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Fishing report, June 20

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Jun 19, 2013
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Silver Creek is being stocked with trout.
It’s the best time of the year in the high country to chase a trout bite.  Bear Canyon, Willow Springs and Woods Canyon in the White Mountains are being stocked with trout. The Little Colorado River in Greer, Show Low Creek and Silver Creek also will be stocked.

Also, the Tonto Creek Hatchery this week is stocking Tonto Creek, Haigler Creek, Christopher Creek, the East Verde River and Woods Canyon Lake.


Woods Canyon Lake is receiving a particularly large load of trout. There also are plenty of bluegill in the lake and even some minnows.  The water temperature at Woods Canyon Lake topped out earlier this week at 66 degrees.

For fishery locations visit the Fish&Boat Arizona map.

James Goughnour of Rim Country Custom Rods reported that trout fishing on the Mogollon Rim Lakes was called excellent again this past week. Lots of anglers reported good numbers of stocked and one year old trout being caught, he said.

In his weekly report, Goughnour continued: “Power Baits, and salmon eggs were reported successful; small spinner baits such as a Roadrunner and Panther Martin were working well on an ultra-light rod. A small, crawfish-colored crankbait also had been working great.  Fly anglers continued to have success using green, brown and black wooly bugger flies with some tinsel on them. Wind is a major factor on most of the rim lakes, so if you plan to go, expect the wind to pick up around midday, but it’s hard to beat the early morning calm fishing conditions of our rim trout lakes.”

Keep in mind that effective June 19, all lands that are owned or managed by the state, including Department wildlife areas, will be under Stage II fire restrictions.  The restrictions are as follows:


• Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove including fires in developed campgrounds or improved sites is prohibited. Exemptions include persons using a device solely fueled by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels that can be turned on and off. Such devices can only be used in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within 3 feet of the device.
•  Smoking is prohibited unless it is within an enclosed vehicle or building.
• Discharging a firearm except while engaged in a lawful hunt pursuant to state, federal, or tribal
laws and regulations is prohibited. The exemption to this is that the discharging of firearms is
allowed on agency designated shooting ranges.
•  The discharging or using of any kind of fireworks and incendiary devices is prohibited.
• The following mechanical and industrial activities are prohibited:
• Operating any internal combustion engine.
• Welding, or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame.
• Using an explosive.

Additional exemptions to the above-listed restrictions include:
• Any Federal, State, or local officer or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.
• Industrial operations where specific operations and exemptions are identified and mitigation measures are implemented as outlined in an agency plan.
• Operating generators with an approved spark arresting device within an enclosed vehicle or building or in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within three feet of the generator.
•  Operating motorized vehicles on designated roads so long as you park in an area devoid of vegetation within 10 feet of the roadway.


Finally, a quick notice to Patagonia Lake boaters:  Please be aware that only one boat launch ramp is currently available at Patagonia Lake. Hazardous, low water conditions at this ramp have forced Arizona State Parks to post the ramp as “Launch at your own risk.”

 

Arizona Game and Fish Department proposes new fishing regulations

 

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Are you an angler who would like to see the statewide possession limit double in all statewide and special regulation seasons? Should the crappie daily bag limit be reduced from unlimited to 15 per day at Bartlett Lake and Roosevelt Lake?

In order to conserve fish populations, simplify and streamline regulations, and incorporate public request, the Arizona Game and Fish Department is considering these fishing regulation changes and others.


The department is conducting a series of public meetings during June and July to provide information on the proposed fishing regulation changes and solicit comment.

The meeting schedule is:

  • Flagstaff Regional Game and Fish office, 3500 S. Lake Mary Rd., June 24, 6:30 p.m. Mesa Regional Game and Fish office, 7200 E. University Dr., July 2, 6 p.m.
  • American Legion Post 19, Yuma, 2575 S. Virginia Dr., July 3, 5:30 p.m. Tucson Regional Game and Fish office, 555 N. Greasewood Rd., July 10, 6 p.m.
  • AZGFD Headquarters Office, Phoenix, 5000 W. Carefree Hwy, July 15, 5:30 p.m. Kingman Regional Game and Fish office, 5325 N. Stockton Hill Rd., July 19, 6 p.m.
  • Pinetop Regional Game and Fish office, 2878 E. White Mountain Blvd., July 19, 6 p.m.

In addition, the public can also submit written comments via email to fishregscomments@azgfd.gov or by mail to: Arizona Game and Fish Department, Fisheries Branch, c/o Chris Cantrell, 5000 W. Carefree Highway, Phoenix, AZ 85086.


The changes are scheduled to be presented to the Arizona Game and Fish Commission at its meeting scheduled for Sept. 6-7.


The proposed changes are:

  • Change the statewide possession limit to twice the daily bag limit. This possession limit will apply to all statewide and special regulation seasons.
  • Reduce the crappie daily bag limit from unlimited to 15 per day at Bartlett Lake and Roosevelt Lake.
  • Establish special regulations for daily bag limits at all newly designated Community Fishing Waters. 
  • Make all catch-and-release trout waters artificial fly and lure only, single barbless hooks.
  • Simplify artificial fly and lure regulations at waters with reduced trout harvest to “artificial fly and lure only, two trout daily bag limit.”
  • Create special regulations for bass at Goldwater Lake of one bass, minimum size of 13 inches in total length.
  • Allow bow and arrow fishing for catfish at Roosevelt, Apache, Canyon and Saguaro lakes.
  • Allow spear and spear gun fishing for striped bass in the Colorado River and associated backwaters from Headgate Rock Dam (upstream of Parker) to the Southern International Boundary with Mexico.
  • Reduce the general statewide daily bag limit for white amur (grass carp) from unlimited to one white amur, minimum size of 30 inches in total length.
  • Reduce the statewide roundtail chub daily bag limit from one fish to catch-and-release only.
  • Consolidate regulations on the Colorado River from the I-40 Bridge to the Southern International Boundary including Lake Havasu, Martinez Lake, Mittry Lake and associated backwaters.

View the full details of the rationale behind each regulation at www.azgfd.gov/h_f/regChanges/130614_Fish_Regs_Full.pdf.

 


Arizona Game and Fish to provide summertime mussel prevention outreach

PHOENIX -- You might have seen the “Don’t Move a Mussel” signs that have been at some statewide lakes. Now the Arizona Game & Fish Aquatic Invasive Species Program will be providing quagga mussel educational opportunities at Lake Pleasant, Bartlett Lake and Lake Havasu throughout the summer.


In an effort to reduce the spread and introduction of this serious invasive species, the outreach efforts will encourage boaters to clean, drain and dry their boats. Here is a rundown:

  • June 21 at Bartlett Lake: The Game and Fish Aquatic Invasive Species Program, along with personnel from the Tonto National Forest and Salt River Project, will hold “Bartlett Decon Day,” speaking with boaters and passing out invasive mussel prevention information. Mobile watercraft decontamination demonstration opportunities will also be available.

 

  • July 27-28 and Aug. 10-11 at Lake Havasu: Game and Fish Aquatic Invasive Species Program personnel (non-law enforcement) will be at boat ramps to speak with boaters and hand out “Don’t Move a Mussel” information such as “pull your plug cards,” on July 27-28. On Aug. 10-11, law enforcement personnel will perform the same outreach.

    Quagga mussels are highly prolific, small, freshwater bi-valve mollusks originating from Eastern Europe that are triangular with dark black or brown zebra-like stripes. The Arizona Game and Fish Department considers quagga mussels to be a serious invasive species threat and their possession, movement and introduction into state waterways are prohibited by state law.

    For more information, visit www.azgfd.gov/boating.

ANGLER REPORT:

Went up to see if Horseshoe lake was fishable. Lake is now empty and the water is following natural course of Verde River. I could see carp in the water but river side access extremely difficult because recent filling has made the former lakebed extremely soft and muddy. This is very difficult to cross without sinking in to the muck. I wouldn't recommend trying to fish the area until it has few more weeks to dry out.

OK, on to the full report.


CENTRAL WATERS


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.


Updated reports:


URBAN WATERS – The last catfish stocking of the spring season will take place the week of June 10-15 at all Phoenix and Tucson area urban waters.


Fishing is good to excellent for anglers using worms, stink baits, hot dogs or shrimp fished on the bottom. Catfish are biting irregularly throughout the day, but are more active when the sun goes down. Most catfish are from 15-17 inches, but some lunkers over three pounds are being hauled out of the lakes. Sahuarita Lake south of Tucson will not be stocked with catfish in June due to lowered lake water levels for maintenance and inspection activities.


Bluegill fishing is good for anglers using worms and mealworms fished under a small bobber in 3-6 foot depths. Action for largemouth bass is fair with the best baits finesse plastics fished in the early morning hours.
At Green Valley lakes (Payson) fishing for trout is slowing down since stockings wrapped up on May 10.

However, fishing for bass, bluegill and crappie is good. Anglers using worms and meal worms under a small bobber are enjoying plenty of action. Also try small curly tail grubs or marabou jigs.


The spring catfish stocking season, that includes seven deliveries of fish every other week, will end with the final stocking the week of June 10-15. Every stocking, 14,000 pounds of channel catfish are delivered from Arkansas to the 20 Urban Fishing Program waters in the Phoenix and Tucson areas.


Coming from fish ponds in Arkansas, our fish suppliers log thousands of miles on their large rigs to truck catfish into our park lakes during the spring stocking season. Warming lake temperatures and air temperatures make it impractical to haul live fish into Arizona’s Urban Lakes and Ponds during the heat of the summer. Consequently, there are no scheduled fish stockings for July, August, and the first half of September.
Catfish stockings will resume again in mid-September when lake and air temperatures cool enough to safely transport fish across the hot desert and into the Urban waters. Anglers can still enjoy fishing for catfish, bass and bluegill at Urban waters throughout the summer, but the action is generally slower.
 
ROOSEVELT LAKE - Lake elevation is 2,109 feet, 54 percent full).  James Goughnour of Rim Country Custom Rods submitted this June 14 report:

Good morning rim country anglers -- Roosevelt Lake water level dropped  another 1% this past week and currently stands at 51 percent full. As we discussed last week, this is the time of year that water is used for irrigation in the Valley so expect to see this downward trend for the next few months.  The Tonto Creek is flowing at 30 percent of its normal rate while the Salt River is at 60 percent of its normal rate for this time of year. The water temperature is increasing and shallow water will now begin reach the mid 80 degrees during the afternoon. The water clarity was called stained again this past week due to algae growth in the water.  

Bass fishing was called good this past week by local experienced anglers. The top water bite we’ve been talking about continues so always have a top water bait ready to cast near a boil that may occur near you.  Good success was reported this past week on Texas-Rig and Carolina-Rig 6" green lizards. Also a Drop Shot technique using ox-blood color Roboworms. Most anglers reported fishing main lake points in 15-25 ft water. 

Night time crappie fishing was reported to be good this past week. Most anglers are using crappie lights which attract bait fish, and crappie to your boat. You'll want to use live minnows for night time crappie fishing and a couple of hot-spots are around Windy Hill and Salome Cove. 

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

BARTLETT LAKE – Lake elevation is 1,796 feet, 98 % full. Gary Senft, a local professional and a Bass Pro at the Mesa Bass Pro Shops, said the best bite has been from drop shot of flick shakes.


If you missed it last week, a flick shake rig includes a 1/16-ounce jig hook, and a 5 ½-inch watermelon candy  Flick Shake Worm (available at Bass Pro Shops). Hook the worm right in the middle so that it’s whacky style. Senft was using a spinning rod and 8-pound test line, fishing steep banks in 8-15 feet of water.


Senft worked the bait by pulling the bait a little as it was sinking, and once it hit the bottom, if it didn’t get bit, he would pop the bait and let it sink back down. If the fish was there, Senft said, it took the bait. He reported catching bass from 1.5-2 pounds.


He moved a lot, starting from the boat dock to the dam and back to Rattlesnake Cove.


Fish points and reefs as is the bass’s summertime pattern. The bass are preying on minnow, holding off on the sides of long points, typically facing any current that might be bringing in bait.


The top-water bite using Ricos and Bass Assassins was off for Senft.

Previously, Jeremy Hoffman, the north Phoenix Sportsman's Warehouse manager, said night fishing for bass has been good for the most part. Try throwing Hula Grubs on a football head or Texas rigged worms.


Also the channel cats have been pretty fired up lately as well. Grab a few tubs of chicken livers, pick a nice piece of shoreline, and relax. I like to get there at least an hour before dark so you can find a spot that has a nice drop off to it, and also some nearby structure. An easy and fast way to setup your catfish line is to tie your size 1 or 1/0 baitholder hook to the end of your line and then attach 1/2-ounce or more of weight approx. 18-24 inches above your hook, and you’re done. Use a chunk of liver about the size of the top of a soda can. If you use too much bait the fish will just pick at it and eventually steal your bait, but if you use a smaller piece they will generally just grab the entire thing and run off.

Friendly reminder for Bartlett - watch out for scorpions!


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 previous report: Kai N. on Saturday, June 8, had a good day at Tempe Town Lake -- My niece was in town so I took her in the morning to Tempe Town Lake.  We only fished for about 1.5 hours.  Starting just after Sunrise, around 6 a.m.  We fished from the shore.  They were biting really well up to about 7 a.m. I caught three largemouth, two were about 10 inches and the third was about 16 inches.  They were really liking the 6-inch Salt Red Roboworm fished Texas Rig.  All three I pulled in on that setup.  I had a few bites on the dropshot.  Had no luck on the topwater.

Previous reports:

Please send your reports to BFishing@azgfd.gov


CANYON LAKE - Lake elevation is 1,659 feet (97 percent full). Reports are that dropshots have produced the best bite and there have been reports of some bass being caught up to 7 pounds.


Previously, Skyler Clark, fishing manager of the Sportsman’s Warehouse in Mesa, said the lake has been turning on (Zara Super Spook Jr. traditionally is effective.). In addition to fishing the lake himself, Clark has heard from anglers that the morning top-water bite is improving on largemouth bass. In addition, the most consistent bite has been off dropshots. Throw Roboworms in green pumpkin, ox blood and red crawler. Spots can be hot all over the lake, but Clark said the main lake has been producing better than up the river. The up-river bite should turn on soon, however.


Some anglers reported 15-20 bass  in half-day trips, and there also have been reports to Clark of five bass weighing more than eight pounds in the past week, most caught of dropshots.

LOWER SALT RIVER (below Saguaro Lake) – Flow of 1,160 cfs  on June 18 - Tonto Creek Hatchery two 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.

LAKE PLEASANT - Jeremy Hoffman, north Phoenix Sportsman's Warehouse manager, gave this report: Striper fishing under lights should be on fire again this weekend! Saturday is the new moon so you can expect your lights to be swarming with shad almost as soon as you drop them down. And remember if they’re not schooling up shortly after you drop them… MOVE! Good spots to try would be Coles, Humbug, up in the river arm, Fireman’s cove, and lastly the tires by the marina. If you’d like to get a mixed bag, instead of using anchovies, buy yourself a bucket full of  minnows and free-line them down on a size 2 Aberdeen hook. With minnows you can expect to get stripers, whites, crappie, largemouth, and maybe even a catfish. I’ve caught some giant white bass at night under lights fishing with minnows. It’s a blast to have a mixed bag.
Night fishing for largemouth is really starting to fire up. Try throwing football jigs, and the old faithful Texas rigged 7- or 10-inch black and blue Power Worm.


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.


SAGUARO LAKE - Lake elevation is 1,526 feet (93 percent full): Gary Senft said he received reports that fishing was poor.


Previously, Clark, the Mesa Sportsman’s Warehouse fishing manager, said Saguaro is getting into summer mode. There are reports that some fish are chasing shad sporadically in the morning. Anglers are throwing jerk baits ad top-water lures such as Zara Spooks, then fishing on cliff walls with dropshots or dragging dropshot Roboworms through the grass that has been growing tall on the deeper flats. A Roboworm in red crawlers, morning dawn or ox blood about one foot to 18 inches below the weight  has been working.
Previously, Mike McFarland 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.


APACHE LAKE - Lake elevation is 1,906 feet (95 percent full). This continues to be a hot spot for largemouth bass, with some reports spilling into the north Phoenix Sportsman’s Warehouse of bass weighing 10-pound-plus.  Target deep-water ledges, such as ones that go immediately from 10 to 100 feet of depth. The reports indicate the fish are spread out from the marina to the dam. Try dropshots with ox blood Roboworms. When bed fishing, use jigs or soft plastics in lighter colors so you can see your bait. But consider releasing the spawning bass to preserve their populations.

HORSESHOE LAKE - Lake elevation is 1,949 feet, 0-percent full. Jeremy Hoffman, the north Phoenix Sportsman’s Warehouse fishing manager, reported Horseshoe is a particularly fun place to fish because of the waters it has held for so long. Catfish and carp anglers will have a blast fishing here because it’s a place where you can not only catch high numbers of fish, but many of considerable size. Scent is the key when fishing this lake because the water is so muddy and the visibility extremely poor. A strong potent scent is necessary for these fish to be able to hone in on your bait.

For catfish try using chicken livers or stink bait, and for carp use corn, dough balls, or cheese baits. (If you choose to fish with dough balls, add in lots of garlic salt and/or vanilla extract. It gives off a scent that catfish and carp cannot resist.) Salt River Project tends to use Horseshoe as a flood retention reservoir, but steadily releases the water downstream into Bartlett Lake.


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

 

WHITE MOUNTAINS AND RIM LAKES

Updated reports:

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

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 is full and will be stocked this week with rainbow trout. 

BLACK CANYON LAKE – Fishing is fair. Anglers are catching mostly stockers, but also a few larger, carry-over fish. The water level is 6.8 feet below spill, and the boat ramp may be 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 good. The lake will be stocked this week with rainbow trout. The lake is full, but not spilling.

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


James Goughnour of Rim Country Custom Rods submitted this June 14 report:  Starting off this week with a huge thanks to Dennis Pirch who took me trout fishing on the rim last week. We fished Sunrise Lake from about 6:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. We fished a lot of baits but a small crawdad colored crank bait produced the best results. We caught several trout in the 1 1/2- 2 lb range. During the drive up, we saw elk, deer and antelope which added to the fun.

Trout fishing on the Rim Lakes was called excellent again this past week. Lots of anglers reported good numbers of stocked and one year old trout being caught.

Power Baits, and salmon eggs were reported successful; small spinner baits such as a  Roadrunner and Panther Martin were working well on an ultra-light rod. As I stated earlier, a small crawfish colored crankbait was working great.  Fly anglers continued to have success using  green, brown and black wooly bugger flies with some tinsel on them. Wind is a major factor on most of the rim lakes so if you plan to go, expect the wind to pick up around mid day, but it’s hard to beat the early morning calm fishing conditions of our rim trout lakes.   

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. The warm water is slowing things down. 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 Power Bait. 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 fair for trout. The lake was stocked in May with rainbow trout. Fishing is good for bullheads, bass and catfish.

CONCHO LAKE – Fishing is fair to good. Anglers have been catching trout on worms.
 
CRESCENT LAKE – Fishing is good. There was no winterkill this year, with carry-over rainbows up to 18 inches and brook trout up to 16 inches surviving the winter. Anglers have been catching rainbows up to 19 inches on bait, lures (Crickhoppers and KastMasters) and flies (buggers and nymphs). There are no reports of brook trout being caught. The store is closed. Access to all boat ramps is good.

FOOL HOLLOW LAKE – Fishing is fair. The bite is slowing down as many of the big trout have been caught and warm water is driving the trout into deeper water. Anglers are catching a few trout at night on worms and Power Bait. 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. River Reservoir and Tunnel Reservoir were stocked last week with rainbow trout. Water levels at River and Bunch are below the concrete curb at the end of each boat ramp. Boats have to be carried to the water. Boat launching at Tunnel Reservoir is still good. 

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 to fair. The lake has Apache trout and Arctic grayling. Fish very early or very late in the day for any success. The lake is almost six feet low, and launching a trailered boat may be difficult.
  
LUNA LAKE – Fishing is fair to good. Luna was stocked in May with rainbow trout, and there are lots of fish in the lake. Some anglers are catching 14- to 15-inch trout on Power Bait in the early morning.

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, walleye and carp. 

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 Power Bait.

RAINBOW LAKE – Fishing is fair. The trout bite is slowing down as the waters warm up and the 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 water is turbid, but the lake level is good.

SHOW LOW LAKE – Fishing is fair. The lake will be stocked this week with rainbow trout. Large rainbows averaging 15 inches were also stocked in early May. Anglers are catching trout on worms, Power Bait and lures. 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 poor to 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 good. 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 to good at the FR 68 crossing pool. Fishing is poor 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 rainbow trout. The stream is flowing at base flows, approximately 8 cfs. Wild brown trout are also present.

SHEEPS CROSSING – Fishing is good.

SHOW LOW CREEK – Fishing is good in the large pool below the dam. The creek will be stocked this week with 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 rainbow trout. The upper section is closed to angling during the general regulation season.

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 70s.

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

Previous reports:

PATAGONIA — Anglers have reported catching quite a few toads at the lake.  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

 

LAKE POWELL AND LEES FERRY


Updated report:


June 19 report by Wayne Gustaveson from www.wayneswords.com.

Lake Elevation: 3601


Water Temperature 75-78 F

Lake Powell water level has topped out at 3601 feet. That means the Castle Rock Cut is wet but not passable.  But fishing is still great making it worthwhile to head upstream from Wahweap or to take a fishing rod along when heading out from Bullfrog or Halls Marina.

Lake location often determines which fish may be caught. While all species are available in each canyon there are some habitats that favor a particular species.  For instance, the steep canyon walls in the main channel between Rainbow and the Escalante feature more walleye than many other locations.  Use plastic grubs in the shade of the walls morning and evening or troll along the canyon edge with 12-20 foot diving lures to target walleye.

Smallmouth bass are on the rocky reefs.  Slow down when yellow water marking a hazard to navigation is seen.  Once the boat is safe, stop and toss drop-shot or Carolina rigged plastic grubs to the top of the reef and then work deeper down the slope until smallmouth are found.

Largemouth bass are searching for any brushy cover they can find. Look for an old stump or bush, or submerged tumbleweed, or any other habitat that may make these brush-dwellers feel comfortable.  Throw a long cast close to the structure and fish plastic, crankbaits, or top water lures to entice bass to feed.

Striped bass are very visible and really fun to follow around. At first light they hit the top, feeding on ½ to ¾ inch shad. This week shad had gained a bit more mobility so the slurpers were coming up and making a zigzag wake when feeding. It was possible to get close enough to each group to see stripers feed and watch how they reacted to their environment.  Groups of 5-10 stripers were feeding in bays and coves while 20-30 fish schools were feeding in open water of the main channel lakewide.  At first light small swim baits, spoons or shallow diving crank baits were tasted by the chasing school fish.  They nibbled but did not necessarily hook up every time.  Catch rate was about 1 striper for each slurper group encountered. Fish caught ranged from 6 inches to 4 pounds

When the sun was completely on the water (9-11 AM) slurpers went back down or fed with less enthusiasm. Stripers could be caught trolling in the areas where slurpers were seen but it was much more effective to dig out the bait and catch a bunch of stripers from the standard spots.  Stripers are still holding in the usual places and are very willing to hit bait.  Look at the dam (evening), power plant intake, Navajo Canyon points (2nd point beyond double islands), Buoy 25, San Juan canyons, Escalante (Willow Canyon mouth),  Lake Canyon mouth, and Halls Creek mouth. 

Again at mid day, when sun was straight up, the slurpers would start feeding again for an hour. They were easy to catch when first seen and then less aggressive as their noon hour feeding event concluded.  Bait fishing was good in the afternoon followed by a final slurp event at dusk.

Stripers are working hard each day to regain their vitality by eating as many shad as possible. Please give the shad population a big boost by catching and keeping as many stripers as possible.  The population is still abundant and easy to catch so bring along the fishing rod on your family vacation.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 June 2013 09:10


Previous report:


LEES FERRY  - Dean Windham of Lee’s Ferry Anglers said  last week that midges are hatching like crazy, scuds are coming back after some anglers feared they’d been wiped out in the November flood, and trout have preferred rippling waters as opposed to the slack pools they’d been lounging in a month ago.


The scuds, Windham said, have been in moss piles, a welcome sight for anglers and trout alike. “We were afraid the flood killed them all,” Windham said.


A light nymph rig using a zebra midge, Glow Bugs or San Juan worms are working. Windham said fish also are sitting in the rock piles at the edge of ripples where a food source drops in.

Also, remember that o Feb 20, a portion of road on Hwy 89, the section of highway that goes from the junction of Hwy 89A, up to Page, collapsed. This road closure in no way affects anyone who is traveling to Lees Ferry/Marble Canyon as long as you do not go through Page. All north-south travel can be completed by using 89A which is much quicker and shorter that the detour through Page. For more info visit:

http://www.azdot.gov/us89/. Road construction continues on the road from Marble Canyon to the Ferry, and anglers can expect a 10-15 delay at the most, Windham said.

Also read the previous April 1 fishing report from www.leesferry.com.


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 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 nchovies 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 Powerworms 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 — Report 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 -  June 19  report from Mark Knapp, Park Ranger at Alamo Lake State Park:

Well folks, you’re not missing a lot out here.

A few days ago we had a cold front move through and it was almost jacket weather.  It dropped down to a nippy 107.  I'm happy to report that it was back up to 110 yesterday and should remain that way for the rest of the week.


I have been away from the park for the last few days so everything you’re getting is second-hand information this week. It's pretty much the same old story. The early-morning top water bite goes until around 6 a.m.

Then go to plastics in about 20 foot of water until sunset and then the evening bite turns on.


I have not seen any boils yet. The last couple of years has been a bust for the boils.


There have been no reports on crappie fishing.  A few folks from Las Vegas came in yesterday afternoon and bought a bunch of minnows and tried the nighttime bite.  I told them to stop by and let me know how they did.  They were gone this morning and I only found one catfish in the can so I'm guessing they did not do very well.


According to friends in Salome, catfishing is still decent. They’re using shrimp and night crawlers and going to the upper end of the lake.


The cove on left of the Cholla boat ramp is almost drained so that's the beginning of the end of Cholla ramp.  Once the coves drain the lake goes down fast.  If you came out here back in 2002-03 you know what I'm talking about.

Still no word on what the CORE is going to do with the lake level.  I'm waiting to go to a meeting in July to see if they’re going to let it go down with minimum releases and evaporation or drop it down to 1070 in a mini flood.  We have been spending a lot of time going over and pulling vehicles out of the sink holes next to the lake over in the free area.


We’re not always able to get them out and it's about $800-$1,000 bucks to have a tow truck pull you so be careful and don't drive up to the lakes edge without walking it first.  Be sure and throw a couple of gallons of extra water just in case of an emergency.  We found a guy who had been stuck for two days way up by the gauging station and had to walk out to the browns crossing area to get cell phone service.  Without water and a cell phone this would not have ended on a good note.


My radiator blew as I entered the park yesterday and I'm here to tell yah, it's no fun trying to get parts 85 miles away.  The point I'm trying to make is be sure to check everything from wheel bearings to batteries before heading out in this heat.


Well, the phone’s ringing and the staff is loading chains so I think we’re off to what we like to call, "a three-hour tour".  That's it for this week -  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  submerged 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


Updated reports:


Fishing for trout was pretty good over the weekend with green and chartreuse Power Bait seeming to work well on multiple waters.  We also had some trout being caught on worms fished about 3 feet under a bobber at Kaibab Lake.  Warm water fish such as bass and crappie are starting to get more active on the lakes around William. Microjigs and small bead-head flies fished under a bobber or on a fly rod are 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.  Trout were being caught on night crawlers below a bobber.  Stocked with trout last 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.  Stocked with trout last week

CITY RESERVOIR —  No report.  Lake is full. Any small gold lure seemed to be catching fish when the creel clerk visited the lake. 

DOGTOWN LAKE — Campground is open. Fishing was good over the weekend.  Trout were being caught on orange or rainbow Power Bait.  Crappie fishing was also good on chartreuse microjigs.  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.  Lake level is full.

WHITEHORSE LAKE — Campground is open.  Lake Level is low.  Lake was recently stocked with rainbow trout.  Anglers were catching trout on flies in the cove on the south side of the lake opposite of the boat ramp.

FLAGSTAFF LAKES:


LOWER LAKE MARY —  Lower Lake Mary has been stocked with 20,000 Rainbow trout.  No report.

UPPER LAKE MARY —   This is a good time to fish on Upper Lake.    Anglers continue to catch nice walleye.  One angler reported catching a ~20 inch walleye on anchovies by the dam.  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.  An informal creel was conducted on 6/14.  Anglers were catching trout up to 14 inches on Power Bait and worms.  Fishing was excellent.  Scheduled to be stocked this week

FRANCIS SHORT POND –  Anglers were having success using hotdogs, homemade dough bait, and anchovies for catfish.  Folks were also catching cats on worms fished under a bobber.  Trout fishing continues to be good using Power Bait and flies. Stocked with trout last week


KINNIKINICK LAKE — Fishing for catfish can be good this time of year as the water warms.  The lake has a god sized population of brown trout with some being very large.  Try using small crawdad colored crankbaits fished deep or night crawlers 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.  Scheduled to be stocked this week

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