Arizona fishing report, June 26, 2014
Most anglers like to follow a pattern, that general map or strategy that makes for a reliable plan.
For bass anglers, the summer pattern is here, and it has nothing to do with the June 21 summer solstice (unless you’re superstitious, then maybe it’s the only reason.)
At desert lakes such as Apache or Bartlett, largemouth bass have spawned and are feeding consistently, holding off islands, reefs, points — any type of structure.
A top-water bite is “hit and miss.” Some anglers say it’s slowed a bit statewide during the past week. Typically, look for a topwater bite in the coves at first light, or off the major points in the lakes. This is especially true of Lake Pleasant. Once the sun hits the water, the cove bite can die down, so switch to the points, islands and reefs in the main lake. Using binoculars to look for boils, or bird activity, can pay big dividends.
Stripers are hitting well at night at Pleasant, too. But with this weekend’s new moon, submersible lights won’t be quite as effective. Still worth a shot.
There’s the bass tactics.
In the high country, fishing is good at Carnero Lake, Woods Canyon Lake, Show Low Creek, Silver Creek, Bear Canyon Lake and Nelson Reservoir.
Show Low Lake and Fool Hollow Lake both provide good opportunities to catch some walleye, especially at first and last light. Fool Hollow also has largemouth bass and smallmouth bass, as well as trout. The Fool Hollow State Park has some great facilities.
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Mogollon Rim lakes
Note: Stage II Fire Restrictions are currently in effect on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, State Trust lands, and Arizona Game and Fish Department Wildlife Areas. The following areas are closed to public entry: Rodeo/Chediski/Show Low South areas, Timber Mesa area, Southwest Vernon area. Forest closure maps are available at USFS offices.
White Mountain lakes
Note: Stage II Fire Restrictions are currently in effect on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, State Trust lands, and Arizona Game and Fish Department Wildlife Areas
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