Mogollon Rim

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October 23rd, 2008

CHEVELON LAKE – Fishing is fair to good. Brown trout should be staging at the mouth of Chevelon Creek. Brown trout typically spawn in November. Try big streamers such as brown, black or green wooly buggers, Yeager buggers, muddler minnows, and semi-seal leeches

This lake was stocked with 20,000 sub-catchable rainbow trout in early September. 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 fair to good. It has been recently stocked and there is little fishing pressure. 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 boat ramp is accessible. 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 — This deeper canyon lake should be doing well. This long, narrow lake in a steep canyon has rainbows and browns. It is best fished from a boat, canoe, float tube and the like. There isn’t much viable shore access for anglers.

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 – The few reports received indicated this fishing can be good for trout, but you may have to work a little to find the best bite. However, this large mountain lake offers plenty of shoreline access for exploring via shoe leather or boat. The best fishing is at first and last light, but the trout have been feeding at the surface off-and-on throughout the day.

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.

Anglers in boats have been catching trout using cowbells with attached worms, lures, and flies.

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:10/03/08
Caught:Rainbow Trout
Technique:Grasshopper lures. Yellow worked OK, Green and Yellow worked great.
Comments: Out from noon till 7pm. Caught fish all day with the majority being towards sunset. Trolling slowly from our canoe. The wind was terrible. Brought home 5 nice sized trout for dinner, hooked into 20 more, just couldn’t get them into the boat. BRING YOUR DIP NET! Crayfish trap was empty after a 7-hour soak; must be too cold now. When cleaning your catch from one of the more popular lakes (Willow Springs, Woods Canyon, etc) be careful of little brass treble hooks in their gullet. Overall, one of our better days fishing on the Rim.
Name:Tracy and Brian

WOODS CANYON – Fishing is fair to good for rainbow trout, plus it is possible to catch an occasional brown trout here as well. Trout are feeding on insects at the surface off-and-on throughout the day. Brown trout spawn in November in the creek at the north end of the lake. Try Rapalas, spinners, and large streamer flies.

The store is open and boat rentals are available until the end of October 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.

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.

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