Mogollon Rim

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July 24th, 2008
Mogollon Rim

CHEVELON LAKE – Fishing is poor to 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. 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 – Fishing is fair for rainbow trout. The best bite is at first and last light. 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.

BLACK CANYON LAKE — The lake can’t be stocked during the hot summer months of June, July, and August because of algae blooms, high water temperatures, and high pH levels. The lake will be stocked during the first week in September. Fishing is fair. The lake is down about one foot and the boat ramp is accessible. The best bite is at first and last light. Boat anglers have been catching trout on green and yellow Power Bait.
Try worms, salmon eggs, Power Bait, lures such as spinners, or flies such as peacock ladies, wooly worms and wooly buggers, and Yeager buggers.

BLUE RIDGE – Fishing is fair to poor. Fish at first and last light. This is a deep canyon lake that is tough for shore angling, but great for small boats and canoes, or float tubes. In fact, trolling is probably the most effective method right now.Angler report:

Where: Blue Ridge Res.
When: 07/18/08
Caught: rainbows
Technique: trolling cowbell with worm trailer
Comments: caught 16 total in 2 days early morning and evening after rain storm caught one 3 pounder, the rest 12 inch range
Name: Steve Ferguson
KNOLL LAKE – Fishing was good.

WILLOW SPRINGS LAKE – The lake is down about two feet. Fishing is fair to good. The best fishing is at first and last light, or just before rain showers hit.  It was stocked last week with catchable size rainbow trout. Anglers have been catching trout using cowbells with attached worms, lures, and flies. Trout have been active at the surface down to 15 feet during early morning and evening hours.
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.
This lake also has largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and small crappie. The best fishing for these warmer water species is in the early afternoons after the trout bite typically slows to nothing.

WOODS CANYON – Fishing is fair to good. Stocked weekly. The lake is full. The best fishing is at first and last light, or right before rainstorms.
Boat anglers are catching trout by trolling KastMasters and Panther Martins. Also try trolling cowbells with attached worms, lures, and flies. Trout have been active at the surface down to 10 feet early in the morning and late in the evening.

By the way, this lake has plentiful crayfish — bring along a bucket and get a passel of crayfish to augment your trout dinner and turn your camping adventure into a five-star dining experience.

For rainbows, 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 store and marina at this lake – you can rent a boat.

Angler report:

Where: Woods Canyon Lake
When: 07/17/08
Caught: 10 rainbow trout
Technique: Trolled with cowbells with a brownish colored cricket hopper
Comments: They were biting mostly later in the evening in shaded areas where the water temp was cooler
Name: Kyle

Where: WOODS CANYON LAKE
When: 07/20/08
Caught: LIMIT ON TROUT
Technique: SLOW TROLLING WITH COW BELLS AND WORMS.
Comments: GET OUT EARLY BEFORE THE LAKE GETS CROWDED AND THE WEATHER IS COOLER.
Name: ROB WAREHIME

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