Get Hot Summer Bass Action in the Cool Pine Country
July 20, 2005
Anglers have a fish species smorgasbord available at many high country lakes this summer. A host of high country lakes in the cool pines offer hot summer action for warm-water fish, including bass, channel catfish and sunfish. Some even have walleye and northern pike, which are a cool-water species. Others have yellow perch or crappie. Also, please catch and eat all of the crawfish you can. Crawfish are not native to Arizona and are therefore a threat to our native species. Just don't transport any crawfish alive. That's against the law except in part of Yuma County and part of La Paz County.
When planning a high country fishing trip, check to see if the lake you will visit has trout and warm-water fish. A great source to determine which lakes have which fish species is "Arizona Fishin' Holes," published by the Arizona Game and Fish Department. The book is available from any department office and at many bookstores. It not only explains which fish are in which lakes, but also what facilities are there, along with maps to help get you there. You can get more information from the Arizona Game and Fish Department's Web site at azgfd.gov.
Willow Springs Lake on the Mogollon Rim above Payson is one fishery that holds summer bass surprises. Try fishing the lake at first light for trout. Then go back to camp, have breakfast, maybe take a nice nap and hit the water again in the early afternoon to fish for bass.
If you want to use your lightweight trout outfit for bass, try using a small split shot and a 4-inch Power Worm or Power Lizard on a No. 4 or 5 hook. Then slowly work the bottom around the stickups. Bass-type crankbaits can also work.
Show Low Lake , a productive fishery within the city limits of Show Low, is popular with trout anglers. For many, the drawing card for this lake is the large walleye lurking in its depths. Game and Fish surveys have shown walleye in Show Low Lake well in excess of the state record. Show Low also has sunfish, channel catfish and largemouth bass. On angler caught a 32-pound channel catfish here recently.
A good fishing strategy here is slowly trolling a shallow-running lure for trout and a deep-running lure for the walleye. Having walleye and trout on the camp grill is a gourmet delight.
A good trick for enticing difficult-to-catch walleye is putting a small piece of night crawler on the deep diving lure's treble hooks. As any Midwestern angler can tell you, walleye love worms. The more traditional walleye anglers use "worm rigs." Walleye are light sensitive, so fishing at first and last light are typically the most productive times.
Upper Lake Mary near Flagstaff is a high country lake with lots of fishing variety. It has walleye, northern pike, crappie, yellow perch and channel catfish. For walleye, try trolling silver and black colored Rapalas, especially in the evening.
Many anglers like to fish for perch and crappie simultaneously in summer. A good bait for such combination fishing is mealworms. Also try a green and white mini jig about 2 or 3 feet under a bobber.
In the spring, some anglers were catching channel catfish up to 6 and 7 pounds. Summer nights are just made for catfishing along Lake Mary's shoreline and sometimes watching shooting stars reflected on the water. If you have a two-pole stamp, set up one rod with scented bait for catfish and the other with a night crawler to attract any marauding walleye, perch, crappie or largemouth. Using water dogs is a good bet because you might even land a large pike or bass.
There are no boat motor size restrictions here. It is nice to camp in the pines, have Flagstaff amenities close by, and fish for warm-water species. There are also plenty of trout fishing places nearby, including Lower Lake Mary. Ashurst deserves a mention here because of the illegally introduced northern pike there. Please catch and keep all the pike you can there. The state record of 32 pounds came out of there last fall.
Fools Hollow offers a great variety of fish and superb camping spots in the tall ponderosa pines. Don't be fooled by the fact that this state park sits inside the city limits of Show Low. It has the total feel of a high country lake.
This park has shiny new facilities to go along with a sparkling jewel of a lake that boasts trout, walleye, catfish, sunfish and even smallmouth bass. In fact, this is the only fishery in the White Mountain area with smallmouth bass.
The park has a launch ramp and even fishing piers. Shore angling is very viable. In fact, on a recent visit, the shore anglers seemed to be catching more trout than the boat anglers.
A good fishing strategy is to troll slowly for trout and walleye during the low light hours of early morning or at twilight; then bottom fish during the bright light of day using night crawlers to try for bass, catfish, trout and walleye. Late afternoon is a good time to work small crayfish-looking baits in the shallows along the rocky shelf areas, especially near the dam, for smallmouth and possibly walleye as well.
It's just a fun lake to fish because it offers so much variety. Try it once, and you will return time and again.
Other waters are also worth noting for summer fishing in the high country. Kaibab Lake near Williams is a good place to fish for crappie, largemouth and catfish. Nelson Reservoir near Round Valley is worthwhile for crappies. Try Scott's Reservoir in Pinetop-Lakeside for bass, catfish and sunfish. Santa Fe Lake near Williams is good for crappie, sunfish, catfish and yellow perch. Ashurst Lake is a good choice for catching crappie.
Watson Lake near Prescott is a spot for largemouth bass, crappie, sunfish and catfish. Whitehorse Lake near Williams is ripe for largemouth bass, sunfish and catfish. Kinnickinick is a good place for catfish. Deadhorse Lake near Cottonwood offers largemouth bass, sunfish and catfish.
Also try Cataract Lake , Coconino Reservoir , Goldwater Lake , Lynx Lake , Verde River (upper) , Wet Beaver Creek (smallmouth bass), East Verde River , Clear Creek Reservoir , and Clear Creek (smallmouth bass).
URBAN LAKES -The urban lakes were stocked with catfish during the last week of June for the last time until September when water conditions cool down again. Fishing for catfish is good to fair in early mornings and evenings. The top bait for channel catfish are worms fished on the bottom, however some great catches have been reported by anglers soaking worms 2-4 feet under a small bobber. Other baits such as hot dogs, stink baits and shrimp have worked well. Anglers are catching good numbers of sunfish on small worms or mealworms under a bobber. Bass fishing is fair with finesse plastic baits in early morning.
TEMPE TOWN LAKE - Fishing is slow. Some largemouth bass ranging from 1-3 pounds will bite rubber worms, minnows and crankbaits. Fish for them early or late on the east side of the lake. Yellow bass and bluegill will take mealworms under a bobber. Catfish averaging about 1 pound are biting on shrimp.
LAKE PLEASANT - Water level is at 1,685 feet (89-percent full). The lake level is dropping daily due to irrigation needs: the hot spot you fished two or three weeks ago may be dry land now. Largemouth bass fishing is good early and at night. There is a decent topwater bite in many of the north end coves at dawn for largemouth, stripers and white bass. Look for surface eruptions of tiny shad. Water temperatures are in the low 80s. Fish are being caught on plastics, either drop shot, or Texas- and Carolina-rigged worms. Crankbaits and spinnerbaits are also working at times. White bass will hit live shad, jigs (quarter-ounce white curly tails) and minnows. Striped bass can be caught trolling in the main lake near the dam using deep plugs and also shad. Bluegill, catfish and carp are active now. Night fishing under lights has been good for crappie (white and black) and white bass in the Castle Creek and Humbug coves. Night fishing for largemouth is also good using wired worms and drop shotting.
ROOSEVELT LAKE - The lake is 90-percent full at elevation 2,141 feet. The Salt River was flowing at 110 cfs Tuesday morning. Fishing is slow, even at night. Hopefully the summer rains will trigger the bass and crappie. Night fishing will still be more productive than during the day. Drop shotting is the most effective fishing technique for bass. Wired worms are also working. Fishing for smallmouth bass can be good; try using in-line spinners and crayfish imitations especially off rocky points and cliff walls. Remember the slot is in place for smallmouth as well. Carp fishing is fantastic with corn or dough bait. Channel catfish are very active early morning and at night. Use hotdogs, stink baits, or shrimp. Fishing can be good at night for large flathead catfish. The Salt end of the lake can be productive. Gear up and use live bluegill or carp at night in 20-40 feet of water. A remainder that when using sport fish such as sunfish or carp/goldfish for flathead bait that these fish must be caught in the lake and not transported live to the lake. Call the Mesa Game and Fish office at (480) 324-3544 if you catch a tagged flathead catfish. Note: anglers are reminded of the slot bass size limit that remains in effect at Roosevelt. Bass between 13 to 16 inches must be released immediately. Also those bass below 13 inches and above 16 inches that are kept can only be gutted with the head and tail attached so the legal length can be determined. All other fish such as crappie, catfish and bluegill harvested from the lake must have a piece of skin attached to the fillets so species can be determined.
APACHE - Lake is 94-percent full at 1,909 feet. Largemouth bass fishing is poor. Try the mouths of coves and off points. Tight-lining drop shots either Carolina-rigged or Texas-rigged worms can be effective. Walleye can be caught off cliffs and rocky points with in-line spinners or drifting night crawlers. Try rock-runners with worm harnesses or shad-patterned crankbaits for walleye after dark. Yellow bass can be found around balls of shad. Spoons and cut bait work well for them. Catfishing is good. The sandbars up lake can be very productive this time of year. Use shrimp or stink baits. Carp fishing is excellent. Carp are plentiful and range from 3- 10 pounds on average. The Arizona Game and Fish Department is tagging walleye with a blue spaghetti-type tag near the dorsal fin. If you catch one, please note the tag number, location caught and accurate length of the fish and call the department's Mesa office at (480) 324-3544. You can keep the tag and the fish. There is a certified scale at the marina boathouse.
CANYON - Lake is 95-percent full at 1,659 feet. Bass fishing is slow. The night bite is picking up for catfish. For bass drop shotting is still the method of choice, either Texas-rigged or Carolina-rigged. Senkos and Westy Worms have also been catching fish. Target smallmouth with crawdad imitation lures right at dark. At night try noisy topwater lures and crankbaits near shad boils. This is also a great lake for yellow bass; jig spoons in and around balls of shad. A few walleye are being caught trolling along cliffs. Shad imitation Rat-L-Traps can be effective for walleye here.
SAGUARO - Lake level is 1,524 feet (95-percent full). Bass fishing is slow. A general rule of thumb, "when its too hot for you its too hot for bass." Some are taking topwater plugs, jerkbaits and spinnerbaits early and late. Look for baitfish being chased at the surface. Drop shotting and T-rigged worms is still the method of choice. Bass are basically post spawn now and are moving into deeper water. Summer patterns should begin to work and night fishing will become more productive than fishing during the day. Jigging is also working at times with white curly tail jigs. Yellow bass can be caught jigging spoons (quarter-ounce KastMaster) or cut bait. Recent reports of yellows are being caught in the Butcher Jones Cove area. Another good area for yellows is near Ship Rock and the no wake buoys in the channel. Try to locate shad in 40-60 feet of water and jig through them. Catfishing is good. Try stink baits, hotdogs or shrimp. Some nice cats 5-12 pounds are being caught near Bagley flats. There is a certified scale at the marina to get an official weight and still release your catch. Two witnesses are needed for the weight to be official.
BARTLETT - This remains a fishing hot spot, although the action has slowed down during the days tremendously with the recent weather patterns. Lake level is at 1,785 feet (83-percent full). The lake is dropping slowly. Crawdad imitations and worming rigs (d-shot and Texas) are producing, although fishing did drop off a bit last week for bass. Crappies are being caught at night using lights. During the day try newly submerged vegetation along the shoreline and in coves. They will hit minnows and jigs. A live minnow rigged under a slip-bobber can be deadly. Try varying depths from 6-15 feet. Once fish are located continue to fish at that depth. Recently fishing under lights for crappie near the Yellow Cliffs area has been good at night. Catfishing is good. Some channel and large flatheads may still be caught near the dam. Use live bait such as bluegill or small carp for the flatheads and shrimp, hotdogs or stink bait for the channels. Remember the live bait most come from the lake itself not transported from another body of water!
HORSESHOE - Lake is temporarily holding water (35 percent). At this time a road closure is in effect due to extreme fire danger. Will let you know when the road reopens. SRP estimates that the lake will be empty by the end of summer. The good news is that the water is being used to keep the lake level at Bartlett higher.
VERDE RIVER - Fishing is poor for largemouth, smallmouth and catfish. Fish in low numbers may be caught near the confluences of West Clear, Wet Beaver and Oak Creeks. It may take a year or two for populations to rebound in traditional summer areas. Fish surveys this year showed depressed numbers of sport fish. High flows and floods this winter appear to have scattered and displaced many of the smallmouth and largemouth bass in the Camp Verde area. Remember that no baitfish can be transported into this part of the river (above Horseshoe). For further information concerning regulations, call the Arizona Game and Fish Department at (480) 324-3544.
LOWER SALT RIVER (below Saguaro Lake) - Some bass can be found in the portion above the Verde confluence. They will hit spinners, crankbaits and night crawlers. In a recent survey many largemouth bass were caught ranging from 1-5 pounds. Look for back eddies next to submerged brush.
CREEKS - Haigler, Workman, Christopher, Tonto, East Verde River have all been stocked with rainbow trout recently. Use spinners (Rooster Tails, Mepps or Vibrex) corn, worms or Power Bait. Fly-fishing would also be fantastic. Don't overlook the possibility of catching a few crayfish in the creeks. Traps using chicken, bacon or turkey necks work well.
HORSETHIEF LAKE - This small lake can be found up above Crown King and is a nice get away from the heat located in the pines. It holds bass, sunfish and catfish. Great for a canoe or car topper. Check with the Prescott National Forest for access to see if the road closure is still in effect.
Colorado River Northwest
LAKE POWELL - By Wayne Gustaveson. Lake elevation: 3,608.4. Water temp: 80-85 F. Lake Powell is large enough that fishing conditions at one end can be completely different than that found on the other. Such is the case now with the remnants of the massive spring flood clouding the water in the Colorado River arm above Bullfrog. Compounding factors include a huge shad crop in the upper lake that offers such plentiful forage that fish have all they want to eat. Fishing upstream from Bullfrog is slow.
Conversely, clear water and fewer shad in the lower lake make for hungry fish eager to feed. Larval shad are the target and both bass and stripers are skimming the surface in large herds. Slurping schools of fish are surface feeding morning and evening. Slurps can be seen from first light to 10 a.m. and then again in the afternoon from 3 p.m, until dark. Slurps are seen most often from the mouth of Last Chance to the Escalante. The San Juan may be the best place to catch surface feeding fish.
The feeding nature of slurping schools is such that all fish face the same direction so a cast must land in front of the school to be seen. When the school sounds all fish move as a unit to the depths and then return to the surface near a new shad school at some distant location. Try to guess direction of travel and stealthily move the boat to the next expected eruption site. Guess right and fish are caught. Guess wrong and the chase resumes. Each time a school surfaces close enough to cast the chance of catching a fish diminishes. After 3 or 4 up and down events it is time to find a new school to chase.
The most effective presentation is a 2-inch plastic grub on a 3/8-ounce jig head with light line. The heavy jig casts far enough to reach the fish while the tiny plastic grub is small enough to resemble a larval shad. Let the jig fall through the school and then work it back with a steady retrieve while twitching the rod tip to provide an erratic swimming motion.
If you want to catch fish instead of just chasing them, then bait fishing is the best strategy. Adult stripers continue to sulk in the depths along the canyon walls in the lower half of the lake. Fishing anchovies at 40-60 feet is the best technique for catching 4-6 pound stripers. The hot spot is Navajo Canyon from the mouth to the second point past the double island. The mouth of Warm Creek on the east side and Antelope Canyon are producing fish as well. Steady catching continues at the dam on both the east and west sides depending on time of day. Fish in the shade of the canyon walls during the heat of the day. Stripers prefer the shaded areas.
Please harvest as many stripers as possible. Last year's striper crop was huge. There are millions of young stripers very effectively feeding on larval shad right now. Shad must grow larger to become a positive food source for adult fish. Young stripers may prevent that from happening in southern Lake Powell. Catch a striper to help keep fishing good.
LEES FERRY - Report courtesy of Lees Ferry Anglers http://www.leesferry.com. The crowds are down because of the summer heat. However, the steady normal flow from the dam has made fishing good. Flows are expected to be higher for the summer months. Higher flows make for good drift fishing with cicada patterns and other terrestrials. We expect more action on cicadas and other large dries through the summer.
Fishing is strong and if you were one of the few anglers out there you would have had your choice of places to fish. Terrestrials are working: hoppers, cicadas and stimulators are all seeing some action. Still, the best method is to wade fish in the morning with small midge patters. As he water rises try some drift fishing with large dries.
Fishing at the walk-in continues to be pretty good for this section. Fishing the river bottom is your best bet as this section sees more pressure and doesn't offer a lot of the topwater activity. Wooly buggers and San Juans are favored flies for the walk in.
Spin fishing remains strong. Gold and silver KastMasters quarter-ounce are a Lees Ferry standard. Also small spinners for shallow water such as Rooster Tails and Mepps are also productive.
LAKE MEAD - No new reports. The heat is on and the moon is full this week. The rule of thumb is when the moon is full, predatory fish activity picks up more during mid-day and at dawn and dusk. So if you're braving the 110+ temperatures out there you may be rewarded with striper boils on shad during lunchtime. Keep your rods with Zara Spooks handy! Two anglers say they had a 60-fish day chasing striper boils. Take binoculars to spot seagulls actively feeding at the surface - that should lead you a shad boils.
LAKE MOHAVE - No new reports. Anglers are still doing well fishing for stripers using anchovies. Remember that the further north you go from Katherine's Landing, the less boating traffic there is. Look for smaller coves north of the power lines to find a nice fishing spot away from too much activity. If you're fishing from shore, try Davis Dam, Princess Cove, and Cabinsite. If you don't mind the drive, Cottonwood Cove from the Arizona side is a good quiet spot as well.
COLORADO RIVER BELOW DAVIS DAM - Striper fishing continues to be good along the banks of the river using small (1/4 oz) plastic grubs and shad from chartreuse to silver. One angler reported catching a 27-inch striper from his residence in Bullhead City as well as a 2- to 3-pound trout. Both were caught using anchovies. Water levels continue to be high during the day and boats are having no problem accessing the river. The water level will drop after sunset so plan accordingly. You can also check the Bureau of Reclamation Web site for flow predictions before you go.
TOPOCK MARSH - No new reports. For shoreline fishing, try Catfish Paradise. There is a nice fishing pier there that is also wheelchair accessible. If you prefer using a boat, the water level is up and navigating through the marsh is much easier. Still be aware of underground hazards. No new reports on fishing from the marsh. Along the banks of the Colorado River, anglers continue to do well fishing for stripers using anchovies.
WILLOW BEACH - No new reports. Last week's report read: Fishing for trout was excellent following the Friday stocking. Several anglers caught their limit within an hour of the stocking. Anglers were having success with green, yellow, salmon peach and orange Power Bait as well as plain marshmallows. Lures that were working were gold and red Super Dupers, yellow Super Dupers, black Panther Martin, yellow Panther Martin, green Z-ray, gold with red dot Zekes and Jakes, black Rooster Tails, gold KastMaster, and silver KastMaster. Striped bass were also being caught from shore. One group had 12 that were under 2 pounds each. Another angler caught an 8-pounder. One angler in a boat caught a 42-pound striped bass using an A.C. Plug. Still another angler caught 4 carp all over 3 pounds using French bread.
HAVASU - Fishing at the lake continues to be excellent for Largemouth and smallmouth bass. Top water is best early in the morning. Following the surface bite, use straight-tail plastic worms fished on a drop-shot rig and tubes. Dark green, brown and purple have been the colors of choice. Bass are being caught in shallow water inside coves as well as in 10-20 feet of water on points and underwater breaks that drop off into deeper water; don't rule out the use of spinner baits either. Stripper fishing is also good if anglers are able to locate the schools. Anchovies are the best bait. The catfish bite is good in the evenings and on into the night. Anglers using night crawlers, chicken livers, stink bait, and anchovies are a good bet. REMEMBER: THE SNAGGING SEASON IS NOW CLOSED. It will be unlawful for anglers to snag shad until the season opens again in October (see the 2005-2006 regulations for additional information). In addition: smallmouth and largemouth bass must be a minimum of 13 inches to possess. All largemouth and smallmouth bass less than 13 inches must be released immediately.
PARKER STRIP - No recent reports have been received for this area although fishing on the Parker Strip should remain HOT throughout the summer. Early morning periods are the best. Catfishing should be good in the evenings and into the night with this warmer weather. Use baits like night crawlers, cut anchovies or chicken livers for channel cats. For the larger, more predatory flatheads, only live bait will do. Fishing for flathead catfish is generally best at night. Anglers have some success with shad, bluegill, or small goldfish. Night crawlers are a good choice for the pan-filling sunfish that inhabit the Parker Strip. For a challenge, try landing one on a fly rod with a fly or midge. The bass bite should still be on. Soft baits were working well for both large and small mouth.
MARTINEZ LAKE/COLORADO RIVER - No recent reports have been received for this area although fishing hasn't changed. Top water bite should be on in the mornings. Martinez Lake boat anglers recently enjoyed some good success fishing for bass in the back coves and submerged structure. Plastics seemed to be working well.
MITTRY LAKE - No recent reports have been received for this area although fishing hasn't changed. The topwater bite should be on in the early morning hours. Channel catfish and bass fishing is picking up. It was reported that fishing for channel catfish with a bobber about 18 inches above a worm was working extremely well.
YUMA AREA RIVERS/CANALS - No recent reports have been received for this area. Anglers have been catching striped bass and channel catfish in the Gila Main Canal on chicken livers.
FORTUNA POND - No recent reports have been received for this area. Anglers should be catching channel catfish using shrimp, stink baits, worms, and chicken livers. Bluegills are plentiful in the pond and have been biting worms for bait.
REDONDO POND - No recent reports have been received for this area. "Yuma Lakes" anglers should fish this pond with a float tube to be effective. Both bass and bluegill dominate here. The early morning top water bite should be on.
YUMA WEST WETLANDS POND - No recent reports have been turned in for this area. Effective January 2005, the daily bag/possession limits for fish caught at the Yuma West Wetlands Pond is two trout, one largemouth bass (13-inch minimum), two channel catfish and five sunfish of any combination. For detailed information see the 2005-2006 Arizona Game and Fish Department's fishing regulations.
EHRENBERG - No recent reports have been received for this area. Largemouth bass should be good in the various backwaters along this stretch of the river. Top water in the mornings and evenings followed by plastics and spinner baits after the top water bite shuts down. The same Fishing for flatheads will continue to bite on bluegill or other live bait in the main channel. Worms and green crankbaits will continue to attract bass in the backwaters. Just a reminder, Cibola Lake is open to fishing.
ALAMO LAKE - Bass fishing in the morning and mid day is slow at best. Starting around six in the evening till dark it's fair. Local anglers have been holding there own (5 to 10 bass) using small grubs, lizards, and crankbaits. Try throwing a deep-diving Shad Rap along the shady sides of points and bluffs. If that does not work for you, then go to a lizard or small grub. Darker colors work best. Same deal. Work the shade. The bass are down in approx. 20 foot of water. The bite is on the fall. It's very important to watch your line. Most of the time you will not feel the bite. All you see is a twitch in your line. If you do get a series of taps then let your line go slack for a minute and set the hook. A local angler said it best " Once you figure out the bite. You catch fish." Rooster Tails had a night tournament Saturday night. Clint Langdon & Aaron Butler won with 15.09 pounds of bass. Good job guys. Crappie fishing is very good. Anglers have been catching anywhere from 50 to 100 crappie a night. Minnows, crappie lights and fishing the cliffs by the dam are still the hot ticket this week. Same with catfishing... Very good. The cats are being caught off of minnows and night crawlers. A lot of crappie fishermen have reported catching 5 to 10 pound cats while fishing for crappie. The lake level is at 1,134. Between evaporation and dam releases, we're loosing around a 1-foot of water a month. Cholla Ramp is still closed, but the main ramp works well. Were still getting high winds every afternoon until dark. We hit 116 degrees, so bring sun block and liquids. There is a fish advisory at Alamo Lake. The advisory recommends that people limit consumption as follows for bass and crappie. Children under age six: no consumption; women of childbearing age - one 8-ounce fish meal per month; all other adult women - three 8-ounce fish meals per month; adult men - four 8-ounce fish meals per month. For catfish is the same for children and women of childbearing age, but for all other adult women - five 8-ounce fish meals per month and adult men - six 8-ounce fish meals per month.
North Central Region
Note: Remember: the catfish limit on Lower Lake Mary, City Reservoir, and Sante Fe Reservoir is four fish.
KAIBAB LAKE -Trout fishing has slowed. Fish early or late in the deeper parts of the lake. Boat anglers are catching fish on spinners. Scheduled to be stocked this week. Last stocking until monsoons start.
CATARACT LAKE - Trout fishing has slowed. Fish early or late in the deeper parts of the lake. Boat anglers are catching fish on spinners. Stocked last week. Last stocking until monsoons start.
CITY RESERVOIR -
DOGTOWN LAKE - Trout fishing has slowed. Fish early or late in the deeper parts of the lake. Boat anglers are catching fish on spinners. Not stocked because of poor water quality. Last stocking until monsoons start.
JD DAM - Lake is full.
SANTA FE - Lake is full.
WHITEHORSE LAKE - Trout fishing has slowed. Fish early or late in the deeper parts of the lake. Boat anglers are catching fish on spinners. Stocked last week. Last stocking until monsoons start.
LOWER LAKE MARY - Fish during the evenings and at night along Lake Mary Road, very few fish are being caught during the morning or daytime. Most fish were being caught on worms on the bottom over the weekend. Fishing has slowed with the rise in temperatures, big fish are still being caught, but limits are not common. Some trout over 5 pounds are being caught and most of the fish were about 1 pound.
UPPER LAKE MARY - Some anglers have reported catching for yellow perch and crappies using mealworms fished at first and last light. Remember, there is no boat motor restriction here. This lake has northern pike and walleye. There is a health advisory: do not eat walleye from this lake because mercury has been detected try to limit consumption of other species to 8 ounces a month.
ASHURST LAKE - Lake is full. Fish early or late when the wind isn't blowing. Anglers were catching some trout over the weekend, mostly on worms 3-4 feet under a bobber. Some trout were over 14 inches. Stocked last week.
KINNIKINICK LAKE - The road is much better. Trout were being caught on worms on the bottom. Some catfish were being caught on chicken livers. Scheduled to be stocked this week.
MARSHALL LAKE - No report. The road is open.
OAK CREEK - Being stocked. Good for rainbows and fair for browns.
LONG LAKE - Lake is 70-percent full. Some 9-inch rainbow trout were stocked last week. Some of the trout should be up to size by fall. Stocked trout are safe to eat, but for other species, there is a health advisory: do not eat fish from these lakes because mercury has been detected.
SOLDIERS & SOLDIERS ANNEX -There is a health advisory: do not eat fish from these lakes because mercury has been detected.
BEAVER CREEK - No report.
WEST CLEAR CREEK - No report.
STONEMAN LAKE - NO FISH.
BLUE RIDGE - Has a large algae bloom going. Fish about 15 feet deep with bright orange Power Bait.
KNOLL LAKE - Fishing was good on corn and worms.
MINGUS LAKE - Still a few trout being caught at Mingus though it's slowed down some from last week. The lake was stocked on June 20 with 500 rainbow trout.
DEAD HORSE STATE PARK - No new reports. Largemouth bass action remains pretty good in the middle lagoon on small plastic worms and jigs. The first (upper-most) lagoon does not have fish.
LYNX LAKE - Fishing continued to be slow here over the weekend. One angler caught a 1.5-pound carp on a night crawler while fishing from shore at the north shore entrance. There were 3,500 rainbow trout as well as some "incentive" trout stocked on June 10. An occasional brown trout is still being caught on a lure or fly. Remember, brown trout don't take Power Bait like the rainbow trout do, so try night crawlers, spinners, flies and minnow lures. The Game and Fish Department, in cooperation with the Prescott National Forest, installed artificial habitat into four sites at Lynx Lake. It's hoped the habitat will encourage bluegill and largemouth bass to frequent those areas and make it easier for anglers to catch them.
FAIN LAKE - No new reports. Fishing was slow at over the weekend.
VERDE RIVER - No new reports. Fishing for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass continues to be good throughout the Verde Valley. The best baits are night crawlers, small spinnerbaits, 4-inch plastic worms, and Gitzit-type tube baits. Some rainbow trout are still being caught in deeper holes at the White Bridge (Hwy. 260 crossing) and at Bignotti Beach (near Thousand Trails RV Park). The catfish bite is picking up as the river warms. Night crawlers and liver are the best baits for channel cats.
GOLDWATER LAKE - No reports. Fishing has been slow at Goldwater. The lake was stocked on Thursday July 14.
Mogollon Rim Lakes
CHEVELON CANYON LAKE - Chevelon Lake is a hike-in fishery open to artificial lure and fly only. The bag limit is six fish with a slot limit. Trout between 10-14 inches may not be possessed. Trout taken from Chevelon Canyon Lake shall be immediately killed and retained as part of the bag limit or immediately released. Fishing is fair. Try lures such as KastMasters, Z-Rays, spinners such as Panther Martins, Rooster Tails, and Mepps spinners, and Rapalas. Fly fishers should try woolly buggers or woolly worms in black or brown colors as well as crayfish colored patterns, brown semi-seal leeches, and peacock ladies. Anglers may want to fish deep pools below the dam, which may contain some nice trout. Chevelon is open to 10 hp gas motors. Getting a boat into Chevelon will take considerable effort, but hiking with a float-tube is an easier alternative.
BEAR CANYON LAKE - Fishing is fair to good. The lake will be stocked with catchable size rainbow trout the week of Aug. 15. Try worms, Power Bait (green, yellow, orange, and rainbow colored), salmon eggs, lures (small Rapalas, Crickhoppers, Z-Rays, Panther Martin, Mepps, and Rooster Tail spinners), and flies (wooly worms and wooly buggers, brown or black semi-seal leeches, peacock ladies, Prince nymphs, zug bugs, and Montana stones). Bear Canyon Lake is a hike in lake and is open to electric motors only. Small boats or float tubes are recommended.
BLACK CANYON LAKE -The lake is down some. The boat ramp is accessible. The lake was last stocked with catchable size rainbow trout in mid-May and will be stocked again the week of Aug. 29. The lake experiences pH problems during June-August so fish cannot be stocked until water quality conditions improve, usually late August - early September. Fishing is fair. Try worms, Power Bait (green, yellow, orange, rainbow colored), salmon eggs, lures (Z-Rays and spinners), yellow Crickhopper lures, and flies (wooly worms and wooly buggers, brown or black semi-seal leeches, peacock ladies, Montana stones, prince nymphs, and zug bugs). The lake also has largemouth bass and green sunfish, a great alternative for kids if the trout are not biting. Try fishing a night crawler under a bobber close to shore, targeting shallow and rocky areas for sunfish and bass. Black Canyon is open to electric motors only.
WILLOW SPRINGS LAKE - The lake will be stocked weekly through the summer and into September. Fishing is fair. Try worms, Power Bait (green, yellow, rainbow colored, and orange), salmon eggs, lures such as Rapalas, Crickhoppers, Z-Rays and Rooster Tails, Mepps, and Panther Martin spinners and flies such as woolly worms, wooly buggers, brown or black semi-seal leeches, peacock ladies, prince nymphs, and zug bugs. Boat anglers might try trolling a night crawler, or a fly baited with a night crawler, several feet behind cow bells if other baits and lures are not working. Willow Springs also contains largemouth and smallmouth bass. Anglers occasionally catch some lunker largemouth bass. Fish submerged stumps and rocky shorelines with spinnerbaits, crankbaits, or plastic worms for bass. Willow Springs Lake is open to 10 hp gas motors. The boat ramp is accessible.
WOODS CANYON LAKE - Fishing is fair. Try worms, Power Bait (green, yellow, orange, and rainbow colored), lures such as Z-Rays, spinners (Panther Martins, Rooster Tail, and Mepps), crayfish crankbaits and yellow-brown Crickhopper lures. Flies such as wooly buggers, wooly worms, brown or black semi-seal leeches, peacock ladies, Prince nymphs, and zug bugs are also effective. The lake will be stocked weekly through the summer and into September. Woods Canyon Lake is open to electric motors only. The boat ramp is accessible. The store has supplies and boat rentals.
NORTHEASTERN ARIZONA (White Mountains)
BECKER LAKE - The lake is down a little. Fishing is good. Fly fishers should try brown woolly buggers, damselfly and dragonfly patterns, Montana nymphs, peacock ladies, Beadhead zug bugs, prince nymphs, and midge larvae patterns. Fly fishers are catching 8-14 inch rainbow trout. Lures such as small spinners, KastMasters, and Z-Rays are also effective. From May 25 to Sept. 30, bait may be used. Anglers should try various colors of Power Bait (orange, green, yellow, and rainbow colored), worms, and salmon eggs. A few large brown trout are also found in Becker, although not regularly. There is a two-trout limit. Becker Lake is open to 10 hp gas motors. The boat ramp is accessible.
BIG LAKE - Fishing is poor to fair for shore anglers and fair to good for boat anglers. Shore and boat anglers are catching rainbow trout 12-14 inches, brook trout 10-14 inches, and a few cutthroat trout 12-14 inches. Anglers should try worms and Power Bait (green, orange, rainbow colored, and yellow), and salmon eggs. Lures such as Rapalas, yellow-brown Crickhopper lures, Z-Rays, KastMasters, Rooster Tails, Mepps, and Panther Martin spinners are effective. Fly fishers are catching trout on brown wooly worms with red tails, peacock ladies, wooly buggers (brown, green, and black). Early in the morning and just before dark, trout tend to feed on surface insects, so try dry flies such as caddis patterns, midge patterns, and Adams in sizes 16-20. Boat anglers using cow bells with bait are catching rainbow trout 12-14 inches and small cutthroats up to 12 inches. All boat ramps are accessible, but the South Cove boat ramp is the best. The main boat ramp near the store is shallow but okay to launch with smaller boats. The Railroad Cove boat ramp is usable for launching small boats or float tubes. Big Lake is open to 10 hp gas motors. Tackle and bait can be purchased at the store and boat rentals are also available.
CARNERO LAKE - Fishing is fair to good for boat anglers. Anglers have been catching fat rainbow trout on light colored flies and KP buggers. There is no established boat ramp and small boats or float tubes are ideal for this lake. Carnero Lake is open to electric motors only. There is open water past the weed lines. Shore fishing is difficult. The lake is open to artificial lure and fly only, barbless hooks, and a 2-trout bag limit. Try lures such as Z-Rays, KastMasters, spinners (Mepps, Panther Martin, and Rooster Tail) and flies like wooly worms, wooly buggers, damselfly nymphs, scuds, and brown Montana stone nymphs. Warm temperatures are causing more weed growth as summer progresses, and will make fishing difficult.
CONCHO LAKE - Fishing is poor to fair. The lake is down, but the main boat ramp is good for launching boats. The water is clear. There was a fish kill in early May. Try using worms and Power Bait early in the morning and late in the evening. Concho Lake also contains green sunfish, which are more easily caught than trout under the current conditions. Target weed lines and rocky areas with night crawlers, jigs, and small spinners for sunfish. Concho Lake is open to 10 hp gas motors.
CRESCENT LAKE - Fishing is fair to good. Crescent Lake was stocked in May with 25,000 catchable size trout, a mixture of rainbows and brooks. Try worms, Power Bait, lures, and flies. Anglers are having good luck with flies (Prince nymphs, zug bugs, Montana stones, KP buggers, green damselfly nymphs, and brown semi-seal leeches. Lures such as Panther Martins and Z-Rays are catching fish. The west and south boat ramps are accessible. The north boat ramp may be difficult due to muddy conditions. Crescent Lake is open to 10 hp gas motors. The store on the west side of the lake is open for business. The lake is experiencing an algae bloom.
FOOL HOLLOW LAKE - The lake is down about 6 feet, and slightly turbid in the middle of the lake. Water clarity is good near the shorelines. Both boat ramps are accessible. Fishing is fair to good. Try worms, Power Bait, lures, and flies near structure such as rocks, tree stumps, and weed beds. Anglers have been catching bass, largemouth and smallmouth, bluegills, and green sunfish around rocky shorelines. One young girl caught a 3-pound smallmouth bass on a mealworm near some rocks. The lake was last stocked with catchable size rainbow trout the week of July 11. Fool Hollow Lake is scheduled to be stocked every other week throughout the summer. Anglers are being asked to harvest any pike they catch and not to release them back into the lake. Fool Hollow also contains walleye, channel catfish, largemouth and smallmouth bass, sunfish, and black crappie. There are some trophy-sized walleye as well as largemouth and smallmouth bass. Kids can easily catch sunfish if the trout are not biting. Fish rocky shorelines and the edge of weeds with night crawlers, jigs, or small spinners. Fool Hollow Lake is managed by Arizona State Parks and excellent camping facilities are available. Anglers wishing to fish the lake only for the day must use the west side boat ramp and parking area, but free of charge until that parking area fills. Fool Hollow Lake is open to 10 hp gas motors.
GREER LAKES - Bunch and Tunnel reservoirs are very low, due to irrigation drawdowns. Algae blooms are present on both reservoirs. Boat ramps are accessible but use caution when launching boats since water levels are very low. Small boats or float tubes are recommended. Both lakes were last stocked the week of June 20. Fishing is fair. Try using worms, Power Bait, small spinners such as Mepps, Panther Martins, or Rooster tails, and flies (woolly worms, peacock ladies, zug bugs, and prince nymphs for trout. Bunch and Tunnel are open to electric motors only. The lake level at River Reservoir is very low. The reservoir will be drained back down to minimum pool because of dam safety concerns. Repairs to the dam are scheduled this summer. Trout stockings at River Reservoir have been diverted to other lakes, however, some large brown trout likely remain in the reservoir. Launching boats at River Reservoir is very difficult and not recommended. The lake is open to 10 hp gas motors.
HULSEY LAKE - The lake is full. Fishing is fair to good. The lake was last stocked with catchable size rainbow trout on May 30. The shoreline area is very weedy and there is an algae bloom present. Try worms, Power Bait, lures, and flies.
LEE VALLEY RESERVOIR - The lake is down about 2 feet. Lee Valley Lake is open to artificial lures and flies only, two-fish bag limit, with a minimum size of 12 inches. The lake was stocked with 5,000 catchable size Apache trout in May. Fishing is fair. Anglers should try lures such as Rooster Tail, Mepps, and Panther Martin spinners. Fly fishers should try small Peacock ladies, Prince nymphs, Hares ear nymphs, caddis fly nymphs, mayfly nymphs, and damselfly nymphs in sizes 14-16.
LUNA LAKE - The lake is down about 2 feet. There is an algae bloom present in the lake. Fishing is fair to good. Try worms, Power Bait (green, yellow or orange), lures (Z-Rays, KastMasters, and small spinners), and flies (wooly worms). Bait and tackle can be purchased at the store near the dam and boat rentals are available. Luna Lake is open to 10 hp gas motors. The boat ramp is accessible.
LYMAN LAKE - Fishing is fair to good. The lake is turbid as usual. Anglers have been catching catfish at the upper end of the lake. Try fishing for bass, walleyes, and sunfish along rocky areas or weedy areas of the lake. Try worms, Power Bait, lures, and flies. The lake is managed by Lyman Lake State Park and camping is available. There are also some new cabins for rent. There is a fish consumption advisory here. Consult the fishing regulations or contact the Arizona Game and Fish Regional office in Pinetop for more information. Boat ramps are accessible and there are no boat motor restrictions on Lyman Lake. Water skiing is popular here during the heat of the summer.
NELSON RESERVOIR - The lake is full. The main boat ramp at the dam is the best. The other two boat ramps are weedy. Fishing is fair to good. The lake has been stocked with catchable size rainbow trout. Try spinners (Rooster Tail, Panther Martins), small KastMasters or Z-rays, or bait (Power Bait or worms) for stocked trout. Anglers have been catching trout on night crawlers fished under a bobber. Trolling wooly worms and wooly buggers, and peacock lady flies are also effective. Black crappies and green sunfish can be caught near rocky shorelines. Nelson Reservoir is open to 10 hp gas motors.
RAINBOW LAKE - The lake is down about 3-4 feet. There is an algae bloom here. Fishing is fair. The boat ramp is accessible. Try trolling spinners or flies for large carryover and stocked rainbow trout. The lake was last stocked with catchable size rainbow trout on June 20. Rainbow Lake also contains largemouth bass, channel catfish, black bullhead, sunfish and illegally stocked northern pike. We are asking anglers to keep all the pike they catch. There is no bag and possession limit for northern pike. Do not release them back into the lake. If targeting pike, the small pike are distributed throughout the lake. Try spinners, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits for larger pike and bass along weed beds. Shore fishing for the public is restricted to the dam and area along the boat ramp parking, since most of the shoreline is privately owned. A fishing pier is available at the boat ramp parking. Rainbow Lake is open to 10 hp gas motors.
SCOTT'S RESERVOIR - The lake is full and the water is clear. The boat ramp is accessible. Fishing is fair to good. The lake was last stocked with catchable size rainbow trout on June 20. Try worms, Power Bait (green, yellow or orange), lures, and flies. Try fishing near structure such as rocks, tree stumps and weed beds. Lure fishermen should try crappie jigs, small spinners, crank baits, and Rapalas for bass and bluegills. Fly fishers should try peacock ladies, KP buggers, brown wooly buggers, and Montana stone nymphs. Scotts Reservoir also has channel catfish. Try prepared baits or night crawlers fished on the bottom. Scotts is open to electric motors only.
SHOW LOW LAKE - The lake is down. The boat ramp is accessible. Fishing is fair to good. The lake will be stocked with catchable size rainbow trout the week of August 1. Try worms, Power Bait (green, yellow or orange), salmon eggs, lures, and flies for stocked and larger carryover trout. Boat anglers are having success trolling spinners and Rapalas. Try casting or trolling Rapalas, crankbaits, and chartreuse or brown Mister Twister jigs around rocky shorelines for walleyes, largemouth and smallmouth bass, black crappies, and sunfish. Anglers have had at times good success catching pan-sized walleye by fishing chartreuse jigs in shallow water very early in the morning (4-7 a.m.) and again late in the evening. An angler using an anchovy caught a 32-pound channel catfish in June. Try fishing near rocks with a bobber and a worm for bass and sunfish. Show Low Lake is open to 10 hp gas motors. A campground at the lake is run and maintained by Navajo County Parks. Boat rentals are available.
WOODLAND LAKE- The lake is down about 3 feet. The boat ramp is accessible. Fishing is fair. Woodland Lake will be stocked with catchable size rainbow trout the week of Aug. 1. Try worms, Power Bait (green, yellow or orange), lures, and flies for stocked trout. The lake also contains channel catfish, largemouth bass, and sunfish. A city park with picnicking facilities and paved trail around the lake make for a great family outing location. A fishing pier is available near the dam.
CLEAR CREEK RESERVOIR - The lake is full. Fishing is fair. The lake contains trout, largemouth bass, sunfish, bullheads, and catfish. Anglers should try worms, Power Bait (green, rainbow colored, yellow or orange), lures, and flies for stocked trout. Both boat ramps are difficult to launch a boat, the north one is shallow and the south one has soft sand. As the water temperature rises, sunfish should become more active and will be easy for kids to catch using worms with a bobber near the shorelines.
SILVER CREEK - Trout fishing is good, but can be excellent right after being stocked. As of April 1, Silver Creek on the Arizona Game and Fish Department property is open to statewide fishing regulations, except for the areas posted closed to fishing. The daily bag and possession limit is currently six trout from April 1 through Sept. 30. Try drifting night crawlers or Power Bait through deep pools. Use small lures such as Mepps, Rooster Tail, and Panther Martin spinners. Fish upstream or downstream. Fly-fishing anglers may want to try Peacock Ladies, Wooly buggers, prince nymphs, bead head nymphs, mayfly and caddis fly nymph imitations, and shrimp patterns. Fish your flies upstream and dead drift them downstream or cast your fly downstream and retrieve the it slowly, twitching it occasionally. Try small dry flies such as Adams, parachute Adams, midge imitations, and caddis fly patterns is sizes #16 or #18. Silver Creek is scheduled to be stocked this week and will be stocked weekly throughout the summer with catchable size Apache trout.
EAST FORK OF BLACK RIVER - River flows are low. Apache trout will be stocked this week and will continue to be stocked weekly through the summer and into September. Fishing is good. Several campgrounds are located on the river from Buffalo Crossing to Diamond Rock and are now open. Try fly-fishing using small nymphs such as Hares ears, Pheasant tails, woolly worms, peacock ladies, Zug Bugs, and Prince nymphs. Fly fishers may also want to try dry flies such as Royal Wulffs, Light Cahills, Adams, and humpies. Lure fishermen may want to try small spinners ( Mepps, Panther Martins, and Rooster tails), and spoons such as KastMasters. Bait anglers should try drifting night crawlers through deep pools. Wild brown trout are also present throughout the East Fork.
WEST FORK OF BLACK RIVER - River flows are low. Fishing is good. The West Fork campground area will be stocked with catchable size Apache trout this week and will continue to be stocked weekly through the summer and into September. Lure fishermen may want to try small spinners and spoons. Fly fishers may want to try nymphs and dry flies. Bait fishermen should try drifting night crawlers through deep pools. The road (68A) into West Fork campground is open and the river crossings have been improved, but use caution when driving through the stream crossings.
LITTLE COLORADO RIVER - GREER - River flows are low. The river was stocked with catchable size Apache trout this week and will continue to be stocked weekly through the summer and into September. Fishing is good. Try fly-fishing with nymphs or dry flies, lures such as small spinners and spoons, or try drifting night crawlers through deep pools. Wild brown trout are also present throughout the Little Colorado River.
SHEEPS CROSSING - WEST FORK LITTLE COLORADO RIVER - River flows are low. The river was stocked with catchable Apache trout this week and will continue to be stocked weekly through the summer and into September. Fishing is good. Try fly-fishing with nymphs or dry flies, lures such as small spinners or spoons, or try drifting night crawlers through deep pools.
TUCSON URBAN - Sunny skies and warm weather make this an ideal time to get out and fish: Be sure to get a 2005 license. Kennedy, Silverbell, Sahuarita and Lakeside have stocked with channel catfish. There will be no further stockings until September. Try worms, hotdogs, chicken liver or prepared catfish bait. They also have been stocked with aggressive, fast-growing, tasty hybrid sunfish. Fishing for sunfish has been good. Use mealworms and earthworms on a small hook, size 10 or smaller, under a bobber set at 3 to 5 feet. Buy a two-pole stamp and try different baits to double your odds.
RIGGS FLAT - Riggs has not been stocked since June 14 because of water quality. We will not stock again until early fall (Sept.-Oct.) if and when the ph changes. Fishing is fair and will probably stay that way until we can get more fish in the lake. For more information, call (928) 428-4150.
CLUFF RANCH - Slow for warmwater species. For lake information call (928) 485-9430.
ROPER LAKE - Fishing at Roper Lake is fair. They are catching bass and crappie using soft plastic baits. Early in the morning and late evening they are having some good top water action for bass. For lake information call (928) 428-6760.
DANKWORTH POND - Fishing at Dankworth Pond is fair. They are catching bass and crappie using soft plastic baits. Early in the morning and late evening they are having some good top water action for bass. For lake information call (928) 428-6760.
KEARNY LAKES - Not stocked due to water quality issues.
ARIVACA - The bass fishing (along with the other warm water species) is good to excellent. The water level is very low, and some boats may not be able to launch. The weeds are rather thick, especially along the banks. Despite these conditions, bass are still being caught, primarily on plastic baits. Try a variety of plastics, especially the darker colors. The sunfish (bluegill, Redear, and Green) fishing is excellent. Remember, powerboats on Arivaca Lake are restricted to the use of a single electric motor only, and all bass must be immediately released back to the water. The mercury advisory for all fish is still in effect. Also, be advised that there is a fire restriction for all of the land surrounding the lake (to include the parking lot). You can only use gas stoves for cooking. No other fires are allowed.
PENA BLANCA - The trout fishing has tapered off with the warmer weather. Pena Blanca is stocked with trout only during the months of November through March. Though there are still trout in the lake, they are occupying the lower depths of the lake (cooler temperatures). The bass and sunfish fishing have been ok. Additionally, the black crappies have made a come back from their reduced levels of the past couple of years. Water levels have dropped, but you should be able to launch most boats. The Department's weed cutting efforts have opened up the northern portion of the lake (toward the dam). These efforts had to be halted due to the low water levels. Remember, powerboats on Pena Blanca Lake are restricted to the use of a single electric motor only. The mercury advisory for all warm water fish is in effect. Bass less than 13 inches long must be immediately released. The daily bag limit for bass is 4. Also, if you are fishing for trout and have a general fishing license, you must purchase a trout stamp to validate that license for the take of trout. Also, be advised that Pena Blanca is not an urban lake; therefore an Urban license is invalid to fish at this lake.
PATAGONIA - The lake level has dropped to levels that make launching a boat difficult if not impossible for some watercraft. There are also numerous rocks breaking the lake surface or just under the surface that make the lake extremely hazardous for navigation if you are not aware of the locations. We recommend that watercraft operators reconnoiter the lake before traveling above wake speed. As well the low levels have affected the fishing. Bass are all but impossible to catch and the catfish bite has dropped off. Catfish are really active right now with lots of 20-plus-inch fish being taken in the fish habitat area. Chicken livers and hotdogs seem to be the right bait for channel cats in that area. Crappies are becoming active near structure but still have not seemed to turn on completely. Try using a jig and if you find a school be patient and work the area thoroughly. Sunfish are active in all parts of the lake. Try using small hooks with small pieces of worm suspended about 12 to 18 inches. The average size is pretty small (3-5 inches). For more lake information, call Patagonia Lake State Park at (520) 287-6965.
PARKER CANYON - Overall, fishing at Parker Canyon Lake is fair. Bluegills are hitting worms, deep. Some trout are being caught in cooler waters either trolling or fishing with power bait or worms in deeper, cooler waters. Bass are being caught during early morning and evenings using a variety of bass lures. Water level is still good, with no problems launching boats. Weeds are a problem in some coves and along the shallower shorelines. The department weed harvester will be working at the lake to reduce this summer problem.
PICACHO RESERVOIR - No Report.
ROSE CANYON LAKE - Rose Canyon Lake has been stocked with trout and fishing has been good. Is not scheduled to be restocked until mid-August. Try Power Bait, corn or cheese. Small spinners also work.
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