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Fishing Report: Oct. 12, 2017

Posted October 12, 2017

See “The Reel Deal” statewide summary

 

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

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

OK, on to the  full report.

 

Central Waters

(Updated Oct. 12; Editor Nick Walter, 623-236-7214)

ROOSEVELT LAKE — (2,113 feet, 59-percent full).

Oct. 12 report from Jim Goughnour of Rim Country Custom Rods:

The Roosevelt Lake water level is 59% full. The amount of water being drawn out of the lake is slowing which is great news. During September the lake dropped nearly four vertical feet due to downstream demand and no added monsoon rains; however, halfway through the month of October, the lake has dropped less than one foot. The Salt River is flowing at 48% of the normal rate for this time of year while the Tonto Creek has stopped flowing. The water temperature in the lake is in the low 70s in the morning, increasing to the mid 70s in the afternoon, and the water clarity remains very clear.

The bass sense the changing water temperatures and are feeding heavily in preparation for the winter months ahead when the bass metabolism slows dramatically. During a recent tournament on Roosevelt Lake, the top anglers all found a similar bass pattern. The bass are being caught on reaction baits such as shallow and mid-level diving shad colored crank-baits, spinnerbaits and buzz-baits. Most bass are being caught in 15 foot depths or less, which is a clear indication that bass are chasing schooling shad. A few anglers reported success using a dropshot or Texas rig technique, but larger numbers and sizes of bass were caught using reaction baits.

Roosevelt Lake crappie anglers are calling fishing conditions fair. Crappie are being caught in about 20 foot depths and always in cover. Most local anglers are using a vertical fishing technique and lowering a 2″ grub-tail bait into the middle of a bush. Moving to several locations may be required if the crappie stop biting at one spot.

There is a fantastic video by AZGFD  showing the deployment of fish habitat into Roosevelt Lake. The video provides some insight to the logistic required to get the habitat into the water. It also demonstrates the amount of manpower that goes into making of the four different styles of habitat that were deployed. To date over 500 habitat structures have been added to the lake.

SAGUARO LAKE – The lake is 1,524 feet (93-percent full).

Gary Senft, a Bass Pro at the Mesa Bass Pro Shops, has had success catching big largemouth bass near the river, or up the river, where there is more current and fresher water coming to, or from, Canyon Lake. He used Texas-rigged baby brush hogs in watermelon candy. See a how-to video, “Return to the land of giant bass,” of Senft 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.

Scooter Griffith from The Arizona Fishing Guides reported Thursday, Sept. 14 that the largemouth bass bite during the day is still pretty good — it’s been a consistent bite around shallow, grass areas. Continue throwing frogs, and deep-diving crankbaits as the sun gets higher.

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

LAKE PLEASANT – (Lake elevation 1,657 feet, 54 % full).

Scooter Griffith from The Arizona Fishing Guides reported Thursday, Oct. 12 that this time of year, it can be easy to catch good numbers of plus-size largemouth bass. “Chase the boils and be pleasantly surprised by the numbers of big largemouth,” he said. “We have been catching them on Arizona Custom Baits ringtail swimbait in none other than Scooter’s Special.”

Other reports are that striped boils have died out during the mornings but there is still a lot of shad in the backs of coves.

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 1,787 feet, feet, 85 % full.

Scotter Griffith of The Arizona Fishing Guides said Thursday, Oct. 12 the lake is great for high numbers of largemouth bass with a few big fish being caught. The top-water bite is good all day long in the main lake as well as the dropshot rig off main lake points.

Gary Senft of the Mesa Bass Pro Shops fished the lake Saturday, Sept. 23. Water temperature was 76 degrees — about 10 degrees cooler that 2 weeks previously. He reported great action for largemouth bass. Around 7:30 a.m. there was a poor top-water bite but an excellent bite on small Shad Rap crankbaits or Fat Raps in shad colors for 10- to 13-inch bass. The bite was good from the main ramp to the buoys on the river.

Also, Texas-rigged brush hogs in green pumpkin and watermelon candy were effective with 1/2-ounce weights in 30 feet of water, casting toward shorelines with steep, 45-degree angles.

The best bite, in general, has been the dropshot with plastic worm in green pumpkin, Salt River craw, red crawler and morning dawn.

 

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

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

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

CANYON LAKE – Lake level is 1,657 feet (95-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 1,907 feet (93-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.

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

COMMUNITY FISHING WATERS — See the latest Community fishing news. Catfish have returned to Community waters — “core” waters will be stocked again this week. There won’t be stockings at Rio Vista Pond in Peoria or Steele Indian School in Scottsdale. The program has added two new waters — Show Low Creek and Greenfield Pond in Mesa.

HORSESHOE LAKE – Lake elevation is 1,978 feet (15-percent full).

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 855 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

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.

 

 

Mogollon Rim and White Mountains

Angler Reports:

Big Lake

Jen B.:

Gave Big Lake a try Sun 10/8 afternoon. Gusty wind made south boat ramp best choice. Cutthroat are moving into the shallows and eating leaches & streamers. Caught a mixed bag of rainbows and cutts.

Also fished Sunrise Lake Sat., Oct. 7,  for the last hour of daylight. Water level was very low, made boat launch challenging. Water visibility was poor due to algal bloom. Slow fishing, no bites.

 

 

Woods Canyon Lake

Aaron B.:  Caught and released about 20 rainbows. These were the 2 biggest. All caught of barbless jigs and nymphs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Updated Oct. 4; Editor Mike Lopez, 928-532-3692)

Recommended Waters to Fish

Fishing is excellent at Silver Creek, which was stocked this week with large rainbow trout, but it has changed to the winter seasonal regulations of catch-and-release with artificial lure and fly only with single barbless hooks.  Fishing is also excellent at a new Community Fishing Water on Show Low Creek at the Show Low Bluff trailhead.  It was also stocked this week with large rainbow trout.  Bait can be used and the daily limit on trout is 2.  Patterson Ponds was stocked last week with catfish and Woods Canyon Lake got an end of the season stocking of rainbow trout last week.  Brown trout are active at the Greer Lakes, Chevelon Lake, and the East Fork Black River.

MOGOLLON RIM LAKES

BEAR CANYON LAKE – Fishing is fair to good.  Rainbow trout were last stocked in late August. Try PowerBait and nightcrawlers.  Water temperatures are cooling down and the trout can now be found closer to the surface and shore.

BLACK CANYON LAKE – Fishing is fair.  The lake was stocked last in June.  Try PowerBait and nightcrawlers.  Water temperatures are cooling down and the trout can now be found closer to the surface and shore.  The lake is only 3 feet below spill and the new boat ramp is still fully functional.

CHEVELON LAKE – Fishing is fair to good 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 cooling down and the trout can now be found closer to the surface. Chevelon Lake is a hike in lake with a two trout limit and artificial fly/lure only regulations.

WILLOW SPRINGS LAKE – Fishing is fair to good for rainbow trout and fair for tiger trout.  Try PowerBait with garlic, worms, Kastmasters, or Panther Martin spinners for rainbows.  Water temperatures are cooling down and the trout can now be found closer to the surface and shoreline.

WOODS CANYON LAKE – Fishing is good for rainbow trout and fair for tiger trout.  Rainbow trout were stocked last week.  Try PowerBait with garlic, worms, Kastmasters, or Panther Martin spinners for rainbows, and lures or flies for Tiger Trout.  Water temperatures are cooling down and the trout can now be found closer to the surface.

 

PINETOP/SHOW LOW LAKES

FOOL HOLLOW LAKE – Fishing is fair for stocked (12”+) rainbow trout!  Supercatchable rainbows (12”+) were last stocked in late August. Water temperatures are cooling down and the trout can now be found closer to the surface and shore.  The fishing piers and platforms are accessible.

RAINBOW LAKE – Fishing is poor for trout, but fair for sunfish, bass, and bullheads.  The lake level is a few feet down and the weeds are thick in the shallow areas, but there is a fair amount of open water in the middle portions of the lake.

SCOTT RESERVOIR – Fishing is fair for stocked rainbow trout, but good for catfish. Try for catfish with chicken liver on the bottom.  The lake level is very low due to irrigation releases.

SHOW LOW LAKE – Fishing is fair to good for stocked (12”+) rainbow trout.  Supercatchable size (12”+) rainbow trout were last stocked in late August.  Water temperatures are cooling down and the remaining trout should be getting active and can now be found closer to the surface and shore.

WOODLAND LAKE – Fishing is poor.  Fish were last stocked in late-May and the lake is very weedy. The fishing dock is accessible.

PATTERSON PONDS – Fishing is good for catfish!  Channel catfish were last stocked in both ponds last week.  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.

 

WHITE MOUNTAIN LAKES

BECKER LAKE – Fishing is fair to good.  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.

CARNERO LAKE – Fishing is fair to good for rainbow trout and tiger trout. The lake is weedy.  A pontoon, canoe, or kayak (something that glides over the surface weeds) is best.

CLEAR CREEK RESERVOIR – Fishing is poor for trout, but fair for sunfish, bullheads, and bass.  Sunfish can be caught on a size 12 hook with a small piece of worm, in rocky or weedy areas, or black bullhead on the bottom with a size 6 hook and a half or full worm.

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

CRESCENT LAKE – Fishing is fair.  The water quality has improved significantly since the summer.  Stocked rainbow and brook trout should be active.

GREER LAKES (River; Tunnel; Bunch) – Fishing is fair at Tunnel, and fair to good at River 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 any of the Greer lakes.  The launch at Bunch looks good, but the curb at the end of the ramp is about 20” under the surface about 15 feet out, so use caution if trying to launch a boat from a trailer.

HULSEY LAKE – Fishing is fair for rainbow trout. Trout stocked earlier in the year are starting to get active.

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

LUNA LAKE – Fishing is fair to good.  Although there is still an algae bloom, the water quality has improved and the fishing has picked up.  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 bass and carp, and good for 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.

 

WHITE MOUNTAIN STREAMS

EAST FORK of the BLACK RIVER – Fishing is fair to good for stocked rainbows and good for wild brown trout.  Rainbow trout were last stocked just before Labor Day weekend, but plenty of stockers are still present.  Stocking is done for the year.  Wild brown trout are active as water temperatures get colder.

LITTLE COLORADO RIVER in GREER – Fishing is fair for stocked rainbows.  Rainbow trout were last stocked just before Labor Day weekend, but plenty of stockers are still present. Stocking is done for the year.  Wild brown trout are active as water temperatures get colder.

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 COMMUNITY FISHING WATER – Fishing is 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 this week through the Show Low meadow from the Bluff trail upstream to the Hampton Inn with large rainbow trout.

SILVER CREEK – Fishing is excellent.  This fishery changed to the seasonal Catch-and-Release regulations (with artificial lure and fly only with single barbless hooks) on October 1 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.  Large rainbow trout were stocked on October 1 throughout the stream, including the big pool at the upper end.

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

 

 

Central Mountains

Angler Reports

Upper Lake Mary (Flagstaff)

Michael W.: October 12, 2017 — Another Fun Day Of Fishing For Pike!  In 5 hours, I caught & released 2 Northern Pike… A 30″ & 24″… Both Pike were caught on Mepps Double-Blade Agila.  Weather Conditions: Sunny & windy, winds 9 to 14 mph with gust up to 31 mph Water Conditions: Heavily stained with volcanic ash.

Lower Lake Mary

Rich G.:  Big catch Sunday morning at Lower Lake Mary for my granddaughters Bailey and Abbey Gonzales (pictured above).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(New reports Sept. 27; 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.)

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

(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.)

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

Important notice: With the discovery of invasive quagga mussels in Mead, Mohave and Havasu, proper cleaning of all watercraft is critical to help prevent the spread of these invaders.  Please drain and dry your livewell and bilge on land. Drain all the water you can from your engine. Also, inspect your vessel and trailer, removing any visible mussels, but also feel for any rough or gritty spots on the hull. These may be young mussels that can be hard to see.

For more information, go to the Arizona Game and Fish Department  at azgfd.gov or visit http://100thmeridian.org/.

 

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

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

Biologists from both Arizona Game and Fish Department and Nevada Division of Wildlife with the help of volunteers, National Park Service, and Bureau of Reclamation personnel have continued to install fish habitat in Carp Cove, Box Cove, Shoshone, Princess and Arrowhead.  Prospect Cove (1st cove south of Princess Launch Ramp) is the latest addition on the Arizona side of the lake to get habitat deployed. Fish habitat consists of PVC structures, tamarisk bundles and a new type of habitat we call poly shrubs.   The largemouth, smallmouth, bluegill and catfish are really utilizing the new structures.  Additional habitat will be added at several locations over the next two years.  These structures are fish magnets.

There is a wheelchair accessible fishing pier just south of the main launch ramp at Katherine’s Landing. If you fish Mohave and are having luck, please e-mail me at gcummins@azgfd.gov so I can share your successes with others.

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

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

TOPOCK MARSH –Try chicken livers or worms for catfish. You can access the marsh by boat at the North Dike, Catfish Paradise, and Five-Mile Landing.  Get out early due to the hot weather but the recent rains have cooled the area off and help stimulate the bite.  For more information on the marsh, contact the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge at (760) 326-3853 or go to http://www.fws.gov/southwest/refuges/arizona/havasu/index.html.

 

Verde Valley

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

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

Prescott Area

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Someone illegally stocked yellow bullhead into Mingus several years ago. These fish compete directly with the trout and keep growth rates very low. If you witness anyone, anywhere, moving fish like bass, bluegill, catfish and stocking them, please report it to our Operation Game Thief Hotline at 1-800-352-0700.  Illegal stockings cost YOU money!

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

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

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

 

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Lake Powell and Lees Ferry

LAKE POWELL —

“Recovernig from cold weather”

Last week we sampled young fish production in Lake Powell with electrofishing techniques. Windy weather reduced our catch some but we did learn about the general success of most fish species.  With lots of submerged brush it was expected that brush-loving fish like bluegill, crappie and largemouth would be the most abundant species sampled.  As expected, bluegill were the most abundant species captured. Black crappie had a strong showing in the northern lake and the San Juan.  Smallmouth bass were well represented lake wide and largemouth bass catch was steady over the length of the lake. The brushy cover that is still submerged in Lake Powell has been very beneficial in rebuilding the populations of those fish that anglers really appreciate.  Striped bass are more of an open water fish even at a young age so they are not captured as well as bass and crappie during the shoreline sampling in September.

See the details in the full Oct. 4 report from Wayne Gustaveson (www.wayneswords.com).

LEES FERRY – Sept. 21 report:

 

See the full report from Lees Ferry Anglers.

 

Southwestern Waters

ALAMO LAKE – Aug. 22 report from Mark Knapp at Alamo Lake State Park:

Lake level: 1,115 feet.

Well folks, I found a free moment in life and figured you all need and update from out here.  Right now bass fishing is pretty decent early morning and evenings.  If you’re in to catching a lot of dinks then you’re going to have a blast.

The average bass being caught is 8 inches long.  They’re still fun to catch though.  Junior and I made it out a couple of times last week and that’s all we caught.  We threw plastics and training wheels and caught a few on each.  Everything we caught were up in 2 to 5 feet of water.

Catfishing is still decent.  We caught some nice-sized cats on plastics, so about anything should work for them. Crappie fishing has finally turned on up by the dam.  I’m not sure what time the night bite starts but they’re catching 15 -20 a night.  Some going 2 pounds.

Both ramps are still in operation. Bring bug spray and lots of water. We’re still hitting 110 degrees out. It’s kind of a chilly 110, but warmish anyway.

If you want a lake to your self, now is the time to come out.  And, I’m happy to say, I’ll see you out there. — Mark

 

LAKE HAVASU – 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.

 

Send your reports to BFishing@azgfd.gov.

PARKER STRIP – No report.

YUMA AREA PONDS – Catfish stockings return 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.

 

Southern Waters

(Editor Don Mitchell, 520-388-4451)

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

No report.

 

 

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