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Fishing report, Sept. 5

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Sep 5, 2013
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Nighttime temperatures in the high country have dipped into the high 40s – the first wisps of fall are bringing a welcomed transition from summer to autumn. The increasingly active fish feeds coincide with dove and football season and if that isn’t exciting …

The desert impoundments are on the verge of being fall conditions as well. Weekend nighttime temperatures are predicted to dip into the high 70s.

Labor Day boat traffic is in the past, and the cooler nighttime temperatures will make for superb camping conditions. At Lake Havasu, the throngs of recreational boaters likely are gone, so there should be room on the water to target a decent top-water bite.

And if you weren't aware of the remarkable flathead fishery Arizonans can boast (and boat) about, well, the above picture should say it all. The guide was "Flathead" Ed Wilcoxson, owner of the heaviest recorded fish in state history -- a flathead. Here's some more information about our flathead fisheries.

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Speaking of records, another of sorts was set. Gionavvi C. of Willow Beach spear-fished a 41-inch striped bass (right) out of the Colorado River on Sept. 6. Because there previously hadn't been a Colorado River water, non-hook and line record for stripers, this one sets the bar. A dive-gear dandy.

Be sure to highlight Oct. 1 on your calendar. That’s the opening of the seasonal catch-and-release fishery at Silver Creek. Rainbow and Apache trout – some a few scales more than 3 pounds – are stocked that first day into this White Mountains creek located on our Silver Creek Hatchery property just outside of Show Low (close to the airport.)

Keep in mind that the fall equinox is Sept. 22 – besides being the first day of fall, it’s the time that nights become longer than days.

Just pick your favorite fishery and go. Angling action should be springing from its summer snooze at almost every lake in the state. At Roosevelt Lake, for one, bass fishing picked up significantly following some monsoon run-off.

On the urban scene, catfish stockings are right around the bend -- Sept. 16 marks the opening day. Get ready.

In northern Arizona, Lees Ferry is always the Disney World of fly fishing, but particularly so lately. Reports are that the current trout population is the same or higher than the boom years of the late 1990s. The trout are particularly fat as well and fishing should remain exceptional as lower flows have begun.

The Mogollon Rim lakes such as Bear Canyon, Knoll, Woods Canyon and Willow Springs remain excellent places to visit. Besides being scenic and superb as a trout fishery, bull elk should start mating soon, if they haven't already.

Want a quick tip on how to fillet a trout? See this short video.

Then teach it to a kid. Our proud fishing heritage is only passed along by passionate anglers who realize the importance, and benefits, of getting kids “hooked on fishing.”


 
ANGLER’S REPORTS

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

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Mario S. and his son fished Green Valley Lake in Payson on Saturday, Aug. 31:  We only fished for about 30-45 minutes before we got rained out.  Big storm blew through.  During that time, my son caught one crappie (right) and one nice-sized bluegill.  I added another crappie before we had to run for the car.  We used Dilly worms under a bobber.  Had fun.  Hope to do it again soon.



Charles S. fished Picacho State Park to Imperial dam last weekend: River water temperature is 88 degrees, and I observed 90-91 degrees in the backwaters.

Heavy Labor Day boat traffic and lingering floating debris from the recent storms made it fairly difficult to fish many sections of the river channel.


Weekend boaters were also treated to extremely low water levels that exposed a lot of underwater hazards, underwater rock piles in Martinez Lake, etc. The good news is that the water levels eventually began to rise by late Sunday afternoon.

Some decent bass are being taken just off channel in the backwater openings; try fishing with crankbaits that resemble baitfish, as well as darker colored plastic baits. Striper action on Martinez Lake is spotty, but you can still catch an occasional striper or two.

Cast shallow-diving crankbaits into the commotion when they are pushing baitfish to the surface. You have to be prepared because the feeding frenzies may only last 5 or 10 minutes at best – nonetheless, you can often catch a nice striper each and every cast.


Flathead anglers are boasting decent catches in the flats adjacent to the deeper holes.



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Barry W. use various methods to hook trout on Oak Creek Canyon last weekend: I had the pleasure fishing for trout in Oak Creek Canyon over the long weekend. The weather was cloudy and it did rain on and off all weekend, but it kept the weather cool and the fishing was great.

Once you found some deeper pools along the creek the trout would be suspended, waiting for the current to bring them food sources. I was using a small gold Mepps lure, on 6-pound test line and the rainbow trout were loving it. I caught about nine rainbow trout in my first hour casting this lure and I released them all back to the water.


The other method I used with my two children was a small bobber, with a size 10 hook. The trick was using small hooks and light line. These trout were only 6-8 inches in length. The kids loved the constant bites and we easily caught and released trout all morning.


One important thing for everybody to know is that certain areas of the creek you are not allowed to use bait. Closer to Sedona you are allowed to use bait methods. Always refer to your fishing regulations. Have a great day.


Jason S. had a decent day on Aug. 27 and 29 kayak fishing on the Salt River: My wife and I headed out and kayaked to Salt from the top to the bridge and I caught three nice rainbows with really nice color to them on Aug. 27 then on the 29th I dropped the kayak in at the bottom at the first stop after Power Road and caught two bass on a Senko wacky rig. One of them was about four pounds. If I would have gotten there earlier I think I would have done better.


Chet R. hit the White Mountains just after Labor Day for a classic late-summer mountain fishing excursion: Took our almost-annual camping/fishing trip to Big Lake and East Fork of Black River. Was not disappointed.


Big Lake’s algae bloom proved too much for my spinner bait techniques, So after everyone left the campgrounds on Labor Day to head back, I took the opportunity to make the run down to the East Fork in the afternoon. Caught two Apache trout in 10 minutes and four more in less than two hours for my limit. We took those to the cleaning station at the Big Lake Store and had them for dinner an hour later! Great time! Got the kayaks out for a paddle across the lake and heard several elk at night, along with some coyotes. Beautiful weather with the typical afternoon , and night showers.


Departed on Tuesday the 3rd and ran into a rain/hail cloudburst! All in a day in the White Mountains!

 


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Marla J. found a good striper bite at Lake Powell during frequent August trips: We just purchased a houseboat in January. We have our houseboat on a buoy at Lake Powell and continue to get plenty of striped bass no matter when we go. Here are some shots from August -- 22 inches down to 15 the last time. The trick is to find the 20-45 foot depths.



CENTRAL WATERS


Updated reports:

Note: If you have a fishing report or good fishing pictures to share (JPEG), send them to our "Been Fishing" site at BFishing@azgfd.gov.


ROOSEVELT LAKE - Lake elevation is 2,097 feet, 44-percent full. Good morning Rim Country Anglers – Starting off this week is a reminder to mark your calendar. On Thursday, Sept. 12, at 6 p.m., the Shoot for the heart program at Mountain Bible Church here in Payson is going to have great talk by Mr. Steve Smith on the expanding wolf program into northern Arizona. Anyone that goes into the woods here in Arizona needs to attend this program. I can guarantee it will be interesting and enlightening.

Hey, do you get the feeling fall is coming? Brisk temperatures in the morning, cool monsoon rains and the bull elk were heard bugling in Payson this past week. That's a sure sign that fall is coming and the rut is getting underway.  I was fortunate to watch a 5x5 bull in Payson west, in the early morning, last week for about a half hour. It's a great time of year to be in Rim Country.


More good news on the fishing front. Bass fishing picked up significantly this past week with the additional monsoon run-off adding to the lake. Fishing was called good to very good this past week with positive reports coming from both ends of the lake. What a difference this fresh water entering the lake can make in a short amount of time. Last week the Tonto end of the lake was reported to be very slow fishing, while this week it was called "on fire". Lets hope these flow continue. The best reported baits for bass fishing this past week were soft swimbaits such as a super fluke made by Zoom Baits,  second was a dark color Roboworm on a drop shot, and third was a 7" curly tail Berkley camo worm on the Carolina rig.


The water level in Roosevelt Lake this week remained constant at 44% full.  The Salt River is flowing at over 500 CFPS which is over 100% of its rate for this time of year and the Tonto creek, which was just slightly flowing last week, is today flowing at 200 CFPS. Now the water might be stained this week and it may take a few days for the debris to settle, but I have a feeling that fishing is going to be great for the next several weeks on Roosevelt Lake. The water temperature is in the mid 80’s in the morning increasing to the high 80’s in the afternoon. 


The crappie bite was called fair this past week.  Small schools of crappie are still being caught in brush that is in 25-30 ft of water. If you fish mid parts of the lake, like the rocky shore near the dam on the highway side, the water will be much clearer. A small 2" grub tail bait on the 1/16 or 1/8 oz jig head is an excellent summer time bait for crappie and live minnows always work well.    


Trout fishing on all of our Rim Lakes continues to be reported as good to excellent. Several rim lakes and streams were stocked this week with rainbow trout. Successful baits were reported this past week including cicadas, powerbaits, grubs, and Panther Martin.


Have a great Labor day weekend and I hope see you on the water.


Previous reports


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).


Tonto Creek Hatchery stocking report

Aug. 18 – Aug. 24
Tonto Creek (61 degree water temp)  – 360 rainbow trout
Haigler Creek (69) – 360 rainbow trout
East Verde River (60) – 1,222 rainbow trout
Woods Canyon Lake (68) – 2,858 rainbow trout


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

Angler’s previous report -- Dustin B. scored big in his first trip to Tonto Creek: Went up for ASU's scrimmage at Camp T and thought I'd fish the creek by Horton's Trail. Took a while to find a spot with enough depth, mainly because I had never fished Tonto before. Once I did I caught about 10 in about 2 hours. Used the fly pole with just a small treble hook and some Gulp Power Bait. What really hit the best though was some Panther Martins. They were attacking the gold like crazy.  Biggest one was about 16 inches.

Haigler Creek made Paul V.’s day on the weekend of Aug. 11: My wife Suzi and I spent the weekend on the Rim fishing. Did well at Bear Canyon, but she caught her limit in less than 20 minutes at Haigler Creek. Very nice rainbows.


Previous reports:


Please send your reports to BFishing@azgfd.gov.


LAKE PLEASANT - Jeremy Hoffman, fishing manager at the north Phoenix Sportsman’s Warehouse, said he had a report of a 10-pound striper caught on a Zara Spook.  Previously, he reported that top-water action in the morning is sporadic for stripers. He said some mornings you’ll be on them for hours, others you’re lucky to find a bite. He’s hearing there’s not much for size, except for a few reports of 4-6 pounders, and the occasional largemouth, coming out of the large boils.

Angler’s  previous reports: Barry W. has had great action at Lake Pleasant  on recent Saturdays: Hope life is treating you well.  I have been fishing the northern coves at first sunrise the last two Saturdays. The top water action has been amazing.  Boils are lasting 30 minutes to 2 hours long depending on the spots. You have to try different top water lures to see what they will go for.  Two to three hours after sunset when the boils have slowed down I have been bouncing ¾ (larger silver KastMasters) in about 35-45 feet and just hooking the white bass and stripers like crazy. The wonderful thing about doing this is you can also hook some nice largemouth bass. We caught a few nice largemouth with this technique as well. Other boats around us were trying anchovies, which seemed to work but was much slower. The closest boat to us asked us what our secret was. Once I told him what we were doing, he offered to buy our tackle from us. Lol Great time to be on Pleasant and I hope this report helps others catch these great fish. Happy Fishing.


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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.


Angler’s previous report: Jim F. at Saguaro The wife and I hit Saguaro Lake two weeks ago at first light and did pretty good, catching a nice handful of largemouth bass and a scrappy 5 pound channel cat- all on small to medium sized crank baits. Looking around at some of the other fishermen in the area we noticed that almost everyone was catching fish in good numbers. One man not too far from us hooped and hollered and loudly announced that he had just caught a 9-pounder.


Previously, Mike McFarland of the Hook Up Outfitters said Saguaro has been proving excellent largemouth bass fishing opportunities. Try jigs, crankbaits, and top-water lures early and late.

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.


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.



WHITE MOUNTAINS AND RIM LAKES


Updated reports:


Recommended Waters to Fish
Fishing is good at East and West Forks of the Black River, Little Colorado River in Greer, Sheeps Crossing, Silver Creek, Woods Canyon Lake and Willow Springs Lake.  

Trout Stocking Schedule
Week of August 26 - 30
Bear Canyon Lake - 220 rainbow trout
Willow Springs Lake - 1,200 rainbow trout
Woods Canyon Lake - 4,000 rainbow trout
Little Colorado River in Greer - 250 Apache trout
Sheeps Crossing - 258 Apache trout
East Fork Black River - 1,567 apache trout
West Fork Black River - 50 Apache trout

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


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 275 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. Some boat anglers were having luck recently drifting bait 15 to 20 feet under the boat.

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.

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 poor to fair. Fish early or late in the day for best results. With warm water temperatures, please play and release the fish quickly without taking them from the water to minimize stress and reduce mortalities. Becker Lake is open to catch-and-release fishing, with artificial fly and lure only, and single barbless hooks only.

BIG LAKE – Fishing is poor to fair. 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. The algae bloom is slowly disappearing. 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.

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 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 poor to 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.

GREER LAKES – All Greer lakes (River, Tunnel and Bunch Reservoirs) are low, and fishing is poor to fair. Water levels at River and Bunch are below the concrete curb at the end of each boat ramp. Boats will have to be carried to the water. Boat launching at Tunnel Reservoir is still accessible, but the lake is low.

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

LEE VALLEY LAKE – Fishing is 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 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. The lake is somewhat weedy, and boating is not as difficult as it normally is this time of year. White Amur (grass carp) were stocked into the lake under a special permit to control the nuisance aquatic weeds that plague Rainbow Lake every year. Please release these fish if incidentally caught so they can do their job at eating weeds. 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: All campgrounds along the East Fork Black River are open along the entire length of Forest Road (FR) 276.  

EAST FORK of the BLACK RIVER – Fishing is good. The river is flowing moderately high and slightly turbid, but anglers are catching fish. Apache trout are being caught on small spinners, beadhead Prince nymph flies, and nightcrawlers. The stream will be stocked this week with 1,000 Apache trout. All campgrounds along the East Fork are now open, and FR 276 is open along its entire length.

WEST FORK of the BLACK RIVER – Fishing is good at the FR 68 road crossing. The river is flowing moderately high, but is clear. The stream will be stocked this week with 50 Apache trout at the FR 68 road crossing. Vehicle access to the West Fork Campground will remain closed through this year.

LITTLE COLORADO RIVER in GREER – Fishing is good. The stream is still experiencing moderately high flows following heavy monsoon rains. The flow is currently at 35 cfs, which is about three times the normal flow at this time. The stream will be stocked this week with 400 Apache trout.

SHEEPS CROSSING – Fishing is good. The stream 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 to fair in the large pool below the dam. The stream was last stocked two weeks ago, 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 very high flows that occurred a couple weeks ago. 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) from April 1 through September 30. The upper section is closed to angling during the general regulation season.   


 
LAKE POWELL AND LEES FERRY


Updated reports:


LAKE POWELL -  Sept. 2  report from Wayne Gustaveson at www.wayneswords.com:


September may be the best fishing month of the year when all factors are considered.

Water and air temperatures are still warm during the day, but the nights are cooling off making camping conditions excellent. With Labor Day weekend in the past, visitation by recreational boaters decline while fishermen start to return. The lake calms down a little with less fast boats and more slow fishing boats.


Access is an issue with the current lake level being quite low. Be aware that launching is not possible in the Hite area or at the Castle Butte end of Blue Notch road. Boats are able to launch at Bullfrog Marina but much care is needed to make sure hidden rocks and sand bars are avoided when motoring away from the ramp.

There is an alternate ramp under construction that will improve launching considerably as the lake declines, but this week the new ramp is very shallow without much slope for launching and the public ramp is not much better.  The best place to launch midlake is at Halls Crossing as that ramp is open and operating well. The ferry is in operation if that helps with the logistics.

In the southern lake, Antelope Point public ramp will be closing in the near future as the lake declines another few feet.  Wahweap main ramp presents the best launching conditions. Stateline is open and conditions are good, just be aware that the slope of the ramp has flattened and large boats are better off at main ramp.

Fishing conditions are much that same as water temperature continues to climb to 80 degrees each day.

Warm water keeps larger stripers trapped in deeper, cooler water where shad are absent. Bait fishing is still great for adult stripers. Main-channel shade lines are a great place to start looking for hungry fish. Add a canyon mouth to the shade line and stripers should be close by.   


Smaller stripers are hitting the surface where shad are available. From Bullfrog north there are some shad seen. The best midlake spot is in Bullfrog Bay. Look for individual stripers hitting the surface early each morning.  These fish are catchable if a surface lure is placed near the splash ring. The best option is to fish spoons at 35-40 feet near Dome Rock which is just toward the back of Bullfrog Bay from the houseboat buoy field. Bait fishing off the houseboats in the buoy field is working great at night under green fishing lights.

Small yearling stripers are still being caught on small pieces of bait near the Glen Canyon Dam buoy line. Invest a handful of chum cut in small pieces to get the school of little fish going. Catch a few and then chum again to keep the school excited.

Smallmouth bass are still hitting dropshot baits with shad shaped worms working very well lake wide. Look for a deep drop at the edge of a shallow rock field or a cliff face with shade and broken rocks to locate bass. Drop the bait in the shade of a ledge to find willing bass.  They are quite aggressive so move quickly along the edge of structure until a school of fish is located. Then catch a bunch from that one spot.

Catfishing is excellent. Use table scraps to catch a nice bunch of catfish from the beach behind your boat then use Cajun spices to blacken a bunch of catfish fillets for your next meal.


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


Previous reports:


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


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


LAKE MEAD – The elevation has dropped very little to 1105.7 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 Aug. 6.

The next new moon will be Sept. 5.  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 642 feet above msl.  The latest report states that the lake bite has slowed a little bit.  


Submersible lights fished during the new moon are an effective way to catch stripers. Next new moon will be Sept.  5.  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 fish caught in the river. Justin’s 4.98 lbs. and 4.82 lbs. stripers he caught with lures were perfect for the grill.

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 10 p.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 nine full-bodied smallies weighing between 3-4.5 pounds on half dead night crawlers.  Earl, from California, and family caught twenty smallmouths ranging from dinks to 3 pounds with nightcrawlers.  David and his daughter Kylee caught and released nine 1-2 pound smallmouth bass on nightcrawlers 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 — Fain Lake experienced a flood that brought in large amounts of sediment and woody debris.  Several catfish were observed dead and others struggling at the surface.  The town officials are working very hard to clean up the debris from the flooding.    

      
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 June 8.        
       
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 closed due to Doce Fire and the rehabilitation of the damaged area.  


LYNX LAKE – The last scheduled trout stocking was the week of June 3.  Catfish were stocked the Friday before Free Fishing Day (June 1st).  Reports are that the lake level is extremely low, so be careful if you venture to the lake.
         
Cut anchovies, night crawlers or hot dog are your best bet for catfish. Lynx also can be an exciting place to fish for carp.  Common carp are very strong fighters and will provide an excellent table fair.  A quick search on the internet will produce tasty recipes for these robust fish.  Corn and an assortment of other baits will attract these fish.  Lynx can be difficult to fish, if you are not catching anything try moving to a new spot. There are some good spots on the north end of the lake that don’t get fished as heavily as the south end does.

MINGUS LAKE – The last scheduled stocking was the week of June 10.   

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 18.
    
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 report:

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

Angler's report -- Charles S. again fished Picacho State Park to Imperial dam last weekend: River water temperature is 88 degrees, and I observed 90-9 degrees in the backwaters.

Heavy Labor Day boat traffic and lingering floating debris from the recent storms made it fairly difficult to fish many sections of the river channel.


Weekend boaters were also treated to extremely low water levels that exposed a lot of underwater hazards, underwater rock piles in Martinez Lake, etc. The good news is that the water levels eventually began to rise by late Sunday afternoon.

Some decent bass are being taken just off channel in the backwater openings; try fishing with crankbaits that resemble baitfish, as well as darker colored plastic baits. Striper action on Martinez Lake is spotty, but you can still catch an occasional striper or two.

Cast shallow-diving crankbaits into the commotion when they are pushing baitfish to the surface. You have to be prepared because the feeding frenzies may only last 5 or 10 minutes at best – nonetheless, you can often catch a nice striper each and every cast.


Flathead anglers are boasting decent catches in the flats adjacent to the deeper holes.

Previous reports:

Note: If you would like more information on southwestern waters, visit http://www.azgfd.gov/h_f/where_fish_southwest.shtml. Our Yuma Regional office has recently updated all the information to provide you more insight into these fisheries. If you have a fishing report or good fishing pictures to share (JPEG), send them to our "Been Fishing" site at BFishing@azgfd.gov. For more information, visit the "Where to Fish" pages at www.azgfd.gov/h_f/where_fish.shtml.

ALAMO LAKE – Aug. 29 report from Mark Knapp, Park Ranger at Alamo Lake State Park:

Well folks, in between storms I have managed to get out fishing a couple of days in a row.  To answer the No. 1 question, no, we did not get enough rain to bring the lake up more than an inch or so.


We lost that in releases in the next day.  After missing a lot of fish last time out, I regrouped and changed my routine.  I re-spooled my open-face reels with 6-pound test and tied on a 1/8-ounce jighead with a white skirt.  That was the ticket.


I caught 17 bass in a couple of hours. One went about 2.5 pounds.  The rest were about 8-10 inches long.  Every fish was holding in about 2 feet of water.  I was throwing right up on the bank, waiting a few seconds, then slowly pulling the bait into the water. Within a couple of jerks I had a fish on.  What a blast.  I think the little ones put up a better fight than the bigger ones.

Since I was the only one on the lake I don't have any other reports to offer.  A few friends of mine are catching catfish in the upper end of the lake.  No reports on crappie fishing.  Shore fishing is OK at best.  It sure is nice to have an extra boat at your disposal.

I mentioned a few weeks ago I hit the point that is just under water at the old rental boat road.  That was with my Ranger boat.  I did not do too much damage and put a couple of new dings on the prop.  I decided to use the boat I'm baby-sitting and was not so lucky.
I came pulling into the cove and sure enough I hit the point again.  I took the prop in to have it rebuilt -- $65 bucks later.

So, tonight I am going to take a couple of buoys and walk out and mark the points.  I meant to do that last night but it got dark before I came off the water.  I still would suggest using Cholla ramp.    I did see a couple of boils late in the afternoon.  They were small and did not last long.

I think the fish that were chasing the shad were dinks.   I sure miss the old days when you could go out and catch 30 bass easy chasing the boils around.

As some of you have noticed you don't see Junior mentioned much anymore.  He found love a few months ago and does not fish much anymore.  I pretty much gave up asking him to go out.  I know he likes to take his girlfriend out on the extra boat, but he will shocked when he looks in my driveway and finds it gone.  Once I get the prop back I'm going to head over and fish the Parker Strip for a few days. I used to fish it daily from 1989 till 1997.


I caught a lot of bass out of there.   Now it's full of smallmouth and they’re a blast to catch.

The lake level is at 1092ish with releases of 25 cfs.

Well, that's all I got --  Mark

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

Rains Saturday slowed fishing over the weekend, but with the cooler weather trout fishing should stay decent.    Warm water fish such as bass and yellow perch, bluegill and crappie are starting to get more active on the lakes around Williams with microjigs, small bead-head flies and worms fished under a bobber or on a fly rod working well.  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.  Scheduled to be stocked this 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. No report

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.  Scheduled to be stocked this week

FRANCIS SHORT POND –  There has been a fish kill on Frances Short Pond caused by recent runoff from rain storms.  
 
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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