Memorial Day fishing opportunities abound despite forest closures
Posted May 23, 2018
PHOENIX — Lots of quality fishing opportunities will keep anglers’ reels singing during Memorial Day weekend — despite forest closures.
Some of the best options in the White Mountains for trout fishing include: Big Lake; Greer lakes; Show Low Lake; Fool Hollow Lake; Luna Lake, Hulsey Lake, Woods Canyon Lake; Willow Springs Lake; Bear Canyon Lake; Carnero Lake; and various White Mountains streams.
Options in addition to trout include walleye fishing at Lyman Lake and smallmouth bass fishing at Show Low Lake. Quality smallmouth have been caught lately at Show Low Lake.
Want to catch a tiger trout? Tigers have already been stocked into Becker Lake (April 16), Carnero Lake (April 25), Kinnikinick Lake (May 5 and 11), and Willow Springs and Woods Canyon lakes (May 21).
In the Flagstaff and Williams area, anglers can try Ashurst Lake, Kinnikinick Lake; Kaibab Lake and Frances Short Pond.
Reservoirs along the Salt and Verde rivers on U.S. Forest Service land remain open, as well as lakes in the Coronado National Forest.
The closures, meanwhile, will have the following impacts:
- Black Canyon Lake. The lake will be closed.
- Little Colorado River in Greer: A closure will impact the upper end on Apache-Sitgreaves Forest Service land, but the stream within the town of Greer is open and will continue to be stocked.
- West Fork of the Little Colorado River-Sheeps Crossing. The closure will extend upstream to the Highway 273 Bridge at Sheeps Crossing. Anglers will have access to the West Fork-Little Colorado River upstream of Highway 273 Bridge, which will continue to be stocked. Areas in the Apache-Sitgreaves NFS that are outside closure areas will remain in Stage II fire restrictions.
- City and Santa Fe reservoirs. That Kaibab National Forest announced that due to drier weather conditions and increased fire danger, it has issued a temporary closure for the Bill Williams Mountain watershed area until it receives significant precipitation. The watershed includes City and Santa Fe Reservoirs. The City of Williams has closed all gates to City and Santa Fe. Fishing is prohibited and both are closed to foot and vehicle traffic.
- AZGFD is closing the Tonto Creek and Canyon Creek hatcheries. Read more.
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