Central Waters Fishing Report

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September 9th, 2009

URBAN LAKES – Fish stocking is scheduled to resume the week of Sept. 21 with catfish.  The Urban Program will check the water quality the week before the fish are stocked to make sure all is well.  The fishing will begin to pick up with nighttime temperatures dipping into the 70’s and water temps reaching the low 80’s.

Mealworms will still entice the bluegill fished under a bobber or off the bottom all day long.  Catfish in the system are a bit more wary now that they have been around the block a time or two.  Fish for them in the morning and evening hours and be innovative with your bait.  They have seen it all, so you need to trick them or give them something they can’t resist.  Try wrapping up some Canadian bacon on your hook if you have some in your fridge that is looking a bit peaked.

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 (46-percent full).
Where:Lake Pleasant
Caught:3 largemouth bass
Technique:drop shot Robo worm
Comments:fished for two or three hours and they were all keepers
Name: Andrew Althaus

An angler fished Lake Pleasant and brought home 32 stripers and four catfish.  He used anchovies. Mid-lake near the eastern shore was a good area, but it wasn’t the only good spot.  Fish were around 50 and 60 feet deep.  Other fishermen are still doing well near the tires, but you do have to sink your bait fast to avoid the little guys from nabbing the bait.
ROOSEVELT LAKE — Lake Elevation is 2,136 ft (82-percent full).  Tonto Creek runoff is 2 cfs while inflow from the Salt River is at 136 cfs.

This lake is producing an abundance of fish for knowledgeable and novice anglers alike. Buzzbait and topwater lures are good early morning tactics. Flipping worms in the brush is a good technique as long as you have plenty of patience when you have to extricate your “weedless” presentations. It also helps to fine tune your jerk bait methodology alongside submerged trees and other structure. A couple anglers caught 30 bass using these techniques.

A fisherman fished from 7:30 a.m.  to 1 p.m. and caught 7 bass over the slot, a couple under the slot and a whole bunch in the slot. All were caught around 25 to 35 feet deep and he used Texas-rigged worms. His fishing suggestion is to go deep and green.

Another couple fishermen fished this last weekend and couldn’t buy a fish.

My suggestion is since you’re out there anyway take notes on water temp, weather patterns, barometric pressure (that’s a big one), not only the sun and moon phases but more importantly the sun/moon rises and sun/moon sets and what time of day you are catching your fish. Before you go fishing get the information on the sun/moon sets and rises, let that be one of your guides for a couple months, if only to test what I am saying.
APACHE - Lake elevation is 1907 ft (93-percent full). An angler reported catching some nice bass at Apache over the Labor Day weekend.

CANYON LAKE – Lake elevation is 1,657 feet, which is 94-percent full.
A dad and son team fished from 4 to 8:30 a.m. and caught 11 largemouth and 1 smallmouth bass from 1.5 to 3 pounds.  All were caught on crankbaits 5 to 6 feet in depth.
Two other anglers fished in the evening from 4:30 to 9:30 and boated 8 largemouth bass.  Sounds like bite heated up while the moon came up. The fish were biting on Texas-rigged crawfish.  The bluegill liked the Robo worms.  Most the fish were caught in shallow water between 2 and 15 feet deep.  The bass were healthy and feisty with the biggest one a little over 3 pounds.

SAGUARO LAKE – Lake elevation 1,525 feet at 92-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 feet, which is 92-percent full.  Reservoir release is 115cfs.
An angler caught bass steady all morning using Texas rigged skirted grubs and drop shot Robo worms in boulder areas in the coves.  Most fish were between 1 and 2 pounds.

HORSESHOE – Lake elevation is at 1950 feet. No pool.  They are releasing water at 250 cfs.

VERDE RIVER – Verde River flow at Tangle is 268 cubic feet per second.  Release from Bartlett Lake is 115 cfs.

Where:On the Verde river, between horseshoe lake and Bartlett lake
Caught:15 lb Flathead and 8lb Channel
Technique:Worms and chicken liver
Comments:We caught most of our 25+ fish between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. Released them all.

SALT RIVER – Salt River into Roosevelt is 136 cfs, and Salt River Canyon is 138 cfs.  They are releasing 1,300 cfs out of Stewart Mountain Dam from Saguaro.

LOWER SALT RIVER — Stewart Mtn. Dam (below Saguaro Lake) release is 1,300 cfs. No recent angler reports.

Terrestrials such as hoppers and ants are getting the attention of trout.  The large trout seem to be interested in streamers and minnow imitations. Early October the trout will begin to bed so it would be nice to let them do their thing without too much interference.  It’s always nice to have the wild stock in there.

* 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.  Stocked this week with 180 rainbow trout.
* 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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