Arizona Fishing Report for May 20

Here’s another greatly detailed statewide fishing report for
Arizona… find your region, or the region you would like to visit,
and read up on what’s biting.

Page Springs Hatchery

Trout stocking for the week of 5/16/2011:

– Region 1: Woods Canyon Lake (3,645) 64 F pH 7.75

– Region 2: Oak Creek (2,046) 52-60 F, Long Lake (2,376) 56 F pH
8.75, Mormon Pond (700) 59 F pH 7.5, Huffer Pond (300) 58 F pH 7.5,
Knoll Lake (2,800)

– Region 3: Mingus Lake (500) 52 F pH 7.75

– Region 5: Rose Canyon Lake (2,673) 64 F pH 7.5

Next week’s tentative stocking schedule:

Region 1: Woods Canyon Lake (3,645), Black Canyon Lake (2,200)

Region 2: Blue Ridge Reservoir (3,374), Mormon Pond (396), City
Reservoir (792), Frances Short (300), Santa Fe Lake (792), West
Clear Creek (450), Beaver Creek (792) Oak Creek (2,046), Kaibab
Lake (3,960), Knoll Lake (3,066), Kinnikinick Lake (3,168)

Region 3: Fain Lake (900)

Canyon Creek Hatchery Update, 5/20

Trout tockings May 16 – May 20, 2011

• Show Low Lake – 2,306 Rainbow Trout

• Scott’s Reservoir – 1,622 Rainbow Trout

• Luna Lake- 1,000, 11-inch Rainbow Trout

• Canyon Creek- 200 Rainbow Trout

• Bunch Reservoir (Greer) – 2,568 Rainbow Trout

• River Reservoir (Greer)- 5,160 Rainbow Trout

• Tunnel Reservoir (Greer)- 2,568 Rainbow Trout

Note to Outdoorsmen: Please note that the Coconino, Kaibab and
Prescott National Forests have cancelled their fire restrictions,
and the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest has cancelled its
intended fire restrictions. For the latest information, visit
http://publiclands.org/firenews/AZ.php.

Rory’s tips:

Received a call Thursday from Rocky Mayfield , an angler camping at
Big Lake with his family. He said there was around six inches of
snow on the ground from Wednesday night’s storm, but it was already
melting quickly and might be gone by the weekend. Rocky said the
fishing is absolutely fantastic with limits being caught easily on
Power Bait. Plus, the hold-over rainbows are really fat and
feisty.

Rocky also performed a feat of heroism — a young man was in a
canoe on Big Lake and it tipped over in the wind. The 20-year-old
apparently didn’t know how to swim, smelled of alcohol, wasn’t
wearing a life vest and didn’t have the required throwable floation
device either. Rocky (who was shore fishing) jumped in to the
freezing cold water and saved the young man. He asked me to put
something in the report about people remembering to wear life
vests, especially on the cold mountain lakes.

I agree Rocky.

It’s a crazy weather week again. Keeps life interesting. Gotta
love high country snow in May!

But “normal” conditions are expected by the weekend.

Full moon was May 17 and the last quarter is May 24. The new
moon is June 1.

Now that you are oriented to weather and some celestial movements,
let’s chat about fishing.

First things first — a lot of the high country lakes are still
providing anglers larger winter hold-over trout in addition to
stockers. Woods Canyon and Willow Springs are two of the
tops.

Also, anglers at Big Lake are routinely catching nice rainbows,
large cutthroats and even some brookies. Crescent Lake is great
right now.

The streams are certainly worth a visit, from Tonto and Christopher
creeks below the Mogollon Rim to the two forks of the Black River
in the White Mountains, plus the Little Colorado River in Greer and
Sheeps Crossing on the flanks of Mt. Baldy. Saw a family along
Tonto Creek this past weekend with a lovely stringer of
trout.

For those looking for trophy-sized trout, Becker Lake near
Springerville is one of the top producers right now. Don’t forget,
it’s now catch-and-release only there with artificial lures and
flies. DON’T use bait at Becker (sounds like a song).

If you can get to the high country right now, go. This is the prime
time for trout fishing.

However, even with a dusting of snow expected, it’s been pretty
dry (and windy at times), so please be careful out there,
especially with campfires. Take along a jacket and a smile.

Here’s another piece of good news — Gila trout are being stocked
again this week in Frye Mesa Reservoir on the flanks of Mt. Graham.
This is the only place in Arizona where you can fish for these
native trout. You might even go for the “Grand Slam of Mt. Graham”
and try for a Gila trout, rainbow trout, brown trout, Apache trout
(another native) and brook trout. They can all be found in various
waters on this mountain towering above Safford.

Closer to the Phoenix area, you can now fish the entire length of
the Lower Salt River — Salt River Project is drawing water from
Saguaro Lake rather than from Bartlett Lake, adding miles more
fishing opportunity for anglers. The Lower Salt is scheduled to be
stocked this week with trout, but you might also be able to catch
bass, sunfish and catfish as well in the deeper pools.

The Lower Salt is a ball. Besides being a great place for beginning
fly anglers (lots of room for back casts without snagging
vegegation), it’s a wonderful place to make like Huckleberry Finn
and fish with night crawlers. The secret is using light line (no
more than 6-pound test), and a small hook (I like No. 6 or 8) with
a night crawler, and little or no weight.

Personally, I like a very small split shot, just enough to cast
but not enough to take the worm to the bottom. You want the worm to
float freely in the current. Cast at a 45-degree angle upstream,
and simply let the current carry the bait, mending your line
(taking in the slack line) as it floats downstream. By the way, you
can do the same thing with a casting float and a fly, such as a
woolly bugger, even with spinning equipment. It’s a good first step
to fly fishing.

It’s simple, easy and fun. You can use a similar technique on our
energetic mountain streams for rainbow, brown and Apache
trout.

Okay, onto the desert impoundments. It’s mostly post-spawn time,
although it is possible to still find some largemouth bass
spawning. Typically, those bass will be spawning in deeper water in
the coves, not in the backs of coves. But with all this weird
weather, who knows? Mother Nature is throwing us curves (more like
knuckle balls).

Take your pick — Pleasant, Bartlett, Saguaro, Canyon, Apache and
Roosevelt are all good producers. Havasu has superb fishing. Lake
Powell this time of year can be a dream when the winds don’t blow.
They are having to wait in line at the Powell fish cleaning
stations because so many fish are being caught. No kidding. Mead
will provide you some decent fishing and lots of desert solitaire
in the dry air.

With the full moon this week, using submersible lights isn’t the
most viable technique, except after when the moon sets. But the
moonlight fishing is still quite the experience.

Don’t forget Lees Ferry — anglers up there are raving about the
fishing for wild rainbow trout, saying it hasn’t been this good in
years. Very high flows, so don’t plan to wade and fish, it’s mostly
drift fishing right now.

There are also some co-o-o-o-l fishing opportunities (for cool
water fish). Lake Mary is providing some pretty good northern pike
fishing opportunities, as well as some decent sized yellow perch as
well. Long Lake (such as the photo on the top right from Long Lake)
also has some huge pike, but it can be tough to fish on windy
days.

Lower Lake Mary has some chunky hold-over trout. Fish it now, it
may dry up considerably this summer. Remember, this is an ephemeral
lake. By fall it might revert to being a huge elk meadow
again.

Eddie Diaz of Flagstaff caught a 42-inch pike at Lake Mary on May 7
using anchovies — right now this is our catch-and-release state
record. He and his buddy have been catching 6 to 8 pike a trip
ranging from 36 to 42 inches long (see picture on the left).

It’s that time of year when reports don’t matter, but getting out
does. Pick your lake and go — the bite is on everywhere. It’s not
“you should have been here yesterday” it’s more like “you want to
be here today, tomorrow or the next day.”

Don’t miss out. Go catch some tail-jumping memories. Maybe I’ll
see you out there. By the way, hopefully I will be at the
first-ever high school bass fishing tournament at Roosevelt Lake on
Saturday.

Note: Here is a link to find out the fish weighing stations:
http://www.azgfd.gov/h_f/documents/AZFishWeighingScales2011-12_000.pdf

Tonto Creek Hatchery, May 15 Report

May 8-14

*Tonto Creek — 630 rainbow trout, water temp 57 F

*Christopher Creek — 553 rainbow trout, water temp 57 F

*Haigler Creek — 572 rainbow trout, water temp 65F

*East Verde River — 1,462 rainbow trout, water temp 51F

*Bear Flats — 242 rainbow trout, water temp 60 F

*West Fork Black River — 293 Apache trout, water temp 57 F

*East Fork Black River — 1,425 Apache trout, water temp 57 F

*Little Colorado River, Greer — 1,000 Apache trout, water temp
55F

*Silver Creek — 500 Apache trout, water temp 58F

*Little Colorado River, Sheeps Crossing — 242, water temp 55F

Crappie Report:

It has been a strange spring for the crappie spawn for sure. In mid
January we saw signs of fish moving shallow, and they stayed there
for months. Even with water surface temps well into the 70s many
lakes still had pre-spawn fish. At Alamo male crappie moved onto
beds, then backed off, and then were back on. This just goes to
show you that they don’t all spawn at once.

It also shows you there are not defined conditions to set the spawn
off, only conditions that are favorable for the spawn. Most of the
time the spawn happens like clock work. People often ask me, “When
do Crappie spawn?” My answer is, “you mean when should they spawn.”
When surface temps near the mid 60s, there’s good weather and a
full moon, they SHOULD. But in years past I have found signs of
spawning fish at Bartlett in October. And years like this don’t
happen often, but they do.

Personally I’m not much for bed fishing. I follow spawning patterns
because I love to fish them before and after. I’m also
interested/concerned about future populations. Unlike in other
parts of the country there is no real “Crappie Season” in Arizona.
If you know how to fish open water, at night and pre- and
post-spawn, your season is year round. For now I’d say get your
lights out and check your batteries because the night bite is the
way to go now for bigger numbers.

Alamo- Last weekend the Arizona Crappie Association had a gathering
at Alamo. Results were mixed but everyone caught fish and had a
great time. I’ve also heard reports of good numbers at night.
Summers at Alamo were once described to me as “hell with water”. So
going into June night fishing will be the way to go.

Bartlett- SPR used the Verde River for Phoenix water longer than
usual this year and they finally switched to the Salt River the
first week of May. This really put a hurting on the water level at
Bartlett. Now that the flow has stopped (around 150 CFM) and they
dumped what was in Horseshoe, the lake has started to stabilize.
Crappie are being caught trolling near the Yellow Cliffs and Cat
Bay.

Pleasant- No recent reports

Roosevelt- Although fishing during the day is still super tough
there are some Crappie being caught, mostly on the Salt River end.
However, the night bite has really picked up. Fishing under lights
around Windy Hill, School House or the Marina can be real good this
time of year.

San Carlos- Most fish are being caught near the dam as the lake
continues to drop. Launching and navigation are getting tougher but
still manageable. If you want to fish SC I’d do it soon. Many of us
believe that without some early monsoon, the lake will not make it
through this summer. SC has been empty several times in the past.
The last time was in 1976/ 1977 where millions of fish died. It
almost happened again in 1990 and we had a heck of a scare last
year as well. Let’s all keep our figures (and toes) crossed.

You can find me at Bass Pro Shops in Mesa in the fishing department
if you want to share a report or get some gear. I’m working the
late shift with Friday and Saturday off.

To protect the future of our sport the Arizona Crappie Association
practices and promotes the immediate release of all crappie under
10 inches in length. For more information on the Arizona Crappie
Association including tips, reports, and membership, go to
www.azcrappie.com.

Bill (Piscolli) Eveland

AZCA/ BPS

 

Fishing News

Fishing contest heats up at 5 Arizona waters

PHOENIX – The Arizona Game and Fish Department is urging anglers to
get out and enjoy this state’s fabulous fishing opportunities this
year and a Cabela’s contest offers good incentives to do so.

The Nebraska-based retailer is sponsoring “Wanna Go Fishing for
Millions,” which offers anglers the chance to win cash prizes for
catching specially-tagged fish in 67 lakes across 19 states,
including five lakes in Arizona – Lake Pleasant, Roosevelt Lake,
Lake Mead, Lake Powell and Patagonia Lake.

“The company approached us for permits to hold this competition,”
said Fisheries Chief Kirk Young. “We reviewed their plans and
eagerly said ‘yes’ to this effort to encourage fishing
participation.”

Tagged fish that are legally caught by anglers are eligible for
prizes in the contest. Complete contest details are available at
http://www.cabelas.com/fishformillions. The contest began Saturday,
May 14 and runs through Thursday, July 14.

Whether you win in the “Wanna Go Fishing for Millions” contest or
not, the Arizona Game and Fish Department encourages everyone to
get out and enjoy this state’s diverse fishing opportunities this
spring and summer.

“This is shaping up to be an excellent year for fishing in Arizona,
with some record-size fish being caught,” Young said. “Now is a
great time to get out and catch some memories.”

For more information on fishing and other outdoor recreational
opportunities, and to purchase a fishing license, please visit the
Arizona Game and Fish Department’s website at www.azgfd.gov.

Arizona Free Fishing Days on June 4 and June 11

Arizona’s annual free fishing days set for June 4 and 11 as part of
National Fishing and Boating Week celebration.

On these Saturdays, no fishing licenses are required for persons
fishing any public water in Arizona (does not include other
jurisdictions such as the Indian reservations).

This is a great chance to grab some poles, gather up some
friends and family members, and head out to your favorite
fishery.

In the high cool pines, many waters are scheduled for trout
stockings. Check the Game and Fish Department’s website at
www.azgfd.gov for the latest fishing report and other fishing
information.

Remember that bag limits and other fishing regulations are in
full effect and must be observed on Free Fishing Day.

Also keep in mind that youngsters under the age of 14 can fish
for free all year long in Arizona, so this special fishing license
exemption day means that the older kids and parents get a free pass
for the day.

So get ready to go catch some terrific memories with family and
friends.

First ever high school bass tournament set for Roosevelt

The first ever open high school bass tournament by the Every Kid
Counts organization in Arizona is set for Roosevelt Lake on
Saturday, May 21.

The open tournament (any high school student enrolled in Arizona
can fish it) is being staged from the Cholla Launch Ramp at
Roosevelt with the launch time at 7 a.m. and weigh in at 2 p.m.
According to the organizers, there is no late fee if you pay at the
lake — it’s a $25 fee to join the Every Kid Counts Fishing
Club.

Those signed up for the club receive a paid membership in the
Student Bass Federation, which includes access to all Student Bass
Federation and Every Kid Counts tournaments. Participants will also
have the oportunity to earn an expense paid trip to the high school
world championsip in Arkansas. The goal is to send three teams from
Arizona to the national championship.

Those high school students without a boat should contact Brian
Chambers at (602) 568-3390 or
brian.azhighschoolfishing@gmail.com.

For more information, visit their website at
http://azhighschoolbassfishing.org/.

Sponsors include the Arizona Army National Guard, Cabela’s, Bass
Pro Shops, Fishermans Choice, the Hookup, Conquistador Tackle,
Sportsmans Warehouse, Crown Press, Student Bass Federation, Allstar
Bass Tournaments, Payson Chapter of EKC Bass Club, Gold Bar Ranch
Bed and Breakfast, and Keith Espe/professional bass
fisherman.

Also, a big thanks to the Roosevelt Lake Marina for being such a
big help.

Fire restrictions to be lifted on Coconino National Forest

FLAGSTAFF, AZ – Campfire and smoking restrictions will be lifted on
the Coconino National Forest beginning Friday at 8 a.m. Recent
rains along with higher humidity and increased fuel moistures have
lowered fire danger on the forest, thus decreasing the risk of
major wildfires.

“It’s everyone’s responsibility to practice fire safety and
prevent human-caused fires. Although campfires and smoking will be
allowed throughout the forest, people should never leave a campfire
unattended. Campers should make sure they pack a shovel and about
five to six gallons of water to extinguish their campfire
completely before leaving,” says Coconino Fire Staff Officer Russ
Copp.

Forest visitors are also reminded that campfire restrictions may
vary on different national forests. Please call the nearest land
management office or (877) 864-6985 for current information or see
http://www.publiclands.org/firenews/AZ.php online.

For additional information please see www.coconinoforest.us or
call the Coconino National Forest at (928) 527-3600.

CENTRAL WATERS

Note: If you have a fishing report, send it to “Been Fishing? at
bfishing@azgfd.gov

U RBAN — Another Fishing is good to excellent for anglers using
worms, stink baits, or shrimp fished on the bottom. The every other
week catfish stockings are in full swing with another delivery
scheduled for this week, May 16-21.

Catfish are biting throughout the day, but are more active when the
sun goes down. The last load of catfish included many hefty fish in
the 3-6 pound range.

Bluegill fishing has been consistently good in recent weeks for
anglers using worms and mealworms fished under a small bobber in
3-6 foot depths.

Action for largemouth bass is fair with the best baits finesse
plastics fished in the early morning hours.

At Green Valley lakes (Payson) fishing is good for trout. A double
stocking of trout on May 6 means there will be good fishing at
Green Valley through May. There will be no further stockings of
trout at Green Valley Lakes until the fall. Action for bass and
crappie is really picking up and anglers using worms and meal worms
under a small bobber are enjoying plenty of action. Also try small
jigs and plastic worms.

TEMPE TOWN LAKE — An angler fished about an hour before work
one day and caught a nice 2.5 to 3 pound largemouth bass on a drop
shot with a morning dawn Roboworm.

Yellow bass are prevalent throughout the lake and there are some
pretty good sized largemouth bass along with good sized carp
especially on the east end of the lake. Largemouth are mostly
hanging around the middle and west sides especially near the
bridges.

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, especially plastic worms (which
typically catch more bass each year than any other techninique or
lure).

This is a great place for practicing techniques like drop shots
and split shots. Beginning fly anglers will find this a good place
to learn as well.

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 1,697 feet (94-percent full). With
a full moon this week, fishing under lights might not be as
productive, but even during the full moon fishing for stripers can
be viable at night if you chum pieces of frozen anchovies when you
see schools of fish on the graph.

One carp bow fishermen had a frustrating outing. The carp were
there but didn’t make it easy. If the bow fails try dough bait –
dunk it in honey and work it through. They love the sweet
stuff.

ROOSEVELT LAKE — Lake Elevation is 2,145 ft (93 percent full).
Tonto Creek runoff is 6 cfs while inflow from the Salt River is at
194 cfs.

This is post-spawn time. Look for bass chasing shad in the coves at
first light, then focus on the points, islands, reefs and edges of
the flats during the day. Some bigger bass might hang in structure
in deeper water.

An angling group fished a couple days in the Salt end and nabbed 6
crappie, 1 largemouth and 1 yellow bass on the first day the
following day they boated 8 crappie, and 5 yellow bass. They
trolled jigs and crankbaits.

 

APACHE – Lake elevation is 1,902 ft (88 percent full).

SRP is taking water from the Salt Chain now so the water is
dropping a tad. This is proving to be difficult for some fishermen
but drop shots, Texas-rigged worms and creatures, white spinners
and crankbaits are still enticing the bite. Also try
jerkbaits.

CANYON — Lake elevation is 1657 ft, which is 95 percent full. SRP
is taking water from the Salt Chain now so the water level can drop
a tad at times.

Remember, this is a pump-back lake. At peak electric times, water
is released to generate electricity, but during non-peak hours,
water can be pumped back into Apache Lake (or from Saguaro to
Canyon). This creates a dynamic situation for fishing — at
times.

One angler caught 4 largemouth bass using a variety of methods.
He didn’t find a magic bullet so to speak.

Yellow bass and bluegill are taking panther Martins and Mepp’s
spinners in Boulder Cove. Those that are using shad are catching a
lot of large bass.

SAGUARO — Lake elevation 1,524 feet at 91 percent full. Besides
bass, the bite is on for bluegill and channel catfish, making this
a very viable lake for shore angling. Keep in mind that during busy
weekends, finding parking spots can be an issue. However, spring
evenings are lovely here, take the family for a fishing picnic
after work and school.

An angler fished about 4 hours at Bucher Jones. The fish were at
10 feet of water. Most were bluegill. Just a reminder the yearly
leaches are at Saguaro so swimmers be warned. They like it when the
water warms up. If you muck around in the muddy substrate they will
attach.

Angler report:

Good Morning,

Saguaro Lake seems to always be full of surprises. I once caught a
trout in July but this Sunday I caught a black bullhead catfish. I
didn’t think they were in Saguaro or any of the Salt River lakes. I
though maybe it was a small flathead but took a look at pictures
this morning and I am pretty sure it was a black bullhead. I would
be interested to know if they have been previously found in
Saguaro? Anyways the stayed busy all morning cranking in fat
bluegill. The readily took worms just off shore in about 10-15 feet
of water. We caught enough for a great fish fry and headed to the
beach to relax and have lunch.

Eric

BARTLETT — Lake elevation is 1,763 feet, which is 55 percent
full. Reservoir release is 150 cfs. Salt River Project is now
taking water from the Salt River lakes rather than the Verde ones,
so the lake level at Bartlett is stabilizing.

Drop shoting Roboworms and Texas rigged worms and creatures
around the rocks near the dam are productive.

One angler reminds us all of the rattlesnakes at the lake.
Sometimes they do make it onto the water and climb into boats, so
beware. It’s also possible to encounter rattlers along shorelines,
especially ones that don’t see a lot of human traffic.

Hello

Fished Bartlett Saturday night, very windy when I got there but it
mellowed out by dark. Dropped minnows for crappie and did well.
Caught eight 1-pound-plus crappies. As the sun came up I fished for
Bass used baby Bass SenKo and black and silver shallow diving Shad
Rap’s and caught about 15 Bass; all small only 2 keepers. Had a
great time. Going to fish pleasant for 3 days on Memorial Day
weekend I’ll let you know how I did.

Jeff Barnett

Angler report:

Went fishing Wednesday May 11. Caught 3 decent sized catfish one
being 6 pounds with shrimp and a minnow that was found dead along
the shoreline. Caught 3 bass on crankbaits. Caught a good sized
carp on worms (see picture on the left). Also caught a whole bunch
of sunfish. Overall was a great day to be outside catching fish.
All were caught from the bank.

Danny D

HORSESHOE – Lake elevation is at 1,951 feet 0% full. They are
releasing water at 1,350 cfs into Bartlett.

VERDE RIVER – Verde River flow at Tangle is 135 cubic feet per
second. Release from Bartlett Lake is 150 cfs.

SALT RIVER – Salt River into Roosevelt is 194 cfs, and Salt River
Canyon is 131 cfs. They are releasing 1105 cfs out of Stewart
Mountain dam from Saguaro. .

LOWER SALT RIVER – Salt River Project is releasing 1105 cfs out
of Stewart Mountain dam from Saguaro.Scheduled for stocking this
week. Anglers are catching bass along the shoreline near emergent
and overhanging vegetation. White spinners will get their
attention.

CREEKS (Haigler, Canyon, Tonto, Christopher, East Verde, Workman) –
The trout stocking season in the creeks is underway.

Remember, we renovated Tonto Creek this winter, so it is a much
improved fishery.

We have plans to renovate many of the other creeks. We’ll keep you
updated.

Angler report:

Rory

Quick report. Fished Christopher Creek this weekend. Water levels
aren’t particularly high – especially compared to last year. Still
had no trouble running into trout in just an hour or two of
fishing. They weren’t particularly wary either. Fished ’em
upstream, letting Power Bait in a variety of colors float down into
pools. One of the fish came in around 10 inches, another couple in
the 7- to 8-inch range. A bit cool and breezy while we were up
there, but should be beautiful in the coming weeks. Definitely
worth a trip, even just for the day.

AM

COLORADO RIVER NORTHWEST

Note: If you have a fishing report, send it to “Been Fishing? at
bfishing@azgfd.gov

LAKE POWELL – May 18, 2011, By: Wayne Gustaveson. Lake
elevation: 3,616

Water Temperature 59-68 F

Lake level is rising 2 feet per week now but that will soon grow to
4-5 feet per week. Runoff is coming at high levels and will
continue to run strong from now though July. Expect to see the lake
rise to the highest level in this decade by mid summer.

The Castle Rock Cut is now open to all boats. This short cut on
the southern end saves boaters headed uplake much time and
gas.

Anglers are having great success over the length of the lake. At
Wahweap the fish cleaning station looks like a rock concert each
afternoon with anglers standing in line to process hundreds of
striped bass. These hungry fish are caught on cut anchovy bait and
scented plastic lures fished in the main channel from the dam to
many locations upstream. Some of the most consistent spots are Buoy
1, Buoy 3, Power plant intake, Navajo Canyon (points protruding
into channel), Gunsight, Last Chance Rock Creek, Forbidding Canyon
(first canyon on the left).

The million dollar fish contest is in full swing as 15 tagged
stripers continue to swim waiting to be captured and turned in for
prizes. The first tagged fish was captured on May 16 in the main
channel near Buoy 3.

Walleye are garnering much attention. These fish are hard to catch
most of the time but are vulnerable in May due to warming water and
low forage conditions. Trolling black and white Wally diver
crankbaits is very effective in 8-15 feet of colored water near the
back of the canyon or on wind washed banks and coves.

Largemouth spawning is complete but large bass still frequent the
brush piles. It helps that the rising lake is covering much more
brush allowing more largemouth habitat to get wet. Look for
largemouth in any thick brush pile. Use weedless lures that can be
retrieved in brush for best results.

Smallmouth are very active now with fish of all sizes found along
rocky points, ledges and terraces. Plastic tubes and grubs are
preferred baits fished along the bottom in 3 to 30 feet of
water.

Crappie are in the thickest brush found in the backs of the
canyons. Pull the boat into the thicket and drop a crappie jig
straight down through the limbs to contact hungry crappie just
completing the spawning act.

The beauty of fishing in May is the ability to use one lure, such
as a plastic grub or tube, and catch largemouth, smallmouth,
crappie, walleye, stripers, sunfish and catfish along one shoreline
expanse. Fishing is at its spring peak. Shad are now spawning which
will provide more food for the myriad of predators that now swim in
the largest reservoir in the West. If fishing is on the list of
things to do this year, now would be a good time to make that
excursion to Lake Powell

 

LEES FERRY — May Report by: Scott Sargent

Monday, May 16, 2011

Fly Fishing: The fishing has been phenomenal today compared to
yesterday. The higher flow has been tremendously advantageous for
fishing conditions, especially drift fishing.

It’s critical to keep in mind that each “fishing boom period” at
Lees Ferry has been preceded by extended high water flows just like
the flows that we are currently getting.

Wading opportunities are minimum to non existent. However, drifting
from the boat has been very productive. Especially drifting over
areas which you would normally wade.

Scuds and San Juan worms have been very effective. Try using a
longer leader, with longer drifts. If you have a switch rod, this
is the perfect occasion.

It’s also essential to use plenty of splitshot – keep in mind, the
deeper the water and the faster the current – the more splitshot it
will be required to drop your flies to the proper depth. If you are
not receiving results, try more splitshot because this is the depth
the fish are feeding.

Spoke to some clients who fished today, and they were very
satisfied with the drift fishing for the day. They had a blast. If
you’re headed this way, be sure to stop by our fly shop for some
pointers and equipment.

Have fun fishing.

Walk in: The flows are at 23,000 cfs. The walk-in is a little
difficult to fish due to the strong current, however with some luck
and hard work it should be fine.

San Juan worms and scuds have been producing results. Also try
some zebra and laser midges.

Fish anywhere near the boulder in the middle of the river. The
current is fairly strong, but keep in mind, its not necessary to
wade very far, or deep.

Spin Fishing: Spin fishing is good! Bouncing glow bugs off the
bottom has been working remarkably well and produced many strikes.
You can also try fishing gold KastMasters or black and gold Panther
Martin. Also don’t forget about the marabou jig; this one has been
working great. Try the olive and black.

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.

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

The AZ Game and Fish Department has detected whirling disease in a
very small percentage of Lees Ferry trout that were collected for a
random sampling. More recent samplings have turned up no sign of
the disease, which may mean that it was a “one time” exposure,
where the disease was not established or that the disease is
present but at a very low prevalence. Anglers should still use
caution in cleaning their equipment both before and after they have
fished here or in other waters. For more information visit:
http://www.whirling-disease.org

Lake Powell / Glen Canyon Update

The unregulated inflow to Lake Powell for March 2011 was 594 kaf
(90% of average). Observed inflows to Lake Powell have increased
over the past several weeks and are currently averaging about
10,400 cfs. With daily average release rate from Glen Canyon Dam
that is about 16,000 cfs, the elevation of Lake Powell is still
declining , but the rate of decline has been moderated by these
increased inflow conditions. The elevation of Lake Powell at
midnight on April 7, 2011 was 3609.84 feet above sea level (90.16
feet from full pool). The elevation of Lake Powell will begin to
increase later in April when inflows exceed releases. It is
projected that the elevation of Lake Powell could increase by more
than 30 feet to a peak elevation of approximately 3643 feet above
sea level by late July or early August.

 

 

Angler report

Rory,

I took my son, two nephews, and brother in law to Lees Ferry for
their first fly fishing trip. They are all hooked (pun intended).
Everyone caught a lot of fish and had a great time on the
river.

Best Regards,

Chris Rich

LAKE MEAD – The current water level is around 1,096 feet above msl.
Lake levels have been fairly steady the last month. Largemouth bass
are biting. Try plastics in 5-8 ft. Striper fishing is picking up.
Many anglers were successful last weekend.

The winning team for the Firefighters tournament weighed in 40
stripers for 97.4 pounds. The big fish being caught off of a white
tube bait. Cut anchovies are still the bait of choice. Check the
moon phases before you go – full moon was May 17. 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 643 feet above msl. The
black bass are hitting soft baits when worked slowly. 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.

A local fisherman that fishes at Katherine’s Landing fishing pier
often said the strippers bite is down, but did catch the biggest
striper he had ever caught there. He catches catfish often in the
2- to 8-pound range. Best time to fish is at night for cats and he
likes fishing for largemouth and smallmouth in the early morning
with blue, black and purple and black grubs and worms.

Submersible lights fished during the new moon are an effective way
to catch stripers. Full moon May 17. Next new moon is June 2. 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 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-inch rainbow trout. Garlic and salmon peach Power Baits were
being used most for trout. Power Worms, Jakes, Panther Martin and
Rooster Tails 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/.

TOPOCK MARSH – Bass, crappie and catfish are all biting, but the
bite can be hit and miss. The creel survey being conducted on the
marsh has shown the crappie bite is not as good as earlier in the
year. Minnows and small road runners are the preferred bait. Bass
bite has taken off.

Arizona Game and Fish Department is currently doing a creel survey
on the marsh. Two weeks ago a local fisherman caught over 30
largemouth bass with 5 fish over the 13-inch minimum length and the
week before he caught a 21-pound channel catfish. He uses black,
white or red spinnerbaits.

Pumpkin colored crankbait and six-inch watermelon trick worms are
working in shallow water. In deeper water it is deep diving
crankbaits in a fire tiger color that is producing.

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/.

COLORADO RIVER BELOW DAVIS DAM – Trout were last stocked the week
of March 8, which was the last stocking at Davis Camp until
October. Trout continue to bite in the casino area. In addition to
the stockers multiple anglers have been reporting catching trout in
the 20- to 22-inch range on night crawlers.

Water levels are up, stripers are starting to bite. Some are
catching them from shore. Anchovies are the preferred bait.

Last week one angler caught a 7.36-pound rainbow.

Topock Gorge has been great.

Bluegill and redear are still being caught. It is, however,
stripers, smallmouth bass, and catfish that have attracted the
fisherman.

Anglers working the shoreline are still pulling in limits of
striped bass. Sizes are running from dinks to healthy
6-pounders.

Locals, Pat and John Morris hit the jackpot with a stout 10-pound
striper. They reaped twenty seven fish in three full days of
fishing. The better bait has been anchovy, but stripers have also
been taken on squid. Bon chovy has also been the bait of choice for
catfish whose sizes have been running between 2- and 5-pounds.
Soaking bait was the way to go for George F, George C, and Gerald
Wagner of Scottsdale, Arizona who boated three stripers weighing 2,
4, and 5-pounds. They also boated six nice sized smallmouth
bass-one was a stout 4-pounder. A nice 5-pound striper, a husky 5
½-pound catfish, three smallmouth bass and a bluegill was all in a
day’s work for Kingman, Arizona residents Skip and Debbie
Bowen.

The bass have been eating up the curly tail green grubs and the
curly tail yellow grubs with a red splotch on the belly. It feels
like it’s going to be a good season with plenty of fish for the
table.

Capt. Doyle’s Report

There are a few fishers striking out for the Topock Marsh, but
not many. The one angler I heard about managed to pick up a cat in
the 2-pound range, a 2 ½- pound largemouth, and three small
stripers.

It appears the majority of them have forgone the warm water of
the marsh for the cool, blue waters of the Topock Gorge where the
fishing has been supreme.

Bluegill and redear are still being caught. It is, however,
stripers, smallmouth bass, and catfish that have attracted the
fisherman. Anglers working the shoreline are still pulling in
limits of striped bass. Sizes are running from dinks to healthy
6-pounders.

Locals, Pat and John Morris hit the jackpot with a stout
10-pound line-side. They reaped twenty seven fish in three full
days of fishing. The better bait has been anchovy, but stripers
have also been taken on squid. Bon chovy has also been the bait of
choice for whisker fish whose sizes have been running between 2-
and 5-pounds.

Soaking bait was the way to go for George F, George C, and
Gerald Wagner of Scottsdale, Arizona who boated three stripers
weighing 2, 4, and 5-pounds. They also boated six nice sized
smallmouth bass-one was a stout 4-pounder.

A nice 5-pound line-side, a husky 5 ½-pound catfish, three
smallmouth bass and a bluegill was all in a day’s work for Kingman,
Arizona residents Skip and Debbie Bowen. The bass have been eating
up the curly tail green grubs and the curly tail yellow grubs with
a red splotch on the belly. It feels like it’s going to be a good
season with plenty of fish for the table.

Thanks,

Georgia

 

SOUTHWESTERN WATERS

Note: If you have a fishing report, send it to “Been Fishing?” at
bfishing@azgfd.gov

LAKE HAVASU — Picture on the left is a 34-pound striped bass
weighing 34 pounds measuring 42 inches long with a 27-inch girth
caught by George Lloyd of Lake Havasu

using a Luckycraft Pointer 128 lure on April 19 at 6:30a.m.

Photo by: John Galbraith of BassTackleMaster.com

Lake Havasu Fishing Report: Level 449.22.

Striper bite good using cut anchovies bottom fishing in 35 to 55
ft of water on the drop off into the old river channel where
stripers are schooling up to spawn now.Best time for this bite is
after 9 a.m. to about 4 p.m. Early am bite is good fora few
“quality” fish using shad colored Rat-L-Traps and Pointer 128s.

Redear sunfish fishing is starting to get good now with large
numbers of panfish moving shallow in preparation for spawning.

Evening catfish bite good using sardines,squid or chicken
livers.

Largemouth and Smallmouth bite excellent; sight fishing for
spawning bass in the shallows. Tubes (Gitzits)and creature baits
like the brush hog are excellent choices now. Flipping Senkos into
cattails is a great way to catch aggressive post spawn bass. Green
Pumpkin & Watermelon/Cremeare the best colors now.

Please practice catch and release during this spawning 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.

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 Game and Fish biologists 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 “shell crackers,” 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 bait fish. 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
bait fish 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 sport-fish stocking consultation with the
USFWS that is hopefully nearing completion. Depending on available
funding, we hope to continue regular stockings into all three of
these shoreline-accessible waters, and perhaps add additional
waters to our stocking schedule. These ponds provide an ideal place
to take the family. All three waters now are provided with restroom
and trash facilities. Special regulations on fish limits are in
effect for these waters, so be sure to consult the Regulations
before you take fish.

REGIONAL HOT SPOTS — Alamo Lake will continue to be a hot spot for
plentiful largemouth bass and channel catfish, although
trophy-sized fish will be uncommon. Lake Havasu is probably
currently the premier lake in our Region (and perhaps the State)
for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and redear sunfish. Numbers
caught will likely be lower, but the quality of the fish much
higher. The Parker Strip should remain excellent for smallmouth
bass and redear sunfish, and the Colorado River below Walter’s Camp
down to Imperial Dam the best bet for large and plentiful flathead
catfish. Our spring surveys indicate that there is a very
impressive population of flathead catfish in the lower Imperial
Division between Picacho State Park and Imperial Dam. Expect many
in the 5-10 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: Fire restrictions have been lifted on the Coconino, Kaibab
and Prescott National Forests due to recent rainfall and snow. For
the latest information, visit
http://publiclands.org/firenews/AZ.php.

WILLIAMS LAKES:

Fossil Creek will closed to fishing on May 1.

WILLIAMS LAKES:

KAIBAB LAKE – Campground is closed. No report. Has been stocked
multiple times this spring, so fishing should be pretty good.

CATARACT LAKE – Campground is open. Has been stocked

CITY RESERVOIR – No report. Scheduled to be stocked.

DOGTOWN LAKE – Campground is open. No angler reports.

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

RUSSELL TANK – The lake is to shallow to stock.

SANTA FE – No Report. Scheduled to be stocked again.

WHITEHORSE LAKE – Campground is open. Has been stocked.

FLAGSTAFF LAKES:

Note: Campfire and smoking restrictions have been lifted on the
Coconino and Kaibab National Forests.

LOWER LAKE MARY – Anglers have been catching some nice size
rainbows and quite a few small pike late in the day.

UPPER LAKE MARY – Northern pike were active over the weekend. Pike
were being caught close to shore on anchovies. Some larger pike are
being caught at times. Crappie are biting. This could be a good
year for larger yellow perch as well.

Angler report:

Hello, I am a local fisherman from Flagstaff, was out on Friday
after work before sunset. Levi at the Lake Mary Store let me know
the crappie were biting along shoreline from narrows south in all
coves and weeds. Fished with micro jigs suspended below bobbers
about 18 inches and caught 7 crappies in about 2 hours of fishing.
Fished with spinners for pike and caught 4 pike all between 20 and
24 inches long. Warm week before must have made all the
difference.

Gabe Begay

Hello this is Gabe from flagstaff again.

Been fishing at Upper Lake Mary on Thursday evening, crappie
fishing is hot.

Micro jigs below bobber in 3 feet oof water.

Have included photos of my friend Corey’s slab crappie (on the
left). This fish is still in the lake good luck.

ASHURST LAKE – Has been stocked. Trout were being caught on
worms under a bobber and green or orange Power Bait on the bottom.
Some large pike are being caught. Please catch and keep all the
pike you can to help this fishery.

Angler Report:

This large pike was caught last Mother’s day at Ashurst Lake.
What a great Mother’s Day gift!

Mike and Julie:

FRANCIS SHORT POND – Has been stocked.

KINNIKINICK LAKE – Has been liberally stocked with brown trout. If
you want browns, this is the place. It can be a challenge to fish
when it is windy, but this spring-fed lake can also put some larger
hold-over browns on the end of your line. By the way, this lake in
the pinon-junipers and high grasslands of Anderson Mesa doesn’t get
much fishing pressure.

MARSHALL LAKE – No report

OAK CREEK – Stocked weekly throughout the spring and summer in
multiple sites. Rainbow fishing is typically fair to good,
depending on the site, and brown trout fishing is often a challenge
veteran fly anglers seek. Please pay attention to the signs —
above the Junipine Resert there is a catch-and-release, artificial
lure and fly only (barbless hooks) section.

LONG LAKE – Stocked last week with rainbow trout. This remote lake
also has northern pike and walleye. Fishing can be tough on windy
days.

Angler report:

Rory,

Figured I would send this as I do not see much information on
Long Lake reports.

We fished Long Lake from boats on Saturday the 14th. We had alot of
success using bass spinner baits with silver or gold Colorado blade
1/2-ounce size with white grubs and orange and red skirts; cheap $1
ones from WalMart worked perfectly.

Rat-L-Traps were working as were inline spinners. The biggest
success though came from water dogs from shore floating about 4
feet below a bobber. All in all between six peaople, we must have
caught 30-plus fish over an 8-hour time period. Two monsters were
missed and I landed a 10 pounder; pictures are attached. My son
Gavin in the one photo caught his first pike and can not wait to
return.

Have a great day,

Eric Seif

SOLDIERS & SOLDIERS ANNEX – No report

STONEMAN LAKE – NO FISH.

Verde Valley

Note: Fire restrictions have been lifted on the Coconino, Kaibab
and Prescott National Forests due to recent rainfall and snow. For
the latest information, visit
http://publiclands.org/firenews/AZ.php.

DEAD HORSE STATE PARK – The last trout stocking was the week of
March 7. Fishing is usually great following the stocking. Power
Bait or homemade dough baits are your best bet this time of
year.

Catfish were last stocked the week of September 20.

VERDE RIVER (throughout Verde Valley) – The last trout stocking was
the week of March 7. Stocking sites were 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 bait fish or crayfish is allowed.

BEAVER CREEK – Stocked in early March. Fishing might be decent in
the isolated pools upstream.

OAK CREEK – Scheduled to be stocked this week. Fishing will likely
range from fair to good for rainbows, depending on the stretch you
fish, and poor to fair for brown trout, with the best brown fishing
located in the upper end of the canyon in the signed
catch-and-release area. Was a report of a nice 2.5-pound brown
caught in the lower canyon.

WEST CLEAR CREEK – Stocked two weeks ago.

FOSSIL CREEK — This unique catch-and-release, artificial lure
with barbless hook only fishing for roundtail chub fishery came to
an end April 30. This fishery will open again on the first Saturday
of October.

Prescott Area

Note: Fire restrictions have been lifted on the Coconino, Kaibab
and Prescott National Forests due to recent rainfall and snow. For
the latest information, visit
http://publiclands.org/firenews/AZ.php.

FAIN LAKE -Fain FAIN LAKE – Fain Lake is closed while it is
being dredged. Stocking will be canceled until the dredging is
completed. Fain should reopen sometime in June.

GOLDWATER LAKE – Trout fishing was good following the last
stocking. Trout are scheduled to be stocked this week, the week of
May 9th. 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 -Both largemouth bass and bluegill should become
active soon. 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 – The next trout stocking is scheduled for this week,
the week of May 9. Trout can be caught on Power Bait, corn, Power
Worms, jakes, Panther Martin and Rooster Tails, just to name a few.
Look for the bass to become active in the next month.

Brook trout were stocked the week of June 21st. Catfish and
bluegill were stocked on June 12. Cut anchovies, night crawlers or
hot dog are your best bet for catfish. 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 – Trout were stocked last week and the gate is now
open. 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 – More than 13,000 rainbow trout have been stocked since
January into Watson Lake. Prior to the January stocking Game and
Fish had not stocked trout here since 1962.

Some anglers continue to report having great success for trout
in the last two weeks. One angler reported catching a nice bass, so
it looks like the bite should be on.

There is no shortage of trout in the lake, if you are not having
success try using something different or a new location at the
lake, but don’t give up.

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.

Angler reports:

My friend Mike and I were flyfishing for trout at Watson Lake on
the evening of May 6 when my small bead-headed Arizona peacock lady
fly (on 6x 3.8 lb. tippet) appeared to have snagged the bottom on a
slow retrieve about 25 feet from shore. But the “bottom” started to
move and the fight was on. Good thing Mike was there with his net
(and his camera) to help me land the bass and record this momentous
occasion! My guess is that bass are probably not particularly fond
of peacock ladies, but that mine just happened to invade the nest
of this particular largemouth. The fish was released unharmed once
we extricated the fly.

Chris from Tucson

Mr. Rory;

Watson Lake was a hot spot Sunday afternoon May 1st.

A few of my buddies and I went to Prescott for a quick weekend
get away and some fishing this past weekend. On Sunday we had the
opportunity to fish three lakes in the Prescott general area.
Sunday morning we started out at Lynx Lake, fished for a few hours
without a single bite. We decided to move lakes and head over to
Goldwater. We fished for a few more hours and still nothing.

Trying are luck one last time we moved over to Watson Lake,
within minutes of our poles being in the water we landed our first
fish. After two hours of fishing we had 12 trout between two of us
fishing and three others watching.

Thank you very much,

Fellow Fisherman Tyler Doolittle.

WILLOW CREEK RESERVOIR – The bass are spawning. They are in 3-5
feet of water. Try plastics with a curly tail. Anglers continue to
have luck right of the boat launch.

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

Note: Fire restrictions are not being implemented on the
Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest due to recent rain and snow. For
the latest information, visit
http://publiclands.org/firenews/AZ.php.

Editor’s Note: If you have a fishing report, send it to “Been
Fishing?” at bfishing@azgfd.gov

Recommended waters to fish:

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

Becker Lake, the Greer Lakes, and Big Lake are the best
opportunities in the Springerville and Alpine areas.

Willow Springs Lake, Woods Canyon Lake, and Bear Canyon Lake on
the Mogollon Rim have been stocked well.

Trout stocking is scheduled every week on select White Mountain
streams.

Trout stocked during the week of May 9-13

Scott Reservoir – 1,622 rainbow trout

Show Low Lake – 2,307 rainbow trout

Willow Springs Lake – 2,622 rainbow trout

Woods Canyon Lake – 5,645 rainbow trout

East Fork Black River – 1,425 Apache trout

West Fork Black River – 293 Apache trout

LCR-Greer – 1,000 Apache trout

LCR-Sheeps Crossing – 242 Apache trout

Silver Creek – 500 Rainbow trout

Trout stocking scheduled for the week of May 16- 20

Clear Creek Reservoir – 2,595 rainbow trout

Crescent Lake – 2,800 rainbow trout

Scott Reservoir – 1,622 rainbow trout

Show Low Lake – 2,306 rainbow trout

Woods Canyon Lake – 3,645 rainbow trout

East Fork Black River – 600 Apache trout

West Fork Black River – 300 apache trout

LCR-Greer – 500 Apache trout

LCR-Sheeps Crossing – 485 Apache trout

Silver Creek – 500 Apache trout

 

 

MOGOLLON RIM LAKES

Note: Fire restrictions are not being implemented on the
Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest due to recent rain and snow. For
the latest information, visit
http://publiclands.org/firenews/AZ.php.

BEAR CANYON LAKE – Fishing is good. The lake was stocked two
weeks ago. Anglers are catching carryover trout as well. The lake
is full. Forest Roads 300 and 89 are open. There will be some
construction on the Rim Road so drive with caution.

BLACK CANYON LAKE – Fishing is fair to good. Boat anglers have
been catching trout and bass on bait and lures (Panther Martin and
Rooster Tail spinners). Forest Roads 300 and 86 are open to the
lake. Shore fishermen have been using Power Bait and worms. The
lake has been stocked with rainbow trout. Black Canyon Lake is
fairly low but the boat ramp is still usable.

BLUE RIDGE — Trout have been stocked, fishing should be good. This
is a deep, steep-sided canyon lake that is best suited for fishing
from a small boat, canoe, kayak or float tube.

CHEVELON LAKE – Fishing is fair to good. Try lures such as
spinners, KastMasters, and Rapalas and flies such as peacock
ladies, woolly worms and woolly buggers. All roads are open to the
lake, including FR 300 (Rim Road) and FR 169 from Highway 260, as
well as FR 504 and FR 169 from Heber. The lake is full. This steep
sided lake is pack-it-in, pack-it-out. It’s best fished from a
float tube, canoe or kayak, but there is a steep trail into and out
of the lake to navigate.

WILLOW SPRINGS LAKE – Fishing is good. The lake was stocked last
week with 2,622 rainbow trout. Anglers are also catching some
holdover trout (11-14 inch rainbow trout) on red Power Bait, worms,
spinners, and KastMaster spoons. Forest Road 149 is open to the
lake. All campgrounds are open.

Angler report:

I took my Son up to Willow Springs Friday, May 13th. Trolled
around all day using spinners. Caught 17 trout between the two of
us. A couple small stockers, but most were in the 10-14 inch range.
Great day!

Clint Jacobsen

WOODS CANYON LAKE – Fishing is good. The lake was stocked last
week with 5,645 rainbow trout, and will be stocked this week with
3,645 rainbow trout. Anglers are also catching some holdover
rainbow trout (11-14 inches) on worms, Power Bait, spinners and
KastMaster spoons. Forest Roads 300 and 105 to the lake are open
Access to the boat ramp is open.

The store is also open and boat rentals are available. The
campgrounds are open.

A bald eagle closure area is now in effect on a portion of the
lake and shoreline on the west side of the lake.

Shoreline anglers will need to hike up and around the closure to
get to the very upper west portions of the lake, while boaters will
just need to avoid the shoreline at the closure. Buoys and signs
are in place to mark the closure area.

CREEKS BELOW THE RIM

Canyon Creek — Has been stocked. This stream has two stretches,
one is a put-and-take section (close to the hatchery) for rainbow
trout. The lower section below the OW Bridge (it is well signed
along the road) is catch-and-release only using artificial lures
and flies only with barbless hooks. Fishing is generally fair to
good along the upper section but can be a little more challenging
on the special regulation section that also holds wily brown
trout.

Christopher Creek — Is being stocked weekly. Fishing is generally
good one to two days after the stocking. Try night crawlers, Power
Bait, small spinners or small casting spoons on light line (no more
than 6-pound test).

East Verde River — This stream has been liberally stocked with
rainbow trout, so fishing should be pretty good right now.

Haigler Creek — Has been recently stocked. Fishing should be fair
to good.

Tonto Creek — This creek was renovated this winter so it is a much
improved fishery this year. Some anglers are doing well in the
deeper pools.

WHITE MOUNTAIN LAKES

Note: All lakes in the White Mountains are accessible. Highways
261 and 273 are open. Highway 273 is nearly all paved, except for a
section between Forest Road 87 and Sheep’s Crossing that is dirt
and will be under construction until it is completed.

Please note that Fire restrictions are not being implemented on the
Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest due to recent rain and snow.

BECKER LAKE – Fishing is fair to good, depending upon the wind
conditions. Fly fishing with small midges about 6-12 inches off the
bottom in 12-13 feet of water has been producing large
hard-fighting rainbow trout up to 23 inches.

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. Don’t forget to pinch the barbs
down.

BIG LAKE – Fishing is excellent. Anglers are catching trout on
just about everything, but worms, Power Bait, Z-rays, and flatfish
are working particularly well. Rainbow trout in the 12- to 14-inch
range are being caught in about 10-15 feet of water, and cutthroat
and brookies are showing up as well.

Highways 261 and 273 are open. Highway 273 is nearly all paved,
except for a section between Forest Road 87 and Sheep’s Crossing
that is dirt and will be under construction until it is completed.
The store is open and boat rentals are available.

Fish are stocked here as fingerlings and subscatchables and then
grow up to catchable size, making the trout you catch at Big Lake
very wild like. There are rainbows, cutthroat, and brookies here.
Although Apache trout had been stocked here (the last time was
2003, none have shown up in our surveys. This is a good time of
year to catch the larger cutthroat trout. A 3.5 pound cutthroat was
caught last week end.

CARNERO LAKE – Fishing is good. The lake did NOT have a winter
fish kill. Fly fishers are catching trout on small nymphs, with
tiny zebra midges being very productive. Forest Roads 117 and 117A
are open. The water level is down about 1 foot due to irrigation
releases. The department owns 75 percent of the water rights in
Carnero, but the other 25 percent are privately owned. Please do
not interfere with the legal withdrawal of this water.

CLEAR CREEK RESERVOIR – Fishing is good. The lake will be
stocked this week with 2,595 catchable size rainbow trout.

CONCHO LAKE – Fishing is good. The lake was stocked heavily two
weeks ago with rainbow trout. Water levels are good and the boat
ramp is accessible.

CRESCENT LAKE – Fishing is good. The lake did NOT have a winter
fish kill, and anglers are catching nice sized carryover rainbows
and brookies on worms, Power Bait, and lures.

Crescent will also be stocked this week with 2,800 rainbow
trout. Highways 261 and 273 are open. Highway 273 is nearly all
paved, except for a section between Forest Road 87 and Sheep’s
Crossing that is dirt and will be under construction until it is
completed. The store is open and boat rentals are available.

FOOL HOLLOW LAKE – Fishing is fair to good. The lake was recently
stocked with rainbow trout, including some larger sized trout
(11-12 inches). Anglers have been catching trout and smallmouth
bass on night crawlers and lures (Panther Martin spinners).

Black crappie are being caught around the fishing piers. Try
small crappie jigs, worms, and mealworms.

GREER LAKES – Fishing is fair to good. All of the Greer lakes
(River, Tunnel, and Bunch) have been stocked recently. Anglers have
been catching trout on worms and Power Bait. Bunch is nearly full,
while the water levels at River and Tunnel have dropped several
feet due to irrigation releases.

HULSEY LAKE – Fishing is fair. Anglers have been catching some
holdover rainbow trout on night crawlers. The lake has not been
stocked yet. Forest Road 56 is open.

LEE VALLEY RESERVOIR – Fishing is good. The lake did NOT have a
winter fish kill and should have Arctic grayling and larger Apache
trout from last year. The lake was also stocked with 4,000 Apache
trout two weeks ago. Highways 261 and 273 are open. Highway 273 is
nearly all paved, except for a section between Forest Road 87 and
Sheep’s Crossing that is dirt and will be under construction until
it is completed.

LUNA LAKE – Fishing is fair. The lake is nearly full. 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 and boat rentals are available.

LYMAN LAKE – Lyman Lake State Park is currently closed. Local
authorities are working to re-open the park from June 17 to October
17.

NELSON RESERVOIR – Fishing is excellent. Anglers have been
catching trout on night crawlers, corn, and green Power Bait. The
lake was heavily stocked with rainbow trout recently, plus has many
carryover trout in the 1-pound range. The current bag and
possession limit at Nelson is 6 trout.

RAINBOW LAKE – Fishing is fair to good. The lake was stocked
recently with rainbow trout, including some larger sized fish
(11-12 inches). The lake is currently good for boating. The aquatic
weed levels are low.

SCOTT RESERVOIR – Fishing is fair to good. The lake will be
stocked this week with 1,622 rainbow trout.

SHOW LOW LAKE – Fishing is fair to good. The lake will be
stocked this week with 2,306 rainbow trout. The store and
campground are open, and boat rentals are available.

WOODLAND LAKE – Fishing is good. Anglers have been catching
trout on mealworms and small spinners (Panther Martin and Rooster
tail). The lake was recently stocked with many rainbow trout.

WHITE MOUNTAIN STREAMS

Note: Trout stockings on White Mountain streams has begun and are
scheduled to continue every week through Labor Day.

All Forest Roads are open, including Highways 261 and 273.
Highway 273 is nearly all paved, except for a section between
Forest Road 87 and Sheep’s Crossing that is dirt and will be under
construction until it is completed.

EAST FORK BLACK RIVER – Fishing is fair for wild browns and good
for stocked Apache trout. The stream was stocked last week with
1,425 Apache trout and will be stocked again this week with 600
trout. All Forest roads leading to the East Fork are now
accessible. The East Fork did not get much of a snow melt runoff
and is already fairly clear and near base flow.

Angler report:

Rory

As I was fishing with a client on the East Fork Black River near
Alpine, the Game and Fish stock truck pulled up and netted in some
Apache trout. This is the first stocking of the East Fork, West
Fork, and Sheep’s Crossing areas this spring. It is VERY unusual to
see a stocking truck out on a weekend date. The waters are super
clear, at June base -level flows, but cold in the mornings, due to
high elevation.

Just an FYI for all of you in Phoenix – Wendy

Wendy Krueger, guide

Arizona Mountain Adventures

LITTLE COLORADO RIVER – GREER – Fishing is fair for wild brown
trout and good for stocked Apache trout. The stream was stocked
last week with 1,000 Apache trout and will be stocked again this
week with 500 trout. The stream is fully accessible. Spring runoff
was poor and The flows are near base flow.

SHEEPS CROSSING – Fishing is fair. It was stocked last week with
242 Apache trout and will be stocked again this week with 485
trout. The stream is accessible by Highway 273, which is now open.
Highway 273 is nearly all paved, except for a section between
Forest Road 87 and Sheep’s Crossing that is dirt and will be under
construction until it is completed.

SILVER CREEK – Fishing is fair to good. The stream was stocked
last week with 500 Apache trout and will be stocked again this week
with 500 trout. 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 – Fishing for wild brown trout is fair in
the lower and middle sections, and is fair for stocked Apache trout
in the lower section around the campground. The campground area in
the lower section was stocked last week with 293 Apache trout and
will be stocked again this week with 300 trout.

Fishing for wild Apache trout in the upper section near Forest
Road 116 is poor to fair. Only the lower section (from the
confluence with the East Fork up to 1.4 miles above the campground)
is open to general regulations and harvest.

The middle and upper sections are catch-and-release only with
artificial lure and fly. The lower end of the catch-and-release
section begins 1.4 miles above the campground, at the confluence
with Hayground Creek, and extends 6.8 miles upstream to the Apache
trout barriers near FR 116, and another 3.1 miles up to the
Reservation boundary.

 

SOUTHERN ARIZONA

Summers coming and that means the bass and bluegill fishing is
warming up also! Anglers should begin to focus their attention
along the shoreline in shady areas for great sunfish opportunities.
Live worms and meal worms are the classic baits for these little
fighters. Bass anglers will find the best action along the
shoreline as well wherever you find breaks in the shoreline
vegetation. Trout stocking for the summer months is underway. You
can view the schedule here: 2011 Summer Stocking Schedule

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

Summers coming and that means the bass and bluegill fishing is
warming up also! Anglers should begin to focus their attention
along the shoreline in shady areas for great sunfish opportunities.
Live worms and meal worms are the classic baits for these little
fighters. Bass anglers will find the best action along the
shoreline as well wherever you find breaks in the shoreline
vegetation. Trout stocking for the summer months is underway. You
can view the schedule here: 2011 Summer Stocking Schedule

URBAN WATERS — It’s Another spring catfish stocking will take
place the week of May 2-7.

Catfish have been biting on worms, stink baits, hot dogs or
shrimp fished on the bottom.

As temperatures warm, the best action takes place after sunset.
Catfish have been averaging 15-17 inches, with some fish up to 4
pounds.

Bluegill fishing is good for anglers using worms and mealworms
fished under a small bobber in 3-6 foot depths.

Action for largemouth bass is fair with the best baits finesse
plastics fished in the early morning hours.

RIGGS FLAT – Riggs Flat is now open. No recent reports of success.
Trout stocking for the summer months is underway. The lake is
currently not being stocked due to high pH values.

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

ROPER LAKE – For lake information and status of the park call (928)
428-6760.

DANKWORTH POND – This small pond is undergoing renovations this
summer and will be closed to fishing.

FRYE MESA RESERVIOR – The lake will be stoked again this week 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 – No recent reports of success but reports are that the
bass have spawned. The lake is dropping and boaters should use
caution. 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 – Anglers were still catching trout late last week. The
new boat ramp is open at Pena Blanca Lake and anglers should have
no problems launching their boats.

PATAGONIA – This lake is full. No recent reports of success.

PARKER CANYON – No recent reports of success. 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 is open. The lake has been stocked
and anglers are reporting success with small spinners and large
crowds by mid day.

 

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