Arizona Fishing Report #A6

These Arizona fishing reports are long and loaded with detailed
information on specific bites on specific waters… here’s to your
great day on the water!

Here’s a piece of great news — we surveyed Tempe Town Lake last
week and guess what? IT’S BACK!

Our biologists are still crunching the numbers, but the survey
showed lots of largemouth bass ranging up to 4 pounds, and the
yellow bass were plentiful. Even though the lake lost all of its
water last summer when one of the inflatable dams broke, the water
from SRP used to fill it back up again last fall was apparently
loaded with lots of fish.

For tips on how to fish it, check the Town Lake report below.

With a weather weak front expected Wednesday and a stronger and
colder one Friday, it’s going to be a little topsy-turvy this
week.

Expect the largemouth bass to feed a little more aggressively,
especially bass staging for the spawn, as the barometer drops. If
Thursday is a blue-bird day in between storms, you might see fish
with lock-jaw at first, but if the barometer drops they may start
biting again. They should bite Friday, which is the leading edge of
the storm coming in.

The big, cold storm is expected Saturday. Now last year in a
similar situation, two guys cleaned up on largemouth bass and huge
stripers at Lake Pleasant during such a storm. It’s possible, but
it’s not for the faint of heart, especially if it’s windy.

But once the first storm hits, crappie anglers might either hand up
their poles, or put on some finesse baits for bass. Crappie don’t
like storm weather. However, mark April 17 on you calendar —
that’s the full moon. If a weather front doesn’t change the
equation, that should be the massive spawning time for crappie, and
a spawning surge for largemouth bass.

But we really need the precipitation. Mark Hubble at SRP said the
runoff so far is only about 40 percent of normal in the Salt and
Verde watershed. Fortunately, we went into winter with pretty full
lakes. So all precip is appreciated at this juncture.

For fishing, that’s not gloom and doom. We just had two
back-to-back years of good runoff (2009 and 2010) with very good to
excellent spor-fish and forage fish spawns or productivity. We’ll
are already reaping that bounty this year. We just won’t have that
nutrient super-charging we’ve seen the previous two years.

Here’s some more good news. The road opened into Willow Springs and
Black Canyon lakes. Last week we reported that Blue Ridge and Long
Lake were both open. Kaibab Lake near Williams is not only open, it
has had back-to-back week stockings of trout totaling 20,000 fish.
We are hoping to get trout into Dogtown and Whitehorse lakes soon,
so stay tuned.

Access to Ashurst could open at the end of this week, but it will
be northern pike time. No trout are scheduled for stocking until
our Flagstaff region assess the situation.

Now I am going to post this report on Monday just to give everyone
a heads up, but keep in mind I still have updates coming from the
region, so keep checking back for as I plug those in. Don’t
normally do this, but with fronts expected thought it would be the
thing to do.

By the way, I have had a lot of people ask me recently how to get
the weekly fishing report delivered directly to their computer each
week. Here’s the link
http://www.azgfd.gov/eservices/subscribe.shtml.

It was my privilege to do a fishing seminar Saturday night with the
good folks from the Bass Pro Shop. Learned a new fishing technique
called “flick shaking” that is typically used on lightweight
spinning rods with quick-action tips. It’s the latest technique to
come out of Japan and might just get you lots of bass at times. Try
this website: http://www.urbanfishinghq.com/

Page Springs Hatchery Stocking Update for Friday, April 1

Cataract Lake (4,140) 48*F pH 8.75;

Kaibab (13844) 51*F pH 7.5

Santa Fe Lake (2,001) 42*F pH 7.75

Long Lake (3,999) 50 *F pH 8.0

Oak Creek (1,500) 45-58*F

Frances Short (300) 48*F pH 7.5

Deadhorse (1,000) 60*F pH 8.0

Lynx Lake (3,822) 54*F pH 8.0

Verde River (500)

Watson Lake (8,168) 56*F pH 8.5

Goldwater Lake (2,376) 55*F pH 8.25

 

Fishing News

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CENTRAL WATERS

URBAN — Trout stocking has come to an end in our desert lakes and
ponds but our first catfish stocking was delivered to all Program
waters March 24 with 15- to 20-inch channel catfish.

More than 14,000 pounds of Arkansas farm raised catfish will be
delivered and stocked into Urban Fishing Program Lakes every two
weeks from now through early July. Effective baits are worms, stink
baits, and shrimp fished off the bottom. Daily limits are four
catfish per person at Urban Lakes or two catfish per person at
Urban Ponds (note regulations and park signage for Lake and Pond
designations).

This week (week of March 28)22,000 5- to 8-inch sunfish will be
divvied up and stocked into all Phoenix and Tucson Urban waters.
This will be one of the two yearly bluegill stockings the
Department stocks to replenish populations.

Top bluegill baits include meal worms, worms or doughballs
fished under small bobbers along the shorelines. Daily bag limits
for bluegill are 10 per day at Urban Lakes or 5 per day at Urban
Ponds. Trout stocking will continue at Green Valley lakes in Payson
until mid May.

Lakes will continue to be stocked with channel catfish every two
weeks through early July.

Best baits for the big cats are worms, stink baits, hot dogs or
shrimp fished on the bottom.

Rising lake temperatures in recent weeks have heated up the
catfish bite already. Many catfish anglers have caught limits of
catfish from the larger urban waters using stink baits and dough
baits.

All Urban Program waters will be stocked with feisty, 5-8 inch
bluegill the week of March 28 – April 2, just in time for kids to
fish during spring break. Best baits for bluegill are worms and
mealworms fished under a small bobber in 3-6 foot depths.
Largemouth bass have been moving into the shallows for spawning off
and on over the past few weeks. Please exercise catch and release
for spawning bass and remember the minimum keep able size for bass
is 13 inches.

Trout fishing is slowing after the final winter season stocking
on March 8. However, at Green Valley lakes (Payson) fishing is good
to excellent for trout. Try Power Bait, worms or salmon eggs off
the bottom. Trout stockings at this higher elevation Urban lake
will continue every two weeks until mid May.

Angler report:

Hi Rory!

My husband Will and I love to trout fish and we like to take
advantage of AZGFD’s winter trout stocking program at all the urban
lakes. It is kind of sad when trout season ends down here in the
valley so then it is time to head for the high country! This past
weekend we headed to Green Valley Lake in Payson. We took my sister
and her fiancé from Nebraska with us. Neither one of them has ever
been there and they were both impressed. I caught a very nice
rainbow that probably weighted in around 2 lbs. Beautiful healthy
fish. Next my stepson Austyn hauled in another beautiful healthy 2
pounder! We had several bites the rest of the morning and early
afternoon, but that was all we could get to shore. We were told by
some fellow anglers that those were incentive trout stocked this
past week. We were thrilled to catch them and they were lucky as
they got to go right back in the water! We practice catch and
release with all of our catches. Here are a couple of pictures my
husband took with his cell phone. I think the Game and Fish
Department is doing an outstanding job with their stocking program
at these lakes! Keep up the great work!

Debra Hover

TEMPE TOWN LAKE — IT’S BACK. Surveys last week show lots of
largemouth bass up to four pounds, and yellow bass are also
plentiful. For the largemouth bass, recommend using artifcial worms
or lizards worked along the bottom. Try a No. 2 hook, and use a
small split shot for weight. Cast out, let it go to the bottom.
Reel in line until you can feel the lure. Stop. Let it rest. Simply
raise up your rod tip to move the bait. When you lower the rod tip,
reel in the slack. Repat the process with a slightly erractic
cadence.

Town Lake is shallow, with a fairly flat bottom (except for the
reef balls we recently installed). It’s perfect for learning to
work lures across the bottom. This is a great place for practicing
techniques like drop shots and split shots.

For the yellow bass, try gold KastMasters (small) slowly reeled in
just off the bottom. An erratic retrieve can work well to make them
kind of dance through the water. Also try yellow and black inline
spinners, such as Rooster Tails.

LAKE PLEASANT – Lake elevation 1,695 feet (92 percent full). Some
largemouth bass are spawning, others are staging for the spawn, yet
some are still holding deep.

Some anglers are catching quite a few bass but not divulging
many specifics. One angler caught a 23 inch bass and another couple
fished Humbug from 1pm to 7 pm and caught a couple bass over 2
pounds.

Mike McFarland with Hook Up Outfitters said white and chartreuse
are good colors right now for spawning bass. He recommends the Eye
Shad, white Mission Fish, the Fat Ika or a the Sweet Beaver for
bedding bass.

He said stripers are in the main basin and can often be found off
main lake points, islands and reefs in anywhere from 25 to 60 feet
of water. When stripers are more shallow, try jerkbaits and
crankbaits — white is the best color. For the deeper stripers,
frozen anchovies are best, and he recommends the simple Bougan rig,
which is available at the Hook Up store on the water at
Pleasant.

Angler report:

Hello Fisherman

Right before the tournaments to begin at Lake Pleasant .. here is
what is going on 3/31/2011

Weather was high 90’s and lake water temp 66/67 .. with some spots
at 68. Carp are spawning at the end of Castle Creek area back by
the bridge 100’s of them. Lots of fish activity back there .. fish
jumping everywhere!!! Water temp and back there is 68 and rising
…..

Lots of shore fisherman sitting back on the bridge catching
stripers on live shad .. plenty of boils here before sunset!

We caught 5 total for the day of largemouth.. 2 got away. Still a
lot of fish on beds and even when you launch the boat at the dock
(the 4 lane), lots of bass holding under the dock area. Visibility
is fantastic!! I worked the shoreline with drop shot and found beds
to work the lizard .. it was very easy even in the light
wind!

Caught them on robo worm 6″ drop shot and “zoom” chartreuse (light
green) w/pepper lizards Texas rigged caught 2 on this alone!

Tight Lines Fisherman 🙂

Warren

Hi Rory,

Fished Lake Pleasant on Friday night April 1. Fished from around
midnight till 7 am. Caught 27 nice stripers in about 50 feet near
the mouth of the Agua Fria arm. The bite was slow and steady all
night but really picked up from 5 am till 7. I used a submersible
light and for the first time in several trips I had a big school of
large shad circling the boat. Caught most of the fish on anchovies
within 2 to 6 feet of the bottom, caught a couple using Gulp 3″
minnow on a jig. Also caught some small white bass higher up.

April 3

Bill Koontz

Hey Rory

Went out to Pleasant last Saturday from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. and
have a pleasant story about Pleasant (yea go figure!!!). Not
fishing beds but outside tree line in 10 to 15 foot boated a limit
by 10 a.m. and culled till 1 p.m. Caught 13 in a 100-yard stretch.
No scale but the 5 biggest were all 16 to 18 inches and fat… nice
to see the lake producing again.

Paul

Hello Fisherman

My report for Lake Pleasant 3/20/2011 “overcast weather”

Largemouth bass are spawning 2 to 4ft of water and visible in some
spots up to 10ft easy with bass holding in the 8 to 10ft range.
Live night crawlers with a small split shot weight and # eagle claw
snell hooks dragging it into the bed and even hitting the fish on
the head until you can get a “reaction strike”. Plastic crawfish
called Huddle Bug its very “life like” and effective w/built in
weight system that allows the crawfish to land on its belly every
time for a superb presentation. Caught 2 of the fish seen here just
on this artificial alone!

Drop shot 4″ Robo Worm “Orange Crush” flavor was also used in
catching 2 of these.

All fish here caught in Castle Creek in the coves and off points.
Take your time as most of the fish have been fished by other
fisherman before you.. be patient !!

Tight Lines !!

Warren

ROOSEVELT LAKE — Lake Elevation is 2,145 ft (93 percent full).
Tonto Creek runoff is 67 cfs while inflow from the Salt River is at
366 cfs. You can find largmeouth bass on spawning beds, staging for
the spawn, or still holding deep. With the warmer wather this week,
fish activity levels should continue to increase.

A fishing duo hit the Salt end from about 7:30 a.m. to about 4 p.m.
They caught 6 bass and one was estimated over 4 pounds.

Another angler used dark Senkos with flakes and caught 2 good sized
bass. One angler caught 4 bass using Texas rigged brush hogs.

On fisherman fought the wind at Roosevelt and caught several nice
bass using crankbaits.

A tournament was held at Roosevelt and the winner pulled in two 9
pound bass and a nice smallie.

Angler report:

Rory,

Three of my friends and I went fishing at Roosevelt Lake March
16th. We started fishing at 7:15 around Windy Hill. After about an
hour with no bites we moved to Salome Cove. There were several
boats in there fishing but we saw no one catching fish. We used
minnows at different depths and crank baits. We caught one bass on
a white jig. At about 12:30 we moved up toward the river and fished
till 3 p.m. The water temperature was 62 and the water was very
clear, you could see 12 foot deep. I stopped at the cleaning
station and ask the angler that was there how he did. He was
fishing for bass and had four. There was one other angler that
showed up he had about the same. They said it was real slow today.
We are going to San Carlos next week for crappie; I will give you
an update when I get back.

Thanks Tim

Good Afternoon,

We took the kids to Roosevelt for the first weekend of their spring
break. My mom and dad, sisters, and a couple of nieces/nephews
joined us making a mini family reunion out of the trip. The weather
was beautiful but the fish not so accommodating. We hit the water
at daylight on Saturday and after a quick run from the Bobcat Boat
Ramp started working secondary points around Windy Hill. I had high
hopes after catching three nice bass in the first hour.
Unfortunately things went dead after that. Only three more bites,
two thrown hooks and one bass to show for another couple days of
fishing. I am sure that we could have managed a couple more with
hard work but we were there for some relaxing family time. Can’t
wait to go back, hopefully for a little more catching next time but
the fishing’s always good this time of year.

Eric Savage

APACHE – Lake elevation is 1,910 feet (96 percent full). Fishing is
good by Turtle Island; anglers are easily catching quite a few
largemouth over 2 pounds as reported by anglers talking to the
folks at the marina, restaurant and hotel.

Crappie are also hitting jigs trolled along the shoreline. Don’t
forget the trophy yellow bass in that lake. They are taking spoons
bounced off the bottom of shelves and live bait such as meal worms
and pieces of worms.

CANYON — Lake Lake elevation is 1,657 feet, which is 94 percent
full.

A shore angler fished the boulder area and caught 3 largemouth
bass between 2 and 3 pounds. One bass fell for a jig and the other
two liked the Rapala X-rap.

Two other reports from anglers fishing from their boats had
similar success.

Angler report:

Went kayak fishing on 3-19-2011, the wife and i have only been here
2 times, fishing was slow, no bites for first 3 hours, then we
paddled to the back of the canyon were no boats are allowed and i
caught a real nice 2 pound bass, it was really fat. saw two guys on
the main lake pitching jigs in to cat tails and they caught a real
nice bass. they sure made pitching jigs into cover look easy,
that’s a skill i would like to have. note i was using a drop shot
robo worn, just a torn off peace of a whole worm, about 2 inches.
its was blue gill color. i will post pic. a soon as i can figure it
out. thanks for having this feature of adding pictures.

Kevin Wilson

SAGUARO – Lake elevation 1,524 feet at 91 percent full. Largemouth
bass are on beds, some bass are staging for the spawn, other bass
are still holding deep. You might even some a small cadre of
post-spawn bass. We’ve been getting some really nice reports so far
this spring — it looks like Saguaro is way down the comeback
trail.

A father son duo caught 20 bass using the drop shot
technique.

success.

BARTLETT — Lake elevation is 1,777 eeft, which is 71 percent
full. Reservoir release is 950 cfs.

An angling duo fished from 11 a.m. till sundown; they found a cove
with busting shad. The shad played in that cove all day and one
angler caught 8 bass and the other caught 6 using floating flukes.
They caught 4 catfish after the sun went down. It was real windy
but fishing was still pretty good. The temperature in the cove was
about 60 degrees.

A solo fishermen arrived at the lake about noon. He caught a couple
here and there in the Yellow Cliffs area, but all were pretty
small. He used crankbait in the river section and landed about 5
but all were still small. He switched to rocky areas and threw some
Texas Rigged worms and caught a nice 2 pound bass. The wind was a
challenge.

HORSESHOE – Lake elevation is at 1,989 feet 30 percent full. They
are releasing water at 400 cfs.

VERDE RIVER – Verde River flow at Tangle is 483 cubic feet per
second. Release from Bartlett Lake is 950 cfs.

SALT RIVER – Salt River into Roosevelt is 366 cfs, and Salt River
Canyon is 258 cfs. They are releasing 8 cfs out of Stewart Mountain
dam from Saguaro.

LOWER SALT RIVER – Stocked last week, primarily at Phon D.
Sutton, Granite Reef and Blue Point Bridge. The crew is also
exploring putting some in the deeper pools at the Water Users area
just below Stewart Mountain Dam.

CREEKS (Haigler, Canyon, Tonto, Christopher, East Verde, Workman) –
April is when trout stocking is expected to resume for Haigler,
Canyon, Tonto, Christopher, and East Verde. It should begin the
first week in April.

COLORADO RIVER NORTHWEST

LAKE POWELL – Lake elevation: 3,611, Water temperature, 50 – 56
F

By: Wayne Gustaveson, March 31

Good fishing in March happens when weather warms but that is
often followed by a cold spell with wind which dims fishing
success. That was the case this past week as fishing success
declined. Looking forward, weather is forecast to be warm for the
next few days and into the weekend. When planning springtime
fishing trips it is best to look at the weather as perhaps the best
indicator of fishing success. With that in mind expect great
fishing this weekend at Lake Powell.

Base water temperature slipped back near 48F in the mornings and
warmed only to 55 in the warmest spots during the day. This morning
the base temperature was 50 at dawn and will increase to possible
58 in the afternoon. A few degrees of warming have a dramatic
impact on fish behavior and activity.

The good news with the cold weather set back is that fish have not
moved. Striped bass are still split between the back of some
canyons where shad are present while stripers in forage poor areas
have migrated to the main channel in the lower lake. Main channel
stripers can be caught on bait near the Dam and in the forebay.
Stripers run the walls so they can be caught sporadically near Buoy
1 or at the Chains or at any spot along the walls. At all these
locations a passing school will provide quick fishing followed by a
lull until the school makes a return pass. Use frozen anchovies or
sardine bait cut in one inch chunks on a jig head or size 2-4 bait
hook. Chum steadily with finely cut bait. Since there is no 60 foot
bottom for fish or chum to rest on near the dam it may be best to
chum 2-3 pieces of bait every 10 minutes to attract attention of a
passing school. When the school arrives put out more chum to keep
the school under your boat as long as possible.

Stripers remain in the backs of the canyons where shad have over
wintered. Navajo, Last Chance, Rock Creek, Oak, San Juan, and
Escalante have shad and will harbor stripers susceptible to
trolling and spooning. From Red Canyon to Hite forage is abundant
allowing great fishing success at times. Forage rich areas are
prone to lulls when fish choose not to feed. The best conditioned
fish are in the backs of the canyons while the easiest fish to
catch are in the channels near the dam. There have been no reports
yet that stripers have been caught at Moki Wall near Bullfrog. That
usually happens in April so we have something to look forward to in
the mid lake area.

Largemouth bass remain in the brush where water depth is 10-20
feet. Declining lake level has exposed much of the thickest brush
making fishing with exposed hook lures somewhat easier. Brush is
brittle so wiggling a snagged lure usually allows it to pull free.
It also allowed me to catch a 3-pound largemouth yesterday on a
single tail smoke-sparkle grub on a regular jig head. Tubes, grubs,
spinnerbaits and bulky jig and pig baits are good largemouth fare.
Smallmouth will respond this week as well with water temperature
beginning to climb. Find 57-60 degree water in the afternoon for
best smallmouth results.

.

LEES FERRY — April 4th, 2011 by Lees Ferry Anglers
(www.leesferry.com)

Report by: Terry Gunn, Monday, April 4, 2011

Fly Fishing:

Good News!! As of today the water flows have dropped back to
16,000-cfs constant for the near future (most likely until May 1).
This is very good news for the fishing during this time of year.
Early April is historically the beginning of epic midge hatches,
and also the lower flows should allow access to several wading
spots to take advantage of the prolific midge hatches and increased
trout feeding activity. In addition to the feeding fish, there are
spawning fish throughout the river and many fish are spawning in
shallow water areas that has seen no spawning activity since the
90’s due to the lower water flows that have resulted from the
drought. We have been using dry dropper rigs, heavy nymph rigs, and
double tiny rigs depending on the spots that we

are fishing. The fishing this spring both upriver and the walk-in
should be great despite the higher water.

The fish are happy and crowds are non-existent so now is a great
time to visit the Ferry!

A reminder that we will be seeing high water flows until September,
2011. The reason for these high flows is an attempt to increase the
water volume in Lake Meade and this is the largest snow pack that
the Rockies has seen since 1997 which provides enough water to
allow the high releases. It is important to remember that the
higher releases are really good for the health of the river and
fish…every “fishing boom period” at Lees Ferry has been preceded
by extended high water flows just like the flows that we are
currently getting.

We currently had a group that fishes with us every year for the
past 25 years and they say that this trip was the BEST trip that
they have ever experienced here at the Ferry.

Walk in:

The flows are currently at a constant 16,000cfs, as of today, which
are remarkably ideal conditions for the walk-in area. Dropper zebra
midges have produced many strikes, as have San Juan worms, and egg
patterns.

Spin Fishing:

Reports of good spin fishing, the lure of choice is still the
panther martin in gold and black.

Anglers are also using large glow bugs, and bouncing them off the
bottom. The jig has been a fun one too, seems the black ones are
working best when the cast is toward the shore.

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 Fishing Report

We would be happy to have your input, and pass it along.

LAKE MEAD – The current water level is around 1,096 feet above
msl. Lake levels have been rising slightly over the winter. Striper
fishing has been slow, even at night under lights. Cut anchovies
are still the bait of choice. Check the moon phases before you go.
Dark nights work best when fishing under light. Fish for strippers
in 50 plus feet of water to 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.

Launching conditions at South Cove have improved as the water level
has gone up. There are currently four lanes. Launching conditions
in general are better at Temple Bar than South Cove.

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 is around 642 feet above msl. Black
bass are hitting soft baits when worked slowly. Trolling with
anchovies in 30-50ft has been producing some stripers, while
catfish are on the bottom. In general the fishing is slow. While
the number of stripers in Mohave has been decreasing, the quality
of the fish caught has increased.

Submersible lights fished during the new moon are an effective way
to catch stripers. Cut anchovies usually work the best. The next
new moon is 4/3/2011.

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 mchmiel@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. Fishing for trout has been slow. While the weather
has been beautiful, the fishing has not been. Garlic and salmon
peach powerbaits were being used most for trout. Power worms,
jakes, panther martin and roostertails are also usually effective.
Construction near the river is mostly complete and the new store
and parking lots are open.

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 mchmiel@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 were last stocked the week
of March 8th. This was the last stocking at Davis Camp until
October of 2011. In addition to the stockers multiple anglers have
been reporting catching trout in the 20-22 inch range on night
crawlers. 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. 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.

Topock Gorge has seen up to 2 lb. smallmouth but not very many
taken. Strippers are not biting but the trout are moving down and
being caught on night crawlers. A 3 ¼ pound catfish was taken
recently but in general it has taken a variety of baits to catch
the few fish that have been caught.

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
mchmiel@azgfd.gov so I can share your successes with others.

TOPOCK MARSH – Bass, crappie and catfish are all biting, but the
bite can be hit and miss. Several crappie have tipped the scale a
just over 2 pounds. Minnows and small road runners are the
preferred bait. Bass are also being taken. Pumpkin colored
crankbait and six inch watermelon trick worms are working in
shallow water. In deeper water it is deep diving crank baits in a
fire tiger color that is producing. Catfish ranging between 2-6
pounds, with a stout 10 lb, 12 oz, are being caught off North
Dyke.

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

LAKE HAVASU — Lake Level 449.02. Striper bite good using cut
anchovies, still fishing from the North Winsor Ramp to the Entrance
to the River/Sandbar. Be sure to throw out extra chum to attract
these schools of prespawn stripers.

Trolling pointer 100s or 128s during the first hour of light
producing some quality stripers from 4 to 6lbs.

Topwater action will start soon as overnight water temps hit 65
degrees when Stripers start feeding overnight on shallow rocky or
gravel flats where they feed on crawdads.

Largemouth & smallmouth bass are in full spawn now. Any
small dropshotted worm like the Roboworm.

Gitzits or small plastic craw like the Huddlebug will also work
well on these aggressive bass which are defending their bedding
areas. The key is the bait must contact the bottom to trigger the
bass to strike.

Please practice catch and release

during this time to give our Bass a chance to reproduce and make
our fishery even better.

This Report was provided by John Galbraith of BassTackleMaster.com,
Lake Havasu City, Az.

Hi Rory,

I went out on the lake late last week. I talked to numerous
fishermen. It seems spring has started and love is in the air. Most
fishermen seemed to be catching gravid females on beds. Mostly
smallies and some largemouth. A variety of baits/lures were
working. I witnessed one guy catch a smallmouth on a surface minnow
lure. Green and also brown plastics were also working
(worms/crayfish). One guy caught a nice striper on an anchovy while
I was talking to him. Another person I talked to had caught a nice
red-ear and 2 smallmouth on night crawlers.

Suzanne Ehret

Wildlife Manager

Angler report:

On March 16th I was on the lake in the in the channel in enjoying a
great day, when a young boy started to fish next too me. Within
about 30 seconds he hooked up with a fish, he beached his fish and
asked his dad what kind of fish was this. Well that got me up to
see an to my surprise it was a very heathy looking rainbow trout. I
have fished in the lake for 15 years an never have seen one in the
lake this far out of the river.

Bill

Sandpoint Fish Report for March 17, 2011

Courtesy Karen Coats, Sandpoint Marina

As winter comes to a close at Sandpoint the fish report will get
smaller.

3-15 Jack L. got a 14 pound 14 ounce catfish, he was using
anchovies and was in the Marina on A-Dock.

3-16 Carl K. got a 3 pound 7 ounce large mouth bass, he was using
shad at the pump station.

Others are going up just before the I 40 to get blue gill. They are
hoping to get some night time catfishing in before they have to
leave for the summer.

March

Lunker: Carl K. 7 lb. 2 oz.

Striper: Van 6 lb. 8 oz.

Bass: Carl K. 3 lb. 7 oz.

Catfish: Jack L. 14 lb. 14 oz.

Carp:

February

Lunker: Carl K. 7 lb. 2 oz.

Striper: Gale L. 7 lb. 1 oz.

Bass: Bob C. 3 lb. 1 oz.

Catfish: Leonard P. 7 lb. 6 oz.

January Winners

Lunker: Carl K. 7 lb. 2 oz.

Striper: Clyde C. 8 lb. 1 oz.

Bass: Robert P. 4 lb. 8 oz.

Catfish: Gale L. 8 lb. 10 oz.

December Winners

Lunker: Carl K. 7 lb. 2 oz.

Striper: Carl K. 7 lb. 2 oz.

Bass: Lori K. 4 lb. 9 oz.

Catfish: Terry D. 8 lbs.

November Winners

Striper: Leonard P. 6 lb. 2 oz.

Bass: Rick S. 4 lb. 1 oz

Catfish: Tenny P. 18 lb. 9 oz

Happy fishing

Spring Outlook for Lower Colorado River and Alamo Lake

ALAMO LAKE – Lake has received no significant runoff this
winter, but the lake elevation remains at a pretty respectable
level, around 1118 feet. This means that both launch ramps at Alamo
Lake State Park should remain usable for the foreseeable future.
Inflow events are still a possibility as we go into the spring, but
for the past three years our major inflow events have occurred
prior to March. Regardless, the flows in the past three winters
have provided an influx of nutrients into the system, so the fish
populations in the reservoir should be in very good shape.

Largemouth bass surveys conducted by AZGFD in October indicate that
bass are still very abundant, although a large proportion of the
population remains in the protected slot. We continue to see a
gradual increase in numbers of bass that are greater than 16
inches, but slot-sized fish are still the most numerous. This past
fall, the bass were in average physical condition for Alamo Lake,
but the decent shad and small sunfish numbers hopefully has allowed
them to fatten, over the winter. Bass fishing should be good to
excellent, as is usual for Alamo, into the summer. Be aware that
heavy runoff inflows, if they occur, can dump a lot of debris into
the lake, which effects water clarity, and can turn off the bite.
There is also the chance of larger floating debris, which can
present a boating hazard. The upper end of Alamo Lake has a lot of
dead standing vegetation and debris, often just below the water
surface. This is great cover for fish, but presents a hazard to
boating. Be aware that there are no navigational hazard markers at
the upper portion of the lake, once you pass the second buoy line.
For bass, as the weather warms, shift from slowly working plastics
in deeper water to crank baits, spinner baits, and top-water
lures.

Fishing for channel catfish will be good to excellent this spring,
and throughout the summer. There is a very healthy population of
channel catfish in Alamo Lake. There are lots of very small
catfish, but plenty in the 2-4 pound range that provide fun
fishing. You may also run into the occasional 8-10 pound catfish.
The best concentrations of channel catfish seem to be found along
the upper two thirds of the shoreline, on the western side of the
lake. For channel catfish any of the prepared catfish baits will
work, as well as chicken livers, or your own secret concoctions.
Channel catfish will occasionally take artificial lures and
plastics, but if you are targeting catfish, bait is probably the
way to go. Crappie fishing has been pretty decent through the
winter, and may pick up a bit as the weather warms. Large bags have
not been common, but the fish are of high quality, in the 1½- to
2-pound range. There are other fish present such as bluegill,
redear sunfish and carp that are a lot of fun to catch. When Alamo
Lake was first formed, it was well known for its excellent
pan-fishing. In the past couple of years we have been noticing that
decent-sized sunfish are on the increase. Increased harvest on
these species would actually result in larger average sizes, and
you cannot beat sunfish for edibility. We have been seeing an
abundance of decent-sized redear sunfish, up to a pound. This
species commonly reaches sizes of over two pounds, although we have
not yet observed redear sunfish of this size in Alamo Lake. All
types of bait should work. Large tilapia in the 5-6 pound range are
abundant, and are an unexploited resource.

The State Park, and all of its facilities, is open, and we expect
all amenities to remain available. Because of the State’s budget
woes, which have severely impacted operation of Arizona State
Parks, some change in operation could occur in the future, but for
now the operation of the Park has not changed. The store at the
lake is open, where you can get ice, snacks, fishing tackle and
bait, as well as information on the fishing. A certified scale is
located at the store. No fuel is available at Alamo Lake, it is
sold at Wenden, and nearby Wayside.

LAKE HAVASU & TOPOCK GORGE – Lake Havasu and the river upstream
of the lake is becoming an excellent destination for largemouth and
smallmouth bass. Fishing for largemouth bass, as well as smallmouth
bass, is expected to be good to excellent this spring. There is a
13-inch minimum size limit for bass on the lower Colorado River.
Largemouth bass in the four to six pound range are becoming very
common on Lake Havasu, with occasional fish exceeding 10 pounds.
Smallmouth bass are becoming more and more common, and bags at bass
tournaments are now showing close to a 50/50 mix of largemouth and
smallmouth bass. If you are unfamiliar with smallmouth bass, they
are very aggressive and scrappy, and will give you a much more
exciting battle than a similarly-sized largemouth. Smallmouth bass
generally do not grow as large as largemouth, but four and
five-pound smallmouth are becoming common. Both bass species tend
to be in very good condition in this water body. Perhaps because of
the exceptionally clear water in Lake Havasu, they are also some of
the most strikingly colored fish in the Region. The warmer weather
should cause the bite to improve, making crankbaits and topwater
lures a good choice as the water warms.

Striped bass fishing will likely continue to be fair to poor, with
catch rates far below what have been experienced in past years.
Striped bass are very dependent on threadfin shad for forage. Shad
numbers appear to be on the increase, but all reports indicate that
striper-fishing has not seen a dramatic comeback, nor do we have
terribly high expectations that it will. Remember, schools of shad
move around, and populations tend to fluctuate, so spots that have
been “hot” in the past may no longer be so if the shad have moved
elsewhere, or are in lower numbers. Historically, the majority of
striped bass in Lake Havasu tend to be smaller fish of 1 to 2
pounds, with an occasional 20-30 pound fish. It seems that the
smaller fish are much more uncommon than they were several years
ago. The jury is still out on the effects the quagga mussel
infestation in Lake Havasu may have on the fish community in Lake
Havasu, but the arrival of the mussel has seemed to coincide with a
decrease in the catch rates for striped bass. Live shad seems to be
the most productive bait for stripers, with cut anchovies not
seeming to work as well as they did in years past.

Angling for bluegill and redear sunfish will be good to excellent.
Lake Havasu is well known for large (2-3 pound) redear sunfish, and
with the proliferation of the quagga mussel in the lake, we are
seeing large redears becoming more common. Redear sunfish are also
known as “shellcrackers,” due to their preference, and
morphological adaptation, for eating clams and mussels, so they may
actually benefit from the presence of the invasive quagga mussel.
Bluegills will also eat quagga mussels, although they are not as
well adapted for capitalizing on this suddenly abundant food
source. Redear sunfish up to four pounds (or even larger) are found
in the lake. Decent crappie numbers can be found, primarily in the
lower end of the lake (Bill Williams River Arm), but fishing for
crappie is likely to be only fair. Threadfin shad are also an
important food source for crappie, and the abundance of this
species hinges on the size of the shad population. Flathead catfish
can be found throughout the lake, but the larger individual, up to
40 pounds, or greater, can be found in the lower portion of the
lake, especially in the Bill Williams River arm. Fishing for
flatheads should improve as the water warms this spring. Live bait
is the key for flatheads, as they are extremely predatory and are
unlikely to strike much other than a lively baitfish. Channel
catfish are also found throughout the lake, and they will take a
variety of live bait, cut bait and commercial preparations.

Take precautions to make sure your boat and equipment is clean
before leaving the water to make sure you don’t spread quagga
mussels to other waters by accident. This invasive species
certainly has profound effects on water delivery and control
structures, boat engines, and likely on fish populations. Quagga
mussels are abundant and widely distributed in Lake Havasu, but are
absent from many of our interior lakes, and lakes in California.
Help keep those lakes quagga-free. Do the right thing, and make
sure your boat and trailer are free of the mussels; drain your
bilge and livewell before leaving the area, and most importantly,
let your boat bake in the sun before you launch it at another lake.
New regulations pertaining to the quagga mussel are now in effect
for Lake Havasu and other infected waters, so make sure you follow
those rules if you are transporting your boat. See Director’s Order
3, below, for specific requirements about moving your boat from
Lake Havasu, or any other quagga infested waters in Arizona.
http://www.azgfd.gov/h_f/documents/DirectorsOrder3_2011A.pdf.

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 is clean
before leaving the water to make sure you don’t spread quagga
mussels to other water by accident.

COLORADO RIVER (BETWEEN PALO VERDE DIVERSION DAM AND WALTER’S CAMP)
– This area should be fair for both smallmouth bass (in the
channel) up river from the I-10 Bridge and largemouth bass (in the
backwaters) throughout the entire area. Channel and flathead
catfish are always fair to good in this section of the Colorado
River. Most of the flathead catfish will be in the 2 to 5 pound
size range with an occasional fish over 40 pounds. Flathead catfish
surveys last May yielded a handful of fish between 15 and 50 pounds
in this section of the river, although the majority of fish were
much smaller. The time for fishing for both species of catfish will
be late spring and throughout the summer. Generally, when fishing
for catfish, the hotter the weather, the better the fishing. Lively
bait is the key to successful flathead fishing. Using the largest
baitfish you can come by will increase the odds of catching a
larger flathead.

This section of the Colorado River, all the way down to Yuma, is
where the invasive vegetative species known as Giant Salvinia is
located. Quagga mussels are also found here. If using a boat, make
sure that boats, live wells, engines, and trailers are clean before
leaving the area.

COLORADO RIVER (BETWEEN WALTER’S CAMP AND PICACHO STATE PARK) –
This section of the Colorado River is relatively remote and can
only be accessed by boat from either end. Fishing is expected to be
good to excellent for flathead catfish with sizes over 40 pounds.
The best time will be late spring and on into the summer (the
hotter the better). Backwaters are somewhat limited in this stretch
of the river, but the few that are there will be good for
largemouth bass and other sunfish (bluegill, redear and
occasionally black crappie). Channel catfish are also very numerous
in this section of the river. Smaller numbers of smallmouth bass
and striped bass also occur.

The invasive vegetative species, giant salvinia, as well as quagga
mussels, are found in this stretch of the river. If using a boat,
make sure that boats, live wells, engines, and trailers are clean
before leaving the area.

COLORADO RIVER (BETWEEN PICACHO STATE PARK AND IMPERIAL DAM) – This
area is expected to be good to excellent for largemouth bass,
channel catfish, and flathead catfish. Bass and channel catfish in
excess of 5 pounds are present along with flathead catfish as large
as 40 pounds not uncommon, occasionally much larger. There is
definitely a state record or two lurking in these waters. Only very
heavy fishing tackle will suffice for the really large fish.
Bluegills, redear sunfish and black crappie are also present in the
various backwaters. Occasional striped bass will be caught in the
channels connecting backwaters and the main river channel.
Smallmouth bass seem to be on the increase in the lower river above
Imperial Dam. They generally prefer swifter water and rockier
substrate than largemouth bass, and certainly aren’t as numerous,
but they are very aggressive and very scrappy fighters and well
worth seeking out.

The invasive vegetative species, giant salvinia, as well as quagga
mussels, are found in this stretch of the river. If using a boat,
make sure that boats, live wells, engines, and trailers are clean
before leaving the area.

COLORADO RIVER (BETWEEN LAGUNA AND MORELOS DAMS) – This area will
be good for largemouth bass and flathead catfish. Bass in excess of
5 pounds are common and flathead catfish over 20 pounds are a good
bet. In this area, accessibility to the river is dependent on the
amount of water being released. Usually shallow draft boats are a
must. The lower end has had some dredging work done and a larger
boat may be able to get on the river in that area. Be aware that
some sections of the river are within Quechan tribal boundaries,
and a tribal permit is required to fish there. Boundaries are not
well marked, so doing some research prior to fishing this section
may prevent hassles while you are out there.

The invasive vegetative species, giant salvinia, as well as quagga
mussels, are found in this stretch of the river. If using a boat,
make sure that boats, live wells, engines, and trailers are clean
before leaving the area.

With the increase in border issues and illegal activity on the
lower end of this stretch, we recommend exercising extreme caution,
avoiding nighttime use, or even staying away from the area
altogether (Pilot Knob to Morelos Dam).

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 sportfish 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 5-10 pounds 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 www.yumabassman.com.

CENTRAL MOUNTAINS

Note:Fossil Creek is open for fishing until the end of April. The
creek is managed as a catch-and-release fishery using flies and
lures with single barbless hooks; no bait is allowed.

WILLIAMS LAKES:

KAIBAB LAKE – Campground is closed. No report. Liberally stocked
last week with rainbow trout. Scheduled to be stocked this
week.

CATARACT LAKE – Campground is closed. Scheduled to be stocked
this week.

CITY RESERVOIR – No report,

DOGTOWN LAKE – Campground is closed. The road from the Williams
side (Perkinsville road) was in good shape and passable when we
checked the lakes. No Report

JD DAM – Had an angler report that he did well on wooly
buggers.

RUSSELL TANK – The lake is to shallow to stock.

SANTA FE – No Report.

WHITEHORSE LAKE – Campground is closed.

FLAGSTAFF LAKES:

LOWER LAKE MARY – Anglers have been catching some nice size
hold-over rainbows and quite a few small pike late in the day.
Small spoons in silver or gold fished slow seem to be working best.
Some trout are also being caught on power bait fished on the
bottom.

Angler report:

Fished lower lake Mary (near Flagstaff) Sunday 3/27/11 for about
3hrs caught one nice rainbow (13″),

on powerbait. I also missed a few others, the I caught was full of
what looked like mosquito larvae and other assorted bugs. The lake
looks great!

The lake is completely ice free and ready for some more Trout! I
hope it will be stocked again soon….

Glen Preston

Flagstaff, AZ.

UPPER LAKE MARY – Northern pike and yellow perch should be
active right now. A 23-pound pike was caught recent on
anchovies.

ASHURST LAKE – Road closed

FRANCIS SHORT POND – Stocked last week. Scheduled to be stocked
this week.

KINNIKINICK LAKE – Road closed. No report.

MARSHALL LAKE – Road Closed No report

OAK CREEK – No report. Stocked last week.

LONG LAKE – No report.

SOLDIERS & SOLDIERS ANNEX – No report

STONEMAN LAKE – NO FISH.

BLUE RIDGE – Is now open and accessible.

Angler report:

Blue Ridge is open!

Water level is high and the water is clear. The road in is muddy in
spots and there is still some snow. The boat launch looks to be in
good shape, no major ruts or rocks.

I caught and released 6 rainbow trout (8″-14″) in 4 hours.
Caught 3 in 20 minutes!

Rapala Countdown Minnow (silver) provided outstanding results (5
of the 6 fish). Three inch (white) Power Grub six feet under slip
bobber provided the other trout.

If you love Blue Ridge as much as we do, please take a bag to
pick up trash and discarded line.

Good luck and have fun!

Greg

(Flagstaff)

KNOLL LAKE -No report. .

Verde Valley

DEAD HORSE STATE PARK – Has been liberally stocked with rainbow
trout. Fishing is usually great following the stocking. Powerbait
or homemade doe baits are your best bet this time of year.

VERDE RIVER (throughout Verde Valley) – Stocked last week with
rainbow trout. Stocking sites are at Tuzigoot Bridge outside of
Clarkdale, The bridge that leads to the Deadhorse State Park, at
Deadhorse State Parks access point called the Jacks, at the White
Bridge in Camp Verde, and at Bignotti Beach. 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.

BEAVER CREEK – Stocked in early March. With the mild weather this
weekend, hiking and fishing in the Beaver Creek Wilderness might be
worthwhile to consider.

WEST CLEAR CREEK – Stocked in early March. For those looking for
a hiking fishing adventure, you might want to try the West Clear
Creek Wilderness, but be prepared to hike, climb a little, and
possible have to wade or swim through pools.

FOSSIL CREEK — This unique catch-and-release, artificial lure
with barbless hook only fishing for roundtail chub fishery will
come to an end April 30. If you go, please help out and take an
extra trash bag; some folks aren’t as respectful of the land as
anglers are.

Prescott Area

FAIN LAKE – Fain Lake is closed while it is being dredged. Stocking
will be canceled until the dredging is completed. The surplus fish
that would normally be going into Fain will be stocked in Watson
Lake at the new boat launch. Try Watson while Fain is closed. Fain
will likely be finished around the end of April, beginning of
May.

GOLDWATER LAKE – Trout have been recently stocked. The handicap
parking area and boat launch or open for now. Some anglers reported
catching 6 fish between two of them in just 1 hour. Others have not
been as lucky. The fishing can be really good at Goldwater this
time of year. Hold over’s are not uncommon. Look for the fishing to
pick up following the stocking.

Game and Fish has been trying to boost the some of the warm water
species in Goldwater. Bass and catfish have been stocked three
times over the last three years. The bass are being stocked to give
a boost to a dwindling population in the lake and to reduce the
excessive number of crayfish. Please practice catch and release
with the bass, while the population gets re-established.

Game and Fish Biologists surveyed Goldwater on Sept. 15, 2009 and
found bass and catfish populations to be much improved over last
year. The number of green sunfish was greatly reduced. The bass had
a successful spawn last year. If you fish Goldwater and are having
luck, please e-mail me at mchmiel@azgfd.gov so I can share your
successes with others.

GRANITE BASIN LAKE – The fishing has shut down for the winter. If
you fish Granite Basin and are having luck, please e-mail me at
mchmiel@azgfd.gov so I can share your successes with others.

LYNX LAKE – Trout were last stocked the week of March 7th. Trout
can be caught on power bait, corn, power worms, jakes, panther
martin and roostertails, just to name a few.

MINGUS LAKE – Trout were last stocked in October. The gate to
Mingus Lake is locked. If you choose to walk in, the water level is
up and fishing should be fair. 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. This lake is more
remote than the other Prescott area lakes and not very big. Trout
stocking will resume in the spring.

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 – Watson Lake was stocked with 2,332 Rainbow on Jan. 13.
This was the first time Game and Fish has stocked trout here since
1962. The last stocking occurred the week of Feb. 14. Try fishing
near the new boat ramp. Power bait, spinners, and flies will be
your best bet. Watson is surrounded by large boulders limiting
shore access to less agile anglers. Fishing from a boat may improve
your odds of success. Remember, while Watson lake has no motor
restrictions, it is flat wake only.

Game and Fish Biologists surveyed Watson last fall 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
mchmiel@azgfd.gov so I can share your successes with others.

WILLOW CREEK RESERVOIR – The fishing is still shut down for the
winter.

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

Mogollon Rim and White Mountains

Recommended waters to fish:

Fool Hollow Lake, Show Low Lake, and Scott Reservoir are the best
opportunities in the Show Low/Pinetop-Lakeside area. Pike are
staging for the spawn at Rainbow Lake.

Becker Lake, Luna Lake, the Greer Lakes, and Nelson Reservoir in
the Springerville and Alpine areas are ice-free with anglers
beginning to catch some rainbow trout.

MOGOLLON RIM LAKES

Note: Most Recommended waters to fish:

Fool Hollow Lake, Show Low Lake, and Scott Reservoir are the best
opportunities in the Show Low/Pinetop-Lakeside area.

Becker Lake, Luna Lake, the Greer Lakes, and Nelson Reservoir in
the Springerville and Alpine areas are ice-free with anglers
beginning to catch rainbow trout.

MOGOLLON RIM LAKES

Note: All of the Rim Lakes are now ice-free, however, the Rim Road
(FR 300) to Woods Canyon Lake and Bear Canyon Lake is still closed
due to snowdrifts and muddy conditions and is expected to open
April 15.

BEAR CANYON LAKE – The lake is ice-free and full. Forest Road 300
is still closed due to snow drifts. It is expected to be open by
mid April.

BLACK CANYON LAKE – Fishing is fair. Forest Roads 300 and 86 are
open to the lake. The lake is ice-free.

BLUE RIDGE — Open and accessible. No reports from anglers
yet.

CHEVELON LAKE – The lake is ice-free, full and spilling. Forest
Road 300 is still closed due to snowdrifts, but the lake can be
accessed from Forest Road 504 from Heber, then north on Forest Road
169.

WILLOW SPRINGS LAKE – The lake is ice-free. Fishing is fair. Forest
Road 149 is open to the lake. The campground is not open yet.

WOODS CANYON LAKE – The lake is ice- free. Forest Road 300 is still
closed, but is expected to be open around mid April.

WHITE MOUNTAIN LAKES

Note: High elevation lakes still have some ice-cover. All lower and
middle elevation lakes are ice-free. Some interior Forest Roads are
still closed or inaccessible due to snowdrifts and muddy
conditions. Highways 261 and 273 are still closed due to
snowdrifts.

BECKER LAKE – The lake is ice-free. Fishing is fair to good. One
angler recently reported catching some nice sized trout (up to 22
inches) on black and orange woolly buggers. Small midge imitations
are also working. New fishing regulations took effect on Becker
Lake Jan. 1, 2011. The new regulations are catch-and-release
fishing for trout with artificial lure and fly with a single
barbless hook only. All trout must be released immediately.

BIG LAKE – The lake should be mostly ice-free. Highways 261 and 273
are still closed for the winter because of lingering snowdrifts.
The store is still closed for the season.

CARNERO LAKE – The lake is ice-free. Forest Roads 117 and 117A are
still inaccessible because of lingering snowdrifts.

CLEAR CREEK RESERVOIR – Fishing is poor. The lake is
ice-free.

CONCHO LAKE – Fishing is poor, but the lake will be stocked this
week or next week. The lake is ice-free.

CRESCENT LAKE – The lake has some ice-cover. Unsafe ice. Highways
261 and 273 are still closed for the winter because of lingering
snow drifts. The store is closed for the season.

FOOL HOLLOW LAKE – Fishing is fair to good. The lake is ice-free
and full. Anglers have been catching smallmouth bass, walleyes, and
channel catfish on night crawlers and lures. Black crappies should
be staging around the west side fishing piers. Try small crappie
jigs, worms, and mealworms. Recent netting surveys revealed lots of
nice sized channel catfish, walleyes, bass, and northern pike. Some
nice sized black crappies were also taken.

GREER LAKES – Fishing for wild brown trout and carryover rainbows
is fair. All of the Greer lakes (River, Tunnel, and Bunch) are
ice-free and full. The paved roads to these lakes are clear and dry
(easy access). A 24-inch 5-pound brown trout was recently caught at
Bunch Reservoir The Greer Lakes will be stocked with rainbow trout
this week.

HULSEY LAKE – Fishing is fair. Anglers have been catching some
carryover rainbow trout on night crawlers. The lake is ice-free.
Forest Road 56 is clear and dry.

LEE VALLEY RESERVOIR – The lake may have some ice-cover. Unsafe
ice. Highways 261 and 273 are closed for the winter due to
lingering snowdrifts.

LUNA LAKE – The lake is ice-free and full. Fishing is fair to good.
Anglers are catching trout on lures such as spinners and spoons
(KastMasters and Z-Rays), woolly worms, woolly buggers, Power Bait
(pink), salmon eggs, corn, and night crawlers. The concession store
is open on weekends. They are renting canoes and paddleboats, but
not motorboats until May.

LYMAN LAKE – Lyman Lake State Park is currently closed. Local
authorities are working to re-open the park this summer, but
nothing is definite.NELSON RESERVOIR – The lake is ice-free full,
and slightly spilling Fishing is fair to good. Anglers have been
catching rainbow trout on night crawlers, corn, and green Power
Bait. The current bag and possession limit at Nelson is 6
trout.

RAINBOW LAKE – The lake is ice-free, full, and spilling. Fishing is
poor, but the lake will be stocked with rainbow trout this week or
next. Recent netting in March revealed nice sized northern pike,
largemouth bass, and channel catfish, but no carryover trout. The
pike are no longer spawning and will be found anywhere in the
lake.

SCOTT RESERVOIR – The lake is ice-free,full, and spilling. Fishing
is fair. A couple of anglers recently caught several large holdover
trout from the boat ramp. Recent netting revealed lots of nice
sized channel catfish, bass, and rainbow trout. The lake will be
stocked with rainbow trout this week or next week.

SHOW LOW LAKE – The lake is ice-free. Fishing is poor to fair, but
the lake will be stocked with rainbow trout this week or next week.
The store is still closed for the winter. Recent netting revealed
nice sized walleyes, channel catfish, and rainbow trout.

WOODLAND LAKE – The lake is ice-free, full, and spilling. Fishing
is poor, but the lake will be stocked with rainbow trout this week
or next week.

WHITE MOUNTAIN STREAMS

Note: Some interior Forest Roads are still closed or inaccessible
due to snowdrifts, especially at the highest elevations. Highways
261 and 273 are still closed for the winter.

EAST FORK BLACK RIVER – This is the best stream fishing opportunity
for wild trout in the White Mountains. Fishing is fair for wild
browns. The stream is accessible by way of Forest Road 26 from
Highway 191, then north on Forest Road 24. The East Fork did not
get much of a snowmelt runoff and is already fairly clear and near
base flow. Stocking is scheduled to begin in May.

LITTLE COLORADO RIVER – GREER – The stream is accessible in and
upstream from Greer. Spring runoff was poor and has appeared to
have ended over a week ago. The flows are near base flow. Fishing
is fair until the stream is stocked in May.

SHEEPS CROSSING – The stream is inaccessible. Highway 273 is closed
for the season.

SILVER CREEK – Fishing is good. Fishing regulations changed on
April 1. Anglers can use flies, lures, and bait, and the bag and
possession limit is 6 trout. Anglers have been catching trout on
worms, Power Bait, lures (spinners), and flies. The upper section
is closed to fishing.

WEST FORK BLACK RIVER – The lower reaches of the stream are
accessible from Buffalo Crossing on Forest Road 25. The flow is
likely near base flow. The spring runoff was very poor and appears
to have ended over a week ago. Fishing is fair until the stream is
stocked in May.

SOUTHERN ARIZONA

Please send fishing reports from this region 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.

No new reports this week. The fall/winter trout stocking schedule
can be found at
http://www.azgfd.gov/h_f/stocking_schedule.shtml.

As air temperatures begin to warm anglers can expect the sunfish
and bass to become more active. Anglers should focus their efforts
to areas along the shoreline as fish move into shallower water to
begin preparing for the upcoming spawn. Trout stocking for the
winter months is coming to a close and there are only a couple of
stockings left at the lower elevation lakes for this year. 2010 –
2011 Winter Stocking Schedule

URBAN WATERS — Trout stocking has come to an end in our desert
lakes and ponds but our first catfish stocking was delivered to all
Program waters March 24 with 15- to 20-inch channel catfish.

More than 14,000 pounds of Arkansas farm raised catfish will be
delivered and stocked into Urban Fishing Program Lakes every two
weeks from now through early July. Effective baits are worms, stink
baits, and shrimp fished off the bottom. Daily limits are four
catfish per person at Urban Lakes or two catfish per person at
Urban Ponds (note regulations and park signage for Lake and Pond
designations).

This week (week of March 28)22,000 5- to 8-inch sunfish will be
divvied up and stocked into all Phoenix and Tucson Urban waters.
This will be one of the two yearly bluegill stockings the
Department stocks to replenish populations.

Top bluegill baits include meal worms, worms or doughballs
fished under small bobbers along the shorelines. Daily bag limits
for bluegill are 10 per day at Urban Lakes or 5 per day at Urban
Ponds.

Lakes will continue to be stocked with channel catfish every two
weeks through early July.

Best baits for the big cats are worms, stink baits, hot dogs or
shrimp fished on the bottom.

Rising lake temperatures in recent weeks have heated up the
catfish bite already. Many catfish anglers have caught limits of
catfish from the larger urban waters using stink baits and dough
baits.

Angler report:

RIGGS FLAT – Riggs Flat is now closed for the winter.

CLUFF RANCH – No recent reports of success. The pond is full and
there are no issues with boat launching. The fall/winter trout
stocking schedule can be found here: 2010 – 2011 Winter Stocking
Schedule. For lake information call (928) 485-9430.

ROPER LAKE – For lake information and status of the park call (928)
428-6760. The fall/winter trout stocking schedule can be found
here:

2010 – 2011 Winter Stocking Schedule

DANKWORTH POND – Due to severe aquatic vegetation at this lake the
lake will not be stocked this winter. Plans are underway for a
complete renovation of this facility.

FRYE MESA RESERVIOR -The lake has been stocked with Gila trout. The
limit is 1 Gila trout in bag or possession. All other trout species
limits remain unchanged. Anglers are strongly encouraged to know
the differences in the 4 species of trout they will encounter at
the lake before keeping fish to avoid legal problems.

KEARNY LAKES – This small lake remains fishless due to impacts of
golden algae.

ARIVACA -Crankbaits have always been the go to choice during this
time of the year at Arivaca. The new restrooms are now completed
and open at the lake. No recent reports of success. Remember that
all bass must be immediately released back to the water. Anglers
are asked to please be aware of your wake so as not to disrupt
other anglers fishing from other boats and the shore.

PENA BLANCA -The new boat ramp is open at Pena Blanca Lake and
anglers should have no problems launching their boats. Anglers are
reporting some success with Power Bait from a boat but noted that
the bite is very light and hard to detect. The full stocking
schedule can be viewed here: 2010 – 2011 Winter Stocking
Schedule.

Angler report:

Hi Don.

I understand we should share southern Az reports with you so here
is our. Report on Pena Blanca.

I went with my 2 friends you see in the picture and we fished from
the fishing dock by the ramp. In 3 hours we caught 18 fish that
were all fat and good fighters. The catch included 1 that was about
2 lbs. Great fun and a terrific place for Scott and his wheel
chair.

You definitely need to keep using whoever is supplying these
winter trout!

Ray

PATAGONIA – This lake is full. No recent reports of success. You
can keep track of the stocking schedule here: 2010 – 2011 Winter
Stocking Schedule

PARKER CANYON – Trout fishing is reported to be fair with few
anglers reporting success. The full schedule can be viewed here:
2010 – 2011 Winter Stocking Schedule. The store at the lake is open
and information on the store and current conditions can be found at
www.parkercanyonlake.com.

ROSE CANYON LAKE -Road Access remains closed for the winter.
Anglers can contact the Catalina Ranger District of the Forest
Service for the official opening date. Their phone number is (520)
749-8700.

Angler Report:

To Don Mitchell

We are still catching some very nice BROWN TROUT & some over 20
inch RAINBOWS at Rose Canyon. Around 25 people fish their on the
weekends. The fishing for most – has really slowed down, being that
it has not been stocked for the last 5 months. But the big smart
fish are still available. I was at Lakeside today . Several people
had caught their limit of nice big Rainbows. The Catfish are
becoming active. We have caught six recently on silver spinners
.

 

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