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Fishing report, Aug. 22

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Aug 21, 2013
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Woods Canyon and Willow Springs are can’t-miss destinations for one final, summer mountain excursion. Woods is being stocked with about 5,000 trout this week. ‘Nuff said.

The anglers pictured to the right were simply kayak fishing at Woods Canyon on Wednesday with worms, ripping up rainbow trout. Nothing more peaceful, and stealthier, than kayaking or canoeing a mountain lake. No engine noise or fumes, great exercise, and as far as ability to catch fish, it might as well be cheating. Plus, it's a fishing method rooted in history.

Roosevelt Lake was one desert lake that received some nice high-nutrient inflows from torrential rain storms last weekend, likely making the inflow a bit turbid. A key can be fishing the edge of a stain line. Word was that just after Saturday afternoon’s storms passed Roosevelt, bass were biting on almost anything.

Remember to exit the water immediately if lightning is heard or spotted and, as always, use safe boating practices. (See the news release below for a reminder why.)

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Unfortunately,  an isolated thunderstorm swept through the south end of Lake Havasu on Sunday, Aug. 18, and caused significant damage to the fishing access dock at the Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge. There is no estimated timetable for repairs at this point.

Back to the good news. At Lake Pleasant, the top-water bite seems to be improving, as it will at many desert lakes as summer creeps to its muggy conclusion. Boils have been sporadic at sunrise and sunset, followed by good striper action in 35-45 feet of water 2-3 hours after sunset. One angler reported having luck on white bass, stripers and even largemouth bass by bouncing large, silver KastMasters in this depth.

Average anglers simply looking for big largemouth bass (and extraordinary scenery) can prepare a simple game plan and go to Saguaro Lake. With dropshots and Roboworms (morning dawn with a chartreuse tip and red crawlers have been hot colors), anglers can target humps, points, boulders, reef signs and grass – a simple way for a shot at some big largies.

How can we forget some of the world’s best trout fisheries?

Ah, Lake Powell (can’t lose here for a Labor Day weekend getaway). The fishing remains phenomenal as always. At the Glen Canyon Dam Forebay, a huge school of small stripers have moved in. Before you go, check out Wayne Gustaveson’s full report below. Powell might have the best freshwater fishing in the country with 1,700 miles of shoreline that provides the opportunity to see different scenery around each bend and canyon wall and avoid holiday weekend anglers.

At Lees Ferry in northern Arizona, the tail end of the cicada bite will entice some wild rainbows to feed.

Headed to the White Mountains? Don’t forget Sheeps Crossing on the shoulder of Mt. Baldy, the second highest mountain in the state. Here, off this lush meadow and in a bubbling, beaver-pond-peppered portion of the Little Colorado River, anglers can enjoy some of the prettiest country in the state. Or hike and fish all day from Sheeps to Greer Valley with nightcrawlers, grasshoppers or Power Bait.

Armed for bear? At Bear Canyon Lake, there is some decent shoreline fishing access with steep drop-offs along most of the shoreline. A short hike to the lake prevents overflowing crowds (as does the primitive camping: no store or facilities, just a parking lot bathroom). Bear Canyon is being stocked with about 200 trout.

That should get you started. Subscribe free to the fishing report (and other AGFD newsletters). The newsletter version of the fishing report features a “Tip of the “Week.” This week, Jeremy Hoffman, the north Phoenix Sportsman’s Warehouse fishing manager, has given away the Hoffman family trout bait recipe. Pretty awesome.

Don’t forget you can check out the summer trout stocking schedule, and our Fish&Boat Arizona map.

Please remember to be safe this Labor Day weekend. Have fun, but be responsible.


ANGLER’S REPORTS


(Send your fishing reports and photos to BFishing@AZGFD.gov.)

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Barry W. has had great action at Lake Pleasant the past two Saturdays: Hope life is treating you well.  I have been fishing the northern coves at first sunrise the last two Saturdays. The top water action has been amazing.  Boils are lasting 30 minutes to 2 hours long depending on the spots. You have to try different top water lures to see what they will go for.  Two to three hours after sunset when the boils have slowed down I have been bouncing ¾ (larger silver KastMasters) in about 35-45 feet and just hooking the white bass and stripers like crazy. The wonderful thing about doing this is you can also hook some nice largemouth bass. We caught a few nice largemouth with this technique as well. Other boats around us were trying anchovies, which seemed to work but was much slower. The closest boat to us asked us what our secret was. Once I told him what we were doing, he offered to buy our tackle from us. Lol Great time to be on Pleasant and I hope this report helps others catch these great fish. Happy Fishing.
 

Kelly from Peoria issued a Willow Springs Lake warning: On Aug. 17-18, I took my son up fishing at Willow Springs Lake. We fished from the boat on Saturday and on the shore on Sunday. On Sunday, we parked in the overflow parking area, and while we were fishing someone stole two batteries out of the back of my truck that were under some garbage bags. I didn’t know if anyone else had any problems, I just thought I would let you know. They work in groups because there were two guys by us with binoculars and not fishing -- just watching us.

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Charles S. fished four days on the lower Colorado from Pichacho State Park to the Imperial Dam: Backwater bass fishing is poor, expect some juvenile fish and 88-degree water temps and lower water levels. The majority of the quality bass taken are coming from the main river channel (a 4.5-pound largemouth bass is pictured to the right.) Baits getting the most bites are creature baits, crawfish baits, and plastic worms. Fish tight to the vegetation along the banks and fishing is fair to good. Continued triple digit temps are also a factor, so bring lots of drinking water. Carp fisherman may want to check out the backwaters of Picacho State Park, where they will find an abundance of large carp.

Monty Lambert, Park Manager at Lyman Lake State Park, with a report on Lyman Lake: Fishing has slowed down with the monsoon rains.  Walleye are still being caught; bass and channel cat have slowed down. Carp have been very active but no one has been fishing for them. Water level is rising -- most submerged obstacles are no longer an issue for boats.

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Dustin B. scored big in his first trip to Tonto Creek:
Went up for ASU's scrimmage at Camp T and thought I'd fish the creek by Horton's Trail. Took a while to find a spot with enough depth, mainly because I had never fished Tonto before. Once I did I caught about 10 in about 2 hours. Used the fly pole with just a small treble hook and some Gulp Power Bait. What really hit the best though was some Panther Martins. They were attacking the gold like crazy.  Biggest one was about 16 inches.

Bass are biting at Parker Canyon Lake, but bluegill were not hitting for Scott L.: Fishing is poor to fair for bluegill fishing.  The bluegill were spooky and kept spitting out the bait.  A friend of mine caught six bass --  two 3-pounders, and a 4, 5, 6, and 7 pounder, one of each.  Better luck next time!

Haigler Creek made Paul V.’s day on the weekend of Aug. 11: My wife Suzi and I spent the weekend on the Rim fishing. Did well at Bear Canyon, but she caught her limit in less than 20 minutes at Haigler Creek. Very nice rainbows.

 

NEWS RELEASE

Propeller strike on Roosevelt Lake claims life


PHOENIX – On Saturday, Aug. 17, the Gila County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call where an adult male at Roosevelt Lake fell off a boat before reportedly being struck by the propeller. He died as a result of his injuries.

With the busy Labor Day weekend approaching, the accident serves as a reminder for boaters to exercise safe boating practices while on the water.

This year in Arizona, there have so far been 67 boating accidents, leading to 42 injuries and six fatalities.

One practice that boating officials advise against is bow-riding. Bow-riding generally occurs when passengers ride on or near a bow, sometimes with legs over the rail, or on a pontoon boat in areas forward of the deck gate.

“Three of Arizona’s boating fatalities this year involved bow-riders who fell over the bow and were struck by the boat propeller,” said Kevin Bergersen, Arizona Boating Law Administrator. “One was an 8 year old who fell off a pontoon boat at Lake Havasu.”

Bergersen said that if boat passengers ride on the bow, transom or gunnels (including the extension of extremities over the gunnels) at any speed more than wakeless, it is a violation of the law citable by statewide water-enforcement officers.

“Bow-riding regulations are more than just laws, they’re preventing flat-out tragedies,” Bergersen said. “These types of accidents can be avoided if boat operators insist on having their occupants sit in seats designed for conveyance of passengers.”

Another safety measure that officials emphasize is to wear a life jacket while you are on the water.

“Accidents can happen at an alarming speed anytime you are on or near the water, leaving little or no time to get to a stowed life jacket,” said Bergersen. “Wearing a life jacket can save your life.”

Boaters are also warned not to operate a boat while impaired by drugs or alcohol.

“You’re not only jeopardizing you, your passengers and other boaters, but you’re looking at strong penalties that are just as strict as those associated with drunk driving laws,” he said.

The department currently offers boating safety education free to the public. A simple, basic boating safety class can improve accident rates and possibly save the life of a loved one or friend.

Before taking a boat or personal watercraft to a lake, department law enforcement officers encourage watercraft users to wear life jackets in the water, keep an eye on their passengers, take a boating safety class, ensure their vessels are safe with the appropriate equipment on board, and that operators of boat or personal watercraft be sober.

To sign up for a boating safety course, call the Arizona Game and Fish Department at (623) 236-7219.

OK, onto the full report. 


CENTRAL WATERS

Updated reports:


Note: If you have a fishing report or good fishing pictures to share (JPEG), send them to our "Been Fishing" site at BFishing@azgfd.gov. 
 

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LAKE PLEASANT - Jeremy Hoffman, fishing manager at the north Phoenix Sportsman’s Warehouse, said he had a report of a 10 pound striper caught this last week on a Zara Spook.  Previously, he reported that top-water action in the morning is sporadic for stripers. He said some mornings you’ll be on them for hours, others you’re lucky to find a bite. He’s hearing there’s not much for size, except for a few reports of 4-6 pounders, and the occasional largemouth, coming out of the large boils.

Angler’s reports:
Barry W. has had great action at Lake Pleasant the past two Saturdays: Hope life is treating you well.  I have been fishing the northern coves at first sunrise the last two Saturdays. The top water action has been amazing.  Boils are lasting 30 minutes to 2 hours long depending on the spots. You have to try different top water lures to see what they will go for.  Two to three hours after sunset when the boils have slowed down I have been bouncing ¾ (larger silver KastMasters) in about 35-45 feet and just hooking the white bass and stripers like crazy. The wonderful thing about doing this is you can also hook some nice largemouth bass. We caught a few nice largemouth with this technique as well. Other boats around us were trying anchovies, which seemed to work but was much slower. The closest boat to us asked us what our secret was. Once I told him what we were doing, he offered to buy our tackle from us. Lol Great time to be on Pleasant and I hope this report helps others catch these great fish. Happy Fishing.


ROOSEVELT LAKE - Lake elevation is 2,097 feet, 44-percent full, water temperature 80-87 degrees). Jim Goughnour of Rim Country Custom Rods submitted this Aug. 17 report: Good morning, Rim Country anglers. The water level in Roosevelt Lake remained constant this past week and is currently at 45 percent full.

The Salt River is flowing at about 400 CFPS which is the average rate for this time of year and the Tonto Creek is slightly flowing. However this is not enough to offset the amount of water being taken for downstream usage and I expect to see the level fall again this week unless we get more monsoon rains. The water temperature in the lake is in the mid-80s in the morning increasing to the high-80s in the afternoon.

Fishing reports were mixed this past week. Some anglers reported a reaction bite with lots of action while other reported success on small-sized baits and fishing very slowly. If you prefer the reaction bite, the best bait reported was a Reaction Innovation paddle tail swim bait. This bait works great for feeding bass particularly near the surface. Another bait reported was a lipless crank bait for fish in 20-30 feet deep water off major points. For the more methodical angler a dropshot 6-inch Roboworm in a camo color and a purple color 4-inch worm were reported

The crappie bite was called fair this past week.  There is still a better nighttime bite but some anglers reported success on a minnow imitation bait called a Lil’ Fishy.  At night, crappie fishing usually requires a live minnow bait. As the water temperature begins to fall over the next couple of months, crappie will begin to school in larger groups and fishing for them hopefully, will be a little more enjoyable and not so much work.

Finally, an update on our Payson bass fishing pro Clifford Pirch who finished in fourth place at the Bassmaster Elite Series on the St. Lawrence River last weekend. With his second consecutive top 10 Bassmaster finish, he has nearly solidified a spot in the Bassmaster Classic and he again has the lead in the Bassmaster Rookie of the Year race. Two other Arizona anglers, John Murray and Josh Bertrand also finished in the top 12 of this Elite Series tournament. Congratulations to these extremely skilled Arizona anglers.

Have a great rodeo weekend -- go Devils! And I hope see you on the water.

Previously, Gary Senft, a Bass Pro at Bass Pro Shops, fished the lake one weekend in early Aug. Dropshots and Texas rigs produced the best bites. The top-water action was slow at times, as was jig fishing. Each day, Senft fished beginning at 6 p.m. and fish were hitting dropshots of 4.5- and 6-inch morning dawn Roboworms. Powerworms of 7 inches in dark colors also produced at night.

The key to fishing here is finding the shad. If anglers found shad in 15-20 feet of water, bass were within 10-15 feet away. If anglers didn't locate shad, fishing was quite slow. Curly tail worms worked better than straight tail worms.

Shad have not just been holding on points and islands. They also stuck to regular, rocky banks.

In general, fish were in 15-35 feet of water, with the best bites on largemouth bass being 15-20 feet.

If you want top-water action, try fishing the first hour of daylightg with Ricos.

SAGUARO LAKE - Lake elevation is 1,526 feet (95 percent full): Senft said Saguaro is a hot spot for big bass, and many angler are having success with 4.5-inch dropshot Roboworms in red crawler and morning dawn with a chartreuse tip. Target humps, points and boulders, as well as reef signs and grass.

Previously, Skyler Clark, the Mesa Sportsman’s Warehouse fishing manager, said he had been receiving more reports of fish chasing shad in the mornings by no wake buoys – many boaters have been targeting these pods of bait, so you may have to deal with heavy boat traffic. Try spoons such as KastMasters as well, which are effective but Clark said many anglers have not reported using. Spoons work well this time of year when fish are keying on shad.

Still, the most consistent bite has been off dropshots, but not over grass, as had been the case in early summer. Fish apparently took quite a pounding in those areas.

Angler’s report: Jim F. at Saguaro The wife and I hit Saguaro Lake yesterday at first light and did pretty good, catching a nice handful of largemouth bass and a scrappy 5 pound channel cat- all on small to medium sized crank baits. Looking around at some of the other fishermen in the area we noticed that almost everyone was catching fish in good numbers. One man not too far from us hooped and hollered and loudly announced that he had just caught a 9 pounder.

Previously, Mike McFarland of the Hook Up Outfitters said Saguaro has been proving excellent largemouth bass fishing opportunities. Try jigs, crankbaits, and top-water lures early and late.


LOWER SALT RIVER (below Saguaro Lake) – Reports indicate the river is excellent for suckers, but not so much for trout. Try night crawlers, 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 – Tonto Creek and the East Verde River are great bets. Tonto Creek has been stocked with 10-16-inch rainbow trout and the East Verde is simply receiving a huge stocking. When fishing these creeks, it’s not necessary to bring too much tackle. Fish with grubs or grasshoppers if you can find them and float them through the ripples with no weights on a small hook (No. 10 or 12) and light lines (around 6-pound test: fluorocarbon if you can afford it).  One angler also reported that Pautzke eggs worked great fishing the rippes. The key was two eggs on a No. 12 hook.

Tonto Creek Hatchery stocking report
Aug. 4 – Aug. 10
Tonto Creek – 360 rainbow trout
Haigler Creek – 360 rainbow trout
East Verde River – 1,200 rainbow trout
Woods Canyon Lake – 3,094 rainbow trout

Aug. 11 – Aug. 17
Tonto Creek (68 degree water temp)  – 360 rainbow trout
Haigler Creek (70) – 360 rainbow trout
East Verde River (72) – 1,215 rainbow trout
Woods Canyon Lake (64) – 5,082 rainbow trout

Angler’s report -- Dustin B. scored big in his first trip to Tonto Creek: Went up for ASU's scrimmage at Camp T and thought I'd fish the creek by Horton's Trail. Took a while to find a spot with enough depth, mainly because I had never fished Tonto before. Once I did I caught about 10 in about 2 hours. Used the fly pole with just a small treble hook and some Gulp Power Bait. What really hit the best though was some Panther Martins. They were attacking the gold like crazy.  Biggest one was about 16 inches.

Haigler Creek made Paul V.’s day on the weekend of Aug. 11: My wife Suzi and I spent the weekend on the Rim fishing. Did well at Bear Canyon, but she caught her limit in less than 20 minutes at Haigler Creek. Very nice rainbows.

Previous week's reports:

Please send your reports to BFishing@azgfd.gov.

BARTLETT LAKE (85 degree surface high temp.) – Lake elevation is 1,796 feet, 98 % full.: Water temperature range from 80 to high 80s. – Hoffman of the north Phoenix Sportman’s Warehouse had the following report: Night fishing is fair. Football head jigs, Texas-rigged 7-inch worms in black, and other large-profiled baits should produce fish. Had a report from a gentleman who was fishing a ½-ounce football head jig the other night, got a bite, set the hook, and was spooled within a matter of seconds. Can you say FLATHEAD! It’s definitely not uncommon to catch flatheads at night while fishing for bass so hang on!!

APACHE LAKE - Lake elevation is 1,907 feet (92 percent full). Has been good for high numbers of bass lately, but Canyon and Saguaro have reportedly been better for size.

Try working the major points using soft plastic crayfish like lures worked along the bottom. Crankbaits can also work well at times. You might catch a few good-sized smallies -- please practice catch-and-release on these fish, which are in the comeback mode. Walleye fishing should be decent at first and last light using night crawler rigs, or jigs tipped with worms. Apache is also full of some really nice yellow bass. Try gold KastMasters or yellow/gold Rooster Tails. Catfishing should be good.

CANYON LAKE - Lake elevation is 1,659 feet (97-percent full). Clark said action has slowed in general as a once great cliff-wall bite with dropshots has slowed considerably. Canyon is still giving up bigger fish than at Saguaro, Clark said, with a lot of 5-10-pound largemouth bass being caught. In the “dog days” of Aug., anglers can also try drawing reaction strikes with top-water lures and jerk baits when fish are active.

Don’t forget that Aug.-Sept. can produce some of the best night-fishing of the year.

URBAN WATERS – Fishing for catfish is slow at all Urban Fishing waters statewide through the summer (no stocking period). For holdover catfish, try the larger lakes of more than 5 acres. Some catfish and bass are being caught, but it takes persistence and some good timing in the early morning and evening hours.
Fishing has been good all summer for the plentiful bluegill that frequent the shoreline areas in search of food. Mealworms fished on the bottom or a few feet under a bobber can catch sunfish throughout the day, especially if anglers use smaller bobbers and light line in the 2-4 pound range.

Cloud cover, rain and falling temperatures from monsoon storms can trigger some good fishing periods. At Green Valley lakes (Payson), anglers are having some success for crappie, bluegill and bass, but the weeds are making fishing difficult. Smaller nightcrawlers (Dillys) and mealworms are working 4-6 feet below a small bobber. At all lakes, remember to release any of the weed-eating white amur (grass carp) right away so they can go back out and munch on the weeds.

Catfish stockings will resume at all Phoenix and Tucson area Urban waters the week of September 16-21. Green Valley Lakes stockings (trout) will resume in October.

Catfish stockings to resume week of Sept. 16-21

Deliveries of 1.5- to 2-pound catfish are scheduled to restart the week of Sept. 16-21. During the hot summer months from June 25 through Sept. 15, there are no scheduled catfish stockings at Urban Fishing Program waters. Once lake temperatures begin to drop entering the fall season, then catfish stockings can resume again.

Every fall, a total of four catfish stockings are scheduled at two week intervals before fish stockings switch over to rainbow trout in mid-November. Fishing at Urban Program waters will remain slow throughout the summer. Catfish can still be caught, especially from the larger lakes, with bluegill and bass providing some fun for patient anglers.


HORSESHOE LAKE - Lake elevation is 1,951 feet, 0-percent full.

TEMPE TOWN LAKE –
Anglers are catching glass carp, largemouth bass, crappie and even some rainbow trout. The best bite has been in the early morning. Top baits have been salmon eggs and worms (worms being the best), fished not far from the shoreline.


WHITE MOUNTAINS AND RIM LAKES

Updated reports:

Recommended Waters to Fish

Fishing is good at Show Low Creek and East Fork Black River, fair to good at Little Colorado River in Greer, Sheeps Crossing, Woods Canyon Lake and Willow Springs Lake, and fair at Big Lake and Nelson Reservoir.  

Trout Stocking Schedule
Week of August 12 - 16

Bear Canyon Lake - 225 rainbow trout
Willow Springs Lake - 1,200 rainbow trout
Woods Canyon Lake - 2,926 rainbow trout
East Fork Black River - 1,567 Apache trout
West Fork Black River - 50 Apache trout
Little Colorado River in Greer - 605 Apache trout
Sheeps Crossing - 517 Apache trout

Week of August 19 - 23
Bear Canyon Lake - 225 rainbow trout
Willow Springs Lake - 1,200 rainbow trout
Woods Canyon Lake - 1,825 rainbow trout
East Fork Black River - 784 Apache trout
West Fork Black River - 50 Apache trout
Little Colorado in Greer - 250 Apache trout
Sheeps Crossing - 258 Apache trout
Show Low Creek - 250 rainbow trout
Silver Creek - 528 Apache trout

MOGOLLON RIM LAKES
Note: Warm water temperatures are pushing trout into deeper water. Fish deep and target the early morning or evening hours.

BEAR CANYON LAKE – Fishing is fair to good. The lake will be stocked this week with 225 rainbow trout.

BLACK CANYON LAKE – Fishing is poor to fair for trout. Anglers have been catching some rainbow trout and bass. The water level is low, and launching trailered boats will be difficult.

CHEVELON LAKE – Fishing is fair for boat anglers using lures and fair for shore anglers.

WILLOW SPRINGS LAKE – Fishing is fair to good. The lake will be stocked this week with 1,200 rainbow trout. Some boat anglers were having luck drifting bait 15-20 feet under the boat.

Kelly from Peoria issued a Willow Springs Lake warning: On Aug. 17-18, I took my son up fishing at Willow Springs Lake. We fished from the boat on Saturday and on the shore on Sunday. On Sunday, we parked in the overflow parking area, and while we were fishing someone stole two batteries out of the back of my truck that were under some garbage bags. I didn’t know if anyone else had any problems, I just thought I would let you know. They work in groups because there were two guys by us with binoculars and not fishing -- just watching us.

WOODS CANYON LAKE – Fishing is fair to good. The lake will be stocked this week with 1,825 rainbow trout. The store is open, and boat rentals are available.

WHITE MOUNTAINS LAKES
Note: Warm water temperatures are pushing trout into deeper water. Fish deep and target the early morning or evening hours.

BECKER LAKE – Fishing is poor to fair. Fish early or late in the day for best results. With warm water temperatures, please play and release the fish quickly without taking them from the water to minimize stress and reduce mortalities. Becker Lake is open to catch-and-release fishing, with artificial fly and lure only, and single barbless hooks only.

BIG LAKE – Fishing is fair. Warm water temperatures are pushing the fish into deep water, so anglers should be fishing deep. The best action has been in early morning and late evening with nightcrawlers and Power Bait.

Shore anglers should try fishing off outer rocky points adjacent to deep water. Avoid fishing small coves since they are shallower and will have warmer water. An algae bloom is present on the lake, plus some larger algae that is clumping together. Algae is getting caught on trolled lures, so boat anlgers should try anchoring or drift fishing in deep water. The store is open, and boat rentals are available. The lake level is somewhat low, but boat ramps near the store and at South Cove are accessible. The boat ramp at Railroad Cove is very low and launching trailered boats here will be difficult.

Report from Jeremy Hoffman, fishing manager at the north Phoenix Sportman’s Warehouse: For those who go out to the lake with a boat, try trolling a cowbell with a small in-line spinner, KastMaster, or Wooly Bugger attached to the end with a 2-foot long section of 6-pound fluorocarbon line. When times are tough on this lake you can usually count on this to work. The key is to troll just fast enough to get the blades on the cowbell spinning. Once you catch one, make another pass through the same area to see if you can get another. If you do manage to catch another one, cut off your cowbell and just attach whatever it was that you were fishing behind it to your main line and start working that area.  This is a very effective way of locating the active fish.


CARNERO LAKE – Fishing is poor. The lake is very weedy.

CLEAR CREEK RESERVOIR – Fishing is poor for trout, but fair to good for bullheads, bass and catfish. Boats can be launched at the official boat ramp, but will have difficulty reaching the canyon above the highway bridge due to shallow water and vegetation.

CONCHO LAKE – Fishing is poor. The lake is very low and weedy.
 
CRESCENT LAKE – Fishing is fair. Anglers have been catching some rainbows on PowerBait and nightcrawlers. Fish early and late in the evening. The store is closed. Access to the boat ramps on the west and south sides is good.

FOOL HOLLOW LAKE –
Fishing is poor to fair for trout and good for catfish and sunfish.  Anglers are catching catfish at night on worms and prepared catfish baits. Sunfish are numerous around the fishing piers. Use a very small hook and a tiny piece of worm to catch these sunfish.

GREER LAKES – All Greer lakes (River, Tunnel and Bunch Reservoirs) are low, and fishing is poor to fair. Water levels at River and Bunch are below the concrete curb at the end of each boat ramp. Boats will have to be carried to the water. Boat launching at Tunnel Reservoir is still accessible, but the lake is low.

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.

LEE VALLEY LAKE – Fishing is poor. Recent surveys caught Arctic grayling averaging eight inches, but also found the pH to be very high. There is a strong algae bloom on the lake that appears to have killed the Apache trout and are likely stressing the grayling. The lake is low, and launching a trailered boat is difficult.
   
LUNA LAKE – Fishing is poor to fair. Some anglers are catching some trout on PowerBait in the early morning and late evening hours. Recent surveys caught rainbow trout ranging from 13 to 14 inches.

LYMAN LAKE – Lyman Lake State Park is open to overnight camping, which will be allowed through November 4. Fishing is poor for bass and fair to good for catfish.

Monty Lambert, Park Manager at Lyman Lake State Park, with a report on Lyman Lake: Fishing has slowed down with the monsoon rains.  Walleye are still being caught; bass and channel cat have slowed down. Carp have been very active but no one has been fishing for them. Water level is rising -- most submerged obstacles are no longer an issue for boats.

NELSON RESERVOIR – Fishing is fair. Anglers are catching rainbow trout on PowerBait and worms. Fish early in the morning and late in the evening.

RAINBOW LAKE – Fishing is poor for trout and fair for catfish and bullheads. The lake is very weedy, and boating is difficult. White Amur (grass carp) were stocked into the lake under a special permit to control the nuisance aquatic weeds that plague Rainbow Lake every year. Please release these fish if incidentally caught so they can do their job at eating weeds.

SCOTT RESERVOIR – Fishing is poor to fair. Fish early in the morning or late in the evening for trout. The water is turbid, but the lake level is good. Try catfishing at night with worms, chicken livers and prepared baits.

SHOW LOW LAKE – Fishing is fair. Anglers are catching some catfish on chicken livers and prepared baits and a few trout on worms. The concession store is open, and boat rentals are available.

WOODLAND LAKE – Fishing is poor for trout, but fair for bass and catfish. The lake is weedy around the shoreline areas.

WHITE MOUNTAINS STREAMS


Note: All campgrounds along the East Fork Black River have reopened along with the entire length of Forest Road (FR) 276.

EAST FORK of the BLACK RIVER – Fishing is good. Runoff from thunderstorms is still causing slightly high water conditions that are off-color, but anglers are still catching stocked Apache and brown trout on worms and corn. The stream will be stocked this week with 784 Apache trout if water conditions remain suitable. All campgrounds along the East Fork are now open, and FR 276 has reopened along its entire length. The East Fork Black River is now accessible from Buffalo Crossing and from the north.

WEST FORK of the BLACK RIVER – Fishing is fair at the FR 68 road crossing. The stream will be stocked this week with 50 Apache trout at the FR 68 road crossing. The water is clear with moderate flows. Fishing has been poor below and above this crossing due to previous fish kills following the Wallow Fire. Vehicle access to the West Fork Campground will remain closed through this year.

LITTLE COLORADO RIVER in GREER – Fishing is fair to good. The stream will be stocked this week with 250 Apache trout. The stream has seen some spikes in flow following heavy thunderstorms, but they usually come down fairly quickly.

SHEEPS CROSSING – Fishing is fair to good. The stream will be stocked this week with 258 Apache trout. Monsoon rains have caused some spikes in flows, but they usually come down fairly quickly.

SHOW LOW CREEK – Fishing is good in the large pool below the dam. The stream will be stocked this week with 250 rainbow trout.

SILVER CREEK – Fishing is fair to good.  The stream will be stocked this week with 528 Apache trout.  The stream is open to general fishing regulations (bait, lures and flies are legal, with a six-fish daily bag limit) from April 1 through September 30. The upper section is closed to angling during the general regulation season.   


LAKE POWELL AND LEES FERRY

Updated reports:


LAKE POWELL -  Aug. 21  report from Wayne Gustaveson at www.wayneswords.com:

A huge school of small stripers has moved into the Glen Canyon Dam Forebay.

Young stripers are most abundant near the second barricade from the west wall but they are also found in many places along that wall.  The yearling fish are apparently congregating near a large plankton school along the west wall.  But anglers have feed them some anchovies and they really like the big pieces of fish compared to tiny microscopic plankton.

The striper school can be readily seen immediately after chumming the area because these little fish rush to the bait and can be seen in 5-10 feet of water with polarized sunglasses.  But they are very good at recognizing which chunks of fish have hooks and which are free floating.  We spent some time feeding them small pieces of bait on jig heads, crappie jigs and small hooks. The presentation that caught the most fish was a small size 4 or 6 straight shank bait hook with no weight attached. Tie directly to the hook with 6-pound test or smaller fluorocarbon leader.  Drop the bait right into the school of fish swimming through the chum. Watch them whack at the bait as they try to knock it off the hook.  Then the bait goes out of sight as it sinks deeper and either the next fish eats the bait and gets hooked or knocks it off the hook and has a free meal at your expense. If the bait is allowed to sink deeper (30-40 feet) then the larger stripers can be caught as well.

I enjoy the drama because we are able to see all this happen in the clear water right under the boat.  The 9-12 inch fish that are caught are excellent table fare and when the presentation is perfect many fish are caught in a short time. Kids would really enjoy fishing for these very active abundant stripers.  

Recent reports from mid lake indicate adult striper schools are found in Wetherill, Bullfrog Bay, Knowles Canyon and Halls Creek. These fish can be caught on bait, or with down rigger trolling and occasionally in boils. Watch for surface action or graph the walls and flats to find willing striper schools.  The most effective method for catching abundant adult stripers is down rigger trolling with shad raps or other crank baits at 40-50 feet over a 60 foot bottom.

The best fishing success may be provided by the very abundant and active channel catfish.  Catfish are found in the backs of most canyons patrolling the shallow flats and beaches which are perfect habitat for these bottom feeders.  Recently a 9-pound catfish was caught near Bullfrog at night off the back of the houseboat. Use anchovies, hotdogs, shrimp or other table scraps to catch lots of cats and maybe even a trophy sized fish.

Bass fishing is still good around rocky structure. Standard single tail grubs and senkos rigged wacky style are still catching fish. Look near gravel or broken-rock points find both large and smallmouth.  Sunken tumbleweeds are the best largemouth habitat.  Cranking along the shoreline with square bill and medium running crankbaits allows you to cover lots of water and catch fish at the current lake level where bass habitat is limited.
 

Previous report:

LEES FERRY –
Dale Gauthier of Lees Ferry anglers said the cicadas have hatched and, although their numbers aren’t as strong as the previous two years, they’re buzzing pretty good. The big fish are being caught on scuds and worms, and Gauthier said the Ferry is giving up some of the fattest trout that he can remember in his 10 years of fishing the river.

High flows are knocking big bugs loose from the bottom of the river, and trout are gorging themselves.
He added that the midge hatch is “annoyingly good.” Although the midges are too tiny to replicate with a fly, they’re keeping the trout chewing.

(WALK IN - previous report from June): High water flows started this month so there have been a few changes in the fishing. Early morning, when the flows are down, around 9,000 cfs, dry droppers have been the way to go. Large luna negras with a midge dropper have been the ticket. The upper boulder field to the Paria Riffle is still fishing well.

Mid-morning and early afternoon you will have to wade deeper for the fish. Deep nymphing with a double midge or double San Juan has been working great.

Remember when the flows are on the rise an abundance of worms and other food washed into the water. Long leaders of 14 feet, and several weights have been great when the water is up. Take caution when the water is high or rising. Wading can be difficult. If you fish early, mark a spot where the water level is, and check it frequently. Be aware of rising water.

The dry fly bite is picking up. Griffeths gnat, hoppers, and cicada patterns are starting to work. The dry bite is a lower percentage but will be picking up as the days go on.

COLORADO RIVER


Updated reports:


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 visit http://100thmeridian.org/.

LAKE MEAD – The elevation has actually risen to 1106 feet above msl from 1105 three weeks ago.  Be careful boating because of fluctuating water levels and watch for floating debris dislodged from rising 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 Aug. 6.  The next new moon will be Sept. 5.  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 were shad are found and best done in the early mornings and evenings.  Top water plugs or lures are doing well for largemouth.

Capt. Don Martin of Striper Hunters said that on the evening of Thursday, Aug. 15, shad and stripers were showing up under lights but had lock jaw.

Previously, he submitted this report: Fishing for stripers out of South Cove has been “spotty.” Some nights we get only 60-70 fish, while on “good” nights we have been catching between 100-115 fish! Catches of channel catfish have also been good. Cats from 1-2 pounds are being caught in increasing numbers by anglers who are primarily fishing for stripers.

Most stripers are between 1-2- lbs. Best bait is cut up gizzard shad; while cut up anchovies and sardines are also producing stripers and catfish. Fish in coves along steep canyon walls in 50-80 feet of water.

There are very few anglers on the water at night, which is when we fish. We generally fish from 9-10 p.m. till 5 a.m.  Weather has cooled down, great time to go fishing!



LAKE MOHAVE – The lake level has maintained around 642 feet above msl.  The latest report states that fish are biting on the southern end of the lake.  Smallmouths are hitting off the shelves/cliffs and the largemouth and bluegill are pretty active in the coves.  If you find a grass bed in the 20-40 depth range work the grass with soft crayfish or worms.  The striper bite has been picking up a little on the lake.  Catfish have been taken near in the coves near Katherine’s Landing.

Submersible lights fished during the new moon are an effective way to catch stripers. Next new moon will be Sept. 5.  Cut anchovies usually work the best for stripers.    

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, and Arrowhead.  Fish habitat consists of PVC structures, wood pallet structures, tamarisk bundles, and some Christmas trees. 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 – Willow Beach is stocked every Friday with 3,000 13” rainbow trout.  Rainbow, peach, garlic and yellow Power Baits and Power Worms were being used most for trout.  Jakes original and Jakes Juniors, Panther Martin and Rooster Tails are also usually effective.  Willow Beach can be hit or miss bait fishing.  Try different baits including swim baits when nobody seems to be hooking anything.  Haven’t heard much from the area.

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 – The occasional large stripers are still being caught from the dam down to the Gorge.  Many of these fish are in the 4-12 pound range.  Anchovies seem to the bait of choice for stripers.  Reports are that pencil poppers are working well for stripers in the mornings from the casinos to the Big Bend area.  Rusty at Riviera Marina sent in pictures of some nice fish caught in the river. Kim and Lee caught some nice table fare stripers.  They caught the fish drifting over a hole and lasted until 6:00 p.m. and then the bite shut down. Riah showed the perfect size striper for the dinner table and we won’t tell anyone it was one of Lee’s fish.  

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@azgfd.gov so I can share your successes with others.

TOPOCK GORGE - Most bass are being taken on minnows and night crawlers. Reports are that stripers are returning to the Gorge.  
 
TOPOCK MARSH –
Topock is producing some largemouth and stripers.  Dayton and Gene brought in to Rusty’s a couple of just under 2 lbs. largemouth and a whopping 10.14 lbs. striper.  Remember the minimum of 13 inches for largemouth bass in the Marsh.

If you notice illegal activities please call the Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-352-0700 or online at www.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 –
Catfish were stocked for the Verde River Days event and were last stocked for Free Fishing Day on June 1.  Catfish and bass bite should increase because of warmer temperatures.  

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.  

PRESCOTT AREA

FAIN LAKE — Fain Lake experienced a flood that brought in large amounts of sediment and woody debris.  Several catfish were observed dead and others struggling at the surface.  The town officials are working very hard to clean up the debris from the flooding.          

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 trout stocking was June 8.        
       
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 lake is closed due to Doce Fire and the rehabilitation of the damaged area.  

LYNX LAKE – The last scheduled trout stocking was the week of June 3.  Catfish were stocked the Friday before Free Fishing Day (June 1st).  Reports are that the lake level is extremely low, so be careful if you venture to the lake.
         
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 last scheduled stocking was the week of June 10.   

For trout the best bait is usually orange, pink, or white Power Bait, 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 March 18.
    
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 –   Arizona Game and Fish Department completed a fish survey using gillnets and Electrofishing on April 17, with the help of Prescott Parks and Recreation personnel.  We caught several largemouth bass in the 2-3 pound range.  Largemouth bass are the predominant species in this lake. If you fish Willow and are having luck, please e-mail me at gcummins@azgfd.gov so I can share your successes with others.


SOUTHWESTERN WATERS

Updated reports:


Note: If you would like more information on southwestern waters, visit http://www.azgfd.gov/h_f/where_fish_southwest.shtml. Our Yuma Regional office has recently updated all the information to provide you more insight into these fisheries. If you have a fishing report or good fishing pictures to share (JPEG), send them to our "Been Fishing" site at BFishing@azgfd.gov. For more information, visit the "Where to Fish" pages at www.azgfd.gov/h_f/where_fish.shtml.

ALAMO LAKE –
Aug. 21 report from Mark Knapp, Park Ranger at Alamo Lake State Park:

Well folks, although I'm kinda bumbed out after feeling winter in the air, fishing is still decent.  We may still be hitting 110 degrees out here daily, but it's a nippy 110.

If you have enough lizard in you then you know what I'm talking about.  If you’re like my wife, then you think I'm nuts.   I dumped the monkey suit at 4 p.m. yesterday and was on the water by 4:30 p.m.  I went to the first bouy line and started fishing the north side of the lake. All the points are holding fish.

I boated a total of six and missed that many,  if not more.  As usual I was throwing a 4-inch, watermelon-colored lizard, Texas rigged with a ¼-ounce weight.  I ran out of the No. 1 hooks I like, and had to dig through the boat and ended up using some No. 2s.  What a deference the size makes.

You miss a lot of fish using the wrong hook.  Every fish I caught was right up on the bank. As soon as the bait hit the water the line took off.  From 4:30-6 p.m. fishing was really good.  Then the closer towards dark, the worse it got.

I was off the lake by 7:30 p.m. just as the full moon was rising.  I have not talked to anyone recently about early morning fishing so I cannot say much there.

The last guy I talked to said it was OK, but not worth getting up and driving 40 miles for.  Catfishing is still decent.  The cats are hitting crank baits and plastics so I know they will eat hot dogs and nightcrawlers.  I did catch one crappie last night.  He was in about 4 feet of water and weighed maybe 1/4 of a pound.  I caught him on a 4-inch lizard.  I'm sure half the bites I was missing were small crappie or bluegill.

I wanted to go back and hit the area with a 1/8-ounce jig and white skirt, but ran out of time.  Cholla ramp is still in operation.  I watched a 30-foot pontoon boat launch there Saturday and was pleasantly surprised he did not have any problems.

You can launch off the old rental boat road but your chances of hitting something and dinging a prop are in the 90-percent range.  I use the thing all the time and still managed to hit a point coming in.  I'm sure my engine will have a new vibration the next time out.

The lake level is at 1092ish with releases of 25 cfs.  We keep getting phone calls saying the CORP had pulled the plug and drained the lake.  That is not the case.  I will know more in October what the CORP is planning to do but right now nothing has changed.

Like I mentioned before, if the lake continues to go down then they will inspect/work on the bulkhead.  It's going to be better to just bite the bullet and get it over with the lake down, rather than full.

Anyway, we still have a lake and fishing is decent.   If you have not been here in awhile, then slow down and see where the points are starting to stick up. I would like to cover more but Nick was kind enough to give me an extra day so I could get out and give you updated information. - Mark

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.

Small mouth 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.

COLORADO RIVER -
Picacho State Park to Imperial Dam, including backwaters and Martinez Lake) – No new reports.

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Charles S. fished four days on the lower Colorado from Pichacho State Park to the Imperial Dam: Backwater bass fishing is poor, expect some juvenile fish and 88-degree water temps and lower water levels. The majority of the quality bass taken are coming from the main river channel (a 4.5-pound largemouth bass is pictured to the right.) Baits getting the most bites are creature baits, crawfish baits, and plastic worms. Fish tight to the vegetation along the banks and fishing is fair to good. Continued triple digit temps are also a factor, so bring lots of drinking water. Carp fisherman may want to check out the backwaters of Picacho State Park, where they will find an abundance of large carp.

From last week: A 7.75-pound bass was recently taken from a backwater spot. This stretch of the river is best known for its trophy-sized flathead catfish, with some over 70 pounds and largemouth bass, with some over 10 pounds. However, it can also be good for channel catfish, sunfish and carp and to a lesser extent striped bass, crappie and tilapia.

Largemouth bass fishing is generally best in the backwaters or near the mouth of the backwaters. There are many different techniques used for largemouth bass. As a general rule, most people will use topwater lures such as buzzbaits or spinnerbaits in the early morning and then switch to jigs, crankbaits, or swimbaits as the day progresses. Using plastic baits that resemble worms, crawdads, frogs, or lizards often work well. It is generally best to fish around structure such as weed beds, emergent vegetation, tree stumps, brush, or boat docks. Fishing picks up as the water temperatures warm up in the spring and summer but largemouth can be taken any time of the year.

Flathead fishing is generally best in slack water areas, deep holes, or near overhanging vegetation along the main channel of the river. Flatheads prefer live bait such as bluegill or small carp and fishing is best at night during the summer months. Channel catfish are wide spread in the main river channel and backwaters and will bite on night crawlers, chicken liver, stink bait, or about any other "smelly" bait. They can be caught year-round but probably bite best at night.

Bluegill are also widespread, but are most likely to be found around structure in the backwaters or slack water areas.

Bluegill will bite on meal worms, night crawlers or small crappie jigs.

MITTRY LAKE - No new reports. From last week: 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 time, 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 -
Final stockings of trout have been made in Yuma area ponds for the season. Fortuna and Redondo ponds were stocked on Feb. 16, and the Yuma West Wetlands and Council Park (Somerton) ponds were stocked on Feb. 23.

LAKE HAVASU - Lake Level: 449.15. June 12 report from John Galbraith of BassTackleMaster.com in Lake Havasu City:

Lake level: 448.95

The striper bite is good with some morning top-water action (5 a.m.-7:30 a.m.) from the north end of the main basin south to black rock/Calif. bay.

LuckyCraft Pointer 100/128s or pencil poppers are good choices now. Trolling and Casting has been effective.
Cut-bait fishing using anchovies or sardines is producing smaller limits than using artificial lures.

Evening/night fishing for bigger channel and flathead catfish has been excellent. The best time is 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Use live sunfish or bluegills from 2.5-4 inches long rigged on a Carolina rig with 3/4 to one-ounce sinkers with 12-15-pound test with a 24-36 inch leader.

Redear fishing with night crawlers around submerged grass beds has been producing some quality redears of more than two pounds.

CENTRAL MOUNTAINS

With the recent rains fishing has picked up.  Trout were being caught on Dogtown Lake on Power Bait, and Ashurst is still good for trout on Power Bait   Warm water fish such as bass and yellow perch, bluegill and crappie are starting to get more active on the lakes around Williams with microjigs, small bead-head flies and worms fished under a bobber or on a fly rod working well.  Fossil Creek is closed to fishing.

WILLIAMS LAKES:   


KAIBAB LAKE —  Campground is open.  Fishing was slower over the weekend with all of the storms that have hit the area.  Trout were being caught on worms or Power Bait  fished off the bottom.  Some crappie bluegill and bass were being caught on worms fished about 3 feet under a bobber.  Anglers were also catching crappie and bluegill on small bead-headed flies.  We sampled the lake late last month and caught large numbers of largemouth bass near the submerged trees. Stocked last week.

CATARACT LAKE —  Campground is closed.   One angler reported catching a large catfish on a crayfish-colored crankbait. Try bead-headed flies or microjigs for the crappie and bluegill in the lake.  We sampled the lake late last month and caught quite a few largemouth bass along with one relatively large brown trout.
 
CITY RESERVOIR — Open.  No report  

DOGTOWN LAKE —  Campground is open. Trout fishing was good during the morning on Chartreuse Power Bait.  Crappie fishing was excellent on worms under a bobber and micro jigs some larger than normal crappie were checked by the creel clerk.

JD DAM — No report.  The lake is full. Remember the lake is managed as a catch-and-release fishery.

SANTA FE — Fishing is good on the upper end of the lake for yellow perch and crappie.  Most of the fish were being caught on worms fished about 3 feet under a bobber

WHITEHORSE LAKE — Campground is open.  Lake Level is low. No report.

FLAGSTAFF LAKES:

LOWER LAKE MARY —  Lower Lake Mary is pretty weedy and no one has been fishing it.  

UPPER LAKE MARY —   No recent reports but this is a good time to fish on Upper Lake.       

ASHURST LAKE —   Campground is open. No recent reports.  Stocked last week and scheduled to be stocked this week.

Previous report from Jeremy Hoffman, fishing manager a the north Phoenix Sportsman’s Warehouse:  Fishing is good. Lots of people limiting out in a matter of hours. Best bet would be to pinch a few split shots on your line about 18 inches above your hook and let that soak on the bottom with Power Bait. Use a size 10 bait holder hook or size 16 treble, and just put on enough to cover the hook. Putting on too much will make the bait sink and subject it to being quickly thieved by crawdads. Also salmon eggs 3 feet under a bobber prove to be effective for stocker trout, regardless of what water you’re fishing.

FRANCIS SHORT POND –  There has been a fish kill on Frances Short Pond caused by recent runoff from rain storms.  
 
KINNIKINICK LAKE — Fishing for catfish can be good this time of year as the water warms.  The lake has a good sized population of brown trout with some being very large.  Try using small crawdad colored crankbaits fished deep or nightcrawlers early in the morning or just about dusk for brown trout.  A grasshopper kicking around on the surface in the evening might also work    

OAK CREEK — Anglers were reporting catching stocked trout over the weekend. Scheduled to be stocked this week.  

LONG LAKE — We have had a few reports that the pike fishing has been good on Long Lake.

BEAVER CREEK –  Trout stocking has stopped for the summer season.  No report.

WEST CLEAR CREEK -- Trout stocking has stopped for the summer season.  No report.

STONEMAN LAKE — NO FISH.

BLUE RIDGE —  Road is open and SRP has begun to draw the lake down for necessary repairs to the dam and associated piping.  We’ve heard reports of a some nice holdover trout being caught.  Will not be stocked this year due to plans to draw down the lake for repairs to the dam.

KNOLL LAKE —
The road is open.  No report.


SOUTHERN WATERS

New reports:

PARKER CANYON —
Fishing is poor to fair for bluegill fishing.  One angler said the bluegill were spooky and kept spitting out the bait.  Anglers have been reporting good success catching largemouth bass.  Water quality is fair with aquatic weeds covering a good portion of the shoreline.  Anglers are reminded that the bag/possession limit for channel catfish is now 4 fish.  Contact the Parker Canyon Lake Store for up to date information on lake levels and fishing activity at www.parkercanyonlake.com or by phone at (520)455-5847.  

Bass are biting at Parker Canyon Lake, but bluegill were not hitting for Scott L.: Fishing is poor to fair for bluegill fishing.  The bluegill were spooky and kept spitting out the bait.  A friend of mine caught six bass --  two 3-pounders, and a 4, 5, 6, and 7 pounder, one of each.  Better luck next time!


PATAGONIA —
Anglers have been having some success catching largemouth bass with the water temperature in the high 70’s.  The lake level is back to normal from some great monsoon rains.  

Previous reports:

ARIVACA —
Open to anglers, water levels continue to be severely low and the lake continues to drop.   Anglers have reported that access from the Boat Ramp to the Water is close to 200 yards and the area is covered with 5 to 6 foot high weeds.  There is a very narrow path to the water on the west side of the lake.  All boat launching is at the risk of the owner.  Anglers are reminded that all largemouth bass caught must be immediately released alive.  

DANKWORTH POND — The Park is currently open and anglers have been catching channel catfish.  The Department already began the restocking process with the introduction of bluegill sunfish and channel catfish.  The stocked fish were in good condition.  Largemouth bass will be stocked once the sunfish population has become established.  

CLUFF RANCH — No recent reports of success.  A recent fish survey showed a good population of sunfish and largemouth bass in the lake.  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.

FRYE MESA RESERVIOR – On June 4th 300 catchable Gila trout were stocked into the reservoir.  Anglers have reported success at catching Gila trout since the stocking.  Remember that the daily bag and possession limit for Gila trout is 1 fish. Frye Creek above the reservoir remains closed to fishing.  

PENA BLANCA – Anglers have had luck catching 8 to 13 inch largemouth bass from boat and shore.  Water quality is poor but the bite is definitely on.  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.  Boaters using gas motors are asked to be courteous and not create wake problems for others boaters.    

RIGGS FLAT — Water was fairly clear and the bite was on last week.  One angler caught two rainbow trout before lunch time fishing in the middle of the lake on a kayak.  No future stocking are scheduled at this time.  To view the entire summer stocking schedule go here: 2013 Summer Stocking Schedule

ROSE CANYON LAKE — Anglers have recently been catching rainbow trout at the lake.  Summer trout stockings has begun and will continue throughout the summer.  To view the entire summer stocking schedule go here: 2013 Summer Stocking Schedule

ROPER LAKE —
  A recent AZGFD gill netting survey confirmed the presence of common carp in the lake.  Illegal stocking of carp into Roper Lake is suspected as the source.  Water temperature was 80° F.  For lake information (928) 428-6760.

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