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Fishing report, June 27

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Jun 27, 2013
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Phillip Smith with his 50-inch catfish from Lake Pleasant on June 13.
The whiskered lake monsters are emerging more and more. A sudden, summer catfish craze.

Said local catfish enthusiast Bobby Wright: “I haven’t seen so many people fishing for catfish since Ed caught his.”

Ed.

He’s Arizona’s latest fishing legend, the definition of doing your name proud. "Flathead" Ed, he is called. Eddie Wilcoxson carved out a new standard in April with a 76.54-pound flathead catfish from Bartlett Lake, which became the heaviest recorded fish of any species in state history. Forums have been buzzing about the record. Challenges are being tossed like dripping laundry. The record must go, some say.

Some anglers are close to the record, as the following stories from the past week will show.

This weekend is a good as a time as any to escape some of the predicted 118 degree days and hide in the night. Or plan a nighttime catfishing trip for the fourth of July weekend. Because Arizona is showing that some deeply etched memories can be made at any time, with just one chomp from a hungry catfish.

Wright, a Phoenix-based member of the U.S. Catfish Association, said he witnessed a potential state record flathead catfish taken from Lake Pleasant around 9:30 p.m. on June 13. The beast, which he guessed was 60 or 70 pounds and is pictured above, was released, he said.

“Pleasant has been producing some very large catfish the last couple weeks,” Wright said.

Wright said Phillip Smith caught the catfish that measured 50 inches in total length (Flathead Ed’s was 53.5 inches), but Smith could not find a capable scale, and so released the fish in good condition. Smith caught the flathead between 15 and 25 feet of water on 30-pound monofilament line and a 10/0 Big River sickle hook with a live bluegill at 1:30 a.m.

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Kenny Walker's 41-pound flathead catfish from Lake Pleasant.
Kenny Walker, also of Phoenix, caught the largest fish in his 30 years of fishing state waters under a super full moon on June 21 at Bartlett Lake. He said the catfish weighed 41.82 pounds.

Walker’s toad was caught with an 808 Zebco reel on an 8-foot Berkley Big Game fishing rod, 20-pound monofilament line and a 5/0 circle hook.

Like many nighttime catfishers during the summer, Wright targeted the cats near the bank, in 7 feet of water. “I had the rod laying on the edge of the boat,” Wright said. “My wife saw it bend and I actually had to catch the pole.”

Get ready. Big catfish will steal your rod.

And there are kitties out there bigger than any of these.

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In 2008, through an electrofishing survey on the lower Colorado River, we weighed one (pictured to the right) at 89.4 pounds. He’s still out there, as far as we know …

Every catfish angler has their own technique. Here are more that have been successful recently.

Like Walker, Wright also uses circle hooks, which allow a fish to be hooked without the angler having to set the hook. The hooks are designed to naturally hook a fish in the corner of its mouth – even if the fish swallows the bait – allowing the angler to easily pull out the hook and increase the odds of releasing the fish in good condition.

“Especially if I’m fishing under a float I’ll use a circle hook, because under a float the catfish have to pull real hard to get the float to go down,” Walker said. “Right now most of the fish are being caught off large bobbers. Suspend bait a couple feet from the bottom and hold on.”

Walker said he likes catfishing because, “it’s not like any other fish. You have to work.”

Walker gets his bait, usually bluegill (carp also are effective), dropshotting a ½-inch piece of nightcrawler. At Pleasant, that’s in 15-20 feet of water against cliff walls. The bluegill can be hooked just under its spine (a bit behind its eye) on an 8/0 or 10/0 hook. Match the size of the fish to the hook so that the hook doesn’t overpower the fish.

(But live bluegill are not allowed as bait in all state waters. Refer to pages 12-13 of the 2012-13 AZGFD Fishing Regulations guidebook for details of legal use of certain species of live baitfish in certain areas. Sunfishes (including bluegill, redear sunfish, green sunfish and hybrid sunfish) are permitted on all waters in La Paz and Yuma counties; the Colorado River south of the Nevada-California boundary downstream to the Southern International Boundary with Mexico, including impounded reservoirs; the Gila Salt and Verde rivers, including impounded rivers; urban waters in Maricopa County; and Lake Pleasant, Alamo Lake and Patagonia Lake.

And fish cannot be transported from one fishery to another.)

Back to the fun stuff. Walker said he has a 16-foot center console boat with a kayak on his kayak rack. Because it’s not easy casting the 100-pound PowerPro main line with 200-pound Dacron leader he likes to use for catfish, Walker will use the kayak to drop the bait in his preferred spot. He likes a 24-inch leader on a 6-foot-6 inch tuna rod with Diawa Sealine 40 reels.

“You’d think we were fishing for tuna out there,” he said.

Catfish also are good eating.

If the thought of tasting blackened catfish street tacos with jalapeno slaw sets your mouth watering, you'll want to get the next issue of Arizona Wildlife Views magazine. Johnathan O'Dell's "Dining After Dark" article describes the delights of pursuing those creatures of the shadowy deep known as catfish -- and gives a great-tasting recipe to use when you succeed in catching them. Subscribe online or by calling (623) 236-7224.

If you’re not in the mood for catfish, the high country fisheries are an obvious option. See the full report for stocking details.


If you have any luck out there, be sure to send your story and photos to BFishing@AZGFD.gov.

Also, don't forget to submit your nomination for the Ethical Outdoorsman by the Hunting and Angling Heritage Workgroup.

Nomination forms are included in the AZGFD regulation booklets.

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"Flathead" Ed Wilcoxson's history-making 76.54-pound flathead catfish.
Until then, the chase to top Flathead Ed's state record continues.

See you on the water!

 


 

ANGLER REPORTS:

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.


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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.

 

Brenda L. caught a Silverbell catfish dinner: Went fishing at Silverbell in Tucson on June 14. Started at 4:30 a.m. and by 9 a.m. we had caught three nice catfish and about a dozen throw back bluegill.  One cat was 25 inches and 5 pounds, another was 21 inches and 3.5 pounds. And the "small" one was 19 inches, 3 pounds. The pictures don't do them justice.  Good day and good eatin'.


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.

Kim C. reported catching several rainbow trout June 22 and 23 at Ashhurst Lake, including trout of 15 and 16 inches, using corn yellow Power Bait.


I was surprised that it was on the end of my line, but it was. The catfish was about 10 pounds. I had no idea there were flathead catfish in that lake. … It was certainly a surprise pulling that out!  But it was fun!

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: 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.

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Chris S. had some luck on bass a last weekend at Saguaro Lake with plastics in 6-18 feet of water: My dad and I fish Saguaro Lake regularly and is one of our favorite lakes. Sure all the wake boarding boats get annoying this time of year but there are still some really great hot spots even with all the traffic.  This week we caught a total of six bass with almost all quality catches within the first couple of hours of fishing. These are a couple of the 5-pound bass we caught. We had our best luck fishing the drop offs where the water goes from shallow to deep (6-18 feet) using a slow retrieval with plastic baits.


Q & A


Hello, Nick, I have a question? I saw this South Bend stainless steel trout salmon egg rig at Wal-Mart and I was wondering if we can use this type of rig at the lakes? I am not too clear on the rules -- it has two snell hooks. I hope you can answer my question. Thank you, Chris.

  • Hi, Chris. You absolutely can use that rig because the line does not exceed two hooks. According to Arizona Revised Statutes 17-101 A1, “Angling” means the taking of fish by one line and not to exceed two hooks, by one line and one artificial lure, which may have attached more than one hook, or by one line and not to exceed two artificial flies or lures. Thanks for your question. - Nick

 

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.


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.
 
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 – The water level remained constant this past week at 51-percent full. However the Tonto Creek flow dropped from 30 percent of its normal rate last week to 17 percent.


The Salt River remained at 60 percent of its normal rate for this time of year.


The water temperature is increasing with morning temperatures in the low 80s increasing to the mid-to-high 80s during the afternoon. The water clarity increased this past week and is now being called clear or slightly stained, depending on where you're fishing on the lake. The Tonto end of the lake is reported to be clearer than the Salt River end.


Bass fishing was called good this past week. Post-spawn bass are still chasing shad on the surface, but that bite clearly slowed this past week. The best success was reported this past week on Texas Rig and Carolina Rig 6-inch green lizards. A drop shot technique using a morning dawn or camo color Roboworm and a weightless Senko were also reported successful.


Most anglers reported fishing main lake points in 15-25 feet water. The best time to fish this past week, anglers reported, is just after dusk, when the fish begin moving to shallow water. One experienced angler reported a good jerk bait bite in shallow water that lasted until dark.


Night time crappie fishing was reported to be fair this past week. The full moon should make small jigs and small spinner baits effective this week, but most anglers prefer to use live minnows for nighttime crappie fishing. 

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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).
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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.

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: 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. )

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: 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


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.


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):


Angler’s 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, Gary Senft said he received reports that fishing was poor.

Also, Skyler 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.
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.


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

 

WHITE MOUNTAINS AND RIM LAKES

Updated reports:

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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 previous report:  If you haven't made a trip onto the Rim for some trout fishing you need to make plans. The rim lakes are well stocked and anglers are having great success. Lots of baits were reported successful this past week. So just about any trout bait you like to fish, will catch trout. Fly anglers are gradually switching to dry flies as many insects can now be seen on the surface. If you're a fly angler, the old adage of matching the hatch will apply to the rim trout lakes. Now if you are camping this weekend please read the AZGFD website related to fire restrictions. The forest is extremely dry in most areas so be extremely careful.      


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.

 

LAKE POWELL AND LEES FERRY


Updated reports:


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June 26 report by Wayne Gustaveson from www.wayneswords.com.


Lake Elevation: 3600 


Water Temperature: 73-77 F

Shad are taking a beating now as stripers have found the tiny hatchlings close to the surface. Unfortunately, surface feeding stripers are very easy to see but not as easy to catch.  In the southern lake striper slurps are common but very subtle.  Slurps are quick.  Stripers may get done feeding before the boat is in casting range.  If they come up a second time then a long cast with a small swim bait may score.  When slurps are small and quick it might be better to troll a small shallow-running crankbait or crappie jig through the area for an occasionally hit.  Watch the graph and stop over the feeding school and drop small KastMaster spoons for a quick hook up.

At mid lake the feeding complexion is much different.  From the back of Bullfrog Bay to Moki Canyon mouth there are lots of tight aggressive slurps.  These fish are easy to catch when in long casting range. Shallow running rattletraps and KastMaster spoons are ideal baits. Surface lures are beginning to work. Just remember to cast over the school or to the leaders moving out in a new direction.  Big lures that land in the middle of the slurpers feeding on tiny fish spook the whole group.  Cast to the leading edge of the slurp and reel back through for best results.

The northern lake is still a bit muddy. It is now clearing up and slurps may start up in Good Hope Bay soon.  Contrary to conditions in the southern lake where shad numbers are small, the muddy inflow area has abundant shad. Stripers there do not have to group up to feed successfully in these conditions.  They can feed individually without much effort and get all the shad they need.  Boils are not happening on a regular basis in the north.  Good results can be found trolling for these bigger and healthier fish but if it is the boil experience you want; mid lake is the best option.

Bait fishing is still good at all the spots that have been producing since April. Stripers are getting better at bumping the bait and knocking it off the hook than they were last month when each anchovy was consumed without hesitation. I actually like this better because these fish are more challenging to catch. It is worth the effort to do a lot of chumming as the catch rate increases proportionally with the amount of chum put in the water.  There are many effective fishing methods and lots of hungry stripers. Please catch and keep as many as possible to trim the striper population down to balance with the new shad crop now being produced.

Channel catfishing is awesome in the evenings on sandy beaches near the backs of canyons. Cats as large as 10 pounds have been caught recently. Some that may have been even larger have been hooked but not landed.  My favorite technique is to use a single bait hook with no weight. Attach whatever is left over from the evening meal cut in a bite sized chunk large enough to cast. Let the bait settle to the bottom and then wait for a catfish to find it.  It should not take too long.  If you can’t devote your whole time to watching the line put a bell on the rod tip and let Mr. Whiskers ring the bell when he is ready to play.

Smallmouth bass are caught on open water reefs and largemouth near any brush structure or tumbleweed found on the rocky shoreline.  Walleye are caught on bait or trolling lures morning and evening. Fishing is great at Lake Powell.


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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 — 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 27  report from Mark Knapp, Park Ranger at Alamo Lake State Park:


Well folks,  I have some great news for all you bass anglers out there. I waited intentionally to write this report today because I wanted to get a first-hand experience as to what’s going on.

I launched at 4:48 p.m.  last night (Alamo time)  I have noticed some islands popping up on the other side of the lake and decided to check them out.  As the wind blew out of the west I got on the leeward side of the island and threw a red-flaked brush hog.  First cast -- a 3-pounder.  Second cast -- a 2-pounder.  Out of 26 casts, I boated 22 fish.  What a blast.  My arm is still sore today.

The fish were up in about 2 feet of water, ready to pounce on anything that swam by.   I don't think I moved the boat more than 10 feet in 2 hours. Of course I plan on hitting the same general area again tonight.   The biggest one I caught went maybe 3-plus pounds.  They were all very healthy and good fighters.

Once I figure out the bite and know they’re stacked in an area, I start playing around to see what bait works best.  I caught two throwing training wheels.  It was a dark-green model-A bomber.

Tonight I will switch it up to a shad rap and see how it goes.  I got four throwing a white 2-inch grub with a 1/8-ounce jig head. If the moon holds like it did last night I'm going throw some top water.  It's hard to want to switch up baits when you’re having a blast with what you’re using.

One thing I'm going to do for the fun of it is use a 4-foot flimsy rod with a spinning reel.  It feels like you have a whale on when you catch a fish.


Cholla ramp is still working.  I launched of the old rental boat road last night and if you don't know where the holes are you’re going to get stuck.

No reports on crappie fishing.  I have no clue as to what’s up with them.  Cat fishing is still decent.  Anglers are limiting out.  Just head to the upper end of the lake and throw something.  Hot dog, spark plug, worm.  I think they will eat about anything.  I'm watching for boils but so far I have not seen any.

OK, a guy by the name of Bob S. left me a note saying he caught 17 largemouth, all going 2-3 pounds using hawg crawlers up by the dam.  He also caught an 8-pounder using a pig and jig.  This was night fishing up by the dam.  Good job, Bob.


Remember sunblock and bug spray. I think the biting flies sucked about a six pack, I mean blood, out me yesterday.

That's all I got -- 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:

Windy days made fishing difficult over the past week.  Fishing reports were scarce.  Trout fishing has stayed good on Ashurst, Kaibab and Dogtown.  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.  Trout were being caught on nightcrawlers below a bobber.  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 —  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. Trout were being caught early in the day on rainbow Power Bait and worms.  By midday the wind had come up and fishing was difficult.    Stocked with trout last 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 was stocked with 20,000 Rainbow trout in the spring.  No report.

UPPER LAKE MARY —   No recent reports but 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.  No recent reports.  Stocked with trout last week.
Angler’s report: Kim C. reported catching several rainbow trout June 22 and 23, including trout of 15 and 16 inches, using corn yellow Power Bait.


FRANCIS SHORT POND –  No report, but fishing had been good prior to the winds coming in.  Scheduled to be stocked this week.


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.

 

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

New report:

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


Previous reports:

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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