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Note: Northern Pike have been illegally stocked in Francis Short. If you catch a Northern Pike at Francis Short Pond please REMOVE IT FROM THE POND.
CATARACT LAKE — Campground is open. Lake is open for walk in fishing. Some fish being caught on flies and worms. Recently stocked.
CITY RESERVOIR — Road is open. Lake is full. Stocked with 900 rainbow trout.
DOGTOWN LAKE — Campground area is open. No Report Some browns are being caught on lures. Stocked with 4,049 trout last week and the water temperature was 62F.
JD DAM — Road is open.
RUSSEL TANK – Recently stocked.
Where: Russel Tank
SANTA FE — Lake is full. Anglers are catching trout and yellow perch. Stocked with 900 rainbow trout last week.
WHITEHORSE LAKE — Stocked this week with 2,700 rainbows and the water temperature was 61F. No report from anglers. Campground area is open. Lake is open for walk in fishing. Lake is full.
Where:Lower Lake Mary
Where: Lower Lake Mary
UPPER LAKE MARY — This is still a northern pike hot spot. The lake is full. Some anglers have reported catching huge northern pike on frozen anchovies fished with little or no weight on steel leaders.
Where: Upper Lake Mary
Where: Lake Mary
ASHURST LAKE — Stocked this week with 3,600 rainbow trout. The water temperature was 62 F. The lake is full. Some larger hold-over trout are being caught. Recently stocked. The road is open. Some trout anglers are catching northern pike.
Where: Ashurst lake
Where: Ashurst Lake
FRANCIS SHORT POND – Stocked this week with 700 pounds of channel catfish. Fishing was fair to good for trout on flies or Power Bait. Catfish are being caught on night crawlers. Please remove all pike caught to save stocked trout for the anglers!
KINNIKINICK LAKE — Road Open. Recently stocked…
MARSHALL LAKE — Stocked last week with 900 rainbow trout and the water temperature was 69 F.
Where: Marshall Lake
Where: Oak Creek
Where: Oak Creek, Don Hoe’s cabins
Where: Oak Creek
Where: Oak Creek Canyon
LONG LAKE — Stocked recently with 2,700 rainbow trout and the water temperature was 57 F. Lake is open. Water level is good. Some nice fish are being caught near the ditch.
WEST CLEAR CREEK — No report.
STONEMAN LAKE — Low water. NO FISH.
MINGUS LAKE – The seasonal gate across the access road is open. Rainbow trout are being stocked twice a month. Mingus was stocked on May 12 and is scheduled to be stocked again the week of June 2. The best bait has been white Power Bait, fished on the bottom with a treble hook and an egg sinker. Several six-fish limits of trout were caught this way. Fishermen using night crawlers under a bobber are also having some success.
Someone illegally stocked yellow bullhead into Mingus several years ago. These fish compete directly with the trout and keep growth rates very low. If you witness anyone, anywhere, moving fish like bass, bluegill, catfish and stocking them, please report it to our Operation Game Thief Hotline. Illegal stockings cost YOU money!
DEAD HORSE STATE PARK – Trout fishing success has slowed since the last seasonal fish stockings April 1. The best bait has been kernels of canned corn with a split-shot sinker, fished about 3 feet under a bobber. Power Bait fished on the bottom with an egg sinker is also catching a few trout. Largemouth bass fishing is fair. Try using small plastic jigs, plastic worms, or small spinnerbaits near deeper cover. Catfish are scheduled to be stocked prior to June 14 fishing events.
VERDE RIVER (throughout Verde Valley) – Trout fishing success is waning since the last seasonal fish stockings occurred March 17. A few rainbows are still being taken near Riverfront Park in Cottonwood on night crawlers and dry flies. Largemouth bass fishing is fair. Best bet is throughout the Camp Verde reach using small plastic jigs and in-line spinners. Channel catfish action is starting to pick up in the Verde Valley. Most success on catfish is by using night crawlers and chicken liver after dusk.
LYNX LAKE — Rainbow trout were last stocked the week of May 12. Game and Fish Biologists held a kids fishing clinic on the 17th. This was the fourth year this fishing clinic was held and once again the kids had fun. Nearly all of the kids caught fish. The fishing should improve following this stocking. Channel catfish are scheduled to be stocked in time for free fishing day events on June 14. Trout are scheduled to be stocked again the week of June 16.
Game and Fish Biologists installed PVC fish structures on Jan. 3. These structures should protect small fishes from predation. Some 7-inch brook trout were in February and 5-inchers in September. Game and Fish stocked catfish the week of June 4. There were 200 pounds of bluegill stocked on March 29. Game and Fish biologists surveyed Lynx in May and found that the brook trout stocked in September 2006 were still present.
FAIN LAKE —Fain was stocked with rainbow trout May 12 and is scheduled to be stocked again the week of June 2. While some were doing very well others were not. Try to fish were the water is clearer. Use spinners or bright colored power bait. Fain lake was stocked with brook trout on Feb. 25.
Prescott Valley Parks and Recreation held the annual Gold Fever Days at Fain Lake in mid October, were nearly all of the kids that participated in the fishing clinic caught fish. Five-inch brook trout were stocked in Sept. 24 and rainbows were stocked Oct. 12 & 15.
GOLDWATER LAKE — Trout were stocked on the 18th and the 20th. Game and Fish held the First Fish fishing clinic on Sunday the 18th. Fishing success was good. One angler reported catching a 13- and 14-inch trout in two hours of fishing. While there is no shortage of fish, most people report catching only one or two fish. Try using KastMasters. If that does not work you may try worms or Power Bait. Early in the morning and in the evening the bite may be a little better. Some days the fishing seems to be better than other days as well. Bluegills were stocked Feb 25. Game and Fish biologists weighed a 22-pound channel catfish that was caught at Goldwater in March.
Game and Fish Biologists surveyed Goldwater during the middle of May 2007 and found the trout and sunfish plentiful. While the number of catfish and bass was low, the quality was exceptional. One 16-pound catfish was sampled and released. The bass averaged about 3.5 pounds. On March 29, 2007, there were 400 pounds of bluegill stocked. These fish were hand-sized and should be easily caught. Try using worms or mealworms on a bobber. Small spinners may work as well. If you fish Goldwater and are having luck, please e-mail me at email@example.com so I can share your successes with others.
Where: Goldwater lake