Archive for September, 2009

Rorys Tips

With the fall equinox easing past, the nights are now longer than the days, so we should transition rapidly into autumn fishing conditions. Predatory fish will be feeding more heavily in the cooling waters to put on body fat before winter conditions arrive.
With the mountain nights getting down near freezing this week, the transition should [...]

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Urban Fishing Report

Fishing for catfish should be good to excellent once the fall stocking program kicks off the week of September 21-26.  Orders have been placed for regular stockings of 1.5-2 pound channel catfish into all 20 Urban Program lakes in both the Tucson and Phoenix areas.  Lakes will be stocked at rates of 35-70 catfish per [...]

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Angler Participation in Urban Fishing Up 10% During Down Economy

Despite the challenging economy, or maybe because of it, the Urban Fishing Program is experiencing increased angler participation.  Sales of Urban Fishing Licenses in 2009 are over 10% above the record breaking 2008 year.
Eric Swanson, Urban Fisheries Program Manager, sees the growth trend as “Lots of people recognizing the excellent value of this high [...]

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CATFISH STOCKINGS TO RESUME WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 21-26

Fish stockings, featuring channel catfish, will resume during the week of September 21-26 at all 20 Urban Fishing Program waters in the greater Phoenix and Tucson areas.  The fall catfish stockings represent the “second half” of the spring/fall catfish delivery season that included a two month summer “halftime” break from stockings.  Over 14,000 pounds of [...]

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Southern Waters

URBAN WATERS – Fishing is slow at all Urban Fishing waters statewide through the no stocking period of the summer (water temperatures are too hot).
Fish stockings of hearty catfish will resume at all Phoenix and Tucson area Urban waters the week of Sept. 21-26.
Catfish and bass have been tough to catch with the higher lake [...]

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White Mountains

Note: Contact the US Forest Service in Springerville for up to date information on forest conditions at (928) 333-4372.
BECKER LAKE— Fishing is fair to good. The boat ramp is accessible. Becker is open to artificial lures and flies only, barbless hooks, and a 2-trout bag and possession limit. Try lures such as Super Dupers, spinners (Panther [...]

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Mogollon Rim

Creeks along the Mogollon Rim
Terrestrials such as hoppers and ants are getting the attention of trout.  The large trout seem to be interested in streamers and minnow imitations. Early October the trout will begin to bed so it would be nice to let them do their thing without too much interference.  It’s always nice to [...]

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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 keep it. Stone Dam near Ash Fork was stocked with catfish.

WILLIAMS LAKES:
KAIBAB LAKE — Campground area is open.  Fishing was fair-good on Power Bait and worms. Recently stocked.
CATARACT LAKE — Campgrounds are open.  Anglers [...]

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Southwestern Arizona

LAKE HAVASU – No recent angler reports. Fishing should be very good for striped bass, especially using topwater lures. This lunar cycle may be the trailing edge for catching good numbers of stripers under lights at night. Smallmouth bass action should be picking up as well.
Sandpoint Fish Report for Sept.10, 2009
9-6 Ryan Lampercht of Peoria [...]

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Colorado River Northwest

LAKE POWELL- Courtesy Wayne Gustaveson, Utah Division of Wildlife (wayneswords.com).
Sept. 9,  Lake elevation: 3,636. Water temp: 77 – 80 F
Full moon last week again slowed boils at Wahweap and Bullfrog. They didn’t stop, just got inconsistent. But it seems that Hite stripers started to boil again after taking a month off. This week boils are [...]

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