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September 3rd, 2009

URBAN LAKES – Fishing is slow at all Urban Fishing waters statewide through the summer no stocking period.  Fish stockings will resume at all Phoenix and Tucson area Urban waters the week of Sept. 21-26.  Catfish and bass have been tough to catch with the higher lake temperatures making them lazy and sluggish.

Fishing activity will begin to pick up as soon as nighttime temperatures dip into the 70s and lake temperatures reach the low 80s. Fishing has been good all summer for the plentiful bluegill that frequent the shoreline areas in search of food.

Mealworms fished on the bottom or a few feet under a bobber will catch sunfish throughout the day, especially if anglers use smaller bobbers and light line in the 2-4 pound range.  Some catfish and bass are being caught, but it takes persistence and some good timing in the early morning and evening hours.

At Green Valley lakes in Payson, anglers are having some success for crappie, bluegill and bass.  Smaller night crawlers (dillies) and mealworms are working 4-6 feet under the surface.  At all lakes remember to release any of the weed eating white amur right away so they can go back out and munch on the weeds.

TEMPE TOWN LAKE – Don’t forget about this lake, it’s convenient for both boaters and shore anglers.  For boaters try fishing around the bridge pillars and any overhanging vegetation.  The shore fishing areas can be productive.  Mealworms or earthworms usually will get you bass, catfish or redear if fished off the bottom with a weighted leader of about 18 inches.  Bluegill will take mealworms or worm pieces fished under a bobber.  Try crayfish imitations both the soft plastics and crankbait as an alternative.

There are also no gas powered boats allowed on the lake and Tempe Town Lake permits are available at the City of Tempe Town Lake Operations Center, 620 N. Mill Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85281. Phone: (480) 350-8625.

LAKE PLEASANT - Lake elevation 1,648 ft (47-percent full). Striper fishing is real good. An angler caught over 100 stripers along with 4 channel catfish -  one was 7 pounds.  The best action was in the early morning.  Anchovies work well at night under lights.  Crawfish imitations are effective as well.

Largemouth can be caught off the points using jerkbaits in the early morning.  Largemouth bass stack up along the cliff walls between 15 and 30 feet deep.  Crankbaits, especially those that look a little like crawdads work well in this situation.  If you like using worms try bouncing your Robo Worms or Senkos along the cliff walls or drop shots.
ROOSEVELT LAKE — Lake Elevation is 2,137 ft (83-percent full).  Tonto Creek runoff is 0 cfs while inflow from the Salt River is at 127 cfs.

A couple anglers found the crappie bite using lights in the evening in the School House area.  The fish were around 20 feet deep and they caught over 100 one night. The next night they caught a little over 50.

Some evening/night fishermen did pretty good catching about 17 largemouth bass around Windy Hill near shore using 7- and 10-inch Texas-rigged worms and a few on drop shots.

Anglers reeled in bass using buzz baits with light colored skirts.  Reel them in nice and slow off the main lake points near submerged trees.

One angler reported fish are busting the surface after minnows and flies.

An angler fished the Tonto end in the evening and had a good Texas rig bite going.  He fished till 10:30 at night and caught 34 fish, which included 4 largemouth bass over 16 inches.

APACHE - Lake elevation is 1,907 ft (92-percent full).  This lake is receiving little angling pressure, yet the fishing should be good for yellow bass, largemouth bass and bottom dwellers like catfish, carp and buffalofish.

The marina is still a good place to catch catfish and Turtle Island is holding largemouth bass.  The points near drop-offs are good spots for yellow bass.  Fish between 8 and 25 feet deep for the yellow bass.

An angler caught a 23 pound buffalo fish in the shallows using worms.  Worms are also enticing the largemouth and yellow bass as well as channel catfish.

There is camping available at Burnt Corral.
CANYON LAKE – Lake elevation is 1,657 ft, which is 95-percent full.
Angers are singing the praises of Canyon and catching some nice sized largemouth bass.  Texas and Carolina rigs are productive.  Yellow bass are going after kastmasters and fishermen noted a lot of small bass under 2 inches swimming along the banks and some big shad schools.

Where: Canyon Lake
When: 08/26/09
Caught: Largemouth, bluegill, green sunfish
Technique: jig with mini craw, 1″ grub or roadrunner.
Comments: Main lake channel for bass and in the coves for the bluegill- caught 23 mostly unders with 8 in the slot. 2 of us fished from 9 till 4 and boated 116 total. Another great day on the water although it was a bit warm.
Name: Jim Lindquist
SAGUARO LAKE – Lake elevation 1,525 feet at 93-percent full.
One angler fished from 5:30 pm till about 10:30 pm.  Fishing started out kind of slow using spinners, jerkbaits and some drop shots.  KastMasters were successful in luring catfish, yellow bass, bluegills and small largemouth bass.  Once it got dark Texas rigged power worms became more effective as time went on.  The bass were caught mostly below 25 feet deep.

BARTLETT – Lake elevation is 1,793 ft, which is 92-percent full.  Reservoir release is 140 cfs.
The night bite is pretty good at Bartlett. One angler caught 15 largemouth bass between 12 and 14 inches on Texas-rigged Power Worms.  He mentioned the bite was sporadic and the fish were between 10 and 15 feet deep.
HORSESHOE – Lake elevation is at 1950 feet, No pool.  They are releasing water at 75 cfs.
VERDE RIVER – Verde River flow at Tangle is97 cubic feet per second.  Release from Bartlett Lake is 140 cfs.

SALT RIVER – Salt River into Roosevelt is 127 cfs, and Salt River Canyon is 103 cfs.  They are releasing 1625 cfs out of Stewart Mountain dam from Saguaro.
LOWER SALT RIVER — Stewart Mtn. Dam (below Saguaro Lake) release is 1,375 cfs. An angler two weeks ago reported catching some nice bass and one surprise rainbow trout.

The best rig is to use hoppers with a dry fly droppers of copper johns, and pheasant tail nymphs.  Early morning and evening is still the best time. Use spinners in the deeper pools if you have no luck with the flies, especially at night.  Fuzzy Mepps can be productive.  Super dupers attract trout as well.

* Haigler Creek – The recent fish sampling didn’t shed light on any dark deep secrets.  Basically the same as what the anglers know already.  There were a lot of small pools with mostly rainbows and some browns hanging.  The rain helped replenish some of those small pools with some fresh water and added room for more stockers this week.

* Canyon Creek – No recent reports.  Get there early.
* Tonto Creek –   No recent reports.

* Christopher Creek –No recent reports. Get there early.
* East Verde – No recent reports.
* Workman Creek – No recent reports.

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