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Fishing Report: July 5, 2017

Posted July 5, 2017

See “The Reel Deal” statewide summary

Central Waters

(Updated July 6; Editor Nick Walter, 623-236-7214)

Roosevelt Lake

ROOSEVELT LAKE — (2,121 feet, 66-percent full).

July 6 report from Jim Goughnour of Rim Country Custom Rods:

The Roosevelt Lake water level continues to fall and now sits at 66 percent full.  Downstream demand is more than 2,000 acre feet nearly every day, which is typical of summertime demand. The Salt River is flowing at 42 percent of its normal rate for this time of year. The Tonto Creek stopped flowing a few weeks ago. The water clarity is being called slightly stained with visibility down to about 10 foot.

Summertime bass fishing conditions on Roosevelt Lake are good in spite of the high  temperatures. The ambient temperatures remain at over 100 degrees and the temperature of the water in the lake is in the mid to high 80s. These high temperatures impact both the fish and the anglers. Fish are the most active in the very early morning, evenings and during the night. During the hottest time of the day, dropshot and Carolina rig techniques are the most effective.

Bass can be found on main lake points in 15-25 foot depths. However, not all points will hold schools of bass. Those points with adjacent deep water access are the best to investigate. The current full moon phase provides a enjoyable night fishing experience. Always verify the weather when night fishing and beware of fast approaching monsoon storms.  Have a plan to get off the water or where to seek shelter before the storm arrives.

Crappie anglers are expressing frustration with the heat and low number of crappie being caught. A few crappie are being caught but overall crappie fishing is poor on Roosevelt Lake. Anglers are reporting small schools of crappie in the 20 to 25 foot depth but not large numbers of schools that would be expected at this time of year. Vertical fishing using a light line and a small 2″ grub-tail bait is the most effective summer crappie fishing technique.

 

LAKE PLEASANT – (Lake elevation 1,680 feet, 84 % full).

Surface water temperature has been in the mid-80 degrees.

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 87 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 Tuesday, June 20 and reported that the fish were “biting like crazy as always between 5 and 8 p.m. (air temperatures were 101 degrees at 5). He said there was no sundown or night top-water bite, but fishing near the Yellow Cliffs Boat Ramp largemouth bass were hitting crankbaits, Texas-rigged brush hugs and dropshot-rigged Roboworms.

Senft said the trick is to keep moving and cover a lot of water, fishing shoreline points, islands and REEF buoys.

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).

Many bass are in a post-spawn mode. Fishing should pick up with this stretch of warm, calm weather and top-water action should pick up once again. Try  frogs, Pop-R’s, and Ricos. Crappie fishing has slowed.

As the sun rises, try Texas-rigged lizards. Drifting gizzard shad swimbaits had been hooking some bass. Water should be clearing.

One angler had success night-fishing with a wacky-rigged 5-inch watermelon red flake Flick’m Shimmy worms, in 4 to 10 feet of water.

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).

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 1,963 feet (3-percent full).

Water is being released into Bartlett. 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 967 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:

“The best fishing being reported is for Rim Country trout fishing — which is excellent. Good numbers and quality of trout are being caught throughout Rim Country lakes and streams. The AZGFD  Summer Trout Stocking program is keeping many Rim Country lakes and streams stocked with large numbers of rainbow trout. The entire AZGFD Summer Stocking Schedule is available at azgfd.gov. PowerBait, Z-Rays, in line spinner-baits, worms and salmon eggs were all reported successful. Fly anglers are reporting nymph imitations for stream fishing.  Many Rim Country lakes and streams have received higher numbers of stockings recently. If you are a novice trout angler, the East Verde River provides easy access at the Crossings. Watch for the signs as you drive on Houston Mesa Road. Each site has easy access to the river, restrooms and ample parking.

 

 

Mogollon Rim and White Mountains

(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.

BIG LAKE – Fishing is fair for rainbows, but good for cutthroat trout. Rainbow trout were stocked in late last week.  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.  Cutthroat are rising on small midges.

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

(New reports July 6; 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.)

Angler Report:

Joel M.: Caught four trout this morning, June 27. All measuring over 15 inches and one measuring 20 inches.

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

Folks were catching trout on worms fished about 2 feet under a bobber Monday afternoon.  Another angler was catching trout on the bottom on yellow garlic PowerBait.

Kaibab Lake 

The last 2 days Kaibab Lake seems to have had a morning bite and an afternoon bite.  Folks were catching trout on worms fished about 2 feet under a bobber or yellow garlic powerbait on the bottom from about sunup to about 10 in the morning then the fishing slows way down.  Starting about 2:30 or so the trout started biting again. Folks are also catching crappie on jigs all around the lake, but the dock and the day use area near the group camping site seem to be the best spots.

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 afternoon folks were catching good numbers of trout using white, brown or green PowerBait on the bottom.  Folks fishing in the shallow areas of the lake were doing better than those fishing in the deep areas off of the rocky areas.

Frances Short Pond

No recent reports.

Lower Lake Mary

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)

Will not be stocked this year.

Knoll Lake

Lake is 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:

Topock Marsh

Wade and friend caught channel catfish. They launched at North Dyke and were using chicken liver to boat these beauties. Largemouth bass and crappies are also being caught but only in the early mornings or just before sundown.

Martinez Lake

I wanted to tell you a little story about a big fish.

Kent Taylor, John Taylor, Patty Taylor and Ted “TBone” McLoughlin started Saturday, June 24  like any other Saturday night of fishing, good friends, hot weather and cold refreshments. Catfish season is in full swing and we spent the afternoon and early evening fishing for bait fish and had a blast filling the bucket with bluegill.

Once the sun began to set we found our way to a secret spot on the Colorado River near Martinez Lake. After setting up the boat with the rod holders, we began to fish for our favorite catfish “The Flathead,” king of the river.

It was a quiet start to the night, catching one 8-pound flathead. We continued to play cards to past the time as John Taylor, Kent Taylor have heard all of my fishing stories. The quiet was broken with the sound of Kent’s fishing reel peeling line out, and as he set the hook, we knew that night was going to be special.

After a great fight the 62.56-pound flathead catfish was landed — the excitement on the boat as you could imagine was unbelievable. This fish would be Kent’s personal best and after taking some pictures of the fish it was released back so that someone else can enjoy the feeling of pulling a monster flathead out of the water.

As the night progressed we also caught a 26-pounder — what a great night of fishing, it was definitely one for the books.

Oak Creek

(West Fork & Grasshopper Point)

June 27, 2017. Non-Stop Action For Rainbow & Brown Trout!

At the West Fork, I caught and released 49 beautiful Rainbow & Brown Trout, 21 of those I caught in 1/2 an hour… And at Grasshopper Point, I caught & released 30 beautiful rainbow & brown trout in 1 hour.  All fish caught on 1.5 inch crappie tubes and 1.25 in plastic split-tail grubs. Weather Conditions: Sunny & Clear  Water Conditions: Clear.

 

See more lake-specific information

Lake Powell and Lees Ferry

LAKE POWELL —

“Slurps slipping”

My weekly striper slurp evaluation trip yesterday was quite interesting?  We started earlier than usual (first light) and I attributed the lack of slurpers at my first stop at the mouth of Labyrinth to timing.  Maybe we were too early?  Then at the east wall in Padre Bay the lack of slurpers was disconcerting.  Timing was right and the most dependable location at the mouth of Last Chance was also disappointing with no surface schools seen.

See the full June 28 report from Wayne Gustaveson (www.wayneswords.com).

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

Southwestern Waters

It’s time to head out and catch some fish in the Yuma and Wellton area!  Council Avenue (Somerton), Yuma West Wetlands, Fortuna Pond, and the Golf Course Ponds in Wellton were all stocked this morning (Friday, June 9) with thousands of pounds of channel catfish.

All the fish looked very healthy and ready to bite:

ALAMO LAKE – The restriction on water skiing and the use of towable devices at Alamo Lake has been lifted as of Wednesday, May 24.

The northern-most portion of the lake remains closed to water skiing and the use of towable devices due to the presence of submerged trees and other hazards (same as in the past).  The boundary of this controlled use area is clearly marked with a buoy line across the lake, which will serve the purpose of both a “no ski” line, and to provide informational signage indicating that hazards are not marked north (upstream) of the buoy line.  Signage for the latter purpose is pending, and will be installed shortly.

May 24 report from Mark Knapp at Alamo Lake State Park:

Well folk, it’s be awhile.  You have not been missing a lot.  Although the lake is up, the fish are not cooperating in the biting department.  I think several things are contributing to this:  1. The lake has never completely settled down;  2. There’s more shad in the lake then there are fish.

High winds and storms just keep coming through.  That’s my conclusion in a nutshell.  You’re more than welcome to come on out and give it a try.  Both ramps are open.  We have docks at both ramps.

Just so you’re warned, we are going to be slammed Memorial Day weekend.  Bring a lot of water, sound block, etc.  Make sure your boat is up to snuff with registration, life jackets and all the good stuff.  Now, for the news a lot of you have been waiting for.  The “no ski – or towable devices”  has been lifted.  You can ski from the body line to the closure area at the dam.  Well, gotta go.  When fishing really turns on I will post something.  Mark

Angler Reports:

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 winding down for the summer — the final stocking is this week. 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. This tends to be one of the top early-bird bass lakes.

Southern Waters

(Editor Don Mitchell, 520-388-4451)

Visit FishAZ for all the latest information on fishing in Arizona.  Please send your fishing reports from Southern Arizona to bfishing@azgfd.gov

New report:

PARKER CANYON LAKE — The lake received an extra 600 pounds of catfish this week.

The White Sulphur Springs NFH released more than 1,800 Gila trout in Frye Mesa Reservoir on Monday afternoon, May 15.

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