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Fishing report, Sept. 12

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Sep 12, 2013
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Widespread rains across the state have helped drop lake water temperatures. Look for fish to get active once again, assuming this typical pattern holds true. We'll see.

The top-water striper bite at Lake Pleasant is picking up. Get there at first light or you might miss the boils. Cover lots of water and look for birds or surface activity. Try top-water lures, jerkbaits and flies. (Zara Spook Juniors and buzzbaits tend to be successful this time of the year.)

The water temperature is beginning to fall at Roosevelt Lake. The low-80s in the morning to mid-80s in the afternoon are a marked drop from the previous week. Bass fishing reportedly is improving with increased success using crankbaits. Try fishing main lake points in 20-30 feet of water.

That said, Colorado River water temperatures from Picacho State Park to Imperial Dam remain around 88 degrees. One angler reported that on Martinez Lake, some of his best fish -- including the 7-pound largemouth bass pictured above -- came from the main channel. See Charles S.'s angler's report below.  

And be sure to check out the Lake Powell information in the full report. You might run into some of the best fishing you'll find this year for striped bass, smallmouth bass and largemouth bass.

In the high country, trout stockings have continued at Tonto Creek, Oak Creek, Woods Canyon, Willow Springs, Bear Canyon, Sheeps Crossing and Silver Creek (500 Apache trout).

Speaking of Silver Creek, it's trout time -- the seasonal trout fishery opens Oct. 1.

This festive fishing get-together seems to draw more participants each year. This is the opening of the catch-and-release season (Oct. 1 - March 31.).

Silver Creek is five miles east of Show Low on U.S. Route 60. Turn north off Highway 60 onto Bourdon Ranch Road for five miles to Hatchery Road. Then head eat on Hatchery Road 1 mile to the Silver Creek Hatchery, park in the parking lot, and follow the signs to the creek.

Trout from this seasonal fishery must be immediately released unharmed -- no trout may be kept. It is artificial fly and lure only with single, barbless hooks.

A seasonal fishery, Silver Creek is spring fed and stays at a constant temperature. Because it is not subject to freezing, it provides anglers ideal wintertime, high-country trout stream angling.

Oh, yeah -- attention Urban FIshing Program anglers. Catfish stockings resume next week!

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

Welcome back, Mr. Whiskers.


ANGLER’S REPORTS

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

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Heath R. went fishing last weekend with his girlfriend (pictured with a trout caught on Berkley Gulp Power Eggs) at Big Lake and Reservation Lake and had success at both: The weather held up until about noon and then rained on and off the rest of the afternoon. Caught several nice trout at Big Lake. They were large (16-plus inches) and healthy and put up a great fight.  Not quite the volume of fish we're used to, but larger than average.  The algae was still along the shore but didn't seem to affect the fishing.  Can't wait for the fall bite to really pick up!

Charles S. stent the following report for waters from Picacho State Park to Imperial Dam: Water levels are still low and air temps are still triple digits, but the bite continues to be decent.

Water surface temps are still averaging around 88 degrees. On Saturday, Sept. 7,  Dessert Bass Club held its monthly tournament with a good percentage of anglers catching fish and a handful with limits: one 5-fish limit was more than 18 pounds.

Game and Fish was also on hand at Fisher’s landing to collect and tag the bass. While the size of the fish really don’t compare to what’s being caught in the main channel, the bass in Martinez Lake are indeed biting. Cast black frogs over the submerged vegetation and across the floating slop; 4-6-inch plastic baits have also been performing well along weed lines and along structure. For maximum action, try fishing waters far away from the ski and recreation boats.

Our better fish came from the main channel, including a 7-pound  largemouth (pictured above). Seemingly you could say that creature baits are where it’s at right now, but on Saturday afternoon I did lose an extremely nice bass on a lipped crankbait. I guess the moral of the story is to fish with what you’re most comfortable as both have good potential to help you boat more fish. People will tell you that if you want to catch bass that you need to flip the river, but don’t completely buy into that -- half of my fish come when I am casting from a distance of 20-40 feet away. The fish in this river appear to travel around an awful lot, so if an area looks fishy, yet doesn’t produce on your first few visits, keep checking it.

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I also wanted to mention that this sort of fishing is not just for men; my lovely wife Peggy fishes with me. Peggy is a real trouper. She endures the long hot triple digit days, ties her own lures and everything else.

Peggy will tell you that she also feels that the person fishing from the front of the boat has some sort of advantage, yet why is it that every time I turn around she has a nice (and usually the first and often largest) fish on the end of her line? Lastly we all know that there are large bass and flatheads roaming the river, but don’t forget some of the other species of fish in the river -- this weekend I was reminded that we also have some nice crappie in the Colorado River.

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Matt U. fished Tempe Town Lake Sept. 3 and switched presentations for a bit of success: A buddy and I fished Tempe Town Lake on Tuesday, for a couple of hours in the morning.  Pretty tough bite, but we had a little luck.  They weren't biting plastic worms or grubs at all which is what I usually have great luck with.  We could see lots of baitfish action on the top of the water column so we ran inline spinners up high.  I caught a keeper size (that I put back) and a smaller bass and he got a few hits but didn't connect.   Either way a good morning of fishing and seems to be getting better as it cools down.

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Barry W. found a great nighttime striper bite at Lake Pleasant Monday, Sept. 9 in 35-40 feet of water:  I had the pleaure of night fishing at Pleasent on Monday night. We started about 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. and found huge success in the pipeline area. The stripers were suspended around 35-40 feet deep. We caught one striper after another all night long. No real huge fish this night, but they all averaged about 1.5-2 pounds. Anchovies worked excellent, but you have to keep chumming when you first arrive and wait a little while for the fish to arrive. After about 30 minutes the feeding frenzy was on. Good Luck fishing to everybody.



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.

LAKE PLEASANT - Brian Senick of the Hook-Up Outfitters said the stiper bite has been consistent. They 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 hgad 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.

Angler's report: Barry W. found a great nighttime striper bite at Lake Pleasant Monday, Sept. 9 in 35-40 feet of water: I had the pleaure of night fishing at Pleasent on Monday night. We started about 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. and found huge success in the pipeline area. The stripers were suspended around 35-40 feet deep. We caught one striper after another all night long. No real huge fish this night, but they all averaged about 1.5-2 pounds. Anchovies worked excellent, but you have to keep chumming when you first arrive and wait a little while for the fish to arrive. After about 30 minutes the feeding frenzy was on. Good Luck fishing to everybody.

ROOSEVELT LAKE - Lake elevation is 2,097 feet, 44-percent full. Sept. 6 report from James Goughnour of Rim Country Custom Rodssubmitted the following report: The water level in Roosevelt Lake this week remained constant at 44-percent full for the second week.  The Salt River is flowing at over 500 CFPS which is over 100 percent of its rate for this time of year, while the Tonto Creek flow dropped considerably this past week and today is flowing at less than 10 CFPS.

More storms are predicted this week so hopefully, the Roosevelt Lake watershed will continue to collect more moisture over the next couple of months. The water temperature is in the low 80s in the morning, increasing to the mid-80s in the afternoon, which is a drop from last week and an indicator that the overall water temperature in the lake is beginning to fall.   

Bass fishing activity continued to improve this past week. Overall fishing was called “good” with good catch rates being reported.  Another sign that the fish are transitioning is the report that crankbaits success is increasing. Most anglers are still reporting that they are fishing main lake points, in 20-30 feet water.

Some top-water activity was reported this past week, after a couple of weeks of no top-water bite being reported. In addition to the crankbaits, soft plastic swimbaits and top water baits such are a Rio Rico or Zara Spook were reported successful. As the sun gets higher and the water gets flatter, most anglers are switching to a drop shot or a Carolina rig techniques during the hottest times of the day. 

The crappie bite was called “fair” again this past week. Some success continues to be reported fishing in brush that is in 25-30 feet of water. A small 2-inch grub tail bait on the 1/16 or 1/8-ounce jig head is an excellent summertime bait for crappie, and live minnows always work well. The black, blue and chartreuse color was reported successful      

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

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: Matt U. fished Tempe Town Lake Sept. 3 and switched presentations for a bit of success: A buddy and I fished Tempe Town Lake on Tuesday, for a couple of hours in the morning.  Pretty tough bite, but we had a little luck.  They weren't biting plastic worms or grubs at all which is what I usually have great luck with.  We could see lots of baitfish action on the top of the water column so we ran inline spinners up high.  I caught a keeper size (that I put back) and a smaller bass and he got a few hits but didn't connect.   Either way a good morning of fishing and seems to be getting better as it cools down.

Tonto Creek Hatchery stocking report

Aug. 25 – Aug. 31
Tonto Creek (62 degree water temperature) – 361 rainbow trout
Haigler Creek (70) – 360 rainbow trout
East Verde River (67) – 1,168 rainbow trout
Woods Canyon Lake (70) – 2,044 rainbow trout

Sept. 1-Sept. 7
Tonto Creek (63 degree water temp) – 447 rainbow trout
Oak Creek (70) – 1,609 rainbow trout
Woods Canyon Lake (70) – 1,665 rainbow trout


Previous reports:


Please send your reports to BFishing@azgfd.gov.

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

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

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


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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Catfish stockings to resume week of Sept. 16-21

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

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

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

APACHE LAKE - Lake elevation is 1,907 feet (92 percent full). Water temperature 80-81 degrees. Gary Senft, a Bass Pro at Bass Pro Shops, had a trip one week ago in the first six hours of daylight. In the first four hours, fishing was poor throwing crankbaits, spinner baits, top-water lures and even frogs. But from 9:30 a.m. to noon, a dropshot-rigged Roboworm produced a dozen largemouth bass from 1-3.5 pounds. Shad balls at Apache (and Roosevelt) averaged to be in 15-30 feet of water depth.

Apache has been good for high numbers of bass lately, but Canyon and Saguaro have reportedly been better for size.

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

CREEKS BELOW THE MOGOLLON RIM – One angler also reported that Pautzke eggs (two on a No. 12 hook) continue worked great fishing the ripples. Tonto Creek and the East Verde River are great bets. Tonto Creek has been stocked with 10-16-inch rainbow trout and the East Verde is simply receiving a huge stocking. When fishing these creeks, it’s not necessary to bring too much tackle. Fish with grubs or grasshoppers if you can find them and float them through the ripples with no weights on a small hook (No. 10 or 12) and light lines (around 6-pound test: fluorocarbon if you can afford it).

WHITE MOUNTAINS AND RIM LAKES

Updated reports:

Trout Stocking Schedule

Week of September 3 - 7
Bear Canyon Lake - 275 rainbow trout
Willow Springs Lake - 1,500 rainbow trout
Woods Canyon Lake - 2,500 rainbow trout
East Fork Black River - 1,000 Apache trout
West Fork Black River - 50 Apache trout
Little Colorado River in Greer - 400 Apache trout
Sheeps Crossing - 400 Apache trout
Silver Creek - 500 Apache trout

Week of September 9 - 13
Bear Canyon Lake - 284 rainbow trout
Willow Springs Lake - 1,500 rainbow trout
Woods Canyon Lake - 2,500 rainbow trout
Sheeps Crossing - 400 Apache trout
Silver Creek - 500 Apache trout

MOGOLLON RIM LAKES


Note: Warm water temperatures have pushed trout into deeper water. Fish deep and target early morning or evening hours.

BEAR CANYON LAKE – Fishing is fair to good. The lake will be stocked this week with 284 rainbow trout.

BLACK CANYON LAKE – Fishing is poor to fair for trout. Anglers have been catching a few rainbow trout and bass. Sunfish are numerous in the shallows. They can be easily caught with a small hook and nightcrawler. The water level is low, and launching trailered boats will be difficult.

CHEVELON LAKE – Fishing is fair.

WILLOW SPRINGS LAKE – Fishing is good. The lake will be stocked this week with 1,500 rainbow trout.

WOODS CANYON LAKE – Fishing is good. The lake will be stocked this week with 2,500 rainbow trout. The store is open, and boat rentals are available.

Sept. 6 report from James Goughnour of Rim Country Custom Rods submitted the following report: Several of the trout stockings in our local streams ended last week while others will continue for another month. The stockings of the East Verde, Christopher Creek, and Haigler Creek have ended while Tonto Creek and several rim lakes will continue to be stocked.

With that being said, now that Labor Day has passed, the crowds will be lower and some of the best trout fishing of the year will happen during the next couple of months. Trust me: there are still many giant trout in these streams and creeks just waiting for that persistent, stealthy, trout angler.

WHITE MOUNTAINS LAKES

Note: Warm water temperatures have pushed trout into deeper water. Fish deep and target early morning or evening hours.

BECKER LAKE – Fishing is fair. Trout are chasing balls of minnows at the surface now, so fly anglers should try using a 1- to 1.5-inch green simi-seal leech, and also try fishing deep with an indicator rig with a chironomid or egg-sucking leech. Water temperatures are still warm, so please play and release the fish quickly without taking them from the water to minimize stress and reduce mortalities. Try not to keep them at the surface too long, as that is where the warmest water is located. 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 algae bloom is slowly disappearing. Warm water temperatures have pushed fish into deeper water, so anglers should be fishing deep. The best action has been in early morning and late evening with nightcrawlers and PowerBait. Shore anglers should try fishing off outer rocky points adjacent to deep water. Avoid fishing small coves since they are shallower and will have warmer water. Boat anglers should try anchoring or drift fishing in deep water. The store is open, and boat rentals are available. The lake level is somewhat low, but boat ramps near the store and at South Cove are accessible. The boat ramp at Railroad Cove is very low, and launching trailered boats here will be difficult.

Angler’s report: Heath R. went fishing last weekend at Big Lake and Reservation Lake and had success at both -- The weather held up until about noon and then rained on and off the rest of the afternoon. Caught several nice trout at Big Lake. They were large (16-plus inches) and healthy and put up a great fight.  Not quite the volume of fish we're used to, but larger than average.  The algae was still along the shore but didn't seem to affect the fishing.  Can't wait for the fall bite to really pick up!


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

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

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

FOOL HOLLOW LAKE – Fishing is fair. Anglers are catching catfish at night on worms and prepared catfish baits. Sunfish are numerous around the fishing piers. Use a very small hook and a tiny piece of worm to catch sunfish. Boat anglers are catching smallmouth bass on lures around the dam area.  

GREER LAKES – The water level at River Reservoir has come up approximately 18 feet in the last two weeks, and boats can now be launched at the boat ramp. However, the water is turbid due to high flows coming into the lake, and fishing may be slow. Bunch and Tunnel reservoirs are still very low, and fishing is poor to fair.

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. The pH is high. There is a strong algae bloom on the lake. The lake is low, and launching a trailered boat is difficult.
  
LUNA LAKE – Fishing is fair. Some anglers are catching trout on PowerBait, lures and flies in the early morning and late evening hours.

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

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

RAINBOW LAKE – Fishing is poor for trout and fair for catfish and bullheads. Weed conditions at Rainbow Lake are much improved over what they normally are this time of year. White Amur (grass carp) were stocked into the lake under a special permit to control the nuisance aquatic 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 poor to fair for trout. Try catfishing at night with worms, chicken livers and prepared baits. The water is turbid, but the lake level is good.

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

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

WHITE MOUNTAINS STREAMS

Note: Heavy monsoon rains are causing high flow conditions in many streams across the Forest. Use caution when camping near or crossing a stream.

EAST FORK of the BLACK RIVER – Fishing is poor to fair. The river is flowing high and muddy from heavy monsoon rains and will not be stocked this week.

WEST FORK of the BLACK RIVER – Fishing poor to fair. The river is flowing high and muddy from heavy monsoon rains and will not be stocked this week. Vehicle access to the West Fork Campground will remain closed through this year.

LITTLE COLORADO RIVER in GREER – Fishing is poor to fair. The stream is flowing high and muddy from heavy monsoon rains and will not be stocked this week.

SHEEPS CROSSING – Fishing is fair to good. The stream is running a little high, but is still fairly clear and will be stocked this week with 400 Apache trout. Monsoon rains have caused some spikes in flows, but they usually come down fairly quickly.

SHOW LOW CREEK – Fishing is poor in the large pool below the dam. The stream was last stocked in late August, which was the last stocking scheduled for the year.

SILVER CREEK – Fishing is good. The flows are still moderately high and a little turbid, but have come down from the high flows that occurred in August.  Silver creek will be stocked this week with 500 Apache trout. The stream is open to general fishing regulations (bait, lures and flies are legal, with a six-fish daily bag limit) through September 30. The upper section is closed to angling during the general regulation season.  


LAKE POWELL AND LEES FERRY

Updated reports:

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LAKE POWELL - Sept. 11 report from Wayne Gustaveson at www.wayneswords.com:

September is the first fall fish sampling period.

Utah Wildlife's first two electrofishing sample sites revealed some interesting details.  The first sample was taken in Lone Rock Canyon near the back of Wahweap Bay. The first cove on the left heading up Lone Rock Canyon contained more shad than we could scoop up in our nets.  That was a surprise.

It was obvious that yearling gizzard shad were using the muddy, shallow, warm cove to avoid striped bass predation. Adult stripers cannot survive in 80 degree water without diving into deep, cooler water. Without that cool refuge stripers cannot feed on these shad that have found a safe thermal refuge.

Our next sample in deeper water was a bust as not many fish of any species are found near shore from Lone Rock to Wahweap. Yearling smallmouth were found in modest numbers at all locations.  It appears that smallmouth and small stripers will survive the winter and provide good fishing in 2014.

The next sample was taken near Neskahi on the San Juan. We arrived in time to fish before dark when the electrofishing samples are run. We found scattered striper boils in Neskahi Bay before the lake narrows down and enters the Great Bend. We could easily approach fish feeding on top and catch them with full size surface lures. When they went down, catching was prolonged by fishing spoons at 30-40 feet near the location where boils were seen. It wasn’t long before the school popped to the surface again. When fishing this fall make sure to have two rods rigged, one with a top-water lure and the other with a spoon to maximize your catch.

We caught 45 fish from 2-3 pounds in one hour before heading back to complete the survey.

There were lots more fish of all species on the San Juan.  We found one cove with threadfin shad, again in shallow water in the back of a cove.  Smallmouth and largemouth bass were found in modest numbers.  The most abundant fish were bluegill that had found a new home in the rocky and weedy structure in the backs of coves where aquatic weeds were growing.

Habitat has changed dramatically since last year. Brush that favored largemouth and crappie survival is no longer present. Smallmouth bass and stripers are now the most abundant small fish found along the shoreline. There were just enough of all species found to insure that each species will be represented well in 2014. But smallmouth bass and stripers will dominate for the next few years as largemouth bass and crappie now go into population recession due to lack of brushy cover.

Since water temperature returned to 80 degrees last week there was little change in fishing success or technique. Adult stripers are still feeding on bait in deep water near the mouths of canyons along the main channel in the main lake. Small stripers are following plankton schools in the upper warm water layer.  They can be caught trolling, casting or on bait in shallow open water.  Smallmouth bass are found on the first major drop off near shore. Look for them in 20 feet of water or deeper. Use a bottom bouncing technique with a plastic grub or dropshot rig. Catfish were commonly caught morning and evening off the back of the parked boat.

The best news is boiling stripers near the major inflows of the Colorado, San Juan and Escalante rivers. There was much more surface action found in the afternoon than in the morning periods. Fishing is great and will continue to get better as the water temperature drops with cooler weather. It’s time to go fishing at Lake Powell.
 

LEES FERRY – Aug. 25 report from www.leesferryanglers.com.

Recent fish ratings

Upriver: 6.5 to 8.5

Walk-In: 6 to 8.5

Spin-Fishing: 5 to 8

Key: 1 = Go fish somewhere else 10 = Rent a helicopter and get here now!

Crowd rating:

Upriver: 1-3 No Crowds during the week & 3.5 on the weekends

Walk In: 1 Nobody here during the week & 3 to 5 on the weekends

Key: 1 = Sleep late and fish where you want. 10 = Very crowded, get up early

Fly Fishing Up-River (By Terry Gunn):

The trout fishing at Lees Ferry continues to be better than we have seen in many years. The trout are in superb condition, growing fast, and we are seeing fish of all sizes in the system which is indicative of a very healthy fishery and should continue that way for the foreseeable future. I would guess that the current trout population is the same or higher than the boom years of the late 1990s.

It was just a fair season for cicadas -- the hatch started early and finished early. We spent most of the summer drifting nymphs while wading and from the boat.

We have had some banner days this summer and everything looks favorable for the fishing to stay as good and possibly improve with the lower flows that begin on Sept.1.

It is difficult to predict the fishing, however, early Sept. is usually the best fishing of the year due to the fact that the water has been high all summer and the fish have been feeding like crazy. When the flows drop in Sept., the fish are still eager to eat and they are hanging out in areas that are easy to access via wading and the low fall flows are perfect wading flows. The current flow forecast is for the flows to remain low through October.

The trout continue to eat midges in most areas of the river and your best bet is to fish a double midge rig on a long leader with a small split shot. Assorted zebra midges are the ticket and the larger sizes work best.

I have been surprised at the intensity of the midge hatches in the higher water. I usually associate prolific midge hatches to lower flow releases but that has not been the case. The streamer fishing has been steady in the high summer flows, but will likely slow down when the flows drop. The productive flies change on a daily basis and every day the LFA guides and lets everyone at the shop know the top producing flies and how to use them. So be sure to stop by and see the flies that are working.

Our monsoon season has arrived, bringing clouds and welcomed cooler weather. We have been the proverbial “hole in the donut” as far as getting any rain here is our valley. However, the surrounding region has gotten more than most years.

There was a recent flash flood that occurred near Page, that washed incredible amounts of sand into the river at 13 mile, (just below the power lines) and at 4 mile. There was more sand brought into the river than I have seen previously in my 30 years on the river -- the sand can likely be measured in the thousands of tons. I look at this as a whole bunch of nutrients that accompanied the sand and have just entered the system and should help sustain and nourish the river.

Walk-in fly (By Dean Wyndam):

The fishing has been very good the past few weeks and everyone seems to be catching fish. Some of the smaller fish have been showing up, especially in the upper boulder area but larger fish in the 17-inch-plus range are being caught all up and down the walk in section. Midges and San Juan worms are working best with streamers doing well in the evening or late afternoon.

The lower flows that start on Sept., 1 is going to change the fishing in this area of the river dramatically. The lower flows will allow wading access just about anywhere and the fishing should be off the charts. If you have been thinking about coming to fish the walk-in, you should be making your plans to be here after Sept., 1.
With the current higher flows the upper boulder field is doing best in the early morning when the flows are at the lowest. Midges and San Juan worms are the best combo here.

From the large boulder down to the Paria River streamers have been working very well. This might be an area to try some cicada patterns with a dropper. Remember with the higher flows wading in this area is hazardous with all of the slick rocks and fast water. The fish here will be closer to the shore that they were last month so many takes will be at the end of the drift.

The point where the Paria River enters the Colorado is also a good place to fish but with the higher flows this can be a difficult area to wade; if you wade here, a wading staff is recommended. Midges and San Juan worms seem to be working well here also. Streamers work well as the water rises in the afternoon.
I would rate the walk in a solid 8 for the past few weeks. Hope to see you on the water.

Walk-in spin:

Spin fishing has not been really good at the walk in area. The best spin fishing has been of off Paria Beach. However, with the lower flows everything will be changing for the better. Kastmasters and panther martins are the best producing lures here at the Ferry.

The only area that is really productive for spinners is Paria Beach or the area where the Paria River enters the Colorado River. There are some deeper holes here and some really nice seams where larger fish have been taken. Just a reminder be very cautious when wading in this area, a wading staff is recommended. Also you will need to have new line on your reel, we recommend 4lb test. If you see me at the river please come by and say hello.

I would rate the spin fishing at 6, rising to a 7.

COLORADO RIVER

New reports:

Important notice: With the discovery of invasive quagga mussels in Mead, Mohave and Havasu, proper cleaning of all watercraft is critical to help prevent the spread of these invaders.  Please drain and dry your live well and bilge on land. Drain all the water you can from your engine. Also, inspect your vessel and trailer, removing any visible mussels, but also feel for any rough or gritty spots on the hull. These may be young mussels that can be hard to see.

For more information, go to the Arizona Game and Fish Department's web pages at azgfd.gov or visit http://100thmeridian.org/.

LAKE MEAD – The elevation has actually risen a little to 1106.5 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 Sept. 5.  The next new moon will be Oct. 4.  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 risen to around 644 feet above msl.  The latest report states that the lake bite is picking up a bit.  Rusty sent pictures of Ernie’s 4.28 lbs. catfish caught on night crawlers from the fishing dock and smallmouth in coves near the dam.  Ernie uses some plastics but mostly night crawlers for the smallmouth.  

Submersible lights fished during the new moon are an effective way to catch stripers. Next new moon will be Oct. 4.  Cut anchovies usually work the best for stripers.   

Biologists from both Arizona Game and Fish Department and Nevada Division of Wildlife with the help of volunteers, National Park Service and Bureau of Reclamation personnel have continued to install fish habitat in Carp Cove, Box Cove, Shoshone, and Arrowhead.  Fish habitat consists of PVC structures, wood pallet structures, tamarisk bundles, and some Christmas trees. The largemouth, smallmouth, bluegill and catfish are really utilizing the new structures. Additional habitat will be added at several locations over the next two years. These structures are fish magnets.

There is a wheelchair accessible fishing pier just south of the main launch ramp at Katherine's Landing. If you fish Mohave and are having luck, please e-mail me at gcummins@azgfd.gov so I can share your successes with others.

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

If you fish Willow beach and are having luck, please e-mail me at gcummins@azgfd.gov so I can share your successes with others.

COLORADO RIVER BELOW DAVIS DAM – The striper bite has picked up along the river in the Big Bend area.  The occasional large stripers are still being caught from the dam down to the Gorge.  Many of these fish are in the 3-12 pound range.  Anchovies seem to the bait of choice for stripers.  Reports are that pencil poppers are working well for stripers in the mornings from the casinos to the Big Bend area.  Rusty at Riviera Marina sent in pictures of some nice trout caught in the river. Mike’s 3.14 lbs. and 2.44 lbs. rainbow caught from shore in the upper Big Bend area using night crawlers.  Aaron’s perfect eating size stripers of 1.5-3 pounds. were caught in the old Bullhead City using a sub-walk lure.  Reports of 8 pounders being caught just below the dam and schools in the Big Bend are.

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 - Captain Doyle’s Fun Fishing service sent in a report of stripers caught between 10p.m. and 5 a.m.  Dave caught several 3-12 pound stripers on his favorite lure, the Bomber Long A.  The Gorge is giving up several smallmouth bass as Lester from Hale Center, Texas would attest to.  He caught 9 full-bodied smallies weighing between 3-4½ lbs. on half dead night crawlers.  Earl, from California, and family caught twenty smallmouths ranging from dinks to 3 lbs. with night crawlers.  David and his daughter Kylee caught and released nine 1-2 lbs. smallmouth bass on night crawlers once again.  Thanks again to Capt. Doyle’s Fishing Service for the report.

TOPOCK MARSH – Topock is producing some largemouth and stripers.  Dayton and Gene brought in to Rusty’s a couple of just under 2 lbs. largemouth and a whopping 10.14 lbs. striper.  Remember the minimum of 13 inches for largemouth bass in the Marsh.

If you notice illegal activities please call the Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-352-0700 or online at www.azgfd.gov/thief.  Please refer to our regulations booklet on how to be a good witness.  

You can access the marsh by boat at the North Dike, Catfish Paradise, and Five-Mile Landing. All three also provide plenty of area for shoreline fishing too. For more information on the marsh, contact the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge at (760) 326-3853 or go to http://www.fws.gov/southwest/refuges/arizona/havasu/index.html.

VERDE VALLEY

DEAD HORSE STATE PARK – Catfish were stocked for the Verde River Days event and were last stocked for Free Fishing Day on June 1.  Catfish and bass bite should increase because of warmer temperatures. 

VERDE RIVER (throughout Verde Valley) – Always check your regulations before fishing this area with live bait.  Game and Fish Commission Rule requires anglers to only use live bait that has been caught in the river. No transporting of live baitfish or crayfish is allowed. 

PRESCOTT AREA

FAIN LAKE — Trout stocking has resumed at Fain Lake.  Fain was stocked the week of Sept. 2.  High water temperatures and low oxygen levels will make the bite less than what it should be.  Cooler temps will help this.

GOLDWATER LAKE — Reports are that some trout are being caught but it can be hit and miss.  I haven’t received a recent report from Goldwater.  The next trout stocking is this week, the week of Sept. 9.     
      
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 and I have had reports of bluegill and largemouth being caught. 

LYNX LAKE – The last scheduled trout stocking was the week of Sept. 2.  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.
   
Cut anchovies, night crawlers or hot dog are your best bet for catfish. Lynx also can be an exciting place to fish for carp.  Common carp are very strong fighters and will provide an excellent table fair.  A quick search on the internet will produce tasty recipes for these robust fish.  Corn and an assortment of other baits will attract these fish.  Lynx can be difficult to fish, if you are not catching anything try moving to a new spot. There are some good spots on the north end of the lake that don’t get fished as heavily as the south end does.

MINGUS LAKE – The last scheduled stocking was the week of Sept. 2.  

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. 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:

COLORADO RIVER - Picacho State Park to Imperial Dam, including backwaters and Martinez Lake) –

Charles S. stent the following report for waters from Picacho State Park to Imperial Dam: Water levels are still low and air temps are still triple digits, but the bite continues to be decent.

Water surface temps are still averaging around 88 degrees. On Saturday, Sept. 7,  Dessert Bass Club held its monthly tournament with a good percentage of anglers catching fish and a handful with limits: one 5-fish limit was more than 18 pounds.

Game and Fish was also on hand at Fisher’s landing to collect and tag the bass. While the size of the fish really don’t compare to what’s being caught in the main channel, the bass in Martinez Lake are indeed biting. Cast black frogs over the submerged vegetation and across the floating slop; 4-6-inch plastic baits have also been performing well along weed lines and along structure. For maximum action, try fishing waters far away from the ski and recreation boats.

Our better fish came from the main channel, including the pictured 7-pound  largemouth. Seemingly you could say that creature baits are where it’s at right now, but on Saturday afternoon I did lose an extremely nice bass on a lipped crankbait. I guess the moral of the story is to fish with what you’re most comfortable as both have good potential to help you boat more fish. People will tell you that if you want to catch bass that you need to flip the river, but don’t completely buy into that -- half of my fish come when I am casting from a distance of 20-40 feet away. The fish in this river appear to travel around an awful lot, so if an area looks fishy, yet doesn’t produce on your first few visits, keep checking it.

I also wanted to mention that this sort of fishing is not just for men; my lovely wife Peggy fishes with me. Peggy is a real trouper. She endures the long hot triple digit days, ties her own lures and everything else.

Peggy will tell you that she also feels that the person fishing from the front of the boat has some sort of advantage, yet why is it that every time I turn around she has a nice (and usually the first and often largest) fish on the end of her line? Lastly we all know that there are large bass and flatheads roaming the river, but don’t forget some of the other species of fish in the river -- this weekend I was reminded that we also have some nice crappie in the Colorado River.

ALAMO LAKE – Sept. 12 report from Mark Knapp, Park Ranger at Alamo Lake State Park:

Sept. 12 report from Mark Knapp, Park Ranger at Alamo Lake State Park: Well folks, it puts a big smile on my face to let you all know the lake is on the rise.  So far it's up about 1.5 feet and is still coming up.

Once we get rains like this -- and for several days in our rain shed -- it takes it a couple days to reach the lake. Once it does, the river will run and continue to fill the lake for several days.  This is great.  I love it when I have to go pull the dock out of the water instead of pushing down into the water.  I got the boat batteries on charge and am hitting the water at 4:01 a.m.

I would be guessing to even try to tell you what fishing is like right now.  In the past years I have gone out after the lake has come up and have caught some of the bigger bass during my 12 years out here. 

I also encounter a lot of snakes that have washed in and try to get into your boat.  I covered “boat snake removal 101” in years past.  It's important to know the snake is not getting into the boat because he decided he wanted you for lunch. The snake is very confused and trying to get to somewhere dry.  I would be a little confused if I just got washed all the way down from Bagdad myself. It's good to keep a heavy pole like an Ugly Stix rod and try to flip it back out of the boat.  Keep all your compartment lids closed or areas the snake can crawl into.
 
So really that's all I got.  Lake’s coming up, I'm going fishing and hopefully will have a really good report for next week.  Before I go I would like to mention a couple of things.  The CORE has not drained the lake.  I will not know any more until our meeting in mid-Oct.  There are several blogs and websites saying they have drained the lake and I'm getting several phone calls asking if it's true.  As much as I would like to play around and say to the next caller, "Yep, it’s true, they pulled the plug and there's not a drop left,” the reality is the lake is still here and going up, not down.  Please pass it on in your blogs or websites. 

I also want to mention that I kind of made a mess of the longterm reservation system and heard about it from some customers. I went through yesterday and looked at the reservation page and can’t blame them. I'm working on it today and there will not be 59 reserved sites for long term only.  I apologize for not catching this sooner.   I will put a few aside in Cholla, a couple in the full hook ups, and a couple in B, and that's going to be it.  Also, if you want one of those sites, call the call center and they will let you book it for a shorter term.  This reservation thing is a work in progress and we try to fix it the best we can.  Some of it is out of my hands and it is what it is.  Like most of you, I really miss the first come first serve myself. 

Finally, I want to let you know that after more than 24 years, I’ve started the process of planning for retirement.  In January I'm signing off into the DROP program and can only work for a maximum of 5 years after that.  You can quit any time before that but have to go at 5. I’ll keep you posted.  That's it for this week.

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

Small mouth and largemouth bass are also found up and down the river. Many anglers have switched to sight fishing as water clarity has significantly increased since the introduction of the aquatic invasive quagga mussel. Boaters are reminded to clean drain and dry their watercraft before taking them to another body of water.

MITTRY LAKE - No new reports. From last week: Mittry Lake offers many fishing opportunities. There are ten man-made jetties on the eastern shore for shoreline anglers, but the lake is most effectively fished by boat.

There is a good concrete boat launch near the southern end of the lake, with a courtesy mooring dock. There is also a more primitive gravel ramp toward the northern end of the lake. There are restrooms and trash facilities at the main boat ramp, which also sports a large Ramada for public gatherings.

Mittry Lake can be a bit frustrating at time, especially for bass fishermen. There are plenty of bass in the lake, with a few in the eight to ten pound range, occasionally larger. However, the bass are sometimes finicky, and it can be challenging to bring any in on some days. Other days, the bite can be wide open. Windy, or changing weather often brings on the bite. Techniques for bass fishing vary widely. When fishing for bass in the cooler months, and bass are less active, fish deeper water with jigs, swimbaits, or plastics using a slow retrieve. As the water warms up in the spring and summer, bass become more active and move to shallower water.

During that time most people use plastics, buzzbaits, spinnerbaits, or crankbaits with a faster retrieve. Plastic baits resembling worms, crawdads, frogs, or lizards can also work well. For best results fish around structure such as weed beds, emergent vegetation or where shoreline brush edges the water.

YUMA AREA PONDS - Final stockings of trout have been made in Yuma area ponds for the season. Fortuna and Redondo ponds were stocked on Feb. 16, and the Yuma West Wetlands and Council Park (Somerton) ponds were stocked on Feb. 23.

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

Lake level: 448.95

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

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

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

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

CENTRAL MOUNTAINS

The heavy rains this week have caused some muddy runoff into some of the lakes, but with the cooler weather trout fishing should stay decent.    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 is closed to fishing.

WILLIAMS LAKES:  

KAIBAB LAKE —  Campground is open.    Fish with worms and Power Bait on the bottom to catch trout.    They were also catching fish on micro jigs fished under a bobber.   Some crappie, bluegill and bass were being caught on worms fished about 3 feet under a bobber.  Stocked last week

CATARACT LAKE —  Campground is closed.  Try bead headed flies or microjigs for the crappie and bluegill in the lake. 

CITY RESERVOIR — Open No report.

DOGTOWN LAKE —  Campground is open. Scheduled stocking has been postponed due to wet weather.

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

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

WHITEHORSE LAKE — Campground is open.  Lake Level is low. No report. Scheduled stocking was canceled due to high water temperatures

FLAGSTAFF LAKES:

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

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

ASHURST LAKE —   Campground is open. No recent reports.  Stocked last week

FRANCIS SHORT POND –  There has been a fish kill on Frances Short Pond caused by recent runoff from rain storms.  This week’s scheduled stocking has been postponed due to wet weather.
 
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.

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

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

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

STONEMAN LAKE — NO FISH.

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

KNOLL LAKE — the road is open.  No report.


SOUTHERN WATERS

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:

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 5-6-foot weeds. There is a very narrow path to the water on the west side of the lake. All boat launching is at the risk of the owner. Anglers are reminded that all largemouth bass caught must be immediately released alive.

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

CLUFF RANCH — No recent reports of success. A recent fish survey showed a good population of sunfish and largemouth bass in the lake. The pond is full and there should be no problems with boat launching. Visitors are reminded that it is illegal to obstruct the use of the boat ramp by anglers trying to launch the boats. No parking, standing, sitting, swimming or fishing is allowed on the boat ramp. For lake information call (928) 485-9430.

FRYE MESA RESERVIOR – On June 4, 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 one fish. Frye Creek above the reservoir remains closed to fishing.

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

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

PENA BLANCA – Anglers have had luck catching 8 to 13 inch largemouth bass from boat and shore. Water quality is poor but the bite is definitely on. Anglers are reminded that all largemouth bass caught must be immediately released alive. Additionally all mercury advisories against the eating of warmwater fish caught at Pena Blanca Lake remains in effect. Future testing will determine if and when these advisories will be lifted. Boaters using gas motors are asked to be courteous and not create wake problems for others boaters.

RIGGS FLAT — Water was fairly clear and the bite was on last week. One angler caught two rainbow trout before lunch time fishing in the middle of the lake on a kayak. No future stocking are scheduled at this time.

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

ROSE CANYON LAKE — Anglers have reported that the bite is on for rainbow trout. Summer trout stocking is coming to a close with three more scheduled stockings. To view the entire summer stocking schedule go here: 2013 Summer Stocking Schedule.

 

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