Central Mountains Fishing Report

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September 24th, 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.

WILLIAMS LAKES:
KAIBAB LAKE — Campground area is open.  Fishing was fair-good on Power Bait and worms. Stocked last week.

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

CITY RESERVOIR —   Road is open.

DOGTOWN LAKE — Fishing was fair to good this past weekend, with lots of trout rising at first and last light. 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.  Stocked last week.

JD DAM — Road is open. This weedy, small pond is a great place for a watchable wildlife experience. Right now, it has lots of frogs.

RUSSEL TANK - Has not been stocked recently. Water is very low.

SANTA FE — Lake is full.  According to the few anglers I talked to fishing is good. Scheduled to be stocked this week.
WHITEHORSE LAKE — Fishing was fair this past weekend.  Campgrounds are still open.

FLAGSTAFF LAKES:

LOWER LAKE MARY —  Has been stocked since last spring.  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 – good on worms fished under a bobber.  Fishing on regular marshmallows was good.

FRANCIS SHORT POND – Anglers were catching catfish using hotdogs for bait early in the morning and in the evening.  Trout fishing was good over the weekend.  Stocked last week, scheduled to be stocked this week.

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

MARSHALL LAKE —  This lake has not been stocked since last spring.  It is very weedy.

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.

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

Verde Valley

BEAVER CREEK — This creek has not been stocked with trout since last fall. However, you might pick up some hold-over trout and smallmouth bass in the deeper pools in the canyon well upstream from the bridge.

DEAD HORSE STATE PARK – Catfish are scheduled to get stocked this week for the Verde River Days.  There will be 1,500 pounds of catfish will be split between the two lagoons.  Look for the fishing to pick up following this stocking.

Catfish were stocked on June 10; 1,000 pounds were split evenly between the two lagoons. Fishing in general has been slow.   Bluegills 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.

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

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 roundtail chub below thousand trails.

WEST CLEAR CREEK —  No report. Has not been stocked since last spring. However, it is possible to catch some larger hold-over trout in the deeper pools upstream in the steep, rugged canyon where the Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep like to roam.

Prescott Area

FAIN LAKE — Trout are scheduled to be stocked this week, the week of Sept 21st.  Trout were not stocked last week due to poor water quality.  Look for the fishing to pick up following the stocking.  Bright colored Power Bait will be your best bet.  As the water cools more, spinners will become more effective.
Bluegill were stocked on June 15 and again the week of June 20.  Catfish were stocked the week of June 15.    Catfish should bite on night crawlers or anchovies in the morning and evening hours.
GOLDWATER LAKE — Trout were stocked last week, the week of September the 14th.  Power Bait has been the best for trout. As the water cools, look for the trout to become more active and start hitting spinners. 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. 15, 2009 and found bass and catfish populations to be much improved over last year. The number of green sunfish was greatly reduced.  The bass had a successful spawn 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 stocked last week, the week of September 14th. This is the firsts trout stocking for the season.  Look for the fishing to really pick up following this stocking.
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 stocked last week, and are scheduled to be stocked again this week, the week of September 21st.  Look for the fishing to pick up following the stocking.  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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