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April 14th, 2008
Central Arizona

URBAN LAKES – Angler report nice stringers of catfish, aggressive bluegill and hybrid sunfish along with some nice bass, plus some remaining trout. Fish were 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. Largemouth, bluegill, and redear sunfish are in spring spawning mode and moving close to shore, so it’s only going to get better. Stocking of 1-3 pound catfish will continue every 2 weeks though June.

Use shrimp, hot dogs or worms fished on the bottom for channel cats. Hybrid sunfish (cross between bluegill and green sunfish) will take meal worms, worms and small jigs fished under a bobber.

Trout stocking will continue until mid May at Green Valley Lakes in Payson. Try Power Bait, worms or salmon eggs to catch trout. Largemouth bass and bluegill are actively biting while entering their spawning period. It would be appreciated if you practice catch and release during this critical spawning period.

Angler reports:
Where:Encanto Park
When:04/01/08
Caught:channel catfish
Technique:drop shot using worms
Comments:Between 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. me my wife and kids where able to catch 19 channel catfish from 13 inches to 20 inches; very good day all catch-and-release
Name:Ricardo Hernandez

Where:Green Valley Lake
When:04/06/08
Caught:rainbow trout
Technique:worm – cast from shore
Comments:2lb 19-inch caught by my son Kohl Montana age 9 we have a picture of fish and froze it whole – it was so big it broke his reel!
Name:Manny Montana


Where:red mountain park
When:04/05/08
Caught:2 rainbow trout, 8 bluegill
Technique:worm’s under a bobber,a bright green rooster tail and a silver/orange panther martin both with no weght
Comments:
trout were 10in and 6in
Name:austin kahn


Where:Alvord lake-Caesar Chavez parkWhen: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 mesaWhen:
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 is okay for largemouth bass and catfish, but we are not hearing much about sunfish angling – yet. Largemouth bass should be in the spawning mode.

Angler report:
Where:Tempe Town Lake
When:04/06/08
Caught:7 catfish 2 carp
Technique:Chummed with corn and fished with hot dogs on the bottom. Hint…we dipped our baits in something so smelly the stuff could drive a hog wild…
Comments:Fished the south side east of Mill Ave Bridge. It was one-stop-shopping for my 15-year-old son and I. We were there about three hours in the morning. Four of the cats were over three pounds. The carp were caught on corn baits and were about two pounds
Name:Joe and Mark Pettinato

LAKE PLEASANT – Water elevation is 1,694 feet, which is 91-percent full.
A couple fishermen fished from 8 in the morning to 4 in the afternoon. Between the two of them they caught between 15-20 largemouth bass. The fish were of average size, nothing real big. They caught most using the drop-shot method, and some were caught off beds. Cranks and jerk baits didn’t work very well for these guys. The lake was also breezy, so fishing wasn’t real easy.

Another couple fishermen fished from 1-4 p.m. in the Castle Creek area and caught a couple bass using a Senko and a minnow under a bobber.
There were a couple reports from shore fishermen. They were catching largemouth, nothing real big though. They also said the carp are out in full force. Another shore fisherman reported catching a 1 pound largemouth and a real nice sized sunfish. No info on what was used.

The striper bite is picking up at Lake Pleasant. Some fly fishermen were catching stripers using minnow patterns. With the first quarter of the moon this weekend, this is still a perfect time to fish at night for stripers using anchovies under submersible or floating lights, especially over the submerged creek channels in the northern coves, near the tire line at the marina, or near the dam. At last light, try the major coves to possibly find bass – especially stripers – chasing shad.

Angler reports:
Where:Lake Pleasant, Castle Creek
When:04/02/08Caught:nesting Bass
Technique:Deep diver (floating), slow retrieve, in 6 feet or less, between half submerged wood, in muddy water. Water about 63 degrees. Just after first light.
Comments:I caught the buck first and in seconds after putting him in the live well I caught the female from the same spot. She left eggs in the live well. C/R both. Monday the 31st in the same situation caught one buck on a spinner bait. C/R
Name:John Ptuyac

Where:Lake Pleasant
When:04/05/08
Caught:2 Bass, 12 Strippers, 1 Cat, 1 Carp.
Technique:Jerk bait, anchovies, and mashed up Dorito chips with water added.
Comments:caught 6+ pound carp on ultra light rod and reel. All caught from shore.
Name:Mike Chism

Where:Lake Pleasant
When:04/08/08
Caught:2# Striper & 1#+ Lg. Mo. Bass
Technique:Shore @ night- Husky-Jerk = 2# Striper on U/L gear…FUN! From the boat: Sight Fishing with standard spinning gear, plastic/worm = 1+# LMB (ho-hum)
Comments:Windy conditions limited exposure, Maybe a Storm moving in?
Name:Tom Davis

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 2,149 feet (98-percent full). Tonto Creek runoff is at 96 cfs while inflow from the Salt River was at 2,280 cfs.

A note of caution: There was couple and their dogs in a boat near Grapevine Launch and a small landslide landed right on the boat pushing it to the bottom according to the fishing Web sites. The woman and dogs were trapped for a short time but surfaced. The woman was airlifted to a Phoenix hospital and is expected to recover. The man is okay as well as the dogs. You might want to keep some distance from the clay bluffs. There have been reports of other landslides so be aware of your surroundings and watch those clay bluffs. With all the rain we had earlier, Roosevelt isn’t the only lake where you should be careful.

Fishermen are looking forward to the fishing at Roosevelt this year. This weekend one fisherman caught about 40 largemouths throughout the day, although most were in the slot. One was over and about 7 were under. He used a Zoom Speed worm on a Texas rig in the Tonto end of the lake in shallow water.

Look for the shad boils and try throwing topwater bait. This worked for one fisherman near the Salt arm around Schoolhouse Point. Topwater action worked for quite some time and the fisherman lost track of how many fish he caught, most were big slots and some healthy upper-range unders. The biggest fish was a 7 pounder using a topwater lure. It seems that when the bite gets slow the fishermen in the know move to the mid lake coves and try Texas-rig action. This fisherman did just that and caught another few fish with that technique.

Quite a few fishermen had a rough time this last weekend with the front that moved in. They could see the fish and one group even caught some shad to use as bait and still no takers. There were several posts on the fishing websites about how the fishing was pretty slow this last weekend. The same goes for a couple shore fishermen. They caught a couple fish but lost some good lures in the brush. They used all kinds of lures and the only thing that worked a little bit was white spinners.

Those that found shad boils were having luck using flipping weightless Senkos, green or brown colors, or Bass Assassins toward the shad balls on either side of them. The fish were taking the bait but it was a real soft bite, in fact you had to watch the line movement because the fishermen couldn’t feel any bites.

Angler reports:
Where:Roosevelt Lake across Schoolhouse
When:03/25/08
Caught:several bass/ some crappie 3 days Feb. 24/25/26
Technique:Crappie-John Deere grub w/1/4 weight thrown brush. Bass-topwater lure. Lots of bass in the slot.
Comments:Caught one largemouth bass they say (cleaning station) would go near 6 pounds (did not weigh it) 21 3/4 inches long) caught with topwater lure yellow/bright orange when bass were chasing shad late-end of the day. More bass caught than crappie.
Name:Ernie Palladini


Where:Roosevelt Lake
When:04/02/08
Caught:Largemouth Bass
Technique:
Rattling baits white in color fished from shore or wading in the back of coves amid submerged brush at dawn or dusk.
Comments:
Caught 2 bass on one cast of a white topwater bait. One bass hooked on front treble and one on back treble. Awesome. Each bass was a fat 14 inches, released.
Name:Paul in Mesa

Where:Roosevelt Lake
When:04/02/08
Caught:largemouth bass
Technique:plastics
Comments:Fished from 9 a.m. till 5 p.m. me and a Craig through plastics we picked up a lots of nice three pounders on beds. We also caught a bunch of 12 inch to 16 inch largemouth in boils of shad. Overall we caught over 40 fish all I can say is this lake is going to get better and I’ll be there having a great time . Also I catch-and-release all my fish. Please do the same. I gave them all names. thxs richie rich
Name:Rich Cammiso


Where:Canyon and Roosevelt
When:04/05/08
Caught:0 nada zilch
Technique:all lures and jigs for bass
Comments:until the water receeds out of Roosevelt it is hard to tell where the nests are for bass. I was on a boat from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. and caught nothing.
Name:Art Gillespie

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:03/19/08
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 1,912 feet (98-percent full).

Some shore fishermen caught yellow bass near the marina. They used shad as bait. If you don’t have or don’t typically catch shad, stop along the way and nab some minnows. The store at Apache Lake doesn’t carry minnows. Just as a reminder, Apache Lake is a very good yellow bass fishery; they typically like to hang out at the points near the drop offs.

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

Trout are being caught by 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 from the hatcheries. 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.

Where:Apache Lake
When:03/31/08
Caught:flathead catfish
Technique:
liver huge treble hook
Comments:this fish was a monster
Name:Josh

CANYON — Lake elevation is 1,658 feet, which is 97-percent full.
I’m happy to hear some good news out of Canyon. A couple anglers hit Canyon after work. At first there were a lot of little fish busting shad but nothing real big. They used jerk baits near Laguna and caught a real healthy, feisty 2-pound largemouth bass. Yellow bass are on the flat areas especially near the points and they caught one of those. They also caught a 4-pound largemouth full of eggs with an attitude. Later they hooked a 4- or 5-pound catfish in the same area. All these fish were caught on shad looking jerk bait.

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 92percent full.
An angler up at the crack of dawn had some good luck fishing at Saguaro. A flat bomber crankbait was working for some smaller largemouth and a yellow bass. The drop-shot technique brought in a couple bass one of which was 1 pounder. He switched to some a reaction bait, a crawfish imitation, and netted three more, each a little over a pound. Buzzbait was another lure that caught two bass just under a pound and lastly our fisherman caught a 1 ½-pound bass on a Senko.
This from an avid fisherman, “Fished about 9:30-3:30 in the upper lake. Bluegills were aggressive and took 17 home of the 19; I caught nice hand-size fish. All caught on 1/8 ounce KastMasters at the edge of ledges. A total of seven yellow bass, two keepers, rest were 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.”


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 feet, which is 100-percent full.
A couple anglers fished Bartlett and after having a tough time with the wind and only catching three bass and then they caught a real nice flathead catfish about 20 pounds or so using a white bomber.
Another group fished from dawn to noon and caught 22 using a variety of presentations including Senkos, drop shot, jigs, and Bass Assassins. Theses anglers were fishing across from the marina. Another group was fishing the mid lake because that is where they found the warmest water, 69oF. Fishermen were successfully using Senkos and small Brush Hogs. The colors that worked for them were watermelon and red flake. Other presentations that are working are ½-ounce chart spinnerbait and weightless Zoom Flukes thrown into busting shad.


Angler reports:
Where:Bartlett lake
When:04/05/08
Caught:Largemouth Bass
Technique:I used a pointer SP jerkbait and caught about 5 and lost 5, and my partner caught about 7 on a Brush Hog flipped in the trees.
Comments:
We started off in the morning, about 7 a.m. , and i started out with my jerkbait when I caught about a 5-inch bass, it was funny. I was throwing as close as I could to the bank and the bass were hitting it in the first 5 feet of the retrieve. It seemed they were mostly in the big rocks on the shore… we fished till about 2 with about 15 fish caught total
Name:
jake


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 2025 feet, which is 99-percent full. They are releasing water at 573 cfs.

Where:Horseshoe lake
When:04/05/08
Caught:nothing
Technique:tried everything
Comments:
Started at Bartlett it resembled a KOA campground tent after tent. No thanks that’s not camping. Fished at horseshoe for four hours and didn’t get squat. Tried the bottom, top and middle with worms, stink bait and artificial nothing worked. It might be too cold?
Name:
Michael Prendergast


VERDE RIVER – Verde River flow at Tangle is 277 cubic feet per second. Release from Bartlett Lake is 200 cfs.

LOWER SALT RIVER (below Saguaro Lake) – The water releases are around 300 cfs from Stewart Mountain Dam, providing great fishing and stocking conditions. This fun stretch of river was stocked April 11 with 1,575 rainbow trout at the Water Users and Blue Point Bridge for the first time this season. The water temperature was around 53 degrees in the current, and 54 to 55 degrees along the shore at the Water Users. Anglers starting catching trout almost immediately following the stocking; lots of anglers and media showed up for the first stocking. It was almost like a party.

The next stocking is scheduled for the week of April 14. This trout fishery in a cold desert river will be stocked throughout the spring until water conditions preclude it being stocked any more. That typically happens by the end of May or first week of June or so.

This is a great warm up for the superb trout fishing anglers can expect to experience in the high mountain lakes this spring and summer.

Angler report:
Where:Lower Salt River
When:04/04/08
Caught:Rainbow Trout
Technique:Spinners & Power Bait
Comments:Thanks so much for the heads up on the stocking at Blue Point, Rory. My buddy and I were able to take his kids down so they could pull a few in. The boys had a good time, and so did we since they actually caught a few and weren’t bored.
Name:Matt Waite


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. We have now stocked the creeks for the first time this season.


Angler reports

Where:Tonto Creek – below football field pool
When:03/28/08
Caught:Rainbow
Technique:Power Bait
Comments:Water going down but still has moved the fish around. No bites on lures. Got 4 bites on Power Bait and landed two 14 inch rainbow. Conditions good once stream is stocked.
Name:Jay Gandolfi


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


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. Subsurface nymph presentations are working according to the fishermen. .

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, Night crawlers
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.

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