346 or Check the Game and Fish site at this link or SRP
    Restrictions/Season of Use:
    fishing and boating and are open year-round at Bartlett Lake
    Road Conditions:
    The roads to Bartlett Lake are paved all the way to the main lauching area. There are alternated routes to the north of the lake that turn into dirt if you want to just launch off the shore.
    Ranger Station/District:
    The closest ranger station to Bartlett Lake is right next to the main lauching area.
    Entrance Fees/Permits:
    Bartlett Lake's Fee is the Tonto Pass. You can order one from us here or buy one from a licenses vendore in person.
    1600 ft feet,Desert/ sonoran
    Max Surface Acres:
    Bartlett Lake has 2815 feet of surface acers and 27 miles of shoreline
    River Lake Impounds:
    Bartlett Lake is filled from the Verde River
    Average Depth:
    100 ft
    Boat/Engine Restrictions:
    There are no motor restrictions at Bartlett Lake
    Boats to Rent:
    Yes you can camp at Bartlett Lake. There are spots to the north end of the lake were you can park a motor home or pitch a tent.a) Shoreline camping allowed. No hook ups or desiginated campsites Primitive camping is just beyond at S. B. Cove. The road ends 0.7 farther at Bartlett Flat, popular with boaters and campers; outhouses are the only facilities
    Barrier free Access:
    Yes to the north of the lake near rattlesnake cove you can drive and park right on the water.
    Trailer Spaces:
    Launching Area:
    a) Jojoba Boating Site-paved boat ramp, Yellow Cliffs Boating Site- paved boat ramp, Shoreline Launching at Bartlett Flat (4 wheel drive)
    Water Skiing:
    Cleaning Stations:
    Bartlett lake Marina Mailing address P.O. Box 3871 Carefree Az, 85377 Ph. (602) 316 3378 or try 480-221-0503 or bartlettlake.com
  • a) Bartlett Lake From Central Phoenix Take 51 north to 101 East. Take 101 East to Pima/Princess Road (Exit 36). Go left (north) to Cave Creek Road. Turn right (east) on Cave Creek and travel 4 miles to Bartlett Dam Road. Turn right on Bartlett Dam. In 20 minutes you will arrive at Bartlett Lake Marina (13 mil
    b)Bartlett Lake From the West Valley Take I-17 north to the Carefree Highway (Exit 223). Turn right (east) on the Carefree Highway and turn left on Cave Creek Road (9 miles). Go through the towns of Cave Creek and Carefree and travel 10.5 miles to Bartlett Dam Road. Turn right on Bartlett Dam. In 20 minutes you will arrive at Bartlett Lake Marina (13miles).
    c) Bartlett Lake From the East Valley Take 101 North to Pima/Princess Road (Exit 36). Go right (north) to Cave Creek Road. Turn right (east) on Cave Creek and travel 4 miles to Bartlett Dam Road. Turn right on Bartlett Dam and in 20 minutes you will arrive at Bartlett Lake Marina (13 miles).

Recent User Reports and Reviews

  1. HookedAZ
    "Lake elevation is 1,793 feet, feet, 93 % full"
    May 19, 2017
    Water temperature has been 67-70 degrees. Majority of bass are in post-spawn. The top-water bite had been poor last weekend, but with calm, warm weather this week, top-water action could pick up. Try fishing shallow early in the morning (2-5 feet) with crankbaits, spinnerbaits and chatterbaits and switching to dropshots and Texa rigs. Gary Senft, the Bass Pro at the Mesa Bass ProShops, said Texas-rigged baby brush hogs in watermelon red and watermelon gold, as well as morning dawn Roboworms, have been effective.

    Senft said the trick is to keep moving and cover a lot of water, fishing shoreline points, islands and REEF buoys.

    Don’t forget the Bartlett Lake Marina is now open. See www.bartlettlake.com or contact 480-221-0503 for more information.

    Note: The Arizona Catfish Conservation Association, a 501c3 non-profit club based in Arizona, is asking anyone who catches a tagged flathead or channel catfish at Lake Pleasant or Bartlett Lake to note the number of the tag, along with any other information such as weight, length or girth, GPS coordinates (if available) and then visit www.catfishaz.com.
  2. Reports
    "Lake elevation is 1,796 feet, feet, 98 % full."
    Mar 26, 2017
    Bartlett Lake is full and the water is clearing up. Bass fishing is good in 2-12 feet from the dam to the river using crankbaits, spinner baits (white or chartreuse) and baby brush hogs (watermelon red). Texas-rigs worms aren’t producing as much as the brush hogs. Bass are all phases of spawn.

    Visibility is about 1 foot deep.
  3. Jeff k
    "Lake elevation is 1,797 feet, feet, 99 % full."
    Mar 9, 2017
    Water temperatures on Wednesday, March 8 were 54 degrees and warming to 58 at midday. Bass fishing remains tough but will quickly pick up. On Wednesday morning, the lake was white-capping and the water is still dirty. Shad are spread out and had moved into 5-15 feet of water.

    Gary Senft, a Bass Pro at the Mesa Bass Pro Shops, fished from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. that day and said fishing was difficult but fish were nice-sized and in 3-10 feet of water. Best bets were brush hogs and Texas-rigged lizards.

    Look for bass to be following shad, and so the bass have not been in the same location from one day to another. In the morning, fish dropshots, Texas rigs, jigs, spinnerbaits or crankbaits. Once the sun comes up, fish in 20-30 feet of water over points, humps, reefs, etc.

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  1. HookedAZ
    High flows from Bartlett Lake likely this weekend
    Increased run-off from snow melt due to warmer weather, coupled with a storm forecast for this weekend, could result in releases between 5,000 and 10,000 cfs out of Bartlett Lake this weekend.
    Already, the Verde River watershed is at more than 184-percent precipitation for the year; Bartlett Lake is at 83-percent full.

    The flows would likely begin Sunday night, move through Granite Reef Dam and into the Lower Salt River early Monday morning. The flows in the lower Salt River could continue for several days depending on the amount of snow melt.

    With these likely releases, please be aware of your location and do not cross flooded roadways.

    At this time, the Roosevelt system has plenty of water storage capacity.azgfd
  2. HookedAZ
    Cool video from Gary Senft at Bartlett Lake show you how to use a J rig.

  3. HookedAZ
    The Yellow Cliffs boat launch is once again open at Bartlett Lake. As of Thursday there was 17 feet of water depth at the launch.
  4. ashley
    we were in the water, and were violently stalked by large amounts of fish. They would bite at us and showed no fear.
    They had blue tails and were kind of small.
    What were they!
    1. HookedAZ
      Speaking of bluegill, checkout these big guys a member sent over last week
      HookedAZ, Oct 25, 2016
    2. Troy 8
      You probably just ran into some bluegill. Their tales are actually a chartreuse green, but depending in the clarity of the water can look like another color. The will bite when the see leg hair or even stubble from just shaven legs. Guys especially get it bad because they love the long hair legs and biting ever little hair you have. They aren't predatory towards us. They just nibble on it. They won't attack, after all they aren't pirahanas.
      Troy 8, Oct 25, 2016
  5. charlie heavlin
    How are they biting on 3/24/14
  6. Leon Rumpell
    need to know when you plan on releasing horseshoe water to barlett and if ramp will open.
  7. debbie
    never been here before so be gentle...1)how cold is the water this time of year?2)where is the best place to self launch (4 wd) from the beach and camp shoreline? thanks
  8. Brad salley
    How is the fishing jus below bartlett dam on the verde river. Any catfish in there???
  9. Mike Hannan
    Hey where is a good place to fish Bartlett from shore if we are looking for largemouth?