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September 3rd, 2009

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.

KAIBAB LAKE — Campground area is open.  Fishing was fair-good on Power Bait and worms. Recently stocked.

CATARACT LAKE — Campgrounds are open.  Anglers were catching some nice crappie using flies.  A 3-pound bass was reported by an angler.

CITY RESERVOIR —  Road is open. No reports from anglers.

DOGTOWN LAKE — Campground area is open.  Fishing was best using a piece of marshmallow on the hook with a worm on the end of the hook.  Worms alone were also working.  Lots of crayfish were caught during the derby.

JD DAM — Road is open.

RUSSEL TANK – Was stocked last spring. Water is very low, but one angler said he caught trout recently, but fishing is likely poor.

SANTA FE — Lake is full. According to the few anglers I talked to fishing is good.

WHITEHORSE LAKE — No report from anglers. Campgrounds are open.


LOWER LAKE MARY — Was stocked last spring, there may be some fish there, but the water is very low and the fishing could be poor to non-existent at times.  The water is low and it is very weedy.

UPPER LAKE MARY — The lake is full.  Anglers have reported that folks are catching black crappie, yellow perch and northern pike on soft plastic jigs and spoons.  In addition they were catching walleye near the boat ramp on night crawlers.

ASHURST LAKE — The lake is full. Fishing was fair on worms or Power Bait fished about 3 feet below a bobber.  A 12-pound pike was checked by the creel clerk over the weekend.  Scheduled to be stocked this week.  Fishing on regular marshmallows was good.

FRANCIS SHORT POND – Anglers were catching catfish using hot dogs for bait early in the morning and in the evening.

KINNIKINICK LAKE — Road is open.  A 2-pound brown trout was caught on a worm recently.

MARSHALL LAKE — It is very weedy. Stocking for the year is done

OAK CREEK — Fishing is good for rainbows fair for brown trout.  Cicada hatch is over.  Scheduled to be stocked this week.

LONG LAKE — Lake is open.  Water level is good. Has been stocked.  We sampled the Long complex in mid-July.  Trout up to about 6-pounds were caught and released during our surveys.

Angler Report

John Webb, Flagstaff
Comment: your fish report for long lake was correct, i went fishing on 08/30/09 and only caught one fish, but it was a beauty. 25 inches and around 6 pounds. fished for 4 hours and only caught the one but it was worth the trip. Am going to have a fiberglass replica made. Don’t believe I’ll ever catch a bigger trout out of arizona than that one. Thanks again for the fish report that made me want to go there. Will send a photo of the big boy later.

SOLDIERS & SOLDIERS ANNEX — Lakes are open. No report. Walleye, Largemouth Bass northern pike, channel catfish and bluegill were collected during our surveys in mid-July.


Verde Valley

BEAVER CREEK — No report. Was stocked last spring.

DEAD HORSE STATE PARK – Catfish were stocked on June 10; 1000 pounds were split evenly between the two lagoons. Fishing in general has been slow.   Bluegill are plentiful.  Most of the bluegills are small, but still fun for kids to catch.  Try fishing for catfish at night using anchovies or stink bait.

VERDE RIVER (throughout Verde Valley) –The catfish bite has been pretty good.  Look for catfish in eddy areas of large pools.  Bass should be biting as well.  One angler caught a very large round tail chub below thousand trails.

WEST CLEAR CREEK — No report. Was stocked last spring.

FOSSIL CREEK — The opening day for this newly-created and unique catch-and-release fishery for roundtail chub is Oct. 3. Mark your calendar and get ready.

Prescott Area

FAIN LAKE — Bluegill were stocked on June 15 and again the week of June 20.  Trout and catfish were stocked the week of June 15.  This was the final trout stocking for the summer.  Bluegill and catfish are biting.  Bluegills are easily caught, and many are being released.  Bluegills bite well on worms or meal worms.  Trout stocking is scheduled to resume next week, the week of September 7th if water temperatures permit.  For trout try using spinners or bright colored Power Bait.  Catfish should bite on night crawlers or anchovies in the morning and evening hours.
GOLDWATER LAKE — Trout were stocked last week, the week of August 24th.  Power Bait usually works well for trout.  If that does not work, you may want to try using KastMasters.  Look for the trout to be most active in the early morning and late afternoon, they are not very active during the middle of the day right now.

Both bass and catfish were stocked the week of June 22. Bass were stocked on June 10.  The bass are being stocked to give a boost to a dwindling population in the lake and to reduce the excessive number of crayfish.  Please practice catch and release with the bass, while the population gets re-established.

Game and Fish Biologists surveyed Goldwater on Sept. 16, 2008 and found the trout and sunfish plentiful. While the number of catfish was low, the quality was exceptional. One 19 lb and a 14 lb catfish was sampled and released. No bass were sampled this year. If you fish Goldwater and are having luck, please e-mail me at mchmiel@azgfd.gov so I can share your successes with others.

Granite Basin –Bluegill and bass are plentiful in this lake.  The aquatic vegetation has not been bad this year making fishing this lake easier than normal. The bluegills have been biting well, but most are small.  Some anglers have reported catching limited numbers of bluegill that were close to a ½-pound.  Bass are also biting, but not as good as the bluegill.  If you fish Granite Basin and are having luck, please e-mail me at mchmiel@azgfd.gov so I can share your successes with others.
LYNX LAKE — Rainbow trout were last stocked the week of June 15. This is the last scheduled trout stocking for the year.  Five hundred pounds of catfish were stocked on June 10.  Fishing success has been low, try fishing for bass and catfish early in the morning or in the evening.  There are some places were trout can still be caught all day, but they are difficult to find.  One thousand six hundred brook trout were stocked on May 11.  The brookies were about 3 to the pound.  Some anglers have had success catching the brook trout.  Rainbow trout stockings will resume the middle of September if water temperatures permit.
MINGUS LAKE – Trout were last stocked the week of June 15.  This is the last scheduled stocking for the summer.  Stocking is scheduled to resume the week of September 7th.  The best bait is usually orange, pink, or white Power Bait, fished on the bottom with a treble hook and an egg sinker.  Anglers often have success with flies and spinners as well.

Someone illegally stocked yellow bullhead into Mingus several years ago.  These fish compete directly with the trout and keep growth rates very low.  If you witness anyone, anywhere, moving fish like bass, bluegill, catfish and stocking them, please report it to our Operation Game Thief Hotline at 1-800-352-0700.  Illegal stockings cost YOU money!

WATSON – Some reports of anglers having success for largemouth with crank baits.  The catfish bite should be good in the evenings.  Crappies are found in low numbers. Bullheads are easily caught using a small piece of worm.

Game and Fish Biologists surveyed Watson last fall and found the bass,  sunfish, and bullhead to be plentiful.  Crappies were also doing well.  Look for the crappie fishing to pick up in a year or two. If you fish Watson and are having luck, please e-mail me at mchmiel@azgfd.gov so I can share your successes with others.
WILLOW CREEK RESERVOIR – Some anglers are reporting catching a few nice bass on spinner baits, crank baits, and crayfish lures.  Try fishing off rocky points and by tulles.  Bass, bluegill, and bullhead are plentiful.  Most of the bluegills are on the small side, but the bullheads are thick.  Try fishing for bullheads by the dam.  Access is difficult, but may be worth it.  The lake is covered with aquatic vegetation, making it difficult to fish.  If you fish Willow and are having luck, please e-mail me at mchmiel@azgfd.gov so I can share your successes with others.

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