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Jan. 10 Fishing Report

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Jan 10, 2013
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Hello Anglers!

A winter storm is heading our way. By the time you read this, there could be several inches of new snow in the high country, with wet weather expected around the rest of the state, so be cautious wherever you are heading. The storm system will be followed by cold temperatures, with low desert areas ranging from the mid 40s during the day to lows well below freezing at night. High country temperatures will be VERY COLD - daytime highs will be in the 20s, nights will drop to the single digits. For those of you venturing out to the high country lakes, be advised that many lakes are ice-covered, with unsafe ice. Many Forest Roads are snow covered or closed. Check local conditions before heading out, and always be careful.

2013 Fishing Regulations now available

The printed 2013 Arizona Fishing Regulations are now available at all seven Arizona Game and Fish Department offices and at fishing license dealers throughout the state.

“Arizona’s diverse fisheries offer great opportunities all year round,” said Acting Fisheries Chief Eric Swanson. “If getting outdoors, staying healthy and spending quality time with family and friends are among your 2013 resolutions, fishing is a great way to meet your goals, have fun and make memories.”

Bass, crappie and catfish are abundant in Arizona’s large lakes and reservoirs. Mountain lakes and streams will be well stocked this year with trout. Local urban lakes are regularly stocked and are a terrific option for anglers who want to stay close to home.

Some of the changes include the following:

  • Alamo Lake – The slot limit for bass is removed, statewide limits now apply (six bass per day with no size restrictions). 
  • Cataract Lake – Bag limits reduced to four catfish, four trout and two bass (minimum size 13 inches).
  • Kaibab Lake – Bag limits reduced to four catfish, four trout and two bass (minimum size 13 inches).
  • Council Park Pond (Somerton) – Bag limits reduced to two catfish, two trout, one bass (minimum size 13 inches), and five sunfish.
  • Frye Mesa Reservoir – Limits established to allow one Gila trout daily (statewide limit of six trout still applies to other trout species: rainbow, brook, brown, cutthroat).
  • Lake Powell – Change walleye limits to unlimited to conform to Utah regulations.
  • Parker Canyon Lake – Bag limits reduced to four channel catfish (other catfish such as flathead and bullhead remain unlimited).
  • Pena Blanca Lake – Extend current "catch-and-release only" largemouth bass regulations through Dec. 31, 2014. 
  • Live baitfish - Gizzard shad are now legal baitfish, but only from specific areas (see page 13 of the regulations for details). 
  • Archer Lake at Christopher Columbus Park in Tucson – Closed to fishing to conform to long-standing Tucson City Code.

More fishing information can be found on the Arizona Game and Fish Department website at www.azgfd.gov/fishing.

Fishing Updates

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Super-sized trout” being stocked in urban lakes this week

How does catching a 2- or 3-pound rainbow trout sound? How about catching that trout right close to home?

Well this week you will have that opportunity, so grab your favorite fishing pole and make sure you have a 2013 Urban Fishing license, because the “incentive” trout stocking is slated for the week of Jan. 7-12 at all Urban Program lakes.

To kick off the New Year in a big way, the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Urban Fishing Program will be stocking incentive size trout. In addition to the usual 11-12 inchers, incentive stockings include bigger fish and up to 20 percent more fish. Many of the more than 9,000 rainbow trout will be from 13-16 inches, and some even larger ones up to 4 pounds are expected.

“This is a great way to start off the New Year and helps highlight that an urban fishing license is one of the best recreational buys out there – it’s a ticket to fun all year long,” said Eric Swanson, who heads up the urban fishing program.

Trout are routinely stocked in the urban program lakes from early November through the middle of March. Starting in March, channel catfish are stocked.

“These urban lakes also have sunfish and bass to catch. Plus, these lakes are all in city parks that also offer other recreational opportunities for the whole family,” Swanson said.

The Urban Fishing Program is self supporting, and the cost of the fishing license helps defray the cost of purchasing and stocking the fish. “It’s a user pay, user play concept that can net you a lot of fun throughout the year,” Swanson said.
    
For more information on the Urban Fishing Program, visit www.azgfd.gov or obtain one of the newly-printed 2013 Urban Fishing Guidebooks.

Here are some angler reports that were submitted this past week:

John U. submitted this report on Lee’s Ferry:
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“Just got back from Lees Ferry and the fishing was fair, fish not yet in full spawning mode. Drifting zebra midge caught about 20 in two days, average size about 12 inches. My nephew was fly fishing and caught about the same on scuds and several different emerges. Weather is very cold, ice in the eyes of the rods most of the day.”

John S. recently submitted this report on Pena Blanca Lake (southern Arizona):

“Fishing was excellent. Spent 3.5 hours on the water with my dad this past Friday and here is how we did: 42 trout landed. We kept nine because they were over 12 inches. Thirty-one were released back into the lake, all under 10 inches. Power Bait seemed to work very well, as did worms and generic nymph patterns on 5-weight line with a 6x tippet. Super Dupers were also drawing bites. Saw a couple on the water catching and releasing bass in the 1-pound range. Heard that there are a lot of channel cats being caught right now as well as along the shore. They must be foraging the fingerling trout and bass along the shallow water during the warmer parts of the day. Overall, it is hot. Almost every cast resulted in a fish. We were on a boat but did notice shore fisherman doing pretty decent from the two fishing piers there.”

Ed E. submitted this report from Tempe Town Lake (Metro area):
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“Hey Reuben, happy New Year! I took a break last week to ring in the New Year. Today, I hit Tempe Town Lake and was able to land a variety of fish, from tilapia, to largemouth bass and some rainbow trout. I started around 9 a.m. and hit the east dam. I was able to land a couple of 17-inch tilapia as well some smaller ones. After I caught and released around 10, I started working on largemouth bass. I was able to land five small bass. Around noon, I headed back to the Tempe Town Lake Marina on the north side and fish started jumping all around me! I threw a small grub and was able to land about 10 rainbow trout in a half-hour. I released all those as well. Fun day! I am heading back out on Tuesday. This time I will be keeping some fish for dinner!

Alfred R. submitted this report from Lynx Lake (Central Arizona):
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“My wife, daughter and I fished Lynx Lake on Dec. 27 and 28 from about 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. We read the fishing report and tried the north end just below the store. It was cold and there were a few snow flurries, but the fishing made the weather perfect. The trout were plentiful and the bite was good on all power baits and worms. The fish we caught were big and fat but hard to hook. Remember to use just enough power bait to cover the hook. The water is frozen around the banks, and power bait hardens, making it difficult to set the hook. In all, we caught the seven biggest trout we have ever caught at Lynx Lake in years of trying. This fishing trip to Prescott was the final touch to a great Christmas and New Year.”

Thanks to this week's contributors!!


OK, on to the full report.


CENTRAL WATERS

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

URBAN WATERS - Trout will be stocked this week in all Urban Fishing Program waters. There are a couple of angler reports in the front section of this report. The 2013 Urban Fishing Program guidebooks are now available at all Game and Fish Department offices and at fishing license dealers around the state.

TEMPE TOWN LAKE – Due to be stocked with trout next week. Keep in mind that although this fishery is in the city, it is not part of the Urban Fishing Program, so you will need the regular state fishing license to fish here.

LAKE PLEASANT - Lake level is at 1,666 feet, 62 percent full, with approximately 7,494 surface acres. Good fishing in the shallows, use topwater lures, crankbait or spinners.

ROOSEVELT LAKE - Lake elevation is 2,094 feet 42 percent full). Try fishing in the shallows (1 to 4 feet) with surface lures in the backs of coves and over rock piles. Drop shot works pretty well on the outside points, flats and backs of coves in 30 to 10 feet of water but altering the drop shot technique to a Texas nose hook and whacky style setup is productive especially when the typical setup does not hit the mark. The technique of how you reel the drop shot in is real important. Slow and steady or slow with little jerks or jerk and let it fall over and over again are some styles to play around with. Rock piles are typically productive using plastics bouncing along the substrate.

APACHE LAKE – Lake elevation is 1,907 feet (92 percent full).

CANYON LAKE – Lake elevation is 1,658 feet (97 percent full). The lake has been stocked with trout. If you have been fishing here, send in your report to BFishing@azgfd.gov.

SAGUARO LAKE – Lake elevation is 1,525 feet (94 percent full). Scheduled to be stocked with trout next week (the week of Jan. 6). Anglers are having better luck using spoons along the ledges close to drop offs. Let the spoon drop then bounce it along the bottom. Bass are feeding heavily on shad, so if you find them in action, topwater would work.

BARTLETT LAKE – Lake elevation is 1,765 feet (57 percent full).

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

LOWER SALT RIVER (below Saguaro Lake) – Has been stocked this past week

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

LAKE POWELL AND LEES FERRY

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 POWELL – See most recent report (Nov. 28, 2012) from Wayne Gustaveson at www.wayneswords.com.

LEES FERRY – See most recent report (Dec. 17, 2012) from Lees Ferry Anglers at www.leesferry.com.


COLORADO RIVER NORTHWEST


LAKE MEAD – The elevation has risen to 1,120 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. Check the moon phases before you go – last new moon was Dec. 13, the next new moon will be Jan. 11. 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 50-60 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. The bite for largemouth and smallmouth was reported good using plastic worms and crawdads with purple and browns in them. Several fishermen said that top water lures were working for them. All the fishermen contacted were hopeful for the coming years with rising water conditions and the abundance of baitfish they have seen this year. 

Launching conditions at South Cove have improved as the water level has gone up. There are currently four lanes. As the water raises logs and other debris can become hazards, so be careful boating.
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 http://www.azgfd.gov or visit http://100thmeridian.org/.

LAKE MOHAVE – The lake level has risen to around 638 feet above msl. The black bass are hitting soft baits when worked slowly especially on grass beds in 20 to 30 feet deep. Trolling with LONG A BOMBERS has been producing some nice stripers. While the number of stripers in Mohave has been decreasing, the quality of the fish caught has increased. Reports of good bluegill action off the structures mentioned in the paragraph below. Reports of better activity from the stripers with the cold conditions. The most productive time for stripers is dusk till dark. The fish being caught are ranging from 3 to 9 pounds. Submersible lights fished during the new moon are an effective way to catch stripers. Next new moon is Jan. 11. Cut anchovies usually work the best.
 
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.

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 www.azgfd.gov or visit http://100thmeridian.org/.

WILLOW BEACH – Willow Beach is stocked every Friday with 3,000 13-inch rainbow trout. Rainbow, peach, garlic and yellow Power Baits and Powerworms were being used most for trout. Jakes original and Jakes Juniors, Panther Martin and Rooster Tails are also usually effective. Willow Beach can be hit or miss bait fishing. Try different baits including swim baits when nobody seems to be hooking anything. If you fish Willow beach and are having luck, please e-mail me at gcummins@azgfd.gov so I can share your successes with others.

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 www.azgfd.gov  or visit http://100thmeridian.org/.

COLORADO RIVER BELOW DAVIS DAM – No report.

TOPOCK GORGE - Most bass are being taken on minnows and night crawlers. Reports are that stripers are returning to the Gorge. I haven’t heard any recent reports from the Gorge except that the best bass bite is in the mid-morning.  Rainbow trout are stocked by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service monthly during the winter. The fish are normally stocked in two locations; Davis Camp and near The Riverside. Stocking at Rotary Park has made another access point to the river for fishing and has made many people happy. Trout fishing at the stocking sites is great immediately following the stockings, then the fish move out and you need to find them.
Rainbow trout are located throughout the river below Davis Dam, but anglers typically report catching trout on the Arizona side across from the Riverside, off the shore of Davis Camp, and in the big bend area. This year we have received multiple reports of larger holdover trout being caught. Remember to fish for trout, you need a trout stamp on Class A and Lifetime fishing licenses.

Water levels on the river fluctuate, so be careful. You can check the Bureau of Reclamation Web site for flow predictions http://www.usbr.gov/lc/riverops.html before you go. If you fish the river below Davis Dam and are having luck, please e-mail me at gcummins@azgfd.gov so I can share your successes with others.

TOPOCK MARSH – The action at Topock Marsh has been steady. Reports are that the crappie bite is on. Night crawlers and live minnows have been tempting catfish from North Dyke. Folks are catching their limits of largemouth on spinner baits mostly. Remember the minimum of 13 inches for largemouth bass in the Marsh.
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.

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 www.azgfd.gov or visit http://100thmeridian.org/.


SOUTHWESTERN WATERS


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.

LAKE HAVASU
– Lake Level is 88.87 percent full with average temperature of 56 degrees. Lake Havasu is a 19,300-acre impoundment on the Colorado River, formed by Parker Dam. It is located along the Arizona-California border and is approximately twenty-five miles long, with a shoreline that extends more than one hundred miles. Lake Havasu is best known for its striped bass, largemouth bass and smallmouth bass fishing. It also has good fishing for channel catfish, flathead catfish, and sunfish, including some monster redear sunfish. There are also abundant carp and limited numbers of crappie.
 
Striper fishing has been challenging in recent years, with easy limits of small fish no longer the rule, as was the case five or six years ago. However, the average size of the striped bass caught has increased. Using live shad for bait is a good bet any time of the year. During the cooler months, stripers are usually found in deeper water, and fishing on the bottom or trolling with live shad or cut anchovies is a good bet. During the warmer months, fishing topwater lures that resemble shad near “boils” or where birds are actively feeding is your best bet for some exciting action.
 
The largemouth and smallmouth bass fishing has been steadily improving over the last several years. Tournament anglers are regularly weighing in bags of 5 fish that weigh over 20 pounds, and it is not uncommon to catch bass over 5 pounds and some even approaching 10 pounds. There are many different techniques used for largemouth bass. As a general rule, most people will use topwater lures such as buzzbaits or spinnerbaits in the early morning and then switch to jigs, crankbaits, or swimbaits as the day progresses. Using plastic baits that resemble worms, crawdads, frogs, or lizards often work well. It is generally best to fish around structure such as weedbeds, emergent vegetation, boat docks, or artificial habitat. Fishing picks up as the water temperatures warm up in the spring and summer but bucketmouths can be had any time of the year.
 
Smallmouth bass fishing has really improved in Lake Havasu the last few years, with a new Arizona state record for the Colorado River caught in late 2011 (5.63 pounds). For smallmouth bass it is usually best to fish rocky points, ridges, shorelines, or canyons. Most people use topwater lures, lipless crankbaits or jigs in the mornings and evenings. During the day try crankbaits, plastic worms or “creature” baits such as fake crawdads.
 
Redear sunfish have grown to trophy size in Lake Havasu, with a new state and world record being caught in 2011 (5.55 pounds). Redear sunfish in the 2-pound range and larger are regularly caught. Bluegill and redear can be caught around structure such as docks, vegetation, or artificial structure using mealworms, night crawlers, or small crappie jigs.

Channel catfish are widespread in the lake and can be caught using night crawlers, anchovies, chicken liver, stinkbait or about anything that “stinks”. For flathead catfish it is best to use live bait such as bluegill or small carp. Flathead catfish are relatively uncommon in the upper part of the lake, but much more abundant in the lower half, especially in the vicinity of the Bill Williams River arm of the reservoir. Catfish can be caught any time of the year but your best bet is at night during the summer.
 
Large carp are abundant in the lake and can provide some exciting fishing. Twenty to twenty-five pound carp are not uncommon. Most people use canned corn or dough balls.

ALAMO LAKE – by Mark Knapp, Arizona State Parks

"Well folks, once again I'm bummed to say you're still not missing much out here. Everyone I have talked to has been getting skunked on both bass and crappie fishing. I did talk to one angler who said he caught one crappie and one bass trolling crank baits up by the first buoy line. He was out for a few hours and that was all he caught. Once again, I have no clue as to what's going on with the fishing. ' I am going to go out for a few hours tomorrow and will hopefully figure out some kind of pattern and catch something. Anglers are giving cat fishing a thumbs up. They're catching cats using night crawlers, minnows, and hot dogs. Shore fishing is slow. Cholla ramp still has about 3 to 4 feet of usable water and is still in operation. I'm using the old rental boat road and have not had any problems so far. I think I mentioned that all the construction is done in the park, so were good to go there. Watch out for wildlife coming into the park. A camper took out a baby burro a couple of weeks ago. I'm happy to say they (campers) are o.k. The truck grill, radiator, and front fender took the brunt of it. Anyway, please watch and drive careful to the park. I wish I had more to report, but that's about it for now."

Mark


COLORADO RIVER (PARKER STRIP AREA) – With that area along the Colorado River finally cooling down, fishing should start to pick up. The Parker Strip is well known for its smallmouth bass fishing, especially in the area from the dam to several miles downstream. The Parker Strip is also home to some really impressive, dinner-plate-sized redear sunfish of 2 pounds or larger.

COLORADO RIVER (Picacho State Park to Imperial Dam, including backwaters and Martinez Lake) - This stretch of the river is best known for its trophy-sized flathead catfish, with some over 70 pounds and largemouth bass, with some over 10 pounds. However, it can also be good for channel catfish, sunfish and carp and to a lesser extent striped bass, crappie and tilapia.

Largemouth bass fishing is generally best in the backwaters or near the mouth of the backwaters. There are many different techniques used for largemouth bass. As a general rule, most people will use topwater lures such as buzzbaits or spinnerbaits in the early morning and then switch to jigs, crankbaits, or swimbaits as the day progresses. Using plastic baits that resemble worms, crawdads, frogs, or lizards often work well. It is generally best to fish around structure such as weedbeds, emergent vegetation, tree stumps, brush, or boat docks. Fishing picks up as the water temperatures warm up in the spring and summer but largemouth can be taken any time of the year.

Flathead fishing is generally best in slack water areas, deep holes, or near overhanging vegetation along the main channel of the river. Flatheads prefer live bait such as bluegill or small carp and fishing is best at night during the summer months. Channel catfish are wide spread in the main river channel and backwaters and will bite on night crawlers, chicken liver, stinkbait, or about any other “smelly” bait. They can be caught year-round but probably bite best at night.
Bluegill are also widespread but are most likely to be found around structure in the backwaters or slackwater areas. Bluegill will bite on meal worms, night crawlers or small crappie jigs.

MITTRY LAKE – 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 weedbeds, emergent vegetation or where shoreline brush edges the water.

YUMA AREA PONDS – Winter stocking of trout has begun in the Yuma area ponds which should make for some fun fishing.The department has stepped up efforts to encourage the recruitment of new anglers, and retention of existing ones. To this end, the department has increased stocking efforts in a few ponds in the Yuma area that are easily accessed without a boat, within a short distance of the urban center. Those ponds are the Yuma West Wetlands pond, located in the City Park, and Redondo and Fortuna ponds, located about 10 miles northeast of Yuma. Access to Redondo Pond was recently improved with the addition of an ADA-compliant fishing pier, and thick cattail growth was removed at Fortuna Pond this summer, improving shoreline access by many orders of magnitude. All of these waters received multiple stockings of rainbow trout in the winter months. If you need any additional information or assistance, don't hesitate to contact the Yuma regional office at (928) 342-0091, and we will be happy to give you whatever information we have. A resource for local fishing information in the Yuma area is the website and forum at http://www.yumabassman.com/. This website is jampacked with GREAT information.


CENTRAL MOUNTAINS

**********A BIG STORM IS BLOWING IN,  SO BE CAUTIOUS**********

Note: Ice fishing is not recommended due to the unstable conditions of ice present. Please be cautious. If you have a fishing report or good fishing pictures to share (JPEG), send them to our "Been Fishing" site at BFishing@azgfd.gov.

WILLIAMS LAKES:

KAIBAB LAKE
— Campground is closed. No report.

CATARACT LAKE — Campground is closed.  
 
CITY RESERVOIR — No report.

DOGTOWN LAKE — Campground is closed.

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

RUSSELL TANK - The lake is too shallow to stock.

SANTA FE — No report.
 
WHITEHORSE LAKE — Campground is closed.

FLAGSTAFF LAKES:

LOWER LAKE MARY — Dry.

UPPER LAKE MARY — No report.

ASHURST LAKE —   No report.

FRANCIS SHORT POND –  No report. 

KINNIKINICK LAKE
— Road is open.

OAK CREEK
— No report.
 
LONG LAKE — We have had a few reports that the pike fishing has been good on Long Lake.

BEAVER CREEK – No report.

WEST CLEAR CREEK
- No report.

STONEMAN LAKE — NO FISH.

BLUE RIDGE — Winter conditions.

KNOLL LAKE — No report.

VERDE VALLEY:

DEAD HORSE STATE PARK – Trout have been stocked.
 
VERDE RIVER (throughout Verde Valley) – Trout were scheduled to be stocked this week (week of December 30). 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
— Not scheduled to be stocked again until February.
         
GOLDWATER LAKE — Report are that some trout are being caught but it can be hit and miss. Not scheduled to be stocked again until February.

GRANITE BASIN LAKE
– No new report.  

LYNX LAKE – Not scheduled to be stocked again until February.      
    
MINGUS LAKE
– No new report.

WATSON – No new report.
    
WILLOW CREEK RESERVOIR
– No new report. The challenge with this lake is finding access to the shore and fighting the aquatic vegetation.

WHITE MOUNTAINS AND MOGOLLON RIM LAKES

Note: Most lakes in the White Mountains are ice-covered. Woodland, Rainbow, Scotts, Show Low and Fool Hollow Lakes have freezing and thawing conditions and unsafe ice. Fishing at Becker Lake and Silver Creek is fair to good for large trout. The trout stocking season in the White Mountains and Rim Lakes areas has ended for the year.

MOGOLLON RIM LAKES:

Note:  All lakes are ice-covered.  Forest Roads (FR) in the Mogollon Rim area are currently closed due to snow-covered conditions.  Snow-packed berms along Highway 260 have blocked FR 300 and 149 to Black Canyon, Woods Canyon and Willow Springs Lakes . FR 169 north into Chevelon Canyon Lake is snow-covered.  Snowmobile access is allowed.

BEAR CANYON LAKE – The lake is ice-covered.  FR 300 and 34 are closed to vehicles for the winter.  Snowmobile access is allowed.  

BLACK CANYON LAKE – The lake is ice-covered.  FR 300 and 86 are closed to vehicles for the winter.  Snowmobile access is allowed.

CHEVELON LAKE – The lake is ice-covered with unsafe ice and inaccessible.  Forest roads are snow-covered.  

WILLOW SPRINGS LAKE
– The lake is ice-covered.  FR 149 is closed to vehicles for the winter.  Snowmobile access is allowed.

WOODS CANYON LAKE
– The lake is ice-covered.  FR 300 is closed to vehicles for the winter.  Snowmobile access is allowed.

WHITE MOUNTAINS LAKES:

Note:  All high elevation lakes in the White Mountains are currently ice-covered.  Highways 261 and 273 are closed to vehicles for the winter.  Most other Forest roads are snow-covered. Snowmobile access is allowed.

BECKER LAKE – The lake is ice-covered with unsafe ice.
 
BIG LAKE – Highways 261 and 173 are closed to vehicles for the winter.  Other Forest roads are snow-covered.  Snowmobile access is allowed.  The lake is ice-covered.  The store is closed.

CARNERO LAKE
– The lake is ice-covered.  FR 117, 117A and 118 are snow-covered and inaccessible to vehicles.  Snowmobile access is allowed.

CLEAR CREEK RESERVOIR – Fishing is poor for trout and fair for warm-water species.

CONCHO LAKE – The lake is ice-covered with unsafe ice.
 
CRESCENT LAKE
– Highways 261 and 273 are closed to vehicles for the winter.  The lake is ice-covered.  The store is closed.

FOOL HOLLOW LAKE – The lake is currently ice-covered.  This lake has freezing and thawing conditions with unsafe ice.  The main campground is open.     

GREER LAKES – Roads to the Greer lakes are open, but snow-covered.  All Greer lakes are ice-covered. 

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

LEE VALLEY LAKE – Highways 261 and 273 are closed to vehicles for the winter.  The lake is ice-covered.
   
LUNA LAKE
– The lake is ice-covered.  The road to the lake is snow-covered, but accessible by vehicle.

LYMAN LAKE – Lyman Lake State Park is closed for the season.  

NELSON RESERVOIR
– The lake is ice-covered with unsafe ice.         
 
RAINBOW LAKE – The lake is currently ice-covered.  This lake has freezing and thawing conditions with unsafe ice.

SCOTT RESERVOIR
– The lake is currently ice-covered.  This lake has freezing and thawing conditions with unsafe ice.

SHOW LOW LAKE
– The lake is currently ice-covered.  This lake has freezing and thawing conditions with unsafe ice.  The upper parking lot is temporarily closed until improvements to the lake access from that lot are completed.  The main parking lot that includes the boat trailer parking is still open to all vehicle parking, but the restrooms are closed for the season.  The concession store is closed for the season, and boat rentals are no longer available through the winter months.  The spillway campground is closed for the season, but the main campground on the west side of Show Low Lake Road will remain open through the winter.  The road over the dam is closed.   

WOODLAND LAKE – The lake is currently ice-covered.  This lake has freezing and thawing conditions with unsafe ice.

WHITE MOUNTAINS STREAMS:
Note:  Highways 261 and 273 are closed to vehicles for the winter. Other Forest roads are snow-covered and generally inaccessible by vehicle.  Most high elevation streams are mostly ice-covered with snow-covered banks.

EAST FORK of the BLACK RIVER
– Highways 261 and 273 are closed.  Other Forest roads are snow-covered and inaccessible by vehicle.

WEST FORK of the BLACK RIVER – Highways 261 and 273 are closed.  Other Forest roads are snow-covered and inaccessible by vehicle.

BLACK RIVER
– Highways 261 and 273 are closed.  Other Forest roads are snow-covered and inaccessible by vehicle.  

LITTLE COLORADO RIVER IN GREER – The roads are accessible into Greer, but the stream is mostly ice-covered with snow-covered banks.

SHEEPS CROSSING – Highway 273 is closed for the winter.

SHOW LOW CREEK – The access road on the dam is closed, and the large pool below the dam is ice-covered.

SILVER CREEK – Fishing is fair to good for large rainbow trout and Apache trout.  Silver Creek is a spring creek that does not freeze during the winter, and is about the only water in the area not currently covered with ice.  Fly fishermen have done well on white or black streamers, egg patterns and assorted nymphs.  Silver Creek is currently open to catch-and-release, artificial lure and fly with barbless hooks only fishing from October 1 through March 31.  The upper section is open to angling.


SOUTHERN WATERS


Please send your fishing reports from southern Arizona to Don Mitchell, Regional Fish Program Manager, by email at dmitchell@azgfd.gov. These reports will then be compiled and reported in our weekly fishing reports.
See the winter trout stocking schedule at www.azgfd.gov/pdfs/h_f/fishing/stocking/TroutStockingSchedule.pdf. Need ideas on where to go fishing? Try the department's new interactive Fish and Boat Map at http://gis.azgfd.gov/fishandboat/.

Urban lake stocking this week with some WHOPPER Trout in Kennedy, Lakeside and Silverbell Lakes!

RIGGS FLAT — Closed for the winter.

CLUFF RANCH — No recent reports of success. The next trout stocking is scheduled for the week of Jan. 6. 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.

ROPER LAKE — High pH prevented the stocking of Roper Lake. Stockings will remain suspended until conditions improve. Fish slated for Roper have been stocked at Cluff Ranch. No recent reports of success.  For lake information (928) 428-6760.

DANKWORTH POND — Still closed for renovations. The lake is taking longer than expected to refill and it now looks like it will be sometime in January before it is ready for fish. Still pending.

FRYE MESA RESERVIOR – Anglers continue to report success in catching Gila trout.  Remember that the daily bag and possession limit for this species is 1 fish. Frye Creek above the reservoir remains closed to fishing.

ARIVACA — Open to anglers, water levels continue to be severely low and the lake continues to drop. All boat launching is at the risk of the owner. Boaters using gas motors are asked to be courteous and not create wake problems for others boaters. Sporadic success is being reported with fish being caught in the early mornings and late evenings. Anglers are reminded that all largemouth bass caught must be immediately released alive.

PENA BLANCA – Winter stocking has begun at Pena Blanca Lake. Next stocking is scheduled for the week of Jan. 6. Additionally, all mercury advisories against the eating of warmwater fish caught at Pena Blanca Lake remain 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. Send in your reports of success to BFishing@azgfd.gov.

PATAGONIA — Patagonia Lake stocking is scheduled for the week of January 13. The lake is nearly full. Fishing continues to be good with bass anglers having success working the shorelines in shallower water. Don’t forget that the lake supports a very healthy flathead catfish population as well that can provide some exciting opportunities for anglers. Send in your reports of success to BFishing@azgfd.gov.

PARKER CANYON — Fishing remains fair for all species.  The department is currently working to establish a breeding population of channel catfish at the lake and is asking anglers to please limit the harvest of catfish at this time to allow larger members of the population the opportunity to spawn. Contact the Parker Canyon Lake Store for up-to-date information on lake levels and fishing activity at www.parkercanyonlake.com or by phone at (520) 455-5847.

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

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