If we get a milder spat of sunny winter weather (maybe next weekend), we have two fairly shallow lakes that tend to heat up fast because they are like two big solar bowls in the desert. The first is Alamo Lake west of Wickenberg. The other is Lake Havasu. Havasu has a larger mass than Alamo, but also a larger variety of sport-fish species as well. Alamo has something that draws a lot of winter visitors -- crappie.
Also, anglers have had good luck catching incentive rainbow trout and Community Fishing Program waters.
This influx of rains will be great for spring fishing (and probably for quail hunting next year), but at high run-off lakes such as Roosevelt, boaters at both ends of the lake much go slowly and watch for debris.
See a winter trout stocking schedule, maybe grab a fishing license online -- you can get them 24/7 -- and go "Fish AZ."
Catch of the WeekSend your Angler Reports to BFishing@AZGFD.gov – one will be featured as Catch of the Week
Richard J.'s son caught this 16-inch rainbow trout at Red Mountain Lake, a Community Fishing Program water in Mesa, on green PowerBait. "My 4-year-old son literally asks me every day if we can go fishing," Richard said. "Of course the answer is 'yes.'"
Public fishing eventsFree fishing clinics, loaner rods are provided, bait is free, and no license is required to those who register during event hours.
Saturday, Jan. 28 — Family Fishing Day, 8 a.m. – noon, Red Mountain Lake (7745 E. Brown Rd., Mesa).
The lake will be stocked prior to the event with 420 pounds of trout.
See the full schedule
Nets and waders: Working for youThis new section will periodically show what our fisheries biologists have been doing in the field to improve fishing in Arizona.
A large number of young-of-year and age-1 largemouth bass were captured in the 2016 survey – we hope these fish will provide a bright future for the lake’s largemouth bass fishery.
All of the fish were collected, weighed, measured, and released unharmed. A total of 2,891 were captured in 16 survey stations, of which 255 were largemouth bass. The largest sampled was 19.9 inches and 4.6 pounds. Forage fish (threadfin shad, blue tilapia, and bluegill) comprised 89 percent of the total catch and should provide abundant food for the lake’s sportfish.
Rainbow troutThursday, Jan. 12 -- Colorado River (Willow Beach). Read more. Wednesday, Jan. 11 and Thursday, Jan. 12 -- All Community waters scheduled to be stocked with trout this week (marked with a "T" on the schedule) were stocked with larger-than-average trout. Thursday, Jan. 5 -- Dankworth Ponds, Roper Lake, Cluff Reservoir # 3. Wednesday, Jan. 4 -- Parker Canyon Lake.
Next week: we’re scheduled to stock the Verde River (Clarkdale to Camp Verde), Somerton Ponds, Yuma West Wetlands Pond, Pena Blanca Lake, Lower Salt River, Canyon Lake and Saguaro Lake. (Stockings at Canyon and Saguaro scheduled for this week have been moved to next week.)
See the full schedule.
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(Updated Jan. 20, Editor Nick Walter, 623-236-7214)
ROOSEVELT LAKE -- (2,095 feet, 43-percent full)
Jan. 20 report from Jim Goughnour of Rim Country Custom Rods:
The continual cold front storms moving through Rim Country are bringing large amounts of water into the Salt River and Roosevelt Lake watershed. Every stream, wash and creek are flowing and the predicted snow this weekend will only add to the totals.
The Salt River is flowing at 500 percent and the Tonto Creek is flowing at 1,000 percent of its normal rate. The lake stands at 43 percent full and the level has risen 4 percent over the past three weeks. The water condition at the ends of the lake is very stained while the mid-lake areas are slightly stained. The water entering the lake is very cold so anglers are concentrating on areas where the water temperature may be a few degrees warmer during the afternoons.
Fishing on Roosevelt Lake is reported to be poor to fair. A couple of anglers suggested using dynamite, but a few others suggested mid to deep-running crankbaits in a shad pattern, jigs in dark brown or black colors and a Aaron's Magic Roboworn on a deep drop-shot technique. All of these baits can be purchased at the Hwy 188 Tackle Store in Tonto Basin.
Crappie seem to have disappeared due to the weather. Experienced crappie anglers a waiting on calm, sunny days to locate the large schools of crappie that were plentiful a month ago. Schools of crappie are will be in the 15-20 foot depths however, the bite during colder months can be difficult. Trolling 1/8-ounce jighead hook and a black, blue and chartreuse color 2-inch grub-tail bait will produce good crappie results.
Have a great week of fishing and I hope to see you on the water.
LAKE PLEASANT – (Lake elevation 1,686 feet, 82 % full).
Shad can be found in the back of Castle Creek or Coles Bay. Angler will need to keep finding different spots when netting shad. The ideal depth for shad has been 7-15 feet of depth near the shoe. Some great striper trips can be during or just after rain.
An angler reported on the Arizona Striper fishing Facebook page fishing Thursday morning fish in no wind, a little rain and spotting just a few shad in humbug caught five decent stripers on swimbaits, dropshots with shad, and another trolling an unspecified bait.
Catfishing can be decent using dead shad fished on the bottom with hot dogs, chicken liver, or anchovies. Some anglers will chum a cove overnight with corn and return to fish the same cove with corn – this can be an effective tactic for catching carp and catfish.
This month, fishing in general has been decent for striped bass in northern coves, in 55-80 feet of water, using live shad. Humbug has been particularly good for stripers with anchovies in 60 feet of water depth. Jigging spoons in deep water and using Alabama rigs has been producing decent fish as well. With cooler water temperatures, the best bite might be from noon to sunset -- try Alabama rigs, Skinny Dipper paddle tails, or jig 1- to 1.5-ounce spoons. Live shad and anchovies are effective as well. Try the mouths of Humbug, Castle Creek or Coles Bay.
See more winter striper fishing tips.
BARTLETT LAKE - Lake elevation is 1,772 feet, feet, 65 % full.
Fish slowly. Bass are following shad, and so the bass have not been in the same location from one day to another. In the morning, fish dropshots, Texas rigs, jigs, spinnerbaits or crankbaits. Once the sun comes up, fish in 20-30 feet of water over points, humps, reefs, etc.
Be ready for a subtle bite – winter bass are lethargic and more likely than in the fall or spring to hit a bait as its falling. It’s also a particularly good time to try jigs or worms in watermelon or green pumpkin.
The Yellow Cliffs boat ramp has once again opened -- there was 17 feet of water depth at the ramp on Thursday. For one, this can be a good crappie area. Fish in deeper water off cliff walls during the winter, targeting underwater brush and ledges.
Don’t forget the Bartlett Lake Marina is now open. See www.bartlettlake.com or contact 480-221-0503 for more information.
COMMUNITY FISHING WATERS — We just stocked “incentive” trout into many Community Fishing Program waters -- see the "core" waters for where they were stocked.
Some monster trout have been reported to be caught from Surprise Lake and Tempe Kiwanis. Fishing at Veterans Oasis has reportedly been poor.
SAGUARO LAKE – The lake is 1,527 feet (97-percent full.) Rainbow trout stockings scheduled for this week have been moved to next week.
Trout were last stocked in December.
It’s typical winter fishing at Saguaro Lake. Anglers are reporting hit-and-miss action on bass, with many daily bags of less than two bass a day. Yellow bass fishing can be good -- try using a silver and blue Kastmaster or similar.
CANYON LAKE – Lake level is 1,656 feet (93-percent full.) Rainbow trout stockings scheduled for this week have been moved to next week.
Trout were last stocked in December.
A new fishing pier is under construction in the Boulder Creek Recreation Area. This pier serves as excellent structure for sunfish.
Fishing has been difficult for largemouth bass, as is the case during the dead of winter. Fish afternoons when water is at its warmest.
Some anglers have had success throwing dropshot Roboworms in morning dawn near cattails in 10-20 feet of water.
APACHE LAKE - Lake elevation is 1,909 feet (93-percent full).
Apache Lake has been stocked this week with rainbow trout.
There is a good smallmouth bass bite. Anglers can catch a lot of fish on jerkbaits. Also try dropshot-rigged Roboworms in morning dawn, or crawdads imitations in chartreuse chugger (Texas rig or Carolina rig).
Various jigs also can be effective – try crawdad imitations. Points, islands and rocky structures tend to hold the majority of largemouth bass – keep moving.
Largemouth bass fishing is good. You might also find bass chasing shad at the surface, especially at first light. Try working the major points using soft plastic crayfish like lures worked along the bottom. Crankbaits can also work well at times.
Crappie fishing should pick up as winter progresses and they congregate in bigger and tighter schools.
Walleye fishing could be decent at first and last light using nightcrawler rigs, or jigs tipped with worm. Apache is also full of some really nice yellow bass. Try gold KastMasters or yellow/gold Rooster Tails.
HORSESHOE LAKE – Lake elevation is 2,010 feet (65-percent full).
Water levels have risen significantly during the past month. When the lake is full, there are a lot pf spawning fish. Below the dam on the Verde River, there's probably some great catfish action.
LOWER SALT RIVER – On Friday morning the river was flowing at 12 cfs out of Stewart Mountain.
Trout were stocked the week of Jan. 10 into the lower portion of the Salt (above where the Verde River meets the Salt).
Cooler air temperatures should help trout fishing to continue to pick up. Try using wet and dry flies. Many fly anglers typically have success with leech patterns.
Remember that the walk to the shoreline is steep, and don’t wade into the river because of quick-sand spots. Try nightcrawlers, small spinners, Kastmasters and flies in this unique desert river trout fishery. You might be able to catch some bass or sunfish in the deeper holes. Good time for tubing the Salt -- take along a fishing rod.
Creeks below the Mogollon Rim
Jim Goughnour of Rim Country Custom Rods reported that most all of the lakes and/or roads on the Mogollon Rim are frozen over. For those who like to ice fish, now is your time to enjoy winter fishing. Be sure to call for road conditions prior to heading to your favorite lake.
An angler reported on Jan. 17 a 5-pound largemouth bass night-fishing at Lake Mohave. Another angler on Jan. 18 has luck on smallboth bass.
At Lake Mead and Lake Mohave, fish the shallow weed beds for largemouth bass and the shelves for smallmouth bass. Striped bass are usually easy to find on Mead but can be more difficult on Mohave. Barbara caught her three stripers from shore on Lake Mohave at the Telephone Cove area using anchovies. The Colorado River was stocked with rainbow trout on Monday at Davis Camp, Community Park and Rotary Park. Fishing is always great after the stockings. Try small spinners if the PowerBait isn’t working. Nightcrawlers are an excellent choice because of the wide range of fish that take them. ”
Fain Lake was stocked Monday, Dec. 19 with rainbow trout. Use the normal trout baits and if they aren’t working try small spinners. Watson Lake and Lynx Lake has slowed according to reports.
(Updated Dec. 15; Editor Gregg Cummins, 928-263-8868)
The current elevation is 1078 feet above msl. The National Park Service has been working to improve conditions at South Cove launch ramp, but 4x4 vehicles are recommended for launching/retrieving boats. Be sure to check out launch ramp area prior to launching. Be careful boating because of low water level, many new islands and near surface rocks have appeared. The largemouth bass bite is slowing with the cold weather. Night crawlers were the bait for the channel catfish. The striper bite is steady on Lake Mead. Fishing the boils with top water baits is probably your best type of lure. Cut anchovies are still the bait of choice for stripers when anchored at night. Check the moon phases before you go –the last new moon was November 29th. The next new moon will be December 28th. Dark nights work best when fishing under light. Fishing for stripers in 40 plus feet of water will normally find the larger fish. If they are not taking the anchovies try lures and see if you can get them to bite. 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.
LAKE MOHAVE – Thelake level is currently 639 feet above msl. At this elevation reefs and sandbars are exposed so be very careful of rocks just under the surface. One angler reported that he had a blast with largemouth bass in the shallows and smallies attacking plastics along the shelves. The fishing dock at Katherine's Landing produced some nice fish. The striper bite has returned according to reports. Down deep by the dam and above the power lines are reported as the hottest spots. Lures that mimic trout are working for stripers as well as the old tried and true anchovies. Submersible lights fished during the new moon are an effective way to catch stripers. Check the moon phases before you go – the last new moon was November 29th. The next new moon will be December 28th. Cut anchovies usually work the best for stripers at night.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org so I can share your successes with others.
WILLOW BEACH – Try spinner baits along with cut anchovies for stripers. If you fish Willow beach and are having luck, please e-mail me at email@example.com so I can share your successes with others.
COLORADO RIVER BELOW DAVIS DAM - Trout stocking has begun and the latest stocking was the week of November 6th. The next stocking is tentatively scheduled for the week of December 18th. The best bait is reported to be yellow and orange power bait and of course night crawlers. Try small spinner baits if the power baits are not working. Try swim baits for stripers, especially ones that look like trout. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org so I can share your successes with others. Many thanks to Rusty from the Riviera Marina for his fishing report.
TOPOCK GORGE- Use swim baits and pencil poppers if anchovies aren’t working. Stripers are being taken and are ranging between 1-4 pounds.
TOPOCK MARSH – Try chicken livers or worms for catfish. You can access the marsh by boat at the North Dike, Catfish Paradise, and Five-Mile Landing. The cold weather has slowed the bite and access to the marsh is difficult due to low water levels. The last report I received said that launching at North Dike was extremely difficult. 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.
DEAD HORSE RANCH STATE PARK – Catfish were stocked the week of September 22nd and are still being caught. Trout were stocked the week of December 5th and are tentatively scheduled for next week, the week of December 19th. Deb and Bill started fishing a 7:30 in the morning using spoons, flies, worms and power bait. It was slow for 2 hours then the fish started biting the power bait and power eggs. They caught a released 22 fish and reported that people were having a hard time landing fish. Luck never hurts! Bring a variety of baits just in case the fish aren’t biting. Try small spinners or spoons, Powerbait, night crawlers or any other bait. Bass bite has slowed. If you fish Dead Horse please e-mail me at email@example.com so I can share your successes with others.
VERDE RIVER (throughout Verde Valley) – Trout were last stocked the week of November 14th and are tentatively scheduled for this week, the week of December 12th. The largemouth bass that Troy caught on the day of the super moon was an exception to the normal size of the bass caught around there. The smallmouth bass and catfish bite has slowed but the bass that are caught are on the small side and you can keep all you catch. Bring a variety of bait so you can change if the bite is absent.
FAIN LAKE — Park is open but fish are not being stocked yet.
GOLDWATER LAKE — Goldwater Lake was stocked several times in October and November including last week, the week of November 28th. The next stocking is tentatively scheduled for this week, the week of December 12th. Try several colors of power bait and power eggs and if you don’t get bites try night crawlers or small spinners. They are a great option if you are not getting bites with other baits. Jonathan reports that he has success using orange and yellow power bait eggs on about a 12 to 18 inch leader. Small spinners work very well also. Michael reports that 1½ inch Crappie Tubes & Acme Castmasters lures work very well on the trout. This is the second time he has reported method in the last couple weeks.
If you fish Goldwater and are having luck, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org so I can share your successes with others.
GRANITE BASIN LAKE – The warming temperatures have increased the bite for largemouth and bluegill. If you fish Granite Basin Lake and are having luck, please e-mail me at email@example.com so I can share your successes with others.
LYNX LAKE – The latest rainbow trout stocking was the week of November 7th. Catchable Brown Trout were stocked September 6th and catfish were stocked the week of September 22nd. Change baits if you are not having any luck and move down the shore a few hundred feet. Rob reports that the morning bite is best and limits can be caught in the 20 degree air temps. Later in the morning the trout move to the 14-35 feet in depth. Try yellow colored power bait or power eggs for trout if the spinners don’t work. The gold colored Super Duper is a distant second. Night crawlers are always good bait that can work on most fish.
Lynx also can be an exciting place to fish for carp. Common carp are very strong fighters and will provide 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.
MINGUS LAKE – Trout were last stocked the week of October 17th. The best bait is white or pink Powerbait, fished under a bobber or a spinner with a silver blade are doing well. The gate will be locked soon, with an anticipated mid-December locking. The lake is iced over according to reports so be careful if you fish there.
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 – Look for large holdover trout. Rob caught his first holdover recently, a beauty at 4 lbs. 2 oz. Trout were stocked the week of November 14th and the week of November 28th. Bring night crawlers if your other baits are not working.
If you fish Watson and are having luck, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org so I can share your successes with others.
WILLOW CREEK RESERVOIR – Largemouth bass are the predominant species. Shore fishing is difficult due to the aquatic vegetation although the cold temperatures have helped cleared some of that mess. Try top water baits so you can eliminate some of the snagging. If you are in a boat or float tube you can always retrieve your baits without too much difficulty. Try drop shots from shore also. If you fish Willow and are having luck, please e-mail me at email@example.com so I can share your successes with others.
(Updated Dec. 15; Editor Don Mitchell, 520-388-4451)
The winter trout stocking season is underway! See the schedule -- bookmark this page for easy access!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. These reports will then be complied and reported in our weekly fishing reports.
Need ideas on where to go fishing? Try the Department's Fish and Boat Map.
ARIVACA LAKE – Current lake level is 6.45 below the spillway. Launching conditions are fair. As temperatures cool expect fish to become more active throughout the day. Gasoline engines are restricted to 10 hp or less and boaters using gas motors are asked to be courteous and not create wake problems for others boaters.
CLUFF RANCH — Trout stocking is ongoing. Anglers continue to report the fishing to be fair. The pond is down approximately 1.2 below the spillway 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 — No reported launching problems. Trout stockings are ongoing.The lake is currently full. No recent reports of success.
PARKER CANYON — The lake is 2.76 feet below the spillway. Launching is greatly improved with increased water levels. Trout stocking is ongoing. For future stockings check the schedule here: Winter 2016 - 2017. The bag limit on white amurs is one fish over 30 inches in length. Anglers are asked to immediately release any smaller amurs that they may catch unharmed. Anglers can also contact the Store at the lake for updates on fishing at (520) 455-5847. Gasoline engines are restricted to 10 hp or less and boaters using gas motors are asked to be courteous and not create wake problems for others boaters.
PENA BLANCA – Water quality problems continue to be a problem at Pena Blanca Lake and trout stocking is still on hold. All trout scheduled for stocking at Pena Blanca Lake will be sent to Patagonia Lake. Anglers are reminded that all largemouth bass caught must be immediately released alive. Additionally all mercury advisories against the eating of warmwater fish caught at Pena Blanca Lake remains in effect. Future testing will determine if and when these advisories will be lifted. Gasoline engines are restricted to 10 hp or less and boaters using gas motors are asked to be courteous and not create wake problems for others boaters.
RIGGS FLAT LAKE – This lake is closed for the winter.
ROPER LAKE — No recent reports have been received from this location. The lake level is 1.94 feet below the spillway. Launching should be good. Trout stockings will begin soon. Find the schedule here: Winter 2016 - 2017 For lake information contact Roper Lake State Park at (928) 428-6760. Sunfish live or dead is not legal bait at this lake.
ROSE CANYON LAKE – The lake is closed to vehicle access for the winter. Anglers can still access the lake by foot.
LAKE POWELL AND LEES FERRY
“Last report of 2016”
LAKE POWELL -- Water temperature 65-68 degrees, Lake Elevation 3,609; 52 percent full.
Lake Powell fish are now in prime time. Water temperature is in the mid 60’s which means that all fish can basically go anywhere they want to. During summer there is a separation of large and small stripers because big fish need cooler temperatures. Those barriers are now removed.
See the full report from Wayne Gustaveson (www.wayneswords.com).
LEES FERRY –See the full Nov. 4 fishing report from Lees Ferry Anglers.
ALAMO LAKE – Jan. 5 report from Mark Knapp at Alamo Lake State Park:
Well folks, all said and done, the lake came up about 3 feet. It's a far cry from what we need, but we will take it. Plan on launching off the old rental boat area still. The lake looks like a mud hole. Lots of debris washed and floating all over the place. The only thing really biting is catfish. Anytime we get an inflow of water they go nuts and this is no exception. I don't know about shore fishing, but by boat just head up to the northeast side where the river channel is and throw about anything and you should catch a fish. This will only last until the river stops flowing. You have about two, maybe three, days left. It's been cold and colder out here. Plan on dressing very warm. That's about it for now. -- Mark
LAKE HAVASU – Lake level 91.5 percent full, 69+ degrees.
See the latest report from www.havasufishing.com.
YUMA AREA PONDS – Trout have returned to the Community lakes Fortuna, Redondo, West Wetlands Pond and Council Ave. Pond in Somerton. See the schedule.
LAKE MARTINEZ -- Water temperature 72 degrees, many sandbars showing.
No updates on Parker Strip or Mittry Lake. Please send in your reports to BFishing@AZGFD.gov.
Cinda Howard of Fly Fish Arizona ... and Beyond (www.flyfisharizona.com) ad this report from the Greer lakes and Becker Lake:
Currently the Greer Lakes are ice free and they are finally full again. On Jan. 9, there was a young man who caught a 21", 4 lb brown out of Tunnel (pictured above). This time of year, bunny leeches, simi seal leeches and woolly buggers work well in all of the Greer Lakes. For bait, try worms.
A nice Becker Lake rainbow trout caught recently from a pier.
Becker Lake is also ice free and has been fishing very well. I have done well fishing from the pier but if you have a boat, casting to the banks has been very productive. Fish seem to be sitting really close to the bank. My best flies are bunny leeches in white, black and tan.
Fishing is fair at Show Low Lake, Fool Hollow Lake, Willow Springs Lake, and Nelson Reservoir. Silver Creek is in the catch and release season, which had a parasite outbreak in October, but fishing is now good. Patterson Ponds in St. Johns were stocked in mid-December with catchable rainbow trout!
(Updated Jan. 6; Editor Mike Lopez, 928-245-2899)
Recommended Waters to Fish
*Access to Woods Canyon Lake and Bear Canyon Lake is closed as of 1/5/2017 via Forest Road 300. *Access to Big Lake is closed as of 12/23/16 via roads 261 and 273. Other roads are icy and snow packed.
MOGOLLON RIM LAKES
*Skim ice may be present, use caution. Ice coverage is unpredictable with warm days and cold nights. Forest Road 300 (Rim Road) to Woods Canyon Lake and Bear Canyon Lake is closed for the winter.
BEAR CANYON LAKE – Inaccessible. Forest Road 300 (the Rim Road) is closed for the winter as of 1/5/2017.
BLACK CANYON LAKE – Fishing is poor and the water is low. No ice and the road is open.
CHEVELON LAKE – Fishing is fair for stocked rainbow trout wild brown trout. No ice. Forest Road 300 (the Rim Road) is closed for the winter as of 1/5/2017, but the lake is still accessible via Forest Road 504 from Heber.
WILLOW SPRINGS LAKE – Fishing is fair for stocked rainbow trout and tiger trout. No ice and the road is open (may have some temporary skim ice in early mornings.
WOODS CANYON LAKE – Inaccessible. Forest Road 300 (the Rim Road) is closed for the winter as of 1/5/2017.
PINETOP/SHOW LOW/ST. JOHNS LAKES
FOOL HOLLOW LAKE – Fishing is fair for trout. The lake was stocked heavily with rainbow trout in September and water quality is good. Anglers are catching trout on PowerBait and nightcrawlers in the mornings. No ice present. The 2 fishing piers have been disconnected so that winter ice does not damage them, thus, they are not available for shore fishing.
RAINBOW LAKE – Fishing for trout is poor. The lake is low and weedy. No ice present.
SCOTT RESERVOIR – Trout and catfish fishing is fair. Try fishing for catfish using chicken liver on the bottom. No ice present. The lake is full and very turbid.
SHOW LOW LAKE – Fishing is fair for trout. The lake was stocked heavily with rainbow trout in September and water quality is good. Anglers are catching trout on PowerBait and nightcrawlers in the mornings. No ice present. The 2 fishing piers have been disconnected so that winter ice does not damage them, thus, they are not available for shore fishing. The road over the dam is closed for the winter.
WOODLAND LAKE – Fishing is poor.
PATTERSON PONDS – This is a community fishing water in St. John’s. A regular fishing license or a community fishing license is required to fish here. Channel catfish and sunfish fishing is fair, but trout fishing is good. Catfish were last stocked in October and rainbow trout were just stocked in mid-December! The pond daily bag limits in community fishing waters (2 trout; 2 catfish; 5 sunfish) apply.
WHITE MOUNTAIN LAKES
*Skim ice may be present and some lakes may be frozen over. The 261 and 273 roads are closed. Forest roads are icy and snowpacked.
BECKER LAKE – Fishing is good. No ice at this time. Becker Lake is open to catch-and-release only for trout, artificial fly and lure only; single barbless hooks only. No bait. No trout may be kept.
BIG LAKE – Inaccessible and ice covered. Highways 261 and 273 are closed for the winter. Forest roads from the south are not passable due to deep snow.
CARNERO LAKE – Ice Covered. Forest roads to the lake have deep snow in spots and are not accessible all the way to the lake by vehicle.
CLEAR CREEK RESERVOIR – Fishing is poor for trout, but fair for sunfish, bullheads, and bass. No ice.
CONCHO LAKE – Fishing is poor. No ice. The lake is stocked with trout only in the spring, but catfish were stocked in early summer and could still be biting. Try a night crawler on the bottom.
CRESCENT LAKE – Inaccessible and ice covered. Highways 261 and 273 are closed for the winter.
GREER LAKES (River; Tunnel; Bunch) – All 3 lakes are full or nearly full, and partially ice covered. The ice is thin and not safe.
HULSEY LAKE – Ice Covered but has thin, unsafe ice. The road is snow packed but passable.
LEE VALLEY LAKE – Inaccessible and ice covered. Highways 261 and 273 are closed for the winter.
LUNA LAKE – Partially ice covered. Fishing could be fair to good in the open water, but stay on the shore and off the ice.
LYMAN LAKE – Lyman Lake State Park is open. Fishing is fair for bass, walleye, carp and catfish. Use corn or night crawlers for carp and catfish. No ice.
NELSON RESERVOIR – Fishing for trout is good. Fish may have sores from a parasite called Lernaea, however they are safe to eat. No ice. Fishing from the piers is still possible.
WHITE MOUNTAIN STREAMS
EAST FORK of the BLACK RIVER – Fishing is fair. The stream was last stocked in September. Wild brown trout are also present in the stream. No ice, but is running high and off color.
LITTLE COLORADO RIVER in GREER – Fishing is fair. The stream was last stocked in September. Wild brown trout are also present in the stream. No ice. Moderate flows.
SHOW LOW CREEK – Fishing is poor. The road over the dam at Show Low Lake is closed for the winter.
SILVER CREEK – Fishing is good. Current regulations are catch and release with artificial flies and lures with single barbless hooks only. A protozoan infection called “Ich” hit rainbow trout in Silver Creek in October, causing significant stress, some mortalities of trout, and poor fishing, however, that bout of infection has passed. Fishing is good! This stream is ice free all year round.
SHEEPS CROSSING/LCR – Inaccessible. Highway 273 is closed for the winter.
The roads to Kinnikinick, Ashurst, Marshall, Knoll, CC Cragin are all closed.
(Updated Nov. 16 Editor Chuck Benedict 928-214-1244)
KAIBAB LAKE — No recent report.
CATARACT LAKE — No recent report.
CITY RESERVOIR — No recent report.
DOGTOWN LAKE — Kastmasters were working from shore last Thursday when my coworker fished the lake. He caught a dozen nice fish all along the north shore in a couple of hours. Yesterday folks on shore were doing really well using rainbow power bait, green garlic PowerBait and rainbow garlic PowerBait. We saw a 23-inch brown trout caught while we were collecting plankton samples. Folk fishing from a boat were also catching fish on lures.
SANTA FE — No recent report.
WHITEHORSE LAKE — Gate is closed.
LOWER LAKE MARY -- No report. Not fishable.
UPPER LAKE MARY — No report.
ASHURST LAKE — Lake is very low. No report.
FRANCIS SHORT POND – Worms were working this past weekend along meal worms under a bobber or powerbait. There was an angler Saturday fishing with baby bell cheese fished on the bottom with no weights who was catching lots of trout. Folks using flies and lures have also been catching trout. Yesterday when I stocked the lake a fly angler caught an 18inch long 2 lb Rainbow Trout.
KINNIKINICK LAKE — I had reports from two anglers who fished the lake that fishing is excellent for trout. They fished the lake last Thursday and reported that folks were catching fish all over the lake using spinners. Folks are also doing well fishing from boats
OAK CREEK — No report. Stocked last week.
LONG LAKE — No water.
BEAVER CREEK – Stocked this week.
WEST CLEAR CREEK -- Stocked this week.
STONEMAN LAKE — NO FISH.
BLUE RIDGE — Road is closed at Rock Crossing campground. Lake is closed.
KNOLL LAKE — Trout were being caught on PowerBait.