Weekend fishing roundup: monsters at Becker, Saguaro lakes

Fishing at Becker Lake, a catch-and-release, trophy trout fishery in the White Mountains, is good even though waters are warming.
Fishing at Becker Lake, a catch-and-release, trophy trout fishery in the White Mountains, is good even though waters are warming.

 

When the man with the bent rod and his Fish Cat pontoon boat began to be towed across Becker Lake on Friday afternoon, our photographer George Andrejko knew this was not a snag.

And not just any ol’ fish.

“It was a big fish,” said Andrejko, following the fish from the shoreline with his Nikon digital camera. “And when he got out the net, and landed it — so to speak — it looked like the fish filled the net.”

Click-click-click. Shooting still pictures during a day peppered with rain storms, Andrejko nailed the above picture of what looks like a monster rainbow trout.

A closer look:

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A net-sized trout.

The fly angler  released the fish. Becker Lake is open to catch-and-release only for trout, artificial fly and lure only, and single barbless hooks only. No trout may be kept.  Please release trout immediately.

Also, see how to safely handle a trout.

Tiger trout were stocked at Becker earlier this year and are starting to bite on the surface and subsurface.  Try beetles or hoppers on top and simiseal leeches stripped subsurface.

Saturday lunker bass at Saguaro

Jim C. sent in this picture of a largemouth bass caught Saturday at Saguaro Lake. He said the fish weighed more than 9 pounds and was caught “in the last twilight of day in a main lake cove, next to a stump in about 10 feet of water on a Texas-rigged lizard.”

Saguaro Lake in Arizona is a well-known monster bass fishery
Saguaro Lake in Arizona is a well-known monster bass fishery

 

And finally, an August fishing report from the Arizona Fishing Guides:

  • Bartlett Lake: The last few weeks has been fishing pretty well with its ups and downs due to weather and water levels. We haven’t been catching them very deep — most of our fish have been up shallow within the first 20 feet. The best techniques have been slow moving baits like jigs and Shaky heads.
  • Lake Pleasant: Lately has been some of the best striper fishing we have enjoyed in the last few years with some of the biggest stripers as deep as 60 ft. There has been a ton of top-water action although it has been a lot of smaller fish; however, the occasional 3 pounder has been lurking below the big schools of smaller fish. Top-water and small swimbaits have been the ticket for the smaller ones and the bigger ones have been caught on spoons from 1/2 to 1.5 ounces.
  • Roosevelt Lake has been pretty quiet the last few weeks with not a lot of action. You can still catch fish on top-water and moving baits in the morning and late evening. After the reaction bite slows, a slow moving bait seems to be the best bet.
  • Apache Lake: This lake has been a bit of a dark horse. The topwater bite has been lots of fun first thing in the morning and up in the river when (SRP is) moving water. The bite slows down as the sun comes up and they fish tend to move deeper with the bait fish. When this happens try spoons and deep swimbaits to get those fish to bite.
  • Saguaro and Canyon lakes: The fishing has slowed down a bit due to pressure and monsoon storms. We have been able to catch them on dropshot,  worms and jigs. We are still waiting for that surge of top-water action to start up and that usually happens when the night time temps dip a little.

 

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