Mogollon Rim Lakes

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August 20th, 2009

CHEVELON LAKE — Fishing is fair, but picks up considerably right before monsoon storms. Anglers have been catching rainbow trout on spinners. Try lures such as spinners (Mepps, Panther Martin, and Rooster tail), and spoons such as Super Dupers, KastMasters, and Z-Rays, and flies such as Peacock ladies, woolly worms and woolly buggers, and semi-seal leeches. The lake is open to artificial lure and fly only. Trout between 10 to 14 may not be possessed The lake is open to electric trolling motors and /or 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.

The lake is open to artificial lure and fly only. Trout between 10 to 14 may not be possessed The lake is open to electric trolling motors and /or up to 10 hp. gas motors.
BEAR CANYON LAKE —  Fishing is fair . The lake will be stocked in late August with catchable size rainbow trout. It is a short but steep hike into this lake. There is 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 and Rapalas, and flies such as peacock ladies, wooly worms, wooly buggers, and small nymphs in black, brown or green. The lake is open to electric trolling motors only.

BLACK CANYON LAKE — Fishing is  fair.  The Arizona Game and Fish Department can’t stock this lake during the summer months because of high water temperatures and pH’s.   Try worms, salmon eggs, corn and Power Bait, lures such as Z-rays, Super Dupers, and spinners (Mepps, Rooster Tail, and Panther Martin), and flies such as wooly worms, wooly buggers, peacock ladies, and small nymphs.

The lake is open to electric trolling motors only and/or up to 10 hp. gas motors. This lake has easy boat and shore fishing access.

BLUE RIDGE – There is an alga bloom here and the fishing is very slow.

KNOLL LAKE – This spring fed trout lake has been providing decent angling opportunities all summer, especially at first and last light or when storms are building.

WILLOW SPRINGS LAKE — This lake was stocked with 2,000 fish from the Canyon Creek Hatchery this week. Fishing is fair to good for trout, fair for bass. This deeper, larger lake is less susceptible to the summer doldrums, but you may find fish holding deep except at first and last light, or when thunder bumpers build up and the barometer drops (or rain).
Trout fishing has generally been good for boat anglers who fish early morning, and fair for shore anglers. Fishing can slow considerably during the heat of the day, unless monsoon thunderstorms visit the area. Bass fishing should be best in the afternoons.
The best trout bite has been at first and last light, or when the storm clouds start pilling up. Willow Springs also has plenty smallmouth and largemouth bass. There are no limits of the bass. Fish the stickups using 4-inch worms or lizards. Drop-shotted Robo worms can sometimes produce a bonanza of bass, trout and crappie.
Anglers are catching trout on worms. Try worms, Power Bait, corn and salmon eggs, lures such as Z-Rays, spinners (Mepps, Rooster Tail, and Panther Martin), and flies such as wooly worms, wooly buggers, and peacock ladies. The lake is open to electric trolling motors and/or up to 10 hp gas motors. This lake has easy boat and shore fishing access.
Angler report:
Hi Rory,

I fished solo on this trip to Willow Springs Lake on Aug. 12. I arrived at first light and launched the boat. It was a beautiful cool morning !!!! The water Temp. was 70 degrees on top, a couple of degrees cooler than 2 weeks ago. I had an excellent day slow trolling small Rebel crank baits ( dark colors ) and weighted down with 1 split shot a couple of feet up from the lure, and boated 39 trout ( mostly catch and release ) and 6 smallies. The trout were between 10″ and 13″, and the smallies were between 12″ and 15″, very good fighting fish, I fish with a 2-pole stamp with a different color lure on each, and I had several doubles on trout. I had a BLAST !!!!! The biggest tip I could give to people wanting to catch more trout on the rim lakes is slow, slow troll,  and get the lures a little deeper this time of year because the water is too warm on top. Take your rain gear, I got hammered by a huge afternoon thunderstorm, very wet and very loud !!!!
Get up to the rim lakes, you will have a blast also !!!!!

Kevin Thompson
WOODS CANYON LAKE — Fishing is fair to good. Stocked weekly with rainbow trout.   Woods Canyon is also a great place to load up on delectable crayfish. Also, before leaving home try catching some cicadas or grasshoppers for bait.

There are nesting bald eagles here, so please do not discard fishing line. In fact, please pick up any line discarded by sloppy anglers.
Updated information – There is a small area (well signed) on the southwestern (Not east as was first reported) end of the lake is that closed due to nesting bald eagles. Please respect the closure – it should not interfere with your fishing. 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 flies such as peacock ladies, wooly worms, small nymphs in black, brown or green. The lake is open to electric trolling motors only.
Trolling Super dupers or Cowbells has proven very effective lately, as has trolling wooly buggers. If you can get some live cicadas to use, you might load up on trout.

It hasn’t changed much yet.  Terrestrials are still working for fly anglers and the water is still low.  There are occasional rain events that cool the water.  Air temperatures are slowly getting lower and by mid September the nymphs will be working for you.  Right now you have more of a chance real early in the morning and late evening.

  • Haigler Creek – No recent reports. Will sample soon.
  • Canyon Creek – Good reports.  Get there early.
  • Christopher Creek – Good fishing. Get there early.
  • Tonto Creek — Good fishing at Bear Flat
  • East Verde – No recent reports.
  • Workman Creek – No recent reports.

Note: Contact the US Forest Service in Springerville for up to date information on forest conditions.

BECKER LAKE— Fishing is fair to good. The lake is nearly full.  The boat ramp is accessible. Becker is open to artificial lure and fly only, barbless hooks, and a 2-trout bag limit. Try lures such as Super Dupers, spinners (Panther Martin and Rooster Tails), rainbow colored Z-rays, and small spoons such as KastMasters. Try flies such as peacock ladies, wooly worms and wooly buggers in brown, black or gray, semi-seal leeches, prince nymphs, zug bugs, pheasant tails, hares ears, small scuds, and zebra midges. The lake is open to electric trolling motors or up to 10 hp. gas motors. There is a fishing pier located on the northwest shoreline of the lake. This lake has easy boat and shore fishing access.
BIG LAKE —  Fishing is fair to good.  Boat ramps are accessible. Try worms, Power bait, corn, and salmon eggs, lures such as spinners (Mepps, Rooster tail, Panther Martin), Super Dupers, Z-rays, Crickhoppers (yellow and orange), and Rapalas, and flies such as wooly worms, wooly buggers, peacock ladies, and nymphs in black, brown, or green.  Boat anglers are catching trout using lures, flies, and Cowbells with an attached worm. Shore anglers should try fishing off deep rocky shorelines. The lake is open to electric trolling motors and/or up to 10 hp. gas motors. The store is open and has boats for rent.  This lake has easy boat and shore fishing access. The south cove boat dock has been installed.

CARNERO LAKE—  Fishing is  good.  Carnero is open to artificial lure and fly only, barbless hooks, and a 2-trout bag and possession limit. Try small lures such as Super Dupers, Z-rays, and spinners (Mepps, Panther Martin and Rooster Tails), and flies such as wooly worms, wooly buggers, scud patterns, prince nymphs, zug bugs, hares ear nymphs, and peacock ladies. Also try small nymphs in black, brown, green or gray colors. The lake is open to electric trolling motors only. The lake is very weedy around the shoreline areas.  This lake is best fished with a small boat or float tube.

CLEAR CREEK RESERVOIR — Fishing is fair to good for warm water fish species. The northwest boat ramps are accessible. Try fishing with a bobber, split shot and worms near rocky shoreline areas for sunfish and bass. Also try fishing off the bottom for bullheads and channel catfish.

Try worms, Power Bait, Salmon eggs, and lures such as spinners (Panther Martin, Rooster Tail, and Mepps), Z-rays, crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and Rapalas, and flies such as wooly worms or wooly buggers, Yeager buggers, and peacock ladies. There are no motor restrictions on Clear Creek Reservoir.  This lake has easy boat and shore fishing access.
CONCHO LAKE — Fishing is poor.  Concho is open to electric trolling motors or up to 10 hp. gas motors. The lake is very low and very weedy. This lake has easy boat and shore fishing access.

CRESCENT LAKE — Fishing is fair to good. Boat ramps are accessible. During overcast days fishing is good. Try worms, Power Bait, corn, and salmon eggs, lures such as small Z-rays, Super Dupers, and spinners (Mepps, Panther Martin, and Rooster Tail), and flies such as wooly worms, wooly buggers, leech patterns, peacock ladies, warden worrys, prince nymphs, and zug bugs. Also try small nymphs in brown, black or green.
Fly-fishers have been catching rainbow and brook trout, about 12-15 inches, on brown nymphs. A good strategy is to fish early in the morning and late in the day. The lake has been a little weedy in some areas of the lake; however, the weed harvester has cut weeds at Crescent Lake.

The lake is open to electric trolling motors and/or up to 10 hp. gas motors. The store is open. This lake has easy boat and shore fishing access.

The fishing pier at the north end of the lake has been moved to the south boat ramp area. The boat dock at the west end boat ramp has been installed.
FOOL HOLLOW LAKE — The Fool Hollow Lake State Park is open because of a multi-agency agreement to run the park and fishing is good. The lake level is nearly full and all boat ramps are accessible.  Anglers have been catching bluegills and black crappies off the fishing piers. Some nice sized bass are being caught on lures and night crawlers.

Catfish and walleyes are being caught on night crawlers at night. Try worms, corn, salmon eggs, and Power Bait, lures such as spinners, spoons, rubber lead head jigs, and Rapalas, and flies such as wooly worms and wooly buggers, and semi-seal leeches.

Try fishing around rocky areas, tree stumps and fishing piers. Black crappies, bluegills, and walleyes tend to congregate around the fishing piers during the summer months. Try small crappie jigs, spinners, Rapalas, and night crawlers.
The lake is open to electric trolling motors and/or up to 10 hp gas motors.  This lake has easy boating and shore fishing access.

GREER LAKES — Fishing is fair.  All three Greer Reservoirs have been drawn down significantly for irrigation downstream. No boats can be launched at Bunch and River Reservoirs because water levels are very low and the concrete curb at the end of the two boat ramps are out of water.

Try worms, corn, salmon eggs, and Power Bait, lures such as spinners, Z-rays, spoons, and Rapalas, and flies such as wooly worms, wooly buggers, peacock ladies, and small nymphs. Bunch Reservoir and Tunnel Reservoir are open to electric trolling motors only, and River Reservoir is open to electric trolling motors and/or up to 10 hp. gas motors. These lakes have easy shore and float tube fishing access.
HULSEY LAKE — Fishing is poor. The lake is nearly full.  Weeds are present around shoreline areas. Water temperatures are generally high during the summer months, so fish early in the morning and late in the day. Try worms, corn, salmon eggs, and Power Bait, small lures such as spinners (Mepps, Panther Martin, and Rooster tail), small spoons such as Super Dupers, KastMasters, and Z-rays, and flies such as Peacock ladies, Prince nymphs, zug bugs, and woolly worms.

The lake is open to electric trolling motors only.   The lake has easy shore fishing access. There is a short hiking trail to the lake. There is no boat ramp.
LEE VALLEY RESERVOIR — Fishing is poor to fair. Apache trout and grayling may be sluggish with the recent high pH levels associated with the recent algae bloom.  The lake looks good and the water is tea colored. Fish very early in the morning and late in the day. Try lures such as spinners (Mepps, Rooster Tail, and Panther Martin), small spoons such as Super Dupers and Z-rays, and flies such as peacock ladies, prince nymphs, zug bugs, hares ear, scud patterns, and wooly worms.
Lee Valley Lake is open to artificial lure and fly only, a 2-trout bag and possession limit, and a 12-inch minimum length limit on all fish. No bait fishing is allowed. The lake is open to electric trolling motors only.  This lake has easy boat and shore fishing access.
LUNA LAKE — Fishing is fair. There is a green algae bloom on the lake. Some anglers have been catching trout on yellow Power Bait and night crawlers. Try worms, corn, salmon eggs, and Power Bait, lures such as Panther Martin, Rooster Tail, and Mepps spinners, small spoons like KastMasters and Super Dupers, and flies such as wooly worms and wooly buggers, peacock ladies, zug bugs, prince nymphs, and brown Montana stones. The store is open. Luna is open to electric trolling motors and/or up to 10 hp. gas motors.  This lake has easy boat and shore fishing access.

LYMAN LAKE — Lyman Lake State Park is open and Fishing is good. Anglers have been catching channel catfish on worms, hot dogs, and stink baits. Largemouth bass are being caught on lures and night crawlers. Sunfish are being caught on worms. Try worms, Power Bait, catfish stink baits, and lures such as spinners (Panther Martin, Rooster Tail, and Mepps), crankbaits, and Rapalas.

Try fishing lures along rocky areas for bass and walleye. During the summer months try fishing early in the morning and late in the day. The Lyman Lake recreation area is managed by Lyman Lake State Park and camping is available. There are also cabins for rent. There is fish consumption advisory here, so check with the State Parks Office at the lake for details. Also contact the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Region 1 Office at 928-367-4281. There are no motor restrictions on Lyman Lake. The store is open.
NELSON RESERVOIR — Fishing is fair. The lake is nearly full. The lake has a green algae bloom.    The weed harvester is cutting weeds at this lake. The boat ramps at the eastern end and by the dam are accessible. The middle boat ramp and road is closed.

Try worms, Power Bait, lures such as spinners (Panther Martin, Rooster Tail, Mepps), small spoons such as KastMasters and Super Dupers, jigs, and flies such as wooly worms, wooly buggers, peacock ladies, prince nymphs, and zug bugs. Nelson Reservoir is open to electric trolling motors and/or up to 10 hp gas motors.
RAINBOW LAKE — Fishing is fair. The lake is several feet below spill. The boat ramp is accessible.  Bullheads are being caught off the fishing pier. The boat ramp is usable. Try worms, Power Bait, lures such as spinners (Panther Martin, Rooster Tail, and Mepps) spoons (Super Dupers, Daredevils), and Rapalas, and flies such as wooly worms, wooly buggers, and peacock ladies. Rainbow Lake is open to electric trolling motors and/or up to 10 hp gas motors.

SCOTTS RESERVOIR — Fishing is fair. Try worms, Power Bait, corn, and salmon eggs, lures such as spinners (Panther Martin, Rooster Tail, and Mepps), spoons such as Super Dupers, and flies such as wooly worms, wooly buggers, peacock ladies, prince nymphs, and zug bugs. Scott Reservoir is open to electric trolling motors only. The lake has easy boat and shore fishing access.

The water level is low so use caution when launching a boat. The boat ramp is accessible.
SHOW LOW LAKE — Fishing is fair.  The lake will be stocked this week with catchable size rainbow trout. The boat ramp is accessible. The fishing piers have been straightened out and are accessible.  There is a new boat dock by the boat ramp. The boat dock at the boat ramp is only for boat anglers, no fishing or swimming is allowed.

Anglers have been catching rainbow trout on worms. A few bass are being caught on lures. Try trolling Rapalas early in the morning and late in the evening for walleyes. Try worms, corn, salmon eggs, and Power Bait, lures such as spinners (Panther Martin, Rooster Tail, and Mepps), spoons such as Super Dupers, rubber lead head jigs, Rapalas, and flies such as wooly worms, wooly buggers, prince nymphs, peacock ladies and brown Montana Stones. The lake is open to electric trolling motors and/or up to 10 hp gas motors. The store is open.

This lake has easy boat and shore fishing access.
WOODLAND LAKE — Fishing is poor. New regulations went into effect at Woodland Lake on Jan. 1, reducing the daily bag and possession limit to four trout. The lake is low and the boat ramp is usable.

Try worms. Power Bait, corn, and salmon eggs, lures such as spinners (Panther Martin, Rooster Tail, and Mepps), spoons such as Super Dupers, and flies such as wooly worms, wooly buggers, peacock ladies, Prince Nymphs, and Zug bugs. Fish early in the morning and late in the day. Woodland Lake is open to electric trolling motors only.  This lake has easy boat and shore fishing access.

One Response to “Mogollon Rim Lakes”

  1. hey,
    well i was just wondering about Clear Creek East, i couldn’t find it in the fishing report this week. I was just wondering about it because i’m planning a trip out there this saturday and wanted to read up on it. Thanks

    Branon

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