Mogollon Rim

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August 25th, 2008

Angler report:

Where: Mogollon Rim
When: 08/15/08
Caught: Rainbow Trout
Technique: Night Crawlers & Spinners
Comments: Fishing has been GREAT at Knoll Lake, Bear Canyon, Woods Canyon
Name: Anthony Reiss

CHEVELON LAKE – Fishing is fair. Try fishing at first or last light for the best results. 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.

Where: Chevelon Canyon Lake
When: 08/04/08
Caught: Rainbow Trout
Technique: Rooster Tails, small Rapalas
Comments: Took a boat out on to the lake around 2:30 in the afternoon. The bite was very slow. The fish were hitting short and very light. Around six a small storm blew in and the fish woke up. We ended up getting 25 in the last hour and a half of daylight with the biggest being about 14 inches. They were not big but they had a lot of fight in them.
Name: Frank VanLuvanee


Where:Chevelon Lake
When:08/30/08
Caught:18′ brown trout and 16′ rainbow
Technique:1/4-ounce gold KastMaster off the bottom.
Comments: From the dam I casted my bait as far as I could and let it hit the bottom then I pulled it back in slowly. I have an 8′6 rod that really helped me get my bait out there. I caught the rainbow at 11:30 and the brown at 1 or so. I will probably use a larger KastMaster next time to catch an even bigger fish! A fishing guide taught me the proper bait and casting technique. He came with a group of guys on quads and told me exactly what to do. 20 min. after he left I caught my first brown trout! Wanted to say thanks to whoever he is! Also a guy caught a 24′ brown in one of the pools on the other side of the damn. The guide also stated that browns like gold and black colors and that the dam part of Chevelon is the best place to catch browns because it is the deepest part of the lake and there is a rock shelf that they like to hide under.
Name: Nick Apodaca


BEAR CANYON LAKE
– Fishing is fair. 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 – Fishing is fair. The lake is almost full and the boat ramp is accessible. Boat anglers have been ctaching trout on green and yellow Power Bait. Also try trolling cowbells with an attached worm, lure or fly. 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.

Where:Black Canyon Lake
When:08/02/08
Caught:Rainbow trout
Technique:Rainbow powerbait
Comments:Me & me 10 yr old son caught 5 fish between noon & 4 oclock. They bit best when cloud cover came over
Name:
Travis Sierman


BLUE RIDGE — Road is open. Fishing is poor to fair.

Where: Blue Ridge
When: 08/15/08
Caught: 10 rainbows, one large sucker
Technique: bait, fished DEEP.
Comments: Hot, sunny, clear days are not the days to fish Blue Ridge. we go every Friday all summer, and hot clear weather turns the fishing off. Perversely, the fishing really turns on when the clouds darken and lightning turns on, but it’s not worth getting fried for some fish…..also, fish are not really hungry, there are zillions of minnows and the fish are so gorged they vomit fat minnows when caught.
Name: steve garro

Where: Blue Ridge Res.
When: 08/07/08
Caught: 11 rainbow trout, 9-13 inches.
Technique: orange Power Bait, 2 feet off bottom, from shore between outhouse and dam.
Comments: Beautiful lake! hadn’t been there in many years. My wife of 20 years finally bought a license and out fished me!
Name: Jim Bickle


Angler report:
Where: Blue Ridge Reservoir
When: 07/25/08
Caught: Rainbow Trout
Technique: Yellow/Black Rooster Tail Black/Red Panther Martin Neon Yellow Z-Ray
Comments: Spinners from a boat worked pretty well in the afternoon near the dam. Weather was mostly cloudy, light wind. Let spinners sink about 10-15ft before a moderate retrieve. Also tried next morning–full sun and no wind, and no luck either.
Name: Scott Townley

KNOLL LAKE — No recent reports from anglers, but this lake has been consistently good all season.

Where:Knoll Lake
When:07/26/08
Caught:Trout
Technique:Night crawlers on the bottom, Carolina rigged
Comments:Small bites and slow fishing the entire weekend. We saw 1 nice fish 14-15 inches the rest were small stockers and not very frequently
Name: Julie and Jay


WILLOW SPRINGS LAKE – Will be stocked this week. The lake is down about three feet. Fishing is fair to good. The best fishing is at first and last light, or just before rain showers hit.  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.

Where: Willow Springs Lake
When: 08/13/08
Caught: 44 trout
Technique: Trolled with a down rigger at about 1 3/4 mph at 35-40 feet in the old creek channel using chartreuse/gold wiskit with the skirt trimmed and only a single trailer hook with the barb filed off (get better penetration and easy release that way). Released all of the fish and only had two roll up for the falcons.
Comments: Fished from first to last light with the exception of a one hour break during the lightening storm.
Name: Rachael “Hook-UM” Brooks

Where: Willow Springs Lake
When: 08/12/08
Caught: 24 RAINBOWS / 1 – 17 incher
Technique: Cowbells with live worms were definitely working the best. also caught a couple with green and yellow grasshopper
Comments: from 8:30 a.m. to about early evening the bite never stopped! go straight out from the loading ramp and troll all around the dam area
Name: Brent Hunsaker


Where:WILLOW SPRINGS LAKE
When:07/31/08
Caught:40 + RAINBOW TROUT . 1 SMALLMOUTH
Technique:COW BELLS,WORMS
Comments:COULD NOT FIND A SPOT ON THE LAKE WE COULD NOT CATCH FISH. WE RELEASED THEM ALL & WATCHED THE HAWKS CATCH THE ONES THAT DID NOT MAKE IT. GREAT DAY FOR FISHING


WOODS CANYON
– Fishing is fair to good. Stocked weekly. The lake is down about two feet. The boat ramp is accessible. 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.

Trout have been active at the surface down to 10 feet early in the morning and late in the evening. When the trout are active at the surface, fly-fishers may want to try dry flies such as Adams, parachute Adams, and midge patterns in sizes 16-20.

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.

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