Mogollon Rim

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September 29th, 2008

CHEVELON LAKE – Fishing has picked up a little.  According to anglers, it doesn’t appear that brown trout have entered their pre-spawning activity mode yet. Maybe in the next week or so.

This lake was stocked with 20,000 sub-catchable rainbow trout three weeks ago. Even though anglers may hook into some of those now, those smaller stockers are really aimed it providing future fishing opportunities. This not is a put-and-take lake.

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 good. It has been recently stocked and there is little fishing pressure right now. 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:Chevelon and Bear Canyon Lake
When:09/16/08
Caught:6 Trout
Technique:Fly fishing from a canoe.
Comments:I fished Chevelon from 7:30 a.m. til 4 p.m. and fought hard winds with very little fish sign. Mostly blind casting. Caught one 14-inch rainbow. Made it to Bear Canyon for the magic hour before dark and the surface bite was on. The fish were hitting and diving hard. Then it was too dark to see. Thanks for all the fun.
Name:Todd DeAngelis

BLACK CANYON LAKE – Fishing is good. The lake is full and it has been recently stocked. Angling pressure has not been great, but the reports we get indicate that the ones fishing are typically doing well.

Boat anglers have been catching 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.
BLUE RIDGE — We have had no recent angler reports. This deeper canyon lake should be doing well.

KNOLL LAKE — We aren’t hearing much from anglers right now, but this lake has been consistently good all season and should get even better as we transition from summer to autumn conditions. This is also a great lake to hear bugling bull elk this time of year.

WILLOW SPRINGS LAKE – Stocked this week with 2,500 rainbow trout, including some incentive fish. Fishing should be good to excellent when trout are actively feeding at the surface. The lake is down about two feet.

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. Spin anglers should try worms, Power Bait, salmon eggs, lures such as Z-rays, spinners, and Rapalas.
This is one of the largest lakes along the Mogollon Rim. As the nights get cooler than the water, you will often be treated to a fall mist on the water – bring your camera, especially at sunrise.

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.
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 and Woods Canyon
When:08/21/08
Caught:Rainbow Trout
Technique:Trolling with small crankbaits, Power Bait and curly tail/jig combos
Comments:I made a two day trip to Woods Canyon and Willow Springs. The fishing was absolutely spectacular. I caught a total of 26 fish (released) in two days from my kayak. Trolling with flat lines and small crankbaits worked really well in the morning, so did the Power Bait fished on the bottom at 15-18 feet. In Willow Springs I got all of my fish jigging a green Power Bait micro grub on a 1/32-ounce jighead and 2-pound line fished in 20 feet of water. Had to anchor because of the wind but the action was almost constant with hits on the bottom or on the fall. I’ve seen guys with down riggers or flat-lining cowbells hooking up, but going ultra light was more fun and more productive. I also noticed that fish in Woods Canyon were slightly larger and thicker than at Willow Springs. Water is warmer than air in the morning, so paddling in the fog was really cool.
Name:David Czupak

WOODS CANYON – Fishing is good. This popular lake is stocked weekly and routinely provides anglers limits of stocker trout. It also has lots of crayfish to catch and eat (don’t transport them alive).

The lake is full. The boat ramp is accessible.
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.

Where:Woods Canyon Lake
When:09/13/08
Caught:Rainbow Trout
Technique:worms
Comments: We fished from shore, using worms and a bobber (about 4-5ft from the hook)and over the weekend we landed between the two of us 16 fish in 2 mornings including two that were about 14-16″. All in all, not too bad.
Name: Nathan


Where:Woods Canyon
When:09/23/08
Caught:trout
Technique:1/8 oz. KastMaster in silver and cricket hoppers in brown
Comments: Fished from 7 a.m. till about noon and caught about 18 fish, the biggest went about 17 inches and weighed just over 2 pounds. None were less than 12 inches and fat and healthy!
Name: fr
Where:Woods Canyon
When:09/16/08
Caught: trout
Technique:Trolling with baby cowbells. No. 10 hook tipped with 3″ of worm about 18″ 4# leader.
Comments:Caught some very good sized fish between 8 a.m. to noon. biggest was about 17″ and weighed in at 2 pounds. Biggest trout I have ever caught at this lake! Action was almost non-stop.
Name: Frankie

One Response to “Mogollon Rim”

  1. thank you for all of the tech information. I like it when people actually put the full stats together when they do a write up. Great job.

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