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April 3rd, 2008
Central Arizona

URBAN LAKES – Spring fishing is HOT! HOT! HOT! Don’t wait another day to go fishing. Fishing activity at Urban Fishing Program lakes and ponds is excellent with anglers reporting nice stringers of catfish, aggressive bluegill and hybrid sunfish, some nice bass and a few remaining trout. Fish have been stocked three weeks in a row, with channel catfish stockings starting March 21, followed by hybrid sunfish March 27-28 and more catfish coming the week of March 31-April 5. On top of all the stockings of big fish, the lakes are producing good action for largemouth bass, bluegill and redear sunfish as all three of these species are in spring spawning mode and moving close to shore. Stockings of the 1-3 pound catfish will continue every two weeks through June. So get out now during these cool spring days to enjoy fishing that is hot, hot, hot!
Worms, stink baits, and shrimp fished on the bottom with a sinker attached about a foot above the baited hook should work well for catching catfish.

Daily bag limits are four catfish per person at Urban Lakes, and two catfish per person at Urban Ponds (note regulations and park signage for lake and pond designations).

If you are a die-hard trout angler and are sad to see the winter trout stockings end in the Phoenix and Tucson area urban lakes, do not despair. The beautiful 13-acre Green Valley Lakes in Payson are unique within the Urban Fishing Program because they continue to receive stockings of rainbow trout through early May. Surrounded by oaks, junipers and pine trees at a nearly mile-high elevation, Green Valley Lakes remain cool enough to support cold water fish like trout. While only trout are stocked there, there are at least four other popular sport fish commonly caught: crappie, largemouth bass, bluegill and channel catfish.

Angler reports:
Where:
Alvord lake-Caesar Chavez park
When:
04/01/08
Caught:
3 L.M. bass 7 channel cats? bluegill
Technique:
Using a Mister Twister split tail grub on a small wire spinner for bass and kept catching bluegills in between the 3 bass all over 14 inches and 1 was 17 inches. Channel cats on homemade dip/stink bait.
Comments:
These where all caught between 5:30a.m. and 9:30 a.m. behind the library. Skip the boat dock, it’s overfished.
Name:
Mike Salubmab

Where:
Papago Park Pond 2
When:
03/22/08
Caught:
14 catfish up to 3 plus pounds
Technique:
Shrimp on a circle hook 6 inches above the sinker
Comments:
the action was slow from sunrise to about 9:30 then for the next 1:30 we caught them some times two at a time. My son Johnny was on fire using 4 pound test on a light spinning setup. Also bass are on the beds and are hitting grubs and tubes
Name:
mike de vito

Where:
red mountain park
When:
03/20/08
Caught:
large mouth bass 2.6
Technique:
My technique was a drop-shot rig I used a rocket lures 7-inch double tail
Comments:
IT WAS 2.6 AND ANOTHER CAUGHT THE SAME WAY BUT WAS ONLY 1.4
Name:
Hunter Grandlich

Where:
river view park in mesa
When:
03/23/08
Caught:
3 cats, 2 perch and 1 bass
Technique:
My girlfriend Kourtney fished a small piece of night crawler 2 feet under a bobber for 2 decent perch and an 11-inch bass. I fished a whole night crawler on the bottom with a slide weight for 3 cats.
Comments:
All 3 cats were over 2 pounds, the biggest was 4 1/2 pounds. The bass was almost a pound and all were released for someone else to enjoy.
Name:
Jon Bowen

TEMPE TOWN LAKE – Fishing appears to be picking up again. Largemouth bass should be in the spawning mode.

Angler report: Jeff Garza fished Tempe Town Lake on March 30 and said trout are still biting. “Caught five rainbows and two largemouth bass on the east side of the Scottsdale Road bridge using night crawlers about 4 feet below a bobber. Fish were between 10 and 25 feet out from shore. Great opportunity for the kids to catch some fish.”

Where:
Tempe Town Lake
When:
03/25/08
Caught:
Largemouth Bass
Technique:
drop shotting
Comments:
Bass are in spring feeding mode, caught 7 bass in 3 1/2 hours from the shore from noon-3:30 p.m. When shad boils are seen, I discovered by accident that a swimming (quickly reeled till almost breaking the surface) drop shot worm was deadly when fished through the boils! Caught 3 bass this method every time a boil was seen! Use dark worm colors as the water is still not very clear and the bass seem to only be able to detect silhouettes rather than actual color differences.
Name:
James Cheng


Where:
Tempe Town Lake
When:
03/27/08
Caught:
3 Bass, 2 exceeding 1.5 pounds
Technique:
Dark green plastic work drop-shotted off the bank towards the far east end of the lake. Fished between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m.
Comments:
Bass seem to be right off the bank (10-15 feet). The last fish was the hardest-fighting fish (pound for pound) that I had ever caught! All 3 caught on ultra light tackle (3lb test) and released.
Name:
JC

Where:
Tempe Town Lake
When:
03/22/08
Caught:
Largemouth bass
Technique:
Spinnerbait parallel to the ledge at a moderate to fast pace and split shot rubber worms drug slowly across the bottom.
Comments:
Caught 5 nice sized bass from 2lbs to 4lbs at about 4pm to 6pm including a 6lb monster! I have a nice picture of it before I released it back into the murky water. If you would like to see it just send me an email I can send it to.
Name:
Aaron M. Schwartz

LAKE PLEASANT – Water elevation is 1,694 ft, which is 91 percent full. Water temperature is around 63 F and clarity is getting better in Castle Creek. Clarity of the western coves was about 13 feet, but the water temps were still chilly, just shy of 62 F. Fishermen are saying no fish there in the shallows yet. Carp are in the northern coves; throw some corn out if you just want to have a big fish on the line. Kids might like to wrestle one of those bad boys.

Anglers are catching both largemouth and a few crappies in shallow water at Castle Creek. Crayfish imitations are working well, such as Yabbie’s and Salt River Craw Robo Worms. An angler found water temps in one of the northern coves at 65 F and he caught more than 19 fish in two hours.

The bass fishing Web sites are reporting a (very) few smallmouth being caught at Lake Pleasant. Many of the fishermen are real happy about this. A Game and Fish official did verify one of them.

Bass are biting dark colored Senkos when pitched into the submerged trees. Drop shots are working for anglers in about 20-25 feet of water. At the CAST for Kids event two weeks ago bass were hitting drifting minnows pretty well.
Day time fishermen aren’t having a whole lot of luck striper fishing but stripers are hitting drifting anchovies at night on the south end of the lake at 40-60 feet of water near the intakes. The tires are another good spot that provide cover for the fish. Anglers caught four stripers at the tires in addition to the four larger stripers caught near the intakes.

Where:
Lake Pleasant
When:
03/22/08
Caught:
15 stripers 2-4lbs,1- 3.5lbs Channel Cat on hot dog
Technique:
Anchovies
Comments:
Fishing was slow night before, come early morning,8-10 a.m. fish on every 2 or 3 minutes, west of 10-lane boat launch in cove
Name:
Mike King

Where:
Pleasant
When:
03/20/08
Caught:
nothing
Technique:
worms
Comments:
Why do I always get skunked here?
Name:
Stan bowers

Where:
Lake Pleasant
When:
03/25/08
Caught:
Flathead catfish
Technique:
Fishing the bottom with anchovies in Castle creek
Comments:
25 to 30 pound
Name:
Jerry Teague

ROOSEVELT LAKE – Lake Elevation is 2149 ft (98-percent full). Tonto Creek runoff is at 129 cfs while inflow from the Salt River was at 2,870 cfs.

The Salt end of the lake is starting to pick up. Bass are busting up the shad in the mornings. Spinnerbaits and topwater lures are producing. Try fishing in the brush. A fisherman reported a good bite for Texas-rigged baits in the late morning to early afternoon in the mid lake coves. If you get tired of losing your lures in the brush, live minnows fished under a bobber are attracting the bass; try fishing with a minnow right above submerged trees or just to the sides of them.

Crappie fishing is still slow in the day time, but evening and night fishermen are having better luck in the coves on both sides of the lake east of the Salt. Lights are helping to attract their favorite prey at night. One fisherman reported crappies were no deeper than 11 feet and he found them in places protected from the wind. The bite is aggressive at dusk.

One fisherman reports good crappie fishing in the mornings at the Tonto end, in the northern coves among the trees. Black and blue chartreuse tipped with a minnow is what worked for him.

Another report from the Tonto end (between Indian Point and Cholla), bass were biting on reaction baits such as pumpkin colored sweet beavers in the shallow bushes. White spinnerbaits were also attracting bass.

Bass fishing seems to be real good in the evenings as well. A couple anglers caught 22 bass in a little over three hours. It seems like the bass are susceptible to quite a few presentations such as blades, brush hogs, jigs, cranks, white spinners, pearl flukes, Kalin grubs and jigs in shallow water to about 15 feet deep.

Here is a good detailed fishing report from some Game and Fish folks that fished Roosevelt a couple of weeks ago (fishing has improved significantly since then). “The fishing was a tad slow, especially for crappie, but we managed to bring back two big largemouths (8 and 10 lbs) and five nice crappies in the 10-13 inch range. The best tactic for numbers of bass would be throwing chartreuse/white spinnerbaits with Indiana blades in the flooded timber in the Tonto arm. Fish were mostly in the slot range with a few up to about 4 lbs. I caught most of my 8 bass yesterday doing that and several other boats were doing it as well. Best fishing seemed to be just off the timber in relatively open areas casting to boils created by bass chasing shad around. The two big largemouth (bass) were caught on crankbaits. Not sure where exactly, but they were caught more in the main lake area. Finally, the water temps were about 60 yesterday (March 19) afternoon. Bass get their spawn on in the low-mid 60’s so with a few warm days the fishing on Roosevelt should really pick up. I heard a couple reports of big bass making nests yesterday. Don’t really have anything on what is catching crappie as yesterday was a real hit and miss kinda proposition and everybody says the crappie fishing has been S…L…O…W. I suspect that a few days of warm weather will be the key there as well.”
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Angler reports:

Where:
Roosevelt
When:
03/28/08
Caught:
4.5-pound Largemouth Bass
Technique:
Pumpkinseed Berkley Gulp 5-inch minnow rigged weedless fished very slowly in the submerged trees
Comments:
My wife Sue and I fish mainly for trout. We have gone to Roosevelt the last couple of years to fish for crappie in the spring. She caught two “slot” bass last year while crappie fishing. This year, after no crappie action on minnows, I figured maybe we should try bass lures. Sue caught the fish on the second cast, which was the second time she had ever fished a plastic worm. Yes, it was bigger than any fish I caught. (and yes, I am very lucky).
Name:
Joe Knisley
Where:
Roosevelt Lake
When:
03/29/08
Caught:
8 Crappies, largest 14 inches, none under 12 inches
Technique:
Shad crankbaits, trolled slowly in 65 feet of water off points.
Comments:
I didn’t know crappies could be this big. I’m not a crappie fisherman and was fishing for bass when I started catching these big crappie. This is some amazing fishing on Roosevelt.
Name:
Grant Armendariz
Where:
Roosevelt
When:
03/29/08
Caught:
Crappies, largemouth bass
Technique:
live Minnows
Comments:
Fished across from School House boat launch, fishing was a little slow but we managed to catch a few crappies and largemouth. Also the water has cleared up.
Name:
Michael Brozek

Where:
Roosevelt Lake
When:
03/29/08
Caught:
2 ½-pound Crappie
Technique:
slow troll with 1/16-ounce jighead with John Deere grub
Comments:
It was a fight. and I am only 13 yrs old
Name:
Jordan Spinner

Where:
Roosevelt
When:
03/20/08
Caught:
Crappie, largemouth, smallmouth
Technique:
Slow trolling Tommy’s Tandem chase baits and spin-shad in firetiger and silver.
Comments:
Lots of fish caught including a 14″ crappie and a monster 22″ smallmouth. All fish were inhaling the lures.
Name:
Thomas Snyder
Where:
ROOSEVELT
When:
03/22/08
Caught:
BASS AND CRAPPIE
Technique:
LIVE BAIT AND SOFT PLASTIC
Comments:
THE CRAPPIE BITE WAS SLOW BUT WHEN WE CAUGHT ONE IT WAS NICE CAUGHT 9 BUT THE BASS WAS ON FIRE. WE CAUGHT OVER 50 BACK IN THE SALT END WE CAUGHT OVER 30 IN A 100 FOOT STRETCH IT WAS CRAZY FOR ABOUT 45 MINS ALMOST EVERY CAST WHAT A BLAST
Name:
SHAWN SALOW

Where:
Roosevelt lake
When:
03/22/08
Caught:
largemouth
Technique:
plastic jigs
Comments:
one spot took 20-plus fish one weighing 3 1/2 pounds all the rest were in the slot very healthy fish…special thxs too Shawn Salow for buying a new boat.
Name:
Richard Cammiso
Where:
Roosevelt Lake
When:
03/19/08
Caught:
9 Largemouth 4 Crappies
Technique:
Bass were killing Bass Assassin Flukes being dropped through trees. Also try dragging a 10-inch worm Texas-rigged along the tree line.
Comments:
The Tonto end seemed to be where all the bass were. Water temp. ranged from 50 to 62 degrees. Most of the bass were larger and seemed to be from the 2005 spawn.
Name:
Adam
Where:
Roosevelt Lake
When:
03/19/08
Caught:
5 Bass and 4 Crappies
Technique:
Minnow on a slip bobber. 12-15 feet deep. Along bank straight across from Schoolhouse ramp.
Comments:
Water was 57 in the am and 59 when we left at 2pm
Name:
Tim

Where:
Roosevelt
When:
03/23/08
Caught:
Largemouth
Technique:
Curly Tail Grubs,(smoke hologram, off white, green & black) 1/4 oz. jig,
Comments:
Flipping jigs in brush lined shores, Salome Cove, across from Windy Hill and in main arm of Salt River, 20-plus bass per day, some crappies.
Name:
Mark Simmons

APACHE – Lake elevation is 1,910 ft (96-percent full).

A 3-4 pound catfish was caught near the marina with chicken liver.

Trout are being caught near Burnt Coral by the fish habitat using Power Eggs. They are also being caught up and down the reservoir in various locations. This is not surprising since Apache received most of the Canyon Lake’s allotment of trout this fall as well as thousands of surplus trout the hatcheries had to get rid of. Yellow bass are biting by the marina and a 7-pound largemouth was caught there as well. Some anglers are having some luck catching small trout and smallmouth by the main ramp using worms. Channel catfish are being caught at Alder creek.

CANYON — Lake elevation is 1,657 ft, which is 95-percent full. Bass should be in the spawn right now. Anglers have been having a tough time catching fish here
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Angler reports:

Where:
Canyon Lake
When:
03/29/08
Caught:
Catfish,Yellow Bass,Bluegill
Technique:
Worms and minnows
Comments:
Fished all night, three anglers caught 3 catfish, 2 yellow bass and 1 bluegill. One catfish was 12 pounds. Slow fishing, catfish bite not on yet, in a couple of weeks when the water warms up, then it should be good fishing.
Name:
Bob
Where:
Canyon Lake
When:
03/18/08
Caught:
4 lb Largemouth, One Big Yellow Bass!
Technique:
The Bass was caught on a 6-inch worm. The Big yellow bass was caught on a 3-inch grub with an 1/8 oz jig head.
Comments:
What a blast! This lake is starting to come back.
Name:
Mark Greggersen
Where:
Canyon Lake
When:
03/16/08
Caught:
nothing
Technique:
not fishing
Comments:
We were out for a boat ride and we hit debris that could not be seen above water (a log maybe?). The boat is in the shop for a new prop and we may avoid Canyon for a few more months. Be careful out there!
Name:
Tracy Cook
Where:
Canyon Lake
When:
03/06/08
Caught:
Catfish
Technique:
Worms and minnows
Comments:
Fished on the dock at Boulder Creek could not keep the 6-10″ catfish off my line must have caught and released at east 30.

SAGUARO — Lake elevation 1,524 feet at 93-percent full. This lake has been good for a mixed bag of yearling largemouth bass, yellow bass and catfish.

This from an avid fisherman, “Fished about 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. in the upper lake. Bluegills were aggressive and I took 17 home of the 19 caught; nice hand-sized fish. All caught on 1/8-ounce KastMasters at the edge of ledges. A total of seven yellow bass, two keepers, rest less than 8 inches. Only one dink LMB, surprising for all of them that are around.

Bass are busting loose, especially on white spinnerbaits; only a smattering of crappie to be had.

Good fishing at Saguaro with regards to the 10-12 inch largemouth bass. They are hitting red and Aaron’s magic Robo Worms on drop shots; spinnerbaits are productive as well. Don’t forget the yellow bass; you can catch them using KastMasters near drop-off points. Largemouth will hit them too. If you decide to keep the largemouth bass and there is a Game and Fish creel clerk at the ramp, let them scan your fish to see if it’s one of the stocked fish. We would appreciate it.

This is a good time to try for channel catfish here. This lake has the reputation of providing THE early channel catfish bite. Try corn, hot dogs, stink baits, live minnows (on the bottom) and any prepared catfish bait.

Angler reports
Where:
Saguaro Lake
When:
03/19/08
Caught:
Yellow and Largemouth Bass
Technique:
Diving Rapalas: Bluegill pattern, Countdown: Baby Bass pattern
Comments:
Off of the floating fishing piers, cast parallel to the railing with a diver. Mine dove to about 10-12 feet and was nailed by a 13-inch yellow. Try casting parallel to the shore for largemouths.
Name:
Drew

Where:
Saguaro
When:
03/25/08
Caught:
Largemouth Bass
Technique:
Spinner bait, lizard sight fish
Comments:
In the morning I was spinner baiting and caught a handful of dinks, largemouth bass, in the back lake. In the afternoon, I used the high sun to sight fish the front lake. From 2 to 4 p.m. I caught and released 2 lb. 5 oz, 3 lb. and 3 lb. 14 oz largemouth bass. The three were locked on to beds. All fish looked healthy and were very strong.
Name:
Terry Wiesinger
Where:
Saguaro
When:
03/30/08
Caught:
8 yellow bass 3 bluegills
Technique:
KastMaster from shore
Comments:
Drain plug fell out. Still not sure how. Nearly sank. Beached the boat and made the most of it while fishing from the shore with the children. About 5 p.m. the yellow bass started going crazy hitting nearly every cast! My boys, 6 and 2, had a blast as did I. They caught 8 yellow bass and 3 bluegills, all at least 6 inches in length. They are hooked (pardon the pun)!
Name:
BC

Where:
Saguaro
When:
03/31/08
Caught:
Largemouth Bass
Technique:
Sight fishing beds, Lizards
Comments:
Total of 6 Largemouth Bass caught off beds and released. 2- 1lb.5oz, 1- 2lb.4oz, 1-3lb., 1-3lb.10oz, 1- 4lb.2oz. All looked healthy and strong fighters. Many others were spotted but very easily spooked.
Name:
Terry Wiesinger
Where:
Saguaro Lake
When:
03/20/08
Caught:
8 Largemouth Bass
Technique:
2″ Deep Wee R crankbait, silver shad color, black back.
Comments:
1-6″ bass,1-12″ bass the rest were 7″-8″. All were caught in less than 10ft. of water.
Name:
Bob Dillie

BARTLETT – Lake elevation is 1,797 ft, which is 99-percent full. A couple fishermen fished from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. late last week at Bartlett; water temperature was 58F when they got there and the warmest was 63F way back in a shallow cove with the temperature probe about 8-10 feet down. They started fishing a cove and on the second cast he caught a big male crappie in 2 feet of water using a jig. He fished about 200 yards from the cove and caught two largemouth bass. In one area of the cove he cast three times and caught three nice crappies, one male and two females, in 5 feet of water. In another cove no crappies were caught but they caught about 15 largemouth bass all very plump and nice looking. They went back to the first cove and caught another big female crappie. So in all they caught five crappies and 15 or more largemouth bass all using blue/black chartreuse Kalin jigs.

Angler reports:
Where:
bartlett lake
When:
03/24/08
Caught:
8 largemouth bass HALF 2# PLUS and 3 fat crappie all released healthy
Technique:
jigs and spoons for crappie and drop shot worked great for bass. Fish chasing shad all over cove, exciting to say the least!
Comments:
BARTLETT HAS TURNED ON! And more beautiful than ever!
Name:
Rick
Where:
Bartlett
When:
03/27/08
Caught:
9 Bass, 1 Bluegill
Technique:
All we used was a Road Runner jig head with a blue plastic grub with white split tail. It is great for casting and minimal snags. We fished where the trees where hanging in the water and where all the driftwood collects.
Comments:
We put the kayaks in at the Jojoba launch and fished in the coves on both sides of the launch. 5 hours in the kayaks netted us the 9 Bass and our elusive Bluegill. First Bluegill we have ever caught out there. The bass were all 15-19 inches.
Name:
Dave & Robin Seidell
Where:
Bartlett
When:
03/25/08
Caught:
nothing
Technique:
shallow and deep crankbait, finesse worm, spinnerbait, topwater, lipless crankbait.
Comments:
very windy, water was still cold and debris in the shallows, saw no bass, but did see some minnows and blue gill in the shallows, disturbed by inconsiderate boaters with very loud music, could be heard literally a mile away.
Name:
Cosme Velazquez
Where:
Bartlett
When:
03/21/08
Caught:
Largemouth Bass, Bluegill
Technique:
Mealworms from shore (!)
Comments:
Arrived at the lake at 12:30 p.m. on a boat and proceeded to spend 5 hours without a single bite. We tried everything, spinners, poppers, jigs, worms real and plastic, trolling, etc. and other than feeding the lake our lures we had nada. We loaded the boat and, because neither of us had settled our fishing bet (first, biggest, you know the drill) we parked at the marina and walked down the stairs to a cove. First cast netted a bluegill on mealworms. Then another. Then another. Then a 16″ Largemouth bass!!! I couldn’t believe it. We weren’t even casting, just penduluming (is that a word?) the worms in. The very next cast netted a 10″ bluegill (the largest I’ve ever seen)! We caught a few more small bluegill then it became dark (7ish) and they stopped biting. Who needs a boat???? :-)
Name:
BC
Where:
Verde River (below Bartlett Lake)
When:
03/18/08
Caught:
Largemouth Bass and a Carp
Technique:
I used a small yellow jig to snag the bass, and a plastic worm for the carp.
Comments:
I have been down here a couple of times this week. In a spot near the end of the road the excess water is 4 or 5 feet deep. I have seen many good sized bass swimming around. I have been trying everything. I finally caught a largemouth on a small yellow jig. It must have been about two pounds! Last week I caught my first carp in the very same spot on a plastic worm. It must have been 5 or 6 pounds! I bet the right bait will yield many more fish!
Where:
Bartlett lake
When:
03/24/08
Caught:
8 largemouth bass HALF 2# PLUS and 3 fat crappies all released healthy
Technique:
Jigs and spoons for crappie and drop shot worked great for bass. Fish chasing shad all over cove, exciting to say the least!
Comments:
BARTLETT HAS TURNED ON! And more beautiful than ever!
Name:
Rick

HORSESHOE – Lake elevation is at 2,025 feet, which is 100-percent full. They are releasing water at 650 cfs.

VERDE RIVER – Verde River flow at Tangle Creek is 466 cubic feet per second (cfs) and cfs at Camp Verde is at 648. Releases from Bartlett Lake are currently at 700 cfs.

SALT RIVER – Salt River into Roosevelt is 2,420 cfs, and Salt River Canyon is 1778 cfs.

LOWER SALT RIVER (below Saguaro Lake) – They are releasing 300 cfs out of Stewart Mountain Dam from Saguaro. The Game and Fish Department is taking advantage of these early-season flows to stock rainbow trout in the upper reaches of the Lower Salt (Water Users and Blue Point Bridge) starting this week.

CREEKS
Note: Most creeks are running high due to runoff and you can expect turbidity. The creeks along the Mogollon Rim have not been stocked since last fall, but will still have some larger hold-over trout.

Haigler Creek – Angler report
Where:
Haigler creek
When:
03/29/08
Caught:
Small rainbow trout
Technique:
Blue winged olive #16, Black wooly bugger bead head #14
Comments:
The stream has not been stocked yet but the water level was good and there were some small rainbows about 5″ or so. I would recommend using a small fly around a #16. They were hitting my wooly bugger but it was a bit big. I saw them start hitting the surface and switch to a blue winged olive #16 and caught a few.
Name:
Joe
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Canyon Creek – The gate is still closed but you can walk down a bit and find good fishing. The pools are deep and the intermediate water between the pools is about 3 feet deep in some areas so it’s deep enough to fish between the pools. Some of the silt has been scoured out, so that means nice interstitial space for all kinds of bugs and small fish. Nymph presentations are working as well as wooly buggers or leeches. If you go with the bigger presentations attach a small nymph pattern or hares ear to make a more complete presentation.
Tonto Creek – The creek is running a little lower than last week so if the bigger flies don’t work for you try nymph patterns. See what flies are out there and try to imitate them.

Christopher Creek –Should be running a little high. Not stocked since last fall.
Angler report:
Where:
Tonto Creek/Christopher Creek
When:
03/20/08
Caught:
Rainbow and Brown Trout
Technique:
Rooster Tail, Blue Fox Spinners, Nightcrawlers
Comments:
Fishing was fairly tough. Went to Bear Flat area for an overnight fishing. Fish were not biting much. Caught a 20-inch brown in a deep pool, and a few smaller ones 10-14 inches and that was it. Tried Christopher Creek campground and not much was biting.
Name:
David Thomas

East Verde – No reports.

Workman Creek – No reports.

HORSETHIEF BASIN LAKE – No reports.

2 Responses to “Central Arizona”

  1. bass fishin tempe town lake horrible tryed everything got two full tackle boxes and 5 reels didnt catch nothin trolled entire lake and fished under east bridge carps taken over….fished from 5am to 6pm west hitin hard though bass good that way

  2. Jimmy;
    Sounds like the carp are in the spawn. A can of corn might turn a bad bass day into a great carp day. They are the No. 1 fighting fish in Europe and will put all your reels and fishing poles to the test.

    The bass should also be spawning. I don’t troll enough to know if staging or spawning bass can routinely be caught that way, but I suspect not, unless they are actively chasing shad like at first and last light, or you just happen to get a reaction bite. During this time of year, bass will typically orient more to the bottom or to cover. The only thing I can offer is to try drop shots, Texas-rigged plastics or Carolina-rigged plastics along the bottom, especially along those shad lines under the bridges.

    Rory

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