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Fishing Report: July 13, 2017

Posted July 13, 2017

See “The Reel Deal” statewide summary

Central Waters

(Updated July 13; Editor Nick Walter, 623-236-7214)

Roosevelt Lake

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

July 13 report from Jim Goughnour of Rim Country Custom Rods:

The Roosevelt Lake water level currently stands at 65% full.  The Salt River flow increased dramatically due to the recent monsoon rain and is flowing at 135% of its normal rate for this time of year. The Tonto Creek has not received enough water to begin flowing again.

Summertime bass fishing conditions on Roosevelt Lake are being reported as fair to good. The water temperature on both Roosevelt and Apache Lakes has been reported in the low 90’s recently; however, with the arrival of the monsoon clouds the temperatures are back into the high 80’s.  Summertime bass fishing during the hottest time of the day, usually means a slow presentation such as a drop-shot or Carolina-rig technique. Early in the morning and evening, a square-bill crank-bait close to major points will be successful.

Crappie fishing is poor with sporadic reports of a few crappie being caught followed by several reports of no crappie being caught. If you are lucky enough to find a small school of crappie in the 20 to 25 foot depth, try using a vertical fishing technique, a light line and a small 2″ grub-tail bait tipped with a minnow. This is the most effective summer crappie fishing technique. Color suggestions include green/yellow, motor oil/chartreuse and black/blue.

Anglers are reporting a good catfish bite during the night on all of the Salt River Chain Lakes. Nightcrawlers, cut bait from any kind of fish, stink baits and if all else fails, “throw em’ a hot dog.” Cast as far as you can using a 7 to 8-foot medium heavy to heavy power rod with a moderate to slow action. The bait should sit on the bottom and when the line begins to move, set the hook in a slow sweeping motion until the pressure is felt on the rod.

 

LAKE PLEASANT – (Lake elevation 1,669 feet, 74 % full).

Surface water temperature has been in the mid-80 degrees. There are reports that surface boils have been slow as compared to years past. The next new moon is July 23 when submersible lights at night will be effective at drawing in the plankton-shad-predatory fish chain.

June 28 report from Barry Worman, moderator of the Arizona Striper Fishing Facebook page.

“Night fishing for the stripers is picking up”

The water temperature is getting closer to mid 80s and the striper are becoming more active and more interested to bite. The bite has picked up for night fishing with many anglers reporting an average-to-good results the past 5 days.

Be sure to have a good underwater light in the water and chum to hold the school under the boat.  Anglers are reporting the best results from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. in 30-45 water depth. This is very shallow depth for this time of year, but the lake still has a very high water level right now (82.8 percent) which is very high and not always the case during previous years.

Anglers have reported netting shad using their underwater lights at night, helping catch some nice size fish. Frozen anchovies or earth worms are still the most common method working for a majority of anglers right now.

Anglers are also having luck at sunrise with top-water lures such as Spooks, skitterwalkers and Rico’s.  The other favorite technique is to use a paddletail swimbait that come in 3.5 or 5 inches long. Skinny dippers, Bass Assassin reaction innovations, or Gil Reaper swimbaits all have been extremely successful.  Be sure to use white, money shot, smoking grey, sexy shad or the ASF white/chartreuse colors with fishing swimbaits. The hot air temperatures are here but the huge summer limits (60-100-plus fish a night) that anglers are known to catch have not kicked in yet. The night bite and daylight hour boils will get better the farther we get into summer.

Anglers should also be prepared for a lot of dink-size fish in upcoming months.  I fished one of the northern coves last weekend and there were thousands of 2-3-ounce shad slurping for more than 2 hours eating shad larvae and other tiny baitfish. The striper are thriving and the bait population is thriving as well.  Some bigger striper were around but you will need to use a weighted jighead or weighted crankbait to get the down deep where the bigger fish are lurking under the dinks. Once the lake depth gets shallower in future months, be prepared to fish deeper water ( 75-110 feet deep).

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 1,795 feet, feet, 96 % full.

Water temperature has been up to 88 degrees. The lake level has risen 6 percent during the past week as water is being released from Horseshoe Dam.

Gary Senft of the Mesa Bass ProShops fished the lake eight times during the past week and a half and said this has produced the most consistent bass fishing in the Phoenix region. Bass have been biting more frequently during bright moons (especially full or half) and cloudless nights.

Try night fishing throwing Texas rigged or dropshot-rigged plastic worms over points and islands in 4-18 feet of water. Also, jigging crawdad plastics has been effective in 4-5 feet of water. Use dark colors at night — especially during full moons.

Flathead catfishing also is 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.

SAGUARO LAKE – The lake is 1,524 feet (92-percent full).

Bass fishing is hit and miss. Angler success has been 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.

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

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

Bass fishing remains above average for this time of the year for Canyon. Some anglers are having luck in the Boulder Creek Recreation area Texas rigging plastic worms. Typical summer pattern is in effect — top-water lure early in the morning, and dropshots and Texas rigged worms as the sun comes up. Richard from Liar’s Corner reported numerous 5- and 6-pound largemouth bass being caught, and verified that bass fishing seem to be exceptionally good.

Swimmers are cautioned that there had been reported of “swimmer’s itch” at Canyon. See some steps to minimize Swimmer’s Itch at desert lakes.

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 1,906 feet (92-percent full).

The water quality has improved.

Fishing could be good for yellow bass on jigs and spoons. Gold KastMasters can work especially well. Fish for them around balls of shad in 20-60 feet of water. Cut bait also works well for them.

Majority of bass  are in post spawn, as is the case at all central Arizona lakes. Bring a variety of baits. Spinners have been successful with smallmouth bass. Crankbaits and jigs also have been effective. Keep a top-water lure handy in cast you see bass chasing shad at the surface — it can happen any time of day this time of year.

Try reaction baits in the morning and during afternoons, jigs or dropshots. Not a bad time to drift along and throw crankbaits or spinnerbaits.

Various jigs also can be effective – try crawdad imitations. Points, islands and rocky structures tend to hold the majority of largemouth bass – keep moving.

Walleye fishing could be decent at first and last light using nightcrawler rigs, or jigs tipped with a worm. Apache is also full of some really nice yellow bass. Try gold KastMasters or yellow/gold Rooster Tails.

COMMUNITY FISHING WATERS —  See the latest Community fishing news. Catfish stockings are on hiatus for the summer. 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 1,950 feet (0-percent full).

Water has been released into Bartlett. When the lake is full, there are a lot of spawning fish. No new reports.

LOWER SALT RIVER – On Tuesday afternoon, the river was flowing at 826 cfs out of Stewart Mountain. The final trout stocking of the season is scheduled for this week.

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 Rim is excellent. Early morning and late evening are the best times to fish for trout, but if you’re fishing during midday, look for overhangs, logs or large stones that provide shade for the trout. Trout will be facing upstream 99 percent of the time so make your cast ahead of the fish and let it drift back towards the trout. Trout fishing at Woods Canyon Lake and Willow Springs is a great experience for the entire family. You don’t even need a boat to catch a limit and if you’re lucky, you’ll hook into one of the Tiger Trout which were recently stocked into those lakes.”

 

 

Mogollon Rim and White Mountains

New report:

This angler caught some big rainbow trout Wednesday off the bottom with blue cowbells and nightcrawlers. Try blue cowbells particularly during sunny mornings.

BIG LAKE — Fishing is fair to good. Ray from the Big Lake Store said anglers are catching some big rainbow trout to 4 pounds primarily on PowerBait. Many fish have been moving deeper the past couple weeks into about 20 feet of water, and anglers still can reach them from shore. Overall, fishing has been good one day, and slow the next. Try nymph grape PowerBait once it starts raining. Also, some cutthroat trout might be moving in shallow during evenings around Railroad Cove and rising on midges. You can use a fly with a casting bubble if you don’t own or know how to use a fly rod.

Try trolling blue cowbells (above) during sunny mornings, as well as dropping nightcrawlers right off the bottom.

 

Angler Report:

BLACK CANYON LAKE — Brandon L.: Fishing was good with garlic PowerBait and corn PowerBait offshore fishing 1 to 2 feet off the bottom.

Note: Following the Gentry Fire, Access to Black Canyon Lake has been reopened, as well at Forest Roads 300 and 86.

 

(Full report updated June 28, Editor Sally Petre 928-532-2307)

Recommended Waters to Fish

A boy with a green sunfish caught recently at the Fool Hollow Fishing Derby.

Fishing is good at Willow Springs Lake and Woods Canyon Lake in the Rim area, Silver Creek in Show Low, and Nelson Reservoir, East Fork Black River, the Greer Lakes, and Little Colorado River near Greer.  If trout aren’t biting at the in-town lakes, try fishing for catfish, bass, bullhead, or sunfish!

All lake stocking slated for the rest of June was stocked 2 weeks ago to do preparation of evacuation of a hatchery due to the Highline Fire.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MOGOLLON RIM LAKES

*Questions about roads, campgrounds, fire restrictions, and wildfires should be directed to the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests.    

BEAR CANYON LAKE – Fishing is good.  This lake was stocked earlier this month with rainbow trout.  Anglers are catching trout on PowerBait and nightcrawlers.

BLACK CANYON LAKE – Fishing is good.  The lake was stocked earlier this month with rainbow trout.  The lake is 2 feet down and the new boat ramp is still fully functional. Try PowerBait for rainbow trout.

CHEVELON LAKE – Fishing is fair for rainbows and large wild brown trout. Catchable rainbow trout were stocked in early May.  Chevelon Lake is a hike in lake.

WILLOW SPRINGS LAKE – Fishing is good for rainbow and tiger trout.  Willow Springs was stocked extra-heavy earlier this month with 7,080 catchable rainbow trout and similar number of tiger trout.  It will not be stocked again til the end of June.  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, the surface water is getting warm.

WOODS CANYON LAKE – Fishing is excellent for rainbow and tiger trout. Store and boat rentals are open!  Woods Canyon was stocked extra heavy this week with 7,800 catchable rainbow trout and similar number of tiger trout!  Try PowerBait with garlic, worms, or Roostertail spinners for rainbows.  Try Kastmasters, small Rapalas, Panther Martin spinners, or flies for tiger trout.  If the trout aren’t biting, green sunfish are easily caught along the shoreline rocks on worms. Also, try fishing about 10 feet down for trout, the surface water is getting warm.

 

PINETOP/SHOW LOW/ST. JOHNS LAKES

FOOL HOLLOW LAKE – Fishing is good for stocked (12”+) rainbow trout!  Supercatchable rainbows (12”+) were stocked Saturday 6/16! Fish about 10 ft down for trout.  The lake level is still fairly high.  Fishing pier and platforms are accessible!  Bass and large catfish are also being caught.  Try to catch sunfish 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 a worm.

RAINBOW LAKE – Fishing is fair for stocked (12”+) rainbow trout!  Stocking is done here for the year, but fishing is still fair! The lake level is still fairly good, but the weeds are starting to come up in portions of the lake. If the trout are not biting, try to catch sunfish 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 a 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! The lake was stocked earlier this month.  Try for catfish with a worm on the bottom.

SHOW LOW LAKE – Fishing is good for stocked (12”+) rainbow trout!  Supercatchable size (12”+) rainbow trout were stocked Saturday 6/17!  Fish about 10 ft down for trout.  The lake level is still fairly good. 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 now open!

WOODLAND LAKE – Fishing is fair.  Fish were last stocked in late-May. The fishing dock is accessible.  Worms and PowerBait work for trout.

PATTERSON PONDS – Fishing is good for catfish!  Channel catfish were stocked earlier this month!  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.  Cut the line if the hook has been swallowed or is stuck.

 

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 10-12 feet. Tiger trout are also being caught.  Fishing is on and off however.

CARNERO LAKE – Fishing is good/fair. Spring fish surveys showed large healthy 20” rainbows and 15”+ tigers.  There was an unconfirmed report of an 18” tiger trout caught recently. Fish are biting on black wooly buggers and nymphs.  Also try gold lures.  Smaller fish are being caught since we recently stocked.  Warm is warming up, so fishing may be slowing.

CLEAR CREEK RESERVOIR – Fishing is fair for trout, sunfish, bullheads, and bass.  Trout were last stocked in mid-May in the narrow near the county facilities (just downstream of the bridge).

CONCHO LAKE – Fishing is fair.  Trout were last stocked in April.

CRESCENT LAKE – Fishing is fair.  pH levels are starting to rise and the fishing is starting to slow a little.  Spring surveys showed good holdover numbers on brook trout and carryover rainbow trout (16 inches).  The lake was also heavily stocked with more brook trout and rainbow trout.  Fishing pier and boat docks are accessible!  Large trout are being caught on gold Kastmasters in the morning.  Stop here before you get to Big Lake in the morning!

GREER LAKES (River; Tunnel; Bunch) – Fishing is good at all three lakes.  All three lakes were stocked earlier this month week.  Boats are launchable Bunch, but not at River or Tunnels reservoirs.  Bunch will likely recede as well as irrigation releases continue.

HULSEY LAKE – Fishing is fair for rainbow trout. Fish were last stocked in mid-May. Fish are being caught on flies, no as much on bait.  Lots of fish are rising in the evening!

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.

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

NELSON RESERVOIR – Fishing is good!  The lake has stopped spilling and the lake was stocked heavily last week with 8,500 rainbow trout.

 

WHITE MOUNTAIN STREAMS

EAST FORK of the BLACK RIVER – Fishing is excellent!  Rainbow trout will be stocked this week.  Fishing is fair for wild brown trout.

LITTLE COLORADO RIVER in GREER – Fishing is excellent!  Rainbow trout will be stocked this week.

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

SILVER CREEK – Fishing is excellent. Rainbow trout were stocked this week.  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

 

Angler Report:

Dogtown Lake

On July 8 we fished from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Dogtown Lake on the day use side below the picnic tables.

We caught five rainbow trout, 9-12 inches length, almost all with Carolina style rigs. Weight along bottom with 18-24-inch line to floating PowerBait on small hooks. Most were caught with rainbow PowerBait with glitter, red/white/blue streaked PowerBait, something bright for the murky water. Garlic scented.

We also put out four crayfish pots space about 20 feet for only 30 minutes and caught over 200 crayfish in that short time.

 

(New reports July 13; 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 – Fishing is still good on Dogtown on PowerBait early in the morning.  I would use garlic PowerBait in any of the colors.

KAIBAB LAKE   – On Saturday, folks were catching trout on a variety of colors of PowerBait with the best fishing being early in the morning .  Folks also were catching fish whenever the sky clouded up.  Yesterday trout fishing was slow, but folks were catching crappie around the fishing dock on yellow or orange mini 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 be nice sized by fall.

CITY RESERVOIR – Has been stocked with channel catfish.  I would try worms under a bobber or hot dogs.

SANTA FE RESERVOIR – Has been stocked with channel catfish.

Flagstaff-area lakes

ASHURST LAKE   – Yesterday while we were collecting plankton samples we saw an angler catch a really nice trout on orange PowerBait off of the rocks on the opposite side of the lake from the boat ramp.  He had another couple of nice fish on his stringer as well.

FRANCES SHORT POND – I had a report from an angler that he was catching catfish on corm Tuesday morning when I was conducting a fishing clinic.  the kids at the clinic caught some bluegill on corn.

LOWER LAKE MARY – I had a report from an angler that he is catching some really nice sized trout on worms fished under a bobber early in the morning .  He said that he was catching fish from before dawn until about 8 a.m. Folks fishing from boats or wading past the weeds are still catching  some really big trout early in the morning and in the evenings.  Fishing with worms under a bobber has been a good method to catch trout up to 21 inches with all of the fish being really fat.  Folks are also catching fish on flies and lures.

KINNIKINICK LAKE – I had reports of folks catching Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout on Kinnikinick.  This is also the time of year when catfishing can be good.  Last week we stocked about 11,000 small Tiger Trout in Kinnikinick.

BLUERIDGE RESERVOIR (CC CRAGIN) – The lake 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.)

(Editor Gregg Cummins, 928-263-8868

Angler Report

Colorado River below Davis Dam

This is a picture of Chris’ 32.6-pound striper caught below Davis Dam.  The fish was 48⅜ inches and was caught fishing from shore on the Nevada side above the Big Bend area. He was using anchovies, which remain the bait of choice for most anglers. He also hooked some of the smaller stripers that run up and down the river. Catfish and stripers are being caught in the shallows while they are hunting for food.

 

 

 

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Lake Powell and Lees Ferry

LAKE POWELL —

“Summer report”

Lake Powell has stabilized.  There is plenty of brush along the shoreline so hopefully the lake will continue to cover that for the rest of July before it begins to decline.

See the full July 12 report from Wayne Gustaveson (www.wayneswords.com).

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

 

Southwestern Waters

ALAMO LAKE – July 10 report from Mark Knapp at Alamo Lake State Park:

Lake level: 1,117 feet.

Well folks, once again it’s been awhile since I had a chance to sit down and write anything.  At least I have some good news for a change.  Let’s start with lake levels and releases. As of today (Monday, July 10) there are no scheduled releases that will have a major impact on the lake or launching.  This is great news for us. Both ramps are open and work great.  The releases are at 50 cfs.

The lake is dropping about a foot a month due to releases and evaporation.  This is normal and to be expected.  No news on CORE vs. bulkhead.

Now fishing.  Things are getting back to normal with bass fishing.  There’s a decent top water bite going from 4:30 a.m. till around 6 a.m.  Then switch to training wheels (crankbaits) or plastics. A friend of mine who hates throwing plastics even gave it thumb’s up.  When I asked what color, he said: “Green with red flakes.” Go figure.

Start throwing in about 2 to 10 foot of water.  Around 10 a.m. the fish are heading down to the 20 foot mark.  They’re in there off the points and bluffs until around 5 p.m., and then head back up to feed.  So, morning = shallow.  Midday = deep.  Evenings = both.

It’s really hard not to catch a couple of catfish on any day.  The lake is infested with them. Hot dogs and nightcrawlers work the best.  Anglers are even catching them on plastics and training wheels.

Crappie fishing is hit and miss in my book.  Word on the street is that some crappie are being caught on the night bite up by the dam.  That’s as far as I dare go with this. So, get some minnows and head up to the cliffs by the dam.  Throw out some crappie lights and watch for baitfish to come up.  Get your minnow down in about 10 foot of water and see what happens.  Please, let me know how you did.

Shore fishing is decent for catfishing and some bass.  This lake is not shoreline friendly.  If you’re determined, you will find a place to fish.  If not, stop by the ranger station and we will try to help you.

Finally I just want to say:  we’re hitting the triple digits out here on a regular basis. Bring lots of water and stay hydrated.  Sunblock is must.

That’s it for now.

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

No new reports.

Angler Report:

Pena Blanca Lake

Justin B.: Had a good day on the lake Saturday. Caught over 15 bass with the average around one pound. Caught this 4.1-pounder  on a brush hog early in the morning. Water was down a few feet and clarity was not good. Can’t complain overall and can’t wait to get back on a lake this weekend.

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