Mogollon Rim

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June 26th, 2008
Mogollon Rim

Note: There is a Bald Eagle closure located in the northwest shore area of Woods Canyon Lake. The Bald Eagle closure area is marked by red signs. Access to the shore and parking a boat on the shoreline area that is within the Bald Eagle closure area is prohibited.  The closure affects only a small area on the northwest shore and the rest of the shoreline on the lake is open to the public.  Boat travel is allowed throughout the lake, but stopping in front of the bald eagle shore closure is not allowed so that the nest is not disturbed. Contact the U.S. Forest Service’s Black Mesa Ranger District office at (928) 535-4481 for more information.

CHEVELON LAKE – Fishing is fair for fly and spin anglers. This is a hike-in lake via a steep slope. There is not a lot of shore access. It is best fished from a float tube, inflatable or canoe. Fishing is fair to good. The lake is full. Anglers have been catching good numbers of moderate size trout.
The lake is open to artificial lure and flies only, trout between 10 and 14 inches may not be possessed, and the bag limit is six trout.  Try lures such as Z-rays, Super Dupers, spinners, and Rapalas, and flies such as wooly worms, wooly buggers, peacock ladies, prince nymphs, zug bugs, and other small nymphs. The lake is open to electric trolling motors and/or up to 10 hp. gas motors.

BEAR CANYON LAKE – The lake is full. Fishing is fair to good for rainbow trout. Some anglers report catching limits of stockers with occasional larger holdover trout. This is a hike-in lack down short but steep and winding paths. There is pretty good shore access. This deep canyon lake is great for those with float tubes.

Try worms, Power Bait, salmon eggs, lures such as spinners, Z-rays, Super Dupers, and Rapalas and flies such as wooly worms, wooly buggers, Yeager buggers, peacock ladies, prince nymphs, zug bugs, hares ear and pheasant tail nymphs.  The lake is open to electric trolling motors only.

Where: Bear Canyon Lake
When: 06/14/08
Caught: Rainbows
Technique: Spinners from float tubes.
Comments: I got skunked, but my wife (her very 1st time on a float tube), made me look like fish repellant. They weren’t big, but she caught ‘em all day. Any day on a tube is better than a day at work. The cold temperature of the water was about as breath taking as the views. I guess the breezes made kicking exercise good. :)
Name:Mike & Becky Parks

Where:Bear Canyon Lake
When:05/29/08
Caught:Trout
Technique:Used Salmon Eggs, Worms and Power Bait balls from the bank near the dam.
Comments:Caught nothing the first day, but after talking to other fishermen, found that the fish were biting deep due to the cold weather (16 inches of snow) the previous weekend. They were biting just off the bottom, mostly using Power Bait. People in boats and float tubes had most success using lures.
Name:Jeremy

BLACK CANYON LAKE –- The lake is full.  Fishing is fair, but best for those trolling. Try Super Dupers or cowbells. Trolling wooly buggers can also produce.

Try worms, salmon eggs, Power Bait, lures such as spinners, or flies such as peacock ladies, wooly worms and wooly buggers, and Yeager buggers. The lake is open to electric trolling motors only.

Where:black canyon lake
When:06/07/08
Caught:rainbows
Technique:worms on a bobber for dad, 5 rainbow, worms on the bottom for my son, 8 trout, both hooks set at 4 feet up and down.7 of these were holdovers.
Comments:The day was beautiful; the bite lasted till about 12:30 p.m. I am guessing the late afternoon fish were equally as well!
Name:jeff and alex fritz

BLUE RIDGE – Fishing is fair, but some anglers report having difficult catch trout. This is a deep canyon lake that is tough for shore angling, but great for small boats and canoes, or float tubes.

Where: BLUE RIDGE
When: 06/19/08
Caught: RAINBOWS
Technique: LIGHT KASTMASTER WITH 3′ LEADER OF POWER BAIT
Comments: CAUGHT AND RELEASED OVER 40 FISH,USED A LIGHT KASTMASTER WITH POWER BAIT IN THE MORNING AND A LITTLE HEAVIER DURING THE AFTERNOON,MOST CAUGHT PAST THE DAM TO THE BACK OF THE LAKE,HAD TO WATCH OUT FOR LOG JAMS NEAR THE DAM LATE IN THE DAY.CAUGHT ALL STOCKERS ,NO HOLDOVERS
Name: TRENT GOLOMB,BOB SWANKER


KNOLL LAKE – Fishing is good to very good, with stockers and larger hold-overs being caught.

Where: Knoll Lake
When: 06/15/08
Caught: three rainbow trout
Technique: worms under a bobber and a floating bait leader where the weight goes to the bottom and the two hooks float.
Comments: Trolling was working really good.Lots of people were catching fish.
Name: Chase Barrett
Where:Knoll Lake
When:06/07/08
Caught:Rainbows
Technique:tried and true worms/Power Bait.
Comments:when the worms stopped producing, we switched to orange and green PB on a #8 treble hook. Extremely windy made for a lot of work. But it paid off in the end with 12 for the frying pan!
Name:danny batsell

Where:Knoll Lake
When:06/07/08
Caught:Apprx 30-35 rainbows
Technique:Small spinners & Rapalas.
Comments:Shore was littered with people so my buddy and I hiked about 1/2 – 3/4 mile around the back to get some quiet. Pulled em out all morning long. Would of been perfect without the hurricane force winds and crowds of people.
Name:Phil Tumbleson

WILLOW SPRINGS LAKE – The lake is full and the fishing is fair to good, with various anglers reporting limits of rainbows, occasional browns and even some bass. Willow Springs is stocked weekly with rainbow trout. Anglers have been catching trout trolling lures. Trout have been active at the surface down to 15 feet.

Try worms, Power Bait, salmon eggs, lures such as Z-rays, spinners, and Rapalas, and flies such as peacock ladies, wooly worms, wooly buggers, Yeager buggers, and nymphs in black, brown, or green colors. The lake is open to electric trolling motors and/or up to 10 hp. gas motors. Recent electro-fishing surveys revealed lots of nice sized smallmouth bass, up to 15 inches, and largemouth bass, up to 21 inches, lots of small rainbow trout and one large 7pound brown trout.

Where: Willow Springs Lake
When: 06/22/08
Caught: Rainbow Trout
Technique: Anchored in 30 ft. or deeper water in the center of the lake. Find areas on the graph that show a rough bottom (structure). Night crawlers on a No. 10 hook and send them to the bottom.
Comments: Trolling lures was extremely slow. The fish were all on the bottom. We fished night crawlers on the bottom in 30 ft or deeper water and all caught our limit. The deeper the water the bigger the fish. The area directly east of the boat ramp was showing 52 feet on the graph.
Name: Steve Pape

WOODS CANYON – Fishing is fair to good.  Boat anglers are catching trout by trolling KastMasters and Panther Martins. Woods Canyon is stocked weekly with rainbow trout and anglers are still reporting catching some larger hold-over trout. Water temperature last week was 68F. Trout have been active at the surface down to 10 feet.

Try worms, Power Bait, salmon eggs, lures such as spinners, small spoons (Super Dupers, and Z-rays), and Rapalas, and flies such as wooly worms and wooly buggers, Yeager buggers, Peacock ladies, and nymphs in black, brown, or green colors.  The lake is open to electric trolling motors only.

There is a Bald Eagle closure located in the northwest shore area of Woods Canyon Lake. The Bald Eagle closure area is marked by red signs. Access to the shore and parking a boat on the shoreline area that is within the Bald Eagle closure area is prohibited.  The closure affects only a small area on the northwest shore and the rest of the shoreline on the lake is open to the public.  Boat travel is allowed throughout the lake, but stopping in front of the bald eagle shore closure is not allowed so that the nest is not disturbed.
There is a store and marina at this lake – you can rent a boat.

Where: Woods Canyon Lake
When: 06/19/08
Caught: Rainbow Trout
Technique: We were fishing from the shore line, 400 feet east of the boat dock. I used a Texas Rig set up, with a “Bright Flakes Rainbow Power Bait.” I was casting about 20 feet out and allowing it to sink for about 5-6 seconds before tightening the line. Keeping the line over the finger of my left hand I could feel quick tugs on my line. I did not jerk to set the line. The more gentle approach will land more trout. I tightened and pulled slowly to set the hook when I felt multiple tugs on my bait.
Comments: There were Five Children camping with us that had never caught a Trout. They were learning to fish and starting to see that fishing starts with patience. When I was catching the fish, I set the hook and I allowed 1 of the children to come over and land the Trout. I explained how to be patient & reel the fish in. That day I set 5 hooks, so all five children landed a trout. Normally, I would keep a couple and release the rest. I wanted to educate the children further so we released 1 trout and took four back to camp. The children helped me clean them thoroughly, & filet the Trout. I sprinkled a little salt & pepper, squeezed a little lime , and topped them with a little bit of sliced almonds. We took them over to the grill and grilled them until the texture was white and fluffy looking. Being careful not to eat the bones, each child tasted the Trout and my dad who introduced me to fishing when I was a child, enjoyed the rest of the Trout. All but one child enjoyed the taste. Pictures can not capture the experience. You have to just go and experience it for yourself. Have fun!
Name: Fermin Camacho Jr.

Where:woods canyon lake
When:June 7-8
Caught:rainbow trout
Technique:trolled lures from a boat, fly fished from a float tube, and bait fished from shore.
Comments:While fishing from shore all day Saturday, we only got one stocker rainbow. We used all different techniques including worms on the bottom and a bobber we had no luck at all with Power Bait. Sunday we slow-trolled with worms under cowbells and had an amazing day. We landed over thirty with many more hooked. I also trolled a wooly bugger from a float tube and caught twelve trout, one being a nice 18 inches. Overall a great lake and recommend renting a boat if you go.
Name:Gabriel Martinez

Where:Woods Canyon Lake
When:06/14/08
Caught:3 Trout
Technique:Panther Martin Lure
Comments:Very busy. Get there early: 30 boats on the lake by 10 a.m.
Name:Mike

Where:Woods Canyon Lake
When:06/07/08
Caught:Rainbow Trout
Technique:Panther Martin and Night Crawlers
Name:Ted

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