Mogollon Rim

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September 18th, 2009

Creeks along the Mogollon Rim
Terrestrials such as hoppers and ants are getting the attention of trout.  The large trout seem to be interested in streamers and minnow imitations. Early October the trout will begin to bed so it would be nice to let them do their thing without too much interference.  It’s always nice to have the wild stock in there.

* Haigler Creek – Has not been stocked since July.
* Canyon Creek – No recent reports.  Stocked last week with 180 rainbow trout.
* Tonto Creek – No recent reports. Has not been stocked since August.
* Christopher Creek – Has been stocked recently.
* East Verde – No recent reports. Has not been stocked since July.
* Workman Creek – No recent reports. Has not bee stocked since May.

CHEVELON LAKE — Fishing is fair.  Try lures such as (Mepps, Panther Martin, and Rooster Tail), and spoons such as Super Dupers, KastMasters, Z-rays, and Rapalas, and flies such as peacock ladies, wooly worms, wooly buggers, and semi-seal leeches, (black or brown colors). The lake is open to artificial lures and flies only. Trout between 10 to 14 inches may not be possessed. The lake is open to electric trolling motors and up to 10 hp. gas motors.

This is a steep-sided canyon lake that is not shore angler friendly and is best fished from a float tube, canoe or kayak. This is a hike-in lake with a steep, challenging trail.

Brown trout spawn in the fall, so the action for these tough-to-catch salmonids should be getting better soon as they begin staging.

BEAR CANYON LAKE — Fishing is fair. The lake was last stocked in early September.  It is a short but steep hike in. There are some large holdover trout in this deep canyon lake.  Try worms, Power Bait, corn, and salmon eggs, lures such as spinners (Mepps, Rooster Tail, and Panther Martin), Super Dupers, Z-rays, KastMasters, and Rapalas, and flies such as peacock ladies, wooly worms, wooly buggers, semi-seal leeches (black or brown) and small nymphs in black, brown or green colors. The lake is open to electric trolling motors only.

BLACK CANYON LAKE —   Fishing is poor for trout.  Try worms, salmon eggs, corn and Power Bait, lures such as Z-rays, Super Dupers, KastMasters, Rapalas, and spinners (Mepps, Rooster Tail, and Panther Martin), and flies such as wooly worms, wooly buggers, peacock ladies, and small nymphs in black, brown or green colors. The lake is open to electric trolling motors and up to 10 hp. gas motors. This lake has easy boat and shore fishing access.

KNOLL LAKE — Fishing has been good for rainbow trout. Keep in mind you must drive 20-plus miles on dirt roads (mostly the Rim Road) to get here, but this lake is in the heart of elk country.

Try worms, Power Bait, corn and salmon eggs, lures such as Z-rays, Super Dupers, KastMasters, spinners (Mepps, Rooster Tail, and Panther Martin), Rapalas and crankbaits, and flies such as wooly worms, wooly buggers, semi-seal leeches (black or brown), and peacock ladies. The lake is open to electric trolling motors and up to 10 hp gas motors.

WILLOW SPRINGS LAKE — Fishing is fair to good for trout. The lake is stocked weekly with catchable size rainbow trout. The best trout bite usually occurs during cool weather and cloudy skies. There are no limits on illegally introduced bass. Fish the stickups using 4-inch worms or lizards. Drop-shotted Robo worms can sometimes produce a bonanza of bass and trout.  Try worms, Power Bait, corn and salmon eggs, lures such as Z-rays, Super Dupers, KastMasters, spinners (Mepps, Rooster Tail, and Panther Martin), Rapalas and crankbaits, and flies such as wooly worms, wooly buggers, semi-seal leeches (black or brown), and peacock ladies. The lake is open to electric trolling motors and up to 10 hp gas motors.  This lake has easy boat and shore fishing access.

WOODS CANYON LAKE — Fishing is good. This lake is stocked weekly with rainbow trout. The best trout fishing occurs during cool weather and cloudy skies. Woods Canyon is also a great place to load up on delectable crayfish. Try worms, Power Bait, salmon eggs, and corn, lures such as spinners (Mepps, Panther Martin, and Rooster Tail), small spoons such as Super Dupers, Z-rays, and KastMasters, and Rapalas, and flies such as peacock ladies, wooly worms, wooly buggers, semi-seal leeches, and small nymphs in black, brown or green.

The lake is open to electric trolling motors only.  Trolling with small Rebel crank baits or with a fly has been very productive lately.  Trolling with cowbells with lures flies or bait is  another good technique. The store is open and has boats for rent.  This lake is open to electric trolling motors only. This lake has easy boat and shore fishing access.

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