Get new batteries for your flashlights – it’s time
to make the switch from daytime to nighttime fishing for bass,
catfish and crappie. This is also a good time to switch to night
fishing in the high country for trout. Crappie lights can work
wonders for trout. However, I know some fly-anglers who fish at
night in the high country trout lakes using float tubes and no
lights. Try using larger artificial flies.
URBAN LAKES –
Were stocked last week with channel catfish.
Fishing for catfish continues to be very good at all Urban Fishing
Program lakes in the Tucson and Phoenix areas. Catfish have been
biting best on stink baits but are also taking shrimp, worms and
hot dogs at all lakes. Catfish have been ranging in size from 15
to 22 inches after the recent stockings.
TEMPE TOWN LAKE –Largemouth
bass action is decent. Bass are being caught averaging 1 to 3
pounds. Early morning and evening bites are good with plastics and
topwater lures (broken-back Rapalas and poppers). Most fish are
caught close to shore. There is a good population of threadfin
shad: shad imitation lures also work well. There is a
13-inch-minumum-length requirement for largemouth bass. Yellow
bass are plentiful and average about 7 inches. Worms work well for
them. The Arizona Game and Fish Department does not stock channel
catfish in this lake, as it is not a designated Urban Fishing
Program water. Catfish populations are almost nonexistent here;
this is not a hot spot for the whiskery fish. Fishing for carp can
be excellent: use dough bait or corn. Small bluegills (3-5 inches)
are easy to catch and can be a bonanza for kids using mealworms.
You need a state fishing license – Class A (not an Urban License).
A two-pole stamp can be used here.
LAKE PLEASANT —
The bald eagle closure on the Agua Fria Arm of the lake is being
lifted June 15. Bass (both black and white) are typically chasing
shad in the coves just after first light. Some have reported
seeing bass chase shad in the main lake, mostly off points, during
other parts of the day when there is a breeze. The largemouth bass
activity remains hit-or-miss. Try fishing off the points of the
northern coves. Try using spinner baits and soft plastic jerk
baits for smaller fish. To catch larger bass try using larger
plastics. To catch white bass try trolling or spooning in deeper
water in the backs of coves. Bass are sporadically chasing shad in
the coves just after first light. Try using small spinnerbaits,
crankbaits, grubs, or shad. There have been reports of stripers
being caught in the southwest portion of the basin. Try fishing
for stripers in water that is 15-plus feet in depth. Catfish are
still very active. Catfish are being caught in water that is 25 to
30 feet in depth with worms, chicken liver, shrimp, and water
dogs. Most reports of shad being caught are coming from the
northern coves. There have been few reports of bluegills and
crappies. To further enhance our knowledge of the striped bass
population, we are asking that any angler catching striped bass
please remove the ovaries and place them on ice. Samples can be
delivered to Arizona Game & Fish Department 2221 W. Greenway Rd.
Phoenix, 85023. Contact: Scott Bryan, Eric Kohagen or Jerry
ROOSEVELT LAKE —
The lake was 30-percent full at elevation 2,077 feet on June 9.
Tonto Creek was flowing at 3 cfs and the Salt River was flowing at
176 cfs. This has been the crappie fishing hot spot, but the
action is slowing down. Some crappies are still caught trolling
2-inch black or blue chartreuse grubs. Next year’s outlook for
bass and crappie should be excellent; spawning conditions were
great this spring. Bass fishing is slow, both for largemouth and
smallmouth. Bass are starting to go deep with the heat coming on.
Tight-lines using drop shots or Robo worms are working well. Bass
are being caught at dusk and dawn with topwater plastics. Night
fishing for bass is becoming the best time to fish; try noisy
topwater lures or glow in the dark plastic worms. Please harvest
largemouth bass under the 13-inch slot. Smallies are being caught
off rocky points with in-line spinners and crayfish imitations.
Catfishing is starting to produce. Try stink baits or hot dogs for
channels and sunfish or other small live fish for the big
flatheads. Call the Mesa Game and Fish office at (480) 981-9309 if
you catch a tagged flathead catfish. Carp fishing is good in the
coves using corn or dough baits.
Lake level is 1,910 feet (96-percent full). Smallmouth bass are
active early and late, use in-line spinners or crawdad imitation
crankbaits. Largemouth bass are also active. A few yellow bass are
being caught on spoons: try 1/8-ounce KastMasters, Little Cleos or
Pixies. The 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) 981-9400.
You can keep the tag and the fish if you want. There is a
certified scale at the marina boathouse.
Lake level is 1,656 feet (95-percent full). Large and smallmouth
bass fishing are both heating up. Last week an angler reported
catching a boatful of largemouth using imitation crawdads working
them slow on the bottom in 20 feet of water. There are reports of
good topwater action at dusk and dawn. Find areas where bass are
busting balls of shad. Later in the day try drop shots, Westy
Worms or Carolina-rigs off points. Smallmouth action can be
really good right at dark. At night try noisy topwater lures and
crankbaits for largemouth and smallmouth bass. There are reports
of a few walleye being caught trolling with in-line spinners. The
certified scale at the marina guard station is available 24-hours
Lake level is 1,525 feet (93-percent full). Bass action is decent
early and late. Casting 4-inch drop-shot rigs toward shore and
working back out slowly seems to be working well as does
Carolina-rigs with 4- to 6-inch worms (tight-lines). Night fishing
for bass is heating up. Hot weather is pushing the fish deep
during the day. Bass are now active at night. Senkos, Westy Worms
and Robo worms work well at night (tight lines). Yellow bass have
been hitting spoons (KastMasters) around balls of shad. Carp are
moving into the shallows and can be very fun to catch; try corn or
dough baits. Chumming for them is legal and works well.
Catfishing is picking up. Hot dogs, shrimp and stink baits work
for them. 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.
Lake level was at 1,789 (88-percent full). Bass are being caught
at dusk and dawn on topwater. During the day go deeper with
plastic worms or crawdad imitations. There are a lot of bass in
the 1- to 2-pound range. Most reports say crankbaits fished near
rock piles along the main lake are working best. Drop-shotting
“Robo Worms” is working well. The night bite is working well here
with many fish being caught after dark. Crappie fishing is slow
they are suspended and anglers are picking up a few on minnows.
Catfishing is good; some channels and flatheads are being caught
on stink baits below Bartlett Dam.
Lake is temporarily holding water (16-percent full
on Monday), but Salt River Project expects to slowly release the
water to Bartlett and the reservoir to go dry in August. No
reports on fishing. The Colorado pikeminnow and the razorback
sucker are endangered and must be released immediately. Upstream
from Horseshoe Dam is an unlimited harvest area for all game fish.
The deep pool bellow the dam should start producing flathead and
channel cats soon.
VERDE RIVER (above Horseshoe)
— Monday morning flows were 62 cfs at
Camp Verde and 101 cfs into Horseshoe Lake. Flows were 173 cfs
bellow Bartlett Dam on Monday. Fishing for smallmouth and
largemouth bass is getting better upstream. Try for smallies in
the main river bellow riffles. Try for largemouth in the slower
back eddies. Use imitation crawdads, Power Grubs or a Z-Wobbler. A
good area for bass right now is the pool at the confluence of Oak
Creek and the Verde. Catfish should start biting soon. Remember
that no baitfish can be transported into this part of the river.
For further information concerning regulations, call Game and Fish
at (602) 789-3257.
LOWER SALT RIVER
(below Saguaro Lake) — The entire length of this
fishery now has water and trout. The flow is 556cfs below Stewart
Mountain Dam and 300 cfs below Bartlett. Salt River Project
releasing water from Saguaro. Trout are being stocked at Water
User’s Park and the Blue Point Bridge. Try Power Bait, corn,
Z-rays or night crawlers. Stockings at Phon D Sutton and Granite
Reef are over for the spring.
– Lake elevation: 3,605. Water temperature: 62-70 F. Fish are
being caught on shad-imitating lures during the early morning
(4:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.). See Waynes Words Web Page at
wayneswords.com for details.
LEES FERRY –
June should be awesome as the new water flows are starting June 1.
The predicted flows of 10,000 to 18,000 cfs Monday through
Fridays, 10,000 to 16,000 cfs Saturdays and a constant 10,000 cfs
on Sundays. This is likely stir the shrimp up, which brings on
"happy fish." Most importantly these flows will produce some algae
blooms along the banks as the water is increased and recedes,
which starts up the garden. In relation to new algae on the gravel
bars, expect to see some good hatches throughout the summer well
into the fall. Wade fishing likely to be good during the rise on a
daily basis with possibly some afternoon drift fishing.
Spin anglers should try using
brown, and olive are the hot colors. It doesn't matter what
weight. Just get them in the water. Action has been very, very
good. For more information, try: leesferry.com.
LAKE MEAD —
The water level dropped slightly to 1,143.8 feet. An average of
14,100 cfs is being released from Glen Canyon Dam. An average of
15,900 cfs is being released from Hoover Dam. Launching
conditions continue to be tricky but workable. The water
temperature is 73 F. No reports on largemouth bass
action. The striper fishing continues to be spotty, with some
anglers catching a few and others coming up empty. Anglers were
still having decent luck in the Gregg Basin/Sandy Point area. Some
striper and shad boils were still being found off rocky points and
in the backs of coves. A general rule of thumb this time of year
is fish during the day on or near a full moon and at night during
a dark moon. With a crappie light at night, the shad will come to
you and the stripers will follow. Lights work best when there is
little to no moonlight. Areas with deep water adjacent to shallow
reefs or points usually hold stripers. Use anchovies and squid to
fish straight down into deep water. A jigging action may help
persuade finicky stripers to take your offering. Use a
quarter-ounce jig-head to hold your bait. Channel catfish and
largemouth bass can also be caught using this method. There is a
“red” flashing light on Decision Reef to warn boaters of exposed
hazards. Decision Reef is upstream of the Temple Bar Launch Ramp
on the Arizona side going toward Greggs Hideout. The ramps at
Pearce Ferry and Government Wash are closed. All other ramps
remain open. Get more information at nps.gov/lame. Boating
upstream into Iceberg Canyon is very shallow and not recommended.
Grand Wash is only accessible to walk-ins.
WILLOW BEACH —
Projected average daily releases from Hoover Dam
are variable. Nevada Division of Wildlife’s Lake Mead Fish
Hatchery had been stocked rainbow trout at Willow Beach but that
has ended. The fish had been going in at “Jumbo Wash,” which is
the first wash you pass before the parking area. Trout fishing was
slow over the weekend but a few stripers were still being caught.
A few anglers are still catching big stripers over 20 pounds.
There is a certified scale at Willow Beach Harbor so you can weigh
your state record fish right at the store.
LAKE MOHAVE —
Water temperature is 68 F. The lake level is 643.9 feet
and should remain stable. The narrows are still producing some
stripers. Anglers were having mixed luck off the dam with better
success on the Nevada shore. Anchovies and squid continue to
work. Largemouth bass were being caught in the Arizona Bay and
Cottonwood Cove areas. Look for them at the backs of coves in the
thick salt cedar. Some large channel catfish have been caught at
Stop Sign cove on anchovies. For up-to-the-minute reports on
striper fishing, call the Cottonwood Marina at (702) 297-1464.
Anglers are encouraged to catch-and-keep stripers under 20 inches.
Lake Mohave is short on small fish food, so fewer fish means
bigger stripers in the long run.
BELOW DAVIS DAM —
The best striper fishing is now at night when river traffic is
minimized. Some fish are still being caught farther downstream
drifting anchovies from Big Bend down to Topock Gorge. A few
largemouth and smallmouth bass were being caught in the Topock
Gorge area over the weekend on Power Worms and night crawlers.
TOPOCK MARSH —
Bass fishing has been slow with some fish being
caught near the glory hole and near the north dyke. Some anglers
were still having good luck catching channel catfish using
anchovies and dip baits.
– Some anglers have had success with topwater lures
like Cordell Pencil Poppers but the action is fast; messing with
treble hooks can cost missed fish. It is important to get a hooked
fish released and get another cast before the action quits. After
8:30 a.m. or so, try trolling with anchovies in water less than 25
feet deep. Largemouth Bass are in the tulles or in shallower
man-made habitat. River backwaters that have some stained water
seem to have more active fish. Tube baits, jigs and small
Roboworms have been effective. When wind has been a factor, a
spinnerbait is a good bait of choice. For information try:
— Water levels remain high. Anglers were recently having luck
with soft baits, especially purple grubs. Also try crankbaits
around shoreline structures or buzzbaits for those bass still on
the nest. Bluegill fishing should be picking up. Try working
worms or small spoons around the grass beds or under docks.
Catfish are picking up. Channel catfish love stinky oil baits like
anchovies. You'll need live bait for flatheads such as small
bluegill or goldfish.
MARTINEZ LAKE/COLORADO RIVER
— The river has slowed to 1,200 cfs. A few sandbars are showing.
The visibility in the river is 6 feet. Visibility is generally
better in the backwaters. Daytime temps have been over 100.
Nighttime temperatures drop to 70 or so. Fishing is great.
Shiners are the best bait. Senkos are working well. Purple is the
best color. Backwater lakes have given up some nice bass this
week, mornings and afternoons. Stripers are biting night
crawlers and chicken livers. Flatheads are active. Crappies, if
you can find them are hitting small shiners. For more
information, try: martinezlake.com.
– Some nice bass have been caught on Rat-L-Traps and on plastic
worms (purple or black). Bluegills are big lately and biting best
on mealworms. Stink bait and liver work best for channel cats.
Try live goldfish or bluegill for flatheads.
YUMA AREA RIVERS/CANALS
— Anglers along the Gila Main Gravity Canal backwater ponds just
south of Mittry Lake are still catching nice-sized redear
sunfish. They have reported using worms and spinner baits. One
angler reported catching some smallmouth bass in the Gila
Gravity. The flathead bite continues to pick up; use bluegill,
shad, goldfish and even night crawlers.
— Fishing is slow. Anglers at night are having luck catching
channel catfish. During the day small bluegill are plentiful and
bite corn or worms.
—No anglers lately but there are nice schools of bass along the
shorelines along with nice bluegill. You can access this pond on
the west side (BLM land) where there is a primitive boat launch
for a small boat.
— Anglers are enjoying warm water conditions for bass and
catfish. Fishing is good. Bass are biting purple or green
plastics and spinnerbaits. Catfish like stink baits, worms and
chicken livers. Stripers can be caught on anchovies and chicken
livers. Bluegills can be found in still waters using worms as
bait. Flatheads are biting in the evenings on live baits.
Cibola Lake is the place in
the Ehrenberg area to find some big flatheads.
— Anglers are doing well all the way to the dam.
Pitching green worms or lizards into the sticks near the shoreline
is the most productive method. Shad-like crankbaits are working.
A few larger fish have been caught in deeper water. Catfishing is
good. Stink bait is still the preferred bait. The lake elevation
is low, so boat with caution. The upper end of the lake is
shallow and there are several new snags and rock outcroppings
starting to show up.
Fishing has begun to pick up at the Williams’ area
KAIBAB LAKE –
The campground is open. Scheduled to be stocked
with rainbow trout this week. Fishing is fair for trout using
worms and rainbow Power Bait.
CATARACT LAKE –
Campground is open. Water quality is not sufficient
to stock trout.
– Scheduled to be stocked with rainbow trout this
week. Fishing has begun to pick up. Was stocked with catfish three
DOGTOWN LAKE –
The lake is closed to all users so the Forest Service can renovate
the campground and picnic areas.
– Campground is open. Scheduled to be stocked with rainbow trout
this week. Fishing is fair.
– Has been stocked.
SANTA FE –
Scheduled to be stocked with rainbow trout this week. Trout and
catfish were both being caught on worms fished about 4 feet below
a bobber. Trout and catfish were also being caught on lures. Was
stocked with catfish three weeks ago.
LOWER LAKE MARY –Trout
fishing was good over the weekend in the shallow water in rainbow
Power Bait and worms. Catfish were also being caught on night
crawlers and chicken liver.
UPPER LAKE MARY
– Crappie fishing is good. A 20-pound northern pike has been
caught this year.
ASHURST LAKE –
Scheduled to be stocked next week. Fishing picked
up when the wind wasn’t blowing.
– Scheduled to be stocked with rainbow trout this
week. Was stocked with catfish three weeks ago. Received bonus
stockings of trout last season and may have holdovers. Catfish
are being caught near the dam.
– Fishing is fair for brown trout good for rainbow
LONG LAKE –
Lake is open. No report. Remember that using live
fish as bait in Coconino County is illegal. The trout
should start getting active.
SOLDIERS & SOLDIERS ANNEX
– Soldiers Lake is full and Soldiers Annex is filling.
– No report. Has been stocked.
WEST CLEAR CREEK
– No report. Has been stocked.
STONEMAN LAKE –
The lake has picked up some water, but no stocking
– Lake has spilled. Stocked with rainbow trout
last week. Should be plenty of holdovers. Boat anglers are
catching a few fish. A few fish are being caught from shore on
red Power Bait.
– Road is open. Has been stocked with rainbow
VERDE RIVER —
Fishing has been slow on the river above Camp
Verde. Try natural baits like grasshoppers and hellgrammites this
time of year. These baits fished under a slip float will pick
bass and catfish. Remember to bring a variety of baits while
going for catfish. Baits like shrimp, hot dogs and mealworms
might work at times when nothing else does.
DEADHORSE STATE PARK LAGOON
— Fishing was slow over the weekend with just a few folks catching
some bluegill and a catfish or two.
— Trout fishing was fair over the weekend. Folks were
having mixed luck catching the rainbows with Power Bait and worms.
Brown trout stockings have concluded. More than 10,000 were
stocked in April. Brown’s will take spinners, flies, worms and
small minnow lures. Brown trout do not bite on Power Bait as
readily as rainbow trout. Rainbow trout are due to be stocked the
first week in July.
FAIN LAKE –
Trout were stocked last week. Rainbow-colored Power
Bait and worms were both working well last weekend.
CHEVELON CANYON LAKE —
Fishing is fair to good. Try lures such as Z-Rays, Panther Martin
spinners, Rapalas and flies (wooly worms, wooly buggers, and
peacock ladies). Its summer time so fish early in the morning and
late in the evening.
BEAR CANYON LAKE —
Fishing is fair to good. Try worms, Power Bait, lures and flies.
The lake has been stocked with catchable size rainbow trout.
Fishing is best early and late in the day.
BLACK CANYON LAKE —
The lake is open and full. The boat ramp is accessible. Catchable
size rainbow trout have been stocked. Try using worms and Power
Bait, as well as Z-Rays and Panther Martin spinners. Flies such as
woolly worms, woolly buggers, and peacock ladies are also
effective. Fish early and late in the day.
WILLOW SPRINGS LAKE —
The boat ramp is accessible. Fishing is fair to good. Try worms,
Power Bait, lures and flies. The lake has been stocked with
catchable size rainbow trout. Fish early and late in the day.
WOODS CANYON LAKE —
The boat ramp is accessible. The fishing is fair to good. The lake
has been stocked with catchable rainbow trout. Try worms, Power
Bait, lures, and flies. Fish early and late in the day.
GREEN VALLEY LAKE
— Fishing is fair to good with most anglers catching limits of
feisty trout. This fishery is part of the urban fishing program
and requires an urban fishing license. The lake contains rainbow
trout, bluegills, and catfish. Power Bait, salmon eggs and worms
are effective. Try Crappie jigs, small Rapalas, crankbaits, and
— Try worms, Power Bait, lures and flies in the
NORTHEASTERN ARIZONA (White
Note To Anglers:
Call the Forest Service for fire restriction information. Things
are warming up and the trout will be more active early in the
morning and late afternoon. Water temperatures are also warming
up, so fish deep.
BECKER LAKE —
The boat ramp is accessible. Catchable size rainbow trout have
been stocked. Fishing is fair. Try lures and small flies. Fly
fishermen are catching some larger rainbow trout.
BIG LAKE —
Fishing is fair to good. The lake contains rainbow, cutthroat,
brook and Apache trout. Try worms, Power Bait, lures such as
KastMasters, Z-Rays, and Panther Martin spinners. Flies such as
peacock ladies, woolly worms and wooly buggers have been
effective. Use the South Cove boat ramp. The water level is low at
the other two boat ramps.
CONCHO LAKE —
Fishing is fair. Fish early morning by the dam or by the boat
ramp. Try worms, Power Bait and flies. The lake has been stocked
with catchable size rainbow trout.
CRESCENT LAKE —
The water level is low and the lake is weedy. The west side boat
ramp is the most accessible. The lake has been stocked with
catchable size brook trout. Try worms, Power Bait, and flies.
FOOL HOLLOW LAKE
— The lake is low and launching boats may be
difficult, so use caution. Fishing is fair for trout but good for
catfish, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass and walleye. Try worms,
jigs, and crankbaits for bass and walleye and chicken liver for
catfish. The lake has been stocked with catchable size rainbow
GREER LAKES —
Fishing is fair to good. Try worms, Power Bait,
lures, and flies. Bunch, Tunnel and River Reservoirs have been
stocked with catchable size rainbow trout. A few nice brown trout
over 16 inches have been caught at River Reservoir. Bunch and
Tunnel Reservoirs are low so use caution when launching a boat.
HULSEY LAKE —
Stocked recently with catchable size rainbow trout.
Fishing is fair. Fishing will be best in the early morning hours
and late in the day. Try worms, Power Bait, and flies.
LEE VALLEY RESERVOIR —
This fishery experienced a winter fish kill but
some grayling survived. Try small (size 14) nymph flies such as
Hare’s ears, caddis fly, beadheads and Peacock ladies. Catchable
size Apache trout have been stocked in the lake. Fishing is fair
due to an algae bloom in the lake.
LUNA LAKE —
Fishing is fair. Try worms, Power Bait, lures and flies. Stocked
recently with catchable size rainbow trout.
LYMAN LAKE —
Fishing is fair to good for catfish and carp. Try
liver or corn. There is a health advisory for Lyman Lake. Mercury
levels were detected in the fish. Children under the age of six
should not eat any fish from the lake. Women of childbearing age
and children under the age of 16 should limit their consumption of
fish to one meal per month. Adult men over the age of 16 can
consume five meals per month.
NELSON RESERVOIR —
The lake is low. The boat ramp is slightly out of water. Fishing
is fair. Try Power Bait just off shore. Try using water casting
bubble or fish at least 18 inches off the bottom during the cooler
hour of the day. The lake has been stocked with catchable size
RAINBOW LAKE —
The lake is full. The boat ramp is accessible. Fishing is fair for
trout. Try worms, Power Bait, lures, and flies. The lake has been
stocked with catchable size rainbow trout. Bullheads are
plentiful in this lake and are good to eat. Try fishing with a
worm on the bottom near dusk.
— The lake is full. The boat ramp is accessible.
Fishing is fair. Try worms, Power Bait, lures, and flies. The lake
has been stocked with catchable size rainbow trout. Fish early and
late in the day.
SHOW LOW LAKE —
Fishing is fair to good for rainbow trout. The boat ramp is
accessible. Try worms, Power Bait, lures and flies. The lake has
been stocked with catchable size rainbow trout. Other fish
species found in this lake include sunfish, bass, catfish, and
walleye. This lake produces nice size fish!
The lake is down slightly. The boat ramp is accessible. Fishing is
fair. Try worms, Power Bait, lures and flies. The lake was stocked
with catchable size rainbow trout in early May.
CHOLLA LAKE –
Cholla Lake experienced a bad fish kill. Fishing is
poor. This lake contains largemouth bass, channel catfish, sunfish
CLEAR CREEK RESERVOIR
— Fishing is fair for trout. Try worms and
Power Bait. Rapala lures are also working well. This lake, south
of Winslow, contains largemouth bass, sunfish, channel catfish,
bullheads, rainbow trout and carp. The lake was stocked with
catchable size rainbow trout in May. Summer time air temperatures
are rising so fish early and late in the day.
SILVER CREEK —
Trout fishing is fair. Try using small spinners and
small, bead-head flies, worms and Power Bait. The section of
stream about 1-mile downstream from the hatchery is closed to
fishing. The creek has been stocked with catchable size Apache
— The urban lakes – Silverbell, Kennedy,
Lakeside and Sahuarita – will be stocked with channel catfish this
week. Try worms, chicken liver, hot dogs or prepared catfish bait.
These lakes also have aggressive, fast growing, tasty, hybrid
sunfish. Fishing for sunfish has been good. Use mealworms and
earthworms and 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 chances.
— Riggs was stocked with trout last week. The
weather is cool. For lake information and fire restrictions call
— Not stocked due to low water levels. For lake
information call (928) 485-9430.
— Was stocked with 1,000 catchable size channel
catfish. Slow for warm water species. For lake information call
— Slow for warm water species. For lake
information call (928) 428-6760.
— Not stocked due to water quality issues.
— Bass fishing during the day has slowed
with the warmer weather. A decent night topwater bite is
developing. Anglers using Jitterbugs and other topwater baits are
catching fish. Plastics fished drop-shot style early in the
morning are still your best bet. However, an angler using a Zara
Spook caught some bass in the 4-pound range. Water level is
dropping quickly but the boat ramp is still usable. REMEMBER:
LARGEMOUTH BASS MUST BE IMMEDIATELY RELEASED. Also
remember, the mercury advisory for all warm water fish is still in
— Fishing for bluegill and redear is
excellent from the shore. Bass fishing has slowed: bass appear to
be spawning again. Give it a couple weeks and the bass bite should
be excellent, especially at night. The department's weed harvester
has been on the lake recently trimming the weeds. Remember; the
mercury advisory for all warm water fish is still in effect. Bass
less than 13 inches long must be released. Trout are okay to eat.
Fishing for bass has improved. Most successful anglers are
working along the reeds and flipping pumpkin seed or motor oil
colored worms. A few bass are being caught using night crawlers
on the bottom. Crappies are also biting well. Anglers are having
good luck with chartreuse or yellow mini jigs in the marina.
Early morning or late afternoon is best. Channel catfish are being
caught near the stream inlet using night crawlers, chicken livers
and shrimp. The lake is also good for sunfish. Try fishing the
stick-ups in the shade. For lake information call (520) 287-6063.
— Fishing at Parker Canyon Lake this weekend was
fair. An occasional trout is still biting on Power Bait and worms,
but have slowed down due to a rise in water temperatures. Bass in
the 1 to 1.5-pound size are being caught on worms and various
crankbaits. Some nice bluegills are being caught on night crawlers
and mealworms. Catfishing is slow.
Pike fishing is slow.
Try silver spoons and fish imitation lures along the shore and
ROSE CANYON LAKE
— Will be stocked with trout this week. Lots of
limits are being caught. Anglers were using all the normal trout
baits; Power Bait, corn, cheese, salmon eggs, and small spinners,
all were catching fish. Don’t forget you need a trout stamp to
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