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Fishing report, July 3

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Jul 3, 2013
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Some top-water fireworks could be in store for surface-pounding anglers this fourth of July weekend.

Although a top-water bite is possible at any time of the day, and without the indication of boils, anglers can generally find a surface bite at coves in the first light, or off major points in lakes. Once the sun comes up, switch to long points, islands and reefs in lakes such as Lake Pleasant. Look for boils or bird activity. Anglers are hoping the top-water bite improves and we creep into August.

A moderate chance of monsoon-generated rain is predicted for some areas this weekend, including Flagstaff. Cooling effects of rain and ensuing fish feeds that tend to occur just before and after storms can mean particularly slow feeding patterns on extremely hot days.


Still, the high country lakes are the place to be. As the barometric pressure drops during the build-up of monsoon clouds, the top-water bite should also take off as insects fly closer to the water surface. And so look for trout to feed more aggressively. Flies of course can be lethal, but it’s also a great time to try in-line spinners. Mepps, Rooster Tails or Blue Fox are a good bet. Also try Super Dupers, Crickhoppers and KastMasters. Smart anglers know to mix it up.


If storms aren’t building, the best bet for trout is at first and last light in deeper waters with Power Bait, nightcrawlers, or corn on the bottom using slip sinkers, light line and small hooks. High country anglers also have had success trolling cowbells in deeper water.


By the way, Upper Lake Mary has been giving up some nice pike on anchovies and flies.

In the high country lakes, a host of fisheries are being stocked with trout: Bear Canyon Lake, the East Fork of Black River, the Little Colorado in Greer, Sheeps Crossing (Apache trout!), Show Low Lake, Silver Creek, Willow Springs Lake, Woods Canyon Lake.

Woods Canyon is receiving a particularly large stocking.

The Tonto Creek Hatchery has just stocked Tonto Creek, Haigler Creek, Christopher Creek, East Verde River, Woods Canon Lake and Bear Flats.


In the Flagstaff area,  trout fishing was good on Ashurst and Knoll Lake despite the hot weather.

Looking for the best bet at some big bass? Apache Lake has been the hot spot for months.

Check out last week’s fishing report for an update on the flathead catfish bonanza. But remember: Despite the recent influx of big catfish landings, it takes long periods of time on the water, the ideal set up, even some luck (not to mention occasionally fishing into the early mornings) to land these monsters.

Our Fish&Boat Arizona map can help you plan out that Independence Day fishing trip.


Be sure to send your star-spangled reports and photos to BFishing@AZGFD.gov.


Discovery of quagga mussels at Lake Powell will affect boaters and anglers

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PHOENIX –With the recent discovery of quagga mussels in Lake Powell, boaters leaving the northeastern Arizona lake will be required by law to pull their boat plug and decontaminate and dry their watercraft before leaving the vicinity of the lake to help prevent the spread of these invasive mussels.

The requirements, which took effect July 1, are now the same as for other Arizona waters known to contain quagga mussels. These waters are listed in the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Director’s Orders and include Lake Mead, Lake Mohave, Lake Havasu and all lower Colorado River waters to the international border with Mexico. The requirements also already applied to Lake Pleasant.
 
Quagga mussels were first detected in Arizona at Lake Mead in 2007. These invasive mussels were subsequently listed in the AIS Director’s Orders in 2010 that provided for certain watercraft and equipment decontamination protocols.
 
Quagga mussels colonize rapidly on hard surfaces and can ruin boat motors and clog water intake structures, such as pipes and screens, thereby impacting pumping capabilities for power and water treatment plants.
 
In addition to the day-use decontamination requirements, boats that have been in quagga-infested waters for more than five days must, upon leaving the water, be kept out of the water and completely dry for a period of seven to 18 days before their next use.
For more information on quagga mussels, including the Director’s Orders lists of aquatic invasive species, waters, and decontamination protocols, visit www.azgfd.gov/ais.

Safety zone has been established on Colorado River at I-40
 
The Lake Havasu National Refuge Complex has created a safety zone that is anticipated to reduce the likelihood of boat collisions in the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge at the Interstate 40 Bridge on the Colorado River.


The expansion of commercial development at the Topock 66 Marina is expected to greatly increase boating traffic in the area. Safety concerns had been expressed by the Arizona Game and Fish Department and Lake Havasu Marine Association.


A No Wake Zone has been created with two boundary lines of regulatory buoys approximately 700 feet north and 900 feet south of the I-40 Bridge. Watercraft operators are required to be at wake-less speed throughout the zone, which includes the waterway to and around the Topock 66 Marina.


AZGFD among Recovery Champion award recipients for Gila trout protection

The collaborative efforts of multiple natural resource agencies to protect Gila trout and other native fish populations after last year’s devastating Whitewater-Baldy Complex Fire in New Mexico were recognized with the 2012 Region 2 Recovery Champion Award.

Recovery Champions are U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff and their partners whose work in advancing the recovery of endangered and threatened species of plants and animals.

The award was presented to the Gila trout and Chihuahua Recovery Team of  Julie Carter, Arizona Game & Fish Department’s Conservation & Mitigation Program Supervisor; Jim Brooks of the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Jerry Monzingo of the Gila National Forest; Kirk Patten of New Mexico Department of Game and Fish; and David L. Propst, Ph.D. and Thomas Turner, Ph.D, of the University of New Mexico.

Carter said that before monsoons hit, and once it was deemed safe, ground crews in New Mexico horse-backed into the Gila National Forest to salvage the Gila trout, with a helicopter standing by to transport the trout to hatchery crews in nearby N.M. towns.  Arizona’s assistance came into play when some of the salvaged Gila trout were transported to Ash Creek, in eastern Arizona.


 “We had more than 25 people waiting to help backpack the fish into Ash Creek,” Carter said. “This project and the salvage of other native fishes in New Mexico as a result of the fire were successful due to the incredible coordination and dedicated biologists, especially ground crews in New Mexico that traveled on the forest immediately after the fire."

More information on the award is available at http://www.fws.gov/endangered/what-we-do/recovery-champions.           


ANGLER REPORTS:


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Ed E. had success recently at Apache Lake and Tempe Town Lake: On Sunday morning, June 23, we had a Motorless Fishing Derby at Apache Lake with 10 participants fishing from kayaks and float tubes.
It was some awesome fishing. The reports were right about Apache Lake being HOT!! And we aren't talking temperature wise :-)


In our derby, we go by length, not weight. There were several fish 16 inches and up. The smallmouth bass bite was great! We had quite a few caught on DS and I caught mine on spinnerbaits. The top three anglers had fish around 18 inches.


On Friday morning, June 28, I went to fish Tempe Town Lake from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. to beat the heat from my kayak. I caught around 30 largemouth under the bridges on DS with a Baby Brush Hog -- watermelon green color. I had two 16 inch and one 18 inch and the rest were between 12 and 15 inches.  I did have one on a crankbait when I was traveling from the Mill Ave. Bridge to the Rural Rd. Bridge, but he played Houdini on me and escaped.


All in all - It was a BLAST!

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Mano M. had some good luck last weekend up at Willow Springs.  His son Nathan, 8, caught the one in the middle -- 18 inches and  2-plus pounds!

Alvin B. headed to Woods Canyon Lake Sunday, June 30: A spontaneous fishing trip this past Sunday to Woods Canyon prevailed to be a great experience of mother nature and to escape the valley's 118-plus-degree temperatures.

We arrived about 10 a.m. to very limited parking, but we squeezed into a spot, unloaded our packs and gear and headed on our hike to our usual spot. We saw that it was occupied so we hiked a few more yards and found an even better one. Upon setting our poles we hear thunder and see a storm rolling in. I realized we had forgotten our rain ponchos and figured to ride out the rain. This rain was refreshing compared to the rain the valley usually gets. As much as we enjoyed it. all the other people on the lake scattered and left. My thoughts: more chances for us...

While we waited between downpours, I was able to fly fish for a bit -- nothing. Switched to spinners -- nothing. Tried Power Bait -- nothing. dillys worms -- nothing. Plus a variety of combinations and nothing. Finally broke out the marshmallows, BAM! That was the trick, the pink one's that come in the rainbow packet. Then yellow, green. Caught my limit in a couple hours and out of that only 1 was a "stocker" and it was put back to grow up, but the six I took home with me were of the 12-inch size and the last one was a nice lunker, which was just over a pound.

Also some really awesome NatGeo type of events happen right in front of us: a heron had swooped down from atop the trees and caught itself a fish and down swoops two bald eagles and a hawk to cause the heron drop its fish. The heron tried fighting off one of the eagles; while the other eagle circled the dropped fish and trying to ward off the hawks, the heron left the scene. The other eagle distracted the hawks and the second eagle swooped in and picked up the fish and off it went. I got photos of it since I missed the first few times the eagles caught fish, this time I didn't!

Great times out at the lake, and good luck everyone!

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Russell, 7, caught this sunfish it at Mesquite Bay north: That is one of the many we have caught there this month. In one night we had caught 23 fish all together with the four of us we only had two largemouth bass and the rest were sunfish. Great fishing spot.

OK, on to 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.


ROOSEVELT LAKE - Lake elevation is 2,103 feet, 50 percent full).  James Goughnour of Rim Country Custom Rods submitted this week’s report:  Good morning rim country anglers -  Roosevelt Lake water level dropped another 1% this  past week and currently stands at 49% full. We've seen a huge drop off in the Tonto Creek flow the past couple of weeks and yesterday Tonto Creek stopped flowing. The Salt River remained  at 60% of its normal rate for this time of year. The water temperature is increasing with morning temperatures in the low 80's increasing to the mid to high 80's during the afternoon. The water cleared up a lot this week and we're now seeing clear water most everywhere on the lake.  

Bass fishing was called fair to good this past week. The best success was reported this past week on Texas-Rig, Drop-shot and Carolina-Rig techniques. Baits ranged from Senkos, 10" ribbon tail worms, 6" curly tail and lizard imitations. Main lake points in 15-25 ft water is the most popular areas for summer time fishing. Due to the daytime heat several anglers are now fishing from late afternoon until well after dark. As we do every year about this time, we remind anglers to check the weather. Its a little early for monsoons, however if you heard the thunder roaring in Payson yesterday, we know that is a warning that the monsoons are coming. 

Speaking of night time fishing, the after dark, crappie fishing was reported to be fair this past week. The full moon last week and mild weather made for some great fishing memories for several young and old anglers. Live minnows fished about 2 ft. below a bobber, is the best bait for night time crappie fishing. 

Also, the Rim Country lost a great man, angler and hunter this past week. Dave Badgett of Tonto Basin known as Big Dave to most of his friends lost his long struggle with cancer. We'll miss Dave's huge smile, but if there is a bass lake in heaven, we know Big Dave is fishing his favorite plastic worm right now.  Some better news is that Payson's professional bass angler Clifford Pirch finished in eighth place last weekend at a Bassmaster Elite bass tournament on the Mississippi River. This marks another top-10 finish for one of the best anglers in the world.

To learn more about Clifford's fishing and guiding, check out his website at PirchOutdoors.com  Congratulations to Clifford. Also last weekend Rim Country Custom Rods Pro Staff member Matt Shura and his partner Johnny Johnson of Show Low won the ABA tournament on Apache Lake last weekend so congratulations to Matt and Johnny.  
  


CANYON LAKE - Lake elevation is 1,659 feet (97 percent full). Skyler Clark said there is good fishing to be had off vertical walls during the day with dropshots or Senkos. Fish as close to the wall as possible and look for shade pockets to target. Try dropshots and shaky head worms. Clark is seeing more fish chasing shad at Canyon than at Saguaro. Try Zara Spooks or Ricos. The night fishing is still tough, however.
Reports are that dropshots have produced the best bite and there have been reports of some bass being caught up to 7 pounds.

SAGUARO LAKE - Lake elevation is 1,526 feet (93 percent full):  Skyler Clark, the Mesa Sportsman’s Warehouse fishing manager, said it’s been hard this year to get bites anywhere unless you are fishing around some grass. So try going down a bank, dragging and slowly popping dropshots or Texas rigged Roboworms through some grass on any deeper flats of 10-20 feet. 


Angler’s previous report: Justin W. said fishing was decent at Saguaro Lake the past two weekends, and issued a warning for boaters who haven’t been using lights at night -- The last couple weekends kids and I fished Saguaro for couple small bass, lots of bluegills and three nice 4-pound channel cats. Fished points in 12 feet of water for cats and picked up ‘gills and bass in a cove about 3-15 feet deep. Also, lots of thick grass is growing all over coves so weedless is a must. And be careful of all the crazy people not using lights at night and bass boats driving 40-plus mph inside no wake zones crazy! But fishing is good, especially on cats, after  9 p.m. Good luck fishing, and please be safe.


Previously, Mike McFarland of Hook-Up Outfitters said getting an early-morning top-water bite followed by midday dropshots in 2-30 feet of water is a reliable pattern.

McFarland said the trick to remember at Saguaro is that the fish are not eating big baits. Use small baits and small dropshots.

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.

Angler's report: On Friday morning, June 28, I went to fish Tempe Town Lake from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. to beat the heat from my kayak. I caught around 30 largemouth under the bridges on DS with a Baby Brush Hog -- watermelon green color. I had two 16 inch and one 18 inch and the rest were between 12 and 15 inches.  I did have one on a crankbait when I was traveling from the Mill Ave. Bridge to the Rural Rd. Bridge, but he played Houdini on me and escaped. - Ed. E



Angler’s previous report: Syed A. took advantage of the Super Moon June 23 at Tempe Town Lake: I had a plan to catch good amount of fishes in a full moon night but could not match my work schedule to hit the water.


At last, on the 23rd of June, Sunday, after my work at 6 pm, I thought this would the best time to hit the Tempe Town Lake.


I should catch at least five fishes in this full moon night. This full moon would represent the moon’s closest encounter with Earth for all of 2013. The moon will not be so close again until August, 2014. In other words, it’s not just a super moon. It’s the closest super moon of 2013. I knew I will catch some good amount of fishes that evening.


My first catch was just after 20 minutes of casting the first rod. I got excited. Hit the second fish after 35 minutes of catching the first one. And then I had a hard time till 8.33 p.m. due to changes of wind direction and all of a sudden, the lake became very calm.

I was about to wrap up and thought, ‘That's all for tonight.’ But, suddenly, I felt a gentle breeze appearing from southeast of the Tempe Town Lake, and the lake became alive once again. I ended up catching six fishes by 10.45 p.m. The last catch was the biggest one. It was fun and an exciting evening to play with the fishes in a full moon night. I can't wait to visit once again.

HORSESHOE LAKE - Lake elevation is 1,949 feet, 0-percent full.

Previous reports:

Please send your reports to BFishing@azgfd.gov


URBAN WATERS – With catfish stockings at all Phoenix and Tucson urban waters on hold during the summer months, fishing becomes more challenging, requiring anglers to be adaptable, patient and persistent.


Plenty of wily catfish still lurk the depths of the lakes, especially larger lakes of more than 4 acres.


Catfishing is fair for anglers using worms, stink baits, or shrimp fished on the bottom. Catfish can be caught throughout the day, but are most active when the sun goes down. Most catfish are from 14-18 inches, but some lunkers over three pounds are being hauled out of the lakes.


The many catfish, bass and bluegill remaining in the lakes have been around for awhile and have seen a lot of the same baits, presented in the same way. Successful summer anglers have learned to change it up and experiment with new baits and new presentations. Try combining a piece of shrimp with a worm, or try using a “worm blower” to inflate the worm and elevate it above the bottom. Do a web search for “secret catfish baits” and discover an amazing selection of concoctions likely to increase your fishing success.


This is the time to make some rigging changes and try out some of the fluorocarbon fishing lines in lighter test weights to make your line practically invisible; or try fishing without weights and let your bait flutter to the bottom. For more bites, fish with 4-6 pound test line and keep your weights to a minimum. Keep trying new things, keep at it and have fun learning more about fishing this summer.


Bluegill fishing is fair for anglers using worms and mealworms fished under a small bobber set at 4-6 foot depths or fished on the bottom. For more bluegill success, use 2 pound line, size No. 12 hooks, and just enough bait to cover the hook. Action for largemouth bass is fair with the best baits finesse plastics fished in the early morning hours.


At Green Valley lakes (Payson) fishing is best for bass, bluegill and crappie. Anglers using worms and meal worms under a small slip bobber are enjoying plenty of action, especially when fishing the outside edge of the weed-lines. Also try small curly tail grubs, marabou jigs or Trout Magnets for crappie. Fishing is poor for trout and catfish.


LAKE PLEASANT – A prime option for catfishing in the past months, some big cats have been landed in the daytime and at night. The prime bite has been at night near bank with live bluegill or carp fished under a float on circle hooks. Target any type of underwater structure. In the summer, catfish move close to the banks at night (5-15 feet of water in general).


Angler Bobby Wright reported that on Father’s Day weekend, his  oldest daughter, Kylie Wright,  caught a 10-pound flathead catfish and his youngest, Tatum Wright, caught a 7-pound flat. All were caught and released.
Wright also reported on the monster catch of Phillip Smith, who boated a 50-inch flathead that also caught and released and bit a bluegill with 30-pound monofilament and a 10/0 Big River sickle hook at 1:30 a.m. on July 13.


LOWER SALT RIVER (below Saguaro Lake) – Flow of 1,160 cfs  on June 18: Tonto Creek Hatchery three weeks ago stocked the river with rainbow trout. 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.


Previously, Mike McFarland, a Professional Fishing Guide at Hook-Up Outfitters, said there had been a pretty decent top-water bite all over the lake. “It can be wide open in the middle of nowhere,” he said. Anglers can hit an early-and-late afternoon top-water bite. In between, anglers can dropshot soft plastics along the banks for largemouth bass. Good Roboworm colors will be morning dawn or any prism shad colors such as prism crawler.

Bass fishing in general had been good along the shorelines, he said. Many of the post-spawn fish are recovered and eating more frequently in all areas of the lake in shallow water.

Striper boils are happening from the middle of the lake to 200 feet of water depth.


CREEKS BELOW THE MOGOLLON RIM - Weekly stockings into the trout streams have ended for most species.


BARTLETT LAKE (85 degree surface high temp.) – Lake elevation is 1,796 feet, 98 % full. Gary Senft, a local professional and a Bass Pro at the Mesa Bass Pro Shops, said he fished on Wednesday, starting at 6:30 a.m. with dropshots, catching largemouth bass immediately on Roboworms in red crawler, ox blood and morning dawn colors in about 10 feet of water. Water temperature in the morning was 82 degrees.

Around 10 or 11 a.m., he said the bite slowed down as the bass came down in the water column to about 20 feet. Senft said he proceeded to catch a few more on Texas rigs and baby brush hogs in watermelon and green pumpkin. Overall, the dropshot produced the best bite as Senft fished from the dam all the way to the river. He would stop as many spots, catch one or two bass, and then move on every 30 minutes or so.
He used 6-inch Roboworms with a 12-inch leader, fishing down the banks off long points and islands.


APACHE LAKE - Lake elevation is 1,906 feet (94 percent full). Senft said on Saturday, tournament anglers reported the largemouth bass more 3 pounds continue to be productive. The dropshot reportedly produced the best bite off rocky banks and points. Westy Worms and to-water lures in the morning also were productive.  Try top water lures in the morning and as bass do deeper as the water warms, switch to crankbaits and spinner baits.

Angler's report:  On Sunday morning, June 23, we had a Motorless Fishing Derby at Apache Lake with 10 participants fishing from kayaks and float tubes.
It was some awesome fishing. The reports were right about Apache Lake being HOT!! And we aren't talking temperature wise :-) -- Ed. E


In our derby, we go by length, not weight. There were several fish 16 inches and up. The smallmouth bass bite was great! We had quite a few caught on DS and I caught mine on spinnerbaits. The top three anglers had fish around 18 inches.



Angler’s previous  report: Steve M. had an incredible time on bass at Apache: Started off with a few different set ups but nothing could compete with a drop shot.


Drop shot set up: 8-pound flourocarbon with a size 1 drop shot hook with about 14-inch tag end to a ¼-ounce drop shot weight. Used both straight and curly tail Roboworms, nose hooked.  We fished the marina side of the lake downstream from the marina in 25-30 inches of water close to any submerged rock structures and steep banks. Finished Friday with 26 bass.


On June 22, we continued along the marina side of the lake downstream closer to the damn. Used the same drop shot set up but hooked the worm through the center of the body like a wacky worm on a drop shot. It didn't seem to matter what color we used but I did load up on oxblood, orange crusher and sxe shad from previous reports and experience. Also had success with KVD finesse and dream shot in dirt color. Finished Saturday with 37 bass.


Overall this was our best Apache trip with 63 bass in a day and a half. Largest was 3-pound, 5 ounces. (Pictures are of Kaleena Jones and son Jaxson Jones, age 6, proudly holding his own fish. )

 

WHITE MOUNTAINS AND RIM LAKES

Updated reports:

Recommended Waters to Fish
Fishing is good at Crescent Lake, Big Lake, Nelson Reservoir and the Greer lakes in the Springerville and Greer areas; Woods Canyon Lake in the Rim Lakes area, and Silver Creek in the Pinetop-Lakeside and Show Low areas.

Trout Stocking Schedule
Week of June 24-28
Bear Canyon Lake – 749 rainbow trout
Bunch Reservoir – 966 rainbow trout
Little Colorado in Greer – 605 rainbow trout
River Reservoir – 1,608 rainbow trout
Scotts Reservoir – 535 rainbow trout
Sheeps Crossing – 517 Apache trout
Show Low Lake – 335 rainbow trout
Silver Creek – 528 rainbow trout
Tunnel Reservoir – 1,004 rainbow trout
Willow Springs Lake – 3,038 rainbow trout
Woods Canyon Lake – 3,500 rainbow trout

Week of July 1-5
Bear Canyon Lake – 280 rainbow trout
East Fork of Black River – 1,000 Apache trout
Little Colorado in Greer – 605 rainbow trout
Sheeps Crossing – 512 Apache trout
Show Low Lake – 620 rainbow trout
Silver Creek – 528 rainbow trout
Willow Springs Lake – 1,500 rainbow trout
Woods Canyon Lake – 3,650 rainbow trout

MOGOLLON RIM LAKES
Note: Due to high and increasing fire danger, Stage 2 fire restrictions are now in effect on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests in Apache, Navajo and Greenlee Counties and will remain in effect until further notice. Stage 2 fire restrictions prohibit the following: any type of campfire (except gas stoves) even in developed campgrounds; smoking, except in an enclosed vehicle or building; discharging a firearm except while engaged in a lawful hunt; and operating an internal combustion engine (motor vehicles operated on designated roads are exempt). 

BEAR CANYON LAKE – Fishing is fair to good. The lake was stocked last week with 749 rainbow trout, and will be stocked this week with 280 more rainbows. The lake is full. 

BLACK CANYON LAKE – Fishing is poor to fair. Anglers have been catching some stocked rainbows. The water level is 6.8 feet below spill, and the boat ramp is getting difficult to use. 

CHEVELON LAKE – Fishing is good for boat anglers using lures and fair for shore anglers. The lake is full, but no longer spilling.

WILLOW SPRINGS LAKE – Fishing is poor. The lake was stocked last week with 3,038 rainbow trout, and will be stocked with 1,500 more rainbows this week. The lake is full, but not spilling.

WOODS CANYON LAKE – Fishing is good. The lake will be stocked this week with 3,650 rainbow trout. The store is open, and boat rentals are available.

Angler's report: Alvin B. headed to Woods Canyon Lake Sunday, June 30: A spontaneous fishing trip this past Sunday to Woods Canyon prevailed to be a great experience of mother nature and to escape the valley's 118-plus-degree temperatures.

We arrived about 10 a.m. to very limited parking, but we squeezed into a spot, unloaded our packs and gear and headed on our hike to our usual spot. We saw that it was occupied so we hiked a few more yards and found an even better one. Upon setting our poles we hear thunder and see a storm rolling in. I realized we had forgotten our rain ponchos and figured to ride out the rain. This rain was refreshing compared to the rain the valley usually gets. As much as we enjoyed it. all the other people on the lake scattered and left. My thoughts: more chances for us...

While we waited between downpours, I was able to fly fish for a bit -- nothing. Switched to spinners -- nothing. Tried Power Bait -- nothing. dillys worms -- nothing. Plus a variety of combinations and nothing. Finally broke out the marshmallows, BAM! That was the trick, the pink one's that come in the rainbow packet. Then yellow, green. Caught my limit in a couple hours and out of that only 1 was a "stocker" and it was put back to grow up, but the six I took home with me were of the 12-inch size and the last one was a nice lunker, which was just over a pound.

Also some really awesome NatGeo type of events happen right in front of us: a heron had swooped down from atop the trees and caught itself a fish and down swoops two bald eagles and a hawk to cause the heron drop its fish. The heron tried fighting off one of the eagles; while the other eagle circled the dropped fish and trying to ward off the hawks, the heron left the scene. The other eagle distracted the hawks and the second eagle swooped in and picked up the fish and off it went. I got photos of it since I missed the first few times the eagles caught fish, this time I didn't!

WHITE MOUNTAINS LAKES


Note: Due to high and increasing fire danger, Stage 2 fire restrictions are now in effect on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests in Apache, Navajo and Greenlee Counties and will remain in effect until further notice. Stage 2 fire restrictions prohibit the following: any type of campfire (except gas stoves) even in developed campgrounds; smoking, except in an enclosed vehicle or building; discharging a firearm except while engaged in a lawful hunt; and operating an internal combustion engine (motor vehicles operated on designated roads are exempt).

BECKER LAKE – Fishing is fair. Fish early or late in the day for best success. Becker Lake is open to catch-and-release fishing, with artificial fly and lure only, and single barbless hooks only.

BIG LAKE – Fishing is good. The best action has been early in the morning. Shore anglers have been doing well on worms and garlic PowerBait. Boat anglers have been successful with spinners and lures (Panther Martin, Crickhoppers in black, gold or fire-tiger colors). The store is open, and boat rentals are available.

CARNERO LAKE – Fishing is good. The lake was restocked in early May following a winterkill. Anglers are catching stocker-sized rainbows. There won’t be any larger fish until this fall. 

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

CONCHO LAKE – Fishing is fair. Anglers have been catching trout on worms.
 
CRESCENT LAKE – Fishing is fair to good. Spring surveys showed carry-over rainbows up to 18 inches and brook trout up to 16 inches survived the winter. Anglers have been catching rainbows up to 19 inches on bait, lures (Crickhoppers and KastMasters) and flies (peacock ladies and crystal buggers). The store is closed. Access to all boat ramps is good.

FOOL HOLLOW LAKE – Fishing is fair. The bite is slowing down as warm water has driven trout into deeper water. Anglers are catching a few trout at night on worms and PowerBait. Anglers are also catching some bass and bluegill off the fishing piers.

GREER LAKES – All Greer lakes (River, Tunnel and Bunch Reservoirs) are getting low, but fishing is fair to good. Tunnel Reservoir was stocked last week with 1,004 rainbow trout, Bunch Reservoir with 966 rainbow trout, and River Reservoir with 1,608 rainbow trout. 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 good, 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 fair. The lake has Apache trout and Arctic grayling. Fish very early or very late in the day for any success. Recent netting revealed grayling from 5- to 10-inches and Apache trout from 7- to 10-inches. The lake is almost six feet low, and launching a trailered boat is difficult. Float tubes, pontoon boats, Kayaks and canoes are recommended.
  
LUNA LAKE – Fishing is fair. Some anglers are catching 14- to 15-inch trout on PowerBait in the early morning. Recent netting revealed rainbows ranging from 7- inches to 14-inches.

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

NELSON RESERVOIR – Fishing is good. The lake was heavily stocked with almost 20,000 rainbow trout. There are also a few larger, carry-over trout from last year. Anglers are catching stocker rainbows on PowerBait.

RAINBOW LAKE – Fishing is poor to fair. The trout bite is slowing down as the waters warm up and weeds are growing, but warm water fish are starting to bite. 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 fair. The lake was stocked last week with 535 rainbow trout. The water is turbid, but the lake level is good.

SHOW LOW LAKE – Fishing is fair. Anglers are catching trout on worms, PowerBait and lures. The lake was stocked last week with 335 rainbow trout, and will be stocked this week with 620 more rainbows. The concession store is open, and boat rentals are available. The spillway campground and the road over the dam are open.

WOODLAND LAKE – Fishing is fair for trout and fair to good for bass and catfish. The lake was last stocked in mid-May with rainbow trout.

WHITE MOUNTAINS STREAMS


Note: Due to high and increasing fire danger, Stage 2 fire restrictions are now in effect on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests in Apache, Navajo and Greenlee Counties and will remain in effect until further notice. Stage 2 fire restrictions prohibit the following: any type of campfire (except gas stoves) even in developed campgrounds; smoking, except in an enclosed vehicle or building; discharging a firearm except while engaged in a lawful hunt; and operating an internal combustion engine (motor vehicles operated on designated roads are exempt).

EAST FORK of the BLACK RIVER – Fishing is poor to fair. Anglers have been catching some Apache trout on Mepps spinners, flies, and worms. The stream will be stocked this week with 1,000 Apache trout. Forest Road (FR) 276 is open along the East Fork. The river is running at base flows. Wild brown trout are also present.

WEST FORK of the BLACK RIVER – Fishing is fair.  Fishing is fair below and above this crossing due to impacts from the Wallow Fire. Vehicle access to the West Fork Campground will remain closed through this year. Wild brown trout are also present in the lower end.

LITTLE COLORADO RIVER in GREER – Fishing is good. The stream will be stocked this week with 605 rainbow trout. The stream is flowing at base flows, approximately 8 cfs. Wild brown trout are also present.

SHEEPS CROSSING – Fishing is good. The stream will be stocked this week with 517 Apache trout.

SHOW LOW CREEK – Fishing is good in the large pool below the dam. The stream was stocked two weeks ago with 660 rainbow trout.

SILVER CREEK – Fishing is good. 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. Silver Creek will be stocked this week with 528 rainbow trout. The upper section is closed to angling during the general regulation season.


LAKE POWELL AND LEES FERRY

Updated reports:

July 3 report by Wayne Gustaveson from www.wayneswords.com.

Lake Elevation: 3599


Water Temperature 78-83 F

Last week the best surface action for boiling stripers was found midlake near Bullfrog.  Surface feeding continues from Rincon to Hansen Creek.  Look for stripers feeding on top any time of the day but most consistently during morning and evening twilight periods.

While fishing for surface feeding stripers is really good lake wide, it is best at Good Hope Bay where it is possible to catch an incredible number of stripers every morning and evening. The big bay boils as soon as the sun settles near the red buttes in the west.  Fishing is great until dark.  Then the whole process is repeated again the next morning from dawn until full sun hits the water from the east. 

When in full feeding mode stripers are not spooky and allow boats to gently approach into casting range without diving for deep water.  Surface lures are working in twilight prime time.

In the southern lake slurping stripers are often visible from Wahweap to Rainbow Bridge. The gentle feeding action is most common during twilight but happens randomly all day long. The difference is less aggression by these stripers that are finding fewer and smaller shad than their cousins in the north.  Anglers casting to slurps in the south only catch one or two fish from these smaller feeding events while those in the north can catch 20 or more from one boil. 

Perhaps the most versatile lure in these conditions is a small heavy spoon that can be cast to the fish feeding on top and retrieved along the surface. Then when stripers dive toward the bottom the spoon can be allowed to sink, resulting in more fish caught from each feeding event.

The good news is that southern anglers can dig out bait and catch more fish on anchovies.  Fishing at the dam is still good in the evening. The power plant intake provides very consistent fishing success all day long. Stripers are hungry in the backs of most canyons from Padre to the San Juan.

Bass anglers got a bonus last week as a big wind storm tossed a huge number of tumbleweeds into the Padre Bay area.  Bass have been looking for cover and these weeds will now stack up along the shoreline, sink to the bottom and provide bass habitat.   It is difficult to fish anything but a weedless lure in these conditions but topwater lures, spinner baits and weedless frogs are working well. Look for the weed piles to find largemouth bass.

Smallmouth bass will still be found on rocky structure that falls quickly into deep water.  Just work the plastic bait gradually deeper until the bass holding depth is found. Multiple fish can be caught when working similar structure at the same depth once the pattern is discovered.

Walleye can still be caught trolling and casting in the same low light periods when stripers are active. Catfish are prowling sandy beaches at night looking for worms, shrimp or whatever was left over from dinner.

The Holiday weekend will provide fishing fireworks for those that bring fishing tackle with them on the family vacation.

Previous report:


LEES FERRY  - June 22 report from www.leesferryanglers.com:  Lees Ferry Anglers is proud to announce we now have a walk-in guide. TJ Carrington will be guiding half day trips. This is ideal for the angler looking for special one-on-one fishing, where you will learn strategy and technique. Contact us today for availability and rates.


Up River                                                              Rating 6.5 to 8.5
With the new flows and the hot temperatures, it is best to hit the river early and wade before the water rises.  As the water flow increases, it’s mainly anchoring up on the edge of riffles or drifting with long nymph rigs. You can also try stripping with sink tip lines with bead head streamers.


We are starting to hear the buzz of the cicadas but the responsive bite is still a ways out. If dry fly fishing is your passion, we have been using dry droppers along the seams and seeing a little action. As the fish get used to the high flows the fishing will get better day by day.


Remember to dress appropriately, lightweight sun-protectant clothing and drink plenty of water. We recommend 1 gallon per person, per day. Beer does not count as a hydrant.
 
Walk In                                                                        Rating 6


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

Previous report (July 19):


Colorado River

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 continued to drop about 1 foot per week to the current elevation of 1107 feet above msl.  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 June 8th.  The next new moon will be July 8th.  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.  Josh J. caught a nice 28 lbs. striper jigging over some humps in 40 feet deep water.  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.  All the fishermen contacted were hopeful for the coming years with rising water conditions and the abundance of baitfish they have seen this year.   

LAKE MOHAVE – The lake level has maintained around 642 feet above msl.  The black bass are hitting soft baits when worked slowly especially on grass beds in 20 to 30 feet deep.  Large bluegills have been reported in the 1-2 pound range.  The striper bite has been slow on the lake.
Submersible lights fished during the new moon are an effective way to catch stripers. Next new moon will be July 8th.  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.  Billy sent a report of his 7 pound striper and a bigger fish that he lost after a 2 minute fight.  He was using a Bomber Long A.  Willow Beach can be hit or miss bait fishing.  Try different baits including swim baits when nobody seems to be hooking anything. 

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. The word is that the stripers are in the Big Bend area and the trout have moved from there to the casino area.     

Rusty sent in some pictures of some beautiful fish.  Jim’s 3.08 lbs striper is ideal for the BBQ and was caught by the Laughlin Bridge on anchovies.  From the upper Big Bend area Willie’s healthy 5.78 lbs made for a good day.  Tony’s 6.42 lbs striper was the largest reported just beating out Del’s 6.3 lbs striper.  Some large trout are still being caught.  Mike’s beautiful rainbow weighing 2.22 lbs was second to Dave’s 3.38 lbs rainbow. Remember to fish for trout, you need a trout stamp on Class A and Lifetime fishing licenses.

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 reported as slow for all species.  Send me your fishing report if you go to the Marsh.   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 1st.  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 — The last scheduled trout stocking is the week of June 10th. The next tentative scheduled stocking, and the last till September, will be the week of June 24th. Catfish will be stocked before Free Fishing Day.  I have not heard any reports from Fain in a while.          

GOLDWATER LAKE — Reports are that some trout are being caught but it can be hit and miss.  Damon sent a report that he has been doing very well fishing by the dam using yellow sparkling marshmallows several feet from his sinker. The last trout stocking was June 8th.     
      

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 – Bluegill and some catfish are still being caught.  If you fish Granite Basin and are having luck, please e-mail me at gcummins@azgfd.gov so I can share your successes with others. 

LYNX LAKE –The last scheduled trout stocking was the week of June 3rd.  Catfish were stocked the Friday before Free Fishing Day (June 1st). 
  
Cameron sent a report from May 5th about his group’s success catching 10 good sized rainbow trout using night crawlers with a single green power-egg on a number 8 hook about 18 inches off a sliding sinker.  He reported that 4 of the 10 were over 20 inches.  He prefers the morning bite over the evening bite and he thinks the larger fish stay at the northern end of 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 stocking was the week of May 13th.   The next tentatively scheduled stocking was last week, the week of June 10th.  

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 18th.
   
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 17th, 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.  Dwight sent a picture and a report of his successful day at Willow.  He caught a nice bass that put up a fight of over 4 minutes on the opposite side of the dam.  He was using a green weighted Woolley Booger.  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 -  July 3 report from Mark Knapp, Park Ranger at Alamo Lake State Park:

Well folks, not much has changed since last week. 

Well, we are going through a cool down that I'm not to happy about.  The highs are only hitting 110 the last couple of days.  OK, a couple of guys came in and said they caught about 20 crappie straight across from the Cholla ramp.  They used minnows and jigs.  The bite was one of those on-again, off-again things.  I'm still going out in the evening and fighting the winds and catching some decent sized bass off the back of points. 

You really want to be careful going across the lake if you have not been here in the last couple of months.  There's about four islands sticking out. Cholla ramp is still in operation and is you're best bet on launching. 

The lake level is about 1,094-ish with releases of 25 cfs. 

On July 16th we have a meeting with the CORE and hopefully we can  find out what they're going to do with they're bulkhead inspection.  Remember sun block and bug spray. That's it. Simple and sweet.  -- Mark


 
Previous reports:

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  submerg

ed grass beds has been producing some quality redears of more than two pounds.


Falling over night 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 (PARKER STRIP AREA) - Falling over night 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. From last week: A 7.75-pound bass was recently taken from a backwater spot (see photo). 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.


CENTRAL MOUNTAINS

Trout fishing has slowed down on many of the local lakes because of the hot weather last week.  Even with the hot weather trout fishing was good on Ashurst and Knoll Lake.  Warm water fish such as bass and crappie are starting to get more active on the lakes around Williams with microjigs and small bead-head flies fished under a bobber or on a fly rod working well.  Fossil Creek is closed to fishing.

WILLIAMS LAKES:  


KAIBAB LAKE —  Campground is open.  Anglers were catching crappie and bluegill on small bead headed flies.   Scheduled to be stocked this week.

CATARACT LAKE —  Campground is closed.   One angler reported catching a large catfish on a crayfish colored crankbait. Try bead headed flies of microjigs for the crappie and bluegill in the lake.  Bass can also be caught. 

CITY RESERVOIR —  The lake is closed because of the fire danger.

DOGTOWN LAKE —  Campground is open. Trout were being caught early in the day on rainbow Power Bait and worms.  Crappie fishing was fair on Saturday.  Scheduled to be stocked this week

JD DAM — No Report.  Remember the lake is managed as a catch and release fishery.

SANTA FE — No report 

WHITEHORSE LAKE — Campground is open.  Lake Level is low.  Fishing was slow

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.      A lot of pike were being caught on anchovies and fly anglers were also catching pike.  A few nice crappie were also caught.

ASHURST LAKE —   Campground is open. Anglers were catching trout up to 14 inches on Power Bait and worms.  We had a report from an angler that he was catching trout up to 18 inches last week, but didn’t give any details on the techniques that were working.  Scheduled to be stocked this week.

FRANCIS SHORT POND –  Fishing was fair-good over the weekend with a few catfish being caught on hotdogs and worms.  Trout were being caught on rainbow Power Bait and corn.  Bluegill were being caught on corn fished about 3 feet under a bobber.  Bead headed prince nymph flies were also working. 
 
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 drain the lake for repairs to the dam.

KNOLL LAKE — The road is open.  Lake is full.  Stocked last week.  Scheduled to be stocked this week.  Fishing was good over the weekend using Power Bait. 

 

SOUTHERN WATERS

Please send me your fishing reports from Southern Arizona!  Fishing reports for southern waters can be sent to Amberle Jones, Regional Sportfish Biologist by email at akjones@azgfd.gov.  These reports will then be complied and reported in our weekly fishing reports.

Spring is here and with it comes increasing water temperatures meaning that fish are becoming more active.  Anglers can expect to see increased activity in the largemouth bass as they prepare to spawn.  Followed closely behind the largemouth bass will be the spawning of the sunfish species.  Anglers should concentrate their efforts in areas of likely spawning habitat near shore.

Trout stockings are all but over for the southern half of the state but anglers can still expect to find trout fishing opportunities up until water temperatures reach the mid 70’s

Need ideas on where to go fishing?  Try the Departments new interactive Fish and Boat Map: Fish and Boat Arizona

 

Previous reports:

PATAGONIA —The Department started maintenance work on the boat ramp on Tuesday June 25th.  We will keep adding a progress report on the ramp and the level of functionality as the work progresses.  The lake level is down and boaters should use caution as obstructions can appear as water levels continue to drop.  Anglers have reported extreme difficulty in loading and unloading their boat due to the low water levels.


RIGGS FLAT — Riggs Flat is now open and the lake was stocked with approximately 6,000 trout.  Future stockings as scheduled in June will be dependent on water quality at that time.   To view the entire summer stocking schedule go here: 2013 Summer Stocking Schedule

ROPER LAKE —  No recent reports of success.  For lake information (928) 428-6760. 
  
DANKWORTH POND — Still closed for renovations as State Parks puts the final touches on several construction projects.  The Department already began the restocking process with the introduction of bluegill sunfish and channel catfish.  The stocked fish were in good condition and should be ready to spawn as water temperatures rise.  Largemouth bass will be stocked once the sunfish population has become established. 

ARIVACA — Open to anglers, water levels continue to be severely low and the lake continues to drop. Water quality has been reported to be in bad condition however anglers are catching smaller fish in good condition.  All boat launching is at the risk of the owner.  Anglers are reminded that all largemouth bass caught must be immediately released alive. 

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 recently reported having a great time catching quite a few fish, largemouth bass and bluegill, at the 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.  Boaters using gas motors are asked to be courteous and not create wake problems for others boaters.   

PARKER CANYON —A recent fish survey captured multiple large sunfish in the lake along with some nice sized largemouth bass.  Anglers are reminded that the bag/possession limit for channel catfish is now 4 fish. The lake level is down and boaters should use caution as obstructions can appear as water levels drop.  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. 

 ROSE CANYON LAKE — Rose Canyon is open.  Summer trout stockings has begun and will continue throughout the summer.  To view the entire summer stocking schedule go here: 2013 Summer Stocking Schedule.

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