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Fishing Report: Sept. 7, 2017

Posted September 7, 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 Aug. 31; Editor Nick Walter, 623-236-7214)

SAGUARO LAKE – The lake is 1,524 feet (92-percent full).

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

Scooter Griffith from The Arizona Fishing Guides reported Wednesday, Aug. 30 that the largemouth bass bite during the day is pretty good on frogs, and deep-diving crankbaits as the sun gets higher. Along with guide Jim Sandy, Griffith won a recent tournament catching three 5-pounders on dropshot-rigged Arizona Custom Baits worms in Scooter’s Special color.

As usual, angler success has still been somewhat dependent on if water is released from Canyon Lake into Saguaro. The upper end of Saguaro has been good while water is released. Some anglers are having success with average-to-large largemouth bass using swimbaits (shad patterns) and crankbaits. Crawdad imitations at night also have been effective.

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.

ROOSEVELT LAKE — (2,117 feet, 62-percent full).

Sept. 6 report from Jim Goughnour of Rim Country Custom Rods:

Roosevelt Lake water level is 63% full. The Salt River is continuing to slow and is now flowing at 50% of the normal rate while the Tonto Creek has again stopped flowing. The water temperature is now the low 80s and the water clarity is extremely clear. Good fishing conditions are being reported from Roosevelt Lake. Anglers are reporting changes in fishing conditions as the lake transitions to late summer and early fall.

Reaction baits are a typical late summer early fall bait because bass are chasing shad schools. Lipless style crankbaits, jerkbaits, spider baits, spinners and frog baits work well because the bass only have a couple of seconds to react. And when they strike it is typically an aggressive tug on the line. During the middle part of the day, when the sun is higher in the sky, bass seek deeper and cooler water conditions. On Roosevelt Lake, many angler enjoy a dropshot technique, Texas rig or Carolina rig. These deeper water techniques require a slower presentation than reaction baits, but can achieve big rewards for patient anglers.

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

Scooter Griffith from The Arizona Fishing Guides reported Wednesday, Aug. 30 that striper fishing is excellent with lots of top-water action during the morning until early afternoon. “Don’t be surprised when you catch a largemouth bass as well during those morning trips,” he said. “You can catch a lot under a black light at night with anchovies. We have had a few trips with more than 75 fish in a half-day night trip.”

Other reports are that fishing is still decent but anglers have to look a little harder for the fish than compared to a week ago.

Surface water temperature had been around 85 in the river and 87 degrees in the main lake. The lake level has dropped 3 feet during the past week.

Other reports indicate striped bass fishing is great anywhere from 40- to 70 feet of water.  Many anglers had great luck fishing at night during the recent full moon. This waxing gibbous moon will become a new moon Aug. 21, when using submersible lights at night will become extremely effective.

As summer goes along, shore anglers will have a tougher time reaching bass, which move deeper. Best bet right now for shore anglers is still fishing at night by the marina, or targeting carp and catfish.

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 1,791 feet, feet, 89 % 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.)

Largemouth bass caught by an angler at Canyon Lake using a cherry-picker jerkbait by Livingston Lures with guide Scooter Griffith.

Scooter Griffith from The Arizona Fishing Guides said Wednesday, Aug. 30 that largemouth bass fishing has been best up the river. “We caught them on Livingston Lures — the new cherry-picker jerk bait was by far the best bait.”

Typical summer pattern is in effect — top-water lure early in the morning, and dropshots and Texas rigged worms as the sun comes up.

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.

Traditionally, Canyon is the land of lunkers when it comes to bass. For better numbers, try Bartlett or Saguaro.

A new fishing pier is under construction in the Boulder Creek Recreation Area. This pier serves as excellent structure for sunfish.

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.

AZGFD is aware of a minor fish kill that occurred at the lake a couple weeks ago — the lake had tested positive for golden algae. The lake is clear of fish.

APACHE LAKE – Lake elevation is 1,906 feet (92-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 stockings are on hiatus for the summer but return in late September!

Keep in mind that some parks close at hours designated by their respective city. Be sure to consult the latest CFP  guidebook for closing times at spots such as Steele Indian School Pond, Surprise Lake, Pioneer Lake, Rio Vista Pond, Friendship Pond, Bonsall Pond, and Tempe Town Lake (closes on the marina side).

HORSESHOE LAKE – Lake elevation is 1,977 feet (15-percent full).

There are reports that a bunch of 4- to-6-inch largemouth bass were recently released downstream into Bartlett Lake. 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 1,120 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 continues to be excellent. Even though stockings have ended for some lakes and streams, there are still some very nice trout in those waters. PowerBait, salmon eggs small spinnerbaits and wet terrestrial flies have all been reported successful throughout Rim Country.  The AGFD sponsored Community Fishing Program, which includes Payson Green Valley Lake, is schedule to begin twice per month stockings in mid October. For a full description of the Rim Country lakes and stream stockings visit www.azgfd.gov.

 

 

Mogollon Rim and White Mountains

 

(Updated Aug. 29; Editor Mike Lopez, 928-532-3692)

Recommended Waters to Fish

Fishing for trout in the lakes is difficult this time of year because of water quality conditions. Instead, try fishing in any of the stocked streams including Silver Creek, East Fork Black River, Little Colorado River in Greer or Show Low Creek just downstream of Show Low Lake.  Fishing in the streams should be good because of better water quality, as long as the flows are not high due to monsoon rains.  Woods Canyon and Willow Springs are the exception and are stocked weekly, however the fishing in these lakes has been slow.  Try fishing about 10 feet down as the trout seek colder temperatures in deeper water during mid-day.  If trout aren’t biting, try fishing for sunfish along the shoreline with a small hook and piece of worm.

MOGOLLON RIM LAKES

BEAR CANYON LAKE – Fishing is fair.  Rainbow trout were last stocked several weeks ago. Try PowerBait and nightcrawlers about 10 feet down.

BLACK CANYON LAKE – Fishing is fair.  The lake was stocked last in June.  Try PowerBait and nightcrawlers.  The surface is warm, so fish about 10 feet down.  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.  Chevelon Lake is a hike in lake with a two trout limit and artificial fly/lure only regulations.  The surface temperatures are warm, so fish about 10-15 feet deep.

WILLOW SPRINGS LAKE – Fishing is fair for rainbow trout and poor for tiger trout.  The lake was stocked last week and will be stocked again this week, however, the trout being stocked are small.  Try PowerBait with garlic, worms, Kastmasters, or Panther Martin spinners for rainbows.  The surface temperatures are warm, so fish very early or very late in the day for best results.  Also, try fishing about 10 feet down at the thermocline for trout.  The surface water is too warm for trout during the middle of the day, so they go deep to find colder water.  But don’t fish too deep, as there is no oxygen in water deeper than 15 feet.  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 fair for rainbow trout and poor for tiger trout.  The lake was stocked last week and will be stocked again this week, however, the trout being stocked are small.  Try PowerBait with garlic, worms, Kastmasters, or Panther Martin spinners for rainbows.  The surface temperatures are warm, so fish very early or very late in the day for best results.  Also, try fishing about 10 feet down at the thermocline for trout.  The surface water is too warm for trout during the middle of the day, so they go deep to find colder water.  But don’t fish too deep, as there is no oxygen in water deeper than 15 feet.  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 stocked last week. Fish about 10-15 ft down for trout.  The fishing piers and platforms are accessible.  Bass and catfish are also being caught.  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. 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 stocked last week.  Fish about 10-15 ft down for trout.  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 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. If the gills are bleeding, the fish will die, and is best kept so it doesn’t go to waste.  If the hook has been swallowed or is stuck, just cut the line, and the fish has a better chance of surviving that trying to pull the hook out.

 

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 rainbows, but good for cutthroat trout. Try flyfishing or lures for cutthroat trout, including crayfish imitations.  There is a severe algae bloom on the north end of the lake by the dam and in Railroad Cove, so fishing on the south side may be more productive.

CARNERO LAKE – Fishing is fair. 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 poor.  pH levels are coming down but the lake is weedy.

GREER LAKES (River; Tunnel; Bunch) – Fishing is fair at Bunch, Tunnel, and River.  Lake levels are low.  The boat ramps are not usable at any of the Greer lakes.    The curb at the boat ramp at Bunch is just under the water.

HULSEY LAKE – Fishing is fair/poor for rainbow trout. Fish were last stocked in mid-May.

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

LUNA LAKE – Fishing is fair. The algae bloom has decreased and anglers are catching fish.  Fish your bait, fly, or lure 5-7 feet down, but no deeper, as there is no oxygen deeper than 7 feet.

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.  A fish kill occurred several weeks ago due to low oxygen, but the lake has recovered and fishing should have improved a little.

 

WHITE MOUNTAIN STREAMS

EAST FORK of the BLACK RIVER – Fishing is good for stocked rainbows.  Rainbow trout were stocked last week and will be stocked again this week.  Fishing is fair for wild brown trout.  Water levels may be high due to monsoon rains.

LITTLE COLORADO RIVER in GREER – Fishing is good for stocked rainbows.  Rainbow trout were stocked last week and will be stocked again this week. Fishing is fair for wild brown trout.  Water levels may be high due to monsoon rains.

SHOW LOW CREEK – Fishing is good.  The creek will be stocked this week with rainbow trout just below the Show Low Lake dam.  The road over the dam is open, but please do not park on the dam.

SILVER CREEK – Fishing is good.  Rainbow trout were stocked last week and will be stocked again this week.   Current regulations are catch-and-keep with bait and 6 trout daily limit apply. The upper section is closed to fishing.

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

Central Mountains

(New reports Sept. 7; 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 still catching some trout.  I had a report from an angler who caught and released 17 trout, 22 crappie and 8 largemouth in 5 hours using a inch and a half spit tailed grub.  We sampled the lake Aug. 14.  Most of the crappie, bluegill and largemouth bass were caught along the north shore during the sampling.  We also caught some really nice size brown trout on the west side of the lake.

Kaibab Lake 

I did a creel census on the lake yesterday.   There was a heavy algae bloom on the lake.  I did talk to one angler who was catching largemouth bass from the shore using small minnow crankbaits. If there is an algae bloom on a lake fish with the wind to your back.  The wind will blow the algae away from you.  We sampled Kaibab Aug. 15.  Most of the fish caught were on the upper (east) end of the lake.  We caught some nice sized largemouth bass along with crappie and bluegill.

Cataract Lake

I had a report of folks catching trout on spinners from the boat ramp over the weekend.  We sampled Cataract Aug. 16.  We caught largemouth bass, bluegill and channel catfish during our sampling around the entire shoreline of the lake.  We have been stocking small trout into Cataract Lake for the last couple of months.    These fish are averaging about 7-8 inches when stocked.  Cataract has done a good job of growing trout in the past so we are hoping these fish will be nice sized by fall.

City Reservoir

Has been stocked with channel catfish.  I am still hearing reports of folks catching catfish using worms or hot dogs.   Yesterday there were some folks at the lake  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

No new report.   May be stocked next week.

Lower Lake Mary

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

Kinnikinick Lake

We sampled Kinnikinick Aug. 7 to look at growth of fish.  We caught brown trout, tiger trout and rainbow trout in our nets.  The brown trout were feeding on crayfish and minnows. We caught fish near the weedbeds on both sides of the boatramp.  We also caught 2 brown trout in a net set on the bottom in 20 ft of water.   I would try fishing small crayfish imitating crankbaits or small spoons to catch brown trout.  Another possible way to fish is to catch some grasshoppers around the lake and fish them on the surface in the evenings.  Very few fish can resist a big fat grasshopper kicking around on the surface of a lake or stream.   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

Knoll Lake

Fishing is still really good at the lake but will get even better in the weeks to come.

 

 

Colorado River/Prescott area Waters

 

New reports:

COLORADO RIVER BELOW DAVIS DAM — On Wednesday, Sept. 6, 3,175 pounds of rainbow trout were stocked into the Colorado River below Davis Dam!

The fish were divided between three stocking locations: Davis Camp, Community Park, and Rotary Park. The trout averaged more than half a pound each with some fish over 3 pounds.

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

Mingus Lake

Sept. 6: Michael W.: Fish Hitting On All Cylinders At Mingus Lake!

In 6 hours, I caught & released 74 rainbow trout ranging from 9 to 12 inches… Fish were biting on assorted jigs, lures & flies today… Most of the fish were caught on 1.25 inch split-tail grubs, Pistol Pete & Super Duper lures. Lake was recently stocked. Weather Conditions: Clear & sunny with light winds. Water Conditions: Muddy

Lake Mead

Don M.: Golden Valley resident Laura Borden caught this channel cat; the largest catfish she has EVER caught,  while fishing off the dock at Temple Bar at Lake Mead.

The cat hit on a piece of anchovy and weighed 8.57 pounds.

Fain Lake

Michael W.: 

Fun Morning Of Fishing At Fain Lake!

In 2 hours, from 6 – 8 a.m., I caught & released 27 rainbow trout ranging from 8 to 11 inches and to my surprise 1 largemouth bass… Fish caught in the creek, on the Westside of lake…  All fish caught on 1.25 inch split-tail grub.  Weather Conditions: Clear & sunny. Water Conditions: Lake was heavily stained with some algae bloom residue. Creek was crystal clear.

 

(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.

 

See more lake-specific information

Lake Powell and Lees Ferry

LAKE POWELL —

“Gearing up for fall fishing

Lake Powell was busy over the Labor Day weekend. Weather was warm and winds were calm. Many enjoyed camping in the warm and beautiful summer conditions. There will be another week or two of warm weather and then the cooler fall weather will arrive. Right now the lake is capped with 80F+ water temperature which is a bit warm for really good fishing. In the spring time the best fishing occurs when the water warms into the 60s. Right now we are waiting for the temperature to drop into the 70s. When that happens here is what to expect.

See the details in the full Sept. 5 report from Wayne Gustaveson (www.wayneswords.com).

LEES FERRY – 

Angler Report:

Jordan B.: Fished with guide Mike Roth of the Northern AZ Guide Service. We (me, my wife Lori and my sis-in-law Terri) were using flesh-colored rubber worms cut in about 2 inch-long segments about 20 inches from the sinkers, which were pencil lead-style weight secured with surgical tubing.  This was Mike Roth’s rigging.

We fished off of the bottom and had success all day long. Mike is a fantastic guy and a very competent guide.

 

See the full June 30 fishing 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 are on hiatus for the summer but will return in late September/early october. 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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