Flagstaff/Williams fishing: hit Dogtown before dog days of summer

Joshua Rose on Saturday caught this 23 ¾-inch, 4.3-pound brown trout out of Dogtown.
Joshua Rose on Saturday caught this 23 ¾-inch, 4.3-pound brown trout out of Dogtown.

No question: Dogtown Reservoir south of Williams is one of Arizona’s trout fishing hot spots. A shred of evidence: Joshua Rose on Saturday caught this gorgeous 23 ¾-inch, 4.3-pound brown trout out of Dogtown.

Rose caught the fish on corn PowerBait.

This 50-acre lake in the Kaibab National Forest is being stocked consistently and is one of the best bets for a high country Arizona trout fishing adventure. Some experienced anglers are catching plump winter holdovers.

Effective baits have been PowerBait, small spinners, and wet flies such as bead-headed prince nymphs and zug bugs. Make sure the spinners are small — no heavier than 1/8 of an ounce. Some anglers are having success slow-trolling spinners.

A couple weeks ago, 10-year-old Matthew R. duped this 3-pound brown that measured 19.5 inches:

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See our fishing basics page if you need some starter tips.

 

AZGFD habitat enhancements at Dogtown

 

Shoreline fishing options are abundant at Dogtown Lake
Shoreline fishing options are abundant at Dogtown Lake

 

AZGFD has been working with  Northern Arizona Flycasters and the Kaibab National Forest to improve Dogtown fishing habitat. During the past two years, around 300 juniper trees have been sunk to serve as protective habitat. Also, juvenile bass and bluegill have been stocked.

(There are special regulations at Dogtown: the limit is six trout, two bass at a minimum size of 13 inches, and a limit of four channel catfish).

Fishing offers adventure, family fun, and fresh food at an unmatched value.

Where to trout fish in Flagstaff/Williams area

 

Stocking trucks from Page Springs Hatchery have been loading up trout into Flagstaff/Williams regional waters the past few weeks .

Here is AZGFD Region 2 Aquatic Wildlife Program Manager Scott Rogers’ top 5 spots to fish near Flagstaff and Williams (all are being stocked with trout):

Ashurst Lake fishing adventures can mean fat holdover trout
Ashurst Lake fishing adventures can mean fat holdover trout.
  1. Dogtown Lake
  2. Ashurst Lake
  3. Cataract Lake
  4. Frances Short Pond
  5. City Reservoir

A high chance of rain is predicted for Flagstaff and Williams Friday and Sunday (trout sometimes bite great just before a storm), and these waters should be great options throughout April.

Grab your gear and your fishing license and get ready for a pine-scented weekend!

4 thoughts on “Flagstaff/Williams fishing: hit Dogtown before dog days of summer”

  1. Is everything all about “Trout and Catfish”????? What about crappie and bluegill, there awesome for kids to learn how to fish and great eating!!!! Stop with the trout stuff its really sad.. A dear friend of mine has been catching huge slabs of crappie at upper lake Mary!! Thank You Sincerely, Crappie & Bluegill fishermen 🙂

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