Arizona Fishing Report – June 19, 2014

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For the high country, this is the time when trout are starting to head deeper. You will likely have the best luck at first and last light. You can expect the action to be a little slower during the warmer hours of the day. Fishing the bottom or trolling seems to be the best techniques once trout enter their summer patterns.

Arizona Fishing Report - June 19, 2014

Arizona Fishing Report – June 19, 2014

The deeper lakes, such as Big Lake, Willow Springs, Bear Canyon, Blue Ridge and Chevelon, will often have a little better action as we move into summer conditions.

Try Show Low Lake for a shot at a big, tasty walleye. An 8-pound, 1.12-ounce, 29.25-inch walleye (pictured above) was caught on a Rapala  on June 11 by Ronald Sankey. The fish is a Big Fish of the Year leader for walleye.

Hot spots statewide include: Bartlett Lake for 10-13-inch largemouth bass, striper fishing at at Lake Pleasant; Alamo Lake for mirning crankbait bass. See the full report for all the details.

Check out our summer stocking schedule and Fish&Boat Arizona map before heading out.

Attention East Verde River anglers: Please return tags

 Those visiting the East Verde River (where the fishing has been exceptional) are again reminded that if a trout with an external radio tag is caught, they may keep OR release the fish.

If you catch a tagged fish, please call the number on the colored tag (623-236-7538) with the following information:

  • Location of the caught trout
  • Identification number on the colored external tag
  • Date the fish was caught

See all the details of our program that is examining stocked trout movement and fate.

Fire restrictions

Mogollon Rim lakes

Arizona Fishing Report - June 19, 2014

Arizona Fishing Report – June 19, 2014

Note: Stage II Fire Restrictions are currently in effect on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, State Trust lands, and Arizona Game and Fish Department Wildlife Areas. The following areas are closed to public entry: Rodeo/Chediski/Show Low South areas, Timber Mesa area, Southwest Vernon area. Forest closure maps are available at USFS offices.

White Mountain lakes

Note: Stage II Fire Restrictions are currently in effect on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, State Trust lands, and Arizona Game and Fish Department Wildlife Areas

See a full list of fire restrictions in Arizona.

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ANGLER REPORTS

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Joshua M. had a striper bonanza at Lake Pleasant: Caught these in about 45-55 feet of water on frozen anchovies, and a drop light. The total depth of the location was just over 200 feet. I set the drop light at 15 feet or so, waited quietly for about 30 minutes, and then the action began and continued until dawn.

I had a great time, as it was my birthday and I caught all the fish needed for our fish fry! Thanks to the AZGFD and Pleasant Harbor for making times like these possible!

Justin E. found that good ol’ nightcrawlers was the only last weekend ticket at Bear Canyon Lake: Figured I would send over my day out there. Got there around 4 p.m. for the afternoon/evening bite.

Used an assortment of Z-Ray’s in all different sizes, Kastmasters in different finishes and sizes, and a Mepps. Not a nibble on any lure, just miniature fish following it in.

Also tried chartreuse Powerbait fished off the bottom, no bites either. Tried PowerBait with a bobber and nothing.
Lake was busy, walked almost the length of the lake on one side and couldn’t get more than 100 paces from another group of people. Tried the trailhead side of the lake from four different positions and sitting on the dam. No other groups reported much in the way of good luck. A few fish here and there all using good old fashioned night crawlers.

 Todd B. reported that bluegill such as the one pictured were hitting nonstop at Red Mountain Lake the morning of June 13: I was using 1/8-ounce Rat-L-Traps, and small  Beetle Spins. I could not keep them off of the line.

Charles S. with a Colorado River report from Picacho State Park to Imperial Dam: Air temps have been triple digit and water temps in the current are hovering around 79 – 80 degrees. Backwater temps are around 81 and 84 (even higher in select areas).

Peggy and I did most of our fishing over the weekend in the current and caught probably 10 bass ranging between 2-4 pounds, and a handful of dinks, as well as a nice flathead in the 6-pound range.

Almost all of the fish were caught flipping brush hogs in the current and adjacent eddies. I had also hooked a good-size bass in one of the lakes, but it threw the hook after a very short tug of war. I imagine that if I had been rigged with a lighter, more standard weight, vs. the colossal weight I throw in current, that I would have boated it. The bass are definitely in their summer patterns and I expect the bite to be above average for the next month.

Hopefully the warmer waters will kick start the vegetation so we can do some frogging!

Dave King from the north Phoenix Sportsman’s Warehouse with reports from Bartlett Lake and Lake Pleasant: Bartlett has been hot. Been out the last three weeks pulling in 20-30 fish on half day trips.

Deep-diving crankbaits and dropshot rigs have worked great. Ox blood, watermelon and morning dawn have all been working. Bigger fish are holding on the drop-offs in the main lake.

Also the water from yellow cliffs up is dirty with a lot of debris.  Water is rising fast. Main lake still clear.

Lake Pleasant stripers have been biting good along the creek channels in humbug and castle. Anchovies and glow-in-the-dark spoons have made for good action. For largemouths we’ve been throwing top water first thing and then dropshots along the bluffs once the sun comes up. Clear Zara spooks or Rico’s for top water, watermelon red flake for dropshot.

Rich S. cracked the code at Tempe Town Lake last week: I am an avid largemouth bass angler. I am 26 and have been fishing for bass in Arizona since I was 6.

For the past three weeks on my lunch break I go down to Tempe Town Lake between 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. For the first two weeks I could not get a bass to even bite my numerous different presentations.

This last week things turned for the better. I have been knocking them dead under the Mill North Bridge and the light rail/train bridge. I have been using a Carolina rig with a short 4-inch leader and a 6-inch green Senko.

Was out there from 12:45-1:30 p.m. on Father’s Day and had six fish on and brought four in. I showed some fellow anglers what I was using and wished them good luck.

My advice is to go slow on the bottom. Texas rig, drop shot, Carolina rig all will probably work, but my success has all come on a Carolina rig. Hope this helps. Good luck.

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OK, onto the full report.

CENTRAL WATERS

Note: Arizona fishing opportunities wouldn’t be possible without the Sport Fish Restoration Program. It was created through the Dingell-Johnson Act of 1950 (Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act) and the Wallop-Breaux amendments of 1984.

Through a federal excise tax paid by manufacturers on fishing gear and motorboat fuels, it provides grant funds for fishery conservation, boating access, and aquatic education.

New reports:

LAKE PLEASANT – Dave King from Sportman’s Warehouse reported that stripers have been biting well along the creek channels in Humbug and Castle. Anchovies and glow-in-the-dark spoons have made for good action. For largemouths we’ve been throwing top water first thing and then dropshots along the bluffs once the sun comes up. Clear Zara spooks or Rico’s for top water, watermelon red flake for dropshot.

Previously, Gary Senft, a BassPro at the Mesa Bass ProShops, heard there has been an excellent top-water bite for stripers and largemouth bass the first hour or two of daylight and the last hour of daylight. He said nighttime anglers also have had success in the channel or coves anchoring in 40-80 feet of water and fishing with submersible lights. Keep in mind that during the June 13 full moon, these lights won’t be as effective at drawing shad, and in turn, predators such as stripers.

BARTLETT LAKE – Lake elevation is 1,773 feet, 66 % full (as of Thursday afternoon). Water temperature on the surface Tuesday afternoon was 80-81 degrees on the upper end (the lower end has been colder).

Dave King from the north Phoenix Sportsman’s Warehouse with this report:

Bartlett has been hot. Been out the last three weeks pulling in 20-30 fish on half day trips.

Deep-diving crankbaits and dropshot rigs have worked great. Ox blood, watermelon and morning dawn have all been working. Bigger fish are holding on the drop-offs in the main lake.

Also the water from yellow cliffs up is dirty with a lot of debris.  Water is rising fast. Main lake still clear.

Gary Senft, a Bass Pro at the Mesa Bass Pro Shops, said fishing is the best on the main lake. Dropshots have produced the best bite, he said, with ox blood being the best color Roboworm last week. He added the top-water bite has been good in the mornings, but not in the afternoons.

As water levels come up rapidly, bass are coming up in the water column as well, staying in 6-15 feet of water (where the temperature is about 78 degrees).

Anglers looking to learn a new technique such as jigging or throwing crankbaits should take advantage of the hot bite and learn now. The dropshot technique has producd the most fish, Senft said. Use crankbaits in shad colors in the early mornings and target rocky shores. Throw top-water Ricos in the mornings as well. Bass had been holding almost anywhere in 6-16 feet of water.

ROOSEVELT LAKE – June 7 report from James Goughnour of Rim Country Custom Rods:

Good morning Rim Country Anglers,

Roosevelt Lake water level dropped another 1 percent this past week and currently stands at 46-percent full. We’ve seen a huge drop off in the Tonto Creek flow the past month and for the past two weeks the Tonto Creek has stopped flowing.

The Salt River remained at 30 percent of its normal rate for this time of year. The water temperature is increasing with morning temperatures in the low 80s increasing to the mid 80s during the afternoon. For the most part, the water in the lake is clear but there are areas of algae growth that makes a green tint to the water.

Bass fishing was called fair to good this past week. The best success was reported this past week on shallow running crankbaits if shad are present. Anglers said there were lots of shad in the shallow water in coves and along the shoreline.

A Rapala SR5 or smaller size crankbait will run in 5-10 feet water and was catching good numbers of bass. A Texas rig, dropshot and Carolina rig techniques using Senkos, 10-inch ribbon tail worms, 6-inch curly tail and lizard imitations were successful in deeper water such as main lake points in 15-25 feet water. A hotspot for catching deeper fish this past week was Connors Ledge on the Salt River end of the lake

Night time crappie fishing is a big topic right now at the lake. Crappie fishing was reported to be fair this past week. The full moon last night and mild weather made for some great fishing memories for several young and old anglers that I spoke to. Live minnows fished about 2 feet below a bobber, is the best bait for night time crappie fishing.

Our local bass fishing pro Clifford Pirch is fishing the Bassmaster Elite tournament on Chickamauga Lake in Tenn. this weekend. Clifford is currently in 23rd and will need to move into the top 12 today to fish for the championship tomorrow. He is only a couple of pounds behind and all of Rim Country is wishing Clifford good luck today.
Have a great week of fishing and I hope see you on the water.

APACHE LAKE – Lake elevation is 1,907 feet (93-percent full). Gary Senft fished the lake a few times last week and said anglers must keep moving to different areas, trying different depths and colors. He said Texas-rigged brush hogs and Roboworms in green pumpkin and watermelon have been best. Dropshots in morning dawn have been good. Most bass are in 15-20 feet. Early before the sun comes up, bass are in 6-10 feet but retreat to deeper water as the sun comes up.

Anglers will need to find out what type of surface or structure the bass prefer on a given day, whether they’re holding on flat surfaces, boulders, a gradually sloping shoreline or a 90-degree angle.

He added that it seems as though when water gets pumped back (generally between 10 a.m. and noon), fishing improves. The current gets shad feeding and moving, which gets bass feeding as well. (This is the same at Canyon and Saguaro lakes: water at times is pumped back from a lake below to the lake above.)

COMMUNITY FISHING WATERS – See the latest Community Fishing Bulletin.

TEMPE TOWN LAKE – ANGLER”S REPORT: Rich S. cracked the code at Tempe Town Lake last week — I am an avid largemouth bass angler. I am 26 and have been fishing for bass in Arizona since I was 6.

For the past three weeks on my lunch break I go down to Tempe Town Lake between 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. For the first two weeks I could not get a bass to even bite my numerous different presentations.

This last week things turned for the better. I have been knocking them dead under the Mill North Bridge and the light rail/train bridge. I have been using a Carolina rig with a short 4-inch leader and a 6-inch green Senko.

Was out there from 12:45-1:30 p.m. on Father’s Day and had six fish on and brought four in. I showed some fellow anglers what I was using and wished them good luck.

My advice is to go slow on the bottom. Texas rig, drop shot, Carolina rig all will probably work, but my success has all come on a Carolina rig. Hope this helps. Good luck.

HORSESHOE LAKE – Lake elevation is 1,972 feet, 10-percent full. When the lake is full, there are a lot pf spawning fish. There could be a lot of smaller fish. Salt River Project tends to use Horseshoe as a flood retention reservoir, but steadily releases the water downstream into Bartlett Lake.

CANYON LAKE – Lake elevation is 1,657 feet (95-percent full). Anglers this week reported that Canyon Lake has been a hot spot. Most bass are in post-spawn, also some big bass can be found guarding beds. Success has been reported using crankbaits at a slow-trolled speed, a half-ounce football jig with a jigger craw and especially dropshots.
Roboworms in a morning dawn color is popular and usually effective with dropshots.

While Canyon is the land of the lunkers, it can be tough to fish, especially for novice anglers. Catch rates are typically low and even veteran anglers get skunked here. But the possibility of catching a hawg keeps many anglers coming back time and again..

This is a pretty good lake for bluegill and yellow bass. Try small crappie-like lures, such as 2-inch curly tails, along the rocky shoreline.

Shore fishing for channel catfish and carp can also be viable both day and night right now. As the season progresses, the better fishing for bottom dwellers will transition to the nighttime hours.

SAGUARO LAKE – Lake elevation is 1,524 feet (92-percent full). The bite is a little more sporadic right now. Keep an eye out for surface boils — it’s topwater time.

Recreational boating congestion tend to increase significantly this time of the year — get on the water at first light, or fishing at night.

This is also a good time to load up on spawning bluegill.

Saguaro is also a quality channel catfish lake. Try stink baits, hot dogs, chicken livers and the like. Also try chumming with corn.

LOWER SALT RIVER – You might still catch some trout, especially in the swifter runs or deeper holes.

It’s also possible to catch bass and other warmwater fish in the deeper holes.

Previous Angler’s report: Carl V., after his fishing trip on Saturday, April 26, reminded anglers to remember the great fishing on the Lower Salt River: I spent 3 hours this morning top-water fishing the Lower Salt River and caught two 5-pound bass, a 3 pounder, 2.5 pounder, and six other smaller bass. What a great morning of fishing! Don’t overlook the Salt River. Please release so everyone can enjoy. Another angler have success bow-hunting

Previous reports:

(If you have a fishing report or good fishing pictures to share (JPEG), send them to our “Been Fishing” site atBFishing [at] azgfd [dot] gov.)

CREEKS BELOW THE MOGOLLON RIM – Previously, James Goughnour of Rim Country Custom Rods said spring trout fishing on the rim lakes and streams has been one of the best a lot of trout anglers can recall. Several good reports were received from Haigler Creek and the East Verde this past week.

The most successful trout anglers will be stealthy. Sneak up on the pools and don’t spook the stream-wise trout (or not-so-wise stockers). Stay hidden and cast your offering into the riffles above the pool and let the current carry your bait to the trout waiting in concealed ambush.

PowerBait is a great choice for these stockers. Also try free-drifting a couple salmon eggs on a small hook (No. 10-12).

Frequently check the summer trout stocking schedule.

CENTRAL MOUNTAINS

New report:

Fishing at Lower Lake Mary for folks using bait slowed over the weekend but fly anglers continue to catch large numbers of fish in the early mornings and the evenings.

Ashurst Lake’s water level has dropped to the point that launching boats is not allowed.  In addition, the water quality has deteriorated to the point that trout stocking is no longer possible.  There are still large numbers of trout in the lake so fishing should be OK.

Stocking in the upper reaches of Oak Creek have been canceled as a result of the Slide Fire.  Stocking locations downstream of Slide Rock State Park are still being stocked.

WILLIAMS LAKES:  

KAIBAB LAKE —  Campground is open.    The lake has been stocked.  Water levels are really low this year.  The lake is no longer stockable.  Fishing for warm water species such as bluegill, black crappie and largemouth bass should be picking up with the warmer temperatures.  Fish around the submerged trees.

CATARACT LAKE —  Lake is day-use only, no camping allowed. All additional stockings scheduled for 2014 are being moved to Dogtown because of low water levels.  Fishing for warm water species such as bluegill, black crappie and largemouth bass should be picking up with the warmer temperatures.

CITY RESERVOIR —   Closed due to fire danger.

DOGTOWN LAKE —  Campground is open. The water level still looks good and the water quality was OK when I checked it today.  Stocked last week.

JD DAM — No report.

SANTA FE —  Closed due to fire danger.

WHITEHORSE LAKE — Campground is open. Water levels are really low this year.  Stockings for this year have been canceled.

FLAGSTAFF LAKES:

LOWER LAKE MARY-  When I checked the lake on Friday before the wind came up folks were catching fish on yellow or pink PowerBait on the bottom casting as far out as they could toward the middle of the lake.  Fly fishermen were also catching fish on wet flies.  There was a lot of surface activity in the morning and there are a lot of grasshoppers in the weeds around the lake.  I would try a grasshopper fly early in the morning and evening.

UPPER LAKE MARY – High winds made fishing difficult over the weekend.

ASHURST LAKE —   Campground is open. The boat launch on Ashurst has been closed by the forest service because of unsafe launching conditions caused by low water levels.  The water quality is no longer acceptable to stock trout so scheduled stockings have been canceled until water quality improves.

FRANCIS SHORT POND –    The last scheduled stocking of trout on Frances Short occurred last week.  Stocked with catfish last week.  Folks were catching trout and catfish last week before the winds came up.

KINNIKINICK LAKE — The lake is full.

OAK CREEK — Stocking in the upper reaches of Oak Creek have been canceled as a result of the Slide Fire.  Stocking locations downstream of Slide Rock State Park are still being stocked.

LONG LAKE — No report

BEAVER CREEK –    No report.

WEST CLEAR CREEK –  No report.

STONEMAN LAKE — NO FISH.

BLUE RIDGE —  Road is open.

KNOLL LAKE — Stocked last week.

WHITE MOUNTAINS AND RIM LAKES

New report:

Recommended Waters to Fish
Fishing is good to excellent for trout at Carnero Lake, Woods Canyon Lake, Show Low Creek, and Silver Creek.  Fishing is good at Bear Canyon Lake and Nelson Reservoir.  Large (13-inch length) rainbow trout are being stocked this year into Rainbow Lake, Fool Hollow Lake, and Show Low Lake, and Willow Springs Lake has been stocked with moderately large (11-inch length) rainbow trout. Fishing is also good at most of the stocked streams, including East Fork Black River, LCR in Greer, and Sheeps Crossing. Fishing is good for stocked bluegill at Woodland Lake and Fool Hollow Lake, and for stocked channel catfish at Rainbow Lake, Fool Hollow Lake, and Scott Reservoir.

Trout Stocking Schedule
Week of June 9-13
Big Lake – 2,900 rainbow trout
Scotts Reservoir – 1,463 rainbow trout
Tunnel Reservoir – 1,685 rainbow trout
Willow Springs Lake – 3,600 11” rainbow trout
Woods Canyon Lake – 3,062 rainbow trout
East Fork Black River – 1,000 Apache trout
West Fork Black River – 50 Apache trout
Little Colorado River in Greer – 500 Apache trout
Sheeps Crossing – 500 Apache trout
Show Low Creek – 1,190 rainbow trout
Silver Creek – 625 Apache trout

Week of June 16-20
Bunch Reservoir-1,170 rainbow trout
Fools Hollow Lake-400 rainbow trout
Show Low Lake-850 rainbow trout
Willow Springs Lake-3,190 rainbow trout
Woods Canyon Lake-3,236 rainbow trout
River Reservoir-1,950 rainbow trout
East Fork Black River – 1,000 Apache trout
West Fork Black River – 50 Apache trout
Little Colorado River in Greer – 500 Apache trout
Sheeps Crossing – 500 Apache trout
Silver Creek – 625 Apache trout

MOGOLLON RIM LAKES
Note: Stage II Fire Restrictions are currently in effect on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, State Trust lands, and Arizona Game and Fish Department Wildlife Areas. The following areas are closed to public entry: Rodeo/Chediski/Show Low South areas, Timber Mesa area, Southwest Vernon area. Forest closure maps are available at USFS offices.

BEAR CANYON LAKE – Fishing is good. The lake was stocked two weeks ago with 1,748 rainbow trout.

ANGLER’S REPORT: Justin E. found that good ol’ nightcrawlers was the only last weekend ticket at Bear Canyon Lake: Figured I would send over my day out there. Got there around 4 p.m. for the afternoon/evening bite.
Used an assortment of Z-Ray’s in all different sizes, Kastmasters in different finishes and sizes, and a Mepps. Not a nibble on any lure, just miniature fish following it in.

Also tried chartruse Powerbait fished off the bottom, no bites either. Tried PowerBait with a bobber and nothing.
Lake was busy, walked almost the length of the lake on one side and couldn’t get more than 100 paces from another group of people. Tried the trailhead side of the lake from four different positions and sitting on the dam. No other groups reported much in the way of good luck. A few fish here and there all using good old fashioned night crawlers.

BLACK CANYON LAKE – Fishing is fair for trout and good for bass and sunfish. Anglers are catching trout on PowerBait in the mornings and evenings. The lake level is down about 10 feet and launching boats is difficult.

CHEVELON LAKE – Fishing is fair for carry-over rainbow trout and fair to good for wild brown trout. The road to the dam has been improved, but is open only to vehicles 50 inches wide, or less (ATVs).

WILLOW SPRINGS LAKE – Fishing is good. The lake will be stocked this week with 3,190 rainbow trout. Anglers are catching trout on PowerBait.

WOODS CANYON LAKE – Fishing is good to excellent. The lake will be stocked this week with 3,236 rainbow trout. Anglers are catching trout on green PowerBait. The Woods Canyon Lake store is open and boat rentals are available.
James Goughnour of Rim Country Custom Rods reported: The Rim lakes continue to produce some great fishing trips. Stocked trout are plentiful and whatever your favorite trout lure is, it will work this week.
Super-doopers, Z-Rays, crank bait and dry flies were all reported successful and PowerBait on a small treble hook will almost always catch a trout. Some very nice size trout have been caught in the last several weeks. What a great experience to watch antelope an deer grazing on the shoreline as you troll for 2-5-pound rainbows. Consistently, anglers are reporting that they are catching limits in less than three hours.

WHITE MOUNTAIN LAKES
Note: Stage II Fire Restrictions are currently in effect on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, State Trust lands, and Arizona Game and Fish Department Wildlife Areas.

BECKER LAKE – Fishing is fair. Anglers have been catching big rainbows on nymphs, and large brown or black streamers. The lake is full and the water is very clear. Becker Lake is open to catch-and-release only, artificial fly and lure only; single barbless hooks only. No trout may be kept.

BIG LAKE – Fishing is fair to good. Boat anglers are catching trout on cowbells with brown and green wooly worms and gold colored lures (Z-Rays, Panther Martins, Rooster Tails, and Mepps). The lake was stocked last week with 2,900 rainbow trout. Shore anglers fishing off deep water areas are catching a few trout on worms and salmon eggs. The water is clear.

CARNERO LAKE – Fishing is good. Carry-over rainbow trout are running 18-20 inches. The weeds are starting to appear, but there is some open-water areas to fish. Special regulations apply on Carnero Lake, including artificial fly and lure only with a two trout limit.

CLEAR CREEK RESERVOIR – Fishing is fair for trout, and good for sunfish, bullheads, and bass. The lake was last stocked in May with rainbow trout.

CONCHO LAKE – Fishing is fair. If the irrigation season has started, the lake level will be low. The lake was last stocked in May with rainbow trout.

CRESCENT LAKE – Fishing is fair. Anglers are catching a few trout on worms, PowerBait, and flies. Carry-over rainbows should be 18-20 inches but reports of 24-inch rainbows have been coming in. A 3.5-pound rainbow was recently caught.

FOOL HOLLOW LAKE – Fishing is fair for trout, and fair to good for bass, sunfish, black crappie, and walleye. The lake will be stocked this week with 400 large 13-inch rainbow trout and was recently stocked with bluegill. Try PowerBait on the bottom for trout and small pieces of nightcrawler for bluegill. The lake is very low so use caution when launching a boat. The fishing piers on the west side reach out to deep water, but the piers on the east side are out of the water.

GREER LAKES – Fishing is fair to good for stocked trout, carry-over rainbows, and wild brown trout at all three reservoirs. Bunch Reservoir will be stocked this week with 1,170 rainbow trout and River Reservoir will be stocked this week with 1,950 rainbow trout. Tunnel Reservoir was stocked last week with 1,685 rainbow trout. The lake level at River Reservoir is low and below the boat ramp, and launching boats is only possible for boats that can be carried to the water’s edge. Bunch and Tunnel Reservoir’s water levels are low but are okay to launch small boats, float tubes, or pontoon boats.

HULSEY LAKE – The lake was drained following the Wallow Fire to help reduce expected flooding on Escudilla Mountain and has not been stocked since the fire in 2011.

LEE VALLEY LAKE – Fishing is poor to fair for Apache trout and small grayling. The lake was stocked in the spring with 4,000 Apache trout. The grayling carried over from last year and are about 9-10 inches. Try fishing deep with nymph patterns (hare’s ear or pheasant tail nymphs). The water level is low, but the water quality is currently good. The new regulation still requires artificial lures or flies, and a two-fish limit, but a 12-inch minimum size is no longer required.

LUNA LAKE – Fishing is fair for large carry-over trout. Anglers have been catching rainbow trout in the 16-19-inch range on PowerBait and worms. Fish early and late in the day. An algae bloom is starting at the lake which will drive trout into deeper water during mid-day.

LYMAN LAKE – Lyman Lake State Park is open. Fishing is fair to good for bass, catfish, and carp.

NELSON RESERVOIR – Fishing is good. The lake was stocked in May with nearly 20,000 rainbow trout. The lake is full and the water quality is good. The water is very clear. Anglers are catching trout on orange and rainbow colored PowerBait, and worms.

RAINBOW LAKE – Fishing is fair for rainbow trout and good for bullheads and channel catfish. The lake was recently stocked with large 13-inch rainbow trout and also with channel catfish. Anglers are catching the large trout on lures (Z-rays, Kastmasters, Roostertails, and Panther Martins) and PowerBait. Channel catfish are being caught on nightcrawlers, hot dogs, and stink baits. The weeds are growing but are not a significant problem at this time. It is very weedy around the dam. Rainbow Lake has been stocked with white Amur (grass carp) under a special permit to address the nuisance weed problems in the lake. All grass carp must be released because they are under the minimum legal size of 30 inches.

SCOTT RESERVOIR – Fishing is fair to good. The lake was stocked last week with 1,463 rainbow trout. Channel catfish were also recently stocked.

SHOW LOW LAKE – Fishing is fair for stocked trout and fair to good for smallmouth bass and walleye. The lake will be stocked this week with 850 large 13-inch rainbow trout. Shore and boat anglers have been catching 13-14-inch rainbow trout on nightcrawlers, PowerBait, and lures. Anglers need to fish in deep water. The lake was also recently stocked with channel catfish. The concession store and boat rentals are open.

Also, an 8-pound, 1.12-ounce, 29.25-inch walleye was caught on a Rapala  on June 11 by Ronald Sankey. The fish is a Big Fish of the Year leader for walleye.

WOODLAND LAKE – Fishing is fair for trout, and fair to good for bass and bluegill. Anglers are catching trout on worms, PowerBait, lures, and flies. Bluegill were recently stocked.

WHITE MOUNTAIN STREAMS
Note: Stage II Fire Restrictions are currently in effect on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, State Trust lands, and Arizona Game and Fish Department Wildlife Areas.

EAST FORK of the BLACK RIVER – Fishing is good for stocked Apache trout and fair for wild brown trout. The stream was stocked last week and will be stocked again this week with 1,000 Apache trout. The river is at or near base flows.

WEST FORK of the BLACK RIVER – Fishing is good for stocked Apache trout at the FR 68 crossing and poor for wild brown trout. It was stocked last week and will be stocked again this week at the FR 68 crossing with 50 Apache trout. The campground is still closed following the Wallow Fire. The river is at or near base flows.

LITTLE COLORADO RIVER in GREER – Fishing is good for stocked Apache trout and fair for wild brown trout. It was stocked last week and will be stocked again this week with 500 Apache trout. The river is at or near base flows.

SHEEPS CROSSING – Fishing is good for stocked Apache trout. It was stocked last week and will be stocked again this week with 500 Apache trout. The stream is currently at or near base flows.

SHOW LOW CREEK – Fishing is good to excellent. The large pool below Show Low Lake dam was  stocked last week with 1,190 rainbow trout. Please do not park on the dam where the road is narrow.

SILVER CREEK – Fishing is good to excellent. The stream was stocked last week and will be stocked again this week with 625 Apache trout. Silver Creek is currently open (April 1 to Sept. 30) to statewide regulations, which allows bait and barbed hooks and the limit is 6 trout, but only in the lower section. The upper section is closed to fishing until October 1.

LAKE POWELL AND LEES FERRY

New reports:

LAKE POWELL – From Wayne Gustaveson: There are so many changes occurring in the fishery right now that it is really hard to keep up. The lake came up another 5 feet this week, but the big news is that green brush is now under water.   That gives bass, crappie, sunfish and shad a place to hide.  Most fish are on the move trying to stake their claims while the land rush is on.   Wind has been relentless the past week making it hard to get out and fish.  It looks like that will change today with calmer weather in the forecast.  Strong winds really mixed the water which dropped the water temperature back to 67 degrees.  With all this happening it is no wonder it is hard to find a fishing pattern that consistently works right now.

See the full Wayne Gustaveson June 11 report at http://www.wayneswords.com.

LEES FERRY – From Lees Ferry Anglers: For fly fishing up river, summer weather and the corresponding higher water flows have arrived right on schedule. It took a few days – really maybe 72 hours – for fish to settle into their high water mode, but once they did it was business as usual.

See the latest report from June 5 from Lees Ferry Anglers.

COLORADO RIVER

New reports:

ANGLER’S REPORT: Charles S. with a Colorado River report from Picacho State Park to Imperial Dam: Air temps have been triple digit and water temps in the current are hovering around 79 – 80 degrees. Backwater temps are around 81 and 84 (even higher in select areas).

Peggy and I did most of our fishing over the weekend in the current and caught probably 10 bass ranging between 2-4 pounds, and a handful of dinks, as well as a nice flathead in the 6-pound range.

Almost all of the fish were caught flipping brush hogs in the current and adjacent eddies. I had also hooked a good-size bass in one of the lakes, but it threw the hook after a very short tug of war. I imagine that if I had been rigged with a lighter, more standard weight, vs. the colossal weight I throw in current, that I would have boated it. The bass are definitely in their summer patterns and I expect the bite to be above average for the next month.

Hopefully the warmer waters will kick start the vegetation so we can do some frogging!

Important notice: With the 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 visithttp://100thmeridian.org/.

LAKE MEAD –The elevation will continue to drop over the summer.  The present elevation is 1084.9 feet above msl.  Be careful boating because of fluctuating water levels and watch for floating debris dislodged from changing water levels. There seems to be an abundance of shad currently which may be the reason for the lack of bite.  Cut anchovies are still the bait of choice for stripers.  Check the moon phases before you go –last new moon was May 28th.  The next new moon will be June 27th.  Dark nights work best when fishing under light.  Fishing for stripers in 50 plus feet of water will normally find the larger fish.  If they are not taking the anchovies try swimming baits and see if you can get them to bite.  Jigging in 40-60 feet deep has been doing well on Mead.  If you can locate the shad, the stripers are not far behind.  Trolling usually works best in areas where shad are found and best done in the early mornings and evenings.  Largemouth bass are hitting top-water baits in the mornings and afternoons.  If you are lucky enough to be out on an overcast morning the top-water baits will do well even into late morning.

LAKE MOHAVE –The lake level today is 643 feet above msl.  Reports are that smallmouth and largemouth are hitting on the lake but that stripers are much harder to find.  The high lake level submerges shoreline vegetation which attracts bass.   Reports of people catching both black bass species are common.  Mixing up your colors with plastics is doing well on largemouth and smallmouth.  Latest report has night crawlers doing the best for bass on Lake Mohave.  Stephen and son Dylan caught a beautiful 2.82 lbs. smallmouth near Princess Cove.  That is one of the coves AZGFD and NDOW are installing fish habitat.

Submersible lights fished during the new moon are an effective way to catch stripers. Next new moon will be June 27th.  Cut anchovies usually work the best for stripers.  Catfish are still being taken in the coves on both sides of the lake.

Biologists from both Arizona Game and Fish Department and Nevada Division of Wildlife with the help of volunteers, National Park Service and Bureau of Reclamation personnel have continued to install fish habitat in Carp Cove, Box Cove, Shoshone, Princess and Arrowhead.  Prospect Cove (1st cove south of Princess Launch Ramp) is the latest addition on the Arizona side of the lake to get habitat deployed. Fish habitat consists of PVC structures, tamarisk bundles and a new type of habitat we call poly shrubs.   The largemouth, smallmouth, 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 gcummins [at] azgfd [dot] gov so I can share your successes with others.

WILLOW BEACH – A temporary solution has been reached between AZGFD and the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service to continue stocking rainbow trout.  The USFWS has agreed to rear 21,000 juvenile rainbow trout provided by AZGFD to be stocked by Willow Beach National Fish Hatchery.  Stocking will begin when the trout reach catchable size and follows the protocol for stocking trout.

If you fish Willow beach and are having luck, please e-mail me at gcummins [at] azgfd [dot] gov so I can share your successes with others.

COLORADO RIVER BELOW DAVIS DAM – Trout fishing will continue to dwindle without stocking although some holdovers will continue to be caught occasionally.  The report is that the striper bite is a little slow but lots of quality fish are being caught.  Rex brought in a stringer of stripers from the Community Park area. The bass bite is heating up on the river.  Courtney and Kaloeb landed a couple smallmouth bass in the river.  Another fish that is exciting to catch are carp, and they are a great fish to eat.

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 gcummins [at] azgfd [dot] gov so I can share your successes with others.

TOPOCK GORGE– Reports of catfish and some stripers are being taken in the Gorge but the bite is slow. I have not heard much about fishing in the Gorge lately.

TOPOCK MARSH – Fishing has picked up at the marsh with the warm temps.  Bass, catfish and crappie are active and feeding.  Use night crawlers or spin/swim baits for bass.
If you notice illegal activities please call the Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-352-0700 or online atwww.azgfd.gov/thief.  Please refer to our regulations booklet on how to be a good witness.

You can access the marsh by boat at the 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.

VERDE VALLEY

DEAD HORSE STATE PARK –The last trout stocking was the week of March 10th.  Catfish were stocked the week of April 28th.  Catfish were also stocked for the fishing event on the 14th.  Bass and bluegill are being landed on an assortment of baits.  If you fish Dead Horse please e-mail me at gcummins [at] azgfd [dot] gov so I can share your successes with others.

VERDE RIVER (throughout Verde Valley) – Always check your regulations before fishing this area with live bait.  Game and Fish Commission Rule requires anglers to only use live bait that has been caught in the river. No transporting of live baitfish or crayfish is allowed.  The last stocking was the week of March 31st.

PRESCOTT AREA

FAIN LAKE — Trout stocking has resumed at Fain Lake.  Fain was stocked the week June 9.   The cooler temps have helped the trout bite.  Nick sent a report of catching four nice trout on rainbow colored Powerbait on the bottom.  The bite started around ten but no one else were landing fish or getting bites.  That goes to show you that bring a variety of baits and one isn’t working, try another.

GOLDWATER LAKE — Report are that some trout are being caught but it can be hit and miss.  I haven’t received a recent report from Goldwater.  The last stocking was the week of June 9th.    The next tentatively scheduled stocking will the week of June 23.

If you fish Goldwater and are having luck, please e-mail me at gcummins [at] azgfd [dot] gov so I can share your successes with others.

GRANITE BASIN LAKE – The Lake is now open.  Bring a variety of baits for largemouth bass, spinner baits, plastics and always bring night crawlers just in case they don’t bite artificial baits.  Bluegills are usually pretty easy to catch at this lake and are great for kids to have fun.  If you fish Granite Basin Lake and are having luck, please e-mail me at gcummins [at] azgfd [dot] gov so I can share your successes with others.

LYNX LAKE –The last scheduled rainbow trout stocking was the week of June 2.  Catchable brown trout were stocked the week of May 12th.  Trout are not the only fish in Lynx Lake. James sent a report on his 8-inch yellow bullhead he caught Friday.  Send your reports in, they are greatly appreciated.

Reports are that the lake level is extremely low, so be careful if you venture to the lake.  The fishing dock was removed due to the low water levels but shore access is basically unlimited.

Cut anchovies, night crawlers or hot dog are your best bet for catfish. Lynx also can be an exciting place to fish for carp.  Common carp are very strong fighters and will provide an excellent table fair.  A quick search on the internet will produce tasty recipes for these robust fish.  Corn and an assortment of other baits will attract these fish.  Lynx can be difficult to fish, if you are not catching anything try moving to a new spot. There are some good spots on the north end of the lake that don’t get fished as heavily as the south end does.

MINGUS LAKE – The latest stocking was the week of June 9.

For trout the best bait is usually orange, pink, or white PowerBait, fished on the bottom with a treble hook and an egg sinker.  Fishing can be really good at times, because angler use is lower than other lakes in the area.

Yellow bullhead catfish are active and easy to catch with nightcrawlers on the bottom.

This lake is more remote than the other Prescott area lakes and not very big.  The lake is open as weather permits.  Forest Road 104 is relatively impassable when wet.  The lake is still open to foot traffic.

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 – Trout were last stocked the week of February 3rd.  Trout are still being caught and they are nice size.  Brian S. saw some bass building nests by the dock and he threw a watermelon green jig and got a hard hit from a 2-3-pound largemouth bass but couldn’t land it.  He moved about 15 feet and caught a 1-2-pound largemouth.  He ended up with one bass and two trout which he released all the fish because his family doesn’t eat fish.  He loves the topwater action in the summer.

If you fish Watson and are having luck, please e-mail me at gcummins [at] azgfd [dot] gov so I can share your successes with others.

WILLOW CREEK RESERVOIR –   Largemouth bass are the predominant species in this lake. If you fish Willow and are having luck, please e-mail me at gcummins [at] azgfd [dot] gov so I can share your successes with others.

SOUTHWESTERN WATERS

New report:

Wednesday, June 19 Alamo Lake fishing report from Mark Knapp, park ranger at Alamo Lake State Park:

Well folks, this is going to be very short, but I want to at least get something out to you.  I have a note on my desk that says an angler caught 75 bass on a morning crankbait bite.  Then it says in the evening they caught crappie, bass, and catfish.  I don’t have a name to go with it so I don’t know who to thank for the report.

I have been all over the place in the last couple of weeks for training and meetings.  Shore fishermen are doing well catching bass and catfish.  They’re using nightcrawlers and hot dogs.  Once again we got hit with high winds and that pretty much land-locked everyone.  I plan on getting out tonight and throw some plastics and see what I come up with.  The lake level is at 1087ish and dropping about a foot a month.

Your best bet for launching is off the old rental boat road, or in between the barrels on the right-hand side.  You can drive down Cholla ramp and decide for yourself if you want to use it. It’s got a drop-off and lots of mud.  There’s not much more I can do with a tractor until the lake goes down a few more feet.  Then I’m going to regrade it.   That’s it in a nutshell. Fishing is good.  — Mark

Previous reports:

LAKE HAVASU – Water temperatures are topping out around 70 degrees. The lake level is at 448.3 feet (450 is full.)

John Galbearth of Bass Tackle Masters reported on Thursday, April 24, that a top-water bite has been reliable using frogs, buzz baits, and walking baits such as Zara Spooks. Bass are mostly heading into a post-spawn mode, with some at the tail end of their spawn.

The striper action has been fair, Galbearth said, with the best action coming during first light using top-water or subsurface lures. Anglers should be throwing larger lures (5-10 inches) because stripers have been keying in on gizzard shad. Also, shad are spawning off the beaches, so there’s also been a good striper bite during the first hour of light in shallow waters.

Catfish action is “OK,” Galbearth said, but are averaging 4-12 pounds.

The redear sunfish typically spawn in May/June. For now, anglers are getting redear primarily in the 2-pound class (it isn’t warm enough yet for the big redear to come in shallow). Some anglers typically have been getting redear by fishing nightcrawlers under a bobber in the river or deeper portions of the bays over grass beds.

A pending world record, 5.80-pound redear sunfish was caught Sunday, Feb. 16 by the chalk cliffs on a No. Aberdeen hook and a nightcrawler using a dropshot rig. The International Game Fish Association is in the process of certifying the record.

(If you have reports from the following waters, please send them to BFishing [at] AZGFD [dot] gov)

PARKER STRIP – Falling overnight temperatures should start slowing the catfish bite down. The strip is home to both Flatheads and more commonly channel catfish. Channels cats can be found throughout the strip but are typically in the areas with shoreline vegetation. A variety of stink baits can be productive as are goldfish or small bluegills for both species of catfish. Smallmouth and largemouth bass are also found up and down the river. Many anglers have switched to sight fishing as water clarity has significantly increased since the introduction of the aquatic invasive quagga mussel.

Boaters are reminded to clean drain and dry their watercraft before taking them to another body of water.

No new reports. Mittry Lake offers many fishing opportunities. There are ten man-made jetties on the eastern shore for shoreline anglers, but the lake is most effectively fished by boat. There is a good concrete boat launch near the southern end of the lake, with a courtesy mooring dock. There is also a more primitive gravel ramp toward the northern end of the lake. There are restrooms and trash facilities at the main boat ramp, which also sports a large Ramada for public gatherings.

Mittry Lake can be a bit frustrating at times, especially for bass fishermen. There are plenty of bass in the lake, with a few in the eight to ten pound range, occasionally larger. However, the bass are sometimes finicky, and it can be challenging to bring any in on some days. Other days, the bite can be wide open. Windy or changing weather often brings on the bite. Techniques for bass fishing vary widely. When fishing for bass in the cooler months, and bass are less active, fish deeper water with jigs, swimbaits, or plastics using a slow retrieve. As the water warms up in the spring and summer, bass become more active and move to shallower water.

During that time most people use plastics, buzzbaits, spinnerbaits, or crankbaits with a faster retrieve. Plastic baits resembling worms, crawdads, frogs, or lizards can also work well. For best results fish around structure such as weed beds, emergent vegetation or where shoreline brush edges the water.

YUMA AREA PONDS – Beginning the week of April 20, four Yuma-area waters in April joined the Community Fishing Program waters: West Wetlands Pond, Council Avenue Pond (in Somerton), Fortuna Lake and Redondo Lake. These ponds will continue to receive winter trout stockings. They will receive a catfish and bluegill stocking in June, and a catfish stocking in October.

Please send me your fishing reports from Southern Arizona! Fishing reports for southern waters can be sent to Don Mitchell, Regional Fisheries Program Manager by email at dmitchell [at] azgfd [dot] gov These reports will then be complied and reported in these weekly fishing reports.

Need ideas on where to go fishing? Try the Department’s Fish&Boat Arizona map.

SOUTHERN WATERS

Please send me your fishing reports from Southern Arizona! Fishing reports for southern waters can be sent to Don Mitchell, Regional Fisheries Program Manager by email at dmitchell [at] azgfd [dot] gov These reports will then be complied and reported in these weekly fishing reports.

Need ideas on where to go fishing? Try the Department’s Fish&Boat Arizona map.

Previous reports:

Mike with a report from Arivaca: Hello, just giving a fishing report on Arivaca Lake. It was awesome for fishing the 24th of May. Even though it was really low, three of us caught 20-plus largemouth and a bunch of one-half to 1-pound bluegill hitting bass lures in 5 hours, not counting the ones we hooked but never reeled all the way in. We were using poppers, cranks, and buzz baits. All bass were between 2-3 pounds. Another friend who went earlier in the day caught a lot as well, including a couple 7-pounders using Texas-rigged nightcrawlers. Fun day and evening.

Previously from Arivaca – Construction on the new boat ramp has been completed and anglers can now access the lake without restrictions. Water levels remain low however and anglers should use caution when launching boats from the lake shoreline. No reports of angler success have been received.

PENA BLANCA – Angler’s report. Matt M. and a friend were fishing Pena Blanca Lake last weekend. Here’s Matt’s report: I got blanked for trout and bass, but he managed to pull in five bass. He was using a worm rigged weedless and was casting into the bank. One was about a pound and the others were way less than that.

From AZGFD: Anglers are reporting success fishing for largemouth bass in the shallows along the shoreline using crayfish patterns. Anglers are reminded that all largemouth bass caught must be immediately released alive.
Additionally all mercury advisories against the eating of warm-water fish caught at Pena Blanca Lake remains in effect. Future testing will determine if and when these advisories will be lifted. Boaters using gas motors are asked to be courteous and not create wake problems for others boaters.

CLUFF RANCH — Anglers are reporting good success catching sunfish in the early evening. The pond is full and there should be no problems with boat launching. Visitors are reminded that it is illegal to obstruct the use of the boat ramp by anglers trying to launch the boats. No parking, standing, sitting, swimming or fishing is allowed on the boat ramp. For lake information call (928) 485-9430.

PATAGONIA — A 56.2-pound flathead catfish was reportedly caught at the lake while fishing for bass with a jig. Anglers are reporting good success with largemouth bass and sunfish.

PARKER CANYON — Anglers are reporting catching only a few trout at the lake, with the most success using power bait. Contact the Store for the latest updates on fishing at (520) 455-5847

RIGGS FLAT LAKE – This lake is scheduled to re-open in mid-April. Please contact the Forest Service of the latest information at (928) 428-4150.

ROPER LAKE — No recent reports have been received from this location. For lake information (928) 428-6760.

ROSE CANYON LAKE – This lake is scheduled to be re-opened to vehicular traffic on April 19th. Anglers have been reporting success during the walk in only period with small flies.