Mogollon Rim

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December 10th, 2008
Note: Winter conditions prevail so contact the US Forest Service’s Black Mesa Ranger District office at (928) 535-7300 for up to date information about road, camping, and Forest conditions.

CHEVELON LAKE – Fishing is fair. The brown trout spawn has likely ended. 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.


Where: chevelon canyon
When: 11/29/08
Caught: Brown and 2 Bows
Technique: Silver dressed Panther Martin, fishing was slow so we took a canoe to the other side of the lake and then hooked into a bunch of hungry fish in the flats of some beach (close to creek). The brown trout actually had a small minnow is his stomach so the silver Panther Martin was money. Good last session, the roads were wet and there was a little snow.
Name: eric bonifacio

BEAR CANYON LAKE – Fishing is fair. This is a hike-in lack down short but steep and winding paths. Access trails are from the parking lot and south and north ends of the lake.  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 — No reports. The brown trout spawn should have ended. 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 — No recent angler reports. Access could become difficult if the Rim gets snow this weekend.

WILLOW SPRINGS LAKE – Fishing is fair to good.

Boat anglers have been catching trout using cowbells with an attached worm, lure, or fly.  Shore anglers are catching trout on spoons. Try worms, Power Bait, salmon eggs, lures such as Z-rays, spinners (Panther Martin, Rooster Tail, and Mepps), and Rapalas, and flies such as peacock ladies, wooly worms, wooly buggers, Yeager buggers, semi-seal leeches, prince nymphs, zug bugs, and other 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: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
The lake is full. The boat ramp is accessible. The store is closed for the season.
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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