Mogollon Rim

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November 28th, 2007
Mogollon Rim

CHEVELON CANYON LAKE — The lake is nearly full. Fishing is fair. Chevelon Lake is a remote hike-in lake with difficult access (north and south trail) and limited shore-angling opportunities. This lake is best fished from an inflatable.

Anglers are catching rainbow trout on lures and flies (wooly worms). Brown trout should be in the spawning mode. Some anglers are catching trout on dry flies.

This is a hike-in lake (the trail is steep) and is best fished with float tubes or other inflatables. Chevelon Lake is open to artificial lure and flies only, with a six-trout bag and possession limit. Trout between 10 and 14 inches may not be possessed and any trout kept outside this slot must be killed immediately and retained as part of the bag limit.

Try lures such as spinners, Z-rays, Super Dupers, and Rapalas, and flies such as wooly worms or buggers, semi-seal leeches, peacock ladies, prince nymphs, and zug bugs. Some fly-fishermen are catching trout on dry flies. Try dry flies such as Adams, parachute Adams, humpies, and royal wulff. Chevelon Lake is a remote hike-in lake with difficult access. The lake is open to 10 hp gas motors.   

BEAR CANYON LAKE — Fishing is fair to good and the lake is nearly full (down about 1 to 1.5 feet).

This is a walk-in lake. There is a short but very steep hike down to the lake (and back up), but there is plentiful shoreline access and some pretty nice hiking trails. This lake is very popular with float tube anglers. You might even hear elk bugling. This is in prime squirrel hunting territory.
Try worms, salmon eggs, Power Bait, lures such as spinners, Z-rays, Super Dupers, and Rapalas, and flies such as wooly worms or buggers, semi-seal leeches, peacock ladies, prince nymphs, and zug bugs. If trout are taking insects on the surface try dry flies such as Adams, parachute Adams, and midge patterns.

The lake is open to electric trolling motors only. Bear Canyon Lake is a steep hike in lake with moderate (north side and south side trail) to difficult (west side trail) access.  

BLACK CANYON LAKE — The lake is down approximately 6-7 feet and the boat ramp is very low, so use caution when launching a boat. Fishing is fair. Try fishing with worms off rocky areas for bass and sunfish. The most recent water temperature was 77 degrees. 
Try worms, meal worms, salmon eggs, Power Bait, lures such as spinners, Super Dupers, Z-rays, KastMasters, crankbaits, and Rapalas, and flies such as peacock ladies, wooly worms or wooly buggers, prince nymphs and zug bugs. The lake is open to electric motors only. Try fishing with worms off rocky areas for bass and sunfish.

BLUE RIDGE — Fishing is best from a boat. There is limited shoreline access. Fishing from a boat or float tube is the best way to go using small crayfish imitating plugs and black spinners.  Shore fishing was slow and shore access is limited.

Dan Goodwin and his wife took two or their grandchildren fishing for the third time in their lives and the nine-year-old, Vicky, caught a 19.5-inch rainbow weighing around 4 pounds using worms.
There are some large brown trout is this reservoir and browns spawn in the fall. Once the water temperatures drop some, expect the brown trout to start staging for the spawn.

Mark Miconi hooked and lost three rainbows on Sept. 8 during the first hour of daylight, but the bite seemed to die after that. He did see lots of small fry in the water along the shore, but his depth finder showed the water temperature stratified (thermocline) and the surface temperature was 73 degrees.
Mike and Nancy said they trolled using small red and silver “dime-a-dot” lures and caught 10 trout in 5.5 hours, with the largest measuring 11.5 inches. “Nice day of fishing in such a beautiful lake.”

KNOLL LAKE — A father and two sons report catching-and-releasing 60 trout in three days of fishing, while also harvesting lots of tree squirrels, seeing elk, and watching wild turkey.

WILLOW SPRINGS LAKE — Lori and John Firestone caught trout and small bass even though it was “very, very cold” in the morning and they had no trouble catching a limit. “At the boat ramp we ran into fishing host Johnny Johnston who was extremely friendly and posed for pictures. What a great day!”
Fishing is fair to good, depending on the day. Two large rainbow trout, weighing 6.4 and 8.2 pounds, were caught near the dam in July on yellow Power Bait and worms. The lake is down 2 feet and the boat ramp is accessible.
Anglers report catching limits of trout, including some larger fish up to eight pounds.

This lake does have some brown trout. Browns spawn in the fall. Let us know if you catch any.

Try worms, meal worms, salmon eggs, Power Bait, lures such as spinners, Super Dupers, Z-rays, KastMasters, and Rapalas, and flies such as wooly worms or wooly buggers, black or brown semi-seal leeches, peacock ladies, prince nymphs, and zug bugs. The lake is open to 10 hp gas motors. This lake also has largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and crappie.      

WOODS CANYON LAKE — Arnold S. and his two sons caught-and-released 61 trout in about six hours fishing shallow rocky areas two weekends ago. Most were small but a few in the 14-inch range.

This lake has received bonus stockings of rainbow trout this summer. Fishing is good. The lake is nearly full.

Try worms, salmon eggs, Power Bait, lures such as spinners, Super Dupers, Z-Rays, and Rapalas, and flies such as peacock ladies, prince nymphs, zug bugs, wooly worms or wooly buggers. Try trolling cowbells, lures, or flies with worms. The lake is open to electric trolling motors only. The store is open and boat rentals are available.    

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