Archive for August, 2009

Rory’s Tips

This is the first quarter of a waxing moon, so fishing at night should be viable under lights. But there is also a transition time from summer to fall activity patterns for the fish. Daytime fishing should become more viable as the days get shorter, the nights get longer, and the lakes start to cool [...]

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URBAN FISHING REPORT

Fishing is slow at all Urban Fishing waters statewide through the summer no stocking period.  Fish stockings will resume at all Phoenix and Tucson area Urban waters the week of September 21-26.  Catfish and bass have been tough to catch with the higher lake temperatures making them lazy and sluggish.  Fishing activity will begin to [...]

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PREPARATIONS BEING MADE FOR 25TH ANNIVERSARY IN 2010

In 1985 what started out as a small fishing program at three lakes in Scottsdale and Tucson has now grown into one of the largest urban fishing programs in the nation.  The year 2010 will represent the 25th anniversary of Arizona’s Urban Fishing Program (UFP) and Game and Fish is planning some fun and innovative [...]

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WHITE AMURS VITAL TO KEEPING LAKES CLEAN

This is the busiest time of year for white amurs to graze on nuisance aquatic plants at urban waters.  Plants are abundant and growing fast.  White amur, or grass carp, are like “aquatic cows” feeding on plant growth across the bottoms of our lakes.  Vegetarians by nature, the white amur can feed on 1-3 pounds [...]

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Southern Waters

URBAN WATERS –Won’t be stocked again until water temperatures cool down in September. However, it is still possible to catch sunfish and catfish, the best times are at first and last light.

RIGGS FLAT —  Due to poor water quality this lake will not be stocked until conditions improve.  Fishing has been fair despite the [...]

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White Mountains

Note: Contact the US Forest Service in Springerville for up to date information on forest conditions.
BECKER LAKE— Fishing is fair to good. The lake is nearly full.  The boat ramp is accessible. Becker is open to artificial lure and fly only, barbless hooks, and a 2-trout bag limit. Try lures such as Super Dupers, spinners [...]

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Mogollon Rim Lakes

CHEVELON LAKE — Fishing is fair, but picks up considerably right before monsoon storms. Anglers have been catching rainbow trout on spinners. Try lures such as spinners (Mepps, Panther Martin, and Rooster tail), and spoons such as Super Dupers, KastMasters, and Z-Rays, and flies such as Peacock ladies, woolly worms and woolly buggers, and semi-seal [...]

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Central Mountains

Note:  Northern Pike have been illegally stocked in Francis Short.  If you catch a Northern Pike at Francis Short Pond please REMOVE IT FROM THE POND.  Stone Dam near Ashfork was stocked with catfish — the limit there is two bass minimum size 13 inches and four catfish.
WILLIAMS LAKES:
KAIBAB LAKE — Campground area is [...]

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Southwestern Arizona

LAKE HAVASU – The following report was provided by John Galbraith of Anglers Pro Shop Lake Havasu City: Striped bass bite improving during the morning hours using blue/white 3/8 to 3/4 Stump jumpers with 4″ hyper tails cast or trolled in the early twilight hours. After sunup switch to trolled anchovies with fish seekers or [...]

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Colorado River Northwest

LAKE POWELL- Courtesy Wayne Gustaveso, Utah Division of Wildlife. Aug. 12, 2009. Lake elevation: 3,639
Water temp: 77 – 82 F
Striped bass have established a very unusual feeding pattern in the main lake. Feeding is consistent and fish very catchable if able to understand what to look for.
Each morning at 6 a.m. (MST) feeding begins for [...]

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