Mogollon Rim

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October 24th, 2007
Mogollon Rim

CHEVELON CANYON LAKE — The lake is full but not spilling. Fishing is fair. Anglers are catching a few rainbow trout on lures and flies. Keep in mind that brown trout spawn in the fall, so this may set the stage for good fishing in a month or two for the big bruisers. Some anglers are catching trout on dry flies.

This is a hike-in lake (the trail is steep) and is best fished with float tubes or other inflatables. Chevelon Lake is open to artificial lure and flies only, with a six-trout bag and possession limit. Trout between 10 and 14 inches may not be possessed and any trout kept outside this slot must be killed immediately and retained as part of the bag limit. Try lures such as spinners, Z-rays, Super Dupers, and Rapalas, and flies such as wooly worms or buggers, semi-seal leeches, peacock ladies, prince nymphs, and zug bugs. Some fly-fishermen are catching trout on dry flies. Try dry flies such as Adams, parachute Adams, humpies, and royal wulff. Chevelon Lake is a remote hike-in lake with difficult access. The lake is open to 10 hp gas motors.   

BEAR CANYON LAKE — Fishing is fair to good and the lake is nearly full (down about 1 to 1.5 feet).

This is a walk-in lake. There is a short but very steep hike down to the lake (and back up), but there is plentiful shoreline access and some pretty nice hiking trails. This lake is very popular with float tube anglers. You might even hear elk bugling. This is in prime squirrel hunting territory.

Try worms, salmon eggs, Power Bait, lures such as spinners, Z-rays, Super Dupers, and Rapalas, and flies such as wooly worms or buggers, semi-seal leeches, peacock ladies, prince nymphs, and zug bugs. If trout are taking insects on the surface try dry flies such as Adams, parachute Adams, and midge patterns.

The lake is open to electric trolling motors only. Bear Canyon Lake is a steep hike in lake with moderate (north side and south side trail) to difficult (west side trail) access.  

BLACK CANYON LAKE — The lake is down approximately 6-7 feet and the boat ramp is very low, so use caution when launching a boat. Fishing is fair. Try fishing with worms off rocky areas for bass and sunfish. The most recent water temperature was 77 degrees. 

Try worms, meal worms, salmon eggs, Power Bait, lures such as spinners, Super Dupers, Z-rays, KastMasters, crankbaits, and Rapalas, and flies such as peacock ladies, wooly worms or wooly buggers, prince nymphs and zug bugs. The lake is open to electric motors only. Try fishing with worms off rocky areas for bass and sunfish.

BLUE RIDGE — Fishing is best from a boat. There is limited shoreline access. Fishing from a boat or float tube is the best way to go using small crayfish imitating plugs and black spinners.  Shore fishing was slow and shore access is limited.

Dan Goodwin and his wife took two or their grandchildren fishing for the third time in their lives and the nine-year-old, Vicky, caught a 19.5-inch rainbow weighing around 4 pounds using worms.

There are some large brown trout is this reservoir and browns spawn in the fall. Once the water temperatures drop some, expect the brown trout to start staging for the spawn.

Mark Miconi hooked and lost three rainbows on Sept. 8 during the first hour of daylight, but the bite seemed to die after that. He did see lots of small fry in the water along the shore, but his depth finder showed the water temperature stratified (thermocline) and the surface temperature was 73 degrees.

Mike and Nancy said they trolled using small red and silver “dime-a-dot” lures and caught 10 trout in 5.5 hours, with the largest measuring 11.5 inches. “Nice day of fishing in such a beautiful lake.”

KNOLL LAKE — There have not been any angler reports since earlier this month, but expect the fishing to be good right now. You can also expect to hear elk bugling in the forest this time of year.

WILLOW SPRINGS LAKE — Lori and John Firestone caught trout and small bass even though it was “very, very cold” in the morning and they had no trouble catching a limit. “At the boat ramp we ran into fishing host Johnny Johnston who was extremely friendly and posed for pictures. What a great day!”

Fishing is fair to good, depending on the day. Two large rainbow trout, weighing 6.4 and 8.2 pounds, were caught near the dam in July on yellow Power Bait and worms. The lake is down 2 feet and the boat ramp is accessible. The lake will be stocked with catchable size rainbow trout this week.

Ryan Waggoner did a triple play here – rainbows, largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. Ryan used Senkos for largemouth and smallmouth bass and trolled crickhoppers for rainbows. “Caught plenty of bass including two 3-pound largemouths on Senkos and a dozen rainbows with one pushing 15 inches while trolling crickhoppers.”

Another angler who gave his name as Paul reports catching-and-releasing 50 rainbows in three days using spoons.

Mike and Nancy trolled with green and yellow striped lures and caught their limit in about 4.5 hours, with most fishing averaging 12 inches. “We figured we lost about another 20 to 24 due to poor hook size. Talk about great fishing.”

Anglers report catching limits of trout, including some larger fish up to eight pounds.

Gabe Hill fished the dam area along with a couple of friends and caught 10 to 15 rainbows. “All Power Bait was working but mostly the green stuff. Let it float 3- to 4-feet off the bottom. Great day!”

Two large rainbow trout weighing 6.4 and 8.2 pounds were caught near the dam on yellow Power Bait and worms in July. This is a good time to hook into some larger fish as the nights get longer, the days get shorter, and the fish become more active.

This lake does have some brown trout. Browns spawn in the fall. Let us know if you catch any.

Try worms, meal worms, salmon eggs, Power Bait, lures such as spinners, Super Dupers, Z-rays, KastMasters, and Rapalas, and flies such as wooly worms or wooly buggers, black or brown semi-seal leeches, peacock ladies, prince nymphs, and zug bugs. The lake is open to 10 hp gas motors. This lake also has largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and crappie.      

WOODS CANYON LAKE — Mike Teets used green, yellow and chartreuse Power Bait to catch a limit each day from Oct. 1-4, with a few throw backs as well, mostly fishing near the spillway.

One couple said they caught their limits each day before noon using Power Bait.

This lake has received bonus stockings of rainbow trout this summer. Fishing is fair to good. The lake is nearly full. The lake will be stocked with catchable size rainbow trout again this week

Try worms, salmon eggs, Power Bait, lures such as spinners, Super Dupers, Z-Rays, and Rapalas, and flies such as peacock ladies, prince nymphs, zug bugs, wooly worms or wooly buggers. Try trolling cowbells, lures, or flies with worms. The lake is open to electric trolling motors only. The store is open and boat rentals are available.    

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