Mogollon Rim Lakes

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September 3rd, 2009

CHEVELON LAKE — Fishing is fair, but could pick up considerably right before monsoon storms.
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.

BEAR CANYON LAKE — Fishing is fair to good.     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 fair. Due to high water temperatures and pH’s, Arizona Game and Fish Department does not stock this lake during the summer months.
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.

BLUE RIDGE — The lake has been stocked. Anglers reported catching a few fish on lures and cowbells, but fishing has generally been slow.  There are a large number of logs floating in the lake so be careful while boating.

KNOLL LAKE —According to an angler, fishing was good over the weekend. This spring-fed lake can be one of the better summer trout fisheries, but reaching it entails crossing more than 20 miles of dirt road – access is via the Rim Road (FR 300).

WILLOW SPRINGS LAKE — Fishing is fair to good for trout and bass. The lake is stocked weekly with catchable size rainbow trout.
The best trout bite has been at first and last light, or when the storm clouds start piling up. Willow Springs also has plenty of smallmouth and largemouth bass. There are no limits on the 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), 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. 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 cowbells with lures, flies or bait is also productive. If you can get some live cicadas or grasshoppers to use, try fishing them during the early morning hours and the late evening hours. 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.

Creeks along the Mogollon Rim

The best rig is to use hoppers with a dry fly droppers of copper johns, and pheasant tail nymphs.  Early morning and evening is still the best time. Use spinners in the deeper pools if you have no luck with the flies, especially at night.  Fuzzy Mepps can be productive.  Super dupers attract trout as well.

* Haigler Creek – The recent fish sampling didn’t shed light on any dark deep secrets.  Basically the same as what the anglers know already.  There were a lot of small pools with mostly rainbows and some browns hanging.  The rain helped replenish some of those small pools with some fresh water and added room for more stockers this week.

* Canyon Creek – No recent reports.  Get there early.
* Tonto Creek –   No recent reports.

* Christopher Creek –No recent reports. Get there early.
* East Verde – No recent reports.
* Workman Creek – No recent reports.

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