Arizona Game and FIsh Department - Managing Today for Wildlife Tomorrow: azgfd.gov Arizona Game and Fish Department
Operation Game Thief: 1-800-352-0700Customer Service
 
   
 
 
    Follow AZGFD on Twitter  
BUY LICENSES | BIG GAME DRAW | eNEWS | CALENDAR | VIDEO | HUNTING | FISHING | WILDLIFE VIEWING | CONSERVATION | EDUCATION | BOATING | SHOOTING | OHV | SITE MAP | EMPLOYMENT

May 18, 2012 Fishing Report update

Posted in: Fishing Report
May 18, 2012
Share or Bookmark:
| More
Digg this story!

Printer friendly page

Lastest stocking news (Friday, May 18)

This week from the Page Springs Hatchery, we stocked Nelson Reservoir, Cataract Lake, Ashurst Lake, Frances Short Pond, Oak Creek, Knoll Lake, Lynx Lake and Mingus Lake.

This coming week the Page Springs Hatchery is scheduled to stock: Blue Ridge, Nelson Reservoir, Frances Short, Hugger Pond, Mormon Pond, Morton Lake, Whitehorse Lake, Dogtown Reservoir, Oak Creek, Santa Fe, City Reservoir, Kinnikinick Lake, Blue Ridge Reservoir, Kaibab Lake, Knoll Lake and Rose Canyon Lake.

Note: We also stock trout from both the Canyon Creek Hatchery and Tonto Creek Hatchery. For the complete stocking schedule (including maps), visit 2012 trout stocking schedule .

Also, we just got the word that the City of Prescott has closed Goldwater Lake. For more information, visit http://www.cityofprescott.net/news/index.php?id=2453

Rory's tips:

According to my friend Mike McFarland, Lake Pleasant is going bonkers -- like 100-plus-fish mornings -- for striped bass using frozen anchovies in the main lake basin over submerged reefs and humps. There is no reason to think the bite won't last. The action has been so fast and furious that they haven't had time to chum. But, you might want to have some linament for sore muscles handy for after you get home.

For those already planning for Memorial Day weekend, I recommend the following:

* Big Lake and Reservation Lake in the White Mountains. Big Lake has boat rentals and provides some of the best fishing for wild-like trout in the state. Reservation Lake, on the White Mountain Apache Reservation, is literally just down the road from Big Lake and despite being a tremendous producer, it gets relatively minor fishing pressure (especially compared to Big Lake). But don't expect a lot of amenities, just great fishing. Be sure to get the White Mountain Apache Tribe's fishing permit.

* Willow Springs, Woods Canyon, Bear Canyon and Knoll lakes along the Mogollon Rim are all worth a visit. In fact, I have rountinely fished Woods and Willow on the same day (one in the morning, and one in the evening). Knoll Lake is much more remote, which makes it even more attractive to me. Bear Canyon requires walking in down a steep switchback trail, which typically keeps out the hordes of anglers who don't like walking very far.

* Dogtown, Whitehorse and Kaibab lakes near Williams are very family-friendly. Dogtown is my favorite to fish, Kaibab for camping (and playing in Williams), and Whitehorse for kicking back and just enjoying the pines. Any one of the three can be the top producer on any given day. We like to go into town to the Grand Canyon Railway Station for the morning "shoot 'em up" at the old movie set (desperadoes waiting for a train), then get some kicks along Route 66 (yep, we play the songs too).

* Lake Powell, especially the Bullfrog area, is a fishing dream. It takes longer to drive all the way up into Utah to reach the Bullfrog area, but once there, you don't have to travel far in a boat to catch hordes of smallmouth bass, striped bass, walleye and largemouth bass. For an extended Memorial weekend getaway, it makes a log of sense. There is even a pretty nice campground there.

* Willow Beach below Hoover Dam is an excellent place for stocked trout (every Friday) and monster stripers that like to gobble up stocked trout. There are plenty of boat rentals, and a new campground there (I haven't tried it yet).

* Lake Mead, especially launching at South Cove, can provide some wonderful desert solitaire. I have had busy holiday weekends there where we had a canyon all to ourselves for fishing.

* Roosevelt Lake is a great fishing bet, and with all the campgrounds there, it takes a lot to fill them up. The fishing is absolutely on fire for bass, crappie, catfish and carp. Oops, forgot about bluegill.

* Tempe Town Lake is just made for those having to stay in the Valley of the Sun. Fish at first and last light for bass, catfish and/or sunfish. Then maybe go over to Monti's La Casa Vieja for lunch.

* Clear Creek Reservoir near Winslow is a sleeper. It's a pretty little lake with bass, trout and catfish just outside Winslow, but we like fishing there in the morning and then eating or staying at La Posada, a stunning hotel designed by Mary Coulter and built in 1930 along the Atcheson, Topeka and Santa Fe railroad. Lots of famous actors and actresses have stayed there over the decades, and it just oozes with charm and history. Great food and accomodations too. Also, it's a short drive to the Petrified National Forest and Meteor Crater. or to Chevelon Lake.

* Lees Ferry in northern Arizona is producing some of its best fishing in more than a decade for wild rainbow trout. This is some of the best trout fishing in North American, so don't miss out.

* Laughlin/Bullhead area is a great escape for rainbow trout, striped bass and catfish. This stretch of river has been producing some nice sized trout up to six pounds for the past two years while the striper population has been at a low ebb. The stripers are on the comeback. It's great to fish, hit a buffet, catch a show (or a nap), fish the evening, do the river walk, catch another show (or another buffet) and then hit the silks.

* Upper Lake Mary near Flagstaff is a terrific place for bass, northern pike, walleye, and yellow perch. Plus, there are no boat motor restrictions so you can use your bass or ski boat there.

* Kinnikinick Lake just east of Flagstaff (go to Mormon Lake and turn left) is a dandy fishery that is seldom crowded. The camping amenities are pretty basic, it's pinyon-juniper habitat, and a bumpy dirty road to reach it. But, it's a great place to fish for rainbows and browns away from the crowds.

*Fool Hollow Lake in Show Low offers a smorgasbord of fishing from trout and walleye to smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. This state park also has some dandy amenities.

These are all good bets. I talk about all of these fisheries, and more, in our official Arizona Fishing Guide that we published in collaboration with Arizona Highways Magazine. It's available online from Highways and Amazon.com, or you can download a form from our website and buy it from Game and Fish. We also sell it at all six of our regional offices, plus it's at many Costco stores or Barnes & Noble bookstores. It's really a guide to outdoor family fun and adventure.

Also, we have a waning crescent moon right now (May 15) with a new moon on May 20, so it is definitely time to fish at night using submersible lights for striped bass and crappie. Alamo is simply on fire, as is Roosevelt, with Bartlett not far behind. Haven't heard from night anglers at Pleasant, but it may surpass them all for striped bass. With triple digits hitting the desert, night fishing sounds like a doggone good strategy.

By the way, I will be in Prescott on Saturday for an event at the Walmart from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. So, stop by, say howdy, buy a fishing guide, or bring your guide for me to autograph if you like.

Also, make a point to be outside late Sunday afternoon for a rare solar eclipse. Find out times and the particulars at http://shadowandsubstance.com/.

Go catch (or see) some spring memories. Maybe I'll see you out there.

 

News Flash

Campfire restrictions begin Wednesday, May 16 on Coconino and Kaibab National Forests

Flagstaff, AZ – Campfire and smoking restrictions will be implemented on the Coconino and Kaibab National Forests beginning Wednesday, May 16 at 8 a.m. These restrictions are deemed necessary to protect public health and prevent human-caused wildfire starts.
 
The criteria officials consider before implementing fire restrictions include current and predicted weather, fuels conditions, fire activity levels and available resources. 

Under the fire restrictions fires, campfires, charcoal, coal and wood stoves are allowed in developed campgrounds only.  The restrictions also limit smoking to within enclosed vehicles, buildings, or in developed campgrounds. Pressurized liquid or gas stoves, lanterns, and heaters that can be turned off are allowed. 

Forest visitors are reminded that some campfire restrictions are always in effect, such as in forested areas within city limits of most northern Arizona communities. Additionally, fireworks are never allowed on National Forests. For more information about restrictions on public lands, call toll free 1-877-864-6985 or visit http://www.publiclands.org/firenews/AZ.php
 
The public’s assistance is appreciated in preventing human-caused fires. For more information, please call Punky Moore, Kaibab Fire Information Officer (928-635-5653), or Brady Smith, Coconino Public Affairs Officer, (928) 527-3490). 

Campfire restrictions scheduled by cities, counties and forests within Apache, Greenlee, and Navajo counties
Springerville, AZ – May 15, 2012—Campfire and smoking restrictions will be implemented at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, May 18 in Apache ,Greenlee, and Navajo Counties, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, and within local fire districts located in both counties.

White Mountain area cities, counties, and federal agencies, along with commercial partners that make up Northeast Arizona Public Information System (593 JIC), have been collectively planning for months to implement timely fire restrictions for public lands within the White Mountain area.

With extremely dry vegetation, the risk of wildland fire is extremely high. People who enjoy public lands in Apache and Navajo Counties can reduce the risk of fire by practicing fire safety and by adhering to fire prevention restrictions. The criteria officials consider before implementing fire restrictions include current and predicted weather, fuel conditions, fire activity levels, and available resources. Due to increasing fire danger, the following fire restrictions are deemed necessary to prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public health and safety: Fires, campfires, charcoal, coal and wood stoves are allowed in developed campgrounds only. These restrictions limit smoking to within enclosed vehicles, buildings, or in developed campgrounds. Pressurized liquid or gas stoves, lanterns, and heaters that can be turned off are allowed.

The fire restrictions will remain in place until lands within Apache, Greenlee,and Navajo Counties receive significant precipitation.

White Mountain visitors are reminded that some campfire restrictions are always in effect, such as in forested areas within city limits of most northern Arizona communities. Additionally, fireworks are never allowed on National Forests. For more information about restrictions on public lands, call toll free 1-877-864-6985 or visit (http://www.publiclands.org/firenews/AZ.php and www.593info.org) or by dialing 593 or 928-333-3412.

Violation of the prohibitions is punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000, imprisonment for not more than six months, or both. Fireworks are always prohibited on National Forest land. Arizona state lands have imposed their own restrictions separately.

 

Here is a thumbnail of fire restrictions as of May12 courtesy www.publiclands.org/firenews

WHAT`S OPEN:
Most everything! Most Public Lands areas are open. If closures do occur due to fire danger, they will be listed below in the What's Closed section.

WHAT`S RESTRICTED:

Different land managing agencies establish their fire restrictions for their lands in different ways. Some use National Forest or ranger District boundaries, county lines or other administrative areas.

Use the maps found throughout this website to clarify where you might be restricted from using fires. Start
hereto find county or national forest boundaries.


NATIONAL FORESTS

PRESCOTT NATIONAL FOREST is in STAGE 1 FIRE RESTRICTIONS. Please click
here.for more information.

COCONINO NATIONAL FOREST is in STAGE 1 FIRE RESTRICTIONS. Please click
here.for more information.


KAIBAB NATIONAL FOREST is in STAGE 1 FIRE RESTRICTIONS. Please click
here.for more information.

APACHE-SITGREAVES NATIONAL FOREST (see news release above)


BLM LANDS

Hereis a map showing BLM Field Office boundaries.

The GILA DISTRICT has implemented STAGE 1 FIRE RESTRICTIONS. Please click
here for more information.

The LAKE HAVASU DISTRICT has implemented STAGE 1 FIRE RESTRICTIONS. Please click
herefor more information.

The YUMA DISTRICT has implemented STAGE 1 FIRE RESTRICTIONS. Please click
herefor more information.

BLM LANDS IN THE PHOENIX AREA have instituted STAGE 1 FIRE RESTRICTIONS. These areas include: The Ague Fria National Monument, the Table Mesa Recreation or Boulders Staging Camp Ground north of Phoenix, the Back Country Byways west of Phoenix, the Sonoran Desert National Monument, Saddle Mountain recreation area, and the Painted Rock Petroglyph site, southwest of Phoenix, and all wilderness areas. Please click
here.for more information.

NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGES

OPEN FIRES of any type are PROHIBITED on refuges year round.

NATIONAL PARKS

CORONADO NATIONAL MEMORIAL has entered STAGE 1 FIRE RESTRICTIONS. Please click
HEREfor more information.

CHIRICAHUA NATIONAL MONUMENT has entered STAGE 1 FIRE RESTRICTIONS. Please click
HEREfor more information.

FORT BOWIE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE has entered STAGE 1 FIRE RESTRICTIONS. Please click
HEREfor more information.

National Parks and Monuments maintain differing restrictions on cooking and campfires year round - use the interactive map above to locate individual sites and check the NOTES at the bottom of a site's page for local restrictions. 

For fire restriction information in Arizona and New Mexico: Call Toll Free: 1-877-864-6985. Visit the website:
www.publiclands.org/firenews
 


CENTRAL WATERS

Note: If you have a fishing report or good fishing pictures to share (JPEG), send them to raikens@aszgfd.gov. Rory can also be reached at (623) 236-7214.

URBAN LAKES --  Another catfish stocking will take place the week of May 14-19 at all Phoenix and Tucson area urban waters.

Cats from earlier stockings have been biting very well on worms, stink baits, hot dogs or shrimp fished on the bottom. Catfish have been most active after dark.

Best baits for bluegill and sunfish are worms and mealworms fished under a small bobber in 3-6 foot depths.

A 9.1 pound, 24-inch largemouth bass was recently caught from Kiwanis Lake in Tempe. Shawn Baker or Phoenix caught the monster bass on a drop shot rig and red Robo worm.

At Green Valley Lakes (Payson) fishing is good to excellent for trout, with good fishing expected to last through the Memorial Day weekend. The May 11 trout stocking was a big one and included many trout over a pound. Try yellow or red Power Bait on the bottom, or fish with a bobber using half a worm and a salmon egg. Lure and fly anglers are having some success on Super Dupers, Trout Magnets, or wooly boogers.

 

Angler report:

Rory;

I have been fishing the SRP canal since end of march over 70 largemouth caught, SRP has lowered the water 4 inches so bass fishing has slowed down tremendously. Below I have attached my 4-pound largemouth caught on supermoon Saturday (see picture on the right). All bas have been caught on 3in white Berkley Power Grub.

Donald Winter

 

TEMPE TOWN LAKE – Fishing has been good. Bass are in post spawn, bluegill are spawning and the shad are getting ready to spawn. Anglers are catching bass close to structure such as the bridges. There are some bass on beds, but it's mostly post-spawn bass action time. Try working plastic worms or drop shots along the shade lines beneath the bridges.

Keep in mind that although this fishery in in the city, it is not part of the Urban Fishing Program, but you will need the regular state fishing license.

LAKE PLEASANT - This is the HOT SPOT for striped bass. Mike McFarland, who guides for Hook Up Outfitters, said right now is the best striper bite of the year. Stripers are oriented around underwater reefs and humps in the main lake basin. Some of the best fishing is in 30 to 35 feet of water using frozen anchovies as bait. He said hundred-plus-fish mornings are common right now if you can find actively feeding stripers. "We caught and mostly kept around 400 stripers from a single spot on consecutive days and that spot is still producing," he said.

Keep in mind there is no limit on stripers at Lake Pleasant and you are encouraged to catch and keep all you can to help the aquatic environment.

Fishing is also very good for bluegill and good for channel catfish.

Haven't had many reports recently of the largemouth bass fishing, but it should be good as well. You might even encounter bass chasing shad at the surface, especially in the northern coves at first light. Typically, once the sun comes up, try the main points, islands and reefs in the large basin of the main lake for topwater action. You might even find some striped bass and white bass while working topwater.

This is a good time to fish for bluegills in the backs of more rocky coves. Try meal worms or night crawlers two or three below bobbers. It's a lot of fun for kids.

Don't ignore the plentiful channel catfish. You should be able to load up on channel fishing any of the major lake points or flats using stink bait. Hot dogs, chicken liver and corn can all work well. If fishing from shore, consider using dough bait for the plentiful carp.

Angler Report:

Hi Rory,

I went to Lake Pleasant sunday morning to go striper fishing. I was all the way up the agaua fria arm of the lake. I was using an anchovy for bait in almost 10 feet of water. My rod bent over, and I started reeling my line in. I was amazed at what I caught. This turtle was bigger than my net. The hook got stuck in its mouth. I tried to retrieve it and got bit on my left thumb and had a large blood blister. After talking to my wife and a friend, I learned turtles have salmonella. I made a doctors appointment and am on anti biotic. This is the biggest turtle I have ever seen in Arizona. I let the turtle go and it swam off.

Your Friend
Gary



ROOSEVELT LAKE - Lake elevation is 2,119 feet and the lake level is 64 percent. This is a fishing hot spot for largemouth bass, crappie and flathead catfish.

This is some of the best fishing of the year. Bass are mostly in post-spawn mode. There is usually a decent topwater bite at first light, and then off-and-on throughout the day. But accroding to Mike McFarland of Hook Up Outfitters, this is a really good time for flipping and pitching the brush and tree lines in shallow water. He said that some lunker bass are coming out of very shallow water using craws or other crayfish-like jigs.


APACHE - Lake elevation is 1,907 feet (93 percent full). Bass fishing is good for post-spawn fish. You might also find bass chasing shad at the surface, especially at first light.

A few good sized smallies are being caught -- 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 worm.

Apache is also full of some really nice yellow bass. Try gold KastMasters or yellow/gold Rooster Tails.

Catfishing should be good. Carp fishing is very good. You might even catch one of the monster buffalo fish (see picture from Canyon Lake).

Angler report:

Hi Rory;

We spent mothers day weekend and beautiful Apache and the fishing was awesome!! The mornings were all about topwater, a white rico popper and a baby torpedo landed us several fish over 4 pounds and one 10 pounder!

The rest of the day we caught several fish on texas rigged motor oil colored power worms, chartreuse/white spinnerbaits (big ones 1/2 ounce and bigger) and deep diving cranks. We also caught numerous smallies and that was a great sign!

I have fished all over the state for bass this year and by far the biggest average is coming from Apache there are some giants in there for those with the patience. All fish were caught and released and here are a few pictures! Oh the kids caught more BIG yellow bass than I could even count on worms fished on the bottom.   

 


CANYON - Lake elevation is 1,657 feet, which is 95 percent full. Bass are in post-spawn mode, but don't expect the high catch rates of the other bass lakes. While canyon has lots of lunkers, it can be very difficult to fish, especially for novice anglers.

However, this is a great time for spawning bluegill.

Shore fishing for channel catfish and carp can also be viable both day and night right now. As the season progresses, the better fishing for bottom dwellers will transition to the nighttime hours.

 

 

SAGUARO - Lake elevation is 1,524 feet at 92 percent full. This is a fishing hot spot. Largemouth bass fishing is good to excellent for post-spawn fish. There are lots of 3- to 5-pound bass being caught.

Bass are in their aggressive post-spawn mode. Keep an eye out for surface boils -- it's topwater time.

Recreational boating congestion is also increasing significantly -- get on the water at first light, or fishing at night.

As you will see in the angler report below, this is a good time to load up on spawning bluegill.

Saguaro is also a quality channel catfish lake. Try stink baits, hot dogs, chicken livers and the like. Also try chumming with corn.


BARTLETT – Lake elevation 1,756 feet, 49 percent full. The Jojoba Boat Ramp is open.

This remains a fishing hot spot for 1- to 2-pound largemouth bass and is also doing well for crappie at times. Square-billed crankbaits are working well, or anything that resembles a crayfish from soft plastics to small crankbaits.

Expect to find active post-spawn bass in the shallows, especially the major lake points, islands and reefs. Drop shots, crankbaits and jigs are all working at times. Curly-tailed grubs on jig heads are a good bet here. There can also be sporadic topwater action for bass.

The night fishing for crappie last weekend as decent. Although most crappie are small, there are just enough slabbers to keet it interesting. Try live minnows fished under submersible lights. It's also possible to catch crappie during the day, especially at first light.

This is the leading edge of the really good flathead catfish bite. Try live bluegill or small carp as bait. Look for the deeper holes, especially uplake where there is a little current.

Bluegills are spawning. Try the backs of rocky coves using night crawlers or meal worms on light tackle.

As you can see from the picture above, the lower lake level means lots more opportunities for shore camping, especially around Bartlett Flats.

Where: Bartlett
When: 05/05/12
Caught: Crappie and Bass
Technique: 1/16 ounce head, 2 inch grub
Comments: Another nice outing in the early morning. Dad 11 Crappie and 7 Bass. Son Drew 16 Crappies and 2 Bass. Fihed 6-1130 am
Name: Douglas Miller

HORSESHOE - Lake is empty.


LOWER SALT RIVER (below Saguaro Lake) – They are releasing from 1,098 cfs out of Stewart Mountain Dam from Saguaro. Scheduled for stocking next week for the last time this season if water perameters are okay.

Trout fishing should still be decent at first light on night crawlers, small spinners, casting spoons such as KastMasters and flies. This is a unique desert river trout fishery in the Upper Sonoran Desert. It's a great place to catch some excellent memories.


Creeks Below the Mogollon Rim

The following creeks are being stocked weekly right now:

*Tonto Creek

Angler report:

This is my first e-mail but I have been reading the fishing report for years. Went to Tonto Creek hatchery on Sunday. Decided to head down stream and explore with my son. We ended up in a part of the creek with a nice sized pool. Never fished this creek before and did not expect much. The picture attached (on the left) is the result of 3 casts. It was awesome! My new favorite spot. Thanks for all of the work you put into your reports it helps a lot.

Josh

 



*Christopher Creek 

*Haigler Creek

*East Verde River

Don't forget we have a new interactive 2012 trout stocking schedule that actually shows the locations we stock along the creeks.


COLORADO RIVER NORTHWEST

Note: If you have a fishing report or good fishing pictures to share (JPEG), send them to raikens@aszgfd.gov. Rory can also be reached at (623) 236-7214.

LAKE POWELL – By: Wayne Gustaveson, Utah Division of Wildlife, May 10, 2012. Lake Elevation: 3,635. Water Temperature 64-72 F.

For another week Lake Powell’s water level is stable and temperature remains in the low 60s, which is ideal for excellent bass, walleye and crappie fishing. With day length and ambient temperature increasing the best tip is to fish in the shade. That includes the shady side of an individual rock or the shady side of a canyon. Seek shade to increase catch.

Bass nests are still seen in the clear water and some have male guards cruising in the vicinity. But bass spawning is near completion. Smallmouth have begun the migration from shallow nesting areas in the backs of the coves toward the channel where they will reside on rocky points and ledges for the rest of the summer. Adult smallmouth have moved down a notch and can be found in deeper water depths at 10 to 20 feet. Young smallmouth are still ever present and eager to attack lures just about anywhere.

Largemouth bass really do not like to leave brush. Big adults are still residing in the thickest trees they can find in shallow water.  Expect them to be 5-10 feet of water surrounded by tree limbs.  Weightless rigged senkos are still accounting for a good catch of bucket mouth bass for those fishing shallow brush lined coves.

Walleye are the hot ticket right now particularly north of Bullfrog. The best technique involves worm harnesses attached to bottom bouncers which can be slow trolled along a fairly flat bottomed. Bottom bouncers will travel along slick rock humps and flood plain bottoms with ease but are not good in thick tree lined areas. Select a relatively open bottom and troll at a depth of 20-40 feet. Walleye are often captured with flat line trolled wally diver type crankbaits and randomly caught with plastic baits while fishing for bass. Fish the edge of bass habitat in slightly deeper water to find walleye.

Striped bass fishing is heating up from Good Hope to Hite where trolling leads to decent catches of fat fish up to 6 pounds. In the main lake stripers are still waiting for the spawning trigger.  Males from 2-4 pounds are holding in 25 to 40 feet of water eating plankton and a few crayfish.

Schools are very active at dusk and dawn. Troll shallow running crankbaits, swimbaits, or bucktail jigs to locate a school. Once found, return to these spots every night and morning to catch another cooler full of fat stripers from stationary schools.

During the day fishing success drops off, although this week there has been a noticeable increase in school size and some have been willing to greedily attack spoons for short periods morning and evening.  Large females are still mysteriously sulking during the day. They can be caught at night near schooling males.

One of these nights spawning will occur. Those lucky enough to witness the event will be able to catch stripers on every cast for hours. Spawning fish will range from 2 pounds at the smallest to 50 pounds plus for adult females. They will all be mixed together so a 2-pound fish could be caught followed by 30-pounder. Cast a single hook on a bucktail jig after dark to prevent hooking your hand during lure removal. Striper spawning is a singular event that should be on any anglers bucket list. I have been fortunate enough to have witnessed this event only about 5 times in 30 years. Night fishing is not my favorite but conditions are right this week for striper spawning to occur. 

Here is the plan. Choose a calm night when water temperature has increased from the low 60s in the morning to mid 70s in the evening. Choose a warm night when water temperature remains high. That triggers the females and spawning occurs.  Find the male aggregation by trolling or casting to prominent points at dusk. Sometimes surface splashing near shore at dusk marks the spawning coves. Anchor the boat one long cast from shore. It is fine to catch males while waiting for the bigger fish to move in.   This event is the only fishing experience that exceeds a major striper boil lasting longer than an hour.  The time is close. I hope you find them.

 

LEES FERRY -- By: Terry Gunn, Lees Ferry Anglers, May 1.

Current flow forecast call May flows to be near the same flows that we saw in April, with a low of 7,000 cfs occurring in the morning then a slow rise to 13,000 cfs in the afternoon. These are perfect flows for fishing Lees Ferry.

Remember that the flows are lower on Saturday and Sunday and these lower flows are almost always better for the midge hatches and fishing. It is more crowded on weekends but the fishing sure can be good. The projected flows for June will be slightly higher but should still be good for wading and fishing.

The flows in July will be much higher and this is the time of year that we get back in the boats and spend most of our time drifting and fishing from the boat. July is the month for cicadas and the biggest fish of the year.

We have been mixing up wading and also drifting midge rigs from the boat which is a great way to get to the feeding fish in the deeper water. This is also a terrific way to cover lots of water and show fish that get very little fishing pressure a fly. The trick is to know where the fish are and then set up your drift do that the boat drifts through the area that contains the most fish.

You always want to cast away from the boat towards either shore. The trick is to get a perfect dead drift the same as when you are wading. The best way to do this is to fish slack line on the water. You will need a long leader and the right amount of split shot and as a general rule, if you cannot see the bottom, you are fishing water that is too deep.

There have been some recent comments regarding our fishing report not being updated more often. I have personally taken over the duties of writing the report so that I can guarantee the information is accurate and to the point. We all know that fishing can vary from day to day but what I look for are trends and you can rest assured that I post a new report as soon as I see a trend developing or changing. If the report is a week or more old just assume that it is status quo and nothing of importance has changed since the posting of the last report. If you need more information feel free to pick up the phone and talk to a live person at 800-962-9755, we are here 363 days a year, 15 hours a day.

To help understand why midges are so important to our fishing success it’s good to know more about the lifecycle of midges and their importance to the trout diet. The adult midges contribute very little to the trout diet. It is rare that you will see an adult trout rise to feed on an adult midge; the reason is that the amount of energy expended is not worth the food intake. The adult midges breed then release their eggs into the water. The eggs sink and hatch into a tiny caterpillar (larvae) that lives on the bottom of the river for an extended period of time. At some point the larvae pupates and forms a chrysalis. The midge pupae will release in mass, and countless pupae will begin slowly drifting to the surface. This in turn flips the feeding switch for the trout and the fish will move into the shallow riffles where the pupae are concentrated by the shallow water. This is when the trout are feeding so heavily that they get careless and will eat our fly if it has a close resemblance to the midge pupae that they are feeding on.

The bigger the hatch the better the fishing; this is why the best fishing always occurs during big hatches and why the midge hatches are so important to the trout diet. The biggest midge hatches always occur in the lower water flows. During the lower flows trout are not eating worms or scuds because these food items are not available; the only time that worms and scuds are available is during the high water flows when the higher velocity water moves the suds and worms around. If there are no midge hatches in the lower flows the fish will not be feeding and the fishing will be slow. I go into a lot more detail on fish feeding behavior here: http://www.leesferry.com/main/area-information/fishing-101

Be sure to stop by the shop to see the flies that are currently working. The flies change on a daily basis and every day the LFA guides let everyone at the shop know the top producing flies and how to use them.

The streamer fishing has been picking up and will likely get hot when the water flows increase this summer. The reason for this is that the higher flows move larger food items around (scuds, worms, etc.).

Walk-In Fly Fishing Report: by Dean Windham

05-01-12

The walk in has been fishing really great again this week. All areas have been seeing many fish and some with good size. The flows have been the same as the past few months. The weather has been good but there was a low pressure front that came through last week that slowed down the fishing for a day and a half. Other than that the fishing is excellent.

The upper boulder field has been the most productive area on a consistent basis all week. The pocket water has been holding some nice 18 to 20 inch fish. Midges have been doing well. The San Juan worm has also been doing much better the past few days. I have not heard of many anglers using streamers in this area but in the afternoon they should be productive.

From the big boulder down to the Paria is fishing really good in the morning and then on and off until 4 or 5 pm. Midges are the hot fly here also. But streamers have been working better here all day and have been producing some larger fish, The inner seams have been where the fish are holding. You don’t have to wade very far to get into fish. The first seam is only about 5 feet from the shore. Watch how the bubbles and foam float and put your offering in the same area at the same speed. Long drifts can be done here but are not necessary to get fish. A good drift of 20 feet or so should be enough.

At the area where the Paria enters the Colorado, a number of larger fish were taken this week. I was catching at least one fish every day in the 18-20 inch range. Most of the fish in this area are fat and really fight hard. San Juan worms with midges are working really well here. Glo bugs work at times but don’t appear to produce a consistent bite. Streamers also work very well here especially in the evening.

So if you have not been up here recently, what are you waiting for? The weather is great and the fish are biting like crazy. Hope to see you on the water soon.

Spin fishing walk-in report 5-1-12

The spin fishing has improved somewhat this week. The best area to fish is the area below the Paria riffle in front of the Paria Beach parking lot. If you spin fish in the upper walk in area, the afternoon is best when the flows are up. Kastmasters in the gold color and 1/4 oz have been working the best. However, 1/4 oz jigs are working if you can find a deeper hole and are able to get it down to the fish. Remember to use a jigging action with whatever spin bait you are using. Fishing with spinners can be real exciting if you are able to get some action in your offering. Don’t be afraid to experiment but you will need to have some patience. 4lb test line and 1/4 oz lures work the best . Hope to
see you on the water sometime.
The rating for spin fishing the walk in is 7 this week.
Spin Fishing Up River:

Spin fishing is just OK. The reason that it has slowed down is due to the fact there is so much algae floating in the river that it is difficult to get a good drift.

If you have some news you would like to report about fishing lees ferry, the walk-in section or up river please e-mail your report to: anglers@leesferry.com  Attn. Lees Ferry

LAKE MEAD – The current elevation is 1,123 feet msl.  The water level will continue to drop approximately one foot per week.  Be careful boating because structure previously submerged may be at the surface and watch for floating debris.

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. The next new moon will be May 20.  Dark nights work best when fishing under light.  Fishing for stripers in 50 plus feet of water will normally find the larger fish.   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 azgfd.gov or visit http://100thmeridian.org/.

LAKE MOHAVE – The lake level has maintained about 642 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 anchovies in 30-50ft has been producing some stripers, while catfish are on the bottom.  While the number of stripers in Mohave has been decreasing, the quality of the fish caught has increased. The local bass club held a tournament on April 15th and all ten boats brought in the limit of 5 fish with the average weight of 2.53 lbs. and a big fish of 3.64 lbs. 

Submersible lights fished during the new moon are an effective way to catch stripers. Next new moon is April 21st.  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 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 www.azgfd.gov  or visit http://100thmeridian.org/.

WILLOW BEACH – Willow Beach is stocked every Friday with 3,000 13” 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.   Fishing is usually best near the fishing pier after the Friday stocking.  Most of the nice stripers and trout are seem to be caught between river mile 49 and 53.  A picture of a large striper was sent in and was caught around mile 52.  Willow Beach can be hit or miss bait fishing.  Try different baits including swim baits when nobody seems to be hooking anything. 

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. 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.
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 – Trout continue to bite in the casino area with some larger fish in the deep holes.  Several folks have called and spoke of very large trout being caught in the Laughlin area.  Rusty from Riviera Marina sent a picture of a nice 5-plus pound channel catfish and some pictures of trout some folks caught near the Rotary Park area.    Overall the fishing is great on the river with large rainbow trout still being caught.

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 steadily improving. Night crawlers and live minnows have been tempting catfish from North Dyke.   Bass can be hit and miss but live bait has been reported to work the best now.  Stripers appear abundant from the February AZGFD survey. Small crappies are being taken throughout 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 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 www.azgfd.gov  or visit http://100thmeridian.org/.

Capt Doyle's Fishing Report:

With the exception of a few off days–lingering lows and wind, April has been a stellar month for bass and sunfish in the Topock Gorge! Most of the bass have been taken on minnows and night crawlers.

Smallmouth sizes have been ranging between 2- and 5-pounds and the sunfish have weighed up to 1.5-pounds. I would like to petition anglers to please exercise catch-and-release so our bass have a chance to reproduce which in turn will further a fish rich river. Bass are territorial, so releasing them where they were caught is also beneficial.

Ray Schaefer and Jerry Jacobs of Goodyear, Arizona recently boated a limit of smallmouth and 10 nice sunfish. Brady and Kyle Spilker of Seven Hills, OH caught a bounty of tasty little bluegill on night crawlers and a mixed bag limit of largemouth and smallmouth bass on live bait.

Fishing exclusively for bass, Robert Abella from Las Vegas, NV and his party picked up some impressive bass–a 2-, a 3-, a 4- and the biggest so far this month, a 5.5-pounder!

Striped bass have finally begun to move up river. It’s a soak your bait all-day event, but the sizes may be worth the wait. John and Pat Morris of Golden Shores, Arizona took home two, a 2- and a 4-pounder, from the Blankenship Bend area and another pair, a 3- and a 4-pounder, higher up into the Gorge. Anchovy was, of course, the bait of choice. Pat told me they took another couple of stripers in the 3-pound class a week later.

Another Golden Shores resident, Bob Meltzer, also caught a 3-pound line-side. Meltzer was pitching chovy in the reeds near the Elbow. Bait fishermen need to check their bait regularly. If there’s no bait on your hook you’re just fishing on credit.

Fishing news from Topock Marsh has finally surfaced. It appears fishers are reaping crappie at both Catfish Paradise and at North Dyke. No sizes were reported. Because of the time of year, there’s a good possibility the fish are black crappie rather than white. 

Thanks, 
Georgia
   

TOPOCK MARSH – The action at Topock Marsh has been steadily improving. Night crawlers and live minnows have been tempting catfish from North Dyke. Bass can be hit and miss but live bait has been reported to work the best now.  Stripers appear abundant from the February AZGFD survey. Small crappies are being taken throughout 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 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 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.

For more information, visit the updated "Where to Fish" pages at http://www.azgfd.gov/h_f/where_fish_southwest.shtml.

If you have a fishing report or good fishing pictures to share (JPEG), send them to raikens@aszgfd.gov. Rory can also be reached at (623) 236-7214.



LAKE HAVASU -- Report courtesy John Galbraith of BassTackleMaster.com, Lake Havasu City, Az.

Lake Level 449.67. Average Daytime water Temp 73 degrees. Striper bite sporadic throughout the day. Best bite is early am trolling or casting shallow running lures around the main basin
from the mouth of the river south to Calif bay.

Best anchovy bite is north over the sandbar to Indian Head in the main river current.

Flathead & Channel Catfish bite is good using live bluegills or cut Marckerel from 7pm to 2am. Standard wash area north to Copper Canyon holds a big population of larger Catfish.

Largemouth bass bite is excellent using topwater buzz baits & frogs. Cast these baits near weedbeds and cattails. The last 2 hours of daylight is the best time to catch the
biggest and most aggressive bass.

John


PARKER STRIP -- No recent reports. Should be decent smallmouth bass fishing just below Parker Dam.

ALAMO LAKE -- Fishing Report courtesy Mark Knapp at Alamo Lake State Park.

Well folks, for those of you wanting it fast, bass fishing is decent, crappie fishing is o.k. and cat fishing is excellent.

I'm still getting good reports on an early morning topwater bite. Once again frogs and buzzbaits are the way to go.  Denny from Prescott just stopped in and said it was hard to go wrong throwing anything green.  He is doing good throwing lizards and training wheels as long as there a green.

I talked to anglers that tried nighttime crappie fishing up by the dam and said it was a bust.  Anglers  trolling along the second bout line are still catching 5 to 10 crappies a day most going in the 2-pound range.  I have also heard anglers are tieing off the trees in the upper end of the lake and catching 15 to 20 a night throwing a minnow right in the middle of the tree.

Cat fishing is good all over the lake.  Every time I go out there's a coupe in float tubes that are catching 15 to 20 cats just dragging night crawlers along the bottom.  They never even leave the no wake zone. 

Junior and I have been holding our own every evening throwing plastics up in the dam area.  My new trolling motor works great.  it's a 70 something thrust and will throw you out of the boat if you're not paying attention.  I put Junior in the front once I knew it worked and he had me 5 fish to none with big fish going 4 pounds.  He started to give me crap about how the guy in front has the advantage and all that.  He was having a blast till the winds came up and he had to fight with keeping us on fish.  He did good and only washed us up on the shoreline twice.  By the end of the night his smile was gone as he fought the winds and I was coming back with 6 fish.  He did win that night 7 to 1 only because the last one I hooked broke off by the boat.  It was kinda funny the next evening when offered him the front of the boat and he decided the back would work just fine.  Besides, I always make sure the guy in the back has structure to throw at leave it alone.

I have fished with people that feel they have to hit every piece of structure and leave you "used water" so to speak.  Then brag about how bad they beat yah.  We decided that would give the night time full super moon bite a chance.  We went out before dark and fished till 1 a.m.  We caught a total of 7 bass a piece and I give it a thumbs down.  No topwater bites what so ever.  We caught all our fish throwing brush hogs and lizards.  At least with the full moon we managed to put the boat on the trailer on the first try.  O.K.

The lake level is at 1103.9 with releases of 50 cfs.  I opened up the old rental boat road and you can launch of that.  Cholla Tamp still works fine and anything over 17-foot boats are strongly encouraged to go there.  The bugs are out and flies are hungry for flesh so bring bug spray and water.  that's all I got.
 
Mark


COLORADO RIVER (PARKER STRIP AREA) -- Fishing for smallmouth bass over two pounds in size is expected to be good to excellent. In addition, redear sunfish should also be good in the pound-plus sizes.  

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 two pounds or larger.

Channel and flathead catfish fishing is always fair in this section of the Colorado River. Below the dam, striper fishing should also be fair, using live shad or anchovies. Largemouth bass are abundant, especially in the downstream portions of the Parker Strip. Channel and flathead catfish fishing will be fair to good in this section of the Colorado River as the weather warms up.

Take precautions to make sure your boat and equipment are clean before leaving the water to make sure you don’t spread quagga mussels to other water by accident.  

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 is located just above Laguna Dam, and supports a good population of largemouth bass and channel catfish, and even some good-sized flathead catfish. There are shoreline fishing opportunities at this lake in the form of about a dozen rock jetties, but you’ll probably have the best success in a small boat. Mittry Lake can be frustrating, as the bite seems to be real variable, but the fish are there. It is just a question of getting them to respond to your presentation. The water tends to be very murky most of the year, except for the upper end of Teal Alley where the lake inflow comes in, so play to the fish’s sense of hearing and smell, rather than sight. There are also crappie and sunfish to be caught, although they tend to average relatively small in size. Mittry Lake is well-known locally for the quality largemouth bass it produces, and fishing during the spring spawn will increase your chances of success.

YUMA AREA PONDS -- 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; Redondo Pond will be stocked with channel catfish during the spring, and the Yuma West Wetlands pond will receive channel catfish and bluegills. We may be able to stock Fortuna Pond with channel catfish in the future, pending the outcome of the statewide sport-fish stocking consultation with the USFWS that is hopefully nearing completion. Depending on available funding, we hope to continue regular stockings into all three of these shoreline-accessible waters, and perhaps add additional waters to our stocking schedule. These ponds provide an ideal place to take the family. All three waters now are provided with restroom and trash facilities. Special regulations on fish limits are in effect for these waters, so be sure to consult the Regulations before you take fish.

REGIONAL HOT SPOTS -- Alamo Lake will continue to be a hot spot for plentiful largemouth bass and channel catfish, although trophy-sized fish will be uncommon. Lake Havasu is probably currently the premier lake in our Region (and perhaps the State) for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and redear sunfish. Numbers caught will likely be lower, but the quality of the fish much higher. The Parker Strip should remain excellent for smallmouth bass and redear sunfish, and the Colorado River below Walter’s Camp down to Imperial Dam the best bet for large and plentiful flathead catfish. Our spring surveys indicate that there is a very impressive population of flathead catfish in the lower Imperial Division between Picacho State Park and Imperial Dam. Expect many in the 5- to 10-pound size class, but we know of at least one state record lurking in those waters. Backwaters in the Imperial Division above Imperial Dam will continue to yield impressive largemouth bass, up to and exceeding 10 pounds.

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 very good resource for local fishing information in the Yuma area is the website and forum at http://www.yumabassman.com/.


CENTRAL MOUNTAINS

Note: The summer trout stocking schedule can be accessed at http://www.azgfd.gov/pdfs/h_f/fishing/stocking/2012SumTroutStockSchedule.pdf

Note: If you have a fishing report or good fishing pictures to share (JPEG), send them to raikens@aszgfd.gov. Rory can also be reached at (623) 236-7214.WILLIAMS LAKES:  

WILLIAMS LAKES:  

KAIBAB LAKE —  Campground is open. Fishing was fair for crappie last week.

CATARACT LAKE —  Campground is open.  Fishing for trout and largemouth bass was excellent last week.  Fly anglers were catching both bass and trout on bead head prince nymphs.  Please try to leave the larger bass in the lake to spawn. Scheduled to be stocked this week

CITY RESERVOIR — Fishing was good using Power Bait under a bobber.  Stocked last week.

DOGTOWN LAKE —  Campground is open.

JD DAM — Fishing was good in the evening. Remember the lake is managed as a catch-and-release fishery.

RUSSELL TANK -   The lake is to shallow to stock.

SANTA FE — fishing was good last week. Stocked Last Week 

WHITEHORSE LAKE — Campground is open.


FLAGSTAFF LAKES:

LOWER LAKE MARY —  Very low water No report

UPPER LAKE MARY —  Had a report to the office of a large black crappie, a 20 lb channel catfish and a 15 lb northern being caught last week.

Anglers are catching northern pike and some walleye. This lake also has yellow perch and largemouth bass. It's a great place to escape the heat and fish for warmwater fish in the high country. There are no boat motor restrictions, so you can use most launchable fishing boats here, including bass boats.

Angler report:

Hello Rory,

 

My dad and I went to upper lake Mary and caught one walleye and at least ten pike in a 45 minute window. He has not fished in over 25 years so he a was very excited. We trolled along shore long casting using fake rubber shad (small) and super vibrax (gold/pink). Lake is very low and found my trolling motor twice on rocks and mud! I enjoy reading your reports. 

 

Happy fishing!

 

Jesse Hanley 

Flagstaff AZ

Editor's note: If you have a fishing report and a digital picture (JPG), please send them to raikens@azgfd.gov

ASHURST LAKE —   No report but the road is open.  The lake was sampled a couple of weeks ago and lots of holdover rainbow trout were caught.  Smaller pike were also common in our nets, please remove all of the pike you catch.   Has been heavily stocked. Stocked last week. Scheduled to be stocked this week

FRANCIS SHORT POND –  Fishing was good last week.  Stocked last week

KINNIKINICK LAKE — Road is open.  No report. A lot of nice Brown trout and channel catfish were caught during fish sampling

MARSHALL LAKE —  No report low water.

LONG LAKE — No reports. Was stocked in April and is scheduled to be stocked again the week of May 14. This lake also has northern pike and walleye.

SOLDIERS & SOLDIERS ANNEX — No reports.

STONEMAN LAKE — NO FISH. .


VERDE VALLEY

DEAD HORSE STATE PARK – Catfish were last stocked for the Verde River Days event.  Trout were last stocked the week of March 19.  The catfish and largemouth bite has been fair.  Catfish are still being caught on nightcrawlers, chicken liver, and stinkbait.   The bass are being caught on small plastic worms and Gitzit-type plastic grubs, bounced slowly along the bottom.  Sunfish have been doing well on worms, salmon eggs, or small piece of Power Bait under a bobber.    They bite best in the early morning hours and the evening.

Hi Rory,
 
I want you to know that I greatly enjoy and rely upon your fishing reports every week.  I figured I would throw in my two cents on a 4/21 trip I made up north to Dead Horse Ranch State Park.  My grandfather, Pete Sesow, fishes the lagoons almost religiously and we have fished for trout together there for years.  This trip, however, I decided to change it up and do a little sight fishing for largemouths after reading your report saying bass anglers were having some luck there.  We fished for two days and had very little luck with the exception of this beauty that weighed in a little over 3.5 lbs.  I spent a good hour and a half working different presentations at this fish finally hitting with a shallow diving crankbait.  This was the only bass I caught or even observed being caught while I was there.  We did have some fun reeling in some Bluegill on fly gear though.  Thanks again for all the info and keep up the great work.
 
Thank you,
 
Matt Ullman
Goodyear, AZ

OAK CREEK -- Will be stocked weekly throughout the spring-summer fishing season. Expect fishing to be good for rainbow trout, and fair to poor for brown trout.

Don't forget that a small segment of this creek in the upper end of the canyon has special regulations. Between Junipine Crossing and Call-of-the-Canyon Crossing (includes the confluence with the West Fork of Oak Creek), trout must be immediately released unharmed (catch-and-release), no trout may be kept, and it is artificial fly and lure only with single barbless hooks.

VERDE RIVER (throughout Verde Valley) – Trout were last stocked the week March 26.  Carp fishing has been good using corn or dough baits.  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. 

WET BEAVER CREEK – Stocked last week.

WEST CLEAR CREEK- Stocked last week.

Prescott Area

FAIN LAKE — The last stocking was the week of April 30.  Scheduled to be stocked again the second week of May. The reports from regulars at the lake say the trout are biting, but the morning bite is the best. Anglers are having luck throughout the day using Power Bait and Berkley Gulp.  Rainbow and yellow seem to be the popular colors.

Fishermen using their fly rod gear are having the best luck.  Brown trout and rainbows are hitting the flies very well with one fisherman catching 47 fish (all browns) off the same fly.  Flies are less likely to get swallowed so releasing the fish is much easier.  

GOLDWATER LAKE — Closed by the City of Prescott. For more information, visit http://www.cityofprescott.net/news/index.php?id=2453.

GRANITE BASIN LAKE – The bass are biting now.  Michael sent in a report of catching 4 largemouth in two hours with the biggest 3.5 pounds.  He was using a rubber trout with a spinner tip and a rainbow trout spinner.  Thanks for the report Michael!  If you fish Granite Basin and are having luck, please e-mail me at gcummins@azgfd.gov so I can share your successes with others.

LYNX LAKE –Rainbow trout were last stocked April 9 and the next stocking is the middle of May.   

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

MINGUS LAKE – The last stocking was scheduled for the week of April 30 and is scheduled to be stocked again the second week of May.  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 – The last trout stocking was the week of Feb. 13.   Folks have caught 16- to 17-inch holdover trout from the shore near the new boat launch. Peter, fishing from a kayak caught a 17-inch bass weighing approximately 3 pounds using a live worm.  He saw several other large bass but could not get any others to take his bait.  If you have fished Watson Lake please send me a report of your trip to share with folks. 


Game and Fish Biologists surveyed Watson recent and found the bass, sunfish, and bullhead to be plentiful.  Crappies were also doing well.  Look for the crappie fishing to pick up in a year or two. 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 –   The fishing should be slow until the water warms up I the spring. 
If you fish Willow and are having luck, please e-mail me at gcummins@azgfd.gov so I can share your successes with others..


White Mountains and Rim Lakes
 

Note: If you have a fishing report or good fishing pictures to share (JPEG), send them to raikens@aszgfd.gov. Rory can also be reached at (623) 236-7214.


Recommended Waters to Fish
Fishing for hold-over trout is excellent at Big Lake.  Fishing for stocked rainbow trout is excellent at Nelson Reservoir, Willow Springs Lake, and Woods Canyon Lake, and fishing is good at Bear Canyon Lake, Bunch Reservoir, Tunnel Reservoir, River Reservoir, Rainbow Lake, and Woodland Lake.

Fishing is good for stocked Apache trout at Lee Valley Lake, Silver Creek, and the Little Colorado River in Greer.  For fly anglers, Becker Lake is good, with reports of 24-inch rainbow trout.  Anglers are catching 15-19 inch rainbow trout at Rainbow, Show Low, and Fool Hollow lakes.

Trout Stocking Schedule

 

Week of May 14-18
Bear Canyon Lake – 1,823 rainbow trout
East Fork Black River – 600 Apache trout
Lee Valley Lake – 2,000 Apache trout
Little Colorado River in Greer – 800 Apache trout
Nelson Reservoir – 6,000 rainbow troutSheep’s Crossing/West Fork LCR – 400 Apache trout
Silver Creek – 488 Apache trout
Tunnel Reservoir – 1,750 rainbow trout
West Fork Black River – 500 Apache trout
Woods Canyon Lake – 150 large rainbow trout

Week of May 21-25
Carnero Lake – 2,000 rainbow trout
Clear Creek Reservoir – rainbow trout
Crescent Lake - 1,300 rainbow trout
East Fork Black River - 600 Apache trout
Little Colorado River in Greer - 800 Apache trout

Nelson Reservoir - 6,000 rainbow trout
Rainbow Lake – 752 rainbow trout
River Reservoir - 1,100 rainbow trout
Scotts Reservoir - 1,250 rainbow trout
Sheeps Crossing/West Fork LCR - 400 Apache trout
Show Low Lake - 2,500 rainbow trout
Silver Creek - 1,000 Apache trout
Tunnel Reservoir - 1,250 rainbow trout
West Fork Black River - 500 Apache trout
Willow Springs Lake - 4,624 rainbow trout
Woods Canyon Lake - 7,452 rainbow trout

MOGOLLON RIM LAKES
Note:  All Forest Roads are open, including the Rim Road.

BEAR CANYON LAKE – Fishing is good for stocked trout.  Bear Canyon Lake was stocked last week with rainbow trout.  The lake is full.

BLACK CANYON LAKE – Fishing is good.  The lake has been stocked  with rainbow trout in the last several weeks.  The water level is very low.  Launching a boat will be difficult.


BLUE RIDGE (CC Cragin) --  Fishing is good for rainbow trout, mostly stockers but some holdovers. This is a steep sided reservoir that is NOT shore angler friendly, but it is a good lake for float tubes, canoes and kayaks.

Diversions from C. C. Cragin Reservoir began May 3. Use the link below to access the USGS data on WatershedMonitor.com  

 

http://www.watershedmonitor.com/siteDetail.aspx?dbNm=usgs&statn_id=09507580&kw=WW_LwrVerde

CHEVELON LAKE – Fishing is good.  All Forest Roads are open to Chevelon Lake.  The lake is full, but no longer spilling.  Recent fish population surveys found good numbers of rainbow trout from 11 to 14 inches, and a few brown trout ranging from 12 to 29 inches.

KNOLL LAKE -- Fishing is excellent. This remote lake has been stocked, and anglers have been doing very well here for both stockers and holdover trout. It sounds like inline spinners have been more effective than prepared baits or night crawlers, but experiment. The bite can be changeable.

Angler report:

Hello Rory!

What a awesome weekend it was for fishing on the rim. Camped up by Knoll Lake Friday the 4th thru Sunday the 6th. Got to Knoll about 4 p.m. Friday and it started off slow. No bites for the first hour and a half. Was trying all different colors of Power Bait, salmon eggs, and worms with no luck. Finally switched to a 4 oz. Green and Gray colored Panther Martin Spinner bait and caught the first Rainbow. Had my brother tie on a Rooster Tail and he caught 2 more back to back. The rest of the group tied on various other spinners or small trolling spoons and we ended up with 21 Rainbows in a hour and a half. The Photo attached is the fish from the first afternoon minus the 6 we cooked and ate for dinner.

Went to Woods Canyon Saturday morning and rented a boat. It was a little slow there we only ended up with 6 between the 5 of us. Again all were caught using spinner baits. Spent the rest of Saturday back at camp but Sunday morning went back to Knoll and we caught 6 more that morning. Grand total was 33, All were stocked trout weren't fortunate enough to catch any larger hold-overs.

Tom Leeper

WILLOW SPRINGS LAKE – Fishing is good to excellent.  Willow Springs Lake was stocked heavily two weeks ago and will be stocked heavily again this week with 4,624 rainbow trout.  The lake is full.  The boat dock was damaged by ice over the winter and is not accessible, but it is still okay to launch boats.

WOODS CANYON LAKE – Fishing is excellent.  The lake was stocked heavily two weeks ago and will be stocked heavily again this week with 7,452 rainbow trout.  Some large rainbow trout, up to five pounds, have also been stocked.  The lake is full.  The store is open and boat rentals are available.

Try night crawlers, Power Bait, inline spinners such as Mepps or Rooster Tails, or trolling lures such as Super Dupers and cowbells. It's always a good bet to ask the folks at the store about what the trout are biting on.

Angler Report:

Hi Rory,

I caught 40 + rainbows yesterday (May 17) at Woods Canyon. Including this 4+ pounder. It took me 20 minutes to land on my 5 weight fly rod. They were all caught with parachute adams with a copper john trailer. I had such a great time I thinkI will go up there again next week.

Grant

 

 




Creeks Below the Mogollon Rim

The following creeks are being stocked weekly right now:

*Tonto Creek

*Christopher Creek 

*Haigler Creek

*East Verde River

UPDATE: Diversions from C. C. Cragin Reservoir are scheduled to began May 3. Flows in the East Verde River will be varied as operations begin. Use the link below to access the USGS data on WatershedMonitor.com  

 

http://www.watershedmonitor.com/siteDetail.aspx?dbNm=usgs&statn_id=09507580&kw=WW_LwrVerde



A new low flow river gage site has been added to www.WatershedMonitor.com.  The East Verde River at Crackerjack is now shown on the Lower Verde tab. You can access the new site by way of the Lower Verde pull-down menu on the line above or the SRP Low Flow gage pull-down menu. This site was installed March 2012 through a special use permit issued by the Tonto National Forest. Visit the website for near real time information collected by the USGS and SRP.

 

NOTE: Don't forget we have a new interactive 2012 trout stocking schedule that actually shows the locations we stock along the creeks.


WHITE MOUNTAINS LAKES

Note:  Note:  All Forest Roads are open, including Highways 273 and 261.  The final pieces of construction on Hwy 273 were completed last fall, so the road is now paved all the way to Big Lake.
 
BECKER LAKE – Fishing is good.  Some fly fishermen are catching trout on nymphs, including zebra midges (black and red) and red chironomids, and wooly buggers.  Anglers have been consistently catching rainbows over 20 inches, with reports of trout up to 24 inches.  Becker Lake is catch-and-release only, with artificial lures and flies only with single barbless hook.

BIG LAKE – Fishing is excellent.  Anglers are catching fish all over the lake, including a 22-inch rainbow trout caught recently.  The store is open and boat rentals are available.  Big Lake was not impacted by the Wallow Fire last year.  Anglers are catching trout on worms, Power Bait, lures and flies in 10-15 feet of water.  
 
CARNERO LAKE – Fishing is fair.  Carnero will be stocked with 2,000 rainbow trout this week.  The lake level is about 1.5 feet down.

CLEAR CREEK RESERVOIR – Fishing is fair.  The lake will be stocked this week with rainbow trout.  Some anglers are catching a few trout and bass.
CONCHO LAKE – Fishing is good.  The lake is almost full.  It was stocked two weeks ago with rainbow trout.

CRESCENT LAKE – Fishing is fair.  Anglers have been catching some brook trout and the lake will be stocked this week with 1,300 rainbow trout.
FOOL HOLLOW LAKE – Fishing is good.  The lake was recently stocked with 1,000 large, one-pound rainbow trout and has been stocked with 1,500 stocker rainbows.  Anglers are catching the large stocked trout with nightcrawlers and Powerbait in 10 to 15 feet of water near the fishing piers on the southwest side of the lake.

GREER LAKES – Fishing is good.  River, Bunch and Tunnel Reservoirs are full.  All three lakes have been recently stocked.  Bunch Reservoir was stocked with 350 super-catchable and show pond size rainbow trout.  These fish are big, averaging 1.6 pounds each; with some up to six pounds.  Fish with lures (1/8 to ¼-ounce Kastmasters, Rapalas or Panther Martin spinners) or with bait on the bottom (nightcrawlers or Power Bait) for these large trout.  Flyfishers are catching trout at Bunch and River on woolly buggers and peacock ladies.

HULSEY LAKE – The lake was drained immediately following the Wallow Fire to help reduce expected flooding off Escudilla Mountain and will not be stocked this year.

LEE VALLEY LAKE – Fishing is good to excellent.  Anglers are catching recently stocked Apache trout on lures and flies.  .  Lee Valley Lake was not impacted by the Wallow Fire last year and also survived through the winter.  Fish population surveys conducted recently found some Apache trout up to 16 inches and some Arctic grayling up to 14 inches.    Some Arctic grayling have also been stocked , but they are fingerling size and won’t be catchable until next year.  The lake level is low.

LUNA LAKE – Fishing is good.  Luna Lake was stocked heavily with 5,440 rainbow trout several weeks ago.  Fish population surveys also found carry-over rainbow trout that had survived through the winter.  The lake is full.

LYMAN LAKE – Lyman Lake State Park is currently closed to public entry, but will re-open for the summer on June 15 through September 17.

NELSON RESERVOIR – Fishing is excellent.  The lake is full and was heavily stocked with rainbow trout over the last couple weeks
RAINBOW LAKE – Fishing is good.  The lake was recently stocked with large, one-pound rainbow trout and with regular stockers.  The lake is nearly full.  The weeds have not shown up yet, so boating is good.

SCOTT RESERVOIR – Fishing is fair for channel catfish and stocked trout.  The lake was stocked recently with rainbow trout.  Two anglers recently caught six catfish on nightcrawlers and another angler caught a four-pound largemouth bass.  A few rainbow trout were caught last weekend. The lake is nearly full. 

SHOW LOW LAKE – Fishing is good for stocked trout.  The lake was stocked recently with 1,000 large, one-pound trout.  One angler recently caught 3 nice walleyes on a Rapala.  Recent fish surveys in Show Low Lake found numerous smallmouth bass, averaging about 1.5 pounds.  Fish for these bass with nightcrawlers or lures anywhere there is a rocky shoreline.  The lake is about six feet low, but the boat ramp is still usable.  The fishing pier located across the dam is now accessible.  Boat rentals are available and the campgrounds are open.

WOODLAND LAKE – Fishing is good.  The lake has been stocked recently with rainbow trout.  Anglers are catching trout on the bottom with bait and with small spinners/lures or flies when they are rising at the surface.  The lake is full.  The trout bag and possession limit is four trout.

WHITE MOUNTAINS STREAMS
Note: Trout stocking in the streams began last week and will continue every week through early September, as long as water conditions are suitable.  All main Forest Roads are open, including Highways 273 and 261. The final pieces of construction on Hwy 273 were completed last fall, so the road is now paved all the way to Big Lake and is in beautiful condition.

EAST FORK of the BLACK RIVER – Fishing is fair to good for wild brown trout and good for stocked Apache trout.  The East Fork survived the Wallow Fire of 2011 much better than expected and is currently holding many wild brown trout throughout the river.  Apache trout will be stocked this week all along Forest Road 276.  The road and campgrounds along the East Fork will be open by Memorial Day weekend.

WEST FORK of the BLACK RIVER – Fishing is fair in the lower reaches.  The Wallow Fire caused a partial fish kill on wild brown trout in the lower reaches, but hatchery Apache trout are being stocked weekly at the Forest Road 68 crossing.  Fishing in the middle and upper reaches is fair to good for wild trout, where the fire had little impact.  Access is open at the FR 25 bridge, FR 68 crossing, and FR 116.  The West Fork campground will be closed through the year due to safety reasons.  The middle and upper reaches of the West Fork Black are open to catch-and-release artificial lure and fly only, while the lower end is open to bait fishing with a six-trout bag limit.

BLACK RIVER – Fishing is poor.  The mainstem of the Black River was heavily impacted by the Wallow Fire last year.  Very few fish were found during intensive surveys last fall.

LITTLE COLORADO RIVER IN GREER – Fishing is fair for wild brown trout and good for stocked Apache trout.  The mainstem Little Colorado River and West Fork LCR (Government Springs) in Greer were not impacted by the Wallow Fire last year.  Stream surveys in the fall of 2011 found numerous wild brown trout.  Hatchery Apache trout will be stocked weekly in Greer.  800 trout per week will be split between Government Springs (90%) and in front of Rendezvous Café (10%).

SHEEPS CROSSING – Fishing is good.  Apache trout will be stocked weekly at Sheeps Crossing.  Sheeps Crossing was not affected by the Wallow Fire last year.  Fishing is fair for wild Apache trout in the wilderness portions of the West Fork Little Colorado River.

SILVER CREEK – Fishing is good.  Apache trout are being stocked weekly.  Silver Creek is currently open to bait and a bag/possession limit of six trout (April 1 through September 30).  The upper section is now closed to angling, which is well signed.

SOUTHERN ARIZONA
Note: Please send me your fishing reports from Southern Arizona!  Fishing reports can be sent to Don Mitchell, Regional Fish Program Manager by email at dmitchell@azgfd.gov.  These reports will then be complied and reported in our weekly fishing reports.

The winter trout stocking season is pretty much over here in southern Arizona. Warm temperatures have begun to raise water temperatures and anglers can expect to start catching bass and sunfish as these become more active with the increasing temperatures.

Summer trout stocking has begun at Rose Canyon Lake and Riggs Flat. The summer stocking schedule for the entire state can be found here:  
http://www.azgfd.gov/pdfs/h_f/fishing/stocking/2012SumTroutStockSchedule.pdf.  This schedule is updated as changes occur so check back often! The stocking schedule is now interactive, so check it out.

Need ideas on where to go fishing?  Try the Department's new interactive Fish and Boat Map

URBAN LAKES -- Channel catfish are scheduled were stocked last week.

Cats have been biting very well on worms, stink baits, hot dogs or shrimp fished on the bottom. Catfish have been active throughout the day with afternoons and evenings best.

Bluegill fishing is good at waters that were just stocked the end of March. Best baits for the feisty, 5- to 8-inch bluegill are worms and mealworms fished under a small bobber in 3- to 6-foot depths.

Action for largemouth bass has slowed as they move into the post-spawn period over the next few weeks. Please exercise catch-and-release for largemouth bass and remember the minimum keepable size for bass is 13 inches.

RIGGS FLAT — The lake is now open for the summer.    Check the stocking schedule here: 2012 Summer Stocking Schedule for summer stocking dates.  Fly angler are reporting success on holdover Brown trout

CLUFF RANCH —No recent reports of success.  The pond is full and there should be no problems with boat launching.  For lake information call (928) 485-9430.

ROPER LAKE —  No recent reports of success.  For lake information (928) 428-6760.
  
DANKWORTH POND — Remains closed to access during renovation.  The Department is wrapping up the final renovation work by installing artificial habitat structures this week.  It is expected that the lake will begin to re-fill in the next week or so. 

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 are continuing to drop and it will be difficult to launch larger boats.  Use caution when launching your boat and pay attention for submerged trees and rocks that are near the surface due to low water levels.  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.

PENA BLANCA –  The Department stocked Pena Blanca Lake two weeks ago with close to 2,000 largemouth bass, redear sunfish, bluegill sunfish and channel catfish.  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.

Angler report:
Fished Pena Blanca on Monday April 30 and had good fishing for Rainbow Trout. My partner and I caught 4 fish total and 3 of them were over 13 inches. We lost many fish due to short strikes. We had equal
action while casting and trolling. Bass fishing was poor as expected. Water is very clear but lots of tree blossums floating on the lake.
Darwin Long


PATAGONIA — Fishing continues to pick up with bass anglers having success working the shorelines in shallower water.  The spawn is close so anglers can expect to see more activity. 

PARKER CANYON — Fly anglers are reporting success as are anglers that are trolling.  Parker Canyon will receive its last trout stocking for the season the week of April 2.    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 open to vehicle traffic and it has been stocked.  Anglers are reporting success in the early mornings and late evenings.  Scheduled to be stocked again this coming week with 2,700 rainbow trout.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Share or Bookmark:
| More
   

Home

Add this site to...


Mission | Customer Service | Web Policy | Send Comments | Employment | Commission Agenda | Office Locations | Site Map | Search | © 2008 AZGFD