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Fishing Report: June 22, 2017

Posted June 22, 2017

See “The Reel Deal” statewide summary

Central Waters

(Updated June 23; Editor Nick Walter, 623-236-7214)

Roosevelt Lake

ROOSEVELT LAKE — (2,123 feet, 68-percent full).

June 23 report from Jim Goughnour of Rim Country Custom Rods:

The Roosevelt Lake water level recently was recorded at 68 percent full. The flows into the lake have slowed considerably with the Salt River flowing at 100% of its normal rate for this time of year while the Tonto Creek has stopped flowing. This trend will continue until the monsoon storms begin to replenish the watershed.

Summer bass fishing conditions on Roosevelt Lake are fair to good with the heat being the major factor for the fish and anglers. Tonto Basin temperatures are above 115 degrees and the water temperature in the 80s. This makes it difficult for anglers to concentrate on fishing for very long and the fish are seeking a cooler and shady place to rest. Early mornings, late evenings and nights are the best times to fish right now. The crankbait reaction bite is still producing good numbers at first and last light, if schools of shad are present. As the sun gets higher, bass will retreat to deeper areas of the lake to ambush points. A jig, crawdad or worm baits are most effective in deeper water.

Crappie anglers are reporting slow but steady conditions. Crappie will congregate into large schools during the calm summer months in 20-25 feet deep water. Small curly tail grubs and minnow imitation baits are traditional summertime crappie baits.

 

LAKE PLEASANT – (Lake elevation 1,687 feet, 90 % full).

Surface water temperature has been 79-81 degrees.

During this new moon, and with hot days, it’s a great time to fish the nights for stripers at Pleasant. Submersible lights will be effective. Anchovies and small swimbaits are a couple baits that have been effective. Try trolling some of the northern coves with small swimbaits for schooling stripers, and anchoring up, chumming and baiting with anchovies for larger stripers.

Larry Mantle of the Hook Up Outfitters fished Pleasant during the day on Wednesday and said striped bass were moving up on islands in 25-35 feet of water on the main lake and hitting anchovies and sometimes on spoons.

Bass were holding on islands on Bass and Coles bays hitting dropshot-rigged Roboworms or Texas-rigged Roboworms in 25-35 feet of water.

At night, bigger bass were hitting 10-inch Roboworms on islands. In the same areas, a few striped were picked up on Alamaba Rigs, throwing them in 35 feet of water and working them back at a medium speed.

May 31 report from Barry Worman, moderator of the Arizona Striper Fishing Facebook page.

“Summer season is here and so are the hot temps!”

The kids are out of school and all the anglers have the desire to hit the refreshing lakes to cool off. The striper are now in post-spawn behavior and are slow to adjust to the warmer air and water temps. On average the water temp was only 75 degrees at Lake Pleasant.

Anglers are reporting the best results from 4:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. in 25-45 feet of water depth, and with busting shad close to shore. After 9 a.m. the striper go deeper and the bite somewhat dies off.  Anglers are having luck with top-water lures such as spooks, skitter walkers & Rico’s.  The other favorite technique is to use a paddle tail 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.  A-rigs have also have been doing very well.

With the hot temperatures, many anglers are very happy to be night fishing for striper.  The air temperature is incredible to fish in but the huge summer limits (60-100-plus fish) that anglers are known to catch have not kicked in yet. The bite is slow and the fish are still finicky. This will improve greatly in a few weeks when the water temperature gets in the mid 80s and the fish get more active. Remember a good underwater light, fish finder, chumming, and a good drop shot/Carolina rig is key to a successful night of striper fishing.

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 boiling 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.

The only eagle nest closure currently remaining this season on the Agua Fria arm of Lake Pleasant (Whiskey Springs nest) has been lifted due to failure of the nest site, effective May 13.  This means that anglers will now be able to boat from the main body of the lake, all the way up the Agua Fria arm to the Agua Fria boat ramp.

With rising water level, Agua Fria River can be good for top water-action on stripers and white bass. For fishing report editor Nick Walter, bringing a second rod along for catfish proved effective (along with chumming and baiting with corn) when the top-water bite was slow:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKZi6uBiUr8

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

There had been a good crappie bite this spring at Pleasant. Crappie fishing should be fair.

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, 91 % full.

Water temperature has been in the high-70s degrees. Majority of bass are in post-spawn. Waves of spawns typically end in June.

Bass fishing is good to excellent. The top-water bite has improved and will only get better with these steady, hot temperatures. Gary Senft of the Mesa Bass ProShops reported that the morning bite for largemouth bass has been active with small crankbaits in 8-10 feet of water, as well as with top-water lures. Senft also recommends wacky-rigged Senkos in 2-6 feet.

When the sun comes up switch to 10-12 feet and throw your favorite go-to plastic rig and bait — Carolina, Texas or dropshot.  “This is a good time to practice your favorite way to fish,” Senft said.

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 1,525 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 1,657 feet (95-percent full.)

Catch rates of bass have been 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.

Majority of bass  are in post spawn, as is the case at all central Arizona lakes.

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

Some anglers are having luck with Texas-rigged baby brush hogs, as well as assorted jerkbaits, top-water lures and jigs, Try fishing in 2-15 feet of water.

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.

Some anglers have had success throwing dropshot Roboworms in morning dawn near cattails in 10-20 feet of water.

APACHE LAKE – Lake elevation is 1,907 feet (93-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 spiinnerbaits.

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 1,976 feet (13-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 756 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: Many trout remain in Rim Country streams and fishing for them is easy and fun. Rim Country lakes and streams are being replenished weekly including Hagiler, Canyon and Tonto Creeks, East Verde River, Woods Canyon and Willow Springs Lakes just to name a few. You can see the entire AZGFD Summer Stocking Schedule at azgfd.gov. PowerBait, small spinner-baits, worms and salmon eggs were all reported successful. Fly anglers are reporting dry fly imitations.

 

 

Mogollon Rim and White Mountains

(Updated June 21, Editor Sally Petre 928-532-2307)

Recommended Waters to Fish

Our Catch of the Week. Paul Deming caught this brown trout on the Black River Monday morning (June 19) that weighed nearly 5 pounds

Fishing is excellent 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.  Show Low and Fool Hollow Lakes should be excellent/good fishing as well!

All lake stockings slated for the rest of June were stocked last week in preparation of evacuation of a hatchery due to the Highline Fire.  These were stocked late in the week or even during the weekend.  For example, stockings scheduled for this week at Fool Hollow and Show Low were stocked this past Saturday 6/17.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.    Smoke may be visible due to fires in the area.

BLACK CANYON LAKE – Fishing is good.  The lake was stocked last week.  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 excellent for rainbow and tiger trout.  Willow Springs was stocked extra heavy this week 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.

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.

 

PINETOP/SHOW LOW/ST. JOHNS LAKES

FOOL HOLLOW LAKE – Fishing is excellent/good for stocked (12”+) rainbow trout!  Supercatchable rainbows (12”+) were stocked Saturday 6/16! The lake level is still fairly good.  Fishing pier and platforms are accessible!  Bass and large catfish are also being caught.

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 a nightcrawler on the bottom for bullheads. 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 good for stocked rainbow trout! The lake was stocked last week.

SHOW LOW LAKE – Fishing is excellent/good for stocked (12”+) rainbow trout!  Supercatchable size (12”+) rainbow trout were stocked Saturday 6/17!  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 and some trout are still being caught.  Worms and PowerBait work for trout.

PATTERSON PONDS – Fishing is good for catfish!  Channel catfish were 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.

 

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.

CARNERO LAKE – Fishing is good. 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.

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 (16in).  The lake was also heavily stocked with more brook trout and rainbow trout.  Fishing pier and boat docks are accessible!

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

HULSEY LAKE – Fishing is good for rainbow trout. Fish were last stocked in mid-May. Fish are being caught on any kind of PowerBait.

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

LUNA LAKE – Fishing is fair. A developing algae bloom is influencing water quality and the fishing has slowed lately.

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 excellent!  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 were stocked two weeks ago. 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 June 22; 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

We stocked a load of bonus trout from Colorado into Dogtown last week.  The fish averaged about ¾ of a pound.  Folks were catching them right after we stocked on spinners, spoons and PowerBait.  Folks were doing well on Green garlic PowerBait and rainbow PowerBait yesterday according to an angler report.  Fly anglers were catching fish from boats and float tubes.

Kaibab Lake 

Kaibab received a two bonus stockings of channel catfish.  Fishing was fair on Saturday with folks are catching everything (trout, bluegill crappie and catfish) on worms fished under a bobber.  All of the fish were being caught close to shore.  Hot dogs on the bottom were also working for catfish.   I saw one angler catching a lot of crappie on a green mini jig.  Folks were catching trout on green garlic PowerBait and yellow PowerBait.

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 

According to our Wildlife Manager checking the lake folks are catching lots of nice trout early in the morning and in the evening.  Folks were catching fish on lures and PowerBait.

Frances Short Pond

Folks are still catching catfish early in the morning and in the evening on the Pond. Hot dogs and worms were both working.  Folks using worms under a bobber were catching bluegill, crappie and trout in the morning while I was there.

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 – Closed to access because of the HighLine Fire

 

 

Colorado River Waters

New Reports:

(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)

LAKE MOHAVE — Lake Mohave’s striper bite is going well with most using anchovies and some using their favorite lures. John’s 9.24 pounder was the largest of the 3 fish. He was fishing from the shore near the dam using anchovies. Jerry was also fishing from shore near the dam when he landed his 6.24 lbs. and 3 lbs. striper. Bob A. and Bob B. (white shirt) show off their 6.5 and 5.66 lbs. stripers also caught near the dam using anchovies. The largemouth and smallmouth bass are biting on pumpkin or blue/green flake plastics.

COLORADO RIVER BELOW DAVIS DAM — Local 4 year old angler Devin and uncle Cole landed a nice stringer of trout fishing from shore using night crawlers in the Lazy Harry’s Bay. By the dam, anchovies or your favorite lure is doing well for stripers. Near the casinos trout are the fish to target. Try night crawlers for trout if the power baits aren’t working. Small spinners can land trout when other baits are not working.

LAKE MEAD — Took Glendale residents Vince Griffis and Mary Clipping out of South Cove on Lake Mead for stripers and catfish.

Had to wait out some bad weather, and didn’t start fishing till 11 p.m.

By 2 a.m. we had one ice chest filled and  by 6:15 a.m.we had TWO ice chests and a bucket filled with fish.

Turns out we caught 95 fish, 76 stripers (BF 2 lbs. 12 oz) 18 channel cats (BF 3 lbs. 2 oz.) and a carp that weighed 9 lbs. 8 oz.

Prescott-area waters

On May 24 the Arizona Game and Fish Department stocked approximately 3,300 pounds of beautiful rainbow trout split between Lynx and Goldwater Lakes. That equals about 1,320 trout per lake. The picture is of Lynx Lake during the stocking. The lake is full which increases the amount of shore access.

See more lake-specific information

Lake Powell and Lees Ferry

LAKE POWELL —

“Stripers still on top”

Surface feeding stripers have been reported from Wahweap Bay to Hite.  The slurping schools are still feeding quickly and tend to go up and down often.  My reports indicate that they stay up longer and are caught more often from Dangling Rope to the San Juan and Bullfrog Bay to Good Hope Bay.  Expect to see them anywhere and anytime.  Since they are commonly feeding lakewide my goal today was to find out which lures caught the most fish.

See the full June 6 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: that bass are mostly in post spawn, redear sunfish are in full spawn. Bass fishing is as good as it gets as anglers are having luck with Senkos, spinnerbaits and Top-water lures like frogs.

Redear sunfish will be spawning for another month. Try A fluorescent jighead tipped with a nightcrawler, or just a worms with a split-shot/bobber rig. Crappie jigs also work for these tasty sunfish that at Havasu can get up to 5-6 pounds.

Stripers are in full spawn and so early morning top-water lures work. When the stripers move out to spawn, fish the old river channel in deeper water. Try cut baits in 30-55 feet of water in river to the north, or south where the lake begins to narrow where there is more current that stripers prefer to use to spawn.

Some big smallmouth bass are being caught as 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.

See more lake-specific information

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