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Fishing Report: Aug. 17, 2017

Posted August 17, 2017

See “The Reel Deal” statewide summary

 

Editor’s note: The AZGFD fishing report is a free resource meant to inform anglers, and remember that nothing beats spending time on the water to figure out what’s biting. Help us keep these reports fresh for your fellow anglers by sending your reports and photos to BFishing @AZGFD.gov – one will be selected for Catch of the Week.

Finally, reports from guides, tackle shops or angler groups are not endorsements.

OK, on to the  full report.

 

Central Waters

(Updated Aug. 18; Editor Nick Walter, 623-236-7214)

SAGUARO LAKE – The lake is 1,523 feet (91-percent full).

A monster largemouth bass caught Monday at Saguaro Lake.

Bass fishing has been excellent away from the main lake — and when it’s good, it’s been great. Scooter Griffith from The Arizona Fishing Guides reported Wednesday, Aug. 16 that bassing’s been good on the flats along grass edges using a chatterbait with his new Arizona Custom Baits trailer in Scooter’s Special.

Angler success has still been somewhat dependent on if water is released from Canyon Lake into Saguaro. The upper end of Saguaro has been good while water is released. Some anglers are having success with average-to-large largemouth bass using swimbaits (shad patterns) and crankbaits. Crawdad imitations at night also have been effective.

Shore anglers should get out early (5 a.m.) because during the summer many bass will be holding in deeper water as the sun comes up. Don’t fish below about 20 feet — there is little to no oxygen.

Yellow bass is an option if the largemouth bass are finicky. Try nightcrawlers on dropshot rigs.

ROOSEVELT LAKE — (2,120 feet, 65-percent full).

Aug. 17 report from Jim Goughnour of Rim Country Custom Rods:

Excellent fishing conditions are being reported from Roosevelt and Apache lakes. As ambient and water temperatures begin to fall, bass become more active and aggressive. In the early morning before the sun comes up, it’s not uncommon to see bass pushing schools of shad into shallow areas along major lake points.

Bass breaking the surface can also be seen in the middle of the lake in over 100 foot of water depth when bass surround a school of shad and push them to the surface. Quite often, birds will join into this feeding frenzy by diving into the shad ball. If you see bass pushing shad either in shallow or deep water, a reaction bait is the only thing to throw. The shad are literally swimming for their lives and the bass are looking for any sign of weak or wounded shad. So reactions by the bass are happening quickly.

It’s not uncommon to get a strike as soon as your bait hits the water or upon the first movement of the bait. With any top water bait, crank-bait or jerk-bait, anglers must resist the learned response to make a huge hook-set at the slightest response to a fish engaging a bait. The most successful technique is to let the fish take the bait and begin to swim off. When the rod is fully loaded with pressure, then begin to reel in the fish. A quick hook-set when using these baits, will often rip the hook from the fish. Other successful techniques recently reported include a dropshot and Texas rig techniques in depths of 25 foot with nearby deep water access.

Roosevelt Lake water level has remained at 65 percent full since early July. Anglers can thank an above-average amount of monsoon rainfall for the elevated lake level and water flows into the lake. The flows into the lake from the Salt River are at 150% of the normal rates and the Tonto Creek is flowing at about 50%. The water temperature continues to trend down and is now the low to mid 80s even on clear days. The water is mostly clear throughout the lake with only some stained areas at the ends of the lake.

 

LAKE PLEASANT – (Lake elevation 1,666 feet, 62 % full).

Angler report (Aug. 18):

Dennis: We’ve been fishing stripers at Lake Pleasant for 10 years and in the general manner throwing swim baits, using anchovies and lights at night in the bays and no-wake zones. Generally catching fish from small up to 24 inches.

Early this spring we switched over using our Ocean 4-ounce jigheads and 9-inch tailed Big Hammer swimbaits. We caught larger fish in the same bays but got snagged up a lot.

Now we troll in the blue water outside the bays along the edges of the original riverbed and island drop-offs in 75 to 100 feet of water trolling at 4.3 mph at about 15 feet or at the thermocline depth with heavy rods in rod holders.

Once a larger fish is caught we will stay in that general area and usually there is more of the same size fish or bigger.

My 6-foot-2 grandson calls them stripe-asaurus Rex.

All of these large fish have 16 inch or larger stripers head-first in their stomachs. All the larger fish have been caught in very specific areas.

PS: We release largemouth bass and eat all stripers.

Scooter Griffith from The Arizona Fishing Guides reported Wednesday, Aug. 16 that the lake is really turning on with striper boils in all northern coves. “Top-water swim baits are the reel deal,” he said.

Other reports are that fishing is still decent but anglers have to look a little harder for the fish than compared to a week ago.

Surface water temperature had been around 85 in the river and 87 degrees in the main lake. The lake level has dropped 3 feet during the past week.

Reports indicate striped bass fishing is great anywhere from 40- to 70 feet of water.  Many anglers had great luck fishing at night during the recent full moon. This waxing gibbous moon will become a new moon Aug. 21, when using submersible lights at night will become extremely effective.

 

As summer goes along, shore anglers will have a tougher time reaching bass, which move deeper. Best bet right now for shore anglers is stillfishing at night by the marina, or targeting carp and catfish.

Flathead catfishing also is excellent. Fish shallow during the nighttime with bluegill or carp as bait.

 

Note: The Arizona Catfish Conservation Association, a 501c3 non-profit club based in Arizona, is asking anyone who catches a tagged flathead or channel catfish at Lake Pleasant or Bartlett Lake to note the number of the tag, along with any other information such as weight, length or girth, GPS coordinates (if available) and then visit www.catfishaz.com.

BARTLETT LAKE – Lake elevation is 1,792 feet, feet, 92 % full.

Scooter Griffith from The Arizona Fishing Guides said Wednesday, Aug. 16 that Bartlett has been great for numbers using reaction baits first thing in the morning and last thing at night with dropshot rigs the go-to method during the day.

Gary Senft, Bass Pro at the Mesa Bass Pro Shops, said Wednesday storms have made the bass bite inconsistent at times, and the key is to keep moving and locate shad to find the nearby bass. Fish are typically not in the same place they were the day prior. He said small top-water lures like Pop-Rs and rip baits have been effective early with dropshot Roboworms in morning dawn, and green and browns colors being effective later in the day. The flick shake rig has been very effective for bass as well — see a how-to video.

Water temperature has been in the high 80s. Our water quality monitoring 3 weeks ago showed there was no oxygen below 20 feet deep.

Flathead catfishing also can be excellent. Fish shallow during the nighttime with bluegill or carp as bait.

Don’t forget the Bartlett Lake Marina is now open. See www.bartlettlake.com or contact 480-221-0503 for more information.

Note: The Arizona Catfish Conservation Association, a 501c3 non-profit club based in Arizona, is asking anyone who catches a tagged flathead or channel catfish at Lake Pleasant or Bartlett Lake to note the number of the tag, along with any other information such as weight, length or girth, GPS coordinates (if available) and then visit www.catfishaz.com.

 

CANYON LAKE – Lake level is 1,656 feet (94-percent full.)

Scooter Griffith from The Arizona Fishing Guides said Wednesday, Aug. 16 that Canyon has been pretty good during the mornings on frogs and other top-water lures.

If the water is muddy the bite can be good with spinnerbaits (try gold or copper blades) and top-water frogs. Work the spinnerbait just quickly enough to feel the blades working.  Typical summer pattern is in effect — top-water lure early in the morning, and dropshots and Texas rigged worms as the sun comes up.

Shore anglers should get out early (5 a.m.) because during the summer many bass will be holding in deeper water as the sun comes up. Don’t fish below about 20 feet — there is little to no oxygen.

Traditionally, Canyon is the land of lunkers when it comes to bass. For better numbers, try Bartlett or Saguaro.

A new fishing pier is under construction in the Boulder Creek Recreation Area. This pier serves as excellent structure for sunfish.

APACHE LAKE – Lake elevation is 1,907 feet (93-percent full).

Scooter Griffith from The Arizona Fishing Guides said Wednesday, Aug. 2 that the lake (as well as Roosevelt) is going strong for largemouth bass with some top-water action early in the morning — look for birds to find schools of fish and watch your graph for the deeper schools and drop a spoon down for some exciting action.

The water quality is good.

Apache is also full of some really nice yellow bass. Fish deep with gold KastMasters or yellow/gold Rooster Tails.

COMMUNITY FISHING WATERS —  See the latest Community fishing news. Catfish stockings are on hiatus for the summer but return in late September!

Keep in mind that some parks close at hours designated by their respective city. Be sure to consult the latest CFP  guidebook for closing times at spots such as Steele Indian School Pond, Surprise Lake, Pioneer Lake, Rio Vista Pond, Friendship Pond, Bonsall Pond, and Tempe Town Lake (closes on the marina side).

HORSESHOE LAKE – Lake elevation is 1,975 feet (12-percent full).

There are reports that a bunch of 4- to-6-inch largemouth bass were recently released downstream into Bartlett Lake. When the lake is full, there are a lot of spawning fish. No new reports.

LOWER SALT RIVER – On Thursday afternoon, the river was flowing at 648 cfs out of Stewart Mountain.

No new reports of success. Remember that the walk to the shoreline is steep, and don’t wade into the river because of quick-sand spots. Try nightcrawlers, small spinners, Kastmasters and flies in this unique desert river trout fishery. You might be able to catch some bass or sunfish in the deeper holes. Good time for tubing the Salt — take along a fishing rod.

Creeks below the Mogollon Rim

Jim Goughnour of Rim Country Custom Rods reported:

“Trout fishing on the other Rim streams continues to be excellent. The AZGFD Summer Trout Stocking Program is starting to slow down. Some stream stockings have ended and others are planned to end this month. Canyon Creek and Rim lakes will continue to be stocked into September. For a full description of the stocking program visit: www.azgfd.gov”

Mogollon Rim and White Mountains

 

Angler Report

Chevelon Canyon Lake

 

Shane V.:  Best day was Sat., Aug 12 at Bear Canyon.  This was my daughters first catch ever, it was awesome!  The kids even pulled enough crawfish out of there to have a little crawfish boil that evening as well.  Good times.  Shore fishing, we caught quite a few rainbows fishing worms on a Santee rig to keep the bait away from the crawfish.  It was a proud day.

(Also) fished Chevelon Aug. 11, packed our zodiac and trolling motor down on our quad.  We got our limit trolling worms — nice size rainbows!

AZGFD note: Special regulations at Chevelon is a limit of two trout; artificial fly and lure only. Also, there is unlimited smallmouth and largemouth bass and unlimited channel and flathead catfish.

(Updated Aug. 16; Editor Mike Lopez, 928-532-2392)

Recommended Waters to Fish

Fishing for trout in the lakes is difficult this time of year because of water quality conditions. Instead, try fishing in any of our stocked streams including Silver Creek, East Fork Black River, Little Colorado River in Greer or Show Low Creek just downstream of Show Low Lake.  Fishing in the streams should be good because of better water quality, as long as the flows are not high due to monsoon rains.  Woods Canyon and Willow Springs are the exception and are stocked weekly.  However, try fishing about 10 feet down.  If trout aren’t biting in the Pinetop-Show Low area lakes, try fishing for catfish, bass, bullhead, or sunfish!

MOGOLLON RIM LAKES

BEAR CANYON LAKE – Fishing is good.  Rainbow trout were stocked last week. Try PowerBait and nightcrawlers a few feet down.

BLACK CANYON LAKE – Fishing is fair.  The lake was stocked last in June.  Try PowerBait and nightcrawlers.  The surface is warm, so fish a few feet down.  The lake is only 4 feet down, and the new boat ramp is still fully functional. There may be silt and logs coming into the lake from the Gentry Fire area earlier this summer, so use caution when boating.  Watch for flash floods in the area.

CHEVELON LAKE – Fishing is fair for stocked rainbows and wild brown trout. Catchable rainbow trout were stocked in early May.  Chevelon Lake is a hike in lake with a two trout limit and artificial fly/lure only regulations.

WILLOW SPRINGS LAKE – Fishing is good/fair for rainbow and tiger trout.  The lake was stocked last week and will be stocked again this week.  Try PowerBait with garlic, worms, or Roostertail spinners for rainbows; and try Kastmasters, small Rapalas, Panther Martin spinners, or flies for tiger trout.  Also, try fishing about 10 feet down for trout at the thermocline, the surface water is warm but the deeper water (15 ft +) has little to no oxygen.

WOODS CANYON LAKE – Fishing is good/fair for rainbow and tiger trout. The lake will be stocked this week.  Try PowerBait with garlic, worms, or Roostertail spinners for rainbows.  Try Kastmasters, small Rapalas, Panther Martin spinners, or flies for tiger trout.  Also, try fishing about 10 feet down for trout at the thermocline, the surface water is warm but the deeper water (15 ft +) has little to no oxygen.  If the trout aren’t biting, green sunfish are easily caught along the shoreline rocks on worms.

 

PINETOP/SHOW LOW/ST. JOHNS LAKES

FOOL HOLLOW LAKE – Fishing is fair for stocked (12”+) rainbow trout!  Supercatchable rainbows (12”+) were stocked last week. Fish about 10-15 ft down for trout.  The fishing piers and platforms are accessible!  Bass and catfish are also being caught.  Sunfish can be easily caught on a size 12 hook with a small piece of worm in rocky or weedy areas, or black bullhead on the bottom with a size 6 hook and a half or full worm.

RAINBOW LAKE – Fishing is poor for stocked (12”+) rainbow trout, but good for sunfish, bass, and bullheads.  The lake level is a few feet down and the weeds are thick. Sunfish can be caught on a size 12 hook with a small piece of worm, in rocky or weedy areas, or black bullhead on the bottom with a size 6 hook and a half or full worm.  The White Mountain Bass Fishing club recently adopted the lake and cleaned up trash along the public shoreline.  Please don’t leave your trash around!

SCOTT RESERVOIR – Fishing is fair for stocked rainbow trout, but good for catfish. Try for catfish with a worm or chicken liver on the bottom.

SHOW LOW LAKE – Fishing is fair for stocked (12”+) rainbow trout.  Supercatchable size (12”+) rainbow trout were stocked last week.  Fish about 10-15 ft down for trout.  New facility improvements, including a new fish cleaning station, new restrooms, stairs from the upper parking lot down to the boat launch, and ADA boat trailer parking are open!  Try to catch sunfish on a size 12 hook with a small piece of worm in rocky or weedy areas.

WOODLAND LAKE – Fishing is poor.  Fish were last stocked in late-May and the lake is very weedy. The fishing dock is accessible.  Sunfish can be caught on a size 12 hook with a small piece of worm in rocky or weedy areas.

PATTERSON PONDS – Fishing is good for catfish!  Channel catfish were stocked in June.  A regular fishing license or a community fishing license is required to fish here.  The pond daily bag limits in community fishing waters (2 trout; 2 catfish; 5 sunfish) apply.  Please use good catch and release methods if you are releasing fish, many fish have been found dead due to improper catch and release methods. If the gills are bleeding, the fish will die, and is best kept so it doesn’t go to waste.  If the hook has been swallowed or is stuck, just cut the line, and the fish has a better chance of surviving that trying to pull the hook out.

 

WHITE MOUNTAIN LAKES

BECKER LAKE – Fishing is fair.  Becker Lake is open to catch-and-release only for trout, artificial fly and lure only; single barbless hooks only. No bait. No trout may be kept. Large rainbow trout are being caught nymph fishing under a strike indicator at 12-15 feet. Fishing is on and off however.

BIG LAKE – Fishing is fair for rainbows, but good for cutthroat trout. Try fly fishing for cutthroat trout in the shallows.  You can use a fly with a casting bubble if you don’t own or know how to use a fly rod.

CARNERO LAKE – Fishing is fair. There was a small fish kill a couple weeks ago due to low oxygen levels in the mornings.  But the lake appears to have recovered and anglers are catching rainbow and tiger trout again.  The lake is weedy.  A pontoon, canoe, or kayak (something that glides over the surface weeds) is best.

CLEAR CREEK RESERVOIR – Fishing is poor for trout, but fair/good for sunfish, bullheads, and bass.  Trout were last stocked in mid-May in the narrow near the county facilities (just downstream of the bridge). Sunfish can be caught on a size 12 hook with a small piece of worm, in rocky or weedy areas, or black bullhead on the bottom with a size 6 hook and a half or full worm.

CONCHO LAKE – Fishing is poor.  Trout were last stocked in April and the lake is low.  Try catching catfish.

CRESCENT LAKE – Fishing is poor.  pH levels are high and lake is weedy.  We look forward to fall fishing here when the water quality improves!

GREER LAKES (River; Tunnel; Bunch) – Fishing is fair at Bunch and Tunnel, but fair to good at River.  Lake levels are low.  The boat ramps are not usable.

HULSEY LAKE – Fishing is fair/poor for rainbow trout. Fish were last stocked in mid-May. Fish are being caught on flies, not as much on bait.

LEE VALLEY LAKE – Fishing is poor.  Few fish remain here and will not be stocked this year.

LUNA LAKE – Fishing is fair. An algae bloom has developed, influencing water quality and the fishing has slowed.  Fish no more than 7 feet down, below that, there is little to no oxygen.

LYMAN LAKE – Lyman Lake State Park is open. Fishing is fair for bass, carp, and catfish. Use corn or night crawlers for carp and catfish.

NELSON RESERVOIR – Fishing is poor!  A fish kill has occurred due to low oxygen levels, which happens overnight and in the early morning.  Fishing is better in the afternoon/evening or when sun is on the lake because oxygen levels are higher then.

 

WHITE MOUNTAIN STREAMS

EAST FORK of the BLACK RIVER – Fishing is good for stocked rainbows!  Rainbow trout were stocked last week and will be stocked again this week.  Fishing is fair for wild brown trout.  Water levels may be high due to monsoon rains.

LITTLE COLORADO RIVER in GREER – Fishing is good!  Rainbow trout were stocked last week and will be stocked again this week. Water levels are high due to monsoon rains.

SHOW LOW CREEK – Fishing is good. Rainbow trout were stocked last week. The road over the dam is open, but please do not park on the dam.

SILVER CREEK – Fishing is good.  Rainbow trout were stocked last week and will be stocked again this week.  However, the stocking this week will occur later in the week due to muddy conditions in the meadow and not able to drive a stocking truck onto it.  Current regulations are catch-and-keep with bait and 6 trout daily limit apply. The upper section is closed to fishing.

SHEEPS CROSSING/West Fork LCR – Fishing is poor and this stream will not be stocked this year.

Central Mountains

(New reports Aug. 10; Editor Chuck Benedict, 928-214-1244)

(These are recommended fishing waters. Those not listed either are considered poor or there have been no reports. Been fishing? Please sense your reports to BFishing@AZGFD.gov.)

With the warm weather the fishing is starting to slow down but is still good early in the morning and late in the evening on Ashurst Lake, Kaibab Lake and Dogtown Lake.  Folks are catching big trout on Lower Lake Mary early in the morning and late in the evening out of boats and float tubes. 

Dogtown Lake

The lake is pretty muddy from all of the runoff in the recent weeks.  Folks using PowerBait on the bottom are still catching some trout.

Kaibab Lake 

With the monsoons taking a break, the fishing for trout slowed way down this week.  Folks fishing the upper end of the lake were catching bluegill and crappie on flies and crappie jigs.

Cataract Lake

Stocked with channel catfish.  Our hatchery has begun stocking small trout into Cataract Lake.  These fish average about 7-8 inches.  Cataract has done a good job of growing trout in the past so we are hoping these fish will have nice sizes by fall.

City Reservoir

Has been stocked with channel catfish.  I heard a report this weekend that folks are still catching catfish using worms or hot dogs.

Santa Fe Reservoir

Has been stocked with channel catfish.

Flagstaff Area Lakes

Ashurst Lake 

No new report.  I have heard that folks are still catching trout off of the rocks on the opposite side of the lake from the boat ramp.  I would try power bait fished off of the bottom.

Frances Short Pond

No new report.

Lower Lake Mary

My coworker fished Lower Lake Mary yesterday from 10 -2 and caught 20 nice rainbow trout on a silver and blue Kastmaster cast out to the middle and reeled in just fast enough not to get in the weeds.

Kinnikinick Lake

We sampled Kinnikinick Monday to look at growth of fish.  We caught brown trout, tiger trout and rainbow trout in our nets.  The brown trout were feeding on crayfish and minnows. We caught fish near the weedbeds on both sides of the boat ramp.  We also caught two brown trout in a net set on the bottom in 20 feet of water.  I would try fishing small crayfish imitating crankbaits or small spoons to catch brown trout.  Another possible way to fish is to catch some grasshoppers around the lake and fish them on the surface in the evenings.  Very few fish can resist a big fat grasshopper kicking around on the surface of a lake or stream.   This is also the time of year when catfishing can be good on Kinnikinick.

Blueridge Reservoir (CC Cragin)

Will not be stocked this year.

Knoll Lake

Open, no report.

 

Colorado River/Prescott area Waters

(These are recommended fishing waters. Those not listed either are considered poor or there have been no reports. Been fishing? Please sense your reports to BFishing@AZGFD.gov.)

Angler Report

Dead Horse Ranch State Park lagoons

Michael W.: Dead Horse Ranch continues to Produce big bass! Even though fishing has slowed, I was able to catch & release this 5-pound, 15-ounce largemouth bass. Caught on spinnerbait.

Weather conditions: Clear & Sunny. Water conditions: stained to muddy.

(Updated Aug. 3; Editor Gregg Cummins, 928-263-8868)

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  at azgfd.gov or visit http://100thmeridian.org/.

LAKE MEAD – The current elevation is 1079 feet above msl.  South Cove launch ramp is getting runoff material deposited on the launch ramp due to the heavy rains that have hit the area. Because of this debris 4×4 may insure successful launch and retrieval. The next new moon is August 21st.  Catfish and striper fishing is hot so take advantage of the unlimited take on less than 20 inch stripers. Use anchovies for stripers and catfish.  The black bass bite is on but are a little harder to find.  Fish the coves and aquatic vegetation either very early in the morning or at dusk.

LAKE MOHAVE –The lake level is currently 645 feet above msl.  The fishing dock at Katherine’s Landing can produce some nice fish.  The striper bite has returned according to reports. Near the dam lures like a Long A or a Savage Glide Swimmer are great hard baits. Down deep by the dam and above the power lines are reported as the hottest spots. Lures that mimic trout are working for stripers as well as the old tried and true anchovies. Submersible lights fished during the new moon are an effective way to catch stripers. The next new moon will be August 21st.  For Largemouth Bass try spinner baits and various plastics in a purple with flakes or pumpkin color.

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, Princess and Arrowhead.  Prospect Cove (1st cove south of Princess Launch Ramp) is the latest addition on the Arizona side of the lake to get habitat deployed. Fish habitat consists of PVC structures, tamarisk bundles and a new type of habitat we call poly shrubs.   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 gcummins@azgfd.gov so I can share your successes with others.

WILLOW BEACH – No reports from Willow Beach recently. Try using lures that mimic trout or the tried and true anchovies.

COLORADO RIVER BELOW DAVIS DAM– The bite remains strong for stripers. Try your favorite lure or use anchovies for stripers.

TOPOCK GORGE– Use swimmer baits and pencil poppers if anchovies aren’t working.  Stripers are being taken and are ranging between 1-4 pounds.

TOPOCK MARSH –Try chicken livers or worms for catfish. You can access the marsh by boat at the North Dike, Catfish Paradise, and Five-Mile Landing.  Get out early due to the hot weather but the recent rains have cooled the area off and help stimulate the bite.  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.

 

Verde Valley

DEAD HORSE RANCH STATE PARK –Bring a variety of baits just in case the fish aren’t biting.  Try small spinners or spoons, night crawlers or any other bait.  Bass bite is still hot as Michael reports. He caught and released 6 nice Largemouth Bass, ranging from 2½ to 5 lbs.  All of his fish were caught on spinnerbaits.  If you fish Dead Horse please e-mail me at gcummins@azgfd.gov so I can share your successes with others.

VERDE RIVER (throughout Verde Valley) –The smallmouth bass and catfish bite increased but the bass that are caught are on the small side and you can keep all you catch.  Bring a variety of bait so you can change if the bite is absent.

Prescott Area

FAIN LAKE — The channel catfish that were stocked in June are not being taken out as frequently as before but there should be some holdovers.

GOLDWATER LAKE —Try several colors of power bait and power eggs and if you don’t get bites try night crawlers or small spinners. They are a great option if you are not getting bites with other baits. Michael reports that 1½ inch Crappie Tubes & Acme Castmasters lures work very well on the trout.

If you fish Goldwater and are having luck, please e-mail me at gcummins@azgfd.gov so I can share your successes with others.

GRANITE BASIN LAKE –   Bite has been slow to nonexistent.  If you fish Granite Basin Lake and are having luck, please e-mail me at gcummins@azgfd.gov so I can share your successes with others.

LYNX LAKE –Change baits if you are not having any luck and move down the shore a few hundred feet. Later in the morning the trout move to the 14-35 feet in depth. Try yellow colored power bait or power eggs for trout if the spinners don’t work. The gold colored Super Duper is a distant second. Night crawlers are always good bait that can work on most fish.

Lynx also can be an exciting place to fish for carp.  Common carp are very strong fighters and will provide excellent table fair.  A quick search on the internet will produce tasty recipes for these robust fish.  Corn and an assortment of other baits will attract these fish.  Lynx can be difficult to fish, if you are not catching anything try moving to a new spot.

MINGUS LAKE –Trout were stocked in mid-June and will be stocked again the first week of September. The best bait is white or pink Powerbait, fished under a bobber or a spinner with a silver blade are doing well.

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 –Try top-water baits or weedless frogs for bass. Bring nightcrawlers if your other baits are not working.

If you fish Watson and are having luck, please e-mail me at gcummins@azgfd.gov so I can share your successes with others.

WILLOW CREEK RESERVOIR –  Try top water baits or weedless frogs for bass. Bring night crawlers if your other baits are not working.

 

See more lake-specific information

Lake Powell and Lees Ferry

LAKE POWELL —

“Striper and smallmouth bass fishing is good”

Lake Powell is still warm on the surface (79-84F) with active stripers boiling sporadically lakewide and smallmouth fishing improving dramatically. See the details in the full Aug. 15 report from Wayne Gustaveson (www.wayneswords.com).

LEES FERRY – See the full June 10 fishing report from Lees Ferry Anglers.

 

Southwestern Waters

ALAMO LAKE – Aug. 3 report from Mark Knapp at Alamo Lake State Park:

Lake level: 1,117 feet.

For the first time in two years I put my boat in the water and went fishing. As most of you know I had a knee replacement and had to give it time to completely heal.  So, Junior and I worked on the basics (aired up tires, charged batteries, and stuff like that for the last couple of days).  We launched at approx. 5ish p.m. last night (Aug. 2).

I was more concerned about making sure the bilge pump worked, motor would start, and trolling motor would get us home in a pinch. Beside some dry rot that I need to address, the boat worked perfectly.  The point I’m trying to make here is to make sure and take the time to have all safety gear working before you head out here or any lake for that matter.  We headed up towards the dam and drifted  back to the main ramp.

Junior threw a 4-inch green lizard with a chartreuse tail. I threw a super baby brush hog.  We fished in everything from zero to 20 foot of water.  Points, coves and the middle of coves.  Before dark Junior had 6 bass in the boat.  I had one sunfish and one bass.  The biggest bass went about 8 inches long.  We missed a lot of bites trying to figure out the bite.  Honestly that was the evening bite.

We did talk with the only other anglers on the lake.  They said they were out there all day and caught 20 to 30 bass all in the same range we caught.  We all caught out fish on plastics.  I’m told there is a top-water bite going between day light and about 6 a.m.  I have not heard of anybody catching crappie at night or in the day for that matter.

I have heard that catfishing is decent all over the lake.  Try throwing worms, hot dogs, or stink bait all over the lake.  Even shore fishing sounds like it could be be good about now. So, that’s it in a nut shell.

Tomorrow Junior and I are going to get an earlier start and see what we can do.  Both ramps are open and work just fine.  The lake elevation is about 116ish with releases of 50ish cfs releases.  Between releases and evaporation were loosing a little over a foot a month.  That’s typical for this time of year.  So, top water in the early mornings.  Training wheels at the same time.

Go to plastics in about 20 feet of water midday.  Towards 4-5 in the evening, throw shallow and work to 10 feet of water.  That’s it.  No reports of a night/day time crappie bite.  Bring bug spray, sun block and lots of water.  The biting flies had a field day on me yesterday.

OK, more to come next week.  Mark.

 

LAKE HAVASU – John Galbearth of Bass Tackle Masters reported:  The striper bite is good in the morning hours from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. from the mouth of the river south to Califprnia Bay. Boils have been occurring sporadically during this time. Troll Rat-L-Traps or Pointer 128 minnow plugs in areas  where the Grebes (water birds) are  congregating over schools of shad.

The catfish bite is excellent in the evening hours in bays where grass isn’t too thick. Live bluegills, cut mackerel and anchovies work well now, be sure to throw out extra chum to attract cats from longer distances.

Smallmouth and largemouth bass are hitting poppers, buzzbaits and Super Spooks in the  early a.m. hours. Fish the outside edges  of floating weedmats.

Carolina-rigged plastics like brush hogs, curly tail Powerworms and senkos are working well over submerged weedbeds in 8-15 feet of water — 3/8- to 1/2-ounce weight with 10- or 12-pound test works well.

Send your reports to BFishing@azgfd.gov.

PARKER STRIP – No report.

YUMA AREA PONDS – No new reports. Catfish stockings are on hiatus for the summer. See the stocking schedule.

COLORADO RIVER (between Picacho State Park and Imperial Dam, including backwaters and Martinez Lake) –  Our May survey showed healthy populations of flatheads in the Imperial Division.

MARTINEZ LAKE — No report.

 

Southern Waters

(Editor Don Mitchell, 520-388-4451)

Please send your fishing reports from Southern Arizona to bfishing@azgfd.gov

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