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Fishing Report: Nov. 9, 2017

Posted November 9, 2017

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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 – one will be selected for Catch of the Week.

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

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Central Waters

(Updated Nov. 9; Editor Nick Walter, 623-236-7214)

BARTLETT LAKE – Lake elevation is 1,778 feet, feet, 73 % full.

The water level has dropped 6 feet during the past week and water temperature has been around 69 degrees and falling.

Gary Senft, Bass Pro at the the Mesa Bass Pro Shops, fished the lake Friday, Nov. 3 during a full moon. With falling water temperatures, largemouth bass have started feeding more heavily in preparation for winter. Top baits early morning were Rat-L-Traps (great for colder weather) in silver. Other top performing baits were 1/4-ounce Texas rigged brush hogs in watermelon candy and Z-Man Finesse ShroomZ JigheadZ with 4 1/2-inch Roboworms and Powerworms around 9:30 a.m. in 10-12 feet of water. Once the bait hits bottom, work it slowly.

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 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

ROOSEVELT LAKE — (2,111 feet, 57-percent full).

Nov. 9 report from Jim Goughnour of Rim Country Custom Rods:

Local crappie anglers are reporting good to excellent fishing conditions on Roosevelt and Apache Lakes. Large schools of crappie recently have been reported in 20 to 50 foot depths.  These crappie schools are always near cover such as brush, rock piles or logs. Structural changes, such as a natural ledge or drop-off improves the chances that crappie will be in the area.  Larger crappie in the 2 pound range are being caught at the deeper depths from 30 to 50 foot. Anglers are fishing a small crappie jig using a vertical fishing technique and an ultra-light or light power rated rod.  Anglers are reporting catching a limit of 15 crappie after fishing for just a couple hours. If you are having a successful day of crappie fishing, remember to release the smaller crappie which contributes to the overall crappie population.

Bass fishing on Roosevelt Lake is being called good to excellent by experienced anglers. The water temperature is continuing to fall and on most days is in the mid 60’s in the morning and barely reaching 70 degrees in the afternoon. The ambient temperature at the lake is in the mid 80’s making fishing more pleasant for the anglers too. Reaction baits, Trendsetter and casting spoons are extremely successful imitations of shad bait. Crawfish imitation baits such as a jigger-craw and creature baits are also successful. Anglers are reporting that crawfish imitation baits are catching larger sized bass in 20 to 25 foot depths on main lake points.

Roosevelt Lake level is at 57% full. The amount of water coming into the lake from the Salt River is at about 50% of the normal flow rate for this time of year and for the first time in several months the Tonto Creek is flowing, albeit slightly. During the winter months the Verde River system supplies the majority of the downstream water requirements allowing  the Roosevelt Lake water level to increase on some days depending on the amount of water released into the Salt River.  In addition to the stable water level, the lake water is typically very calm and clear during November which enhances the overall fishing conditions.

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

Carmen from the Hook Up Outfitters said water temperatures have been in the low-70s and largemouth action has been picking up as we head into a fall-time bite. Largemouth have been hitting top-water lures such as Zara Spooks, not only during the first light but from mid-morning until the early afternoon as well. A dropshot rig  and paddletail swimbaits also continue to be effective for largemouth.

Striped bass are primarily in 20-60 feet of water — along with shad — and are mainly suspending on main lake points on drop-offs and can be caught on A-rigs, paddletail swimbaits, as spoons and spin baits.

Shad have usually been in 30 feet of water in main lake areas, although sometimes move outside of the northern coves.

Scotter Griffith from  The Arizona Fishing Guides  said striped and largemouth bass fishing has been on fire during mornings when anglers chase boils and throw Arizona Custom Baits, ringtail swimbaits on a 1/4-ounce jighead in northern coves.


SAGUARO LAKE – The lake is 1,525 feet (94-percent full).

Bass fishing is fair to good. There’s still a decent top-water bite  during the morning. Other successful baits reported were walking baits and Ricos and dropshot-rigged Roboworms in 15 feet of water.

Yellow bass is an option if the largemouth bass are finicky — jigging spoons deep is an excellent winter tactic here and at Apache lake. Also try nightcrawlers on dropshot rigs.

 See a how-to video “Return to the land of giant bass” of fishing the lake during a recent weekend.

Other anglers in the same areas reported having success fishing frogs  again the tules, buzzbaits over grass or 10-foot diving crankbaits. Most anglers have success using dropshot-rigged Roboworms.

Flathead catfishing also is excellent. Fish shallow during the nighttime with bluegill or carp as bait. This is the time the flatheads fatten up for the winter.


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


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

Some anglers are having success casting crankbaits to the shore in 15-20 feet of water. Scooter Griffith from The Arizona Fishing Guides said Thursday, Sept. 14 that largemouth bass fishing has been great at night in the shallow grass and during the day a little deeper around 15 feet  on grass lines with a drposhot or moving baits, such as crankbaits.

A fishing pier is now open to the public as of Aug. 21 at the Boulder recreation site of Canyon Lake.

Located in the Tonto National Forest’s Canyon Lake, the Boulder recreation site is 15 miles northeast of Apache Junction on State Route 88.

The pier is the culmination of a joint effort between the U.S. Forest Service, the Arizona Game and Fish Department and Canyon Lake Marina to remove the original, 20-plus-year-old pier damaged by storms during the summer of 2015 and replace it with a modern pier.

Funding for the pier came from Forest Service fees collected at developed recreation sites, such as picnic areas, campgrounds and boat launch areas.

APACHE LAKE – Lake elevation is 1,906 feet (92-percent full).

Gary Senft reported that crankbaits and reaction baits have been slow for him, with the best bite for bass coming on plastics on a dropshot or Texas rig, as well as Texas-rigged Yamoto jigs.

Jigging spoons deep for yellow bass is an excellent winter tactic here and at Saguaro Lake.

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

COMMUNITY FISHING WATERS — Trout return to Phoenix and Tucson area waters the week of Nov. 16! The final catfish stocking was last week into “core” waters — that includes new water Greenfield Pond in Mesa, where on Saturday there is scheduled a grand opening event.

See more Community fishing news. The program has added two new waters — Show Low Creek and Greenfield Pond.

HORSESHOE LAKE – Lake elevation is 1,969 feet (7-percent full).

When the lake is full, there are a lot of spawning fish. No new reports.

LOWER SALT RIVER – On Wednesday afternoon, the river was flowing at 8 cfs out of Stewart Mountain. The river was scheduled to be stocked with rainbow trout the week of Oct. 30. 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.


Creeks below the Mogollon Rim


Stream trout stockings have ended but trout fishing on the Rim streams remains good. On the right day, anglers can have a stream all to themselves. Jim Goughnour of Rim Country Custom Rods reported that stream anglers are reporting having the streams to themselves or sharing a stretch of water with only one other angler. A Copper John fly in a mayfly nymph pattern, Rooster-tails and PowerBait were all reported successful.


Mogollon Rim and White Mountains

Angler Report

Becker Lake, Monday, Nov. 6

Blain O.: Becker Lake fished well last week though the water was cold (50-degrees F at the surface). Fish were scattered everywhere but the action was better over weed beds in 4-8 feet of water, with some fish seen rolling in shallower water. Everything worked: buggers and assorted streamers fished off a slow-sinking line, and nymphs fished off an indicator and floating line. All fish were strong and healthy, ranged from 16” to 22” (about 1-1/2 to 4 lbs), and fed in spurts where two or three fish would come one after the other, then no action for 15-20 minutes.

(Updated Oct. 31; Editor Mike Lopez, 928-532-3692)

Recommended Waters to Fish

Fishing is good at Show Low Creek meadows at the Show Low Bluff trailhead and Patterson Ponds, which were both stocked with rainbow trout 2 weeks ago, but will be excellent after both are stocked again this week.  Brown trout are still active at the Greer Lakes, Chevelon Lake, and the East Fork Black River.  Overall trout fishing is good at Big Lake, Carnero Lake, Luna Lake, Woods Canyon Lake, and Show Low Lake.


BEAR CANYON LAKE – Fishing is good.  Rainbow trout were last stocked in late August. Try PowerBait and nightcrawlers.  Water temperatures are optimum for trout activity throughout the lake.

BLACK CANYON LAKE – Fishing is fair.  The lake was stocked last in June.  There is still a bit of an algae bloom.  The lake is 6 feet below spill and the new boat ramp is still fully functional.

CHEVELON LAKE – Fishing is fair for stocked rainbows and wild brown trout.  The brown trout should be active and can be caught with Z-rays, Kastmasters, or black streamers.  Water temperatures are optimum for trout activity throughout the lake. Chevelon Lake is a hike-in lake with a two trout limit and artificial fly/lure only regulations.

WILLOW SPRINGS LAKE – Fishing is fair for rainbow trout and tiger trout.  Try PowerBait, worms, Kastmasters, or Panther Martin spinners for rainbows, and lures or flies for tiger trout.  Water temperatures are optimum for trout activity throughout the lake.

WOODS CANYON LAKE – Fishing is good for rainbow trout and fair for tiger trout.  Try PowerBait, worms, Kastmasters, or Panther Martin spinners for rainbows, and lures or flies for tiger trout.  Water temperatures are optimum for trout activity throughout the lake.



FOOL HOLLOW LAKE – Fishing is fair for stocked (12”+) rainbow trout.  Supercatchable rainbows (12”+) were last stocked in late August and there are still a few around. Water temperatures are optimum for trout activity throughout the lake.  The fishing piers and platforms are accessible.

RAINBOW LAKE – Fishing is poor for trout, but fair for sunfish and bullheads.  The lake level is very low and the weeds are thick in the shallow areas.  The fishing pier is not very useful, since it is very shallow off the end of the pier.

SCOTT RESERVOIR – Fishing is poor to fair. The lake level is extremely low and turbid due to irrigation releases. Can’t launch boats from the boat ramp. Try fishing from the shore with chicken livers on the bottom for catfish.

SHOW LOW LAKE – Fishing is fair for stocked (12”+) rainbow trout.  Supercatchable size (12”+) rainbow trout were last stocked in late August and there are still a few around.  Water temperatures are optimum for trout activity throughout the lake.

WOODLAND LAKE – Fishing is poor.  Fish were last stocked in late-May and there are likely few left.  The lake is low and weedy. The fishing dock is accessible.

PATTERSON PONDS – Fishing is good to excellent for trout!  Rainbow trout were stocked two weeks ago in the upper pond and will be stocked again this week. Channel catfish were last stocked at the end of September.  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.



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.

BIG LAKE – Fishing is good for lots of small rainbows, with some larger cutthroats. Try flyfishing or lures for cutthroat trout, including crayfish imitations.  Brook trout may still be spawning in the shallows.

CARNERO LAKE – Fishing is good for rainbow trout and fair for tiger trout. A recent fish survey found a lot of 14-16” rainbow trout, with the largest topping out at 19”, and several tiger trout up to 16”.  The lake is a little low and weedy around the shorelines, but the middle is mostly open water.  A pontoon, canoe, or kayak (something that glides over the surface weeds) is best, but a small boat could work by lifting it off and on your trailer, then paddling over the shoreline weeds out to the open water.  The rainbows were feeding aggressively on midges on the surface in late evening.

CLEAR CREEK RESERVOIR – Fishing is poor for trout, but fair for sunfish and bullheads.  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 likely few are left.  The lake is low.

CRESCENT LAKE – Fishing is fair.  The water quality has improved significantly since the summer, but still has somewhat of an algae bloom.  Rainbow and brook trout should be active.

GREER LAKES (River; Tunnel; Bunch) – Fishing is fair at River, Tunnel, and Bunch reservoirs.  The wild brown trout are active and can be caught on lures or dark streamers.  Lake levels are still low but coming up slowly as these irrigation reservoirs are filled during the fall and winter.  All 3 lakes are turbid.  The boat ramps are not usable at River and Tunnel, but may be okay at Bunch.

HULSEY LAKE – Fishing is fair for rainbow trout. Trout stocked earlier in the year are active in the cooler water.

LEE VALLEY LAKE – Fishing is poor.  A recent fish survey found that some Arctic grayling still exist in the lake, but very few, all measuring just over 13 inches.

LUNA LAKE – Fishing is good.  Although there is still a strong algae bloom, the fishing has picked up with cooler water temperatures.  Anglers are reporting catching lots of 10-11 inch rainbow and cutthroat trout, and an occasional large cutthroat.

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

NELSON RESERVOIR – Fishing is fair.  The current regulation is unlimited bag limit for trout (Sept 1 through March 31).  The lake is full.



EAST FORK of the BLACK RIVER – Fishing is fair for stocked rainbows and wild brown trout.  Rainbow trout were last stocked just before Labor Day weekend, but some may still be present.  Wild brown trout are active.

LITTLE COLORADO RIVER in GREER – Fishing is fair for stocked rainbows and wild brown trout.  Rainbow trout were last stocked just before Labor Day weekend, but some may still be present. Wild brown trout are active. There is some skim ice on the pools in early morning.

SHOW LOW CREEK TAILWATER – Fishing is poor.  The creek just below the Show Low Lake dam was last stocked just before Labor Day weekend and most of the fish are likely caught out.

SHOW LOW CREEK MEADOWS (COMMUNITY FISHING WATER) – Fishing is good to excellent at this new Community Fishing Water located at the Show Low Bluff trailhead in Show Low.  This fishery is a cooperative endeavor by the City of Show Low and Arizona Game and Fish Department to provide fishing opportunities close to home for kids and families.  Bait can be used, but daily bag limits are 2 trout, 2 catfish, 1 bass (minimum size 13”) and 5 sunfish.  It was stocked with rainbow trout two weeks ago in the Show Low meadow from the Bluff trail upstream to the Hampton Inn, and will be stocked again this week.

SILVER CREEK – Fishing is good.  Seasonal Catch-and-Release regulations (with artificial lure and fly only with single barbless hooks) are in effect and will continue through March 31.  All trout must be released immediately and please use proper catch-and-release techniques to ensure the trout survive after swimming away.  The upper section is now open.

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


Central Mountains

(New reports, Monday, Nov. 6; Editor Chuck Benedict, 928-214-1244)

We did creel surveys on Kaibab Lake on Saturday, Nov. 4 — it was windy and only 6 folks were on the lake.  Folks fishing on the opposite side of the lake from the fishing pier were catching trout on worms and PowerBait.  Folks on the parking lot side didn’t catch anything.

I stopped by Dogtown Lake but didn’t talk to anyone who had caught fish.  The wind seemed worse on Dogtown than Kaibab, probably because of the orientation of the lake.  No one was fishing City or Cataract when I stopped by them Saturday.

We stocked 500 rainbow trout into Frances Short Pond Friday afternoon.  They were nice size fish and folks were catching them on lures when I left at 5 p.m.

Still getting reports of folks catching trout on Lower Lake Mary.

(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

Dogtown Lake

Fishing is starting to pick up with the cooler weather.  I had a report last week of an angler catching bass and trout on small jigs along the north side of the lake.  I also had a report of folks catching trout on worms and PowerBait.

Kaibab Lake 

Folks are catching fish on flies on the upper part of the lake.  Trout fishing should be picking up with the cooler weather.

Cataract Lake

No reports, but trout fishing should be starting to pick up.

City Reservoir

No report.

Santa Fe Reservoir

Has been stocked with channel catfish.

Flagstaff area lakes

Ashurst Lake 

There was still a pretty heavy algae bloom on Ashurst Lake this morning when I checked it. The bloom was lighter on the side of the lake than from the boat ramp than on the boat ramp side.  According to the campground host I talked to folks are still catching some trout on the lake, especially on the side across from the boat ramp.

Frances Short Pond

The oxygen level at Frances Short Pond was better yesterday when I checked It.  Frances Short should be stocked this week.

Lower Lake Mary

My coworker caught seven trout in 2 hours on Saturday using bead headed flies. He also said other folks were catching fish on worms under a bobber.

Kinnikinick Lake

Brown trout were stocked last week.  I had a report from an angler that he was catching them on spinners and spoons.  The angler said he also saw some bigger browns chasing minnows early in the Morning.

Blueridge Reservoir (CC Cragin)

The road is closed for the year to work on the ramp and parking area.

Knoll Lake

No report.

Colorado River/Prescott area Waters

Angler Reports:

Mingus Lake (Cottonwood), Nov. 8

Michael W.: Another Great Day Of Fishing At Mingus Lake!  In 3 hours,  I caught & released 38 beautiful Rainbow Trout, ranging from 7 to 12 inches.  All fish caught on 1.25 inch split-tail grub. Key to success, is fish slow.  Weather Conditions: Sunny. Water Conditions: Muddy with slight algae bloom.

Lynx Lake, Nov. 4

Weather- Partly Cloudy

Wind- Calm Early Morning (5-10 mph) Gusty By Afternoon (15-35 mph)

Temperature- 43 Degrees

Water Clarity-Very Clear

Brandon of Surprise: Fished the north shore of Lynx Lake on Saturday morning, Nov 4th. The bite was slow, to say the least, but managed to catch 2 juvenile rainbows within a 4 hour period. I used chartreuse and yellow Power Nuggets on approx a 2-3 leader. Changed the depth of the cast from close to shore to as far out as I could reach, with very little change in the bite. Summery: Water is simply too warm to reach the trout, that are most likely near the center of the lake, down deep.I will try again in a few weeks. Temps should be down in the mid to high 30’s by then. Hope to find the trout closer to shore.


(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

(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 or visit


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 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.

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


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 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 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 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 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.


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Lake Powell and Lees Ferry


“Fall Fishing Report”

The 10 day weather forecast is for calm water and perfect daytime temperatures in the 70s. Fishing success has been mixed recently with wind, dropping temperatures and finicky fish.  My prediction is that that last two weeks of October will provide some excellent fishing success.

See the details in the full Oct. 17 report from Wayne Gustaveson (

LEES FERRY – Sept. 21 report:


See the full report from Lees Ferry Anglers.

Southwestern Waters


Oct. 30 Angler Report:

Ryan: Fishing at Alamo Lake is pretty good right now! The lake is up 30 + feet from last year and the fish seem to be responding.  They seem to be really fat and happy right now.  Water temps are in the low 70s and the largemouth bass and black crappie are biting pretty good.

For crappie, troll or drift slowly with road runners or beetle-spin type jigs tipped with live minnows along flooded trees in 17 – 25 feet of water in the morning and evening.  The flooded trees with green leaves above the surface seemed to be holding the most fish.  We were catching black crappies from 9-16 inches long. While the action is not as fast and furious as during the spawn, I heard several people mentioned you should be able to catch 10 or more crappies per day if you put in your time.

For largemouth bass, anything and everything is seeming to work right now.  The lake is filled with 8 – 9 inch bass and it seems like they are everywhere.  Someone looking to catch 50 fish in a day would have a fairly easy time on Alamo right now. Dropshotting with a Roboworm seemed to work best for me.

I didn’t have a ton of luck (and honestly didn’t try that hard) for larger bass as I was trying to get crappie, but I talked to the Park supervisor and he mentioned that for larger bass, he had heard from other anglers that you should be fishing in 15 to 25 feet with various plastics or deep driving crankbaits.

Ryan Follmuth is an Aquatic Wildlife Specialist for AZGFD

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Sept. 6 report — John Galbearth of Bass Tackle Masters reported:  The striped bass action is good with boils of 1 to 3 stripers chasing shad in the morning and late afternoon hours. Trolling super spooks, sassy shads, and Rat-L-Traps in white chrome/blue is working best.

Black Rock cove north to the entrance to the river has been the best place to search for the “boils.”

Channel catfish bite is excellent with numerous cats being caught on cut markerel and shrimp off deeper points and coves in 15 to 35 feet of water.

Smallmouth bass biting good on Hula grubs in green pumpkin color rigged on 3/8-ounce football jigs  fished around rocky points and gravel shorelines in 6 to 15 feet of water.

Top-water poppers, Sammys and buzzbaits are also working well for smallmouth and largemouth over gravel flats and submerged weedbeds in the morning and late afternoon hours.

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PARKER STRIP – No report.

YUMA AREA PONDS – Trout stockings return Nov. 16! 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

No report.



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