Mogollon Rim Fishing Report

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October 14th, 2009

BLUE RIDGE — Has not been stocked since last spring. Anglers reported catching a few fish on lures and cowbells.

Anglers report catching a few fish on lures and cowebells. One group caught 12 trout in late September on cowbells with 10 of the 12 weighing 1½ to 4½ pounds.

CHEVELON LAKE — Fishing is fair to 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 have been 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.

BEAR CANYON LAKE — Fishing is fair to good.  One angler has been catching limits on green chartreuse glitter Power Bait.  The lake was stocked two weeks ago 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 – No recent angler reports. 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 to good for trout.  The lake was stocked last week with catchable size rainbow trout, which was the last stocking for the season.  The stocking season has ended.  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. The stocking season has ended but fishing will remain decent here as trout feed aggressively to put on fat before winter conditions arrive.

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 until Thanksgiving (unless early snows close the road), 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:
Hi Rory,
We had a really good day on this trip fishing to Woods Canyon Lake on Oct. 7. I took a good friend Kevin Horton on this trip, and he had never experienced this kind of fishing. We arrived at the lake while it was still dark, and got the boat ready to launch in a lite cold rain. We launched the boat at first light, the air temperature was in the low 40’s and the water temp. was 56.  It was a cold day, the high air temp. for the day was 51 degrees. We slow trolled small rebel crank baits (medium / Dark colors ) and 6lb line. It wasn’t long before we started smacking them !! The morning ended up being very productive, with a little lull in the action in the middle of the day. But after lunch in the afternoon/ early evening we started hitting them again. We ended up boating 28 trout, and for some reason we had an unusual amount of fish that shook off the lure while bringing them to the boat. We brought home 11 nice rainbows for a big fish dinner that Kevin’s family and myself are going to enjoy Friday night !!YUMMY !!!! We saw a lot of wildlife on this trip, the ospreys were hammering the water to get trout, beautiful fluffy coyote, a King Albert squirrel swimming across the channel, that was weird, never saw a squirrel swim before. The Bald eagles are building their nest back up, and one even came down and grabbed a trout about 15 feet from the boat,, that was the coolest thing ever,  we never have seen a Bald eagle that close, and then flying away from us with a trout, ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL !! We also saw what appeared to be a Big Golden Eagle !!

Take someone fishing that has never experienced this kind of adventure !! I promise you, there is no better feeling than teaching someone who has never done this type of fishing, and seeing their eyes light up when they hook a fish, those are memories that will never be forgotten, plus the scenery and wildlife is gorgeous !!!!!!

Thanks again Arizona Game And Fish for these awesome lakes and Fish!!!  And thanks Rory for the fishing report that you work hard on !!!
GO CATCH SOME 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.

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