North Central Region

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July 24th, 2008
North Central Region

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.

WILLIAMS LAKES:

KAIBAB LAKE – Campground area is open.  Fishing was good over the weekend.  Stocked last week.

CATARACT LAKE – Campground is open.  Fishing for trout and catfish was good. Stocked with catfish.

CITY RESERVOIR – Road is open.  Lake is full. Stocked with catfish.

DOGTOWN LAKE – Campground area is open. No Report   Some browns are being caught on lures.

JD DAM – Road is open.

RUSSEL TANK – Has been stocked

SANTA FE – Lake is full.  Anglers are catching trout and yellow perch.  Stocked with catfish

WHITEHORSE LAKE – No report from anglers.  Campground area is open.  Stocked last week.

FLAGSTAFF LAKES:
LOWER LAKE MARY
– A fish kill has occurred.  There may not be any fish left.

UPPER LAKE MARY – The lake is full.  Some Pike are being caught on anchovies.  This lake also has walleye and catfish. Remember, there are no boat motor restrictions on this lake, so it is a good one to take your bass boat to escape the heat.

Angler report:

Where: Upper Lake Mary
When: 07/09/08
Caught: 3 Walleye
Technique: Night Crawlers
Comments: Fished by the dam
Name: Eric Garcia

Where: upper lake Mary
When: 07/13/08
Caught: Nothing
Technique: Drift and anchor fished. Shore fished one day. Used night crawlers on worm harness.
Comments: 4 of us fished from a boat for 3 days. Lots of rain. Didn’t observe anyone else catching anything either.
Name: Chuck Hasley


ASHURST LAKE – The lake is full, the road is open.  Stocked last week

FRANCIS SHORT POND – A fish kill has occurred caused by a die off of an algae bloom which reduced oxygen levels in the water.  Some fish survived the kill, but fishing will be tough until the lake gets stocked after water quality improves.

KINNIKINICK LAKE – Road Open.

MARSHALL LAKE -  Road Open.

OAK CREEK – Fishing is fair. A few small rainbow trout are being caught on flies. Scheduled to be stocked this week.

Angler report:

Where: Oak Creek
When: 07/17/08
Caught: Rainbow trout
Technique: Great day, I used everything in my bag and it all worked. Flies(bead head black wooly buggers, zugbugs, dries), Joe’s fly spinners and whole kernel corn.
Comments: Caught over 40 today, some as large at 14″. Lower part of Oak Creek still not recovered from fire and landslide. Best spots were below Slide Rock Bridge and at Cave Springs Campground.
Name: Robert Followwill
LONG LAKE – Lake is open.  Water level is good.  Lake has been stocked.  Some nice fish being caught near the ditch.

SOLDIERS & SOLDIERS ANNEX – Lakes are open. No report.

BEAVER CREEK – No report.

WEST CLEAR CREEK – No report.

STONEMAN LAKE – NO FISH.

MINGUS LAKE – The seasonal gate across the access road is open. Mingus was stocked on June 16th.  This was the last scheduled stocking until September, but anglers continue to catch fish.  The best bait has been white Powerbait, fished on the bottom with a treble hook and an egg sinker. Fishermen using night crawlers under a bobber are also having some success nearly one month after the last stocking.

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 -Largemouth bass fishing has slowed a little.  Try using small plastic jigs, plastic worms, or small spinnerbaits near deeper cover.  Catfish stocked June 9th.  The catfish bite has been pretty good in the evening.   Some angler’s are having limited success in the day.

Bluegills are very abundant, but most are small.  This is a great opportunity to teach kids how to fish.  Try using a #12 hook with a small piece of worm under a bobber and you should have success.  While the crappie numbers are up a little, most are small.  Look for the crappie fishing to be good late this year or next year.

VERDE RIVER (throughout Verde Valley) -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.  Look for the bass to be biting early morning and in the evening.

LYNX LAKE – Catfish were stocked June 9th and again on June 25th.  Trout were stocked the week of June 16th.  This was the last scheduled stocking until the fall.  While fishing has been slow, these two stockings should help.  One angler reported catching a two pound rainbow with a worm under a bobber on a slow retrieve.  Silver Kastmasters and panther martins have also had some success.  Try using night crawlers or hot dogs for the catfish.  The hot ticket for the trout is salmon egg scented power bait.

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 – Catfish and sunfish were stocked the week of June 23rd.  Try using night crawlers for the catfish.  The sunfish will bite on meal worms or small worms.  Panther Martins are working well for the sunfish.  The lake has some debris from the recent rains.  Fain lake was last stocked with rainbow trout the week of June 16th.  This is the last trout stocking scheduled until September.    For trout try using spinners or bright colored power bait.  Fain lake was stocked with brook trout on Feb. 25.

GOLDWATER LAKE – Trout were last stocked the week of July 7th and are scheduled to be stocked again this week, the week of July 21st.  One angler reported that Gold Kastmasters were working excellent in the morning.   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.   The next trout stocking is scheduled for the week of July 21st.  The water temperature is 76°F on the surface.  If the temperature continues to increase we will postpone scheduled stockings until the spring when the water cools.  Bluegills were stocked Feb 25.  Game and Fish biologists weighed a 22-pound channel catfish that was caught at Goldwater in March.   On July 11th a 26 lbs catfish was caught on a hotdog.  While the number of catfish is low, the quality is exceptional.

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 mchmiel@azgfd.gov so I can share your successes with others.

One Response to “North Central Region”

  1. WHERE CAN I GET INFO ON CAMPING AT LAKE MARY. CAN WE HAVE A CAMP FIRE. ARE QUADS ALLOWED TO BE RIDEN. SO ON. THANKS RON G…

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