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Fishing report, Nov. 8

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Nov 5, 2013
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Now that's it's early November, we're getting some wonderful northern pike fishing in Upper Lake Mary.

 Lake Mary, although water levels are low, is a viable fishing option -- it also has walleye, yellow perch and largemouth bass. What's more, there are no boat motor restrictions.

At the Mogollon Rim lakes, skim ice began to develop on cold nights along the shoreline of the higher elevation lakes, but has been melting off by mid-day.

Cooler temperatures are ideal for trout, and the winter trout stockings have begun. See the schedule.

Prescott is one area slated to receive a fishing boost. Watson received rainbow trout last week, Goldwater was stocked this week, and Fain and Lynx are set to receive trout next week.

The stockings will continue periodically through February.


“It is a great time to wet a line,” said Matt Chmiel, fisheries program manager for the Game and Fish Region 3 office in Kingman.


Chmiel said he understands the frustration some trout anglers experience during the summer months, but now that the water temperatures are down fishing should pick up.

“Going out in the morning may help people avoid the crowds,” he said


Chmiel suggested small spinners and Power Bait, although marshmallows can work. He added that two popular spots at Watson Lake to cast a line are at the new and old launch areas, which provide the easiest access.


“Fishing is just a great way to relax and spend some time with the family with few interruptions,” Chmiel said. “Getting kids outside and away from the computers helps create an important connection with the outdoors.”

Other species available in all four lakes includes largemouth bass, sunfish, channel catfish, and crayfish. Watson also has opportunities for crappie.

By the way, Big Lake was stocked this week with 7,875 rainbow trout.

 

State record hybrid striped bass recorded

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A hybrid striped bass was recently captured by Ray Gilmore at Lake Pleasant on Oct. 29.  The fish weighed 2 pounds, 13.76 ounces, and measured 18.5 inches --the first recorded state record for this species.

It’s pretty easy to tell the difference between stripers versus white bass and hybrids. Stripers are slender with body depth of less than one-third the length of the football-shaped white bass and hybrids that have body depth greater than one-third the length.

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But it’s a little trickier to tell a white bass from a hybrid.  Here’s how to tell them apart:  A white bass has stripes that are generally faint with only one stripe that extends to the tail.  Hybrids have distinct striping and several extend to the tail.  The most distinguishing characteristic is that white bass only have one tooth patch on the tongue as opposed to two distinct patches in hybrids.

Yellow bass have distinct stripes that are broken above anal fin, are yellowish in color, and don’t have a tooth patch.  Despite what temperate bass species you catch, it will be a fun, rewarding experience.  Go catch a new state record! 

High-flow release at Glen Canyon Dam will be conducted Nov. 11-16

 

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PHOENIX -- The U.S. Department of the Interior will trigger a “high-flow release” at Glen Canyon Dam beginning Nov. 11 and lasting four days. The release is part of a long-term strategy that was announced in May 2012 by former Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar to meet water and power needs, as well as to allow better conservation of sediment downstream and to better address the important resources in the Colorado River below Glen Canyon Dam.

The upcoming high-flow release, which will be the second under the new high flow experimental protocol, is designed to take advantage of sediment deposited by Colorado River tributaries as a result of recent rainstorms and monsoons. Scientists have determined that the right conditions exist to conduct a high-flow release to benefit downstream resources.

The total maximum release from the dam will reach approximately 37,200 cubic-feet-per-second by the evening of Nov. 11. Releases will be maintained at peak release for four days and return to normal operations by the afternoon of Nov. 16. By comparison, last year’s flow reached approximately 42,300 cfs.

Fishing at Lees Ferry, 16 miles downstream from the dam, has been excellent this year, and this high-flow event should only enhance fishing opportunities. Watch out for floating debris such as leafs and branches the first day. Fishing should be fantastic thereafter. The effect of this release is to loosen up some of the gravel beds and prepare them for an excellent trout spawn this spring. More is being learned each year about how to use the operations of the dam to better conserve resources and enhance fishing opportunities.

“We feel this is going to be good for the river on the upper stretch,” said Wendy Gunn, owner of Lees Ferry Anglers. “The high flow is going to feed the fish. And we got so much sand from the floods this year in the main channel and in some of the other main areas that it will be good to get it cleaned out.”

See more information on the high-flow event.


ANGLER REPORTS

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

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Jim F. of Tempe  made some memories at Saguaro Lake on Saturday, Nov. 2:
My wife and I headed out to Saguaro Lake Saturday for what would probably be our last outing of the year. When we got to the ramp at 10:30 the wind was gusting steadily at 10-15 mph, so we almost turned around and went home.


We put in anyway and after an hour the wind calmed down. We fished until about 2:30 before my wife hooked into our first fish of the day. It was a nice 2 pounder that jumped off the hook just as she was about to bring it into the boat. We fished without another bite until it was just about time to call it quits- about 5 p.m.. We rounded a point off a cliff wall and BAM!


My wife was hooked into something that was straining her ultra light rig pretty hard. We assumed it was a catfish. She fought the thing for several minutes until it basically floated to the top and was rewarded with her personal best- a beautiful 5 to 6 pounder. What a great way to finish off a great season!

Marvin (and Marvin) took his Dad to Prescott for some fishing on Sunday, Nov. 3: First, we tried Upper Goldwater Lake. There was no one else fishing. We had no bites and no signs of fish. It was my first fishing trip to Goldwater, is only the upper portion fishable?

After an awesome lunch at Bill's Grill, we tried the south side of Lynx Lake. For the first hour or two, no one was catching anything. I tried spoons, spinners, plastics and Power Bait. Then around  4.p.m, the fish started hitting Power Bait fished near the bottom about 50 feet from shore. Everyone using that method near us caught fish and a couple people caught fish on spoons. We brought home four recently stocked rainbow trout, all around 12-13 inches.

I live in Phoenix and Dad moved to Scottsdale last year. We love to fish but Dad has limited mobility at 81 years young, so we are relegated to places with easy shore access and close parking. That's made most of the Central Lakes challenging but the Mogollon Rim lakes and Prescott have worked well for us.

I will let you if we have any successful trips!

Happy Fishing...

Marvin and Marvin

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Roger V. with an 8-pound catfish
taken from Silver Bell Lake in Tucson (he said there are reports of 6-12 pound catfish nearly every day).

Charles S. with another report from the Colorado River (Picacho State Park to Imperial Dam): Average water surface temps have dropped from 69 + degrees to a low of 64 degrees in just a matter of days. On departure last week, the surface temp had only risen to 64.6 and outside of some isolated backwaters, I don’t foresee much warming. Water levels have also been pretty low, which makes getting boating on a river a little trickier than normal. As of late we have seen plenty of experienced boaters unexpectedly join the sandbar club, be careful when navigating the river.

Getting down to the fishing report, the resounding message from the largemouth fisherman is that fishing is SLOW! Yep, I will concur that it’s god awful slow for largemouth, in fact the last midweek tournament winner did it with just 12 lbs of fish.  Other than a few dinks and a keeper that Peggy caught, I have not seen any LMB worthy of mention in the current. We are considering doing something drastic, like fishing the lakes, because we have heard rumors that some people are catching LMB in select parts of Martinez Lake.

On the positive side the smallmouth bass are still biting fairly well, just as striped bass are. The striped bass are cruising the main channel shorelines and aggressively chasing down anything that resembles a baitfish, crankbaits have been doing the job for us. Smallmouth are all over the place, sand cuts along the main channel banks, small and large opening to the backwaters etc., you name it they are there. The only problem is that they are not in great numbers in any one area, and after being caught and released they appear to have lockjaw for weeks upon weeks.

So that’s about it, have a great week, we have fish to catch! FYI A few of the wild horses have been spotted on YPG along Martinez Lake Road.



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.


New reports:


ROOSEVELT LAKE - Lake elevation is 2,098 feet, 45-percent full. Nov. 2 report from James Goughnour of Rim Country Custom Rods:  Starting off this week with a reminder that the US Fish & Wildlife Service has extended the public input period on the planned release of Mexican Gray Wolves into Rim Country. The new closing date for public comments is December 17, 2013. In addition, a public meeting on this topic has been added in Pinetop, AZ. on December 3rd at the Hon-Dah Hotel and Casino Conference Center. The public information meeting will be from 3:30-5:00PM followed by a public hearing for recording comments from 6:00-8:30 PM. Everyone is encouraged to attend the Pinetop meeting and go on-line to www.regulations.gov to state your position on this important topic.

The AZGFD completed the fish survey on Roosevelt Lake on Oct. 31. This new data will help determine the impact and a solution for the gizzard shad in the lake. A meeting has been scheduled in Tonto Basin on December 4th where the results of the study and a plan for gizzard shad in the lake will be communicated to the public.

Bass fishing was called fair this past week by experienced anglers. The winds we had churned up the water and the cold front seemed to slow down the action. Now the fall fishing pattern is well underway so you should stick with baits such as spinner baits, crankbaits, Texas rig worms and a Drop Shot. And don't forget about a spoon, as the water temperature drops, the deeper the bass will be and the better a spoon will work.  

The crappie bite this fall is very consistent and was called good this past week in spite of the winds. Crappie anglers are using a vertical technique and fishing in 25-35 ft of water and targeting crappie suspended in brush.

This is a perfect time of year for trout anglers to fish the Rim lakes and streams. There may only be a month or so left before the deep freeze sets in, but this coming week would be an excellent time for some solitude and hot trout fishing action on the Rim. Now, if you can't make it to the Rim, Payson's Green Valley Lake is on fire with rainbow trout. The stockings are underway and its literally, a 10 step walk from the parking lot to the lake. If you have a young angler or a senior angler, you need to grab a couple of lawn chairs and share some memories at Green Valley Lake. Power bait (which you can buy at Walmart) was the only bait I saw experienced anglers using this past week.

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

URBAN WATERS –  See the latest Urban Fishing Bulletin here.


SAGUARO LAKE - Lake elevation is 1,526 feet (95 percent full).

 

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Angler's report -- Jim F. of Tempe  made some memories at Saguaro Lake on Saturday, Nov. 2: My wife and I headed out to Saguaro Lake Saturday for what would probably be our last outing of the year. When we got to the ramp at 10:30 the wind was gusting steadily at 10-15 mph, so we almost turned around and went home.


We put in anyway and after an hour the wind calmed down. We fished until about 2:30 before my wife hooked into our first fish of the day. It was a nice 2 pounder that jumped off the hook just as she was about to bring it into the boat. We fished without another bite until it was just about time to call it quits- about 5 p.m.. We rounded a point off a cliff wall and BAM!


My wife was hooked into something that was straining her ultra light rig pretty hard. We assumed it was a catfish. She fought the thing for several minutes until it basically floated to the top and was rewarded with her personal best- a beautiful 5 to 6 pounder. What a great way to finish off a great season!

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The Department has received reports of dead and decomposing material floating on the surface of Saguaro Lake, most notably in the upstream river section.  Biologists have confirmed that these are Asian clams, a nonnative clam species that is distributed throughout parts of the U.S.  Biologists are currently investigating the cause of this mortality event.  Click here for more information on Asian clams.

Also, the top-water morning action had been hot. Hot spots for largemouth bass have been where the majority of shad boils have been: at Bagley Flats into the river. The bite has been somewhat current oriented as well. When more water is released, more current seems to get the fish active. The transition into a good reaction bite has begun, and the main bait this time of the year for bass is a jerkbait. Look for shad boils, although the presence of boils can be hit and miss on a given day. If boils disappear around midday, fish in 30-plus feet with spoons and Alabama rigs.



Previous reports:


LAKE PLEASANT – Gary Senft, a Bass Pro at the Mesa Bass Pro Shops, said anglers fishing in the heavy boat traffic had a tough time this past week. But Senft was able to get a good number of fish to hit dropshots and Texas rigs.

He said there is some top-water action in the river around the no-wake buoys. A lot of stripers are hitting top-water lures or white flukes. Senft said the crankbait bite wasn’t good for him.

With dropshots, Roboworms in morning dawn an ox blood were most effective.

Senft said the key is to move form spot to spot; anglers can focus on no-wake buoys. He said bass were not preying on shad in the backs of coves. “Not at all,” he said. “The cold weather took care of that.” He added that boat traffic had kept shad deep in the water column.

He mentioned that one shore angler was cutting up anchovies near the 10-lane boat ramp, catching a good amount of stripers. Senft said the man was free-lining the bait on 8-pound test line in the morning (chumming pieces of anchovies and hooking a portion of the tail and body.)

Previously, Brian Senick of the Hook-Up Outfitters said the striper bite has been consistent. The key is getting on the water for striper boils at first light -- if you have lights, try being on the water just before first light, which has been at about 5:10 a.m. Throw top-water lures, jerkbaits or flies. Anglers had been catching dinks, but now are getting into some decent 14- to 18-inch stripers. Once the sun comes up, fish cut anchovies in 40-60 feet of water for stripers and, for a hit-and-miss largemouth bass bite, go to dropshots and Texas-rigged plastic worms. The top-water striper bite should continue to improve until the first cold snap.

CANYON LAKE - Lake elevation is 1,659 feet (97-percent full). Many anglers have reported little success using dropshots. Instead, first thing in the morning, angler can spot shad boils and throw jerk baits and small swim baits. Like Saguaro, anglers can draw reaction strikes using jerk baits, crankbaits and, at certain times, spinner baits and top-water baits can really come into play. The jerk bait is the main bait.

Matching the hatch can be particularly crucial. Use small baits, such as a small swim bait on a ¼-ounce jighead.

APACHE LAKE - Lake elevation is 1,907 feet (92 percent full). Water temperature 80-81 degrees. Senft said anglers have been doing well on dropshots and Texas rigs in the colors that have typically been successful – red crawler and morning dawn. Brush hogs also have been successful. Senft has caught the majority of his largemouth bass in 15-30 feet of water. Sometimes he found a shallow crankbait bite. Senft this weekend recommends starting with a crankbait because of cooler morning temperatures that drive the fish into shallow waters.

LOWER SALT RIVER (below Saguaro Lake) – Reports indicate the river is excellent for suckers, but not so much for trout. Try night crawlers, small spinners, KastMasters and flies in this unique desert river trout fishery. You might be able to catch some bass or sunfish in the deeper holes. Good time for tubing the Salt -- take along a fishing rod.

HORSESHOE LAKE - Lake elevation is 1,951 feet, 0-percent full. Salt River Project tends to use Horseshoe as a flood retention reservoir, but steadily releases the water downstream into Bartlett Lake.

TEMPE TOWN LAKE – The best place for largemouth bass is in around the structure along the overpasses.  If you are fishing at night realize that bass naturally gravitate toward shore on their quest to nab shad that are following the zoo plankton.  There are some crappie in the lake so wouldn’t hurt to try your crappie lights and see what else will show up.  Yellow bass are plentiful and more pelagic.  Be cognizant of the special regulations if you bring a boat.

“The Welcome Back the Trout" celebration is Nov. 26 from 3-5:30 p.m.

BARTLETT LAKE – Lake elevation is 1,796 feet, 98 % full. On Saturday, shortly after 8 a.m., largemouth bass were hitting just off the shoreline on deep-diving crankbaits. One effective technique involved letting the crankbait drop for about 4 seconds, reeling quickly three times and letting the crankbait fall again. Repeating this process was an effective throughout the day, targeting shoreline points, and ledges in around 20 feet of water.

The ledges also could be targeted with various jigs and dropshot-rigged Roboworms (morning dawn.)
Fishing leisurely, we caught about 20 bass during the morning. There couldn’t be better weather to enjoy.


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


Haigler Creek – No recent reports, but this is a good time to try for leftover stocked trout. Try attractor patterns and small beadhead nymphs like hares ear, copper john and prince nymphs.  
      
Canyon Creek – This time of year terrestrials can provide some good action.  Try using a grasshopper or cicada pattern and dropping a small beadhead nymph off of it. Don’t be afraid to fish for the larger browns after dark.  Try using wolly buggers, muddler minnows or even a floating mouse pattern.  Fishing can be slow but you might be rewarded with a large brown trout.   

Tonto Creek –   Try the Upper Tonto Creek (above Hwy 260) for holdover rainbow trout. Try the usual stuff.

Christopher Creek – No recent reports, but you might be able to catch some holdover rainbows.  Stocking season has ended.

East Verde River - No recent reports. You should be able to catch some carryover trout in the deeper pools and runs.



WHITE MOUNTAINS AND RIM LAKES

New reports:

Recommended Waters to Fish
Fishing is good at Silver Creek, Show Low Lake, Woods Canyon Lake and Willow Springs Lake.

Trout Stocking Schedule
The trout stocking season has ended for the year.

MOGOLLON RIM LAKES


Note: Skim ice is starting to develop on cold nights along the shoreline of the higher elevation lakes, but has been melting off by mid-day.

BEAR CANYON LAKE – Fishing is fair to good.

BLACK CANYON LAKE – Fishing is fair for trout. The water level is low, and the boat ramp has a drop-off at the end, so launching trailered boats will be difficult.

CHEVELON LAKE – Fishing is fair.

WILLOW SPRINGS LAKE – Fishing is good. Anglers have been catching trout up to 13 inches by trolling roostertail spinners in the middle of the lake.

WOODS CANYON LAKE – Fishing is good. Trout have been rising to an insect hatch in the evening. The store is open, but the campgrounds are closed for the season.

WHITE MOUNTAINS LAKES


Note: Skim ice is starting to develop on cold nights along the shoreline of the higher elevation lakes, but has been melting off by mid-day.

BECKER LAKE – Fishing is fair to good. Large trout are becoming more active with cooler water temperatures. Becker Lake is open to catch-and-release fishing, with artificial fly and lure only, and single barbless hooks only.

BIG LAKE – Fishing is fair. The store is open, and boat rentals are available. This is the time of year to try for larger cutthroat trout that feed more actively with cooler water. Some algae bloom still exists, but it is not the thick, clumpy algae that fouled lures and baits earlier in the year. Bait, flies and casting lures are working, but trolling is slow.

CARNERO LAKE – Fishing is fair. It is difficult getting to open water with kickboats, but there is some open water in the center once you get past the weedy shoreline. Water levels had come up with the heavy summer rains. There are not a lot of fish in the lake, but those that are left are running about two pounds.

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

CONCHO LAKE – Fishing is poor.
 
CRESCENT LAKE – Fishing is fair. Anglers have been catching some rainbow trout on Power Bait and nightcrawlers. The store is closed. Access to the boat ramps on the west and south sides is good.

FOOL HOLLOW LAKE – Fishing is fair. Anglers have been catching a few trout on nightcrawlers and Power Bait. A few bass are also being caught on lures by boat anglers.

GREER LAKES – Fishing is fair to good. River Reservoir is full, and boats can be launched. High flows from an exceptional monsoon season have filled the lake early. Anglers have recently caught a few rainbow and brown trout by trolling KastMaster lures. Bunch and Tunnel Reservoirs are filling slowly.

HULSEY LAKE – The lake was drained following the Wallow Fire to help reduce expected flooding on Escudilla Mountain and has not been stocked since the fire.

LEE VALLEY LAKE – Fishing is fair for Arctic grayling. The lake level has come up a few feet, and the boat ramp is usable again. The algae bloom is gone, and the pH level is normal. Watch for surface action in the evening to catch grayling. Apache trout in this lake were killed by high pH levels over the summer.
   
LUNA LAKE – Fishing is fair. Some anglers are catching trout on Power Bait and worms in the early morning and late evening hours. The lake is full, but the water is a turbid brown color.

LYMAN LAKE – Lyman Lake State Park is open to day-use only through December 3. Overnight camping is not available at this time. Fishing is poor for bass and fair for catfish.  

NELSON RESERVOIR – Fishing is fair. The lake is full. From September 1 through March 31, the bag limits on trout at Nelson are unlimited; it will change back to a six-trout limit on April 1.

RAINBOW LAKE – Fishing is poor, but boating conditions are good. The aquatic weeds in Rainbow Lake are thinned out quite a bit by the white Amur (grass carp) that were stocked under a special permit to control the weeds. Please release these fish if incidentally caught so they can do their job at eating weeds. The water level is good, up from where it was in mid-summer, which helps when launching and operating boats in the lake.

SCOTT RESERVOIR – Fishing is fair for trout. The water is turbid, but the lake level is good.

SHOW LOW LAKE – Fishing is good for trout. Some anglers are catching larger-sized rainbow trout with KastMasters from shore. The lake was stocked at the end of September with 3,010 rainbow trout. It is still time to catch large walleye by trolling with plugs at night. The concession and boat rental store is closed for the season.

WOODLAND LAKE – Fishing is poor. The lake is weedy around the shoreline areas.

WHITE MOUNTAINS STREAMS

Note: Skim ice is starting to develop on cold nights on some of the higher elevation streams, but has been melting off by mid-day.

EAST FORK of the BLACK RIVER – Fishing is fair for wild brown trout and hold-over Apache trout. The stocking season has ended for the year.

WEST FORK of the BLACK RIVER – Fishing poor to fair for wild brown trout and hold-over Apache trout. The stocking season has ended for the year. Vehicle access to the West Fork Campground will remain closed through this year.

LITTLE COLORADO RIVER in GREER – Fishing is fair for wild brown trout and hold-over Apache trout. The stocking season has ended for the year.

SHEEPS CROSSING – Fishing is fair for wild Apache trout. The stocking season has ended for the year.

SHOW LOW CREEK – Fishing is poor. The stocking season has ended for the year.

SILVER CREEK – Fishing is good. Anglers are still catching larger rainbows on flies in the upper section, with good numbers of Apache Trout in the rest of the creek. The trout are getting a little harder to catch after being caught several times. Try bead-headed wooly buggers, brown or olive simi seal leeches and bead-headed prince nymphs. Be sure to bring a few of your favorite patterns in white, which can be the right color some days. Silver Creek was stocked on the first of October to kick off the catch-and-release season, which runs from October 1 through March 30. Silver Creek is now open to artificial lures and flies only, and barbless hooks. No bait fishing is allowed during this season. Please remember to practice good catch-and-release techniques to help maintain the fishery during this season by playing the fish quickly, keeping the fish in the water as much as possible (don’t lay them on the bank), and revive the fish carefully when releasing them.

LAKE POWELL AND LEES FERRY

 Previous reports:

LAKE POWELL – See the Oct. 30 report from Wayne Gustaveson at www.wayneswords.com. (Final report of the year).

LEES FERRY –  Next week's high flow release will only enhance fishing opportunities. See more information on the release.

Lees Ferry is open to fish and this is one of the best times of the year to fish this world-class tailwater fishery. Most recent report is the Oct. 17 report from Lees Ferry Anglers.
 
The U.S. Department of the Interior will trigger a “high-flow release” at Glen Canyon Dam beginning Nov. 11 and lasting four days. The release is part of a long-term strategy that was announced in May, 2012, by former Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar to meet water and power needs, as well as to allow better conservation of sediment downstream and to better address the important resources in the Colorado River below Glen Canyon Dam.

The upcoming high-flow release, which will be the second under the new high flow experimental protocol, is designed to take advantage of sediment deposited by Colorado River tributaries as a result of recent rainstorms and monsoons. Scientists have determined that the right conditions exist to conduct a high-flow release to benefit downstream resources.

The total maximum release from the dam will reach approximately 37,200 cubic-feet-per-second by the evening of Nov. 11. Releases will be maintained at peak release for four days and return to normal operations by the afternoon of Nov. 16. By comparison, last year’s flow reached approximately 42,300 cfs.

Fishing at Lees Ferry, 16 miles downstream from the dam, has been excellent this year, and this high-flow event should only enhance fishing opportunities. Watch out for floating debris such as leafs and branches the first day. Fishing should be fantastic thereafter. The effect of this release is to loosen up some of the gravel beds and prepare them for an excellent trout spawn this spring. More is being learned each year about how to use the operations of the dam to better conserve resources and enhance fishing opportunities.

“We feel this is going to be good for the river on the upper stretch,” said Wendy Gunn, owner of Lees Ferry Anglers. “The high flow is going to feed the fish. And we got so much sand from the floods this year in the main channel and in some of the other main areas that it will be good to get it cleaned out.”

For more information on the high-flow event, visit http://www.usbr.gov/uc/water/crsp/cs/gcd.html

COLORADO RIVER

New reports:

Charles S. with another report from the Colorado River (Picacho State Park to Imperial Dam): Average water surface temps have dropped from 69 + degrees to a low of 64 degrees in just a matter of days. On departure last week, the surface temp had only risen to 64.6 and outside of some isolated backwaters, I don’t foresee much warming. Water levels have also been pretty low, which makes getting boating on a river a little trickier than normal. As of late we have seen plenty of experienced boaters unexpectedly join the sandbar club, be careful when navigating the river.

Getting down to the fishing report, the resounding message from the largemouth fisherman is that fishing is SLOW! Yep, I will concur that it’s god awful slow for largemouth, in fact the last midweek tournament winner did it with just 12 lbs of fish.  Other than a few dinks and a keeper that Peggy caught, I have not seen any LMB worthy of mention in the current. We are considering doing something drastic, like fishing the lakes, because we have heard rumors that some people are catching LMB in select parts of Martinez Lake.

On the positive side the smallmouth bass are still biting fairly well, just as striped bass are. The striped bass are cruising the main channel shorelines and aggressively chasing down anything that resembles a baitfish, crankbaits have been doing the job for us. Smallmouth are all over the place, sand cuts along the main channel banks, small and large opening to the backwaters etc., you name it they are there. The only problem is that they are not in great numbers in any one area, and after being caught and released they appear to have lockjaw for weeks upon weeks.

So that’s about it, have a great week, we have fish to catch! FYI A few of the wild horses have been spotted on YPG along Martinez Lake Road.

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 maintained over the last couple of weeks at 1104 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 yesterday, Nov. 3.

The next new moon will be Dec. 2.  Dark nights work best when fishing under light.  Fishing for stripers in 50 plus feet of water will normally find the larger fish.  If they are not taking the anchovies try swimming baits and see if you can get them to bite.  Jigging in 40-60 feet deep has been doing well on Mead.  If you can locate the shad, the stripers are not far behind.  Trolling usually works best in areas were shad are found and best done in the early mornings and evenings.  Top water plugs or lures are doing well for largemouth.  

LAKE MOHAVE – The lake level has dropped to today’s 637 feet above msl.  The latest report states that the lake bite is picking up a bit.  Rusty sent pictures of local fisherman Lisa and her nice channel cat that weighed in at just under 4 pounds.  Reports are that smallmouth and largemouth are hitting on the lake but that stripers are much harder to find.  

Submersible lights fished during the new moon are an effective way to catch stripers. Next new moon will be Dec. 2.  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 open again but I have not received any reports for a while.

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 – Reports are that pencil poppers are working well for stripers in the mornings from the casinos to the Big Bend area.  Rusty at Riviera Marina sent in pictures of some holdover trout that Jo Ann and Josh caught in the Big Bend area using nightcrawlers.  They both caught 4 pound plus rainbow trout. 

The Community Park and Sunshine Peninsula seem to be the hottest sites for cats.

Stripes have been hit and miss in the river.  Daniel caught a nice 7.12 lbs. striper and a 1.98 trout on a recent trip.  Both of his fish were caught using anchovies from shore.

Trout are scheduled to be stocked the week of November 12th at Davis Camp and Rotary Park.

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 - Reports of catfish and some stripers are being taken in the Gorge.

TOPOCK MARSH – Topock is producing some largemouth and stripers.  Largemouths are being taken in the Marsh using spinner baits in light green.  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 –
Trout stocking has resumed at Deadhorse.  The next stocking is this week, the week of Nov. 4.   

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.

Stocking has resumed on the river.  The next stocking is this week, the week of Nov. 4.   


PRESCOTT AREA

Marvin (and Marvin) took his Dad to Prescott for some fishing on Sunday, Nov. 3: First, we tried Upper Goldwater Lake. There was no one else fishing. We had no bites and no signs of fish. It was my first fishing trip to Goldwater, is only the upper portion fishable?

After an awesome lunch at Bill's Grill, we tried the south side of Lynx Lake. For the first hour or two, no one was catching anything. I tried spoons, spinners, plastics and Power Bait. Then around  4.p.m, the fish started hitting Power Bait fished near the bottom about 50 feet from shore. Everyone using that method near us caught fish and a couple people caught fish on spoons. We brought home four recently stocked rainbow trout, all around 12-13 inches.

I live in Phoenix and Dad moved to Scottsdale last year. We love to fish but Dad has limited mobility at 81 years young, so we are relegated to places with easy shore access and close parking. That's made most of the Central Lakes challenging but the Mogollon Rim lakes and Prescott have worked well for us.

I will let you if we have any successful trips!

Happy Fishing...

Marvin and Marvin

FAIN LAKE — Trout stocking has resumed at Fain Lake.  Fain was stocked the week of Oct. 21. The next scheduled stocking is tentatively set for the week of Nov. 11. The cooler temps have helped the trout bite.  Channel catfish were stocked into Fain several weeks ago but no one seems to be catching the cats yet.  

GOLDWATER LAKE — Report are that some trout are being caught but it can be hit and miss.  I haven’t received a recent report from Goldwater.  The last trout stocking was the week of Oct. 7.  The next stocking is tentatively scheduled for this week, the week of Nov. 4.      
       
If you fish Goldwater and are having luck, please e-mail me at gcummins@azgfd.gov so I can share your successes with others.

GRANITE BASIN LAKE – The Lake is now open.  If you fish Granite Basin Lake and are having luck, please e-mail me at gcummins@azgfd.gov so I can share your successes with others.


LYNX LAKE – The last scheduled trout stocking was the week of Oct. 7.  The next stocking is tentatively scheduled for the week of Nov. 11.  
 
Reports are that the lake level is extremely low, so be careful if you venture to the lake.  The fishing dock was removed due to the low water levels but shore access is basically unlimited.  Marvin and his dad fished Lynx after no luck at Goldwater and managed to land 4 trout after 4 p.m. using power bait near the bottom about 50 feet from shore.  
         
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 Oct. 21.   

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 Oct. 28.  The next tentatively scheduled trout stocking will be the week of Dec. 9.  Trout are still being caught and they are nice size.  Eddie caught a nice 15 inch 2 lbs. trout on worm suspended 5 feet from the surface.  Carson enjoyed catching bass and bluegill off the dock using spinner baits.
    
If you fish Watson and are having luck, please e-mail me at gcummins@azgfd.gov so I can share your successes with others.

WILLOW CREEK RESERVOIR –   Arizona Game and Fish Department completed a fish survey using gillnets and Electrofishing on April 17, with the help of Prescott Parks and Recreation personnel.  We caught several largemouth bass in the 2-3 pound range.  Largemouth bass are the predominant species in this lake. If you fish Willow and are having luck, please e-mail me at gcummins@azgfd.gov so I can share your successes with others.

SOUTHWESTERN WATERS

New reports:


ALAMO LAKE – Nov. 7 report from Mark Knapp, Park Ranger at Alamo Lake State Park:

Well folks, here's the deal. I blew the radiator in my truck so I have not been out fishing in the last week or so.
I will say it is a real bummer to have a perfectly good bass boat sitting in your drive way, being 1/16 mile away from a launch ramp and no way to get it to the water.


A few years ago when I was a little  younger I would not have had a problem just pushing it down the hill and going for it.  As you get older that 1/16 mile might as well be 10 miles.


Now don't get me wrong here:  If fishing was good I would still find a way to get out there.  So, there you have it.  All in all fishing is not that good.  Anglers are still giving crappie fishing a thumb’s down.  If your catching 2-5 daily you’re doing well.


Bass fishing is not much better.  I'm sure I could go catch a handful throwing plastics off of points and rock piles.


I'm happy to say catfishing is picking back up.  The upper end of the lake is your best bet.  Go as shallow as you can and try hot dogs, nightcrawlers or stink bait.


In the past I was able to make this report a little more entertaining by sharing my stories with you.  Those days have come and gone. I have to keep this geared towards fishing.  So, that's all I got.


Cholla ramp is still in operation.  I think I mentioned last week it does not look like the CORE is going to drop the lake to inspect the bulkhead this year.  With a little luck and a lot of rain maybe they will not lower it next year either.


It's hard to believe I have been writing to you and sharing my life with you for about 10 years now.  I appreciate all the phone calls I have received from all over the states and two countries wondering why I'm "toning it down" so to speak.  All I can say is that this is a State website and I respect that.


I will continue to write when I can and let you know what's going on.  You can look up some Ariz. fishing blogs and get some pretty good information from there also.


That's all I got --  Mark

LAKE HAVASU – Lake Havasu. It’s an ideal time to visit this 19,000-acre impoundment in western Arizona that’s a haven for stripers, largemouth bass and smallmouth bass.  For more information, visit www.golakehavasu.com and see how to “Play like you mean it.”

PARKER STRIP - Falling overnight temperatures should start slowing the catfish bite down. The strip is home to both Flatheads and more commonly Channel Catfish. Channels cats can be found throughout the strip but are typically in the areas with shoreline vegetation. A variety of stink baits can be productive as are goldfish or small bluegills for both species of catfish. Smallmouth 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.

MITTRY LAKE - No new reports. 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 – No new report.

CENTRAL MOUNTAINS

New reports:


This is the time of year to fish for trout in the high country of northern Ariz.  Cooler temperatures allow trout to be more active.     Warm water fish such as bass and yellow perch, bluegill and crappie are still active on the lakes around Williams and are being caught on microjigs, small bead-head flies and worms fished under a bobber or on a fly rod.  Fossil Creek will opened to fishing Saturday, Oct. 5.

WILLIAMS LAKES:

KAIBAB LAKE —  Campground is closed. Trout fishing should be good with the cooler weather

CATARACT LAKE —  Campground is closed.  Trout fishing should be good with the cooler weather  

CITY RESERVOIR — Open. Trout fishing should be good with the cooler weather

DOGTOWN LAKE —  Campground is closed.. Trout fishing should be good with the cooler weather

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

SANTA FE — Trout fishing should be good with the cooler weather.

WHITEHORSE LAKE — Campground is closed..  

FLAGSTAFF LAKES:

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

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

ASHURST LAKE —   Campground is closed. No recent reports.  

FRANCIS SHORT POND –  There has been a fish kill on Frances Short Pond caused by recent runoff from rain storms.  Trout were stocked this week. Scheduled to be stocked
 
KINNIKINICK LAKE — Try fishing now for prespawn brown trout.    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.

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

BEAVER CREEK –  Scheduled to be stocked this week.  No report.

WEST CLEAR CREEK --  No report.

STONEMAN LAKE — NO FISH.

BLUE RIDGE —  Road is closed.

KNOLL LAKE — The road is open.  No report.

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.

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

Previous reports:

PATAGONIA —
The lake is open to the public.  Trout stocking begins the first week in November and the2013-2014 winter trout stocking schedule can be seen at http://www.azgfd.gov/h_f/stocking_schedule.shtml.  

Angler’s report -- Wayne took his grandson to Patagonia Lake on his first fishing trip, and now the grandson is “Hooked on Fishing”: My Grandson's first fishing trip and he is now hooked on it. He had a great time at Patagonia Lake. The lake is excellent for people of all ages and has a very large no wake zone for those who like to get the kids out and do some "MAYBERRY" type fishing -- worms, bobbers and conversation.

Lake is down about 20 inches from the summer high level with some stumps starting to show again; care should be taken in the shallow areas.

The best fishing is around the reeds on the eastern end where the creek cut a new channel last summer. Flatheads in the channel and bass just inside the reeds. Happy fishing.

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

CLUFF RANCH — Trout stocking begins the first week in November and the2013-2014 winter trout stocking schedule can be seen at http://www.azgfd.gov/h_f/stocking_schedule.shtml.  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.  

PARKER CANYON — The lake is open and current fishing reports have not had much success.  Trout were stocked the week of Oct 21st and you can see the winter stocking schedule at http://www.azgfd.gov/h_f/stocking_schedule.shtml.

PENA BLANCA –  The lake is open and trout stocking begins the first week in November and the2013-2014 winter trout stocking schedule can be seen at http://www.azgfd.gov/h_f/stocking_schedule.shtml .  Anglers are reminded that all largemouth bass caught must be immediately released alive.  Additionally all mercury advisories against the eating of warmwater fish caught at Pena Blanca Lake remains in effect.  Future testing will determine if and when these advisories will be lifted.  Boaters using gas motors are asked to be courteous and not create wake problems for others boaters.    

RIGGS FLAT —  Currently the lake is open.  No future stocking are scheduled at this time due to poor water quality.  

ROPER LAKE —  The lake is open to the public.  Trout stocking begins the first week in November and the2013-2014 winter trout stocking schedule can be seen at http://www.azgfd.gov/h_f/stocking_schedule.shtml .  For lake information (928) 428-6760.  

ROSE CANYON LAKE — The Lake is now closed to vehicle access for the winter.  Anglers are still permitted to walk into the lake from the parking lot on the main road.

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