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October 23rd, 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.

KAIBAB LAKE — Campground area is closed.  Fishing was fair over the weekend.

Where:kaibab lake
Caught:4 trout
Technique:3 on spinners and 1 on Power Bait
Comments:landed one every 10 minutes. inline spinners. and red pb.
Name: bj

CATARACT LAKE — Campgrounds are closed.  Must walk in to fish. Fishing was good over the weekend.  Stocked last week.   Stocked with catfish.

CITY RESERVOIR —     Stocked with catfish.

DOGTOWN LAKE — Campground area is Closed. Lots of folks are catching crayfish.   Some browns are being caught on lures.

Where:Dogtown lake
Caught:9 trout
Technique:Power Bait any color
Comments:We landed 1 every 15 minutes; it was a good time. Try next to boat ramp.
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.  Campgrounds are closed.  Must walk in to fish.


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.

Where:Upper Lake Mary
Caught:Northern Pike
Technique:Large KastMasters, crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and spoons
Comments:Total of 15 pike ranging from 12 inches to about 25 inches; water was like glass only boat on the lake perfect setting and elk bugling all morning
Name:Beau Schmeckpeper, Robert Pickens, Eric Keefe

ASHURST LAKE —  The lake is full, the road is open.  .

FRANCIS SHORT POND – Scheduled to be stocked this week.

KINNIKINICK LAKE — Road Open.  Some large brown trout and one large Rainbow were stocked in the lake.


OAK CREEK — Fishing is fair. A few small rainbow trout are being caught on flies.

LONG LAKE — Lake is open.  Water level is good.  Lake has been stocked.

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

BEAVER CREEK — Stocked last week with rainbow trout. Fishing should be good.

WEST CLEAR CREEK — Stocked last week with rainbow trout.


Verde Valley

OAK CREEK – This popular creek has been stocked at multiple sites. Fishing is generally good for rainbow trout in the put-and-take areas of the creek, and fair for browns in the catch-and-release, artificial lure and fly only section (single barbless hook) from Junipine Crossing and Call-of-the-Canyon. This section is well signed, especially at the few areas available to get off the roadway.

DEAD HORSE STATE PARK – Fishing in general has been fair to good.  Catfish were last stocked on Sept. 17 in both the middle and lower lagoons.  These ponds are scheduled to be stocked with trout for the first time this season on the week of Nov. 3.

The catfish bite has been 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 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.

VERDE RIVER (throughout Verde Valley) – Scheduled to be stocked with trout the week of Nov. 3 for the first time this season. 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.

Prescott Area

FAIN LAKE — Trout are scheduled to get stocked this week, the week of Oct. 20.  Anglers targeting trout were successful. Catfish and sunfish were stocked the week of June 23.  Anglers are still having some limited success catching some of those catfish, but it is fairly slow.  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.

GOLDWATER LAKE — Trout were stocked the week of Oct. 13.  Trout seem to be biting pretty good, as well as some of the catfish and bass. Some anglers report catching limits of trout in this picturesque lake on Senator Highway on the side of the Bradshaw Mountains above Prescott. You may want to try using KastMasters.  If that does not work, try worms or Power Bait.  Night crawlers are the ticket for the catfish; the trick is to float the night crawler off the bottom a little so the crayfish don’t get it.  You can either inflate your night crawler or you can use marshmallows.  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 19lbs and a 14lbs catfish was 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 LAKE  – 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 — Rainbow trout were last stocked the week of Oct.  6.  Sub-catchable brook trout were stocked on Sept. 24.  The trout fishing picked up a little following the last stocking.  Trout were seen cruising near the surface and jumping, so you may want to fish under a bobber or 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 the week of Oct. 6 and is scheduled to be stocked again this week, the week of Oct. 20.  Fishing 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. One angler reported seeing several 5lb catfish recently.  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  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 bullhead is 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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