Mogollon Rim Fishing Report

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October 21st, 2009

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).  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.

BEAR CANYON LAKE — Fishing is fair to good.  One angler has been catching limits on green chartreuse glitter Power Bait.   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 fair.  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.

BLUE RIDGE LAKE — Fishing has been typically slow for rainbow trout, but this is the time of year to latch into a large trout. This is a very steep sided reservoir that is not shore-angler friendly. It is best fished from a boat, kayak, float tube or canoe.

GREEN VALLEY LAKE –This urban program lake in Payson is being stocked this week with rainbow trout. Fishing should be good. This lake also has bass, crappie, and bluegill. To reach the lake, just take Main Street.

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 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.

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,

My brother Gary and I fished Woods Canyon Lake on Oct. 16. We arrived at the lake at first light and launched the boat, the air temp. was 41 degrees, and the water temp was 56. Just as in other reports that I have written, we slow trolled small Rebel crank baits ( Medium / Dark colors ). I have to emphasize, SLOW, SLOW Troll, the trout love that slow wobble of the lure. This day seemed like a difficult day for most anglers, we talked to a lot of people that were not catching much, we on the other hand did boat 39 Rainbows, mostly catch and release.

There still is some very nice quality fish, and are good fighters, you just have to find the right color of lure, and the area where they are concentrating. There are a lot of schools of trout minnows from 1/4 inch to 1 1/2 inch all over the lake, this is very encouraging for future wild trout in this lake !! My brother took some nice pictures of a Bald Eagle that was cruising the lake, then hanging out on a tree looking for the next meal. The migrating ducks are starting to make their way south and stopping by for a pit stop. The colors were very beautiful, the contrast of the aspens against the green pines in just gorgeous !!

So if you get a chance, make your way up on the Mogollon Rim, You can catch some trout, view the wildlife, or go for a hike around the lake and check out the amazing colors changing !!! Take your kids fishing, they will love it !!!
Go catch some fish !!!

Kevin Thompson

Creeks along the Mogollon Rim
The small streams are at their low flows for the year, but it is still possible to pick up some larger holdover trout in the deeper more remote pools.

Haigler Creek – Has not been stocked since July.
Horton Creek — Has not been stocked recently, but you might pick up some trout in the deeper pools.
Canyon Creek – No recent reports. Was stocked last month.
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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