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Arizona Statewide Fishing Report for June 1

Rory’s tips:

Arizona’s free fishing days are June 4 and 11, so this is the
time to introduce a friend, relation or co-worker to reconnecting
with nature through the joys of fishing. If you want a little
instruction as well, check out our free fishing clinics at
http://www.azgfd.gov/i_e/edits/aquatic_education.shtml.

With a new moon June 1, this is a great time to fish at night
using submersible lights. The lights attract plankton. The plankton
attracts forage fish. The forage fish attract predators, such as
bass. And of course bass attract anglers. It’s a food chain effect
(yes, we are part of nature).

Good night fishing choices include Pleasant, Roosevelt, Alamo,
Saguaro, Havasu and Mead. For striper fishing at Pleasant, Havasu
and Mead, try frozen anchovies with little or no weight.

My top crappie picks right now are Alamo and Roosevelt, although
Bartlett can be productive at times. But at this lake level,
Bartlett can be tricky to navigate at night. If you don’t know
Bartlett well, I would advise night fishing on some other water
until you learn it better.

Once again, low pressure systems are passing through Arizona,
dropping air temperatures, and slowing down the lake-warming
process.

In a way, this trend is beneficial for extending the good spring
bite, but can also make the bite unpredictable at times as well.
However, it sure makes it a lot more pleasant to go fishing. A lot
of anglers last weekend discovered they should have brought along
some jackets, or at least wind breakers. Layer-up, layer-down!

Nice to experience a few extra chills before prolonged
triple-digits bake them out of our recent memory.

In the high country, these cooler nights are helping keep trout
more active. This will hopefully continue a couple of more weeks
before they go into their deeper summer feeding patterns. Just pick
your favorite mountain lake and go. The only wrong decision is not
taking advantage of this extended good bite. In many years, the
Memorial Day weekend is the swan song for the spring bite. Not this
year.

Right now, one of my favorite areas of Lake Powell is hot for
striped bass fishing – Bullfrog and Hall’s Crossing. It may take a
little more driving to get to Hall’s Crossing, but it many ways it
is worth it. First, there is the campground at Hall’s Crossing. It
is on a slight bluff overlooking the lake. And once you launch, you
don’t have to go far to find great fishing for striped bass,
smallmouth bass, walleye and even largemouth bass.

By the way, most anglers fish solely for striped bass, leaving
lots of great fishing for walleye and smallies for the rest of us
(or is that the few of us?). Here’s a tip – when you see a big wide
crank angling down into the water along a sandstone wall, toss in a
curly-tail on a jig head (maybe with a piece of night crawlers
too). If you get a hit in the first two counts of its ascent, it
will probably be a smallmouth bass. But after the county of three
or so, it will likely be a delectable walleye.

Can happen!

Yep, it takes extra car gas to get up to Hall’s Crossing. But if
you spend a few days, your savings in boat gas will probably offset
the extra expenditure.

So go catch some memories at Powell. Maybe I’ll see you out
there.

Arizona’s annual free fishing days are celebrated on June 4 and
June 11

Game and Fish offers fishing clinics at various locations

Arizona’s annual free fishing days are celebrated on June 4 and
June 11 as part of National Fishing and Boating Week.

On these two Saturdays, no fishing licenses are required for
persons fishing any public waters in Arizona.

“This is a great chance to grab some poles, gather up some
friends and family members, and head out to your nearest urban lake
or head up to the cooler country to fish a lake or stream,” said
Rory Aikens, editor of the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s
Weekly Fishing Report.

Remember that bag limits and other fishing regulations are in
full effect and must be observed on Free Fishing Day. Kids 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. Try fishing, you’ll like
it!

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is sponsoring a number of Free
Fishing Day clinics/events to give people the opportunity to try
out this fun, family-oriented pastime. Loaner fishing rods, bait
and instruction are provided for free at most of these venues.
Times and locations are:

• Saturday, June 4, Mormon Lake Lodge Pond (south of Flagstaff), 10
a.m. to 3 p.m. As part of the Outdoor Festival at Mormon Lake, the
Arizona Game and Fish Department Flagstaff region is offering a
free fishing event among other outdoor activities for the whole
family. For more information, contact the Game and Fish Flagstaff
office at (928) 774-5045.

• Saturday, June 4, Dead Horse Ranch State Park (near
Cottonwood), 8 a.m. to noon. Game and Fish staff will be on hand
with loaner fishing gear, but you are encouraged to bring your own
if you have it. The entrance fee into the park will be waived for
the participants. Catfish will be stocked prior to the event. For
more information, contact Wildlife Manager Tom Bagley at (928)
567-2478.

• Saturday, June 4, Silverbell Lake (Tucson), 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Located at Christopher Columbus park on Silverbell Rd. between
Ruthrauff and Grant. Catfish will have been stocked that week.
Other fish found in the lake are largemouth bass and bluegills. For
further information, please contact Wildlife Manager Diane Tilton,
(520) 975-6149.

• Saturday, June 4, Rose Canyon Lake (Mt. Lemmon near Tucson), 9
a.m. to 2 p.m. There is no registration fee or signup for the
clinic. On this day, the fee for Mount Lemmon and the campground
will be waived. Parking is limited. The lake was last stocked with
rainbow trout in the second week of May. For further information,
please contact Wildlife Manager Martin Guerena, (520) 591-6307.

• Saturday, June 4, Yellow Pine Ranch (near Kingman). Note:
Space is limited for this event and the event is nearly full.
Pre-registration is required through the Arizona Game and Fish
Department Kingman office at 5325 N. Stockton Hill Road in Kingman;
call first at (928) 692-7700.

• Saturday, June 11, Parker Canyon Lake (near Elgin), 9 a.m. to 1
p.m. The elevation of Parker Canyon Lake is 5,400 feet, so the
weather will be several degrees cooler than Tucson. For further
information about the free fishing event, please contact Wildlife
Manager Karen Klima at (520) 975-6490.Camping and boat rentals are
available for a fee at Parker Canyon Lake; call the store for more
information at (520) 455-5847.

• Saturday, June 11, Goldwater Lake (Prescott), 8 a.m. to noon. The
Arizona Game and Fish Department Kingman region and the City of
Prescott are planning a day of free fishing for the whole family.
Staff will be on hand to assist anglers. Bait will be provided and
loaner rods will be available. For more information, please call
the Arizona Game and Fish Department Kingman office at (928)
692-7700.

• Saturday, June 11, Garrett Tank (near Seligman). Time? Throughout
the day, there will be demonstrations on casting, baiting,
cleaning, and cooking catfish. The weather can be variable, so
dress in layers. Sunscreen is recommended. Loaner poles and bait
will be available for use. For further information, please contact
Wildlife Technician Jennifer Cordova at (928) 422-0155.

• Saturday, June 11, Roper Lake (near Safford), 7 a.m. to noon.
Participants will need to supply any food and drinks they might
require. Weather can be warm this time of year, so be sure to bring
sun screen and come on out and enjoy fishing at one of Arizona’s
premier state parks. The event is open to all without any fees or
prior registration, and there will be rods/reels, bait, and other
gear available for participants to use. For more information,
please contact Wildlife Manager Devin Skinner at (520)
591-7880.

For a list of fishing clinics, visit
http://www.azgfd.gov/i_e/edits/aquatic_education.shtml. For more
information on fishing in Arizona, visit www.azgfd.gov/fish.

Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests implement fire restrictions

Springerville, AZ (June 1, 2011)-The Apache-Sitgreaves National
Forests implemented Stage I fire restrictions at 12:01 a.m., today
on all five Ranger Districts due to increasing fire danger. These
restrictions are deemed necessary to protect public health and
safety by preventing human-caused wildfires.

Under the Stage I fire restrictions on the Apache-Sitgreaves (A-S)
National Forests, fires, campfires, charcoal, coal and wood stoves
are allowed in designated developed campgrounds ONLY (listed
below).

Campfires are not permitted anywhere else on the A-S. Smoking is
limited to within enclosed vehicles, buildings or in designated
developed campgrounds. Petroleum-fueled gas stoves, lanterns, and
heaters meeting fire underwriter safety specifications are
allowed.

DEVELOPED CAMPGROUNDS CAMPFIRES ARE ALLOWED UNDER “NO” RED FLAG
WARNING

*Black Mesa Ranger District: Spillway Group Campground, Spillway
Campground, Aspen Campground, Wood Canyon Campground, Mogollon
Campground, Crook Campground, Rim Campground, Sink Hole
Campground

Canyon Point Campground, Black Canyon Rim Campground

*Lakeside Ranger District: Fool Hollow Lake Campground Scotts
Reservoir Campground, Lakeside Campground, Los Burros
Campground

*Springerville Ranger District: Rainbow Campground, Cutthroat
Campground, Brook Char Campground

Grayling Campground, Apache Trout Campground, Winn Group
Campground, Winn Campground

Rolfe C. Hoyer Campground, Benny Creek Campground

*Alpine Ranger District: Buffalo Crossing Campground, Horse
Springs Campground, Aspen Campground

Diamond Rock Campground, Alpine Divide Campground, Luna Lake
Campground, Luna Lake Group Campground

The fire restrictions will remain in place until fire danger
decreases. Violation of the prohibitions is punishable by a fine of
not more than $5,000, imprisonment for not more than six months, or
both. Fireworks are always prohibited on National Forest
land.

For additional information on fire restrictions call (928)
333-6280. or by dialing 593 or (928) 333-3412 or on the website
593info.org or the ASNFs website at:
http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/asnf/

Another source of information on fire restrictions on public lands
in Arizona and New Mexico, call toll free 1-877-864-6985 or visit
http://gacc.nifc.gov/swcc/.

Wallow Fire results in some closures near Hannagan Meadow

The movement of the Wallow Fire has prompted the Forest Service to
initiate an area closure on the Alpine Ranger District of the
Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests effective immediately.

Closures/Evacuations/Advisories:

Portions of both Greenlee County and Apache County are affected by
the closure.

Highway 191 is closed from Alpine, AZ on the north, to the
Strayhorse Campground on the south.

The southern boundary of the closure area is the Mogollon Rim and
goes north to Forest Roads 249 and 116. The western side of the
closure is the boundaries of the San Carlos Apache and White
Mountain Apache Indian Reservations and goes east to Highway
191.

A precautionary evacuation of all residents and visitors within the
closure area is also in effect immediately. Private property within
the closure area includes Sprucedale, Beaver Creek Ranch,
Beaverhead, Brentwood and residents along Forest Road 26.
Campgrounds include West Fork, and all of the campgrounds along the
East Fork of the Black River. There is no access to the Black
River.

Big Lake Recreation Area including all of the surrounding
campgrounds remains open. Access to the area is from Highway 261
and Highway 273.

Don’t forget you can still catch millions

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 extra 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.

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.

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.

CENTRAL WATERS

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

URBAN — It’s bottom fishing time for Mr. Whiskers.

Urban Fishing Program lakes are being stocked every two weeks
with heavy loads of channel catfish. The next catfish delivery is
scheduled for the week of May 31-June 4.

Fishing is good to excellent for anglers using worms, stink
baits, or shrimp fished on the bottom. If you want to use bobbers,
rig up a slip bobber and fish 8-12 feet deep. Catfish are biting
irregularly throughout the day, but are more active when the sun
goes down.

Most catfish are from 14-18 inches, but some lunkers over three
pounds are being hauled out of the lakes. 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.

At Green Valley lakes (Payson) trout fishing is poor since rainbow
stockings wrapped up on May 6. However, fishing for bass, bluegill
and crappie is good. Anglers using worms and meal worms under a
small bobber are enjoying plenty of action. Also try small plastic
or marabou jigs, plastic worms and dark colored nymphs or
streamers..

Angler reports:

Where:

Hallman Park-Tempe

When:

05/09/11

Caught:

Channel Catfish

Technique:

String cheese and corn

Comments:

One was about 4 lbs the second about 5 and yep, I was surprised
too! Have pix too!

Name:

Sherry White

Where:

Veterans’ Oasis Park

When:

05/29/11

Caught:

1 bass, 1 carp

Technique:

caught on worm;

Comments:

14-inch bass; released.

Name:

Joel Satterlee

Where:

rio vista

When:

05/23/11

Caught:

6 sunfish , green and bluegill from about 3 to 6 inches

Technique:

fly fishing ,black ant size 16 and my own bumble bee pattern

Comments:

Name:

bowen shryock

Rory,

We spent some time at red mountain park this weekend looking for
catfish but kept getting robbed by all the sunfish! So we pulled
out some smaller hooks and fished hot dogs off the bottom with very
little weight. We pulled in eight good sized sunfish that made for
a tasty summer meal! Not bad for an afternoon a few miles from
home.

Sincerely,

Rex and family

 

 

 

Rory

Little late on getting this to you but Fished Green Valley Park
during the Wildlife fair a few weekends ago. Caught 1 Rainbow, a
holdover from last year. Measures 13 ½ inches and weighed over a
pound. Nice pink meat inside made for good eating. Used a worm
about 2 feet below a bobber. Also fished Tonto creek that same day
and again the following Tuesday. Caught a total of 14 between me
and my buddy mostly in the 6- to 10-inch range but one was 12
inches; another holdover as it had nice pink meat. Used worms on a
size 8 hook no sinkers. Going back up on the 22nd well let you know
how it goes.

Tom Leeper

TEMPE TOWN LAKE — Surveys show decent populations of largemouth
bass, channel catfish and sunfish. The best fishing will be at
first light and last light. Try plastic worms worked along the
bottom for bass. Mealworms can work well for bluegill and yellow
bass.

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.

LAKE PLEASANT — Lake elevation 1,695 ft (92 percent full). With a
new moon June 1, this is an excellent time to fish at night under
submersible lights for striped bass and largemouth bass. Try
chumming with anchovies and corn. Poist, islands and reefs in the
main lake should a higher percentage locations to try, night or
day.

If you are after carp they become more active as the weather warms
up especially in the coves at dusk or night time. Stripers are
still chasing shad so crankbait thrown in the middle of shad boils
will get some stripers, whites and largemouth bass. As it gets
warmer anchovies at night will entice the striper bite.

The bite is slow for largemouth bass, but the striper bite is
phenomenal. During the daytime, also try chartreuse or white
colored crankbaits for stripers.

ROOSEVELT LAKE — Lake Elevation is 2,143 ft (91 percent full).
Tonto Creek runoff is 7 cfs while inflow from the Salt River is at
138 cfs.

With a new moon June 1, this is an excellent time to fish at night
under submersible lights for bass and crappie.

An angler found the largemouth bass in the Salt End and they were
going after medium sized jerkbait. In a day of fishing he caught 15
with three over 16 inches. Largest one was 3.6 pounds. The next day
he started fishing early morning at the same area; jerkbait again
worked well in 4 to 8 feet of water. Topwater worked pretty well
too. He caught 20 largemouth bass before 11:00 a.m. Four were over
16 inches between the 3 and 4 pound range.

Some crappie fisherman trolled jigs (probably tipped with minnows)
from 5:45 to 10:30 a.m. They boated 11 nice sized crappie and 1
bluegill in the Salt end around 30 feet deep or so.

Mix it up — some anglers have been doing well on finese techniques
such as drop shots, others have been scoring using topwater lures,
and others have been working structure with flutter-down baits such
as Senkos. Texas-rigged worms or lizards are also worth a
try.

CANYON — Lake elevation is 1,658 ft, which is 96 percent full.

An angler caught a 9-pound, 23-inch largemouth bass with a
scented plastic worm. He brought it in the Mesa Game and Fish
office to enter it in the Big-Fish-of-the-Year contest. It has the
largemouth bass record so far this year. A picture will be posted
on our website that will knock off the 3-pound largemouth that was
the previous record holder.

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 shot, Texas-rigged worms and creatures, white spinners and
crankbaits are still enticing the bite. Also try curly-tail grubs
on jig heads — think chartreuse.

SAGUARO — Lake elevation 1,523 feet at 91-percent full.

An angler fished about 5 hours in the evening with dropshot,
jerkbait, topwater, jigs and Carolina-rigged worms and hauled in 2
largemouth, 2 bluegills, and one yellow bass.

A fishing duo fished about 4 hours in the evening with cranks,
jerkbaits and dropshots. They caught 9 largemouth bass. The best
bite was about 15 to 20 feet near the bottom.

Another angler fished in the morning from about 6am to 11 a.m. and
caught 4 largemouth bass in the 1- to 2- pound range. Dropshot
worked well 10 to 15 feet deep.

Three fishermen spent a Friday evening and lost count on the fish
they caught. The fish were feeding on crayfish so crayfish
imitations worked real well. Jigs and dropshot worked well
too.

With a new moon June 1, this is a great time to fish at night under
submersible lights.

BARTLETT — Lake elevation is 1,763 feet, which is 55 percent full.
Reservoir release is 150 cfs.

Fishing was reported as slow judging from our creel over the
holiday weekend.

There were many more recreational boats than fishing boats – not
surprising. Anglers were catching largemouth bass using crankbaits
and Texas- or Carolina-rigged worms. Water is still quite low and
the Yellow Cliffs Ramp is not accessible. With low water there are
a lot of fish vying for what limited space and forage there is;
harvesting a portion of your catch wouldn’t be a bad thing as long
as it is within the bag limits. You can make any fish taste good by
deep frying strips of the filet. Carp might be an exception in the
eyes of many – I’ll put myself in that group… They are fun to
catch though.

With a new moon June 1, this is a good time to fish for crappie at
night beneath submersible lights.

HORSESHOE – Lake elevation is at 1,952 feet 0 percent full. They
are releasing water at 150 cfs.

VERDE RIVER – Verde River flow at Tangle is 180 cubic feet per
second. Release from Bartlett Lake is 150 cfs.

SALT RIVER – Salt River into Roosevelt is 138 cfs, and Salt
River Canyon is 100 cfs. They are releasing 1235 cfs out of Stewart
Mountain dam from Saguaro.

Anglers are catching catfish in pools especially just below
riffles. The catfish tend to get larger as you go downstream
towards Roosevelt. Live bait works real well. Fish for sunfish
during the day in backwaters or areas of low flow. You can seine
some red shiners but make sure the seine does not exceed 10 feet in
length and 4 feet wide; you can also use a cast net that does not
exceed a 4 foot radius.

LOWER SALT RIVER – You can now fish the entire length of the
Lower Salt River beneath Stewart Mountain Dam. A couple anglers
caught 3 largemouth bass between Granite Reef and Phon D. Sutton.
They were using creature baits and drop shot rigs. They also saw
some trout and large sunfish.

We will be stocking trout again in the week of June 6.

Angler report:

Rory:

Tried your technique for fishing the Lower Salt River on Saturday
with no luck (floating a worm in the current). We fished Phon D.
Sutton from about 8am until noon at which time the sun and heat
really started getting to us. In April we fished this same spot
with both me and my wife catching 4 trout and even a bass. The
river flow is too high and fast right now to really find some good
ripples or pools to fish. There were several other angles as well
who weren’t having much luck either. It’s also that time of the
year again where we were sharing the river with families using some
of the best fishing spots for swimming and drinking. As long as
they paid for their Tonto pass I have no complaints. We are looking
forward to getting up north for our next fishing trip.

Kevin P.

Chandler

CREEKS (Haigler, Canyon, Tonto, Christopher, East Verde, Workman) –
The trout stocking season in the creeks is underway. Most of these
creeks are being stocked on a weekly basis, so fishing should be
pretty good right now.

AGFD biologists sampled Canyon Creek recently. Browns were
throughout the area although they are tough to catch during the
day. Night time fishing is best for browns. Copper johns, wooly
buggers, nymphs and hare’s ears typically good this time of year.
Throw in a few caddis flies and beadheads. We did catch a few
4-pound browns hanging out in the pools and where structure created
cover in the catch and release area.

Angler report:

Rory,

Went back up to Tonto Creek with a few friends last Sunday. There
were 6 of us fishing and we caught a total of 11 Rainbows. Got
there around 10 a.m. and stopped by the fish hatchery to educate
some of the “new comers” to fishing in AZ. Showed them the
different species of trout in the big pond them explained how the
money from licenses and trout stamps funds the hatchery and
provides us the opportunity to fish the creek and other waters.

The fishing started off slow got a few bites between 11 a.m. and
1 p.m. but no catches. Around 1 p.m. the action got good we caught
3 from one hole within 30 minutes of each other. From then on it
was full of fun and excitement. Again, we actually landed 11
Rainbows but there were several others that were hooked but won the
fight. We were using worms on a size 8 hook, no sinker.

It was a good day and will be going back after the Holiday
weekend and the fish can be restocked. Will let you know how it
goes.

Tom Leeper

 

COLORADO RIVER NORTHWEST

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

LAKE POWELL – June 1, By: Wayne Gustaveson. Lake Powell Fish
Report – June 1, 2011

Lake Elevation: 3622. Water Temperature 60-65 F

BULLFROG STRIPERS!

The big news this week is that stripers are now being caught in big
numbers at the mouth of Lake Canyon near Bullfrog.

Stripers have been slow to start this spring in the mid lake
area but now it appears that has changed. It is likely that the
mouth of other canyons including Annies, Slick Rock and Iceberg
would have similar concentrations of large stripers willing to hit
bait.

In other late developing years stripers have been found along
the walls downstream from Halls Creek all the way to Lake Canyon.
Catch rate is increasing just inside the mouth of Moki where the
canyon intersects with the main channel. Smaller stripers are being
caught in Halls Creek using crappie jigs near the surface in open
water.

Anglers are catching hundreds of fish using standard bait fishing
techniques that have worked so well at Wahweap this spring. It has
just taken longer for stripers near Bullfrog to move to the main
channel and then be located by anglers. But the wait is now over
and striper fishing midlake is heating up fast. We expected striper
fishing to begin later uplake but had no idea it would be June
before it exploded.

Striper fishing in the southern lake continues to amaze us with the
volume of fish that are being caught on a daily basis – weather
permitting. High winds over Memorial Day weekend made fishing
success marginal because calm spots were hard to find. But the seas
have now calmed and fishing is picking up right where it left off.
Striper fishing is excellent from Wahweap to Bullfrog.

Bass fishing continues to be good but not along the shoreline. The
rapid increase in lake level floods new shoreline each day.
Smallmouth bass are now 20 feet deep making it necessary to fish
deeper water. Old standard plastic grubs fished along the bottom
are still very effective for catching good numbers of bass.
Largemouth are shallower. When trees are available largemouth will
not leave the cover. Each day more brush is covered allowing bass
to move back into the thickets that they occupied when water was
higher.

Walleye fishing continues to be exceptional. Slow-trolled bottom
bouncers weights with attached worm harness are very effective
while fast trolling with diving crankbaits is working as well.
Casting into murky water often produces walleye along with bass and
stripers. Walleye are being caught from Good Hope Bay to Wahweap.
This may be the yearly peak for walleye fishing so give it a try
before success rate declines.

Crappie fishing is winding down as spawning is now complete. Some
crappie can still be caught on small jigs trolled slowly with an
electric motor or wind drift. Target the deep water side of brush
thickets to find a suspended school of elusive panfish.

Catfish are now starting to bite on a beach near your camp. Share
your dinner with them and they will provide great fun for kids of
all ages. Fishing is not as fast as it was in May but the variety
and chance of catching a large number of fish still exists.

 

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.

LAKE MEAD – The current water level is around 1,098 feet above msl.
Lake levels have been fairly steady the last month. The Largemouth
are biting. Try plastics in 5-8 ft. Striper are picking up. Many
anglers were successful last weekend. The winning team of the
Firefighters tournament weighed in 40 stripers for 97.4 lbs.

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 – new moon is Wednesday, June 1st. 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 644 feet above msl. The
black bass are hitting soft baits when worked slowly. Trolling with
anchovies in 30-50ft has been producing some stripers, while
catfish are on the bottom. 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
stripper he had ever caught there. He catches catfish often in the
2-8 lb. 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. New moon tomorrow night, June 1st. 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″
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. Several 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. This was the last stocking at Davis Camp until October
of 2011. 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. .

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.

Rainbow trout are stocked by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service
monthly during the winter. The fish are normally stocked in two
locations; Davis Camp and near The Riverside. Trout fishing at the
stocking sites is great immediately following the stockings, then
the fish move out and you need to find them.

Rainbow trout are located throughout the river below Davis dam, but
anglers typically report catching trout on the Arizona side across
from the Riverside, off the shore of Davis Camp and in the big bend
area. This year we have received multiple reports of larger
holdover trout being caught. Remember to fish for trout, you need a
trout stamp on Class A and Lifetime fishing licenses.

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

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

Topock 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

Action in the Topock Gorge remains hot! Sometimes it may take
all day, but there are limits of line-sides being taken on
anchovies-fresh frozen. Sizes remain between dinks and 5-pounds.
The sunfish, too, are extremely active and can be taken on night
crawlers.

Keith Thomason and his son, Jim, from Midland, Texas boated 20
bluegills along with a nice 3-pound striped bass. The two also
boated two carp weighing 6- and 9-pounds – all the fish were
released unharmed!

I’m sure someone is catching catfish, but I have not and have not
heard of any at the time of this writing. Smallmouth and largemouth
bass have taken a back seat to the stripers-at least for the time
being.

A few hearty anglers are buying bait at the Old Western Trader and
making their way to the Topock Marsh, but still there is no
feedback as to whether the fishing is good or bad.

Thanks,

Georgia

Angler report:

Hi Rory,

Went fishing in Topock Gorge on 5/23/11, my birthday. Caught a
15-inch largemouth (on an anchovy!) early on. Then nothing for a
while, as the wind came up, forcing us to move around to hide from
the wind. Finally, we managed to bring in 7 nice stripers, from
18-22 inches, all on anchovies, on the bottom, in @ 3 hours.

Great birthday present!

Saw lots of HUGE carp, and lots of small to medium
largemouth.

Shane & Leanne

SOUTHWESTERN WATERS

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

LAKE HAVASU — Lake Havasu Fishing Report from John Galbraith of
BassTackleMaster.com, Lake Havasu City.

Lake Level 449.35. Average Daytime water Temp 70 degrees. Striper
bite continues to be good north in the main river current from the
bouy line north to Mohave rock. Stripers will continue to spawn for
a few more weeks.

Largemouth bass bite is good using Senkos around tulles and weeds
where bass seek out shady ambush spots.

Smallmouth bass hitting are good on Hula grubs rigged on football
head jigs fished around chunk rocks and rocky/gravel shorelines in
6 to 12 feet of water.

Redear sunfish in full spawn now. Night crawlers and crappie tubes
are excellent choices to catch these big hard fighting panfish.
Please practice catch and release during this spawning time to give
our redears a chance to reproduce and make our fishery even
better.

ALAMO LAKE — Report courtesy Mark Knapp, Alamo Lake State Park:
Well folks, it’s been awhile since I have written anything. Between
my new position and going to the docs dealing with some major
headaches, I have found there’s just not enough time, or aspirins,
in a day to get things done. Really all you have missed out here is
a bunch of windy days.

I need your help getting the word out that I’m going to close
Cholla Campground/Boat Ramp for the summer. This is going to happen
Monday June 6. The main campground and boat launch will be open.
During the closure Parks is going to fix Cholla ramp. This time the
turn around area is going to be torn out and some kind of material
will used for erosion. Once that’ done the Game & Fish Dept is
installing a courtesy dock. Also during this time the Friends group
has donated a couple of solar lights for the parking lots of both
ramps. I believe Game & Fish has one or two to put up also. It
should look and work well when it’s done. I plan on reopening the
area sometime in October.

Also I am working out some bugs as to keep the store open until
8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays this summer. You may have to go beat
on someones door to get minnows but this is better than nothing.
I’ll know more in the next few weeks.

Bass fishing is decent right now. Anglers have been doing good
drop shoting in about 2 to 10 feet of water. There’s a really good
top water bite going first thing in the morning. No good reports on
crappie fishing this week. Cat fishing is decent. Anglers are
catching cats all over the lake using night crawlers and stink
bait.

Shore fishing is o.k. Try of the main ramp area. There’s more
and I’m missing something but I can only stare at a computer screen
for so long before my eyes start to water. One things for sure.
Getting old is not for wimps. That’s all for now.

Spring Outlook for Lower Colorado River and Alamo Lake

ALAMO LAKE — This is a good time to fish Alamo Lake. With a New
Moon on June 1, submersible lights should work well for crappie and
bass.

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.

Angler report:

(Fishing Above Martinez on the Colorado River)

We took the pontoon out and beached on the second sandbar above the
No Ski Upstream buoy’s. My friend caught 2 smallmouth bass both
over 2 pounds. We also caught a couple smaller channel catfish. We
fished for about 2 hours.

Daniel Coolbaugh

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:

WILLIAMS LAKES:

KAIBAB LAKE – Campground is closed. No report. Scheduled to be
stocked this week.

CATARACT LAKE – Campground is open. Has been stocked

CITY RESERVOIR – No report, Stocked last week.

DOGTOWN LAKE – Campground is open.

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

RUSSELL TANK – The lake is to shallow to stock.

SANTA FE – No Report. Has been stocked. Stocked last week.

WHITEHORSE LAKE – Campground is open Stocked last week.

FLAGSTAFF LAKES:

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. This lake also has
crappie, catfish and yellow perch.

Angler Report:

Rory,

Wow we had fun my brother and I spent about 6-7 hours fishing from
shore at Upper Lake Mary. The Pike were hitting throughout the day
(see picture on the left). This lake is full of them. I understood
why after we cleaned them. They had egg rolls that were 10-12
inches long and there were two of them in the fish. I can’t wait to
get back there.

Ken

ASHURST LAKE – Stocked. Trout were being caught on worms under a
bobber or yellow powerbait on the bottom

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

KINNIKINICK LAKE – No report.

MARSHALL LAKE – No report

OAK CREEK – No report. Stocked last week. Scheduled to be stocked
this week.

LONG LAKE – No report. Stocked last week.

SOLDIERS & SOLDIERS ANNEX – No report

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.

A fishing clinic is planned for Free Fishing Day on June 4 from 8
a.m. to noon in the middle lagoon. The entrance fee to the park
will be waived for the participants. Channel catfish will be
stocked prior to the event. Hot dogs, chicken liver, shrimp or corn
should work well. There will be a limited number of loaner poles
available.

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 last week.

WEST CLEAR CREEK – Stocked last week.

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.

Angler report:

Hey all,

Went camping last weekend at Cave Springs Campgrounds in Sedona. Of
course while I was there I took some ultralight gear to catch som
trout in Oak Creek. Cuaght about 12 nice and energetic rainbows and
a couple brooks. It was a great fishing. Anything that can be
shaped into a small dough ball works, try to stay away from the
bright colored powerbaits though. little pieces of worms worked
wonders. Good luck to all that head up there.

Michael Gregorio Grisham

FOSSIL CREEK — Is now closed to fishing. 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

FAIN LAKE – Lake opened last week and was stocked with 900 rainbow
trout.

GOLDWATER LAKE – Trout were stocked the week of May 23rd. The
next scheduled trout stocking is the week of June 6th. Experienced
anglers are doing well, for the rest it has been a little
slow.

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 -Trout were stocked last the week of May 9th. The next
trout stocking will be the week of June 6th. 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.

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 scheduled for stocking the week of May 30
and the gate is now open. The next scheduled stocking is the week
of June 13. 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.

Someone illegally stocked yellow bullhead into Mingus several years
ago. These fish compete directly with the trout and keep growth
rates very low. If you witness anyone, anywhere, moving fish like
bass, bluegill, catfish and stocking them, please report it to our
Operation Game Thief Hotline at 1-800-352-0700. Illegal stockings
cost YOU money!

WATSON – Watson Lake was stocked with 8,250 rainbows on March 30.
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 week. 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.

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

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

Recommended waters to fish:

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

Big Lake, Crescent Lake, Becker Lake, Nelson Reservoir, and the
Greer Lakes 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 White Mountain
streams.

Trout stocked during the week of May 23-27

Black Canyon Lake – 2,200

Crescent Lake – 3,000 brook trout

Hulsey Lake – 2,500 rainbow trout

Show Low Lake – 2,307 rainbow trout

Willow Springs Lake – 2,662 rainbow trout

Woods Canyon Lake – 5,645 rainbow trout

East Fork Black River – 1,100 Apache trout

West Fork Black River – 580 Apache trout

Little Colorado River at Greer – 1,000 Apache trout

Little Colorado River at Sheeps Crossing – 500 Apache trout

Silver Creek – 600 Apache trout

Trout stocking scheduled for the week of May 30-June 3

Black Canyon Lake – 2,200 rainbow trout

Hulsey Lake – 2,550 rainbow trout

Luna lake – 700 rainbow trout

Willow Springs Lake – 2,662 rainbow trout

Woods Canyon Lake – 5,613 rainbow trout

East Fork Black River – 1,100 Apache trout

West Fork Black River – 585 Apache trout

Little Colorado River at Greer – 1,000 Apache trout

Little Colorado River at Sheeps Crossing – 500 Apache trout

Silver Creek – 609 Apache trout

MOGOLLON RIM LAKES

Note: Fire restrictions will be in effect on the Apache-Sitgreaves
National Forests beginning June 1 due to dry conditions.

BEAR CANYON LAKE – Fishing is good. The lake was stocked three
weeks ago. Anglers are catching carryover trout as well. There will
be some construction on the Rim Road so drive with caution.

BLACK CANYON LAKE – Fishing is good. The lake was stocked last week
with 2,200 rainbow trout and will be stocked again this week. Boat
anglers have been catching trout and bass on bait and lures
(Panther Martin and Rooster Tail spinners). Shore fishermen have
been using Power Bait and worms. Black Canyon Lake is fairly low
but the boat ramp is still usable.

BLUE RIDGE LAKE (CC Craigin) — Has been stocked. No recent
reports. The launch ramp is not usable right now, but you can still
launch carry-in boats such as canoes and kayaks, or try float
tubes. This steep-sided reservoir is not shore-angler
friendly.

CHEVELON LAKE – Fishing is fair to good. The lake is nearly 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.

KNOLL LAKE — This lake has been stocked. No recent angler reports,
but this remote lake typically provides good fishing this time of
year.

Where:

knoll lake rim area

When:

05/21/11

Caught:

nothing

Technique:

tried worms Rooster Tails

Comments:

the fis were not biting they were just barely stocked no one caught
anything

Name:

Cory Rangel

WILLOW SPRINGS LAKE – Fishing is fair to good. The lake was stocked
last week and will be stocked this week with 2,622 rainbow trout.
Anglers are also catching some holdover trout on red and green
Power Bait, worms, spinners, and KastMaster spoons. Trolling with
bait, lures or flies with cowbells has been successful.

Hello,

I caught this beauty May 29th 2011 at Willow Springs, sight fishing
beds from shore with a Robo worm, the fish was released. Also
caught a few Rainbows using kastmasters, Z-Rays and on the bottom
with Power Bait.

Thanks for preserving our wildlife

Eddie Zimmerman

WOODS CANYON LAKE – Fishing is fair to good. The lake was
stocked last week and will be stocked again this week with 5,613
rainbow trout. Anglers are also catching some holdover rainbow
trout on worms, Power Bait, spinners and KastMaster spoons.
Trolling with bait, lures or flies with cowbells has been
successful.

The store is open and boat rentals are available.

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.

Streams

Christopher Creek, Haigler Creek, the East Verde River, Tonto Creek
and Canyon Creek are all stocked weekly with rainbow trout.

WHITE MOUNTAIN LAKES

Note: Fire restrictions will be in effect on the Apache-Sitgreaves
National Forests beginning June 1 due to dry conditions.Highway 273
is open and 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.

Notes: The West Fork Black and East Fork Black are now closed
because of the Wallow Fire. The current closure area includes
everything south of FR 116 and FR 249 (everything south of Big
Lake), east to Highway 191, south to the rim (FR 54), and west to
the San Carlos and Fort Apache Indian Reservations. There is no
access to the mainstem Black River either. Big Lake and the
campgrounds at Big Lake are still open, although it will be very
smokey.

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, flies, 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.

Highway 273 is open and 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.

CARNERO LAKE – Fishing is good. Fly fishers are catching trout on
small nymphs, with tiny zebra midges being very productive. The
water level is down about 1 foot or more 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 fair to good. The lake has been
stocked with rainbow trout.

CONCHO LAKE – Fishing is fair to good. The lake was stocked heavily
in May with rainbow trout. Water levels are good and the boat ramp
is accessible.

CRESCENT LAKE – Fishing is good. Anglers are catching nice sized
carryover rainbows and brookies on worms, Power Bait, flies, and
lures.

Crescent was also stocked last week with 3,000 brook trout.
Highway 273 is open and 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 has been
stocked with rainbow trout, including some larger sized trout
(11-12 inches). Anglers have been catching trout,smallmouth bass,
and catfish.

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) were stocked three weeks ago with
rainbow trout. Anglers have been catching trout on worms and Power
Bait. Water levels have dropped several feet due to irrigation
releases.

HULSEY LAKE – Fishing has been good. The lake was stocked with
rainbow trout last week and will be stocked again this week.

LEE VALLEY RESERVOIR – Fishing is fair to good. The lake has
Arctic grayling and larger Apache trout from last yearand was
stocked with 4,000 Apache trout in May. Highway 273 is open and
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 will be stocked this week
with 700 rainbow trout. 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 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 good. 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 was stocked
last week with 1,622 rainbow trout.

SHOW LOW LAKE – Fishing is fair. The lake was stocked last week
with 2,307 rainbow trout. The store and campground are open, and
boat rentals are available.

WOODLAND LAKE – Fishing is fair. The pH level has increased
dramatically and the fishing has slowed because of the water
conditions. Anglers have been catching some trout on mealworms and
small spinners (Panther Martin and Rooster tail). Fish in early
morning or in the evening to avoid the harshest conditions in the
middle of the day.

WHITE MOUNTAIN STREAMS

Notes: The West Fork Black and East Fork Black are now closed
because of the Wallow Fire. The current closure area includes
everything south of FR 116 and FR 249 (everything south of Big
Lake), east to Highway 191, south to the rim (FR 54), and west to
the San Carlos and Fort Apache Indian Reservations. There is no
access to the mainstem Black River either. Big Lake and the
campgrounds at Big Lake are still open, although it will be very
smokey.

Fire restrictions will be in effect on the Apache-Sitgreaves
National Forests beginning June 1 due to dry conditions.

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

Highway 273 is open and 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 – See note above.

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

SHEEPS CROSSING – Fishing is fair. The stream will be stocked this
week with 500 Apache 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
609 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 – See note above.

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.

URBAN WATERS — Urban Fishing Program lakes are being stocked every
two weeks with heavy loads of channel catfish. The next catfish
delivery is scheduled for the week of May 31-June 4.

Fishing is good to excellent for anglers using worms, stink
baits, or shrimp fished on the bottom. If you want to use bobbers,
rig up a slip bobber and fish 8-12 feet deep. Catfish are biting
irregularly throughout the day, but are more active when the sun
goes down.

Most catfish are from 14-18 inches, but some lunkers over three
pounds are being hauled out of the lakes. 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. 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 was stoked again last 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.

Angler report:

Went to Arivaca on May 26th for the whole day. Fished from shore
and found a nice little cove. A buddy and I caught 2 largemouth
bass on a senko rigged wacky style and as the sun was going down we
caught a few on topwater. All bass in the 2-3 pound range. Lake is
very low but good fishing access from shore.

Alex Nathan

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.

Angler Report:

Fishing for Bluegill at Patagonia lake is great right now. Between
the two of use we caught and released nearly 50 bluegill ranging
from 3 inchs to a whopper at 9 inches. Only caught on the classic
crawlers and meal worms.

Jeremiah Morgan

PARKER CANYON – Closed due to a wildfire.

Scott Kerr at the store and marina said there are still some limits
of trout being caught with some nice 15″ rainbows to be had. Plus,
the bass are coming off the beds and many anglers are reporting
succes with worm and lures. The panfish are doing well also on wax
worms, meal worms and crawlers. Have a good week, Scott

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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