From AZGFD.gov

Fishing Report, Jan. 6, 2016

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Jan 6, 2017

Water temperatures across the state have dropped to their winter standards, and snow and ice has slowed or stalled driving in the high country -- but no precipitation is predicted for the high country this weekend.

See a slideshow of pictures from our Fish AZ blog showing recent lake conditions.Be sure to check the Arizona Department of Transportation website for the latest road conditions. Also, some new fishing regulations are in effect.

First, anglers can pick a species to target, grab a license 24/7 online (if needed) then figure out where you'll go and how you'll fish 'em.

Here are some updates and a few popular species to target:

Rainbow trout: some incentive

] Trout fishing in Arizona is at its best in the Community Fishing Program waters, where larger-than-average trout are being stocked the week of Jan. 9-14.

Trout fishing in Arizona is at its best in the Community Fishing Program waters, where larger-than-average trout (some to 5 pounds) are being stocked the week of Jan. 9-14.

Trout is probably the best winter option for putting dinner on the table or bragging to buddies about high catch rates. We're going to stock “incentive” trout into many Community Fishing Program waters -- see the "core" waters for the week of Jan. 9-14 for a list where they're being stocked.

Bass

Bass fishing can be good during the winter in the lower Salt River.

Bass fishing can be good during the winter in the lower Salt River.[/caption]Know your winter tactics -- it's not an easy time to catch bass. With typical wintertime water temperatures (surface temperatures at desert impoundments tend to be in the low-50s this time of year) a largemouth bass becomes lethargic and may feed once at first light and be satisfied for a couple days.This isn’t to say avoid bass fishing. Just be prepared. And fish slowly.Some tips:
        
  • Creep a dropshot-rigged Roboworm (bass are eating a lot of orange and red colors, such as Salt River craw) along the bottom. Wait for a possible, subtle bite as the bait is falling. This is where bite-feeling techniques such as holding or thumbing your line as the bait is falling can be critical to catching a bass.
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  • Use better gear such as fluorocarbon line and sensitive rod tips. Check online about the advantages of having tungsten weights.
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  • Consider that about 10 percent of largemouth bass in our lakes will be staying shallow, or within the first 10 feet of the bank, throughout the day. As the sun comes up, many will travel deep where they might settle into a comfortable 66 degrees (say, 25 feet down.) This also is where the shad has been. The deeper the water, the more plentiful the bait.
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  • Target points, humps, reefs and islands.

Crappie


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Crappie are heading deep and grouping into larger schools near large pods of baitfish, as they tend to do during the winter.

See a Fish AZ blog article about how to hook them.

So there you go! See our Fish&Boat Arizona map for directions to our state’s primary fisheries.

Catch of the Week

Send your Angler Reports to BFishing@AZGFD.gov –one will be featured as Catch of the Week

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This 16-inch rainbow trout was Allison R.'s only bite of the day -- and now it's Catch of the Week. She caught it Dec. 30 at East Clear Creek.

See all the Angler Reports

 
Free public fishing events


Free fishing clinics, loaner rods are provided, bait is free, and no license is required to those who register during event hours.


Saturday, Jan. 14 —
City of Maricopa Youth Fishing Day, 8 a.m. — noon, Copper Sky Lake (45345 W. Martin Luther Kind Blvd., Maricopa).

See the full schedule

Stocking report

Rainbow trout

Thursday, Dec. 29 — Community waters: Green Valley Lake (No. 1, 2 and 3), Alvord Lake, Desert West Lake, Pioneer Lake, Surprise Lake, Rio Vista Pond, Cortez Lake, Encanto Lake, Steele Indian School, Papago Ponds, Evelyn Hallman Pond, Red Mountain Lake, Chaparral Lake, Riverview Lake, Kiwanis Lake, Desert Breeze Lake, Veterans Oasis Lake, Copper Sky Lake, Lakeside Lake, Sahuarita Lake, Kennedy Lake, Silverbell Lake.See the full report

Thank you, anglers!

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 funds for fishery conservation, boating access, and aquatic education.


CENTRAL WATERS

(Updated Jan. 6, Editor Nick Walter, 623-236-7214)


ROOSEVELT LAKE -- (2,091 feet, 40-percent full)

Jan. 6 report from Jim Goughnour of Rim Country Custom Rods:

The big news among Rim Country anglers is the amount water flowing into Roosevelt Lake. Unless you see it for yourself, it's hard to put into words how much water is flowing from the Salt River and the Tonto Creek.
These numbers might help: the Salt River has risen from 8 feet deep to a recent peak level of 14 feet deep and the flow which is normally about 300 CFPS peaked out at more than 8,000 CFPS. On the Tonto Creek side, the water rose from a normal depth of 2 feet deep to a peak of 7 feet and a normal flow of 30 CFPS to a peak of just under 6,000 CFPS. The lake level is increasing and now stands at 40 percent full.

This is all good news for health of Roosevelt Lake and the Salt River chain of lakes. Even better news is that the mountain ranges from the Mogollon Rim to the Mazatzal Mountains are snow covered with will ensure a steady runoff for several months.    

Fishing on Roosevelt Lake is reported to be poor to fair. The water clarity is stained near the middle of the lake and chocolate brown at the ends of the lake where the water is entering. Fish are scattered the series of cold fronts creates poor fishing conditions. In addition, the colder water temperature is slowing the metabolism of cold-blooded fish. 

Some anglers are reporting success using crankbaits in shallow depths. Most anglers are using a deep water dropshot technique or a spoon such as a Trendsetter jig or a Cripple Herring in deeper depths.

Crappie fishing has slowed some due to the weather, but on calm sunny days anglers are reporting excellent fishing conditions on Roosevelt Lake. Large schools of crappie are being located in 15-20 foot depths. The bite during colder months can be very slight if vertically fishing. An ultra light rod and a light braided line are always recommended for crappie fishing.

Forget about fishing the Mogollon Rim Lakes unless you're experienced and call ahead for road conditions. All of the White Mountain lakes with the exception of Becker Lake are frozen and several roads leading to the lakes are reported to be ice covered.

Have a great week of fishing and I hope to see you on the water. 

LAKE PLEASANT – (Lake elevation 1,680 feet, 76 % full).

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Fishing for striped bass has been good 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 1,765 feet, feet, 57 % full.

Gary Senft, Bass Pro at the Mesa Bass Pro Shops, said fishing was excellent recently, but it had been poor during his previous couple trips. Senft was following point out, casting Texas and dropshot-rigged, purple or red Roboworms in 20-30 feet of water of the main lake. Small, shad-colored crankbaits also caught largemouth bass around 11 a.m with overcast skies.

Colder ambient and water temperatures are causing a transitional pattern for bass, crappie and other species.

The water temperature will be in the mid to high 60s on most days.

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're going to stock “incentive” trout THIS WEEK into many Community Fishing Program waters -- see the "core" waters for the week of Jan. 9-14 for a list where they're being stocked.

SAGUARO LAKE –
The lake is 1,523 feet (94-percent full.) One angler recently caught a 9.8-pound largemouth bass on an Aabama rig. The bite tends to really take off when Salt River Project is doing a pump-back (releasing water and then pumping it back for hydroelectric power), which creates a current. At those times, there is a tremendous top-water bite.

Also work the edges of the grass in 10 feet of water using dropshots for bucketmouths.

Anglers have been having more success with the recent trout stockings throwing trout imitation swimbaits for big bass.

Also try working the edges of the grass in 10 feet of water using dropshots for bucketmouths.

CANYON LAKE – Lake level is 1,657 feet (95-percent full.)  

A new fishing pier is under construction in the Boulder Creek Recreation Area. This pier serves as excellent structure for sunfish.

Rainbow trout have been stocked, and most anglers are having success throwing trout imitations for monster bass.

As December progresses, look for a better daytime fishing vs. night fishing. Your best bet is to try jerkbaits, spinner baits and chatterbaits as they could produce the biggest fish. If you get tired of slinging and winding baits, tie on a dropshot as this can still putting some decent fish in the boat.

Also, first thing in the morning, anglers can spot shad boils and throw jerk baits and small swim baits.

APACHE LAKE - Lake elevation is 1,909 feet (93-percent full).

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.

Rainbow trout have been stocked, and some anglers are having success throwing trout imitations for monster bass.

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 2,003 feet (53-percent full).

There was a significant fish die-off in the Verde River, from the dam to about 100 yards downstream, following the emptying of the lake during early summer.

LOWER SALT RIVER –
On Friday afternoon the river was flowing at 8 cfs out of Stewart Mountain.

Cooler air temperatures should help trout fishing to pick up. Trout are being stocked. Bass fishing should be picking 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 anglers are saying that both wet and dry flies, PowerBait and salmon eggs are working extremely well on lakes and streams throughout Rim Country.



COLORADO RIVER

New reports:

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 gcummins@azgfd.gov 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 gcummins@azgfd.gov 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 gcummins@azgfd.gov 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.
 
VERDE VALLEY
 
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 gcummins@azgfd.gov 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.
 
PRESCOTT AREA
 
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 gcummins@azgfd.gov 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 gcummins@azgfd.gov 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 gcummins@azgfd.gov 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 gcummins@azgfd.gov so I can share your successes with others.



SOUTHERN WATERS

(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 dmitchell@azgfd.gov.   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.


SOUTHWESTERN WATERS

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.


WHITE MOUNTAINS


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Willow Springs Lake
(Updated Jan. 6; Editor Mike Lopez, 928-245-2899)


Recommended Waters to Fish


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! 

*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.


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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.



CENTRAL WATERS

New report:


The roads to Kinnikinick, Ashurst, Marshall, Knoll, CC Cragin are all closed.


(Updated Nov. 16 Editor Chuck Benedict 928-214-1244)


WILLIAMS LAKES:

 
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.

FLAGSTAFF LAKES:


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.

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