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September 29th, 2008

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.  Some larger catfish are being caught on worms and Power Bait. Fly-fishing for crappie has been good. Stocked with catfish.

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

DOGTOWN LAKE — Stocked with 3,600 rainbow trout recently. Campground area is open. Lots of folks are catching crayfish. Some browns are being caught on lures.

JD DAM — Road is open.

KAIBAB LAKE — Stocked last week. Some anglers have been doing well using corn, night crawlers and Power Bait. Campground area is open.  Try Pistol Petes for crappie and worms for catfish and trout.   Some larger catfish are being caught on worms and Power Bait.   Department biologists surveyed the lake on Sept. 23 and found abundant largemouth bass in the 8- to 10-inch range, lots of 7-inch crappies, and a good population of rainbow trout.

RUSSEL TANK – Has been stocked

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

WHITEHORSE LAKE — Stocked recently with 4,500 rainbow trout  and the fishing last weekend as terrific. Anglers were catching limits of Power Bait, corn, night crawlers and small spinners. Campground area is open.

LOWER LAKE MARY — Almost no water.

UPPER LAKE MARY — The lake is full.  Some pike are being caught on anchovies.  This is a good time of year to go after light-sensitive walleye at dusk or right at sunrise.

ASHURST LAKE — The lake is full, the road is open. Some trout anglers have been catching huge pike.

Where:Ashurst Lake
Technique:Worms, lures
Comments: We fished all day at Ashurst and were able to snag only a couple or three trout. But there was a boat coming in and they had caught what they claimed to be a 22-pound pike. It looked big enough to be 22 lbs. My friends were fishing on the north side of the lake and they also saw some big pike rolling on the water going after trout. They said that hey had seen some very big trout as well, but it seemed like you needed a boat that day. It was windy, but besides from that, it was a beautiful day.
Name: Louis Alanis

FRANCIS SHORT POND – Scheduled to be stocked this week.

KINNIKINICK LAKE — Stocked recently with 3,600 rainbow trout. Some large brown trout and one large Rainbow were stocked in the lake. There isn’t a lot of angling pressure here, but those who do fish it can expect pretty good action at times.

MARSHALL LAKE — Road Open. Could be tough to fish.

OAK CREEK – Has been stocked recently. Fishing should be decent.

Where:Oak Creek
Technique:worms, jigging
Comments:My friends came to visit from CA., they said that Oak Creek was beautiful. Tuesday was an overcast, sorta’ rainy day and they went out anyway to Oak Creek. He said that they had a fish on almost every cast in the area behind the campground where you can only use tents. They did not keep any of them, but said they caught their limit twice over.
Name: Louis Alanis

LONG LAKE COMPLEX (includes Soldiers and Soldiers Annex) —  Water level is good.  Long Lake has been stocked.



VERDE RIVER –Channel catfish action has been fair 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.

DEAD HORSE STATE PARK – Verde River Days are Saturday, and Sunday, Sept. 27-28. Activities include environmental exhibits, hands-on-activities, fishing, canoeing and live entertainment.

Live demonstrations will include American Civil War encampments, drills, and battles, circa 1863.

Fishing in general has been fair to good. Catfish were stocked Sept. 17 in both the middle and lower lagoons.  The middle lagoon is closed to fishing until after the Verde River Day festivities.  The lower lagoon has plenty of catfish to go around.  Try using small plastic jigs, plastic worms, or small spinnerbaits near deeper cover for bass.  The catfish bite has been fair 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 No. 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.


FAIN LAKE — Trout were stocked last week, the week of Sept. 15.  Look for the fishing to really pick up. Catfish and sunfish were stocked the week of June 23.  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.  For trout try using spinners or bright colored Power Bait.  Fain lake was stocked with brook trout on Feb. 25.

GOLDWATER LAKE — Catfish and bass were stocked last week of Sept. 15. Trout were stocked the week of Sept. 8.  You may want to try using KastMasters.  If that does not work, try worms or Power Bait.  Early in the morning and in the evening the bite may be better. Some days the fishing seems to be better than other days as well.

Game and Fish biologists weighed a 22-pound channel catfish that was caught at Goldwater in March.  On July 11, a 26-pound catfish was caught on a hotdog and an 11-pound catfish was caught since then.  While the number of catfish is low, the quality is exceptional.  Bluegills were stocked Feb 25.

Game and Fish Biologists surveyed Goldwater on Sept. 16, 2008  and found the trout and sunfish plentiful. While the number of catfish was low, the quality was exceptional. One 19-pound and a 14-pound catfish were sampled and released. No bass were sampled this year. If you fish Goldwater and are having luck, please e-mail me at so I can share your successes with others.

GRANITE BASIN – Bluegill and bass are plentiful in this lake.  The aquatic vegetation has not been bad this year making fishing this lake easier than normal. Try floating a worm on a bobber to catch the bluegills.  This may result in some bass being caught as well.  If you fish Granite Basin and are having luck, please e-mail me at so I can share your successes with others.

LYNX LAKE — Trout were last stocked the week of Sept. 1.  The trout fishing picked up a little following the stocking.  Trout were seen cruising near the surface and jumping, so you may want to fish under a bobber of with spinners near the surface.  Most anglers are having success on worms. Avoid going over 20 feet deep.  Some anglers may be having success with spinners early in the morning.  Some of the brook trout that were stocked in February are still showing up.  Try using chartreuse Power Bait on the bottom for these pretty little fish.  Catfish were stocked June 9 and again on June 25.  Try using night crawlers or hot dogs for the catfish.

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.

MINGUS LAKE – Mingus was stocked last week, the week of Sept. 15.   Fish has been good following the stocking.  The best bait has been orange or pink Power Bait, fished on the bottom with a treble hook and an egg sinker. Fishermen using night crawlers grass hoppers and flies have also reported doing well.

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 at 1-800-352-0700. Illegal stockings cost YOU money!

WATSON – Bass, Bluegill and catfish are common in this lake. Crappies are found in low numbers. Bullheads are easily caught using a small piece of worm.

Game and Fish Biologists surveyed Watson on Sept. 17, 2008  and found the bass,  sunfish, and bullhead to be plentiful.  Crappies are also doing well.  Look for the crappie fishing to pick up in a year or two. If you fish Watson and are having luck, please e-mail me at so I can share your successes with others.
WILLOW CREEK RESERVOIR – Bass, bluegill, and bullhead are plentiful.  Most of the bluegills are on the small side, but the bullheads are thick.  If you fish Willow and are having luck, please e-mail me at so I can share your successes with others.

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