Arizona Weekly Fishing Reports – 9/18/2008

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Hope you got a change to enjoy that huge harvest moon on Monday. It might not help nighttime (or even daytime) fish catching a lot, but it sure makes it delightful to be out there anyway.

This week we have a true harbinger that the long anticipated autumn is headed our way – the Urban Program Lakes are being stocked with catfish for the first time since late last spring (they will be stocked with trout starting in November).

For many, this is especially great news – you can go fishing close to home without burning up lots of expensive gasoline.

Don’t forget that although Tempe Town Lake is NOT part of the urban fishing program, it also offers some decent fishing opportunities this time of year for bass, sunfish and catfish. The first trout stocking for this popular water within site of ASU is typically the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. Mark your calendars now.

The first day of autumn is Sept. 22 – once past that date, the nights will be longer than the days. We typically have really good fishing for four to six weeks following the fall equinox. The great fall fishing often comes to a halt with the first cold winter storm, or it can be a gradual thing.

In the high country, the nights are routinely getting down to the low 50s and sometimes into the 40s. It won’t be long until the nighttime temperatures start dipping to freezing. What does that mean to you the angler? Simple – it’s trout time. It’s also elk bugling time.

It’s tough to go wrong, just grab your ultra lights and go.

The Mogollon Rim lakes and streams are all good bets. Woods Canyon, Willow Springs, Black Canyon and Bear Canyon have all been producing some pretty good action (Chevelon has been a little slow). In fact, anglers at Bear Canyon have had some nice solitary experiences and the bite has been pretty good.

By the way, had a really nice woman who called up wanting some tips on where to take her grandchildren trout fishing for a few days. I suggested the fun little trout streams below the Mogollon Rim near Payson, such as Christopher Creek and Tonto Creek, and possibly heading up to the Rim about a half-hour away for Woods Canyon Lake. She didn’t want to camp, but get a cabin on something. So another fun possibility is the Greer Valley.

Hey, send me your grandparent-friendly trout fishing trip tips to raikens [at] azgfd [dot] gov. Sounds like an article in the making.

The White Mountains are a dream this time of year with elk bugling and leaves getting ready to turn at the first sign of frost. The convenient Flagstaff area lakes are worth a visit. The Williams area lakes all have water and are very shore angler friendly.

It almost seems like a repeating litany, but Lake Pleasant is once again the hot spot for warmwater fishing. The topwater action for striped bass, white bass and largemouth bass is providing lots of quality action for anglers. Even when there aren’t boils actively at the surface, anglers are routinely using topwater lures to attract hungry bass. It doesn’t get much better than this.

We are also getting some decent reports from Bartlett, although watch out for floating debris. The action here seems to be improving almost daily, especially for catching lots and lots of small bass.

Just like in 2005, Bartlett and Horseshoe experienced tremendous runoff and nutrient loading last winter and spring. The spawns were fantastic and now there is a huge young-of-the-year cohort to catch. Use lighter tackle, like lightweight or ultra-light rods.

These young bass at Bartlett also make a great trainer ground for young or novice anglers. For us oldsters, it’s just sheer fun. I like a one-two punch of a topwater lure and a 3-inch curly tail on a jig. Small inline Mepps spinners can be a ball at times. If you have a fourth pole, rig up a split shot 4-inch lizard or a drop shot. Don’t forget your Tonto Pass – unfortunately, you can’t purchase those at the lake. Get one before you go or along the way. Visit the Tonto National Forest at http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/tonto/home.shtml for more information.

The reports from Saguaro are pretty good right now to go have fun catching lots of small largemouth bass and plenty of yellow bass and bluegill on KastMasters and worms. What a great place to take kids (or for those who want to feel young).

The fishing enigma right now is Roosevelt Lake, which is usually our top bass producer this time of year. Some anglers are doing well, but mostly we hear from anglers who are scratching their heads because they can’t catch a lot of bass. Who knows, maybe the heavy runoff two weeks ago (spring-like flows) down the Salt River confused the fish. Rising water can sometimes turn off the bite. Hopefully, by the time you read this, it will be fishing as usual there.

Rosey has lots of nutrients, vast areas of submerged brush and even trees, and the spawns for sport-fish and bait fish have been tremendous. If you figure it out (or the lake turns on), let us know.

But don’t ignore the huge flatheads at Rosey – it doesn’t sound like flathead anglers are having a tough time figuring out the bite pattern. Their toughest challenge is how to land the monsters.

For those in southern Arizona, I just learned that the concessionaire at Parker Canyon Lake is no longer in business. Probably not news to S.AZ anglers, but it was to me, so I thought I would share it with others.

There is also something else new. If you look in the Central Mountains section of the fishing report, we have broken the area up into Flagstaff, Williams, Verde Valley and Prescott areas to make it easier for you to locate where you want to fish. But also, we have added Watson Lake and Willow Creek Reservoir in the Prescott area at the behest of anglers. Yes, we do listen to your suggestions.

Now it’s time to go improve your frame of mind — go catch some lasting memories. Maybe I’ll see you out there.
CENTRAL ARIZONA LAKES
URBAN LAKES – On Thursday, Sept. 18, the Arizona Game and Fish stocked channel catfish at all 20 Urban Fishing Program waters in Phoenix and Tucson areas. All lakes recently passed water quality inspections and will be stocked at two week intervals. See our website for a schedule of fish stockings (http://www.azgfd.gov/).

Catfish will be stocked four times through early November.  We will stock sunfish at the end of October and trout stocking will resume in mid November.

The much anticipated Veterans Oasis Lake located on the northeast corner of Chandler Heights and Lindsay roads will receive their first batch of catfish this week ready for your fishing enjoyment.

Later this fall Game and Fish will stock the Veterans Oasis with young largemouth bass, bluegill and redear sunfish. It will take one or more years for the new lake ecosystem and bass/bluegill fishery to develop – so be patient and don’t expect big bass and sunfish just yet. The lake has good fish habitat with lake depths to 14 feet, plenty of spawning gravels and rock reefs, excellent aeration and circulation, and a good food base. 

You can catch catfish using worms, stink baits, shrimp or hot dogs fished on the bottom.  Mornings and evenings are the best times to catch Mr. Whiskers since they like to feed under dim or dark conditions.

Bluegill fishing is best along the shorelines in 4-8 feet of water with mealworms under a small bobber.  As lake temperatures fall below 78 degrees, expect better action for largemouth bass, especially in the early morning.   

Angler reports:
Where:Red Mountain Park
When:09/12/08
Caught:14-inch LM Bass
Technique:caught on first cast using Zoom Finesse worm (plum color) slowly fished on a finesse dart head on the bottom.
Comments:only fished for an hour. saw an abundant of small bass
Name:Martin Olsen
Where:Kiwanis Park
When:09/13/08
Caught:3 Catfish – all 2 lbs+ and 22″-24″.
Technique:Power Bait catfish nuggets with a bobber set at about 4 feet.
Where:Red Mountain Park
When:09/12/08
Caught:6.5-pound Black Bass
Technique:night fishing, using water dog
Comments:Weight 6.5 lbs… Took pictures, let some children see the fish, and revived it before I let it swim… Such fun…
Name:Robert E.  Konradt Sr.
 
Where:Gilbert Water Ranch
When:09/07/08
Caught:bluegill
Technique:Power Bait. Red worm looking style on smallest hook possible. Cast and slowly retrieve.
Comments:Thanks for sharing your bait. The guy who shared his bait probably caught 10+ fish in the hour we fished together. I did not fare so well. (ne)
Name:ray
Where:Red Mountain Park
When:09/11/08
Caught:2 8inch LM bass
Technique:small hand-tied, by yours truly, pink jig head.
Comments:Fished in mid day for about 2 hrs.; couldn’t stand the heat.
Name:Martin Olsen

Where:desert breeze
When:09/14/08
Caught:large mouth bass
Technique:Texas-rigged; try to throw your baits to the middle of lake. That’s where I caught two of them. The smaller bass was about 5-15ft form shore. Try diff color with a lot of sparkles.
Comments:Caught 3 bass 1 was smaller than my worm. Other 2 released themselves before I could reach my hand. They were about 1.5-2.5lbs.
Name:Angel Ulloa
Where: Red Mountain
When:08/30/08
Caught: a 11in bass
Technique: Banjo Minnow
Name: Austin

TEMPE TOWN LAKE – The recent reports indicate fishing has been slow, but like other lakes, it could have been impacted by the three storms blasting through the Valley.

Where:Tempe Town Lake
When:09/12/08
Caught:2 medium channel catfish
Technique:Corn and chicken livers.
Comments:We fished the lake from dusk to almost midnight. The bite was slow, although we did witness largemouth feeding on surface shad. I was very surprised we did not catch any carp.
Name:on Schumacher

Where:Tempe Town Lake
When:09/01/08
Caught:catfish (5lbs+)
Technique:Zebco 202 using night crawlers by the Mill Ave Bridge
Comments:Caught by Lauren 5 years old. Released to be caught again.
Name:kerry cooper
LAKE PLEASANT – Water elevation is 1,649 ft, which is 75-percent full. Water temperatures are going down and anglers are still happy with shad boils erupting in the northern coves, mid lake coves, and the Agua Fria River as well.  Even after a boil is gone, fishermen are blind casting topwater lures and getting attacks from stripers and largemouth bass.  An angler spotted some 4-5 inch stripers in the Agua Fria, the normal spawning area.  With the good rains we had, it should be a bumper crop.  There is an unlimited take for stripers in Lake Pleasant, so bring a friend and get a whole slew of them. They are tasty as long as you bleed them out first.  The largemouth bass fishermen will thank you.  Anglers are also having luck with Zara Spooks, Spinnerbaits and Bass Assassins.

Where:Lake Pleasant
When:09/06/08
Caught:8 stripers
Technique:anchovy
Comments:My son and I fished from kayaks 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. using anchovy and lights in 30 to 40 feet of water
Name:John W.

ROOSEVELT LAKE – Lake Elevation is 2,143 feet (90 percent full). Tonto Creek runoff is at 10 cfs while inflow from the Salt River is at 535 cfs.

This lake is a bit of an enigma right now. Anglers are wondering what is happening here, although some do well, others don’t. Some fishermen are doing well using topwater lures early in the mornings.  If there is no topwater action where you are, go deep or better yet hit the drop offs. Try fishing the Tonto or Salt ends of the lake where the water temperature is a little cooler.

I’ve seen a multitude of reports advocating fishing deep for largemouth bass with crankbaits, jerk baits and chatter baits and some say fish shallow in the brush using the drop-shots or flipping worms in deep brushy areas and overhanging vegetation. When you catch a bass, it doesn’t hurt to let it play a little so the swim bladder deflates while you slowly retrieve it. Some anglers have to fizz the fish even when they catch them in shallow water, probably came up from the depths to grab the lure. 

APACHE – Lake elevation is 1,907 feet (93-percent full).  Green sunfish are in the coves nibbling on toes, small lures such as KastMasters, Blue Fox spinners, and worms.  One fisherman reported catching 24 green sunfish with worms around the marina (I’m sure they weren’t all monsters, but sure fun for the kids). Shore fishermen are having luck catching largemouth bass, channel catfish and green sunfish using worms around the marina and main launch area.

Some other largemouth bass hot spots this time of year are coves near Horse Mesa Dam such as Alder creek and Burnt Rock Cove and also the Mazatzal Bay area. If you’re looking for yellow bass, try the outside points near Horse Mesa Dam and Indian Wash, or Sahuaro Point. The water is a still tad stained but fish are healthy and lively.

CANYON LAKE – Lake elevation is 1,657 ft, which is 95-percent full.

I caught a 10-inch channel catfish shore fishing around Laguna using the smelly catfish dough bait you can buy at any fishing store. That was during mid-day. Other fishermen are catching some nice largemouth bass near overhanging vegetation and structure. Yellow bass are hanging out at the points where the substrate drops off. Early morning is the best time to fish. 

I shore fished at Laguna using a 1/8-ounce Blue Fox spinner and caught several bluegill, a yellow bass and a couple largemouth bass. The largemouth bass and all but one bluegill were pretty small but very aggressive. The yellow bass was about 8 inches.  The bite was on until the sun hit the water.  Fishing was better in the early morning before the sun hit the water. Find shady areas and look for ledges near drop-offs if you have a boat. 

Some good largemouth bass and yellow bass areas this time of year are Mormon Flat and LaBarge Cove. 

Where:canyon lake
When:08/31/08
Caught:3 large mouth and 1 yellow bass
Technique:small Rat-L-Traps
Comments:They were hitting in about 15 feet of water. We had to add weight to our lures to get them down
Name:jay mott

SAGUARO – Lake elevation 1525 feet at 94-percent full. Saguaro is still doing well at the points and drop offs. Spinnerbaits, Senkos, drop shots, Texas-rigged worms, jigs, Hulla grubs, small cranks, KastMasters and Robo Worms are working for a variety of anglers in 10 to 30 feet of water pretty much all over the lake.

Some of the old timers are fishing Saguaro again. There are plenty of fish to go around; yellow bass are hitting KastMasters and small silvery spoons on the points and on ledges in about 8 to 11 feet of water. Largemouth bass are also active on the ledges and of course in overhanging vegetation and are hitting cranks, jerkbaits and Texas-rigged worms. There are still a lot of small bass, but anglers that have been fishing this lake for a while are saying the bass are getting bigger. 

Where:Saguaro Lake
When:09/05/08
Caught:Largemouth Bass
Technique:Top water and Drop Shot
Comments:Bass are gaining some size over recent months. Most caught in the 1 1/2 lb range with one at 3 lbs.
Name:Brandon
Where:Saguaro Lake
When:09/12/08
Caught:15+ LM bass, 25+ bluegills and yellow bass, 2 average cats
Technique:silver KastMasters and Rapala lipless crank fished in coves for the bass and bluegills. Shrimp fished in coves at night for the two cats
Comments:My dad and I go to Saguaro every Friday and the LM action is outrageous. We were getting fish on every cast. The fish were small but we had a blast and they all are healthy.
Name:Martin Olsen
Where:Saguaro
When:09/01/08
Caught:Largemouth bass
Technique:Drop shot Texas rig robo worms
Comments:Caught 100 – 120 fish; it was the best I’ve seen Saguaro since 2001. It’s back baby; some of the fish we caught where in the 2- to 3-pound range. The month before I caught one that was 3 pounds, 11 ounces but this fishing was fantastic!!!!! Went back the following Thursday and pulled another 60 out, a lot of these fish where 12-15 inches but it was a blast to see this action again on a lake that I loved and once love again.
Name:Ronald L. Smith
 
Where:Saguaro
When:08/27/08
Caught:Largemouth bass and catfish
Technique:Rapala Shad Rap and perch colored Rapala
Comments:Water clarity is improving dramatically. Plenty of baitfish in the lake.
Name:Charles Greco

Where:Saguaro
When:08/23/08
Caught:Largemouth Bass
Technique:Drop shot 1, Jig 1, Yum Dinger 1 Also fished big cranks, topwater, spoons, and small hard baits in water from 1-30 feet
Comments:Not a good night. Fished from midnight until 7 a.m. 2 fish about 1 lb and a dink at sunrise.
Name:Mark
Where:Saguaro
When:09/10/08
Caught:3 Catfish all around 24 inches. 6 Largemouth bass. 13 sunfish. 7 yellow bass.
Technique:KastMasters, inline spinnerbaits and crankbaits.
Comments:The sunfish are chasing crankbaits and the bass and catfish are chasing the small spinnerbaits. Caught some big sunfish on crankbaits, never seen gills chase crankbaits like that before.
Where:Saguaro
When:08/22/08
Caught:Large mouth and catfish
Technique:Rapala Shad Rap. Silver
Comments:The water is begging to clear up and fishing has improved. Fish are still relatively small but abundant.
Name:Charles Greco

Where:Saguaro Lake
When:08/19/08
Caught:23 largemouth bass and 1 catfish
Technique:Slowly jigging power worms pegged on a darterhead in the shallows (3-15ft)
Comments:The bass were very aggressive on this night. I boated 23 largemouth the largest/many of which were 1 and half pounds. All bass looked very healthy yet I am still wondering where all the lunkers went from this lake. Hopefully they all didn’t die off in the golden algae. Black light and at night, fished from approx 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. I’ve been out few times in last month to Saguaro and seem to catch yet are a lot of lil guys (stockers most likely). Can’t wait a few years till they all gain some poundage.
Name:Kevin Hunter

BARTLETT LAKE – Lake elevation is 1,797 feet, which is 99-percent full.

The fish seem to be 25 to 30 feet deep; at least the bigger fish are there. Smaller fish are getting caught in the 3- to 20-foot range. Fish are being found a little deeper in the day and on the flats at night. 

Don’t forget Bartlett is a very good catfish lake; shore and boat fishermen both do very well.  Use chicken liver, worms or any kind of leftovers you might have that will stay on your hook. Channel catfish are taking jigs and spinnerbaits as well.  For flatheads try some live bait in the upper end of the lake by ship rock at night.  They like the full moon.

Try fishing under the no wake line by the Jojoba boat ramp in 5-8 feet of water.  Look for the submerged yellow pipe, the bass like to hang out there.  Last year at this time the fish were being caught in the west end of the lake in the mornings and on the east end of the lake in the evenings. 

For crappie, fish near the orange fish habitat buoys, but don’t fish right over them.  You need to be 15 – 30 feet away from them and cast jigs towards the buoys.

Bass fishing has been decent, but a majority of the bass being caught are small around 8 inches. Anglers are saying they are all over the place on the lake but points and ledges near drop offs are good places to start. Anglers are catching them from 2 to 20 feet deep. Use your fish finder to see if anyone is home.

A variety of lures are working including swim baits, crankbaits, and Senkos.  The drop shot method is effective as well. There are small shad erupting in boils all over the lake and even the sunfish are getting in on the action. This is a good time to take the kids for some bluegill and green sunfish fishing. These fish can be found in he coves and are very aggressive. Look for shady areas. People are even jigging up catfish.  Don’t forget regular worms fished under a bobber will temp pretty much any fish.

Don’t give up on trolling for the crappie.  A sound piece of advice from an expert crappie fisherman is you need to troll jigs or John Deere grubs at depths around 15-20 feet deep.  When trolling for crappie use your GPS and make sure you troll at two miles an hour near drop offs or structure.
Where:Bartlett Lake, flats
When:09/03/08
Caught:Largemouth
Technique:Rapala, black w/white belly floater, saw lots of nice bass moving fast along the shore chasing shad. I worked the bait kind of fast with quick jerks.
Comments:2 1/2-3 lb fish, real aggressive. Water clarity was good, nice size bass moving in small packs patrolling the shore.
Name:L. Lawrence

Where:Bartlett Lake
When:09/08/08
Caught:30-pound flathead catfish
Technique:Night crawler on the bottom at 9 a.m.
Comments:hank n scott hopple wesley williams
Name:hank s hopple
 
Where:Bartlett (rattle snake & near the flats)
When:09/05/08
Caught:Nothing
Technique:Drop shot, Crankbaits, and Carolina rigged Brush Hogs.
Comments:The water is high, fully of debris, and cloudy in the coves. The channel seemed to be clear… If you’re looking to do some camping, make sure you’re out there before the crowd rolls in. There were a lot of people camping anywhere they could pitch a tent or park an RV. Even though I did not manage to catch any fish it was a gorgeous evening!
Name:Dave Nielson
 
Where:Bartlett
When:08/23/08
Caught:Flatheads & Bluegills
Technique:Worms, Chicken Livers, Live Bluegills,
Comments:Water level is extremely high, camping on the Flats is nearly impossible. The kids had a riot catching Bluegills that we used for bait later. Caught 2 of the smallest Flatheads I’ve ever seen in my life; 1 – 3″ and 1 – 4″. Tried corn for Carp and got skunked (1st time in a long time getting skunked for Carp). Campers beware until the lake comes down into the 80-percent full range. Camping just too hard right now.
Name:Mike & Family

HORSESHOE LAKE – Lake elevation is at 1,954 feet, no pool. This is barely more than a wide spot in the river. With recent runoff, it is probably turbid and full of debris. They are releasing water at 250 cfs.

VERDE RIVER – Verde River flow at Tangle is 162 cubic feet per second.  Release from Bartlett Lake is 100 cfs.

Where:Verde River, below Bartlett
When:08/31/08
Caught:1 smallmouth, 4 largemouth, 1 Roundtail (I think)
Technique:Rapala black and sliver, floater, and a white spinner. Caught 2 largemouth right away; 1 came off right at the shore decent size 12-13 in. Then I caught 1 roundtail chub, at least I think that’s what it was, I thought it was a trout at first, then when I got it in it looked like some kind of sucker. I’m not sure, it was decent size again around 12-13, it had a fat belly and put up a decent fight. After a while I switched to a spinner and on the 3-4 cast I hooked up a really decent smallmouth it was at least 2 lbs with a really fat belly. When I go it in I noticed some kind of sores all over the back half of the fish, it freaked me out a little, and I didn’t even want to touch it. I ended up hooking 2 smaller largemouth on the spinner and called it a day after about 2 1/2 hrs.
Comments:Later afternoon, weather was sunny 90-95, light breeze.
Name:L. Lawrence

SALT RIVER – Salt River into Roosevelt is 535 cfs, and Salt River Canyon is 438 cfs.  They are releasing 1,100 cfs out of Stewart Mountain dam from Saguaro. 

LOWER SALT RIVER (below Saguaro Lake) – Trout stockings are not scheduled again until November, but you can still catch bass, catfish, carp and sunfish. Worms are a good all around bait and jigs will work for the sunfish and bass.  Corn will entice the carp.  You can catch roundtail chub (a delectable native fish) in the deep water around Coon Bluff, Phon D. Sutton and Granite Reef areas. They will hang out in the pools. You can catch them with trout lures, KastMasters, Mepps or worms. Make sure you have your Tonto Pass which can be purchased from a variety of convenience stores and sporting goods stores. 

CREEKS – Anglers are still having luck with the terrestrials, especially the hoppers.  I’ve heard reports that dry fly action is picking up.  If the creeks you are fishing are clear use hoppers with nymph or cadis larva or pupa droppers.  If the stream is muddy, use simi-seal leeches; big streamers are the way to go if it’s fast water.
Haigler Creek – Dry flies, cicada patterns, ant patterns and hoppers are doing well for fly fishermen right now. 

Where:Haigler Creek
When:08/24/08
Caught:Rainbow Trout
Technique:White Rooster Tail
Comments:Caught 3 nice size trout in about 10 minutes. I wanted to fish a longer but it started to rain pretty hard.
Name:Gary Fraser

Canyon Creek – Stocked this week with 202 rainbow trout. Hoppers with nymph droppers are working well, but get here early to beat the crowds – the word is out.

Tonto Creek – Anglers report good fishing using hoppers with nymph droppers. 

Christopher Creek – No recent reports, but try live night crawlers on light line.

East Verde – Some big trout have been caught in deep pools recently.
Workman Creek – Terrestrials are the ticket – especially hoppers.

HORSETHEIF BASIN LAKE — We visited Horsethief Basin Lake and it’s absolutely beautiful there.  It looks like the Lane 2 fire did have an effect on the redear sunfish that was in the lake.  Normally they are hard to miss along the shore, but we didn’t see any.  We did see some small largemouth bass and a couple anglers said they were catching small bass using worms.  There was a good midge hatch so fly fishermen should do pretty well. 

COLORADO RIVER NORTHWEST
LAKE POWELL – Report Courtesy Wayne Gustaveson, Utah Division of Wildlife. September 10, 2008  Lake elevation: 3,628  Water temp: 77-80 F.

The theme for this report is “good fishing.” That takes on different connotations in Lake Powell when compared with most other fisheries. Anglers at Powell usually catch large numbers of fish while those fishing other waters are content with fewer fish. Both fishing experiences are fun but expectations are different.

The immense size of the lake provides space for innumerable predator fish that are often forage limited. Hungry fish are easy to catch. Infrequently the lake balance swings away from being predator heavy and forage fish are more abundant. Flourishing forage is normal in most waters but when that happens at Powell, an adjustment in fishing attitude is required.

Stripers drive the Lake Powell fishery. They eat early and often, which makes them easy to find while they are roaming and searching for food. This year feeding is easy in the northern lake. Stripers are fat. Meals are provided in a short order without great effort. Roaming and searching for food is limited.
To be successful in these conditions feeding habits must be understood and exploited. Stripers feed for the first and last two hours of daylight. They are nocturnal and will feed in dark periods as well. The prized surface feeding events (boils) occur consistently during the dawn and dusk period and randomly during the day. Wind blows away the boil and stripers just feed at depth instead of the surface. The strategy is to be in position to find a boil when the sun comes up.
Recently the southern lake is “better” for boils. There are less shad, making stripers search harder and boil more often. Cruise the lake from Wahweap to Rainbow for a chance to see a morning boil. The mouth of the San Juan may be the most consistent boil spot now but the channel from San Juan to Bullfrog is also productive.
The northern portions of the lake (Hite and San Juan) are still forage-heavy with less surface action. Fishing is great for bass along the rocky shore and in the brushy coves. If fishing the northern lake, target bass and take advantage of a striper school when they pop to the top or cross the screen of the graph. The best technique is the jigging spoon placed immediately in the fast moving school. Catch them quick because they move on in a short time.

What has been described here is Lake Powell fishing success being much like most other fisheries. It should be enjoyed knowing that fish are having an easy time right now. But these conditions will not last long. Shad will be consumed in huge numbers. The shad spawn next spring will be small due to the high numbers of shad competing with each other for food. The end result will be a normal Lake Powell high success year in 2009 with big fish being common. That will be a peak year to be remembered. Plan now to fish the lake in 2009.

For this week we have to be satisfied with only catching 10-30 fish per day, unless bass fishing and then the numbers go up. I know this is “slow” fishing by Lake Powell standards, but today’s sacrifice will lead to a brighter tomorrow.
LEES FERRY – From Lees Ferry Anglers, by: Ted Welling  
Today’s Fly Fishing: We heard from a few anglers today and the reports were positive. The fish are settling into these new flows and are happy and healthy. There are a lot of hatches as soon as the sun hits the water. I don’t remember seeing so many plumes of midge hatches. I went up to the dam late yesterday afternoon. Not to fish, but to show a friend the channel. On the way back to the dock we both were laughing at one another about all the midges we were eating. It was unbelievable the swarms of midges we were seeing and the amount of midges that were in our hair and eyelashes, eyebrows and ears and yes up the nose too. It’s a good thing that they don’t taste too bad. That being said, I would recommend a good pair of polarized glasses and a bandanna for your face, the two things I forgot to bring along yesterday. I will cut this short and say one last thing, the fishing is really picking up with these flows and the hatches are as thick as peanut butter, you turn off the engine and you can hear them buzzing all around your head. Fishing is bound to stay this way for a while or at least as long as this beautiful weather lasts. Tight lines    T
Walk in: A new report received from this section today. San Juans, and orange scuds are the ticket. The fish are holding just off the banks. A 2′ to 5′ dropper is very effective.
Spin Fishing: Glo bugs bounced on bottom and jigs were the effective today. Stop by and check out the rig for bottom bouncing; it’s a kick. 

LAKE MEAD – Lake Mead water levels have held steady, the elevation is currently at around 1,105 feet above msl. Nighttime striper fishing has been really good again.  Anglers using artificial lights were catching as many 13- to 18-inch stripers as they wanted to clean.  Catfishing under lights was also very productive using anchovies.  Artificial lights won’t be as effective this week with the full moon. 

Launching conditions at South Cove have remained nearly the same for the last two months.  The new concrete ramp the National Park Service just completed is one lane with buoys marking the edges. Use caution not to go off the sides of the metal extensions at either side. National Park Service is working to keep the ramp open. 

Important notice: With the recent discovery of invasive quagga mussels in Mead, Mohave and Havasu, proper cleaning of all watercraft is critical to help prevent the spread of these invaders.  Please drain and dry your livewell and bilge on land. Drain all the water you can from your engine. Also, inspect your vessel and trailer, removing any visible mussels, but also feel for any rough or gritty spots on the hull. These may be young mussels that can be hard to see.

For more information, go to the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s web pages at azgfd.gov or visit http://100thmeridian.org/.

LAKE MOHAVE -The fishing for small stripers has been pretty good.  Try using cut anchovies at night.  The lake level has remained pretty steady and is running at 641 feet above msl. The stripers seen in the fall were fat and full of shad, with schools of shad being chased by striped bass.  No sign of shad this year so far.  If you can find schools of shad, try trolling a small crankbait. 

Biologists from both Arizona Game and Fish Department and Nevada Division of Wildlife have continued to install fish habitat in both Carp Cove and Box Cove.  The largemouth,  bluegill and catfish are really utilizing the new structures.  Additional habitat will be added at several locations over the next two years.  These structures are fish magnets.

There is a wheelchair accessible fishing pier just south of the main launch ramp at Katherine’s Landing. If you fish Mohave and are having luck, please e-mail me at mchmiel [at] azgfd [dot] gov so I can share your successes with others.

Important notice: With the recent discovery of invasive quagga mussels in Mead, Mohave and Havasu, proper cleaning of all watercraft is critical to help prevent the spread of these invaders. Please drain and dry your livewell and bilge on land. Drain all the water you can from your engine. Also, inspect your vessel and trailer, removing any visible mussels, but also feel for any rough or gritty spots on the hull. These may be young mussels that can be hard to see.

For more information, go to the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s web pages at www.azgfd.gov  or visit http://100thmeridian.org/.

WILLOW BEACH – Trout are stocked every Friday.  Fishing was a bit spotty for those fishing from the shoreline with about half the anglers having success.    Most of the success has been coming from or around the new pier. Try using green Power Worms, or salmon eggs.  Anglers report the fishing being best before 7:30 a.m.    The striper fishing has been picking up.  Reports of stipers 5-plus-pounds are common.

Important notice: With the recent discovery of invasive quagga mussels in Mead, Mohave and Havasu, proper cleaning of all watercraft is critical to help prevent the spread of these invaders. Please drain and dry your livewell and bilge on land. Drain all the water you can from your engine. Also, inspect your vessel and trailer, removing any visible mussels, but also feel for any rough or gritty spots on the hull. These may be young mussels that can be hard to see. If you fish Willow beach and are having luck, please e-mail me at mchmiel [at] azgfd [dot] gov so I can share your successes with others.
For more information, go to the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s web pages at www.azgfd.gov  or visit http://100thmeridian.org/.

TOPOCK MARSH – Water level is up, but still be careful while launching.  The fishing has been pretty slow.  A few bass are being caught, but overall slow. 

Game and Fish biologists surveyed the Marsh starting on the week of Jan. 15.  The largemouth bass population was observed to be very healthy, as well as channel catfish.  Crappie were also present, but in smaller numbers.

You can access the marsh by boat at North Dike, Catfish Paradise, and Five-Mile Landing. All three also provide plenty of area for shoreline fishing too. For more information on the marsh, contact the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge at (760) 326-3853 or go to http://www.fws.gov/southwest/refuges/arizona/havasu/index.html.

Important notice: With the recent discovery of invasive quagga mussels in Mead, Mohave and Havasu, proper cleaning of all watercraft is critical to help prevent the spread of these invaders. Please drain and dry your livewell and bilge on land. Drain all the water you can from your engine. Also, inspect your vessel and trailer, removing any visible mussels, but also feel for any rough or gritty spots on the hull. These may be young mussels that can be hard to see.

For more information, go to the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s web pages at www.azgfd.gov  or visit http://100thmeridian.org/.

COLORADO RIVER BELOW DAVIS DAM -The striper bite has picked up a little.  One angler reported catching a 40-inch striper.  Trout were last stocked on March 24-25.  Trout stocking will resume around the end of October.
 
Water levels on the river fluctuate, so be careful. You can check the Bureau of Reclamation Web site for flow predictions http://www.usbr.gov/lc/riverops.html before you go. If you fish the river below Davis Dam and are having luck, please e-mail me at mchmiel [at] azgfd [dot] gov so I can share your successes with others.

Important notice: With the recent discovery of invasive quagga mussels in Mead, Mohave and Havasu, proper cleaning of all watercraft is critical to help prevent the spread of these invaders. Please drain and dry your livewell and bilge on land. Drain all the water you can from your engine. Also, inspect your vessel and trailer, removing any visible mussels, but also feel for any rough or gritty spots on the hull. These may be young mussels that can be hard to see.

For more information, go to the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Web pages at www.azgfd.gov  or visit http://100thmeridian.org/.

 

SOUTHWESTERN ARIZONA
 
ALAMO LAKE – Well folks, It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve written, but in reality you really have not missed much.  I kinda feel like a ping-pong ball with as many trips as I’ve  made to California picking up and delivering  grandkids. The morning bass bite is hit-and-miss. A friend of mine, Denny, from Prescott, stated that he caught fish on topwater throwing a chartreuse buzz bait, and then really did good throwing white colored crankbaits.  I’ve also had people report that they did fair throwing white spinnerbaits right up in the brush. With that in mind, and Denny swearing by a white crankbait, I decided to do an experiment.  Training wheels vs plastics.

Day one: I launched at the main ramp, never even fired up the ol Black Max, used the trolling motor and fished all the way to Cholla Ramp. Armed with a white and black Shad Rap on pole one, and a 4-inch watermelon Texas-rigged lizard on another, I was set. I worked every point and cove between both ramps.  I kept it fair and made a point to make 10 casts with each pole, at each piece of structure I fished.  The night ended with a tie: Caught 14 fish total, seven on each bait. All fish were caught off of points in case you want to make a big note of this.

The next evening I went out to settle the tie breaker. This time I focused on the north side of the lake and fished between the buoys lines. Once again to keep it fair; 10 casts per spot per pole.  I spent seven of the 10 casts hung up in the brush.  Retrieving lures out of brush cuts into valuable fishing time. I was pretty honked off the last time the bait got stuck and broke it off in about 20 feet of water.  I did manage to catch two fish with it before loosing it. Anyway I stuck with the lizard for the rest of the night and ended the night with 22 bass. All caught off of points in case you want to make a note of this.
In my opinion, if you really want frustration, aggravation, and spend a lot of time  stuck in the brush instead of fishing, then knock your selves out with training wheels.  If you want to catch fish, then learn to throw plastics.

My grandkids Anthony (14) and Kaitlyn (12) came out and stayed with us for a week. I took each one out fishing every night. I armed them with a spinning reel, 6- pound test, and showed each of them once how to  tie and rig plastics.  They mentioned something about all the neat looking lures in the tackle box and I told them they needed to learn to fish with plastics then we would play with training wheels. Although Kaitlyn caught 10 bass, I think she had a better time diving off the back of the boat and swimming.

Anthony reminds me a lot of me and was born to fish.  At age two he could cast an open-faced reel better than some people I’ve fished with for years. This was  the first time I’ve been able to take him fishing since he was about 5 years old. After he tied on his bait I gave him crash course of toss out, let the bait sink to the bottom, lift pole, let bait settle, and if feels weird then set the hook. Second cast he boated his first bass.  Come to think about it I think he caught first fish every night out. Anyway, he caught over 20 bass in three days – all on plastics.

On his last night out I opened up the tackle box and told him to pick out one of those fancy looking lures. He just smiled at me and said he would rather stick to throwing plastics.  That’s my boy! I was very proud of both of them.

I’ve been getting mixed reports on crappie fishing. One thing I know for sure is up by the dam is a bust. The few people that have been catching any crappie have been working coves on the north side of the lake up past the buoy lines. The best report I heard this week was 24 in a night.  The bite started around 9 at night and lasted for about an hour then turned back on about 2 a.m. till dawn.

Cat fishing is fair. They have been catching some Nice sized cats from the shoreline around the main ramp area so you gotta’ figure it’s good all over the lake. The lake level is at 1,119 with releases of 50 cfs. We’re still shooting for opening the new store at the first of the year but in the meantime we still have bait, ice, wood, and fishing licenses at the ranger station. Office hours are 8 to 5 daily.  We’re still getting afternoon winds starting every day around noon. The biting flies are out in force, so bug spray is still a way of life out here. That’s all I got. 

LAKE HAVASU/TOPOCK GORGE – The following report is courtesy Georgia with Capt. Doyle’s River Excursions/Fun Fishing Guide Service: Limits of stripers are doable in the Topock Gorge, but anglers must keep on the move. Average sizes remain in the 1- to 2-pound range, but a few up to 5-pounds have also been taken. Deep holes have produced a few fatties. Two were lost at the boat. However, one, a 20 +- pounder caught by Golden Shores local Kenny Rasmussin, made it all the way in. Daytime stands for catfish are proving to be as fruitful as nighttime. Cats from 3- to 13.5-pounds have been caught on the ever-present anchovy. At
Topock Marsh, 13- to 16-inch largemouth bass are hitting night crawlers. No numbers have been reported but with the sweltering heat, anglers are only casting their lines in the cool of the morning. The catfish bite is energetic. Golden Shores resident Kaylee Woodruff and her father Terry caught several up to 3.5-pounds. Greg Blanchard, also of Golden Shores, picked up a 15-pounder at South Dyke on cut bait.
 
Lake Havasu Fishing Report provided by John Galbraith, Anglers Pro Shop, Lake Havasu City: Lake Level 448.43. Average day time water temp 86-92 degrees. Striper bite good for limits of small to medium sized fish using cut mackerel, squid or anchovies in 30 to 55 feet of water. Use plenty of chum as schools of stripers are broken up due to the reduced numbers of shad this year.  Early morning trolling or casting lures such as chrome/blue Rat-L-Traps, pointers and chug bugs are all good for a few quality fish over 4 pounds.
 
Smallmouth bass excellent using ¼- to 3/8-ounce brown jigs, hula grubs and Zoom speed vibe craws fished around rocky points in the main basin south to Standard Wash.
Largemouth bass fishing is good using Senkos and Gitzits thrown along cattail rows and weed lines.  Try topwater frogs like the Bully Wa and Swamp Donkey during the peak sunrise and sunset activity for a chance at a “big bass”.
 
Sandpoint Fish Report by Karen Coats (Sandpoint Bait and Tackle Shop Supervisor)
8/21 Eli Duval of Huntington, CA got six bluegills about one half pound and up to about one pound and a smallmouth bass at about one and a half pound using night crawlers in the marina. Cory Kwole of Huntington Beach, CA got a 3.5-pound striper using anchovies at South Beach
8/22 Eli Duval of Huntington beach, CA got a half-pound bluegill
8/23 Eli Duval of Huntington Beach, CA got 28 bluegills around the half pound mark and a smallmouth bass about one and a half pound using night crawlers at B and C docks. This week Eli Duval of Huntington Beach, CA did all the fishing.
OUTLOOK:

Alamo Lake: The lake elevation continues to be good. Alamo Lake has had a couple years of good reproduction, and the fishing should be excellent for largemouth bass and crappie. There are a fair number of bass over the protected slot, and a couple of strong year classes of smaller bass that have grown into, or are just about to enter the slot.  We believe that the bass population would benefit from a higher harvest of the smaller bass.  Fishing for channel catfish is expected to excellent this year. Our netting surveys indicate there are incredible numbers of smaller catfish in the upper portion of the lake. Given the ideal water levels all of the boat ramps will be useable this summer.

The store at the lake has not yet opened, so you need to bring everything with you. If you run short of supplies, you might be able to pick it up at the Wayside Inn in Wayside, or in Wenden. The certified scale that was located at the store is now located at the Alamo State Park office. The Park office also carries live bait.

Lake Havasu & Topock Gorge:  Fishing for largemouth bass, as well as smallmouth bass, is expected to be good to excellent. The size will range from 13 inches and up, with an occasional fish greater than 4 pounds. A 12-pounder was landed this spring. Striped bass will continue to be excellent for small fish (12-18 inches), with occasional fish over 8 pounds. Fishing for channel catfish, as well as bluegill and large redear sunfish, will be fair to good. If your interest is flathead catfish, fishing should be fair at the lower end of the lake (the Bill Williams River arm) late in June, and on through the summer. Flathead catfish in Lake Havasu have been caught as large as 40 pounds, although they can potentially become much larger.

Colorado River (Parker Strip Area, between Parker Dam and Headgate Rock):
Fishing is expected to be good to excellent for smallmouth bass, with fish over two pounds in size common. The best smallmouth bass fishing can be found in the upper half of the Parker Strip, while largemouth bass are more numerous in the lower half, in very respectable numbers. In addition, redear sunfish should also be good to excellent in the pound-plus sizes. Our surveys last fall turned up good numbers of redear sunfish in the two-pound range. That is dinner-plate sized, folks! Channel and flathead catfish are always fair to good in this section of the Colorado River.

Colorado River (between Palo Verde Diversion Dam and Walter’s Camp):
This area should be fair for both smallmouth bass (in the channel) up river from the I-10 Bridge and largemouth bass (in the backwaters) throughout the entire area. Channel and flathead catfish are always fair to good in this section of the Colorado River. Most of the flathead catfish will be smaller ones, in the 2 to 5 pound size range, with an occasional fish over 20 pounds. Our annual surveys in the spring each year generally turn up a couple of fish in the 40 to 50 pound range, so trophy flatheads are always a possibility. Look for large deep pools formed at eddies for the larger fish. The best time for fishing for both species of catfish will be all summer and on into the fall months. Generally, the hotter the weather is, the better the cat-fishing.  Nighttime is the best time to go after both species of catfish.

Colorado River (between Walter’s Camp and Picacho State Park):
This section of the Colorado River is relatively remote, and can only be accessed by boat from either end. Fishing is expected to be good to excellent for flathead catfish with sizes reaching over 40 pounds. The best time will be summer and on into the fall months. The hotter the temperature the better the fishing is. The various backwaters will be good for largemouth bass and other sunfish (bluegill & redear). Other species available in the main river are smallmouth bass, channel catfish, and striped bass.

Colorado River (between Picacho State Park and Imperial Dam):
This area is expected to be good to excellent for largemouth bass, channel catfish, and flathead catfish. Bass and channel catfish in excess of 5 pounds are relatively numerous, along with flathead catfish as large as 40 pounds. Our survey this spring turned up an 89-pound monster that should still be lurking in the waters where it was found.
Bluegills are also present in the various backwaters. Occasional striped bass will be caught in the main river channel, especially near Imperial Dam. Fishermen did quite well on small stripers this spring between Martinez Lake and Imperial Dam.

Colorado River (between Laguna and Morelos dams):
This area will be good for largemouth bass and flathead catfish. Accessing the water can be a problem, as river flows are much lower than historically, and launching a boat can be a challenge. Accessibility to the river is dependent on the amount of water being released upstream.

A small shallow-draft boat or float tube should get you into some good fishing. Bass in excess of 5 pounds are common, and larger ones definitely exist. Flathead catfish over 20 pounds are also a good bet in the deeper pools. The lower end has had some dredging work done, and larger boats may be able to get on the river in that area.
Because of the increase in border issues and illegal activity on the lower end of this stretch of the river, we recommend using extreme caution while fishing the area from Pilot Knob to Morelos Dam.

If I were to pick a hot fishing area for summer in the Yuma region, I  would have to go with the Colorado River below the Palo Verde Diversion Dam (near Blythe), all the way down to Imperial Dam (near Yuma) for flathead catfish. There is an incredible amount of flathead catfish biomass in the river. In seven days of survey this spring, we handled (and released) a total of 2500 pounds of flathead catfish.  Another good bet would be Alamo Lake. It should be good to excellent for largemouth bass, crappie, and channel catfish, with the bluegill fishery also picking up.

If you need any additional information or additional areas covered don’t hesitate to contact the Yuma Regional office, at (928) 342-0091, and we will be happy to accommodate you.
CENTRAL MOUNTAINS
Note:  Northern Pike have been illegally stocked in Francis Short.  If you catch a Northern Pike at Francis Short Pond please REMOVE IT FROM THE POND.  

WILLIAMS AREA LAKES:  
CATARACT LAKE – Campground is open.  Some larger catfish are being caught on worms and Power Bait. Fly-fishing for crappie was excellent. Stocked with catfish.   

CITY RESERVOIR -Road is open. Lake is full. Stocked with catfish. 

DOGTOWN LAKE – Stocked with 3,600 rainbow trout last week. Campground area is open. Lots of folks are catching crayfish. Some browns are being caught on lures.

JD DAM – Road is open. 

KAIBAB LAKE – Scheduled to be stocked this week, so fishing should be good. Campground area is open.  Try Pistol Petes for crappie and worms for catfish and trout.   Some larger catfish are being caught on worms and Power Bait. 

RUSSEL TANK – Has been stocked

SANTA FE – Lake is full.  Anglers are catching trout and yellow perch.  Stocked with catfish     
WHITEHORSE LAKE – Stocked with 4,500 rainbow trout this week. No report from anglers.  Campground area is open. 

FLAGSTAFF AREA LAKES:
LOWER LAKE MARY – Almost no water.

UPPER LAKE MARY – The lake is full.  Some kike are being caught on anchovies.  This is a good time of year to go after light-sensitive walleye at dusk or right at sunrise.

ASHURST LAKE – The lake is full, the road is open. Stocked two weeks ago with 3,600 rainbow trout. Some trout anglers have been catching huge walleye.

FRANCIS SHORT POND – A fish kill has occurred caused by a die-off of an algal bloom which reduced oxygen levels in the water. Some fish survived the kill, but fishing will be tough until the lake gets stocked after water quality improves.
 
KINNIKINICK LAKE – Stocked last week with 3,600 rainbow trout. Some large brown trout and one large Rainbow were stocked in the lake. 

MARSHALL LAKE – Road Open. 

LONG LAKE COMPLEX (includes Soldiers and Soldiers Annex) –  Water level is good.  Long Lake has been stocked. 

STONEMAN LAKE – NO FISH.
 

VERDE VALLEY WATERS
DEAD HORSE STATE PARK – Fishing in general has been fair.  Try using small plastic jigs, plastic worms, or small spinnerbaits near deeper cover for bass.  Catfish were last stocked June 9th.  The catfish bite has been fair in the evening.   Some angler’s are having limited success in the day.  Catfish are scheduled to be stocked the week of Sept. 15.
Bluegills are very abundant, but most are small.  This is a great opportunity to teach kids how to fish.  Try using a No. 12 hook with a small piece of worm under a bobber and you should have success.  While the crappie numbers are up a little, most are small.  Look for the crappie fishing to be good late this year or next year. 

VERDE RIVER (throughout Verde Valley) -Channel catfish action has been fair in the Verde Valley. Most success on catfish is by using night crawlers and chicken liver after dusk.  Look for the bass to be biting early morning and in the evening.

PRESCOTT AREA LAKES

FAIN LAKE – Trout are scheduled to be stocked this week, the week of Sept. 15.  Look for the fishing to really pick up. Catfish and sunfish were stocked the week of June 23.  Try using night crawlers for the catfish. The sunfish will bite on meal worms or small worms.  Panther Martins are working well for the sunfish.  For trout try using spinners or bright colored Power Bait.  Fain lake was stocked with brook trout on Feb. 25. 

GOLDWATER LAKE – Catfish are scheduled to be stocked the week of Sept. 15. Trout were stocked the week of Sept. 8.  You may want to try using KastMasters.  If that does not work, try worms or Power Bait.  Early in the morning and in the evening the bite may be better. Some days the fishing seems to be better than other days as well.

Game and Fish biologists weighed a 22-pound channel catfish that was caught at Goldwater in March.  On July 11, a 26-pound catfish was caught on a hotdog and an 11-pound catfish was caught since then.  While the number of catfish is low, the quality is exceptional.  Bluegills were stocked Feb 25. 

Game and Fish Biologists surveyed Goldwater during the middle of May 2007 and found the trout and sunfish plentiful. While the number of catfish and bass was low, the quality was exceptional. One 16-pound catfish was sampled and released. The bass averaged about 3.5 pounds. If you fish Goldwater and are having luck, please e-mail me at mchmiel [at] azgfd [dot] gov so I can share your successes with others.

Granite Basin – Bluegill and bass are plentiful in this lake.  The aquatic vegetation has not been bad this year making fishing this lake easier than normal. Try floating a worm on a bobber to catch the bluegills.  This may result in some bass being caught as well.  If you fish Granite Basin and are having luck, please e-mail me at mchmiel [at] azgfd [dot] gov so I can share your successes with others.
LYNX LAKE – Trout were last stocked the week of Sept. 1.  The trout fishing picked up a little following the stocking.  While the water remains a little warm you may want to fish on the bottom.  Most anglers are having success on worms. Avoid going over 20 feet deep.  Some anglers may be having success with spinners early in the morning.  Some of the brook trout that were stocked in February are still showing up.  Try using chartreuse Power Bait on the bottom for these pretty little fish.  Catfish were stocked June 9 and again on June 25.  Try using night crawlers or hot dogs for the catfish. 

Game and Fish Biologists installed PVC fish structures on Jan. 3.  These structures should protect small fishes from predation.  Some 7-inch brook trout were in February and 5-inchers in September. Game and Fish stocked catfish the week of June 4. There were 200 pounds of bluegill stocked on March 29. Game and Fish biologists surveyed Lynx in May and found that the brook trout stocked in September 2006 were still present.

Where:Lynx Lake
When:09/13/08
Caught:Nothing
Technique:chartruese Power Bait
Comments:We were fishing for trout using Power Bait. My husband also fished for catfish using worms. We didn’t get one bite in the three hours we were there. No one else was having any luck either.
Name:
Susan Gregory

 

MINGUS LAKE – Mingus is scheduled to be stocked with trout this week, the week of Sept. 15.   The best bait has been white Power Bait, fished on the bottom with a treble hook and an egg sinker. Fishermen using night crawlers under a bobber are also having some. 

Someone illegally stocked yellow bullhead into Mingus several years ago.  These fish compete directly with the trout and keep growth rates very low.  If you witness anyone, anywhere, moving fish like bass, bluegill, catfish and stocking them, please report it to our Operation Game Thief Hotline at 1-800-352-0700.  Illegal stockings cost YOU money!

WATSON – Bass, Bluegill and catfish are common in this lake. Crappies are found in low numbers. Bullheads are easily caught using a small piece of worm.  If you fish Watson and are having luck, please e-mail me at mchmiel [at] azgfd [dot] gov so I can share your successes with others.

WILLOW CREEK RESERVOIR – Bass, bluegill, and bullhead are plentiful.  Most of the bluegills are on the small side, but the bullhead are thick.  If you fish Willow and are having luck, please e-mail me at mchmiel [at] azgfd [dot] gov so I can share your successes with others.

 

MOGOLLON RIM
Note: This is the transition time from summer to autumn fishing conditions. As the nights get longer and cooler (sometimes cold) and the lake temperatures drop, corresponding trout activity levels will increase as the salmonids try to put on fat before winter conditions arrive. This is one of the two best times of year to catch trout.
 
CHEVELON LAKE – Fishing is has been a little slow, although some anglers have reported doing well.

This lake was also stocked with 20,000 sub-catchable rainbow trout two weeks ago. Even though anglers may hook into some of those now, those smaller stockers are really aimed it providing future fishing opportunities. This not is a put-and-take lake.

This is a hike-in lake via a steep slope. There is not a lot of shore access. It is best fished from a float tube, inflatable or canoe. The lake is open to artificial lure and flies only, trout between 10 and 14 inches may not be possessed, and the bag limit is six trout.  Try lures such as Z-rays, Super Dupers, spinners, and Rapalas, and flies such as wooly worms, wooly buggers, peacock ladies, prince nymphs, zug bugs, and other small nymphs. The lake is open to electric trolling motors and/or up to 10 hp. gas motors.
BEAR CANYON LAKE – Fishing is good. It has been recently stocked and there is little fishing pressure right now. This is a hike-in lack down short but steep and winding paths. There is pretty good shore access. This deep canyon lake is great for those with float tubes. Try worms, Power Bait, salmon eggs, lures such as spinners, Z-rays, Super Dupers, and Rapalas and flies such as wooly worms, wooly buggers, Yeager buggers, peacock ladies, prince nymphs, zug bugs, hares ear and pheasant tail nymphs.  The lake is open to electric trolling motors only.

Where:Chevelon and Bear Canyon Lake
When:09/16/08
Caught:6 Trout
Technique:Fly fishing from a canoe.
Comments:I fished Chevelon from 7:30 a.m. til 4 p.m. and fought hard winds with very little fish sign. Mostly blind casting. Caught one 14-inch rainbow. Made it to Bear Canyon for the magic hour before dark and the surface bite was on. The fish were hitting and diving hard. Then it was too dark to see. Thanks for all the fun.
Name:Todd DeAngelis

BLACK CANYON LAKE – Fishing is fair to good. The lake is full and it has been recently stocked. Boat anglers have been catching trout on green and yellow Power Bait. Also try trolling cowbells with an attached worm, lure or fly. The best bite is at first and last light. Boat anglers have been catching trout on green and yellow Power Bait.

Try worms, salmon eggs, Power Bait, lures such as spinners, or flies such as peacock ladies, wooly worms and wooly buggers, and Yeager buggers.

Where: Black Canyon Lake
When: 08/02/08
Caught:Rainbow trout
Technique: Rainbow Power Bait
Comments: Me & me 10-yr-old son caught 5 fish between noon & 4 o’clock. They bit best when cloud cover came over
Name: Travis Sierman
BLUE RIDGE – Road is open. Fishing is poor to fair. 
 
Where:Blue Ridge
When:08/15/08
Caught:10 rainbows, one large sucker
Technique:bait, fished DEEP.
Comments:Hot, sunny, clear days are not the days to fish Blue Ridge. we go every Friday all summer, and hot clear weather turns the fishing off. Perversely, the fishing really turns on when the clouds darken and lightning turns on, but it’s not worth getting fried for some fish…..also, fish are not really hungry, there are zillions of minnows and the fish are so gorged they vomit fat minnows when caught.
Name:steve garro
 
Where:Blue Ridge Res.
When:08/07/08
Caught:11 rainbow trout, 9-13 inches.
Technique:Orange Power Bait, 2 feet off bottom, from shore between outhouse and dam.
Comments:Beautiful lake! Hadn’t been there in many years. My wife of 20 years finally bought a license and out fished me!
Name:Jim Bickle
Angler report:
Where: Blue Ridge Reservoir
When: 07/25/08
Caught: Rainbow Trout
Technique: Yellow/Black Rooster Tail Black/Red Panther Martin Neon Yellow Z-Ray
Comments: Spinners from a boat worked pretty well in the afternoon near the dam. Weather was mostly cloudy, light wind. Let spinners sink about 10-15ft before a moderate retrieve. Also tried next morning–full sun and no wind, and no luck either.
Name: Scott Townley

KNOLL LAKE – We aren’t hearing much from anglers right now, but this lake has been consistently good all season and should get even better as we transition from summer to autumn conditions. This is also a great lake to hear bugling bull elk this time of year.

WILLOW SPRINGS LAKE – Stocked this week with 2,500 rainbow trout, including some incentive fish. Fishing should be good to excellent when trout are actively feeding at the surface. The lake is down about two feet.

When the trout are active at the surface, fly-fishers may want to try dry flies such as Adams, parachute Adams, and midge patterns in sizes 16-20. Spin anglers should try worms, Power Bait, salmon eggs, lures such as Z-rays, spinners, and Rapalas.

This is one of the largest lakes along the Mogollon Rim. As the nights get cooler than the water, you will often be treated to a fall mist on the water – bring your camera, especially at sunrise.

Anglers have been catching trout using cowbells with attached worms, lures, and flies. Trout have been active at the surface down to 15 feet during early morning and evening hours.

The lake is open to electric trolling motors and/or up to 10 hp. gas motors.
This lake also has largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and small crappie. The best fishing for these warmer water species is in the early afternoons after the trout bite typically slows to nothing.
 
Where: Willow Springs and Woods Canyon
When:08/21/08
Caught:Rainbow Trout
Technique:Trolling with small crankbaits, Power Bait and curly tail/jig combos
Comments:I made a two day trip to Woods Canyon and Willow Springs. The fishing was absolutely spectacular. I caught a total of 26 fish (released) in two days from my kayak. Trolling with flat lines and small crankbaits worked really well in the morning, so did the Power Bait fished on the bottom at 15-18 feet. In Willow Springs I got all of my fish jigging a green Power Bait micro grub on a 1/32-ounce jighead and 2-pound line fished in 20 feet of water. Had to anchor because of the wind but the action was almost constant with hits on the bottom or on the fall. I’ve seen guys with down riggers or flat-lining cowbells hooking up, but going ultra light was more fun and more productive. I also noticed that fish in Woods Canyon were slightly larger and thicker than at Willow Springs. Water is warmer than air in the morning, so paddling in the fog was really cool.
Name:David Czupak

WOODS CANYON – Fishing is good. This popular lake is stocked weekly and routinely provides anglers limits of stocker trout. It also has lots of crayfish to catch and eat (don’t transport them alive).

The lake is full. The boat ramp is accessible.

Boat anglers are catching trout by trolling KastMasters and Panther Martins. Also try trolling cowbells with attached worms, lures, and flies. Trout have been active at the surface down to 10 feet early in the morning and late in the evening.
By the way, this lake has plentiful crayfish — bring along a bucket and get a passel of crayfish to augment your trout dinner and turn your camping adventure into a five-star dining experience.

Trout have been active at the surface down to 10 feet early in the morning and late in the evening. When the trout are active at the surface, fly-fishers may want to try dry flies such as Adams, parachute Adams, and midge patterns in sizes 16-20.
 
For rainbows, try worms, Power Bait, salmon eggs, lures such as spinners, small spoons (Super Dupers, and Z-rays), and Rapalas, and flies such as wooly worms and wooly buggers, Yeager buggers, Peacock ladies, and nymphs in black, brown, or green colors.  The lake is open to electric trolling motors only.
There is a store and marina at this lake – you can rent a boat.
Where:Woods Canyon
When:09/16/08
Caught:trout
Technique:Trolling with baby cowbells. No. 10 hook tipped with 3″ of worm about 18″ 4# leader.
Comments:Caught some very good sized fish between 8 a.m. to noon. biggest was about 17″ and weighed in at 2 pounds. Biggest trout I have ever caught at this lake! Action was almost non-stop.
Name:Frankie
WHITE MOUNTAIN WATERS
Note: The first day of autumn is Oct. 22. Fishing is picking up almost daily. As the nights get longer and cooler (sometimes cold) and the lake temperatures drop, corresponding trout activity levels will increase as the salmonids try to put on fat before winter conditions arrive. Fall is also the time for brown trout to spawn. This is one of the two best times of year to catch trout.

ACCESS NOTE: State Highway 261 is open to Big Lake and Crescent Lake, as well as most main Forest roads, including the road to Reservation Lake on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation.

State Highway 273 on the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest is undergoing reconstruction and realignment and the following closures are in effect from the Fort Apache Indian Reservation boundary to Crescent Lake, which is closed to all traffic, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and will remain closed until the road construction project is complete.
Angler report:
BECKER LAKE — Fishing is good. The lake is down about four feet but the boat ramp is accessible.

Sometimes an ant hatch occurs at Becker, so try a black ant pattern in size 18-20.
Try small lures such as Super Dupers, spinners, and Z-rays. Fly-fishers have been catching 10- to 18-inch rainbow trout. Try small nymphs such as zebra midges, scuds, pheasant tails, zug bugs, prince nymphs, wooly worms and wooly buggers, dragon fly patterns, peacock ladies, and brown Montana stone nymphs.

Fish off the bottom along weed beds and retrieve your fly slowly.  Sometimes an ant hatch occurs at Becker like last Saturday morning, so try a black ant pattern in size 18-20.
The lake is open to electric trolling motors and/or up to 10hp. gas motors. This lake is artificial lure and fly only, barbless hooks, and with a two-trout limit.

BIG LAKE – Anthony Jenca at the Big Lake Store and Marina said the smaller fish can be caught at the surface right now but the larger fish are still holding deep at 15 to 20 feet, so trolling isn’t as viable right now. He suggests using Power Bait, worms or salmon eggs. Fish are consistently hitting off the points, in the coves, and near the dam, but pretty much you can catch fish throughout the lake at times.

This lake was stocked with 20,000 sub-catchable sized fish the first week of September. 

Jenca said great fall bite for shallow-feeing trout should be just around the corner. He added that the lake level is way up right now and might be the highest it has been in a lot of years (but it isn’t full yet).

This fishery has rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, brook trout and native Apache trout. Big Lake is 450 surface acres and sits at 9,000 feet in elevation. Despite its size and depth, cold night temperatures at this altitude can cool down the water and prompt the trout to feed aggressively.

Anglers have been catching rainbow and brook trout on worms, Power Bait (yellow) and salmon eggs. Boat anglers are doing well using cowbells with an attached worm, lure or fly. Also try lures such as spinners (Panther Martin, Rooster Tail, and Mepps), Z-rays, Super Dupers, spoons, and Rapalas, and flies such as peacock ladies, wooly worms, wooly buggers, semi-seal leeches, and Yeager buggers, prince nymphs, and zug bugs.  The store is open and there are boat rentals here. The launch ramps are in the water, but Railroad Cove may still be fairly shallow for launching larger boats.

On any given day, Big Lake can be the best trout lake in the state. There is a store and boat rentals available and some of the prettiest scenery in Arizona.

Main access roads are open, including Highway 261 from Eager/Springerville. State Highway 273 from the Forest and Fort Apache Indian Reservation boundary to Crescent Lake is closed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and will remain closed until the road construction project is completed. Fishing is good. The lake is up about 3 feet from last year, but still 3.4 feet below spill. All boat ramps accessible, however, Railroad cove may still be fairly shallow for launching larger boats.

Where:Big Lake
When:09/12/08
Caught:12 Rainbow Trout
Technique:Bottom fishing worm.
Comments:Started about 8 in the morning caught 5 nice keepers and threw back 7. Left about 11 when it started raining.
Name:Randy Holstad

 

CARNERO LAKE – Fishing is good, but the lake is very weedy. The weeds along the shoreline are very thick. Pontoon boats, kayaks, small boats or canoes than can skim over weeds work best. Anglers using float tubes are having difficulty getting out to open water.

Try fishing open water areas. As summer progresses, weeds will become a problem for anglers. The lake is open to lure and flies only, barbless hooks, and a two-trout bag limit. Try small lures such as spinners and spoons (Super Dupers and Z-rays), and flies such as wooly worms, peacock ladies, small nymphs such as hares ear, pheasant tails, prince nymphs, zug bugs, damsel fly and dragon fly nymph patterns, and midge patterns. The lake is open to electric trolling motors only.

CLEAR CREEK RESERVOIR – Fishing is fair to good for warm water fish such as bass, sunfish and catfish should also be picking up. The east side boat ramp is accessible and the only ramp to use. The old boat ramp is blocked off and no longer usable.
Try worms, Power Bait, Salmon eggs, and lures such as spinners, Z-rays, crankbaits, and Rapalas, and flies such as woolly worms or wooly buggers, and peacock ladies. There are no motor restrictions on Clear Creek Reservoir. 

CONCHO LAKE – Fishing is very poor. The lake is extremely low and weedy. There is practically no water at the boat ramp. Try worms, Power Bait, salmon eggs, lures such as spinners, Z-Rays, and Super Dupers, and flies such as wooly worms or wooly buggers, peacock ladies, and small nymphs. The lake is open to electric trolling motors and/or up to 10hp. gas motors.       

CRESCENT LAKE – Fishing is fair to good. This shallow lake can cool down rapidly and turn on at any time.

Highway 261 to Big and Crescent Lakes is open. Highway 273 from the Forest and Fort Apache Indian Reservation is open to Forest road 87 but is closed beyond the 273/87 junction to Crescent Lake 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, due to continuing road construction. 
Try worms, salmon eggs, Power Bait, lures such as spinners, Z-rays, Super Dupers, and flies such as peacock ladies, wooly worms, wooly buggers, Yeager buggers, and small nymphs like prince and zug bugs. The lake is open to electric trolling motors or up to 10 hp. gas motors.
The only boat ramp accessible is the south boat ramp because of construction on roads leading to the dam area and the other two ramps.

FOOL HOLLOW LAKE – Fishing is fair to good and will be stocked this week with trout. The lake is down about two feet and the boat ramps are accessible. For kids, try fishing one of the fishing piers for bluegills.  Use a small piece of night crawler on a small hook and small to no weight straight down 1-3 feet under the fishing pier.  Kids have been catching bluegill and crappie using this technique.
Fool Hollow Lake has been stocked with sub catchable and catchable (1.5-2 pound) channel catfish. 

Anglers have been catching smallmouth and largemouth bass, plus walleyes on lures (crankbaits, plastic jigs with attached worms, and Rapalas) at the dam and along the east arm of the lake. Try fishing around structures such as rocks, trees, stumps, and fishing piers.
Walleye fishing can really pick up at night during the fall.
Shore anglers are catching rainbow trout on worms and Power Bait (chartreuse green and pumpkin colors) in the southwest area of the lake. Channel catfish are being caught on worms and stink baits. Bluegills and black crappies have been caught around the fishing piers on worms and small flies.

GREER LAKES — Fishing is fair.  All reservoirs are very low. Tunnel Reservoir’s boat ramp is still accessible but the lake is very low. Do not attempt to launch a trailered boat at Bunch and River Reservoir because of the concrete lip pad at the end of the concrete boat ramp.
Anglers are catching rainbow trout on worms and Power Bait (green and yellow) at Bunch, Tunnel, and River Reservoir.
Try worms, salmon eggs, Power Bait, lures such as spinners, Z-rays, Super Dupers, and Rapalas, and flies such as peacock ladies, wooly worms, wooly buggers, and small nymphs. Bunch and Tunnel Reservoir are open to electric trolling motors only. River Reservoir is open to electric trolling motors and/or up to 10 hp gas motors.  

HULSEY LAKE – Fishing is poor. Try worms fished deep under a bobber or on the bottom. Hulsey Lake is open to electric trolling motors only, but small boats would have to be carried down the short hiking trail to the lake. During the hot summer months, try fishing early in the morning and late in the evening.
Try worms fished deep under a bobber or on the bottom.  Hulsey Lake is open to electric trolling motors only, but small boats would have to be carried down the short hiking trail to the lake.

LEE VALLEY RESERVOIR – The roads to Lee Valley Lake are still closed.  Highway 273 from the Forest and Fort Apache Indian Reservation is still closed due to continuing road construction and is closed just north of the junction of Highway 273 and Highway 261.        

LUNA LAKE – Fishing is fair to good. The lake is down about 15 inches and the boat ramp is accessible. The store and marina has closed down for the season. Boat and shore anglers have been catching a few trout on Panther Martin spinners, yellow Crick hopper lures, Power Bait and worms.

Try worms, salmon eggs, Power Bait, lures such as spinners, Z-rays, Super Dupers, and Rapalas, and flies such as peacock ladies, wooly worms, wooly buggers, and nymphs. The lake is open to electric trolling motors and/or up to 10 hp gas motors. 
Report from Bob Claborne: Week ending 08/08/08: Fishing fair to good in early mornings. Trout in the 12- to 18-inch range on lures from shore at the dam area. Good results with spinners and spoons with yellow and gold colors. Consult Luna Lake Yacht Club proprietor for lure recommendations.

Where:Luna Lake
When:08/30/08
Caught:Rainbows
Technique:Trolling-Yellow Panther Martin spinner, Black Pistol Pete, Black Leech Pattern Fly, Yellow Power Bait

Comments: Fishing was slow all morning. But it was nice to be one of only two boats on the lake. We caught three average rainbows trolling. We decided to try just drifting with worms and yellow Power Bait. We were about two minutes from packing up and going home and that’s when the monster hit. He cleared the water 5 times and took off, snapping the line before I could adjust the drag. No doubt, he was long, had a big fat belly and a hook jaw. It was nice to have a monster on the line even if I couldn’t land him. I’d rather lose a monster than catch 20 stockers any day. We opened up the ones that we had caught – they were full of damsel fly nymphs.
Name:Dave

 
LYMAN LAKE – Fishing is fair to good for catfish. The water is turbid.  Anglers have been catching channel catfish on worms and stink baits and largemouth bass on lures.

Try worms, Power Bait, catfish stink baits, and lures such as spinners, crankbaits, and Rapalas.

The Lyman Lake recreation area is managed by Lyman Lake State Park and camping is available. There are also some new cabins for rent.
There is fish consumption advisory here, so check with the State Parks Office at the lake for details. Also contact the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Region 1 Office at (928) 367-4281. There are no motor restrictions on Lyman Lake. 
 
NELSON RESERVOIR – Fishing is poor to fair. Use the boat ramp near the dam, as the ramp at the upper end of the lake will put boaters into thick weeds.  The lake was stocked with catchable size rainbow trout in May.  Use the boat ramp near the dam, as the ramp at the upper end of the lake will put boaters into thick weeds.  Try worms, Power Bait, salmon eggs, lures such as spinners, Super Dupers, Z-rays, and Rapalas, and flies such as wooly worms or wooly buggers, prince nymphs, zug bugs, and peacock ladies. The lake is open to electric trolling motors and/or up to 10 hp. gas motors. During the hot summer months, try fishing early in the morning and late in the evening. There is an algae bloom present in the lake.

RAINBOW LAKE – Fishing is poor to fair.
Improvements to the parking area at the boat ramp are scheduled this summer and will require a short closure (2-3 days) during the construction.  Signs and notices will be posted when the construction dates are set.
Sub catchable and catchable (1.5-2 pound) channel catfish were stocked in early June. The lake is down about 1.5 feet and the boat ramp is accessible. As summer progresses, weeds will become a problem.

Try worms, Power Bait, salmon eggs, lures such as Z-rays, spinners, crank baits, and Rapalas, and flies such as wooly worms or wooly buggers, and peacock ladies.
Anglers are catching bullheads on night crawlers from the fishing pier.
The lake is open to electric trolling motors and/or up to 10hp. gas motors.
  
SCOTTS RESERVOIR – Fishing is fair.  The lake is nearly full and the boat ramp is accessible. Anglers have been catching trout, bass, and channel catfish on worms.
Try worms, Power Bait, and salmon eggs, lures such as Super Dupers, Z-rays, spinners, and Rapalas, and flies such as wooly worms or wooly buggers, peacock ladies, and prince nymphs. The lake is open to electric trolling motors only. Recent surveys revealed good numbers of rainbow trout (average size, 11 inches), fair number of largemouth bass (average size, 12 inches), and some nice sized channel catfish (average size, 25 inches). The lake is open to electric trolling motors only.

SHOW LOW LAKE – Fishing is fair to good. This lake should have been stocked with catchable size rainbow trout. The lake is about 18.4 feet to accommodate bridge construction over Show Low Creek, but the boat ramp is still accessible. Show Low Lake has been stocked with catchable size rainbow trout and sub catchable size channel catfish.

Boat anglers have been catching trout and walleyes trolling cowbells with and attached worms, lures, and flies. Try worms, Power Bait, and salmon eggs, lures such as spinners, rubber lead head jigs, crankbaits, and Rapalas, and flies such as wooly worms or wooly buggers, and peacock ladies.
The lake is open to electric trolling motors and/or up to 10hp. gas motors.

WOODLAND LAKE – Fishing is poor.  The water temperature was 75 degrees and the pH was 8.99. The lake is full and the boat ramp is accessible. Weeds are present along the shoreline. Try worms, Power Bait, and salmon eggs, lures such as spinners, Super Dupers, and small spoons, and flies such as wooly worms or wooly buggers, peacock ladies, prince nymphs, zug bugs, and Hares ears nymphs. The lake is open to electric trolling motors only.

Angler Report

Rory;

Wanted to say thanks your recommendation to Woodland Lake as an activity for our family reunion! The facilities at the park are excellent and lake is gorgeous! I hope it make it back to Lakeside next summer for our family reunion. I have attached a picture of the lake if you’d like to use it for the fishing report…

So how was the fishing at Woodland Lake?

Contrary to what the fishing report has noted about woodland we had an excellent weekend. I visited the lake on Friday Evening, Saturday Afternoon/Evening, and late Saturday Morning (Sept. 12-14). Note: The lake is weedy but there are a lot of fish to be caught and the fishing is on fire right now!

Friday evening we managed to land five bass varying in size off the floating pier. Most of the bass were quite small but two of them were pushing 1.5 pounds! Our techniques were tossing spinner baits close to shore along the weed line and jerk baits which seemed to also work. We fished for just under and hour and had a blast! Not sure what kind of bass they where but they all appeared to be largemouth black bass?

Saturday afternoon we collected the families and spent the afternoon and evening at the lake. The trout fishing was on fire! Boils of trout chasing minnows were erupting all over the lake. The technique that seemed to work best was Rooster Tails with gold spoons and no added weight (they wouldn’t hit off the silver). The best method for catching these little critters was to cast into the boil and steadily retrieve but keeping the lure 3-4 inches down. We managed to land 8 4- to 6-inch trout within an hour of being out there! Later that evening we only pulled in about five trout using the same technique but these guys were bigger, in the 10- to 12-inch range. All of these fish were caught near the floating pier. These fish put up an awesome fight! What a treat to see the excitement on the face of my family members as they managed to land their first fish. To me this was a priceless and memorable moment.

Sunday I visited the lake by myself and managed to land only two fish but both were decent sized bows. I had a lot of hits from smaller fish but they were too tender mouthed and I could not keep them on the line. Just a side note about the lake… I witnessed something I have not witnessed before, and that was a waterspout towards the west end of the lake. That was interesting and kind of spooky at the same time!

Lastly, all fish were released…

Thanks again for the advice on the lake, Rory.

Ciao!
David
WHITE MOUNTAIN STREAMS: 

West Fork Black River: Fishing is good. The West Fork was stocked at the campground with catchable size Apache trout last week and will be stocked again this week.

Wild brown trout are also present in the lower portion of the river. In the campground area, try worms, salmon eggs, small lures such as spinners, and flies such as peacock ladies, wooly worms, small nymphs like hares ear, pheasant tails, zug bugs, prince nymphs, and caddis imitations.

The upper portion of the river, upstream of the confluence with Hayground Creek and including the Forest Road 116 crossing, is open to artificial lures and flies only, with catch and release regulations. 

East Fork Black River: Fishing is good. The East Fork is stocked with catchable size Apache trout each week.
Wild brown trout are also present throughout the river. Try worms, salmon eggs, small lures such as spinners, and flies such as Peacock ladies, woolly worms, small nymphs like hares ear, pheasant tails, zug bugs, prince nymphs, and caddis imitations.
Sheep’s Crossing: Highway 273 is closed for the year due to road construction and an area closure is still in effect around Sheep Crossing, 24 hours and 7 days a week.

Little Colorado River Greer: Fishing is good. The LCR in Greer was stocked with catchable size Apache trout. Try worms, salmon eggs, small lures such as spinners, and flies such as peacock ladies, woolly worms, small nymphs like hares ear, pheasant tails, zug bugs, prince nymphs, and caddis imitations. 

Silver Creek: Fishing is poor to fair. Silver Creek will be stocked this week with catchable size Apache trout.  Silver Creek on the Arizona Game and Fish Department property is now open to bait fishing and statewide fishing regulations are in effect until Sept. 30.  The upper section is closed to fishing.

Try small lures such as Mepps, Rooster tails, and Panther Martin spinners. Fly-fishers may want to try wooly worms, wooly buggers, peacock ladies, prince nymphs, zug bugs, shrimp patterns, midge patterns, and small bead head nymphs. Try small dry flies such as Adams, parachute Adams, midge and caddis fly patterns. Bait fishermen should try worms, Power Bait, and salmon eggs.
SOUTHERN WATERS
URBAN LAKES –  Channel catfish are scheduled to be stocked this coming week (the week of Sept. 15). So get out your hot dogs, corn and chicken livers.

RIGGS FLAT – Fishing is fair with reports of a few fish being caught in the late evenings on power bait and various spinners.

CLUFF RANCH – No recent reports of success.  A new fishing pier has been installed which should provide a large increase in access for shore anglers.  For lake information call (928) 485-9430.

ROPER LAKE – No recent reports of success. For lake information call (928) 428-6760.

DANKWORTH POND – No recent reports of success. For lake information call (928) 428-6760.

FRYE MESA RESERVIOR – Fishing remains slow as the fish have gone deep to beat the heat.  Early morning and late evenings are producing a few fish though.   

KEARNY LAKES – The lake remains fishless due to golden algae problems.
 
ARIVACA – The lake has come up and anglers should have no problem launching their boats.   The fishing remains fair.  The top water bite continues to be good in the late evening.  Jan. 1 marks a change in the motor restrictions at this lake.  Motors 10 horsepower or less will now be legal for use at Arivaca.  Anglers are encouraged to please be aware of your wake so as not to disrupt other anglers fishing from other boats and the shore.  Remember that all bass must be immediately released back to the water.

Where:Arivaca Lake
When:08/30/08
Caught:Largemouth Bass
Technique:10″ Red Shad Berkley Power Worms fished under trees in the shade.
Comments:Caught seven bass. One was 3 lbs and one was a 7–pound Monster!! Great Lake. Very murky and dirty, though.
Name:Dax Determan

PENA BLANCA – The boat ramp at Pena Blanca lake remains open.  Please use caution as the approach road is rough and there are still lots of debris along the edges of the road.  No recent reports of success.
Be aware that the lake will be drained and renovated late this fall to remove mercury contaminated sediment form the lake bottom.
The lake now has a 10 HP limit but be aware of your wake so as not to disrupt other people fishing in boats or on shore. The mercury advisory for all warm water fish is in effect. Bass less than 13 inches long must be immediately released. The daily bag limit for bass is four.

PATAGONIA – Catfishing is doing great. Large numbers of 12-16 inch channels are being caught as well as some nice flatheads. Bass fishing is a little slow with most being caught by flipping in the cattails. Bluegill and redear are being caught in good numbers. Try a fly rod with a wet fly in almost any area near cover.

Where:PATAGONIA
When:08/28/08
Caught:Catfish and Sunfish
Technique:Worms and stink bait off the bottom near the cliffs.
Comments:Fished with 4 family member and caught 40-50 fish and kept 22 catfish between 1-3 pounds.
Name: Joshua Coleman

PARKER CANYON -Fishing is slow with few reports of success.  The lake is full. 
 
ROSE CANYON LAKE – The lake was stocked this week with 2,729 rainbow trout. The lake was stocked two weeks ago with both rainbow trout and brown trout.  One of the brown trout weighed 10 pounds at the time it was stocked.   

Where:
Rose Canyon
When:
09/13/08
Caught:
Limits of Rainbows
Technique:
Rainbow Power Bait and silver spinner(Rooster Tail)
Comments:
Went with my wife and six year old granddaughter Zoe, who caught her first spinner fish(cast it and landed it by herself).
Name:
Russ Proctor