Mogollon Rim Fishing Report

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October 2nd, 2009

BLUE RIDGE — Has not been stocked since last spring. Anglers reported catching a few fish on lures and cowbells. I had a report from an angler last week who’s party caught 12 trout last week on cowbells with 10 of the 12 weighing 1½ to 4½ pounds. There are a large number of logs floating in the lake so be careful while boating.
CHEVELON LAKE — Fishing is good. 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). Anglers are catching 12- to 13- inch trout in the slot on spinners.

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 November, so try fishing at the mouth of Chevelon creek during October and November.  The lake level is about 5 feet below the spillway limits.

BEAR CANYON LAKE — Fishing is fair to good. One angler has been catching limits on green chartreuse glitter Power Bait.  The lake was stocked last week with catchable size rainbow trout. It is a short but steep hike into the lake.  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, Yeager 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 to fair 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, Yeager 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 should be good for larger holdover trout, although catch rates may be down some. This lake has not been stocked since August, but because of its remote location, it also does not receive as much angling pressure as most other Rim lakes. This lake is located in prime elk country.

WILLOW SPRINGS LAKE – Fishing is  fair for trout.  The lake was stocked last week  with catchable size rainbow trout, which was the last stocking for the season. Fishing generally improves during the fall as water temperatures cool down. 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 fair to good. This lake is stocked weekly with rainbow trout until the end of September. Fishing generally improves during the fall as water temperatures cool down.  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, Yeager 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 crankbaits 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.

Angler report:

Rory

My Brother Gary and I fished Woods Canyon Lake on Sept 25. It was another excellent day on Woods !!!! We launched the boat at first light, the air temp. was 39 degrees, and the water temp. was 64. We slow, slow, trolled small Rebel crankbaits (medium / dark  colors) and 6lb line. This technique has been very successful for us for many years. We ended up boating a total of 68 trout; 56 were released to be caught again, and 12 went home for a big family trout meal!!  YUMMY!! The fish are still very nice quality, between 11 and 14 inch, and they are chunky, and good fighters!! We did have the opportunity to share the technique with several people on the lake that were not catching much fish. So again, as I have said in many other reports, Go up on the Mogollon Rim and enjoy some excellent trout fishing on these beautiful lakes in the beautiful pines. You will most likely see a bald eagle to add that much more enjoyment to your day.
GO CATCH SOME FISH !!!

Thanks again Arizona Game and Fish !!!!
Kevin Thompson

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.  Has been stocked recently.
  • 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 been stocked since May.

2 Responses to “Mogollon Rim Fishing Report”

  1. Hello-
    Saturday 10-17 I fished Blue Ridge Reservoir both from shore and canoe with no success. Also briefly fished the morning of 10-18 without success either. I tried different colors of PowerBait, worms, spinners, trolling with diver Rapalas, etc. I also spoke with many on the lake and not a sole had caught anything. I did catch a few green sunfish at dusk on Saturday and was wondered what would have been the appropriate way to handle them? Understanding that Blue Ridge Reservoir is managed for trout, would it have been legal/appropriate to pull them? Not knowing I released the three that I caught.
    Thanks,
    Greg

  2. Thanks for letting me know that I’m not the only one to come off of Blue Ridge empty. I have never caught the green sunfish you mentioned. We saw a little surfice activity at dusk. Could that have been sunfish?

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