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May 22nd, 2008
Central Arizona

URBAN LAKES – The next catfish stocking will occur the week of May 26 as long as pH levels are below 9.5. Fishing for catfish is good to excellent with a variety of baits working well on the bottom. Cats are biting best mid morning and in the evenings. The last delivery included some big catfish in the 4-6 pound range. Top catfish baits include stink baits, shrimp or worms fished with a sliding sinker, or no sinker.

All Phoenix and Tucson area urban lakes were stocked with catfish the week of May 12-17. Bluegill and other sunfish are biting readily at all lakes on meal worms, worms or small dough balls under a small bobber.

At Green Valley Lakes (Payson) fishing is excellent for trout particularly after bonus stockings of extra fish for the May 10 Payson Wildlife Fair. Try Power Bait, worms or salmon eggs for the trout.

May 12-17 Catfish Stocking Status: All urban lakes were stocked with catfish, including Chaparral Lake and Red Mountain Lake. Planktonic algae levels at Silverbell Lake have severely decreased visibility and elevated pH (9.4) making conditions barely acceptable for continued catfish stockings. The same pattern occurred in 2007 that resulted in cancelled catfish stockings at Silverbell in April through June. If pH levels exceed 9.5, biologists will not stock a lake and will reroute the fish to other, nearby urban waters (such as Kennedy and Lakeside).

Green Valley Lakes (Pyason) got bonus trout for last stocking of summer. More than 1,500 rainbow trout were stocked into Green Valley Lakes 1, 2 and 3 for the May 10 annual Payson Wildlife Fair. Fishing was excellent for the Fair and through the weekend. There are plenty of trout remaining at this cool getaway in the pines. Trout over two pounds were included in the delivery. Best baits for trout include Power Bait, salmon eggs and worms. KastMasters, Super Dupers and Rooster Tails are the lures of choice. Try small plastic or marabou jigs for the crappie, trout or bass. Due to rising lake temperatures over the rest of May, Green Valley will get no further trout stockings this summer. The lake contains an abundant population of crappie, bluegill and bass that are fun to catch and provide good fishing all summer long. Trout stocking will resume in Mid October.

The Chandler Parks and Recreation Department recently notified Game and Fish officials that Veterans Oasis Lake would not be ready for catfish stockings this spring. Additional work is still needed to ensure this new lake is effectively sealed to conserve water. These unfortunate delays mean that no catfish can be stocked into this 5-acre urban lake in southeast Chandler until the fall catfish stockings resume in mid September. Fingerling and juvenile bluegill and largemouth bass from 2-7 inches are on order for stocking sometime later this summer to get this new fishery started. The park, located at Chandler Heights and Lindsay Roads is now open for public use with vehicle access only available off Lindsay Road at this time. The Environmental Center is open and worth a visit.

Where:Lake Alvord
When:05/17/08
Caught:Catfish
Technique:I was using worms, anchovies and some chicken liver stink bait. I threw the line out as far as I could throw and I waited.
Comments:
Again, this lake was part of my visit in the valley. I fished for about 2 and half hours in the heat. Luckily there was some shade around the lake. I did not get any hits on worms or anchovies but the catfish loved the stink bait. They were very fun to catch.
Name:Walter Sprengeler, Jr.

Where:Water Ranch
When:05/14/08
Caught:
3 Channel Catfish
Technique:Charile Blood Bait. I put it on the bottom, using a half size worm sinker.
Comments:Go to the south side and cast only about feet out.
Name:Zachary Waite

Where:Desert Breeze
When:05/14/08
Caught:2 Largemouth Bass
Technique:Drop shot rig with 4-inch Renegade junebug colored worm.
Comments:Caught one bass at 8:30am and the next bass at 9:00am. Their lengths were 15 and 16 inches. Got tons of bites over underwater rock structures. Bites stopped after 10am.
Name:Vincent Binarao


Where:Red Mountain
When:05/09/08
Caught:2 Catfish
Technique:I used baby shad with some stink bait on a treble hook. Drop sinker
Comments:It was about 7:30 at night.
Name:BJ Johnson

Where:Water Ranch
When:05/11/08
Caught:Channel Catfish
Technique:Charile blood bait
Comments:They start biting at 6pm at the south end only about 20 feet out
Name:Zachary Waite

Where:Desert Breeze Pond
When:05/13/08
Caught:1 Largemouth Bass
Technique:Drop shot rig over rock structure. Used a 6-inch Renegade June bug colored plastic worm.
Comments:The length of the largemouth was 17 inches. No scale to weigh, only had a tape measure. Caught at 6:30am with rough winds and cloudy sky. Here’s a nice picture of myself holding the largemouth. http://tinyurl.com/43kakf
Name:Vincent Binarao

Where:Red Mountain Lake
When:05/03/08
Caught:Channel Catfish-2lb & 3lb
Technique:Worms on a bobber 12″ down.
Comments:Took the nieces fishing and they had a blast. Couldnt believe that we caught them.
Name:Brock Boring

Where:Papago Ponds
When:04/26/08
Caught:zip
Technique:worms
Comments:Why don’t the rangers enforce the rules? Never check fishing lic. People fishing with 4 poles, dogs off leash. Kids throwing LARGE rocks into water where you are fishing! Nice park, but hard to enjoy!
Name:Bobby Moore
TEMPE TOWN LAKE – Don’t forget when fishing Tempe Town Lake the east end of the lake is more productive and fish near structure. In that lake that means the bridge abutments or piers. I’m not saying that where all the fish are but your chances are a little better there. A couple fishermen reported catching bass on drop shots and spinners. Watch for the shad boils.

Worms are enticing the catfish to bite. Another fisherman stopped by in the evening for a half hour and caught two bass fishing from shore using a green spinner bait.
One angler stopped by Tempe Town Lake for an hour one morning and using corn on the bottom caught a rainbow trout and a channel catfish.

Angler report:
Where:Tempe Town Lake
When:05/17/08
Caught:Bass and Bluegills
Technique:I was using all sorts of methods for the bass but in the end all I needed was a worm that was suspended about 5′ from a bobber.
Comments:I decided to leave my home of Flagstaff for the weekend and head down south. It was my first time fishing in the lake. I had a blast. I got to the lake at around 7 in the morning and started catching fish. I caught 7 seven bass all of which were post spawned and were over 16″. I released them so that some other fisherman could have as much fun as I did. I used the same technique to catch the bluegills. I released all of those as they were too small to keep.
Name:Walter Sprengeler, Jr.

Where:Tempe town lake
When:03/12/08
Caught:Largemouth bass
Technique:slow rolling 4 inch worms
Comments:red hot if you know the lake
Name:ron varney
Where: Tempe Town Lake
When: 04/24/08
Caught: 2 Trout, 3 bass, and a catfish
Technique: Rooster Tails, the Banjo mino, and some worms under a bobber about 8 ft from bait
Name: austin kahn

Where: Tempe Town Lake
When: 04/17/08
Caught: Largemouth Bass
Technique: 3/8 oz. spinnerbait white/white trailer
Comments: Fished the lake three times this week with the same bait and caught two one day and one the very next day. Good in town lake
Name: Wayne Radtke
Name: BC

LAKE PLEASANT – Water elevation is 1,691 ft, which is 88 percent full.
Fishermen are reporting varied success, but it looks like 6-inch Senkos in 7 to 15 feet of water in and around cover are working quite well for largemouth, but you have to figure out what color.

Good striper fishing reported at night and early mornings. Typically people use anchovies or water dogs. One angler reeled in a 12-pound striper from 30 feet deep early in the morning. This group of fishermen was catching 2-3 pounders one right after the other when the bite was on. The slow fishing wasn’t too bad either; the fish weren’t as big or as plentiful but the bite was here and there. If the stripers are busting the shad you can try a clear Zara Spook if you don’t have anchovies.

Courtesy the Hook Up Outfitters: http://www.thehookupoutfitters.com/ Pleasant: The red hot striper fishing continues. Some signs of boiling fish are starting to show, but the best action continues to be in 55-70 feet of water on anchovies. Most of the fish are in the 1-3 pound range, but there are bigger fish mixed in. Fish are relating to channel bends and main lake reefs. Look for sharp breaks, and the fish will be stacked. Largemouth fishing has been hit-and-miss. There are still some fish spawning, but most of the fish are locked in to a post spawn pattern. Bluegill swim baits have accounted for some nice fish this week, but it’s trophy hunting for one or two bites a day. One of our clients caught a 7- and 9-pound bass on back-to-back casts on a swim bait earlier this week. For numbers of fish, drop shot and split shot techniques with 4-inch plastics off points in 20-30 feet is the name of the game.
Important notice: DON’T MOVE A MUSSEL. With the discovery of invasive quagga mussels in Lake Pleasant, proper cleaning of all watercraft is critical to help prevent the spread of these invaders (helps protect your boat as well). Please drain and dry your livewell and bilge on land. Drain all the water you can from your engine. Also, inspect your vessel and trailer, removing any visible mussels, but also feel for any rough or gritty spots on the hull. These may be young mussels that can be hard to see.

Angler reports:

Where:Lake Pleasant
When:05/03/08
Caught:5 stripped bass
Technique:Anchovy with small split shot in 30 feet of water along submerged ridge
Comments:My son and I fished from kayaks from 8PM to 1130Pm using lights
Name:John W
Where:Lake Pleasant-Humbug
When:05/09/08
Caught:Striped Bass
Technique:Anchovies in 60ft of water.
Comments:Started fishing around 9pm, had out the lights around 11pm, we were surrounded by shad just circling the boat. We only caught a few 1-2 pounders and 3 small ones. Fished until 5am. Guess they were just not too hungry. I thought we would have caught more for sure with al the baitfish around.
Name:Jeff
Where:Lake Pleasant
When:05/16/08
Caught:13 – Strippers (1.5Ibs to 7 Ibs), and 2- Channel cats (1st 7Ibs, 2nd 5Ibs)
Technique:For the strippers I just used cut up anchovies dropped between 25 to 35 feet down in two cow cove. For the channels I used chicken livers, and let them drift on the bottom.
Comments:The stripper bite was hot for the first hour to hour and a half after the sun set. shortly after that I couldn’t find a heavy school again. As for the channels we only got a few bites the whole night.
Name:Casey Harkey

Where:Lake Pleasant
When:05/11/08
Caught:largemouth
Technique:drop shotting w/ morning dawn Robo wormsComments:
started fishing at 5 pm by 7 pm we boated 8 bass. All fish were caught in 10ft off main lake points.
Name:Jon Kay

Where:LAKE PLEASANT
When:05/10/08
Caught:13 LARGE MOUTH BASS
Technique:DROP SHOT
Comments:ONE NICE ONE PUSHING OVER 7 LBS. HAVE PHOTO IF YOU LIKE.ALSO CAUGHT 15 L.M.B.[SAME TECH.] ON 5/7/08
Name:JIM

Where:Lake Pleasant
When:05/11/08
Caught:stripers
Technique:using frozen anchovies and night crawlers
Comments:fished of the dam right in front of the big poles. we fished from 8 pm to 3am and caught 18 stripers all very decent
Name:ART CARDENAS

Where:Lake Pleasant – Castle Creek
When:05/11/08
Caught:9 Striped Bass and 1 Channel Catfish
Technique:Frozen anchovies with a 2/0 hook and a split shot. Casted lines between 20-30 feet off the shoreline. Had submerged lights in the water.
Comments:Arrived at Lake Pleasant Saturday evening and fished off the shoreline between 6pm-4am. Between 6pm-10pm caught 6 striped bass. From 10pm-12am, caught nothing but a channel catfish. Between 12am-3am, bites came back and caught 3 more striped bass. After 3am, the bites completely stopped. The stripers were between 1-3lbs and the catfish was only 1lb. The submerged lights attracted tons of baitfish and saw schools of minnows chasing the lights when pulled in.
Name:Vincent Binarao
Where:Pleasant – Castle Creek
When:05/10/08
Caught:1# Largemouth (released)
Technique:Topwater
Comments:
One fish-but worth it! Put up a great fight! Castle Creek seems to be doing a lot better during the week. Too many anglers out there on the weekend… Try going on a Tuesday or Wednesday, if you can.
Name:D.N.

Where:Lake Pleasant
When:05/07/08
Caught:6.5 pound largemouth bass, 22 inches long.Technique:
Trolling a crankbait. The biggest largemouth I ever caught in 25 years of fishing Lake Pleasant.
Comments:
Humbug cove. I have plenty of pictures!!!
Name:Ed Skutecki
ROOSEVELT LAKE – Lake Elevation is 2149 ft (98-percent full). Tonto Creek runoff is at 27 cfs while inflow from the Salt River is at 565 cfs.

Anglers are catching largemouth on swim bait in 3 feet of water near cover. Don’t forget if you just want to catch fish try some live bait, minnows or waterdogs for the big ones.

The Tonto end of the lake worked well for one group of anglers who caught 17 largemouth one day and 7 more the next day. Crankbait and top water lures were hot. Crappie was hitting live minnows in about 18 feet of water.

Where:Roosevelt
When:05/15/08
Caught:Bass and crappie
Technique:Bass on Rebel Crawfish med diver, red & black in about 10 ft of water. Crappie on minnows anchored in 20 ft of water, fished 10, 12 foot down in the Grape Vine area. The bite was very soft so watch your line and jig slowly.
Comments:Lights brought in the zooplankton and minnows, and a LOT of carp which messed things up. Very windy in P.M. the day before, so no luck except one junior bass.
Name:TeddyJackEddy
Where:Roosevelt
When:05/16/08
Caught:10 large mouth bass
Technique:
topwater morning and crankbaits afternoon no worm fish top water in the evening
Comments:most fish were in the slot weight in one close to three lbs/ water is high all normal spots way under water
Name:Glenn Peters

Where:Roosevelt LakeWhen:
05/10/08
Caught:12 Largemouth
Technique:4″ Zoom Fluke Shad Color, Storm Chug Bug, Heddon Zara Spook…
Comments:Most of the bass were caught in the early morning hrs. All bass caught were in the slot. Had lots of hits & misses through out the day. Bite turned off in the afternoon for us. Then @ dusk got on a fun topwater bite. Went 1 for 8 it was a blast; get out there if u can. Clear water backs of coves flooded bushes. Later
Name:Joel Illig

Where:Roosevelt/school house
When:05/03/08
Caught:crappie/blue gill
Technique:trolling\ trolling (just a little faster than drifting) using white and yellow colored jig.
Comments:Caught about 15 just before sundown. Gary; that was my wife yelling. Wait till the bite is on. It is a continuous comical roar! She loves catching but fishing is another story!
Name:brett

Where:RooseveltWhen:
05/18/08
Caught:7 Large Mouth Bass – ! giant Crappie
Technique:All Chartreuse spinner baits with black specs. Gold and Silver blades.
Comments:Any where that trees and bushes are sticking out of the water. Launched at Cholla. Fished from 330pm till dark.
Name:Dan B

Where:RooseveltWhen:
05/10/08
Caught:crappies, bass, catfish, white bass
Technique:under lights 30ft deep water caught fish at different depths
Comments:20 crappies,8 largemouth,5channel cats 2whitebass all crappies big
Name:Ernie Gallegos

Gary Wheeler: Fished at night with lights, caught about 60 crappies, all good size. Minnows and white jigs .Caught a few over the slot bass too. We caught a lot more, but we released everyone that wasn’t at least longer than your hand. We fished right across from School House at the mouth of a cove in about 25feet of water. Only a couple of other boats close by, we could hear a lady yelling every time she’d catch fish, she yells a lot.
APACHE – Lake elevation is 1,911 feet (97-percent full). Arizona Game and Fish stocked 45,000 two-inch largemouth bass at Apache Lake last week. There was a report of a fish kill prior to the stocking but the bass were stocked in areas not affected by the kill. The fish kill was mostly shad, a rainbow trout and a bluegill according to the camp host and biologist that visited the area soon after the reports. I just want to reiterate, this was not a huge die off, only about 100-200 dead fish were observed, mostly shad. Since only half of our fish order was delivered, another batch of fish will be delivered to Apache in a couple weeks. We apologize to the volunteers from the United Arizona Anglers Foundation who waited as long as they could, but had to leave before our stocking truck made it to the lake.

Game and Fish conducted fish surveys two weeks ago. We set a total of 30 nets and 30 sites were sampled via electro-fishing.

Walleye: The best site for Walleye was around Three Mile Island. All were very robust and over 20 inches long. They like to hang out around points where the substrate drops off.

Largemouth: The best site for largemouth bass was in the Crabtree wash area. One fish was over 5 pounds and many were over 2 pounds. We caught largemouth bass in most sites that were near good habitat. So wherever you have overhanging vegetation you might want to flip your worms in there. We also caught some young of year and some of our tagged stocked largemouth. The tagged ones were between 7 – 8 inches.

Smallmouth: In October of 2007 we stocked smallmouth and they have distributed themselves all over the lake. We caught them at every site that had good smallie habitat. Look for nice rocky substrate that goes into the lake and they will be there. They have grown a couple inches since we stocked them so they are now around 8 inches or so. All were healthy and lively.

Carp and Buffalo Fish: The shallow coves had lots of huge carp and some buffalo fish. One buffalo fish had to be over 50 pounds, I say that because he got away before we got him into the boat, but he was a monster.

Catfish: Many coves had some large catfish. Burt Corral area is a good place to fish for them.

Yellow Bass: We caught a lot of yellow bass. Most are off the points where the substrate drops off. Some were very close to 2 pounds. Many were over a pound. Apache Lake is a blue ribbon yellow bass fishery that many people just aren’t aware of. They are fun to catch and even better to eat.

Crappie continues to be caught around the marina area as reported by fishermen. Trout are still in the system, we caught many in our nets and anglers are reporting catching them all up and down the lake.

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.
Game and Fish along with several (much appreciated) volunteers from United Arizona Anglers Foundation stocked 50,000 marked two inch largemouth bass at several locations in the lake.
One fisherman reported catching three bluegills shore fishing near the Palo Verde launch in a half hour of fishing. All were between 6 and 8 inches and he caught them on KastMasters.

Angler reports:
Where: Canyon Lake
When: 05/04/08
Caught: Two 4 lb catfish
Technique: Jiggin with Westys and football Garlin jigs
Comments: Slow fishing only few bites in 6 hours fishing
Name: Kevin Hunter

SAGUARO — Lake elevation 1526 feet at 95-percent full.
Game and Fish along with several volunteers from United Arizona Anglers Foundation stocked 50,000 two inch largemouth bass at Saguaro Lake. There were some delays in the fish delivery and only half of our order was delivered (Gee – welcome to our world). Once delivered, the fish had to soak in a 6-hour ‘bath’ to receive a mark that enables biologists to differentiate stocked fish from naturally reproduced fish in the system. From Saguaro Lake the marked fish for Canyon and Apache lakes were offloaded into separate stocking trucks. Despite the significant delay, many volunteers still helped with the stocking at Saguaro and Canyon lakes. We would like to give a big thank you to the volunteers from United Arizona Anglers Foundation who made the stocking effort a very smooth transaction – and our apologies for the delay.

This is a hot spot for large bluegill. Perfect for youngsters fishing worms under a bobber. There are also plentiful yellow bass, channel catfish galore, and plenty of yearling bass to catch.

Where:saguaro
When:05/14/08
Caught:bluegills
Technique:worms and spinners, drifting with the wind
Comments:fish kill noted by the dam across from the marina. Bluegills around 2 doz, all 4″ or less in size.
Name:teri
Where:Saguaro Lake, Butcher Jones Fishing Dock
When:05/10/08
Caught:Yellow Bass and Bluegill
Technique:KastMasters, spoons, spinners
Comments:Went out fishing for catfish, got 2 halfhearted nibbles, so moved out to the dock and saw that another fisherman was using gold KastMasters and catching yellow bass and bluegills. Lost my gold KastMaster, they started hitting on the silver one. Lost the silver one and they just kept hitting whatever I threw out there. Kept 7 bass, caught and released over 20 all together.
Name:Kristin Purcell

Where: Saguaro
When: 04/27/08
Caught: Largemouth
Technique: Drop shot and crankbait
Comments: All fish were caught in 6-10′ of water. Crankbait was very effective in the windy conditions. We caught about 40 fish in 7 hours. Biggest fish was 1 lb 2 oz. All were released
Name: Michael Rathgeber

Angler reports
Where: Saguaro
When: 04/27/08
Caught: Largemouth and Bluegill
Technique: Fished with worms, spinners and crankbaits.
Comments: My buddy Jason and I took our first fishing trip of the season to Saguaro. A little windy but we caught 22 fish total in 2 1/2 hours (2 bass and 20 bluegills). Fished with worms and spinner baits mostly. Bass weighed about 2 pounds each and the bluegills were the size of a nerf football (fought like a crappie or small bass). Great time and a start to a great season!

Where: Saguaro Lake
When: 04/16/08
Caught: Trout, Yellow bass, Largemouth bass, Bluegill
Technique: we used cut bait
Comments: All yellow bass caught are still males. Stocker LMbass. The trout bite is slowing way down
Name:DL Alvis

Where: Saguaro
When: 04/15/08
Caught: 3 black bass
Technique: rocket shad white, live minnows
Comments: Caught 3 black bass, had 4 follow .. released all bass that were caught… Caught blue gill in large numbers… used night crawlers and minnows… Kept 70
Name: Robert Sr. & Robert Jr. Konradt

Where: Saguaro
When: 04/11/08
Caught: Largemouth, Catfish
Technique: Jigs, spinners
Comments: caught about 6 largemouths myself all about a pound. My friend showed me up with 12 largemouths the biggest about a pound and a half, and a 5 pound flathead.
Name: John L Dowden

BARTLETT – Lake elevation is 1789 ft, which is 87-percernt full.
One angler reported the bass are taking white crankbait and jerkbait in shallow water near brushy cover. Jigs seem to be working in the afternoon. Dropshotting worked a bit as well.

Bartlett is a good lake for catfish. They will take just about anything, worms, minnows, your typical catfish bait such as chicken liver and hotdogs. Use live bait and go for nice tasty flatheads.

A pair of anglers said they caught 50 nice crappies, four largemouth bass, two channel catfish and one flathead catfish mostly fishing live minnows and night crawlers at night without using a submersible light.

Where:Bartlett
When:05/17/08
Caught:catfish and bluegill
Technique:Hot dogs
Comments:bass very slow,,, looks like most suspended would not bite
Name:Jim

Where:Bartlett Lake
When:05/17/08
Caught:25 30 largemouth bass
Technique:We used a combination of drop shot and X-Raps.
Comments:We caught most of the smaller males within 10′ of the bank and the larger females on the beds. The water was 70? with the debris all up on the shore. We were there from 6:00 to 1:30 in the northern end.
Name:Steve and Bev Mueller
Where:
Bartlett Lake
When:04/28/08
Caught:Blue Gill
Technique:Bobbin & hook, with night crawlers
Comments:Family outing; our 10 year old son’s first time; he caught 34 Blue Gill (catch & release) from the bank at SB Cove between 10am-5pm
Name:Jimmie McElroy

HORSESHOE – Lake elevation is at 2,024 feet, which is 97-percent full. They are releasing water at 125 cfs.

VERDE RIVER – Verde River flow at Tangle is 124 cubic feet per second. Release from Bartlett Lake is 750 cfs.
LOWER SALT RIVER (below Saguaro Lake) – Water Users received rainbow trout last week and this week Blue Point will be stocked. This is a great choice for wallet-conscious trout anglers who want the thrill of catching fish without the agony of escalating gas prices.
A good technique for spin anglers (ultra-light or lightweight rods) is to use night crawlers with little or no weight cast slightly upstream into the riffles. Let the current carry the bait downstream to any deep pool or back eddy.

For small spinners (or casting spoons like small KastMasters), cast perpendicular to the flowing current and maintain tension on the spinner by slowly reeling in as the current sweeps the lure downstream. Typically, once the spinner gets at least to a 45- to 60-degree angler downstream from you, it will spin with increased action, which can often cause a trout to hit.

Where:Lower Salt River
When:05/18/08
Caught:Two large mouth bass (~1lb, 0.5lb), one beer can
Technique:Larger fish was caught on a Berkeley Gulp Bat Wing Frog (June-Bug color). Smaller fish on a floating Rapala minnow (gold fish color).
Comments:Best to go with weedless sets due to increase in aquatic vegetation over the last month. Best to avoid the major put-ins and walk the banks looking for openings.
Name:Dr. Corey Devin Anderson
CREEKS
Both Deserts Sportsman and Arizona Fly Fishing are reporting good fly fishing on the rim streams.

Haigler Creek – Anglers are catching trout in Haigler using a variety of nymphs and leaches. Dry fly action is picking up on Canyon Creek so give some of those a try.
Canyon Creek –Arizona Fly Fishing reported good fishing on Canyon Creek. Fly fishermen are predominantly catching 6-8 inchers, but 13-15 inch rainbows are being caught along with some 20-plus-inch browns. The trout are hitting on nymph patterns, caddis, pheasant tails, hares ears and midges, mostly in the mornings and evenings. Dry fly action is picking up in the evenings.

Where: Christopher Creek
When:04/26/08
Caught:2 largemouth bass (15″ each)
Technique: Yellow spinners
Comments: Not sure what largemouth bass are doing in Christopher Creek, or who put them there, but there they were–probably a dozen of them lurking in a small pool.
Name: Jake Poinier

Tonto Creek – Fly fishermen are reporting good fishing but I have no details to give.

Christopher Creek – Desert Sportsman suggests using a dry dropper with a nymph below, not just in Christopher but other streams as well.

East Verde — The water is clear. Silt and other debris were scoured out leaving behind some real nice looking habitat.
East Verde River – Has been stocked.

HORSETHIEF BASIN LAKE – Lake level is up, fishing is okay.

Where: Horsethief Lake
When: 04/13/08
Caught: Largemouth Bass & Bluegills
Technique: Worms under a bobber
Comments: The lake has risen about 5 vertical feet, to just below the spillway line on the east end of the dam. Large bluegills and small largemouth bass can be seen along the entire shoreline. The bluegills are very shallow and appear to be on the beds, protecting / spawning offspring. The bass are keeping a short distance from the bluegills. Close enough to be looking for an easy meal, but staying out of an aggressive bluegill’s imaginary “don’t get too close” line. This place has made a dramatic improvement from the same conditions last year at this time. Let’s hope it stays that way. The road past Crown King seems much rougher than last time I came up here (and I was in a 4WD). Crown King had an impressive amount of snow (for them) this winter and I wonder if this may be the reason. Take it slow and very easy to avoid tearing up your truck. I wouldn’t recommend a low clearance vehicle. Watch out for idiots, there were many of them all over the area, driving way to fast for the conditions.
Name: Mike Parks

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