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

Nov 1 Fishing Report

Posted in: Fishing Report
Nov 1, 2012
Share or Bookmark:
| More
Digg this story!

Printer friendly page

"Fishing Stories"

Hello fishing friends!

Sorry, I was on the road last week and not able to respond to some of you who emailed or called in with your “Fish Stories,” but I am back in town and ready to get you the latest in information that is available.

Largemouth_bass_george_pleasant1.jpg
Many of you may know the Arizona Game and Fish Department's photographer, George Andrejko, who is well known for his wildlife photography. Well, George and retired fish biologist (turned fishing guide) Bill Larson were out on Lake Pleasant getting some interesting shots with a camera. Bill was casting and using lures to attract bass as George stood in waders with his camera at the ready.

Ever wonder what a lure looks like from the fish’s perspective? At right are a couple of shots that George wanted us to share with you. These shots were taken just as the bass was investigating the lure that Bill was using at the time.

Largemouth_bass_george_pleasant2.jpg

“What’s your Drag set at” by Ron Stein

"This happened maybe 20 years ago. Me and a buddy were at Saguaro Lake early one evening in our little 12-foot aluminum boat. It only had a small motor, so we never got very far or very fast. This particular evening we were heading down the channel, aiming for the wide area just past Ship Rock. Since we couldn't go very fast, we decided to troll on our way out to our preferred fishing spot. (We typically got skunked, and still do, but it’s a great place to sit and watch the stars while you get skunked.) Technically, we were on the wrong side of the channel, heading against traffic, but since we were in tight against the shore and moving slow, we didn't think it would be a problem. 

We were just past the end of the channel, safely away from shore and about even with Ship Rock, when a boat came roaring along the shore towing a late-day skier. My line was way out behind us, and sure enough, the ski boat caught it and took off with it. Line came screaming out of my reel until it hit the end and snapped. My buddy looked at me, and to this day I think he was serious when he asked, “What was your drag set at?” I wish I’d told him, “Eight – the usual setting for a 2,500-pound boat going 30 miles an hour…”

Fishing News

Half price fishing license deal starts today!

If you don’t already have this year's (2012) Arizona Class A fishing license or Urban fishing license, you’ll be able to buy one for half price beginning Nov. 1.

In November and December each year, the annual fishing licenses for that year go on sale for half price. That means residents can buy a 2012 state Class A fishing license for only $11.75 (for nonresidents, it’s $35.13). Or, if you like fishing the Urban Fishing Program waters, residents and nonresidents can get a Class U fishing license, good for the 21 waters in the urban program, for only $9.25. Both the 2012 Class A and Class U half price licenses are valid for the remaining two months of the year (through Dec. 31, 2012).

This year you are just in time for the great fall bite and the ramp-up of the winter trout stocking. The stocking schedule is available at www.azgfd.gov/h_f/stocking_schedule.shtml.

If you’re fishing for trout in state waters, you’ll still need to buy the trout stamp at full price ($15.75 for residents, $57.75 for nonresidents) in addition to your Class A fishing license. The Class U (urban fishing) license already includes trout fishing privileges for the urban lakes.

Fishing licenses can be purchased at Arizona Game and Fish Department offices, at license dealers throughout the state, and online at www.azgfd.gov/eservices/licenses.shtml.

For more information on where to fish or to view the Weekly Fishing Report, visit www.azgfd.gov/fishing.

OK, on to the fishing 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 LAKES - November promises to provide excellent fishing at Urban Fishing Program lakes. The Phoenix and Tucson urban lakes have been loaded with catfish all fall, with one last stocking this week (week of Oct. 29-Nov. 3). Top baits for catfish are hot dogs, shrimp, and stink baits with fish biting throughout the day. Anglers are enjoying a good catfish bite up to 10 days after stockings, with plenty of cats in the 2-pound range. About 15,000 bluegill will be stocked in the Phoenix and Tucson urban lakes this week (week of Oct. 29-Nov. 3). Bluegill bite well on a variety of baits (mealworms, worms, corn) and will take small nymphs and poppers in the late mornings and afternoon. Using light tackle with small hooks and bobbers will keep you and the kids busy catching bluegill. Green Valley Lakes (Payson) were stocked with rainbow trout, with the next stocking scheduled from Oct. 29 – Nov. 3. Trout up to 15 inches are biting well on Powerbait, worms and small spinners and jigs.

Brian_M_catfish.jpg
TEMPE TOWN LAKE Last week we received this report from Brian M., but neglected to include the photo he sent. Here's Brian's report, with photo: "Hey Reuben, caught this just shy of 12-pound catfish at Tempe Town Lake. I was using an ultralite rod with two-pound line, fishing for bluegill. I was not expecting this. Sure put up a fight. I never thought I would land it. All in all, I fished for about an hour just after dawn, caught three catfish and four bluegill, the other two cats were about a pound, and are still swimming around the lake."

Fishing continues to be good, especially for largemouth bass. The best bite at first and last light for bass and sunfish. This is a good time to try for channel catfish and carp using corn or dough baits after dark. Keep in mind that although this fishery 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 1,640, 40 percent full, with approximately 6,028 surface acres. Stripers are still going crazy during the early mornings and late evening now that the outside temperatures are slowly decreasing. Shad boils are being seen in the hallows and coves causing great fishing Try using topwater lures, swim baits, Alabama rigs, spinnerbaits, crankbaits or jerkbaits. Fishing from shore has been decent for smallmouth and largemouth bass. Word is that the water temperature is slowly declining, causing the shad to move in towards shore. Small coves and deep holes are the best area. Try using anything that looks like shad, or live baits. Nighttime fishing for catfish, especially from shore, should be good using stink bait. Try stink baits or blood baits, such as chicken liver. Corn can also work for both catfish and carp. Frozen anchovies fished on the bottom are another good choice -- you might even catch a striped bass.

ROOSEVELT LAKE - Lake elevation remains at 2,096 feet and the lake level is 43 percent. 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. This is still a good time to try for channel catfish using sink bait. For flatheads, live bait such as bluegills or small carp work best. For channel catfish, try any stinkbait, chicken liver or blood baits. Although you can catch channels during the day, the prime bite has likely shifted to the nighttime hours.

APACHE LAKE - Lake elevation is 1,911 feet (95 percent full). No recent reports. Apache is typically a good fall producer.

CANYON LAKE - Lake elevation is still holding at around 1,658 feet, which is 96 percent full. No recent angler reports. If you have been fishing here, send in your report to BFishing@azgfd.gov. Anglers are having good luck fishing along the cliffs and on the ledges. Water temps are declining, so all-day fishing should be good.

SAGUARO LAKE – Lake elevation is 1,525 feet at 94 percent full. 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.

Harvey.JPG
BARTLETT LAKE – Harvey H. Gave us this report from Bartlett Lake: “Hi Guys, Went fishing at Bartlett last Thursday, arrived 6:30 a.m., left around 1:00 pm. Went upriver to flip the brush along the banks and backs of coves as we did two weeks ago, but no success with that. Pulled off the brush to about 10 feet water and caught a few little ones, got a couple more little ones dropshotting along the Yellow Cliffs. Got to about 10:30 and we headed to the islands and rockpiles across from the main ramp. Lots of fish holding deep at 35 feet on mountain tops, in little depressions and on rockpiles, so we went to heavy football head jigs w/crawdad bodies, caught the best fish of the day then. Started getting the 2-3 pounders. A buddy got a couple on dropshots deep also. I make bucktail jigs and I caught the best fish of the trip on one I made, mostly white with a stripe of yellow, got a 3-pounder on it. Saw another guy catching them well using the same baits as us. We ended with about nine fish, all released. 

Lake elevation has been holding at 1,758 feet, 50 percent full. Should be good topwater action for bass off-and-on throughout the day night now. Some are using the dropshot method over the ledges and adjacent to cliffs. Shad boils have been seen late in the morning that lasted till about 2 p.m. in the southern end of the lake. Clear Zara Puppy and Ice Fluke topwater lures worked like a charm to catch another 12 bass. 

HORSESHOE LAKE - One-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) – Releases were 691 cfs out of Stewart Mountain Dam from Saguaro. You might be able to catch some bass or sunfish in the deeper holes.

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

 

COLORADO RIVER NORTHWEST

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 - Below is Wayne Gustaveson's report from last week, www.wayneswords.com.

This will be the last regular fishing report for 2012. I leave on vacation this week and return just in time to sample with gill nets during the first two weeks of November. It has been an interesting year with more highs than lows. Bass and walleye fishing in the spring was awesome, followed by a great run of surface fishing for juvenile stripers in summer.  Now going into winter it’s a mixed bag with unexpected fishing opportunities occurring each day.

For example, on Saturday we took a side trip into Cathedral in the Desert at the back of Clear Creek Canyon on the Escalante. The lake level now is at the base of the second waterfall with the main cathedral well under water. We viewed the falls and then retraced our steps. While passing over the first falls (10 feet deep) marking the cathedral, we noticed a school of fish sunning themselves near the surface of the 50 feet deep chamber. A Kastmaster spoon tossed to the basking fish proved them to be largemouth bass. A slab spoon simultaneously dropped to the bottom of the chamber resulted in a 5-pound striper. The next two drops to the 50-foot bottom produced two walleye. Then the fish quit. That is a good summary of fishing this week. There are fish to catch in a wide variety of places but it takes a subtle key to understand when fish are vulnerable.

Shad in the main lake are scattered in small groups of 100 fish hiding here and there trying to avoid predators. When bass or stripers find a small school of forage fish, the area lights up with a short feeding frenzy and then quiets to a peaceful calm state. Shad are found in the backs of most canyons and coves while the open water is without forage fish. Crayfish are carrying the predatory burden in the open clear water. Fish slowly on the bottom near rocks to take advantage of this clear water crayfish key.
Shad at the inflow areas have been untouched while protected by the colored water and warm temperatures. That is now changing. Expect fishing to improve dramatically for bass, stripers, walleye and crappie near Hite and in the upper San Juan during November. Some boils are yet to occur in shad dense areas, but more fish will be caught trolling shad imitating lures and spooning along the bottom.

The best key to finding fish lakewide is to graph from the shallows out to the first drop. Striped bass are most often found on the top of a ledge that drops down to deeper water. Graph a school of fish, mark the spot with a floating marker, and then fish the area with your choice of techniques. The best option is to chum with cut-up anchovies to keep the fish in the area and then fish with spoons, bait or deep trolled lures to catch schooling fish.

Large numbers of stripers are being caught when a school is found, but many anglers are missing the subtle keys and going fishless. Pay close attention to the graph, and when a school is located, react quickly to get the school excited. Bait fishing is much more effective now than it was in the summer.  

There is still one major event to look forward to in November. As the water cools into the 50s, shad will be forced into deeper water to find stable temperatures. At that point stripers will follow. Both species will become more stationary. Then fishing will peak as finding one school will result in many more fish being caught from each school encountered.

Thanks for reading my ramblings and for helping to improve fishing for all species at Lake Powell by harvesting striped bass. Remember to “clean, drain and dry your boat” to stop the spread of invasive species.

LEES FERRY - Below is Terry Gunn's report from Oct. 19, www.leesferry.com.

Fly Fishing Up-River:

The fishing has recently begun to slow down compared to what it has been like for most of the fall season. I attribute this to decline in the midge hatches, the loss of sunlight in the canyon and the cooling weather. As the sun begins to travel in a more southerly trajectory, the sun travels behind the cliffs and shade invades the canyon and areas that had full sun a couple weeks ago are now without any sun whatsoever and will be in the shade for the coming months. The sun/shade cycle is what stimulates the midge hatches so with constant shade the hatches diminish. The 8,000-cfs constant flows do not create enough velocity to move the scuds and worms around so without a lot of food in the water the fish are not as eager to eat. Fishing is still good; however, it is becoming very site specific and not good at every spot on the river. So if you are in the right spot at the right time, fishing can still be good to great.

The flows are scheduled to change on Nov. 1, which should improve the fishing. The fluctuating flows should get some food moving and the fish feeding. Not really sure what the flows will be, but I would expect the low to be around 8,000-cfs and the high around 14,000-cfs with lower flows on the weekends.

The fish look great; they are in superb condition and health. The trout population is better than it has been in a couple of decades. The river has all sizes of fish from fingerling to many 17-inch fish. Unless something catastrophic happens, that current trend should continue.

Walk-in Report (By Dean Windham):

The weather has been great the last few weeks. Temps are in the upper 70s to mid-80s with the nights getting down to the low 50’s. We did have a rain event last week but it did not seem to hurt the fishing. Everyone is catching fish, with some larger fish being reported. Now is the perfect time to visit the Ferry.

Midges, scuds and streamers have been the best flies recently. San Juan worms also work at times. There also has been a surface bite about an hour before dark. A dry dropper has been working well. There are lots of smaller fish in the walk in area and they are super aggressive. Just be patient and the larger fish are there just not super aggressive.

The upper boulder has been fishing well all day long with mid-morning and later evening just before dark. The steady flows have made the boulder field a great place to start your day.

The seam water by the big rock has been productive but not as consistent as other areas. This area is best later in the afternoon and streamers will work well here. I always try to find the transition water where the water slows down a little bit.

The area by where the Paria enters the Colorado River is a great place to catch some larger fish. A word of warning, do not wade across the Paria River, as it has lots of silt and can be like quicksand. Someone came into the shop recently who said he lost a boot due to getting stuck in the muck. It is better to walk from the parking lot by the Paria bridge than attempting to cross the Paria River.

So the fishing has been consistently great with larger fish being caught, just not in the numbers we saw in early September.

Spin Fishing Up-River:

With the flows remaining the same, so has much of the spin fishing. Drifting glo bugs upriver is always a guide recommendation. Dean Windham says, “Don’t be afraid to experiment and change things up regularly!”

It is also important for spin fisherman to understand that this river is very different than others they have probably fished. It moves very fast and is big water. This leads to more opportunity for trout but at the same time more technical challenges. Jigs always work well and are an easy way to go. If you are using lures, test it out a few times and pay attention to how they move in the water. If you have any questions, head on down to the shop and we can give you a quick refresher course on spin fishing the Colorado River.

Spin Fishing at the Walk In:

The usual spots are fishing well at the walk in. The upper boulder field and down by where the Paria River flows in are excellent places especially since it hasn’t flashed down there in a while. Another worthwhile spot is down on Paria Beach. It can be the perfect place for spin fishing all day or for taking the family and enjoying the day both playing and fishing. Gold flash is still our recommendation for lures. We have a selection of the most effective lures at the shop.

For details on Lake Powell conditions and snow-pack, go here: http://lakepowell.water-data.com/.

For a real time graphic view of water releases and ramp rates go here: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/az/nwis/uv?09380000.

 

COLORADO RIVER

LAKE MEAD – The current elevation has risen a little to just under 1,117 feet above msl.  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 – last new moon was Oct. 15.  The next new moon will be Tuesday, Nov. 13. 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 topwater 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 www.azgfd.gov or visit http://100thmeridian.org/.

LAKE MOHAVE – The lake level has dropped to 631 feet above msl from last week. Due to this drop in lake level, the Lake Mead National Recreation Area has closed six launch ramps on Lake Mohave (Willow Beach, Cottonwood Cove, Katherine Landing, Princess Cove, Arizona Telephone Cove and Nevada Telephone Cove) temporarily. The black bass are hitting soft baits when worked slowly, especially on grass beds in 20 to 30 feet deep. Trolling with anchovies in 30-50 feet 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. Reports of good bluegill action off the structures mentioned in the paragraph below. Reports of better activity from the stripers with the fall conditions. The most productive time for stripers is dusk till dark. The fish being caught are ranging from 3 to 7 pounds. The fisherman that reported this information used swim bait for his largest fish. He reports that the smallmouths are also active. Submersible lights fished during the new moon are an effective way to catch stripers. Next new moon is Tuesday, Nov. 15. 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 – The Willow Beach Launch Ramp will be temporarily closed. 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. 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 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. 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 spoken of very large trout being caught in the Laughlin area. Rusty from Riviera Marina has sent several pictures of successful trips, including Daniel with a nice 1.48-pound rainbow caught on night crawlers in the Rotary Park area. A local angler named Kenan landed a healthy 5.22-pound using a Rapala lure near the casinos. Bill D. sent in this report of his day below the Davis Dam. “Arizona side of the Colorado River below Davis Dam, 10 am, Bullhead City across the river from the casinos. The trout were all about pan-sized and great fun to catch. Cool and windy weather and river water was low. Spinners - small night crawlers - power bait.”  

TOPOCK GORGE - Most bass are being taken on minnows and night crawlers. Reports are that stripers are returning to the Gorge. Wendell, Golden Shores local, caught and revived a hefty 10-pounder and released back into the river. Doug and Rod had a great time limiting out on smallmouth and 16 sunfish, with all caught on night crawlers. They also caught a large 4.5-pound catfish.  Pat and John, from Topock, boated a nice 2-pound channel along with a monster 13-pounder. 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. Night crawlers and live minnows have been tempting catfish from North Dyke. Small crappies are being taken throughout the marsh.  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 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/.

LAKE MOHAVE – We just got this information in from the National Park Service regarding Lake Mohave:

LAKE MOHAVE LAUNCH RAMPS TEMPORARILY CLOSED THROUGH NOV 7

BOULDER CITY, Nev. – Lake Mead National Recreation Area officials temporarily closed six launch ramps on Lake Mohave Oct. 29 due to decreased water levels. The Bureau of Reclamation began lowering the lake’s water levels in late September for endangered fish species conservation.

Developed and primitive ramps at Willow Beach, Cottonwood Cove, Katherine Landing, Princess Cove, Arizona Telephone Cove and Nevada Telephone Cove are temporarily closed until Nov. 7.

“When water levels reach below 633 feet on Lake Mohave, we have to close our ramps for the safety of our boaters and infrastructure,” said Superintendent Bill Dickinson. “We apologize for the inconvenience during this pleasant fall boating season.”

Water levels have declined to around 633 feet, and they are scheduled to dip to a low point of around 630.5 feet by Oct. 31. Water levels are expected to rise again after Nov. 4, returning to 633 feet by Nov. 8.

The marinas, fuel stations, stores, motels, campsites and picnic areas will remain open, and boaters who have their vessels slipped or moored will still be allowed access to the lake. Rafts, kayaks and canoes are still allowed to launch; however, some tour companies have altered their schedules.

“Boaters on the lake in late October and early November should be aware of the changing lake and navigate as if it’s their first time on the water because new sandbars and vegetation may appear,” said Dickinson. “It’s best to follow the main channel buoy markers and reduce your speed, until you are comfortable with the new water depths.”

Barricades and notices will be displayed at the six closure sites along Lake Mohave. The drawdown does not impact Lake Mead; all currently open ramps will remain open.

 

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 updated "Where to Fish" pages at http://www.azgfd.gov/h_f/where_fish_southwest.shtml.

LAKE HAVASU – Fair afternoon striper bite from Winsor State Park south to California  Bay/Thompson Bay using diving baits like the white Rat-L-Traps, Sassy Shads, Pointer 128s and some topwater plugs like Chugbugs, Sammys and Super Spooks. Bait fishing fair in 35- to 45-foot depths after 9 a.m. through the late afternoon hours. Reports of some spotty evening boils of larger stripers after 4 p.m. till dark. Channel catfish bite excellent on cut mackerel and squid in the evening and after dark hours. October is a peak month for "big" cats as they feed heavily before the lake cools off for the winter. Flathead cats are good, too, using live bait like small to medium size bluegills or redears. They bite best from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Largemouth bass biting good on jigs with pork trailers, Senkos and tubes flipped & pitched on tulles and weed line edges in 1 to 4 feet of water. Smallmouth bass biting good on cinnamon or green pumpkin hula grubs with a 3/8 or 1/2oz football heads fished with an exposed hook. Use these around gravel flats and rocky outcrops. Smallies will usually bite these jigs in the fall, so be ready and keep the slack out of your line as the jig descends.

ALAMO LAKE - Report courtesy Mark Knapp, Alamo Lake State Park. Here's what I got this week:

Well folks, happy Halloween. I wish I had some good news for you, but in a nutshell, fishing is still lousy. I give bass fishing thumbs down, crappie fishing a thumbs down, and cat fishing an o.k. at best. The only person I know that caught any bass was a guy drifting out in the middle of the lake using minnows. He said he was using a bare hook with a minnow and down in around 30 feet of water. A few people have said they have caught a couple of bass drop shotting, but that's about it. 

I have been on the road all over the state, so I cannot give you a first-hand account. I think the temp needs to drop into the mid eighties for a couple of weeks, then things will turn on. The lake level is at 1,098-ish with releases down to 10 cfs. Cholla Ramp still has about 4 feet of usable water and the old rental boat road works as well. We encourage everyone to use Cholla Ramp due to the construction going on at the park. I'm toning these reports down for a while, so you’re not going to be hearing anything about the grandkid or Junior. We are having our 6th annual star party out here on Nov. 10. You’re more than welcome to come out. If you bring a telescope and stay in the group use area, I will waive the camp fees. If not, go online and make a reservation for a camp site. You can view some solar stuff starting at 3 in the afternoon. The good stuff starts at dark and goes till around 10. Several astronomy clubs will be on hand to show you some cool planets and answer all your questions. Dress warm. It gets cold here at night.
 
That’s all I got.  - 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 widespread 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. Bluegills 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 - Topwater bait should still be going here as well as any stink bait for those nice-size catfish that typically come out of these waters. 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. 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 red ear 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 red ear 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 indicated 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: If you have a fishing report or good fishing pictures to share (JPEG), send them to our "Been Fishing" site at BFishing@azgfd.gov. With the cooler fall temperature this is the time of year to fish for trout on the lakes near Flagstaff and Williams. Upper Lake Mary was stocked with trout. Fossil Creek is open to fishing.  Remember, Fossil Creek is managed as a catch and release fishery. Only flies and lures with single barbless hooks are allowed on Fossil Creek.  

WILLIAMS LAKES:

KAIBAB LAKE — Campground is closed. Fishing over the weekend was slower than the past couple of nice days, trout were being caught using powerbait or worms. The early morning bite wasn’t very good. Please try to leave the larger bass in the lake to spawn. 

CATARACT LAKE — Campground is closed. Folks are catching trout on Powerbait. Please try to leave the larger bass in the lake to spawn. 

CITY RESERVOIR — No report.

DOGTOWN LAKE — Campground is closed.

JD DAM — Fish were active over the weekend. 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 — Upper Lake Mary was stocked with catchable trout. Water quality problems at many of our trout lakes have led to us stocking Upper Lake Mary. Water levels are dropping and larger boats can only be launched at the second boat ramp. Boat anglers are doing well fishing for northern pike and walleye. There have been reports of folks catching trout from shore, but in general fishing is fair from the shore.

ASHURST LAKE — No report.

FRANCIS SHORT POND – No report. Stocked last week.

KINNIKINICK LAKE — Road is open. This is the time of year to catch a nice brown trout on the lake. Brown trout should be feeding preparing for the spawn next month.

OAK CREEK — No report. Stocked last week. 

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

BEAVER CREEK – No report. Has been stocked.

WEST CLEAR CREEK - No report. Has been stocked.

STONEMAN LAKE — NO FISH.

BLUE RIDGE —  Boat ramp is open.

KNOLL LAKE — No report.

VERDE VALLEY:

DEAD HORSE STATE PARK – Catfish were last stocked for the Verde River Days event. Trout are scheduled for the first week in November. The catfish and largemouth bite has been fair. Catfish are still being caught on night crawlers, 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.

VERDE RIVER (throughout Verde Valley) – Trout are scheduled for the first week in November. 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.  

PRESCOTT AREA:

FAIN LAKE — Stocking resumed the week of Sept. 4. Three weeks ago small brown trout were stocked. Although these fish are small fly fishermen can be very successful. 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. Flies are less likely to get swallowed so releasing the fish is much easier.

GOLDWATER LAKE — No new report. If you fish Goldwater and are having luck, please e-mail me at gcummins@azgfd.gov so I can share your successes with others.

GRANITE BASIN LAKE – Robert and Michelle fished from the boat launch at around 10 o’clock and caught fish non-stop for 2 -2 ½ hours.  They were using a bobber with worms and caught 23 bluegills and a black bass.  Robert tried a popper and had a strike but was unsuccessful in landing the fish. Thanks for your report Robert and Michelle!  Rob takes his boys and little girl and has been generally successful catching multiple bluegills on worms/bobber and catch between 3-5 largemouth per hour using soft baits with a Texas rigging.  Thanks Rob for the information.  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 – Stocking resumed the week of Sept. 4. The next scheduled stocking will be the week of November 11th. 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 – Stocking resumed the week of Sept. 4 for 500 rainbow trout.  Rainbow trout were scheduled for stocking the week of October 15th. 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 – Reports of bass that are plentiful and decent size from the shore should make Watson more attractive for fishing.  David reports that he has had good luck with crank baits, spinners, poppers, night crawlers and flies (basically everything) for the bass. He has been using chicken livers and night crawlers for the catfish with a slip sinker rig on the bottom.

The Wildlife Manager for the Watson area sent me a picture of some nice trout an angler caught from shore. Both of these fish looked like they had been in the lake for a period of time because of the size and condition of the fish.  If you have fished Watson Lake please send me a report of your trip to share with folks.

Game and Fish Biologists surveyed Watson recently 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 challenge with this lake is finding access to the shore and fighting the aquatic vegetation.  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

Recommended Waters to Fish:

Fishing is good to excellent for rainbow and cutthroat trout at Big Lake, good for catfish at Fool Hollow Lake, and fair to good for rainbow trout and walleye at Show Low Lake.  For fly fishing anglers, Becker Lake and Silver Creek are good to excellent.  Both Becker Lake and Silver Creek are currently artificial lure and fly and catch-and-release angling only.

Trout Stocking Schedule:

The trout stocking season in the White Mountains and Rim Lakes areas has ended for the year, and will resume in the spring of 2013.

MOGOLLON RIM LAKES:

Note:  Regular trout stocking has ended for the season.  The following campgrounds are still open:

  • Canyon Point, Aspen and Spillway campgrounds are open until November 11.
  • Chevelon Crossing and Chevelon Lake campgrounds are open until winter weather makes them inaccessible.

Sinkhole, Crook and Woods Canyon campgrounds were slated to open only until October 31.

BEAR CANYON LAKE – Fishing is fair to good for stocked trout. The lake was last stocked in September with rainbow trout.  

BLACK CANYON LAKE – Fishing is poor to fair. The water level is extremely low, and the boat launching ramp is closed. Small kayaks, canoes and float tubes can be carried down to the water.  

CHEVELON LAKE – Fishing is fair to good. Anglers are catching trout on spinners (Panther Martin and Rooster tails), Z-Rays and Kastmaster spoons. Brown trout should be staging at the mouth of Chevelon Creek, as they spawn in mid October and into November. Anglers should try large streamers (black, brown or green) and Rapalas. 

WILLOW SPRINGS LAKE – Fishing is fair to good for shore and boat anglers. The lake was last stocked in September with rainbow trout. Anglers have been catching trout on nightcrawlers and PowerBait.  

WOODS CANYON LAKE – Fishing is fair to good. The lake was last stocked in September with rainbow trout. Anglers have been catching trout on orange and rainbow-colored PowerBait in deep water. Boat anglers should try trolling slowly with cowbells with an attached nightcrawler, fly or small lure. The store is open until November 15, and boat rentals are available.

WHITE MOUNTAINS LAKES:

Note: Regular trout stocking has ended for the season.  The following campgrounds are still open:

  • Buffalo Crossing, Horse Springs, Raccoon, Deer Creek, Aspen and Diamond Rock campgrounds on the East Fork Black River are open until winter weather makes them inaccessible.
  • Luna Lake campground is open and will be available for ice fishing this winter.
  • Alpine Divide, Upper Blue, Hannagan and KP Cienega campgrounds will remain open until winter weather makes them inaccessible.
  • Lakeside and Scott Reservoir campgrounds in Pinetop-Lakeside were slated to be open only until November 1.
  • Fool Hollow Lake campground is open year-round.
  • Apache Trout, Grayling, Brookchar, Benny Creek and Winn campgrounds in the Greer-Big Lake area were slated to be open only until November 1.
  • Gabaldon campground will be open until winter weather makes it inaccessible.
  • South Fork campground is open to day-use only.

BECKER LAKE – Fishing is good to excellent. Large white streamers near the bottom have been effective.  Rainbows up to 23 inches have been reported recently. Becker Lake is catch-and-release only, with artificial lures and flies only with single, barbless hook.

BIG LAKE – Fishing is good to excellent. Boat anglers are catching trout by trolling cowbells with worms or drifting slowly with nightcrawlers, lures (Crickhoppers, Panther Martin spinners and Z-Rays) and flies. Shore anglers should try fishing in deep water off rocky points with worms or orange, rainbow or purple PowerBait. Rainbow trout are being caught at depths of 10-15 feet. Fly fishers are catching rainbow and cutthroat trout in shallow coves on Yaeger buggers and KP buggers. Few brook trout are being caught. The store is open, and boat rentals are available.

CARNERO LAKE – Fishing is fair to good for stocked rainbow trout. There are a few small, open water areas near the northeastern section of the lake. The lake is very weedy. Anglers should try fishing with a kayak or pontoon boat to get to open water areas. Fly fishermen are catching trout on small nymphs and dry flies such as caddis patterns and Parachute Adams.

CLEAR CREEK RESERVOIR – Fishing is poor for trout and fair for warm water species. Some anglers are catching a few bass.

CONCHO LAKE – Fishing is poor. The lake is very low, muddy and weed-covered.

CRESCENT LAKE – Fishing is fair. Anglers have been catching some nice brook trout and a few large (16-17 inches) rainbow trout in the deeper parts of the lake. The lake is weedy with a strong algae bloom. The store is closed. Recent netting revealed good numbers of 13- to 14-inch rainbow and brook trout. There have been no reports of brook trout congregating to spawn.

FOOL HOLLOW LAKE – Fishing is poor for trout and fair to good for channel catfish. Channel catfish are being caught on nightcrawlers, catfish-prepared baits, chicken livers and hot dogs at night.  An 11-pound, 10-oz. walleye was caught recently on a Rapala lure.

GREER LAKES – Fishing is fair at Bunch, River and Tunnel Reservoirs. All three reservoirs are very low, but are slowly filling. The water levels are down below the ramps at Bunch and River Reservoirs, and launching boats there will be very difficult.

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

LEE VALLEY LAKE – Fishing is fair. The lake level is very low, and there is a strong algae bloom present. Cooler water temperatures should trigger larger Apache trout to bite, plus an occasional Arctic grayling. Recent surveys found moderate numbers of 8-9 inch grayling.

LUNA LAKE – Fishing is fair. There is a heavy algae bloom present in the lake. Cooler water temperatures should trigger the fish into feeding.

LYMAN LAKE – Lyman Lake State Park is open to fishing and limited camping through October. In November, it will be open to day-use only, then the State Park and access to Lyman Lake will close for the season on December 1.

NELSON RESERVOIR – Fishing is fair to good. Try bright-colored PowerBait or nightcrawlers. There is a strong algae bloom present in the lake.

RAINBOW LAKE – Fishing is poor for trout, but fair for sunfish, small bass and bullheads. Parts of the lake are very weedy, but the weeds in much of the main body of the lake are senescing and sinking to the bottom, resulting in quite a bit of open water for boating in the middle of the lake. Some shorelines and most of the south end of the lake remain extremely weedy.

SCOTT RESERVOIR – Fishing is fair to good for trout during the evening hours and fair for channel catfish, bass and sunfish. Catfish are being caught on stinkbaits, hotdogs and worms at night.

SHOW LOW LAKE – Fishing is fair to good for stocked trout and walleye. Boat anglers are catching trout and walleye on cowbells with worms, flies and lures.  Boat anglers should troll slowly. An 8-pound walleye was recently caught while trolling in shallow water at night. Shore anglers are catching a few walleye and trout on nightcrawlers off the fishing piers. The store is closed for the season. Campgrounds are closed on the north end of the lake. Boat rentals are not available.

WOODLAND LAKE – Fishing is poor for trout and fair for largemouth bass and catfish. The lake is very weedy and low. Anglers are catching a few catfish on the bottom with bait. Largemouth bass are being caught in the early morning and late evening hours on lures.  The trout bag and possession limit here is four trout.

Alex_Akers.jpg
SUNRISE LAKE – Alex A. sends in this report from Sunrise Lake: “Caught last weekend (photo at right) at Sunrise Lake up in the White Mountains using power ball plus nightcrawler from shore”

WHITE MOUNTAINS STREAMS:

Note: Regular trout stocking in the streams has ended for the year.

EAST FORK of the BLACK RIVER – Fishing for wild brown trout and hold-over stocked Apache trout is fair. Forest Road (FR) 276 and associated campgrounds on the East Fork Black River are open. Trout stockings in the East Fork have ended for the season.

WEST FORK of the BLACK RIVER – Fishing is fair in the lower reaches. Access is open at the FR 25 bridge, FR 68 crossing and FR 116. The West Fork campground will be closed through the year for safety reasons. Regular trout stocking at the FR 68 crossing has ended for the season. Fishing in the middle and upper reaches is fair to good for wild trout where the fire had little impact. Fly fishermen have been catching small Apache trout on dry flies and small nymphs in the upper section. 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 this past summer.

LITTLE COLORADO RIVER IN GREER – Fishing is fair for wild brown trout and hold-over stocked rainbow trout. Trout stocking has ended for the season.

SHEEPS CROSSING – Fishing is fair for hold-over stocked Apache trout at the Sheeps Crossing bridge. Regular trout stocking has ended for the season.  Fishing is fair to good for wild Apache trout in the wilderness portions of the West Fork Little Colorado River.

SHOW LOW CREEK – Fishing is poor to fair in the large pool immediately below the outlet of Show Low Lake dam. Anglers have been catching trout on worms and spinners. Please do not park on the dam, which is a one lane road with insufficient pullouts.  Park at either end of the dam where there is dedicated parking.

SILVER CREEK – Fishing is good to excellent. 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 now open to angling. The stream was stocked heavily with large rainbow trout (up to six pounds) and Apache trout on October 1 to kick off this catch-and-release season.

 

SOUTHERN WATERS

Please send me your fishing reports from Southern Arizona! Fishing reports for southern waters 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 temperatures are starting to cool in the evenings and early mornings. Anglers should continue to avoid the hottest parts of the day for success. The winter trout stocking schedule is available at http://www.azgfd.gov/pdfs/h_f/fishing/stocking/TroutStockingSchedule.pdf. Need ideas on where to go fishing? Try the departments new interactive Fish and Boat Map at
http://gis.azgfd.gov/fishandboat/.

RIGGS FLAT — No recent reports. Anglers are being asked to immediately release unharmed all amurs they catch to aid in the removal of the aquatic vegetation and improved fishing conditions. Access is scheduled to be closed on November 15th.

CLUFF RANCH — No recent reports of success. 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 — No recent reports of success. For lake information call (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 January before it is ready for fish.

FRYE MESA RESERVIOR – Anglers continue to report success in catching Gila trout. Remember that the daily bag and possession limit for this species is one (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 – No recent reports of success. Anglers are reminded that all largemouth bass caught must be immediately released alive. Additionally, all mercury advisories against the eating of warmwater fish caught at Pena Blanca Lake remains in effect. Future testing will determine if and when these advisories will be lifted. Boaters using gas motors are asked to be courteous and not create wake problems for others boaters.

PATAGONIA — The lake is nearly full. Fishing continues to be good with bass anglers having success working the shorelines in shallower water. Recent surveys at the lake show outstanding numbers of large healthy largemouth bass and redear sunfish. Don’t forget that the lake supports a very healthy flathead catfish population as well that can provide some exciting opportunities for anglers.

PARKER CANYON — We had this recent report from an angler: Fishing is still good at PCL, fewer large bluegills but on Monday I did keep three nice redears that were 9-10 inches and one really nice one that was 11+ inches and really nice and "fat"...I had one just over 12 inches last week."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 — Anglers continue to report success in the early mornings and late evenings. The lake will close to vehicle access around November 15th.

  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