Arizona Statewide Fishing Report for June 30

Rory’s fishing tips:

Just a quick note. I went ahead and posted a partial update to
the fishing report on Tuesday that includes the most recent
information on the Mogollon Rim and White Mountain lakes.

I will update the rest of the report as I receive the
information from our various sources this week. So look upon this
as an evolving fishing report as we move toward the Fourth of July
weekend.

God bless America!

A very positive note — Show Low got some rain on Tuesday, but
apparently Pinetop did not. Sounds like it was pretty spotty, but
still a good sign. The high country could get some thunder showers
Wednesday. Let’s hope they see lots of rain and not much lightning.
There is the possibility of more rain this weekend.

Keep in mind that although the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest
instituted some additional closures along the Mogollon Rim (see
news release below), both Woods Canyon and Willow Springs Lakes
remain open, and the fishing has been pretty decent.

By the way, Silver Creek has been receiving lots and lots of
Apache trout stockings. The fishing there just has to be fantastic.
Give it a try, especially at first light. Go past the Show Low
Airport to Borden Ranch Road, head north, and go to Hatchery Way.
Easy to find, fun to fish, and a great fishing acquaintance to make
for the future (it is open and fishable all winter).

Also, I chatted with the Coconino National Forest Mogollon Rim
office on Wednesday and there are currently no plans to close Knoll
Lake, Blue Ridge Reservoir (CC Cragin) or Long Lake.

Another great one to try right now is Kinnickinick Lake, which
is spring fed. I call it “old reliable,” especially in summer. Just
head toward Mormon Lake on Lake Mary Road and watch the signs.

Upper Lake Mary is also worth a try for northern pike, walleye,
catfish and yellow perch. This is also a good time to try for
largemouth bass. Remember, there are no boat motor restrictions on
Upper Lake Mary, so you can launch your bass boat and use the big
engine. Heck, they even water ski there (no, that’s not really
trolling).

It sounds like another round of T-storms in the high country
might be possible this weekend. Keep in mind that as low pressure
moves into the area, trout and other sport fish will become more
active.

Show Low Lake, Fool Hollow Lake and Scotts Reservoir have all
received lots of extra trout that we couldn’t stock in other waters
because of forest closures due to fires. This will be a great
weekend to catch some fish at those lakes, and maybe enjoy the
Fourth of July celebrations in Show Low. Don’t forget these lakes
also have bass and catfish. Fool Hollow and Show Low lakes also
have delectable walleye.

Other great lakes to try right now are: Dogtown, Whitehorse and
Kaibab lakes near Williams. After the morning bite is over, try the
old western movie set at the Grand Canyon Railway Depot for the
daily shoot out. It’s a hoot. Then maybe get your kicks along old
Route 66.

Farther afield, Becker Lake in Springerville is open. Folks,
this is a trophy trout lake and when the barometer starts dropping,
you might tie into one of those big trout you’ll be day-dreaming
about for the rest of the summer.

There is a new moon July 1, making this a superb time to fish at
night using submersible lights. My top pick is Lake Pleasant for
stripers using anchovies. Fish at night using little or no weight.
Cut your bait into thirds, but cut your chum into quarters. Chum
liberally. Add corn for a little extra fish excitement (it will
also attract sunfish, carp and catfish). The more fish activity you
can generate, the better, it’s like a dinner gong going off under
water that attracts predatory fish.

Another great pick right now is Lees Ferry for the beginning of the
cicada bite. This is a world class fishery that will probably have
little pressure this Fourth of July weekend. It’s made to order for
escaping the crowds yet having a extremely high quality fishing
expedition.

Just a side note, I will be on vacation for a couple of weeks
(attending the outdoor writers conference in Salt Lake City). Jim
Harken (the voice of Game and Fish on our TV show) will be doing
the fishing report. I am sure you will enjoy Jim’s tips while I am
gone. Hopefully, I’ll bring you back some information from the
ICAST Show (sport-fishing trade show) in Las Vegas at the tail end
of my vacation, so it won’t be all play for me (there is some
work-play as well).

Go catch some great memories while I am gone. Pray for rain, but
in moderate amounts to avoid flooding in the burn areas.

Here is a posting and some pictures from an angler from Black
River prior to the Wallow Fire. See it as kind of a tribute and a
hope for the future.

 

To the Fishing Report Editor:

I have never been one to send in pictures to the fishing report,
but since I may have some of the last pictures of fish caught on
the upper stretches of the Black River for the next several years,
I thought it may be worth it. My brother and I fished downstream
from Wildcat Crossing from May28-30th. We saw some smoke on the
final day and passed the Forest Service trucks that were evacuating
people on our drive out.

Here’s to hoping the Black River fishery recovers as quick as
Canyon Creek has since the Rodeo-Chediski fire.

Thanks,

Josh Utterback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crappie Report:

Well here we are again folks, the dog days of summer are here.
We were blessed with a somewhat mild spring but that is over now.
Time to switch gears and get the night gear out. There are a few
things you will need to make night fishing more pleasant as well as
some safety issues you should address.

Safety first! Make sure that your marine and starting batteries are
in good working condition and fully charged. I would say 2
batteries is the minimum to have but 3 would be better. A battery
jump box is a good idea as well. Check your boat’s running and
anchor lights to ensure they are working properly. You also want
your boat’s engine to be tuned up so it starts easily. Being stuck
on the water sucks, but at night it is down right dangerous. Make
sure to have a powerful, fully charged spot light for navigation
and a flare gun with several flares in case you need help.

Take plenty of drinking water and keep yourself hydrated. Just
because the Arizona sun isn’t beating on you doesn’t mean it won’t
be hot. Basic safety stuff like life jackets, a fire extinguisher
and a good boat oar should never be left behind. And maybe the most
important thing, getting plenty of sleep or make arrangement to
camp out. Fishing all night can really take the starch out of you
and pulling a boat home with heavy eyes is a huge no no.

Small battery powered cap lights or head lights will make tying
knots and rigging much easier. Having 2 anchors with 6′ of chain
attached followed by last least 50′ of strong floating rope will
make anchoring easy and will keep your boat steady. On board
lighting from a 12 volt lantern is also a good idea. Make sure your
boat is neat, clean and organized. If you need a tool or a piece of
safety equipment you want to get to it fast. And stepping on a hook
or other debris on the boat’s floor is no fun. Remember that “luck”
is when preparation meets opportunity.

Now the fun stuff, let’s talk about technique. First off, get your
boat in 25 to 40 of water near a point, month of a cove, over a
river channel or some kind of structure. Get your anchors out so
that your boat is good and steady. Then get your lights in the
water and powered up. I use 2 21″ green fluorescent tube lights
from Bass Pro Shops. They run less than $25 each and will inquire a
10 oz weight attached to them so that they will sink. I usually
don’t sink them more than about 2′ below the surface but that
depends on how deep the Crappie are. There are other lights on the
market anywhere from $10 to $150 but the tubes do a great job as
long as there isn’t too much moon light. But remember, the more
light you put out the better. With 10 to 30 minutes you should
start to see zooplankton (tiny aquatic animals that baitfish feed
on) and then shad minnows. This will draw in the predator fish like
Crappie that are looking to feed. If this does not take place after
45 minutes or so I would move to another spot and try again.

I like to fish at the edge of the light ring. With my tube lights
that is usually 6 to 8′ off the side of the boat. From time to time
you will see Crappie dart through the light to grab a shad, but for
the most part they will be out in the dark water waiting. So if
your bait is out there, your chances are better. I like to swim a
Slab Daddy feather jig or a 2″ Kalin grub at the light’s edge using
my 10′ Crappie Maxx Rod. I also like to fish a minnow about 6′
under a slip bobber using a #4 Aberdeen Hook and a #7 split shot.
You can also catch and use the threadfin shad but they can be a
challenge to keep alive. To do this you will need a bait net and a
large aerated minnow bucket. As the night wears on and I need a
quick nap I will often put my 7′ rod in a rod holder with a bell on
the tip and “dead stick” a minnow. This is where you have no weight
or bobber, just a minnow on a hook allowed to swim somewhat freely
with about 8′ of line out.

It is important to also realize that the night bite can come and go
as the schools of baitfish and Crappie move around. I’ve had nights
where we loaded the boat by 10 pm and other nights where the bite
didn’t start until 3 am. So dedication along with a good dinner and
plenty of rest are key.

Alamo- I haven’t heard any recent reports but I’ve had some great
summer outings in years past night fishing up by the dam. Alamo is
an awesome Crappie lake and has great camp grounds. There is also a
recently installed dock at the main ramp so launching and recovery
have become much easier.

Bartlett- I know of several guys hammering the Crappie at night
near the Yellow Cliffs area. I also know of a great day bite
trolling near Cat Bay, but man it is hot!

Roosevelt- Night fishing has been pretty good in the Salt River end
and across from School House. I would also try the north side of
Windy Hill and in the marina tires.

San Carlos- Night fishing by the dam has been producing but the
lake is very low so use extreme caution! Let’s all hope that SC
makes it through the next month or so until monsoon season starts.
I have my doubts though.

Well I hope that I’ve covered enough to help you enjoy night
fishing for big AZ slabs. You’re always welcome to come see me at
Bass Pro Shops where we can spend more time talking and getting you
outfitted.

To protect the future of our sport the Arizona Crappie Association
practices and promotes the immediate release of all Crappie under
10″ 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

 

Additional closures instituted along Mogollon Rim

(Willow Springs and Woods Canyon lakes still open)

Springerville, AZ -Continued rising temperatures, extremely dry
forests, current wildfires on the Apache-Sitgreaves National
Forest, and the forecast of possible dry-lightning in the area this
week has prompted officials of the Apache-Sitgreaves National
Forests to impose additional Forest Closures.

Black Mesa District Ranger Dee Hines reported at a community of
near 300 people Saturday night in Heber, “We will be closing the
rest of the Black Mesa District, but have decided to keep some
manageable areas open.” He added, “I need to stress that closures
mean closures to all public. If private lands border “closed”
national forest land, access is still prohibited.”

Closed to public access: All national forest system lands, roads
and trails as they currently exist within the administrative
boundaries of the Black Mesa Ranger District.

Areas that will remain open with fire restrictions
include:

• Black Mesa Ranger District Administrative Site and the Tall
Timbers County Park

• Camp Shadow Pines Organization Camp Permit Area, The Arizona
Department of Public Safety Administrative Site, and the Heber Work
Center

• Canyon Point Campground

• Sinkhole Campground, Willow Springs Lake Day Use Area, Willow
Springs Boat Ramp, and Willow Springs Lake

• Rim Top Trailhead, Rim Lake Vista Trail (NFST # 622) between the
Rim Top Trailhead and mile Post #3.7), including the Military
Sinkhole Vista, Rim Vista, and Woods Canyon Vista occurring,

• Rim Campground

• Woods Canyon Recreation Area including the following Campgrounds:
Aspen Campground, Crook Group Site, Rocky Point Day Use (Picnic)
Area, Spillway Campground, Spillway Group Site, Woods Canyon Group
Site, Woods Canyon Dump Station, Woods Canyon Administrative Site,
Woods Canyon Maintenance Area, Woods Canyon Lake, Woods Canyon
Store and Marina, and the Meadow Trail (NFST # 505)

• Mogollon Rim Visitor Center

• Routes EXCLUDED from closure include (depicted within Exhibit
B):

• National Forest System Road (NFSR) 238 the entire segment of
road from its junction with Hwy 260 to the Canyon Point Campground,
including NFSR segments 238A and 238B which are campground loop
roads.

Visitors to any of the sites that remain open are allowed to be
in the developed site only. Walking, hiking, biking or other types
of travel outside the boundaries of the “open” developed site is
prohibited.

Current fire restrictions prohibit campfires, and coal, wood or
charcoal fires, smoking outside of a vehicle or building, and
discharging firearms. Fire restrictions and area closures will be
rescinded when the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests receives
sufficient precipitation to lessen the risk of fire.

Fireworks are always prohibited in national forests.

Forest Service Law Enforcement and other personnel will be
patrolling forest roads and trails. “We ask that people be
extremely cautious outdoors at this time, be aware of your
surroundings and report all illegal activity to proper law
enforcement authorities.

The emergency Area Closure Order and Fire Restriction Order is
available on the Forest website at http: www.fs.fed.us/r3/asnf or
1-877-864-6985; check for all Apache-Sitgreaves Closures and
Restrictions: Fire Restrictions Website

 

Bear Canyon Recreation Area closed to entry due to Willow Fire

Springerville, AZ (June 22, 2011) – Due to the Willow Fire, an
emergency order has been signed and the Bear Canyon Recreation area
will be closed to all public entry today, June 21, 2011 starting at
2 pm.

This temporary emergency closure is on the Black Mesa Ranger
District and pertains to the Bear Canyon Recreation area. The use
of all campgrounds, day use picnic areas, and trails in this area
of the Forest are closed. Residents within the closure area will be
allowed access in and out of the closure area at law enforcement
check points.

The Willow fire has burned approximately 213 acres, one mile
north of Bear Canyon Lake. The cause of this fire remains under
investigation.

Forest Service Law Enforcement and staff will be patrolling
forest roads and trails. Signs will be placed along highways and
flyers will be posted throughout the communities to remind the
public that this area of the Sitgreaves National Forest is
closed.

This area will reopened to the public when the fire is contained
and there is no risk to public safety.

The Closure Order and Map are available on the Forest website at
http: www.fs.fed.us/r3/asnf

Fireworks are always prohibited on National Forest lands.

Campfire restrictions expanded on Coconino NF

Flagstaff, AZ – The Coconino National Forest will expand
campfire and smoking restrictions to include the entire national
forest including developed campgrounds and recreation sites,
effective Wednesday morning, June 22.

This restriction prohibits all fires, campfires, charcoal, coal
and wood stoves and limits smoking to within enclosed vehicles or
buildings.

Pressurized liquid or gas stoves and lanterns meeting safety
specifications will continue to be allowed. Approved stoves and
lanterns include devices that can be turned off.

Violations of restrictions are 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.

Fire prevention staff will continue aggressively patrolling,
especially on weekends to inform campers of the fire restrictions.
Last weekend was relatively quiet as far as fire activity on the
Coconino National Forest, with most campers being compliant with
fire restrictions.

For additional information on fire restrictions on the Coconino
National Forest, please call 928-527-3600. For information on fire
restrictions on public lands across Arizona and New Mexico, call
877-864-6985 or see http://www.publiclands.org/firenews/AZ.php

 

Portions of Tonto National Forest closed

PHOENIX (June 16, 2011) – Public safety concerns due to drought
conditions, hot temperatures and increased fire danger have
resulted in two temporary area closures on the Tonto National
Forest starting June 17.

The two area closures are within the following boundaries:

1. All National Forest System Lands, roads and trails below the
Mogollon Rim and North of the Control Road, bounded by National
Forest System Road 708 at the Fossil Springs Trailhead proceeding
easterly along National Forest System Road 708 to the intersection
with the power line road at the Southwest edge of the town of
Strawberry; following the power line corridor southerly then
easterly to the intersection of Forest System Road 583 at Tonto
Natural Bridge State Park; continuing easterly on Forest Road 583
to State Highway 87; then northerly following State Highway 87 to
National Forest System Road 64 (The Control Road); thence easterly
following the Control Road to the Intersection with State Highway
260; easterly along State Highway 260 to the Forest boundary at the
top of the Mogollon Rim; and westerly along the Mogollon Rim and
Tonto National Forest Boundary to the Fossil Springs Trailhead at
Forest Road 708.

2. All National Forest System Lands, roads and trails within the
Mt. Ord, Four Peaks and Three Bar Wildlife Area, bounded by the
eastern edge of Highway 87 on the west beginning at the
intersection with Forest System Road 143; on the north along State
Highway 87 to the intersection with State Highway 188; on the south
along the western edge of Highway 188 to the Salt River corridor;
on the west along the north side of the Salt river corridor
including the north shores of Apache Lake, Canyon Lake and Saguaro
Lake to Cottonwood Creek; northerly along Cottonwood creek to the
intersection with Forest System Road 401, continuing northerly on
Forest System Road 401 to the intersection with Forest System Road
143 and westerly on Forest System Road 143 terminating at the
intersection with State Highway 87.

Exceptions to this closure are the RV Dump site on the west side of
State Highway 188 at Cholla Bay. The Tonto Natural Bridge State
Park, highways 87 and 188 are unaffected by this closure, as are
all county roads.

Also, most types of fire or fire-causing activities are prohibited
across the Tonto National Forest.

“Because of ongoing drought, dry forest conditions, and
exceptionally low relative humidities, fire restrictions are needed
to protect forest users, structures and natural resources from the
increased potential for wildland fires,” said Tonto National Forest
Deputy Fire Staff Officer Helen Graham. “These precautionary
measures are intended to enhance our visitors’ quality recreation
experiences. Most areas of the Tonto National Forest remain
available for recreation activity, including all the Salt River
system lakes.”

Graham concluded: “We continue to remind the public that all
fireworks are prohibited on the forest at all times.”

Violation of these restrictions is punishable by a fine of up to
$5,000 for individuals, $10,000 for organizations, and imprisonment
for up to six months.

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.

There were a lot of folks fishing at Red Mountain over the
holiday weekend. An angler from the office noticed the bass got off
a good spawn kicking out the bluegill from their normal haunts. He
believes the gills are more toward the middle but did not verify
their whereabouts.

Angler Report: Theses two fish were caught one day apart. Both on
corn at Chaparral park in Scottsdale, both Carp were huge… (see
picture on the left of one of the fish)

Was so much fun to catch and wow… his arms were tired
afterwards. thought we would share was a big accomplishment for our
son…

Stephanie Corbett

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
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.
Action for bass and crappie at Green Valley Lake 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.

Overall, water quality conditions at the Urban Lakes have been very
good this spring with no incidences of golden algae blooms. This is
great news for anglers and the fish populations.

Urban Fishing Program staff and parks personnel continue to
monitor Urban Program lakes for signs of the microscopic golden
algae. The department and cities’ active monitoring program has
helped to keep the toxic alga in check before it causes harm to the
resident bass, bluegill and catfish populations. Anglers are
reminded to take precautions not to move any water, live fish or
wet objects from lake to lake. Remember to clean, drain and dry all
items that come in contact with the lake water before moving to
another lake location. For more information on golden alga, go to
www.azgfd.gov.

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:

Hi,

Spent a good Father’s Day with my 5 year-old son in Payson to get
away from the Phoenix-area heat. First time fishing there and we
had a blast. Caught over 15 bluegills right at the dock in about 45
minutes. We used mealworms under a bobber. My son caught the
majority of them since they were biting so fast that I couldn’t
even get myself rigged-up. When we were done there, I went across
the street to the smaller pond and hooked myself 4 black crappie.
Not too big, but loads of fun to catch. Definitely going back as
often as we can this summer.

Mario and Julian Sepulveda

Fountain Hills

TEMPE TOWN LAKE – Bass fishing is slow during the day. Fish can be
caught before 8 a.m. and after 6 p.m. at times. Try crank baits and
rubber worms around the ledges and docks. Minnows under a slip
bobber will work as well. A good mixed bag of yellows, catfish and
sunfish can also be caught this way. Yellow bass and bluegill are
plentiful in the 5- to 7-inch range and will bite mealworms or
night crawlers. Channel catfish averaging 1 to 2 pounds will bite
stink baits, hotdogs and shrimp.

LAKE PLEASANT – Water level is at 1,690 feet (86-percent full).
There have been some reports of stripers busting shad in the
morning but it sounds like it can be hit or miss. Look for the
boils on the surface. Bass are generally in the post-spawn mode and
have moved off points and deeper mouths of coves. Early morning
topwater can be good, but generally fish have switched to the
summer mode where dropshotting at night can be very productive.
Drop-shotting is the technique of choice, tight lines. Power Worms,
jigs, Carolina-rigs and Westy Worms are proven producers. Catfish
should be biting well at night on hotdogs and shrimp.

Angler report:

Spring Break Fishing Trip with the boys… Had a very successful
trip over spring break caught lots of stripers and blue gill,
thought we’d share the photos..

Stephanie Corbett

ROOSEVELT LAKE – The lake is 87-percent full at elevation 2,140
feet. The Salt River was flowing at 98 cfs Monday morning and Tonto
Creek was recorded at 0 cfs. I have not received any recent reports
on Rosy so try the typical summer tactics.

Fishing off points in 10-25 feet of water should effective as
well as in areas of stick ups and brush. Live shad or minnows are
also good baits either with bobbers or free-lined. Crappie fishing
should be good at night under submersible lights.

Try the Windy Hill area and also the shore south of Cholla Ramp.
Minnows under slip bobbers and jigs 1/32-ounce cast into the brush
will be the trick.

Catfishing should be good for both flatheads and channels.

Fishing for smallmouth bass can be good; especially on windy
days. Try areas where waves are stirring up the rocky shoreline.
Use in-line spinners and crayfish imitations especially off rocky
points and cliff walls and live night crawlers. Remember the slot
is in place for smallmouth as well. Bluegills are spawning: this is
a great time to take the kids out. Try the backs of coves,
especially around structure.

Angler report:

Where:

Roosevelt Lake

When:

06/18/11

Caught:

Channel Catfish

Technique:

Hot Dog on a hook

Comments:

This is the first fish my children have seen caught that they will
get to eat

Name:

Suzie

APACHE – Lake is 91-percent full at 1,906 feet. Fishing has been
good for yellow bass. Yellow bass fishing should be good on jigs
and spoons. Gold KastMasters can work especially well. Fish for
them around balls of shad in 20-60 feet of water. Cut bait also
works well for them. There is a certified scale at the marina
boathouse.

CANYON – Lake is 96-percent full at 1,656 feet. Bass fishing has
transitioned to dawn/dusk and then good at night. For bass, drop
shotting (fish slow, letting the worm rest on the bottom for a few
seconds at a time) is still the method of choice. Senkos and Westy
Worms have also been catching fish. Night fishing for bass is also
good at this time. This is also a great lake for yellow bass; jig
spoons in and around balls of shad. We have received several
reports from anglers catching good numbers of larger bluegill. Try
meal worm under a slipbobber.

SAGUARO – Lake level is 1,524 feet (92-percent full). Fishing is
decent for largemouth bass. Some are being caught with drop-shot
rigs as well as Texas and Carolina rigged worms. Yellow bass can be
caught jigging spoons (quarter-ounce KastMaster) or cut bait.
Yellows can be caught in the Butcher Jones Cove area. Another good
area for yellows is near Ship Rock and the no wake buoys in the
channel. Try to locate shad in 40-60 feet of water and jig through
them. Catfishing should be improving. Try stink baits, hotdogs or
shrimp.

There is a certified scale at the marina to get an official
weight and still release your catch. Two witnesses are needed for
the weight to be official.

BARTLETT – Lake level is at 1,763 feet (55-percent full). Bass
fishing is good. Again early and late with night fishing be the
most productive right now. Crawdad imitations and worming rigs
(drop shots and Texas-rigs) are producing. Some anglers are picking
up good numbers of crappies in the 2-pound range under lights.

This is a good time to switch to night fishing for crappies:
they are mostly in the post-spawn mode.

This is an excellent time to target flathead and channel
catfish. Bluegills are on the beds and big flatheads can often be
found raiding those nests in the backs of coves or along rocky
ledges. Use live bait such as bluegill or small carp for the
flatheads and shrimp, hotdogs or stink bait for the channels.

Remember the live bait most come from the lake itself (excluding
minnows, water dogs or worms) not transported from another body of
water! This is a good time to take the kids bluegill fishing.
Mealworms and a small bobber in the backs of rocky coves can be the
ticket.

Angler report:

Hi,

My Dad and I went fishing early Tuesday (6/28) morning at Bartlett
Lake where I caught this 46 lb. flathead catfish on a swimbait and
15 lb. test line. We were bass fishing along the banks of the
Yellow Cliffs when this big boy hit my bait. I took a good 35
minutes to bring him in. It was the thrill of a lifetime! I’ve
attached some pictures (see picture on the right).

Thanks,

Michael Markham

Scottsdale, AZ

HORSESHOE – Lake is empty.

VERDE RIVER – Fishing has been poor for largemouth, smallmouth and
catfish. Remember that no baitfish can be transported into this
part of the river (above Horseshoe). For further information
concerning regulations, call the Arizona Game and Fish Department
at (480) 324-3544. This morning flow was 87 cfs at Tangle Creek
station above Horseshoe Lake.

LOWER SALT RIVER (below Saguaro Lake) – Rainbow trout will be
stocked this week at Blue Point Bridge and Water Users Park. Try
inline spinners, Power Bait or drifting night crawlers. Fly-fishing
can be good with nymphs and Wooly Buggers. We have mixed angler
reports: some aren’t catching many fish, others are catching
limits. Some bass can be found in the portion above the Verde
confluence. Fish early or late to avoid the barrage of inner
tubes.

Angler report:

I fished the lower salt at Coon Bluff on Friday morning. Rainbows
hit early on a half a night crawler with small split shot, casting
into riffle and drifting into pools. Very feisty and healthy bows.
Largemouth hit anything white and shad patterned. The bite shut off
about 11am.

Owen

CREEKS — Most of the fishing areas along the creeks below the
Mogollon Rim are affected by the Tonto National Forest Closure in
that area.

Angler report:

Was fishing Tonto Creek before Memorial Day. The creek had just
been stocked and most larger pools had plenty of fish. I and my two
teenage boys were the first on the stream at one of these popular
pools. Both boys were fishing a large pool one on each side of the
creek. A middle age gentleman approached and upon observing the
fish that were clearly visible in the pool proceeded to walk
halfway across the creek and threw into the same pool as my two
sons. He was standing only about 3 feet from the main group of
trout in the pool. He proceeded to catch 5 or 6 fish of which he
kept 3 and then largely due to his activity the fish stopped
biting. At this point, he then proceeded downstream and evidently
performed the same act for another group of fisherman at another
large pool. I had told him there were plenty of fish all up and
down the stream in hopes that he would take the subtle hint to not
encroach where my two sons were fishing. I had to bite my tongue
not to tell him what I really thought of him and his actions. When
he left, one of my sons complained to me and I explained to him
that it was a good lesson on what not to do with regard to fishing
etiquette. If someone already has a spot, just move on and find
another place to fish. Later that day, we were back at the same
stretch and my oldest son gave up the same pool for a younger
fisherman to have a chance at catching some fish, lesson learned! I
couldn’t have been prouder. Please use your column to remind others
about common courtesy.

David McIntyre

COLORADO RIVER NORTHWEST

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

LAKE POWELL – By: Wayne Gustaveson, Lake Powell Fish Report –
June 22, 2011

Lake Elevation: 3642, Water Temperature 70-75 F

It’s now summer and big changes are happening. The lake level is
increasing about one foot per day. Water temperature is climbing
with an early morning base of 70 degrees which is the warmest water
of the year. Not surprisingly fishing is changing right along with
the other elements.

The biggest news is about striped bass. Bait fishing has taken a
nose dive this past week. The fish cleaning station at Wahweap
which used to resemble a stadium crowd during a big game is now
lonely and quiet. Really this great change is more about fishermen
leaving and water skiers arriving, but the end result is not many
fish being processed. Bait fishing in the morning is very slow. It
is not until mid day that striper schools return to the cliff walls
that have produced some many great catches in previous weeks.

Stripers have found a food source in the backs of canyons and
are exploiting the little shad that are now large enough to attract
a major following. Slurps and small boils are seen each morning and
evening. Bait fishing during midday still works because stripers
return to favored holding spots after the morning foray into
shallow shad water. But the savvy angler is going to chase the
surface action now to reap the biggest reward.

Look for surface feeding events near locations that have
produced well all spring. Good catches of stripers at Bullfrog,
Halls and Lake Canyon are still correct but the location has
changed. Lake Canyon mouth was previously hot for bait fishing. Now
those same fish are being caught in the back of the canyon feeding
on larval shad.

At Wahweap slurping action is found in Navajo, Rock Creek, Last
Chance and in the main channel between Buoys 28-32. In reality the
shad – striper confrontation is happening in almost every canyon.
It’s subtle and may not be recognized by those that have not seen a
slurping event. The easiest explanation is to watch for a small
boat wake where no boat is present. Look closely and see if fish
are pushing the wall of water. If so, cast shad imitating
crankbaits over and to the front of the leading fish to make
contact with stripers from 12 inches to 4 pounds.

Watch this video for an idea of what to look for.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsvLbKClvfM&feature=youtu.be

Bass, walleye and crappie fishing is less productive for the
same reasons listed above. Topwater fishing early in the morning
may be the best bet as bass are aware of the new shad crop just
like stripers. Bass will drop back to the bottom (22-35 feet) after
chasing shad in the early morning. Use crayfish imitating (green
and black) plastic lures during the day.

Since all fish are looking up and boils are often hard to approach,
trolling rattletraps and flat raps may be a good way to catch a few
fish while waiting for the next surface event. After the boil, drop
spoons or shad imitating Gulp minnows down to 20-30 feet to pick up
a few more fish.

Fishing patterns have changed dramatically with warming and filling
but success is still excellent when tuned into current events.

 

 

LEES FERRY — Report courtesy Lees Ferry Anglers June 21st,
2011

Report by: Scott Sargent

Fly Fishing:

The fishing has been outstanding these past few days. We’ve been
primarily drifting from the boat. One very thrilling observation of
the fishing conditions is that the trout appear to be sipping the
surface a lot, especially during the later afternoon and also
during the morning. The fishing has been extraordinarily productive
– To be honest, it’s an angler’s daydream. The fish seem really
content and are gorging themselves with a buffet of midges, worms,
fresh water shrimp, and a few cicadas on steroids.

The higher flow rate of 23,000 has been stirring up a lot of
food and has been transporting this food downriver. This has been
extremely beneficial to fishing conditions. Expect the average size
of fish to increase towards the end of summer. But also keep in
mind, this also means there are not many wading opportunities due
to the higher flow.

Scuds have been working very well. Most notably bigger sizes –
try to experiment for the best results. A Zebra or Laser midge with
a scud dropper has been an ideal rig. Separate your flies by about
18 inches. Long drifts work well, in addition to longer leaders.
Double midging has been very successful as well.

Ensure that you are going deep with a sufficient amount of split
shot. This is crucial and will easily make the difference of a good
day and a bad day.

Try dry dropping with emergers – these are midges beginning to
hatch and are in route to the surface. Do not use any floatant with
this type of fly, you will want the emerger to be floating about an
inch under the surface. This has proven to be successful
lately.

If you want to land a quick fish, use a glo bug as a dropper.
This will work for a little while, but the fish will quickly begin
to ignore it after a while. So, try not to waste too much time with
the glo bug if it begins to not be efficient, but it may be
worthwhile.

The banks are filled with a plethora of trout. The fish seem to
be moving into the shallows and trees. This provides sight fishing
opportunities. Take a quick look and expect to be shocked – there
are literally hundreds, if not possibly thousands of trout in this
small area. These trout aren’t claustrophobic, they’re everywhere.
The best places to fish are in the banks and near aquatic
structures, such as flooded bushes.

Remember to also try to fish in the seams. This is where the
slower water meets the faster water. Insects get stuck in these
currents. This is where fish find their food – so therefore, this
is where you should be presenting your flies.

Don’t expect to catch fish if you are not mending your line.
Doing this is enormously imperative. If you’re not presenting your
flies properly, the fish are not going to strike at your flies
because it isn’t a natural presentation.

Cicadas are out there, but not many are singing yet. It’ll
probably just be a matter of time when we can start dry fly fishing
with them more productively. As this is considered a special
occasion at Lees Ferry, we’ll keep you updated on the hatch with
our fishing reports.

Come to our fly shop for information. We are booking for guides
very quickly, so give us a call and check for availability if you
would like a guide. We also rent out boats. Call us at
1-800-962-9755 to inquire for more information.

Walk in: Quote from Angler Frank Wegner

“I fished the walk-in area on June 8 & 9 and had the best
fishing in my three trips to Lee’s Ferry. I fished at flow levels
8,000, 16,000 and now at 23,000. Had the best result at the down
river end of the boulder field. Avoid further upriver due to
submerged brush. Best fishing was within 10 to 30 feet from shore.
Double Zebra midge was the best setup but did get a few on San Juan
worms.”

The flows are at 23,000cfs. 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.

Zebra and Laser midges have been producing many strikes. Scuds
have been working very well. Try using a midge as a first fly, then
a scud as a dropper. Experiment with your dropper. Try a glo bug,
or try an emerger too.

Fish anywhere near the boulder in the middle of the river. The
water current is fairly strong, but keep in mind that it’s not
necessary to wade very far, or deep. The fish will ultimately stick
to the banks. Try longer drifts – just make sure that you have a
natural drift and are mending your line properly.

Spin Fishing:

Spin fishing is good! It’s all about bouncing glo bugs off the
bottom.

You can also try fishing with gold KastMasters or black and gold
Panther Martins. I have heard many success stories with these two
lures.

Also definitely don’t forget about the marabou jig, this one has
been working great and has been very reliable. 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

 

 

LAKE MEAD – The current water level is 1,101 feet above msl.
Lake levels have moved up slowly this past week. The Largemouth are
biting. Try plastics in the trees.

Stripers are good, but not great. Many anglers were successful
last weekend. Cut anchovies are still the bait of choice. Check the
moon phases before you go – next new moon will be Friday, July 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.

The recent Stripe-R-Rama XX produced a tournament record monster
striped bass that tipped the scales at just over 52 pounds and was
caught trolling at 20 feet deep over a grass bed. This of course
produced the winning team with a 40 fish bag of 115 pounds. The
second place team’s 40 fish bag weighed just under 74 pounds. The
second biggest fish weighed 3.95 pounds with the average fish
weighed was approximately 1.5 pounds.

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 30-50ft 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. The next new moon is July 1.

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. Rainbow, orange and yellow Power Baits and
Power Worms were being used most for trout. 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 and catfish are all biting, but the bite can be
hit and miss.

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. Summertime in the Topock Gorge is
characteristically a busy season for big, noisy boats and Memorial
Day weekend was the official kick off. Prudent anglers, hoping for
a few hours of quiet bliss, fished at the crack of dawn or stayed
off the water altogether. Striped bass bite, although starting to
show signs of tapering off, is still strong. Richard Pointer and
his son Jeffery from Gilbert, Arizona boated four stripers ranging
from 2-pounds to 7-pounds on anchovy. That particular day the duo
also caught and released forty to fifty sunfish. Between bluegill
and redear, the sunfish are crazy wild this year! You may have to
be more cautious about bones-especially on the smaller ones, but
these little guys are some of the

tastiest fish in the river. Bobby Painter from Abilene, Texas
and Derwin Hales from Vancouver, Washington also smoked the redear.
Four must be the magic number and anchovy the charmed bait because
the Hale, Painter team also boated four stripers ranging between
2.5- and 4-pounds. The catfish bite has been slow. Trout, however,
have made their way into the Gorge. Night crawlers are the best
bait for the trout. The smallmouth bass a starting to come out of
their post spawn funk which means the action has begun to improve.
Chartreuse and white spinner baits are preferred by some, but my
favorite lure is the 4 inch purple and black curly tail, Texas
rigged.

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.

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.

Angler report:

Hey my name is Adam I live in Golden Shores AZ and i just wanted to
share my recent experiences at the Topock Marsh. My wife,aunt,
uncle and cousin and I have all been fishing in the Topock Mash
since the weather has been nice(march) and fish numbers for us are
way down.although I have a gleem of hope because I have seen lots
of baby flatheads and even some dink stripers throughout the marsh.
We fish for bass and catfish primarily the cats. North Dike has
gotten really muddy and water is murky.my guess is they arent
releasing enough if any water. We go fishing together alot, at
least every other day.granted we dont have a boat boat but that
shouldnt matter too much. Been fishing with everything from livers
to anchovies to crawlers for cats and crankbaits to top water to
plastic worms for bass.just figured id put this out
there.thanks

Adam Moore

Capt. Doyle’s Report

The bluegill spawn in the Topock Gorge is showing signs of wrapping
up. Even so, there is still plenty of action being had.

With sizes ranging from 1- to 5-pounds, striped bass continue to
taken, but their numbers are limited.

Topock, Arizona locals, Wendell Ormiston and Phil Villamore
boated two stripers in the 2-pound class on cut bait and caught and
released four smallmouth bass. One mighty smallie tipped the scale
at 4-pounds.

Curiously, the catfish continue to be absent. Villamore,
however, hooked a monster of a fish that because it had a lot of
shoulder, had to have been a whisker fish. Unfortunately the
determined brute broke free by wrapping itself around a tree.

No news on carp or trout, but there are rumbles that largemouth
bass activity is escalating.

Thanks,

Georgia

SOUTHWESTERN WATERS

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

LAKE HAVASU — Unfortunately, there have been some cases recently
(and some unverified reports) of people spear fishing at Lake
Havasu and along other areas of the river for bass and catfish.
That’s illegal. You can spear fish for carp and tilapia only.

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

Striper bite continues to be good north in the main river
current from the buoy 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.

PARKER STRIP — Catfishing should be picking up. We’ve got mostly
channels and some flatheads on the strip. They’ll be getting more
active as the days get hotter with the best action at night.
Channel cats should be hitting on night crawlers or frozen
anchovies. Good local areas include, Patria Flats day use, La Paz
County Park near the lagoon, upper end of Barefoot Alley, and even
take off point at the south end of Havasu right by Parker Dam.
Flatheads will be hitting on live bait, bluegill work well but many
of the locals like goldfish too.

The smallmouth bass fishing is best just below Parker Dam.

And as an FYI, the parker stretch is generally drawn down to its
lowest on Thursdays, which could affect boating, so be careful out
there.

ALAMO LAKE — Report courtesy Mark Knapp, Alamo Lake State Park.
Well folks, first let me start by attaching a picture of the lake
that I thought I sent a couple of weeks ago. I took this a few
months ago while out quad riding. It really puts things in
prospective.

I have been deployed to the Wallow Fire for the last week so
everything is hear say on fishing. Pam and Ward Peterson have been
catching some nice sized bass trolling deep diving crank baits in
the upper end of the lake. They have been catching a few crappies
also. Locals have been telling me there catching 3 pounders (bass)
and up on top water. This starts around day break and is over by 7
a.m. There throwing chug bugs and buzz baits.

O.K. this is hot off the press. Joe and Laura Cavaliere from
Williams just stopped by and said they limited out on cat fish
today. They were in the upper end of the lake in about 4 foot of
water. They were using worms and bobbers. They started at 6 a.m.
and had their limit by 10 a.m. Most of the cats were in the 2 pound
range. I gotta say 50 cats in 4 hours is pretty darn good. Now
we’re going back a couple of weeks, but I told Robert I would pass
this on to you.

Robert Pinto, who works at Cabellas, caught 30 crappies between
10 and 2 up in the river area. He was using spit shot and minnows,
trolling with allot of line out. We talking 100 feet plus. Most of
the crappie were over 2 pounds. Sorry this took so long Robert.

Prescott bass masters had a tournament out here and a
congratulations goes to Jon Peugh and Luke Eggers with a winning
weight of 13 plus pounds. I have no idea what they were using. I
saw this sitting on my desk and wanted to get it in this report. As
you should know by now we closed Cholla campground and boat ramp
for the summer. The repairs should go to bid next month and with a
little little luck be done by the end of September. In the meantime
the Dept installed a courtesy dock at the main ramp. I remembered
to send a picture this time. Everyone is giving it a thumbs up.
Once Cholla ramp is completed, a dock will be added there also.

The lake level is at 1116ish with releases of 50 cfs. I know I’m
forgetting something but I’m so brain dead from working 14 hour
days at the Wallow fire that I can’t see straight. I will say it’s
very sad to see the damage the fire has done. I did see allot of
wild life. Lot’s of elk, and deer. I even had a bear jump out in
front of my truck. That was pretty cool. I will try to post
pictures in the next report. That’s all I got. mark

PARKER STRIP — Angler report:

Hello,

We fished the Parker strip section from Parker dam down about 5
miles on 6/12/2011 and had a blast. My wife caught a 20 inch 4 lb
smalley and a 16 inch 2 lb smalley. I caught a 18 inch 2.5 lb
smalley and a couple of 15 inch 1 lbs. Had a blast and will have a
great fish fry on fathers day. Worms on 1/8 oz jig heads were the
flavor of the day. Tried all kinds of other stuff but only the
worms worked. We caught numerous 12 inchers that were released to
catch next year.

Thanks

Shawn M

 

Spring Outlook for Lower Colorado River and Alamo Lake

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: Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in effect on the Tusayan and
Williams Ranger Districts of Kaibab National Forest beginning 8:00
AM, Wednesday, June 8, 2011.

There are also fire restrictions in effect on the Coconino National
Forest.

For more information on fire restrictions, visit
http://www.publiclands.org/firenews/AZ.php.

WILLIAMS LAKES:

KAIBAB LAKE – Campground is closed. No report. Fishing for
crappie, bass, bluegill and catfish should be taking off with the
warmer temperatures.

CATARACT LAKE – Campground is open. Scheduled to be stocked this
week. Fishing for crappie, bass, bluegill and catfish should be
taking off with the warmer temperatures

CITY RESERVOIR – No report. Stocked last week.

DOGTOWN LAKE – Campground is open. Scheduled to be stocked this
week.

JD DAM – No report

RUSSELL TANK – The lake is too shallow to stock.

SANTA FE – No Report. Has been stocked.

WHITEHORSE LAKE – Campground is open. Scheduled to be stocked this
week if water quality is sufficient.

FLAGSTAFF LAKES:

LOWER LAKE MARY – No report

UPPER LAKE MARY – Anglers should be catching crappie and perch with
the warmer temperatures.

Angler report:

Caught these within a half hour of fishing, on an impromptu trip
out for some night fishing. 11.3 lbs and 10.2 lbs. Caught on
anchovies. Pike fishing slowed down this week, last Friday caught 2
approx 5 lb pike, two small pike, and a small walleye on crankbaits
in about 3 hours during late afternoon. Then on Monday only caught
four small pike on crankbaits between three fishermen and five
hours. Other fisherman also reported fishing slow and bite was down
compared to last week. Let me know if you want any further
details.

Jason

ASHURST LAKE – Stocked. Fishing was good Monday with trout were
being caught on worms under a bobber or yellow, pink, or rainbow
Power Bait on the bottom. Scheduled to be stocked this week.

Angler report:

Went up to Ashurst lake and had a fun time catching some good
fighting trout off the points of the main lake. It seemed most of
the trout were being taken off the top using a bomber round or
stick with worms about 22+ inches down from the bobber. I was using
a combination of corn and worms and did really good catching my
limit all weekend. I even took the time to grill some fresh trout
up right at the designated campgrounds for a nice dinner. If you
are wondering if the trout are biting up north this time of year
they sure are and most everyone off the shore is doing really good
reeling them in during the morning and afternoon.

Adrian Aquayo

FRANCIS SHORT POND – stocked last week. Fish near the bottom with
worms or corn.

KINNIKINICK LAKE – A fly angler reported catching a couple nice
brown trout from a boat using nymphs. Cat fishing should be good
with the warmer weather.

MARSHALL LAKE – No report

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

LONG LAKE – No report.

SOLDIERS & SOLDIERS ANNEX – No report

STONEMAN LAKE – NO FISH.

Verde Valley

Note: Fire restrictions are in effect for the Coconino National
Forest.

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.

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 -Fain Lake is open and was stocked last week with 500
trout, the week of May 30th. If water temperatures remain suitable
the lake will be stocked again this week, the week of June
27th.

GOLDWATER LAKE – Trout were stocked for Free Fishing Day
(Saturday, June 11th). Trout are scheduled to be stocked this week,
the week of June 27th. 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 be
active. 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 week, the week of May 30th.
One angler reported catching three trout over 13 inches, the
largest was 15.5 inches. 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 are scheduled to be stocked this week, the
week of June 27th. 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 8250 Rainbow on March
30th. Over 13000 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. A local fisherman named Tony sent a
report in that said he hasn’t seen much action with bass, but the
trout are active in the evenings and seem to be biting on
stinkbait, powerbait and corn. He pulled a ten inch trout as soon
as the bait hit the water.

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 – Willow had a great population of bass.
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.

 

White Mountains and Rim Lakes

Arizona Game and Fish Department

Recommended waters to fish:

The entire Apache side of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest
(Springerville Ranger District, Alpine Ranger District, and Clifton
Ranger District) is closed to public entry due to the Wallow Fire.
Most of the Sitgreaves side of the Forest (Lakeside Ranger District
and Black Mesa Ranger District) were recently closed to the public
due to extreme fire danger. Select lakes on the Sitgreaves Forest
are still open. We recommend Show Low Lake, Fool Hollow Lake, Scott
Reservoir, and Silver Creek near the Show Low area, which have been
stocked with extra trout to enhance angling opportunities. Woods
Canyon Lake and Willow Springs Lake are open in the Mogollon Rim
area.

MOGOLLON RIM LAKES

Note: Most of the Black Mesa Ranger District is closed to public
entry, except for Woods Canyon Lake and Willow Springs Lake, which
are still open. Stage II fire restrictions are in effect on the
Sitgreaves portion of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests (Black
Mesa Ranger District and Lakeside Ranger District) due to extreme
fire danger.

BEAR CANYON LAKE – The lake is closed to access.

BLACK CANYON LAKE – The lake is closed to access.

BLUE RIDGE (CC CRAGIN) — No recent angler reports.

CHEVELON LAKE – The lake is closed to access.

KNOLL LAKE — Recent reports indicate the fishing has been very
good at first light, and then a little slow until the evening bite
starts. Fish can be caught near the shallows at first light during
the early hatch, but then mostly go deep. Lots of crayfish here, so
if you are bait fishing on the bottom, you’ll want your bait to
float up off the bottom. Or go ahead and catch a bucketful of
crayfish to help the aquatic environment. They are good eating (try
crayfish stuffed baked trout for dinner).

WILLOW SPRINGS LAKE – OPEN! Fishing is fair to good. The lake
was stocked last week with 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 have been successful.

WOODS CANYON LAKE – OPEN! Fishing is fair to good. The lake was
stocked last week and will be stocked again this week with 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 have 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 below the Mogollon Rim: Due to closures on the Tonto
National Forest, the National Forest areas of those streams below
the Mogollon Rim such as Christopher Creek are closed to the
public.

WHITE MOUNTAIN LAKES and STREAMS

Note: The entire Apache portion of the Apache-Sitgreaves National
Forests (Springerville, Alpine, and Clifton Ranger Districts) is
closed to public entry due to the Wallow Fire. Most of the Lakeside
Ranger District is also closed to public entry due to extreme fire
danger. Fool Hollow Lake, Scott Reservoir, and Woodland Lake are
still open. Stage II fire restrictions are in effect on the open
portions of the Sitgreaves side of the Apache-Sitgreaves National
Forests (Black Mesa and Lakeside Ranger Districts). Highways 60,
260, 373, and 180 are open. Highways 273, 261, and 191 between
Alpine and Morenci are closed.

Lakes that are NOT accessible due to the Forest closure
include:

*Big Lake

*Carnero Lake

*Crescent Lake

*Greer Lakes (River, Tunnel, Bunch reservoirs)

*Hulsey Lake

*Lee Valley Lake

*Luna Lake

*Nelson Reservoir

*Pratt Lake

Streams that are NOT accessible due to the Forest closure
include:

*East Fork Black River

*West Fork Black River

*LCR around Greer

*Sheep’s Crossing

*Black River

All the numerous non-stocked streams on the Apache side of the
Forest

BECKER LAKE – Becker Lake is open. Highways 60 and 260 from Show
Low and Pinetop-Lakeside are open. There is no smoke from the
Wallow Fire in the area. Water temperatures are high, so fish very
early in the morning for best success. Becker is catch-and-release
only, with artificial lure and fly only with single hook.

CLEAR CREEK RESERVOIR – Fishing is fair to good.

CONCHO LAKE – Fishing is poor. Water levels are very low and the
weeds are thick.

FOOL HOLLOW LAKE – Fishing is fair to good. The lake was stocked
recently with extra rainbow trout, including some larger sized
trout (11-12 inches), to increase angling opportunities.

LYMAN LAKE – Lyman Lake State Park is open. Fishing is good for
bass and catfish. There is no smoke from the Wallow Fire in this
area.

RAINBOW LAKE – Fishing is fair. The lake is still fair for
boating.

SCOTT RESERVOIR – Fishing is fair to good. Scott Reservoir was
stocked recently with extra rainbow trout, including larger sized
trout (11-12 inches), to increase angling opportunities, and will
be stocked again this week.

SHOW LOW LAKE – Fishing is fair to good. Show Low Lake was
stocked recently with extra rainbow trout, including larger sized
trout (11-12 inches), to increase angling opportunities, and will
be stocked again this week. The store and campground are open, and
boat rentals are available.

SILVER CREEK – Fishing is good to excellent. The stream will be
stocked heavily with Apache trout over the next several weeks.
Opportunities for kids to catch their first fish and to fill your
bag limit will be very good at Silver Creek while this heavy weekly
stocking occurs. Silver Creek is located off Bourdon Ranch Road, 10
miles northeast of Show Low. Anglers can use bait, lures, and
flies, and the bag and possession limit is 6 trout. The upper
section is closed to fishing.

WOODLAND LAKE – Fishing is fair. The pH level has increased
dramatically and the fishing has slowed because of the water
conditions. Fish in early morning or in the evening to avoid the
warmest conditions in the middle of the day.

Stage II Fire Restrictions on the Black Mesa Ranger District and
Lakeside Ranger District on the Sitgreaves Forest include:

PROHIBITIONS:

1. Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire,
charcoal, coal, or wood stove fire.

2. Using an explosive.

3. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a
developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least
three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable
material.

4. Possessing, discharging or using any kind of firework or other
pyrotechnic device.

5. Welding, or operating acetylene, or other torch with open
flame.

6. Operating or using any internal or external combustion engine
without a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained and
in an effective working order.

7. Discharging a firearm, air rifle, or gas gun; except while
engaged in a lawful hunt pursuant to state, federal, or tribal laws
and regulations.

EXEMPTIONS:

Pursuant to 36 CFR § 261.50(e), the following persons are exempt
from this order:

1. Persons with a Forest Service permit specifically authorizing
the otherwise prohibited act or omission; and

2. Any Federal, State or Local Officer or member of an organized
rescue firefighting force in the performance of an official duty;
and

3. The use of petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns or heating devices
providing such devices meet the fire underwriter’s specifications
for safety is allowed.

SOUTHERN ARIZONA

The Coronado National Forest closed June 9 due to extreme fire
conditions.

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 – Closed due to Fire danger.

CLUFF RANCH – Anglers are reporting smaller bass are hitting on
night crawlers and that sunfish can be caught all day if you use
smaller hooks. An angler also reported a 28-pound channel catfish
was caught and released as well. 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 – Closed to fishing during renovation.

FRYE MESA RESERVIOR – Closed due to fire danger.

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

ARIVACA – Closed due to fire danger

PENA BLANCA – Closed due to fire danger

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

PARKER CANYON – Closed due to fire danger

ROSE CANYON LAKE – Closed due to fire danger.

 

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