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Fishing Report: Sept. 21, 2017

Posted September 21, 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 Sept. 21; Editor Nick Walter, 623-236-7214)

ROOSEVELT LAKE — (2,116 feet, 61-percent full).

Sept. 21 report from Jim Goughnour of Rim Country Custom Rods:

Roosevelt Lake water level continues to drop due to the slowing of monsoon storms and run-off. Currently the lake stands at 61% full and the downstream demand will continue to use Salt River chain lakes for at least the next two months. The Salt River is continuing to slow and is now flowing at 40 percent of the normal rate while the Tonto Creek has stopped flowing. The water temperature is now in the high 70s and the water clarity remains clear for most areas of the lake.

Fishing conditions on Roosevelt Lake are excellent. The wind Rim Country has been experiencing keeps the water moving in the lake while stirring up debris and pushing schools of bait-fish into shallow water. The early fall reaction bite is reported to be extremely successful this year. Crankbaits, spider baits, spinnerbaits, buzzbaits and frog baits have all be reported successful recently.  There are lots of shad bait fish from the spawn earlier this year. Experienced anglers know that if shad are present, the predator bass will not be far away.  The new moon phase that we are currently experiencing enhances fishing conditions, especially the reaction bite.

 

SAGUARO LAKE – The lake is 1,525 feet (93-percent full).

Largemouth bass caught by guide Scooter Griffith during a recent night tournament.

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.

Shore anglers should get out early (5 a.m.) because during the summer many bass will be holding in deeper water as the sun comes up. Don’t fish below about 20 feet — there is little to no oxygen.

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, Sept. 14 that the lake is going crazy with striper boils and this cool front coming through will make it even better. The guides have been catching them on jig-headed swimbaits and some on topwater plugs.

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 1,789 feet, feet, 87 % full.

Scooter Griffith from The Arizona Fishing Guides said Wednesday, Aug. 30 that Bartlett is still fishing great with lots of fish coming on reaction baits during the day, but action slowing down at night.

Gary Senft, Bass Pro at the Mesa Bass Pro Shops, said Wednesday storms have made the bass bite inconsistent at times, and the key is to keep moving and locate shad to find the nearby bass. Fish are typically not in the same place they were the day prior. He said small top-water lures like Pop-Rs and rip baits have been effective early with dropshot Roboworms in morning dawn, and green and browns colors being effective later in the day. The flick shake rig has been very effective for bass as well — see a how-to video.

Water temperature has been in the high 80s. Our water quality monitoring 3 weeks ago showed there was no oxygen below 20 feet deep.

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.)

Angler report:

Eric M.: We caught these last week at Canyon Lake. One weighed 6.5 pounds.  This was Sept. 7 around 4 p.m. We caught them on crankbaits casting to the shore with a steady retrieve in 10-25 feet of water. We were fishing close to the dam.

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 1,905 feet (91-percent full).

Scooter Griffith from The Arizona Fishing Guides said Wednesday, Aug. 2 that the lake (as well as Roosevelt) is going strong for largemouth bass with some top-water action early in the morning — look for birds to find schools of fish and watch your graph for the deeper schools and drop a spoon down for some exciting action.

The water quality is good.

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. 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 1,977 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 639 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:

“Trout fishing on the Rim streams and lakes is good to excellent. Stream trout anglers are reporting zero crowds and they have the stream to themselves on most days. The AZGFD Summer Trout Stocking Program is winding down. Only Canyon and Tonto creeks continue to be stocked during September.”

 

Mogollon Rim and White Mountains

(Updated Sept. 19; Editor Mike Lopez, 928-532-3692)

Recommended Waters to Fish

Few trout are being stocked recently because September is the end of the regular stocking season.  Silver Creek was the last water stocked (last week) and is still open to bait and a 6 trout daily limit (through Sept. 30).  However, water temperatures are dropping as the nights get colder and longer, and the trout are beginning to get more active.  Try Big Lake, Crescent Lake, Luna Lake, Woods Canyon Lake, Willow Springs Lake, and Bear Canyon Lake for active trout that can be found closer to the surface, instead of having to fish in deep water back in August.


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 starting to cool down and the trout can now be found closer to the surface.

BLACK CANYON LAKE – Fishing is fair.  The lake was stocked last in June.  Try PowerBait and nightcrawlers.  Water temperatures are starting to cool down and the trout can now be found closer to the surface.  The lake is only 3 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 starting to get active.  Water temperatures are starting to cool 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 poor for tiger trout.  Try PowerBait with garlic, worms, Kastmasters, or Panther Martin spinners for rainbows.  Water temperatures are starting to cool down and the trout can now be found closer to the surface.  If fishing is very slow for trout, kids can catch lots of sunfish in rocky areas along shorelines with a small hook and piece of worm.

WOODS CANYON LAKE – Fishing is good for rainbow trout and fair for tiger trout.  Try PowerBait with garlic, worms, Kastmasters, or Panther Martin spinners for rainbows.  Water temperatures are starting to cool down and the trout can now be found closer to the surface.  If fishing is very slow for trout, kids can catch lots of sunfish in rocky areas along shorelines with a small hook and piece of worm.

 

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 starting to cool down and the trout can now be found closer to the surface.  The fishing piers and platforms are accessible.  Sunfish can be easily caught on a size 12 hook with a small piece of worm in rocky or weedy areas.

RAINBOW LAKE – Fishing is poor for trout, but good 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. 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.  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, but good for catfish. Try for catfish with a worm or chicken liver on the bottom.

SHOW LOW LAKE – Fishing is fair for stocked (12”+) rainbow trout.  Supercatchable size (12”+) rainbow trout were last stocked in late August.  Water temperatures are starting to cool down and the trout can now be found closer to the surface.  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 open!  If fishing for trout is slow, kids can catch sunfish on a size 12 hook with a small piece of worm in rocky areas.

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 fair for catfish!  Channel catfish were last stocked in June.  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.  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 12-15 feet. Fishing is on and off however.

BIG LAKE – Fishing is fair for lots of small rainbows, but good for larger cutthroat trout. Try flyfishing or lures for cutthroat trout, including crayfish imitations.

CARNERO LAKE – Fishing is fair 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/good 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 getting active.

GREER LAKES (River; Tunnel; Bunch) – Fishing is fair at Bunch, Tunnel, and River.  The wild brown trout should be getting active as water temperatures drops.  Lake levels are low.  The boat ramps are not usable at any of the Greer lakes.    The curb at the end of the boat ramp at Bunch is just under the water, so use caution if trying to launch a boat.

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, carp, and catfish. Use corn or night crawlers for carp and 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.  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 should be getting more active as water temperatures drop.

LITTLE COLORADO RIVER in GREER – Fishing is good 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 should be getting more active as water temperatures drop.

SHOW LOW CREEK – Fishing is fair.  The creek just below the Show Low Lake dam was last stocked just before Labor Day weekend, but some stockers are still present.

SILVER CREEK – Fishing is good.  A large load of rainbow trout were stocked last week.   The regulations are still catch-and-keep with bait and 6 trout daily limit through September 30. The upper section is closed to fishing.

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

 

Central Mountains

Angler Reports

Kinnikinick Lake

Michael W., Sept. 18:  In 5 hours, I caught & released 43 brown trout, ranging from 11 to 16 inches… My friend Caught 35 Brown Trout… All fish caught on assorted spinners, spoons, flies & 1.5 inch crappie tubes.  Weather Conditions: Sunny & clear, winds 6 to 11 mph. Water Conditions: Heavily stained from volcanic ash.

Ashurst Lake

The pike were biting near the Ashurst Dam during the afternoon. We had good luck with anything “Rainbow  Trout” colored. Amy caught a 30-inch, 5-pound northern pike on a rainbow trout Original Floating Rapala. It was a great fight and even a tough net. Glad to get one more of these invasive species out of our lakes.

 

Upper Lake Mary

Michael W.: Caught My First Northern Pike!  I caught & released 1 Beautiful Northern Pike at 36 inches… Fish was caught on a Mepps Double-Blade Agila.   Weather Conditions: Sunny with some clouds.  Water Conditions: Muddy with algae bloom.

(New reports Sept. 13; Editor Chuck Benedict, 928-214-1244)

(These are recommended fishing waters. Those not listed either are considered poor or there have been no reports. Been fishing? Please sense your reports to BFishing@AZGFD.gov.)

Dogtown Lake

The lake is still pretty muddy from all of the runoff in the recent weeks.  Folks using PowerBait on the bottom are catching trout.  I talked to a fly fisherman yesterday who was catching fish on a bead headed prince nymph.

Kaibab Lake 

I fished Kaibab Saturday morning in the rain.  The crappie and bluegill were hitting flies fished behind a bobber reeled in slow on the upper end of the lake..  My coworker went back on Sunday and had similar results along with catching some trout.

Cataract Lake

I had a report of folks catching trout on spinners from the boat ramp over the weekend.

City Reservoir

Has been stocked with channel catfish.  I am still hearing reports of folks catching catfish using worms or hot dogs.   Folks are catching trout on PowerBait and worms fished under a bobber.  The ones the folks fishing were keeping were 8-9 inches.

Santa Fe Reservoir

Has been stocked with channel catfish.

Flagstaff area lakes

Ashurst Lake 

There is a heavy algae bloom on the lake.    I would make sure to fish with the wind at my back on Ashurst so the algae bloom is being blown away from me.

Frances Short Pond

I had a report that folks are catching bluegill, crappie and bass on the lake right now.  I also talked to an angler Monday who said they had caught a catfish last week.  This week’s trout stocking was postponed because the oxygen level in the lake was marginal for trout.  Hopefully by next week the pond will have recovered from the recent runoff and the lake can be stocked.

Lower Lake Mary

Folks are still catching fish on Lower Lake Mary using lures, flies and worms under a bobber.

Kinnikinick Lake

Brown trout were stocked yesterday in Kinnikinick.  This is also the time of year when catfishing can be good on Kinnikinick.

Blueridge Reservoir (CC Cragin)

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

 

Colorado River/Prescott area Waters

Angler report:

Lynx Lake

Michael W.: Caught Some Nice Rainbow Trout & Bass At Lynx Lake Sept. 15.  In 6 hours, I caught & released 27 rainbow trout, ranging from 11 to 15 inches and 4 largemouth bass… All of the fish were caught on the south shore, left of boat ramp and in the cove…  Most of the fish were caught on 1.25 inch split-tail grub, Pistol Pete & Super Duper lures.  Weather Conditions: Sunny & windy. Water Conditions: Lightly stained.

New report

COLORADO RIVER BELOW DAVIS DAM —  On Wednesday, 3,175 pounds of rainbow trout were stocked in the Colorado River below Davis Dam. The fish were divided between three stocking locations: Davis Camp, Community Park, and Rotary Park.  The trout averaged over half a pound each.  This is the second week in a row that the Colorado River was stocked with more than 3,000 fish.  Fishing should be great following the stocking. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will begin stocking the Colorado River every week from October through March.

The bite remains strong for stripers. Try your favorite lure or use anchovies for stripers.

 

(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 —

“Take 3 rods

Lake Powell fishing results are always amazing.  While working on the lake this week my goal was to get to Good Hope Bay to repeat the fantastic boils experienced on my previous trip. Wind complicated fishing results all week.  My first stop was the San Juan where a few striper boils were expected. We did not expect the magnum boils that developed along the north wall of Neskahi Bay on the morning of September 19. Active stripers were leaping high out of the water and hitting our surface lures consistently. If they went down for a few minutes we just dropped spoons and caught more until they returned to the top. We had to leave them boiling to head up lake for the Good Hope Bay experience.

See the details in the full Sept. 21 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 – No new reports. Catfish stockings will return next 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.

Pena Blanca Lake

 

Daniel M.: A friend and I fished Pena Blanca 6:30-3:30 on Saturday. Beautiful weather and plenty of bass. All were 2 pounds and smaller but caught 23 between the two of us. We moved a few large fish, but they weren’t interested. All but three fish were caught on Senkos. Thanks.

 

 

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