Mogollon Rim

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November 26th, 2008

CHEVELON LAKE – Fishing is fair. Brown trout typically spawn in November and can often be found where Chevelon Creek enters the lake. Try big streamers such as brown, black or green wooly buggers, Yeager buggers, muddler minnows, and semi-seal leeches

This is a hike-in lake via a steep slope. There very little 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. 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 — 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. With anglers reporting lots of surface action, even spin anglers should try flies such as wooly buggers attached to a small leader behind a casting bubble. Also try some flash-and-dash near the surface with small spinners.

Where: Knoll Lake
When: 10/25/08
Caught: 2 small trout
Technique: Every lure in the box
Comments: I saw about a million trout hit the surface, and none of them wanted any of what I had to offer. I think Power Bait or worms on the surface would have done the trick, and of course I had neither. Beautiful day though so no complaints.
Name: Phil T

Where: Knoll
When: 10/16/08
Caught: rainbow
Technique: worms, corn, eggs, Power Bait, flies off bottom and under bobbers. Flies behind water bobbers
Comments: fished all day also all day 10/18 and 2 of us only caught 6 fish. All in the 7-9″ range. No one we talked to seemed to have much better luck whether they were fishing from boat or shore
Name: R Johnson

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:11/21/08
Caught:30 trout
Technique:Trout bait
Comments:Dick and Grant fished from 9 am to 5 pm. We fished on the bottom in deep water. The trout were all between 8 and 12 inches.It was a beautiful day and we had the lake to ourselves. Can’t wait to get back there again.
Name:Grant Berkowitz

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 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.

Where: woods canyon
When: 10/17/08
Caught: rainbow
Technique: Salmon eggs off the bottom seemed to be the most productive, but tried worms power bait and corn as well
Comments: 2 of us caught limit in 4.5 hr off shore near spillway campground. Hit the store around noon and observed several people with good stringers heading for the parking lot
Name: R Johnson

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