Anglers reports, June 30, 2014

Arizona angler reports, June 30, 2014

(Send your fishing reports and photos to Bfishing@AZGFD.gov)

Lake Pleasant

  • PleasantBassBarry W from Saturday, June 28: The various coves have been producing some great fishing. This time of year you will see boils for sure before sunrise and near sunset.My wife and I found a small striper boil in one of the bays nearshore (about 3-10 feet deep). Only lasted 5 minutes, but it produced a fish on every cast during the top water action.Small lures that had a flash like a silver Kastmaster, or small shad-looking crank or jerk baits worked well also.I had a blast using a white Zara Spook on the top water. I also caught a largemouth bass during the boil. Remember that all the fish are competing for those bait fish and you never know what you have until it comes to the boat.

    Once the sun went down we started fishing anchovies at the mouth of a bay. The depth was 100 feet with fish submersed at around 35-50 feet.

    Once we get father into the summer and hotter weather the fish will go deeper and the boils will be more common and luckily longer with duration. I normally like using live shad for catching striper but it’s been difficult lately. The shad have moved out from shallow water and seem to be sporadic throughout the lake which makes it tough for netting. Other fisherman have shared the same frustration with me on the lake as well regarding cast netting.

    Just one tip I wanted to share with everybody when it comes to boil fishing on Pleasant or any other lake. If you see a great top-water boil, and fellow fisherman fishing that boil, please try to do the following: never drive into the boil with your boat.

    This can risk the fish moving on and also make it difficult for other fisherman to cast into the boil area. Also try to use your trolling motor, or drift your boat to the outside edge of the boil. The noise from the boat motor can reduce the length of the boil.

    Cast your lure over the boil and work it into the feeding frenzy area. In general, silence is golden and less boat noise will generate more success with a striper boil. I hope we all get to fish these exciting boils together. Good luck fishing!

    DennisFPlezDennis F.: A party of three anglers caught about 12 stripers apiece last Sat. night during the new moon using submersible lights and anchovies. Small stripers about 30 feet deep took smaller anchovies, larger stripers 60 ft deep took larger ‘chovies. Have at ’em, y’all!

Alamo Lake

Justin G.: Went out to Alamo Lake on June 27 to fish the night. Fished the north end of the lake in the trees. Between my nephew, and my son and I, we caught about 20 decent channel catfish, 20 nice crappie, and two bass. We were fishing in roughly 30 feet of water. Catfish were caught on shrimp, crappie and bass were caught on minnows dropping to the bottom and bringing them up slowly. We were fishing under a light as well. Justin

Show Low Lake

SHowLowtroutSteve M.: My grandson Kellen was visiting from Carlsbad, Calif.

I took him to Show Low Lake and he caught these beauties in about one hour from the shore.

Saguaro Lake

Scott: A friend and I went fishing Saturday night, June 21, ended up catching six bass, one bluegill and oosing two bass at the boat. Average was about 1 pound each but the kicker went 6.5 pounds — can’t wait to get back out there and try for bigger!! All caught on Texas rigs or dropshot. Tight lines!!

Kinnikinick Lake

KinnininickinMorning(MAIN)David C. Trolled all day with cowbells/crawlers and assorted lures. I never got a hit. Other anglers were having a tough go at it as well. I love a challenge and will be back. Plus, you can’t beat the scenery!

Colorado River (Picacho State Park to Imperial Dam)

Charles S.: Water temps in the current have been around 80 to 81 degrees and lake temps have been around 85. Water levels have been a little higher than normal for this time of year, yet levels appear to be steady, vegetation near the water surfaces is noticeably less abundant than this time last year. Big bass are out in force, current fisherman can catch them pitching/flipping jigs, creatures or plastic worms. Experiment with colors and presentations, but expect to cover a lot of water as these fish are under constant pressure from anglers.

Lake fish are biting as well, although I strongly feel that the sheer numbers of resident bass in many lakes has dwindled, largely due to the catch and relocation that occurs during bass tournaments. But that’s just my personal opinion, and not the opinion of AZ Game and Fish. I fished Martinez over the weekend and shallow diving crank baits seemed to produce the better quality fish, though they were scarce. Most lakes are experiencing heavy boat traffic on the weekends and 4th of July weekend is sure to put a damper on lake fishing, as well as in the current, especially if you are planning on fishing past 9 am or the lower side of Picacho State Park.

I also caught the weigh-in for the Saturday night catfish tournament held out of Fisher’s Landing, the weigh-in was Sunday from 4:30 am to 7:00 am. I believe all fisherman weighed cats, it looked like maybe 8 or so of them being in the 15 lb. range, one angler proudly brought a near 30 pound yellow cat the scales. He walked down the ramp and released his catch into the marina after weighing in. It was also reported that the cats had a fondness for live bluegills this weekend.

Lynx Lake

LynxTroutAndy O.: Fished June 25 and caught a nice 6-8 rainbow trout. Not a lot of action, but after sunset things got a bit better. Took a pink, floating PowerBait.

Weekly Fishing Report: The Reel Deal

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.

Trout time.

In the high country, fishing is good at Carnero Lake, Woods Canyon Lake, Show Low Creek, Silver Creek, Bear Canyon Lake and Nelson Reservoir.

Do you know your stocking schedule? See it online, and don’t forget to consult out our Fish&Boat Arizona map for locations.

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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Fire restrictions

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

See a full list of fire restrictions in Arizona.

ANGLER REPORTS

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See all the recent angler reports

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Angler Reports, June 24, 2014

Mogollon Rim/Roosevelt Lake

June 21 abbreviated report from Jim Goughnour of Rim Country Custom Rods:

IMG_3756Roosevelt Lake water level dropped another 1% this past week and currently stands at 45% full. The Tonto Creek has stopped flowing the Salt River is flowing at 40% of its normal rate for this time of year.

The water temperature is increasing with morning temperatures in the low 80s increasing to the mid-to-high 80s during the afternoon.

The water clarity increased this past week and is now being called clear or slightly stained depending on where you’re fishing on the lake. The Tonto end of the lake is reported to be more clear than the Salt River end.

Bass fishing was called good this past week. Post-spawn bass are still chasing shad on the surface, but that bite clearly slowed this past week. The best success was reported this past week on Texas-rig and Carolina rig 6-inch green lizards.

A dropshot technique using a morning dawn or camo-colored Roboworm and a weightless Senko were also reported successful.

Most anglers reported fishing main lake points in 15-25 feet water.

The best time to fish reported this past week was the late afternoon until dark when the fish begin moving to shallow water. One experienced angler reported a good jerk bait bite in shallow water that lasted from sunset until after dark.

Crappie reported “fair” at Roosevelt

Night time crappie fishing was reported to be fair this past week. The moon phase should make small jigs and small spinnerbaits effective this week, but most anglers prefer to use live minnows for night time crappie fishing.

Rim trout fishing

If you haven’t made a trip onto the Rim for some trout fishing, you need to make plans. The Rim lakes are well stocked and anglers are having great success.

Lots of baits were reported successful this past week. So just about any trout bait you like to fish will catch trout. Fly anglers are gradually switching to dry flies as many insects can now be seen on the surface.

If you’re a fly angler, the old adage of matching the hatch will apply to the rim trout lakes. Now if you are camping this weekend, please read the AZGFD website related to the level II fire restrictions. The forest is extremely dry in most areas so be extremely careful.
Have a great week of fishing and I hope see you on the water.

Saguaro Lake

Jim F. of Tempe had fun with a summer-pattern bass at Saguaro Lake: Looks like the good summer fishing patterns are finally here. My buddy and I hit Saguaro slightly before first light on Saturday (June 21) and caught well over a dozen nice bass within a couple of hours.

All were caught on top-water lures and all attacked the bait voraciously. We mainly used Zara Spooks, but also got a couple of hits using a medium-sized frog.

After the top-water action fell off we went into a cove and threw jerk baits for a while. My buddy hooked up on a good sized bluegill and as he brought it near the boat a really big bass inhaled the bluegill.
Apparently most of the treble hooks were in the bluegill, because as he brought it up to the top of the water the bass opened his mouth and slid away. Maybe we’ll get him next time!
Anyway, the bite is on, so get out there and have a blast like we did.

Canyon Lake

CanyonLakeBiggieI caught this monster bass on a shad about 7am last Thursday. Don’t know how much he weighed but, I’ll get a scale now. Cory Kunselman

Roper Lake

RoperLakefishHi, my name is Mike M. and I took the kids fishing on Roper Lake June 19-21. It was great. We caught 22 largemouth total. The first eight were caught Thursday afternoon ‘till dark. All eight were a pound or less.

On Friday, 12 more were caught, and four of them in the 2-3-pound range, and the other eight were less than that. Fished from 6 a.m. -12, than again after 4:30 p.m. ‘till 7 p.m.

On Saturday morning, we only caught two in the morning from 8 a.m.-9 a.m. from the shore. All the other fish were caught from a 12-foot jon boat. All fish were caught on a shallow crankbait, the same one but two different colors.

Lake Pleasant

PleasantStriperLook at these striper I caught at Lake Pleasant June 17. Do not know how much they weigh, but they were big…. got them on anchovies about 30 feet down.

Tempe Town Lake

Brothers J.C. and Scott always do relatively well on Tempe Town Lake. Key is to get there at first light. We fished the east end of the lake by the small dam Thursday, and caught at least one of every type fish in the lake, except for trout.

Large and smallmouth bass, bluegill, several nice catfish, and a 12-pound carp. All were hitting on Mepps minnow spinners and red/white striped spoons.

JC said. “I must have bounced the red and white spoon right in front of the carp, as it’s unusual for them to hit lures. Had a great 15-minute battle to wear him down and get him in the net. He barely fit! We caught 13 fish, all released, within the first two hours. Then it slowed steadily as the day warmed up. One of the nicer bass is pictured above, by Scott. You don’t need to get out of town to catch fish, just get up early and hit the local lakes.”

 

Weekly Fishing Report: The Reel Deal

For the high country, this is the time when trout are starting to head deeper. You will likely have the best luck at first and last light. You can expect the action to be a little slower during the warmer hours of the day. Fishing the bottom or trolling seems to be the best techniques once trout enter their summer patterns.

The deeper lakes, such as Big Lake, Willow Springs, Bear Canyon, Blue Ridge and Chevelon, will often have a little better action as we move into summer conditions.

Try Show Low Lake for a shot at a big, tasty walleye. An 8-pound, 1.12-ounce, 29.25-inch walleye (pictured above) was caught on a Rapala on June 11 by Ronald Sankey. The fish is a Big Fish of the Year leader for walleye.

Hot spots statewide include: Bartlett Lake for 10-13-inch largemouth bass, striper fishing at at Lake Pleasant; Alamo Lake for mirning crankbait bass. See the full report for all the details.

Check out our summer stocking schedule and Fish&Boat Arizona map before heading out.

Attention East Verde River anglers: Please return tags

Those visiting the East Verde River (where the fishing has been exceptional) are again reminded that if a trout with an external radio tag is caught, they may keep OR release the fish.

If you catch a tagged fish, please call the number on the colored tag (623-236-7538) with the following information:

  • Location of the caught trout
  • Identification number on the colored external tag
  • Date the fish was caught


See all the details of our program that is examining stocked trout movement and fate.

 Fire restrictions


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

See a full list of fire restrictions in Arizona.

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ANGLER REPORTS

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Joshua M. had a striper bonanza at Lake Pleasant: Caught these in about 45-55 feet of water on frozen anchovies, and a drop light. The total depth of the location was just over 200 feet. I set the drop light at 15 feet or so, waited quietly for about 30 minutes, and then the action began and continued until dawn.

I had a great time, as it was my birthday and I caught all the fish needed for our fish fry! Thanks to the AZGFD and Pleasant Harbor for making times like these possible!

Justin E. found that good ol’ nightcrawlers was the only last weekend ticket at Bear Canyon Lake: Figured I would send over my day out there. Got there around 4 p.m. for the afternoon/evening bite.

Used an assortment of Z-Ray’s in all different sizes, Kastmasters in different finishes and sizes, and a Mepps. Not a nibble on any lure, just miniature fish following it in.

Also tried chartreuse Powerbait fished off the bottom, no bites either. Tried PowerBait with a bobber and nothing.


Lake was busy, walked almost the length of the lake on one side and couldn’t get more than 100 paces from another group of people. Tried the trailhead side of the lake from four different positions and sitting on the dam. No other groups reported much in the way of good luck. A few fish here and there all using good old fashioned night crawlers.

Todd B. reported that bluegill such as the one pictured were hitting nonstop at Red Mountain Lake the morning of June 13: I was using 1/8-ounce Rat-L-Traps, and small Beetle Spins. I could not keep them off of the line.

Charles S. with a Colorado River report from Picacho State Park to Imperial Dam: Air temps have been triple digit and water temps in the current are hovering around 79 – 80 degrees. Backwater temps are around 81 and 84 (even higher in select areas).

Peggy and I did most of our fishing over the weekend in the current and caught probably 10 bass ranging between 2-4 pounds, and a handful of dinks, as well as a nice flathead in the 6-pound range.

Almost all of the fish were caught flipping brush hogs in the current and adjacent eddies. I had also hooked a good-size bass in one of the lakes, but it threw the hook after a very short tug of war. I imagine that if I had been rigged with a lighter, more standard weight, vs. the colossal weight I throw in current, that I would have boated it. The bass are definitely in their summer patterns and I expect the bite to be above average for the next month.

Hopefully the warmer waters will kick start the vegetation so we can do some frogging!


Dave King from the north Phoenix Sportsman’s Warehouse with reports from Bartlett Lake and Lake Pleasant: Bartlett has been hot. Been out the last three weeks pulling in 20-30 fish on half day trips.

Deep-diving crankbaits and dropshot rigs have worked great. Ox blood, watermelon and morning dawn have all been working. Bigger fish are holding on the drop-offs in the main lake.

Also the water from yellow cliffs up is dirty with a lot of debris. Water is rising fast. Main lake still clear.

Lake Pleasant stripers have been biting good along the creek channels in humbug and castle. Anchovies and glow-in-the-dark spoons have made for good action. For largemouths we’ve been throwing top water first thing and then dropshots along the bluffs once the sun comes up. Clear Zara spooks or Rico’s for top water, watermelon red flake for dropshot.


Rich S. cracked the code at Tempe Town Lake last week: I am an avid largemouth bass angler. I am 26 and have been fishing for bass in Arizona since I was 6.

For the past three weeks on my lunch break I go down to Tempe Town Lake between 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. For the first two weeks I could not get a bass to even bite my numerous different presentations.

This last week things turned for the better. I have been knocking them dead under the Mill North Bridge and the light rail/train bridge. I have been using a Carolina rig with a short 4-inch leader and a 6-inch green Senko.

Was out there from 12:45-1:30 p.m. on Father’s Day and had six fish on and brought four in. I showed some fellow anglers what I was using and wished them good luck.

My advice is to go slow on the bottom. Texas rig, drop shot, Carolina rig all will probably work, but my success has all come on a Carolina rig. Hope this helps. Good luck.

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Angler reports: What’s biting from the desert to the mountains

Arizona anglers’ fishing reports

 

LakePlezstripersJoshua M. had a striper bonanza at Lake Pleasant: Caught these in about 45-55 feet of water on frozen anchovies, and a drop light. The total depth of the location was just over 200 feet. I set the drop light at 15 feet or so, waited quietly for about 30 minutes, and then the action began and continued until dawn.

I had a great time, as it was my birthday and I caught all the fish needed for our fish fry! Thanks to the AZGFD and Pleasant Harbor for making times like these possible!

 Justin E. found that good ol’ nightcrawlers was the only last weekend ticket at Bear Canyon Lake: Figured I would send over my day out there. Got there around 4 p.m. for the afternoon/evening bite.

Used an assortment of Z-Ray’s in all different sizes, Kastmasters in different finishes and sizes, and a Mepps. Not a nibble on any lure, just miniature fish following it in.

Also tried chartruse Powerbait fished off the bottom, no bites either. Tried PowerBait with a bobber and nothing.

Lake was busy, walked almost the length of the lake on one side and couldn’t get more than 100 paces from another group of people. Tried the trailhead side of the lake from four different positions and sitting on the dam. No other groups reported much in the way of good luck. A few fish here and there all using good old fashioned night crawlers.

RedMtnBgillTodd B. reported that bluegill such as the one pictured were hitting nonstop at Red Mountain Lake the morning of June 13: I was using 1/8-ounce Rat-L-Traps, and small  Beetle Spins. I could not keep them off of the line.

Charles S. with a Colorado River report from Picacho State Park to Imperial Dam: Air temps have been triple digit and water temps in the current are hovering around 79 – 80 degrees. Backwater temps are around 81 and 84 (even higher in select areas).

Peggy and I did most of our fishing over the weekend in the current and caught probably 10 bass ranging between 2-4 pounds, and a handful of dinks, as well as a nice flathead in the 6-pound range.

Almost all of the fish were caught flipping brush hogs in the current and adjacent eddies. I had also hooked a good-size bass in one of the lakes, but it threw the hook after a very short tug of war. I imagine that if I had been rigged with a lighter, more standard weight, vs. the colossal weight I throw in current, that I would have boated it. The bass are definitely in their summer patterns and I expect the bite to be above average for the next month.

Hopefully the warmer waters will kick start the vegetation so we can do some frogging!

Travis W. caught these 13- and 14-inch largemouth bass from Rattlesnake Cove  June 7.
Travis W. caught these 13- and 14-inch largemouth bass from Lake Pleasant’s Rattlesnake Cove Saturday, June 7.

Dave King from the north Phoenix Sportsman’s Warehouse with reports from Bartlett Lake and Lake Pleasant: Bartlett has been hot. Been out the last three weeks pulling in 20-30 fish on half day trips.

Deep-diving crankbaits and dropshot rigs have worked great. Ox blood, watermelon and morning dawn have all been working. Bigger fish are holding on the drop-offs in the main lake.

Also the water from yellow cliffs up is dirty with a lot of debris.  Water is rising fast. Main lake still clear.

Lake Pleasant stripers have been biting good along the creek channels in humbug and castle. Anchovies and glow-in-the-dark spoons have made for good action. For largemouths we’ve been throwing top water first thing and then dropshots along the bluffs once the sun comes up. Clear Zara spooks or Rico’s for top water, watermelon red flake for dropshot.

Rich S. cracked the code at Tempe Town Lake last week: I am an avid largemouth bass angler. I am 26 and have been fishing for bass in Arizona since I was 6.

For the past three weeks on my lunch break I go down to Tempe Town Lake between 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. For the first two weeks I could not get a bass to even bite my numerous different presentations.

This last week things turned for the better. I have been knocking them dead under the Mill North Bridge and the light rail/train bridge. I have been using a Carolina rig with a short 4-inch leader and a 6-inch green Senko.

Was out there from 12:45-1:30 p.m. on Father’s Day and had six fish on and brought four in. I showed some fellow anglers what I was using and wished them good luck.

My advice is to go slow on the bottom. Texas rig, drop shot, Carolina rig all will probably work, but my success has all come on a Carolina rig. Hope this helps. Good luck.

Stay tuned for the full Arizona Game and Fish Dept. Weekly Fishing Report scheduled to come out on Thursday

Mogollon Rim/Roosevelt Lake fishing report

Mogollon Rim/Roosevelt Lake fishing report

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From James Goughnour of Rim Country Custom Rods:

Good morning Rim Country Anglers –

Roosevelt Lake water level dropped another 1 percent this past week and currently stands at 46-percent full. We’ve seen a huge drop off in the Tonto Creek flow the past month and for the past two weeks the Tonto Creek has stopped flowing.

The Salt River remained at 30 percent of its normal rate for this time of year. The water temperature is increasing with morning temperatures in the low 80s increasing to the mid 80s during the afternoon. For the most part, the water in the lake is clear but there are areas of algae growth that makes a green tint to the water.

Bass fishing reported “fair” to “good”

Bass fishing was called fair to good this past week. The best success was reported this past week on shallow running crankbaits if shad are present. Anglers said there were lots of shad in the shallow water in coves and along the shoreline.

A Rapala SR5 or smaller size crankbait will run in 5-10 feet water and was catching good numbers of bass. A Texas rig, dropshot and Carolina rig techniques using Senkos, 10-inch ribbon tail worms, 6-inch curly tail and lizard imitations were successful in deeper water such as main lake points in 15-25 feet water. A hotspot for catching deeper fish this past week was Connors Ledge on the Salt River end of the lake

Fish the night for crappie

RpsyNightNight time crappie fishing is a big topic right now at the lake. Crappie fishing was reported to be fair this past week. The full moon last night and mild weather made for some great fishing memories for several young and old anglers that I spoke to. Live minnows fished about 2 feet below a bobber, is the best bait for night time crappie fishing.

Rim lakes give anglers trout limits

The Rim lakes continue to produce some great fishing trips. Stocked trout are plentiful and whatever your favorite trout lure is, it will work this week.

Super-doopers, Z-Rays, crank bait and dry flies were all reported successful and PowerBait on a small treble hook will almost always catch a trout. Some very nice size trout have been caught in the last several weeks. What a great experience to watch antelope an deer grazing on the shoreline as you troll for 2-5-pound rainbows. Consistently, anglers are reporting that they are catching limits in less than three hours.

Our local bass fishing pro Clifford Pirch is fishing the Bassmaster Elite tournament on Chickamauga Lake in Tenn. this weekend. Clifford is currently in 23rd and will need to move into the top 12 today to fish for the championship tomorrow. He is only a couple of pounds behind and all of Rim Country is wishing Clifford good luck today.

Have a great week of fishing and I hope see you on the water.

Weekly Fishing Report: The Reel Deal

Sunday is Father’s Day, hardly a better day for some fishing with dad. These memories created around clear, blue mountain lakes remain lifetime gems.

Don’t miss one.

Here’s where to go, or things to consider before heading out:



White Mountains and Mogollon Rim lakes

Fishing is good to excellent for trout at Carnero Lake, Woods Canyon Lake, Show Low Creek, and Silver Creek.

Fishing is good at Bear Canyon Lake and Nelson Reservoir. Large (13-inch length) rainbow trout are being stocked this year into Rainbow Lake, Fool Hollow Lake, and Show Low Lake, and Willow Springs Lake will be stocked this week with moderately large (11-inch length) rainbow trout.

Fishing is also good at most of the stocked streams, including East Fork Black River, LCR in Greer, and Sheeps Crossing. Fishing is good for stocked bluegill at Woodland Lake and Fool Hollow Lake, and for stocked channel catfish at Rainbow Lake, Fool Hollow Lake, and Scott Reservoir.

See all these locations on our Fish&Boat Arizona map.

Jim Goughnour of Rim Country Custom Rods said the Rim lakes and streams continue to produce some great fishing trips. Stocked trout are plentiful — see the summer stocking schedule.

PowerBait, salmon eggs, Super Dupers, Z-Rays, crankbaits and dry flies were all reported successful this past week, he said.

Flagstaff/Williams area

At Lower Lake Mary, fishing slowed over the weekend for anglers using bait, but fly anglers continue to catch large numbers of fish in the early mornings and the evenings.

Ashurst Lake’s water level has dropped to the point that launching boats is not allowed. In addition, the water quality has deteriorated to the point that trout stocking is no longer possible. There are still large numbers of trout in the lake so fishing should be OK. There’s always monster pike.

We have a new northern pike, statewide fish-of-the-year keeper from Ashurst, pictured above. Fishing for trout with PowerBait on Saturday, June 7, Lester R. of Glendale pulled in the 43.5-inch bruiser. Congrats, Lester!

Stocking in the upper reaches of Oak Creek have been canceled as a result of the Slide Fire. Stocking locations from Sedona downstream are still being stocked.

Lake Powell and Lees Ferry

Wayne Gustaveson wrote in his latest fishing report on www.wayneswords.com that “Lake Powell is still coming up and will break the 3600 MSL barrier today, but stripers are the big news now. Striper slurping boils are seen lake wide.” See the full Wayne Gustaveson June 11 report at http://www.wayneswords.com.

At Lees Ferry, we read in the Lees Ferry Anglers June 5 fishing report that for fly fishing up river, “summer weather and the corresponding higher water flows have arrived right on schedule. It took a few days – really maybe 72 hours – for fish to settle into their high water mode, but once they did it was business as usual.”




Fire restrictions

See a full list of fire restrictions in Arizona.

ANGLER REPORTS

(Send your fishing reports and photos to Bfishing@AZGFD.gov.)

An anonymous report from Knoll Lake, June 5 and 6: A Rapala countdown was fished around 6-10 feet of depth.

Fishing was good with 1/16-ounce and 1/8-ounce spinners throughout the lake but it seemed more active on the east side of the island. Berkley PowerBait “turbo dough” in the blue-neon color was excellent on a Carolina rig, but using this rig required frequent re-baiting the hook, as mudbugs would steal the bait in a matter of minutes.

Other colors of PowerBait were also successful (neon orange, peach, rainbow), but none were as good as the turbo blue-neon. I have had success in the past catching some decent hold-overs using a No. 3 Rapala Countdown in a rainbow trout color/pattern.

I fished with that for about thirty minutes and while I had moderate success, no hold-overs took the bait. Overall, I think everything that we caught was a young stocked fish and was released.

Cheyenne from Flagstaff landed this 2-pound, 19-inch rainbow trout at Ashurst Lake Saturday, June 7, fishing with PowerBait on the bottom!

A pair of anglers who fished on Thursday and Friday, repspectively, sent in the following success stories from Riggs Flat Lake near Safford:

  • Kevin Q: Fishing was excellent this past week. Both my son (above) and I got our limit within two hours. All rainbow in the 11-13-inch range on PowerBait floated about 18 inches off the bottom. The pH must still be off as there is a ton of growth in the water just off shore. But there are several spots by the dam where the drop off is significant and you can get your line in without snags.
  • Daniel W.: The fishing at Riggs Flat Lake is outstanding. Brightly colored PowerBait like lime green or hot pink. We were catching about 10-15 an hour even in midday.

    (Riggs Flat Lake is located on the top of the Pinaleño Mountains, 40 miles southwest of Safford.
    Directions: From Safford, drive south 8 miles on US 191 to AZ 366. Turn right (southwest) onto 366 and drive 29 miles to the Columbine Work Center. Continue along Forest Roads 803 and 287 about 5 miles to the campground. The last 12 miles of this road are narrow and winding.

    See more information on Riggs Flat Lake from the Coronado National Forest website.)



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$10,000 Fishing Derby

The Business Council of Greer is sponsoring a $10,000 Fishing Derby until Oct. 31

 

Catch 1 of 50 tagged fish in the three Greer Lakes and bring one into The Lazy Trout Market to exchange for a hat.

On Nov. 1 at 10 a.m. at Rhe Lazy Trout Market, a tag will be drawn and it must match the winning number sent by OddsOnPromotions to win the $10,000.

Registration is not necessary before catching the tagged fish.

If there is no $10,000 winner, a $250 first and $100 second place winner will be drawn.

Complete rules are available at The Lazy Trout market.

Mogollon Rim fishing report

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Roosevelt Lake/Mogollon Rim Arizona fishing report

From James Goughnour of Rim Country Custom Rods:

Good morning rim country anglers,

A very experienced bass angler told me that he fished in the evening this past week until after dusk. He reported lots of bass caught during that period on a Texas rig using a very slow presentation.

In addition to the Texas rig, several successful techniques were reported including a dropshot and Carolina rig techniques. A top water bite is still being reported successful; however, it’s happening at first light and the duration seems to get shorter each week.

Anglers reported success using 10-inch ribbon tail worms and a 6-inch curly tail worm or lizard imitations.

Target ambush points for bass fishing

ROsy1Most anglers are targeting main lake points in 15-25 feet of water and always very close to some type of cover. A bush, large rock or submerged log will always produce a good ambush point for bass.

This pattern is definitely a summertime approach to bass fishing on Roosevelt Lake.

Another comment I got this week is that the bite was very subtle and at times the line would just start moving indicating a bass had taken the bait and was swimming with it. So, if you’re fishing this week, pay lots of attention to even the smallest movements.

Roosevelt water level dropping, rising in temperature

Roosevelt Lake water level dropped another 1 percent this past week and currently stands at 47-percent full.

As we reported last week, the Tonto Creek has stopped flowing and the Salt River is flowing at 30-percent of its normal rate for this time of year. The water temperature in the mornings is in the high 70s increasing to the low 80s during the afternoon in shallow water in coves. The water clarity is good for most of the lake with some isolated spots of algae growth.

Crappie reported fair — fish at night

Crappie fishing was reported to be fair this past week. This coming week will be a good time to use the crappie lights for nighttime crappie fishing.

However as we move towards a full moon, crappie lights will become less effective. Live minnows fished about 2 feet below a bobber is the best bait for nighttime crappie fishing.

I didn’t get a single report of a crappie angler who fished during the day last week. Most are telling me that they will fish crappie at night during the summer.

Rim lakes, streams, remain a good bet

The Rim lakes and streams continue to produce some great fishing trips. Stocked trout are plentiful.

PowerBait, salmon eggs, Super-doopers, Z-Rays, crankbaits and dry flies were all reported successful this past week.

I had the great pleasure of fishing with Dennis Pirch on Sunrise Lake this past week. We had a great trip and we each caught our limit in just a couple of hours using small crankbaits. Big fish of the day was Dennis’ 3-pound plus rainbow, which took at least five runs and several minutes to land.

He was using a light-power, moderate-action rod with 6-pound test line, so Dennis’ angling skills were put to the test to get that big fish safely in the boat. If you see Dennis this week, be sure to congratulate him.

Have a great week of fishing and I hope see you on the water.

Don’t forget your fishing license! You can buy one online!

Anglers reports: Riggs Flat Lake is a trout hot spot

Anglers on Thursday and Friday sent in the following success stories from Riggs Flat Lake near Safford:

 

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  • Kevin Q: Fishing was excellent this past week. Both my son (above) and I got our limit within two hours. All rainbow in the 11-13-inch range on PowerBait floated about 18 inches off the bottom. The pH must still be off as there is a ton of growth in the water just off shore. But there are several spots by the dam where the drop off is significant and you can get your line in without snags.
  • Daniel W.: Riggs2The fishing at Riggs Flat Lake is outstanding. Brightly colored PowerBait like lime green or hot pink. We were catching about 10-15 an hour even in midday.

Riggs Flat Lake is located on the top of the Pinaleño Mountains, 40 miles southwest of Safford.

Directions: From Safford, drive south 8 miles on US 191 to AZ 366. Turn right (southwest) onto 366 and drive 29 miles to the Columbine Work Center. Continue along Forest Roads 803 and 287 about 5 miles to the campground. The last 12 miles of this road are narrow and winding.

See more information on Riggs Flat Lake from the Coronado National Forest website.

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