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April 22nd, 2009

CENTRAL MOUNTAINS

WILLIAMS LAKES:
KAIBAB LAKE — Campground area is closed.  Has been stocked.  According to the few anglers I talked to fishing is good.

CATARACT LAKE — Campgrounds are closed. Must walk-in to fish. Has been stocked According to the few anglers I talked to fishing is good.

CITY RESERVOIR —   Road is open, has been stocked. According to the few anglers I talked to fishing is good.

DOGTOWN LAKE —. Campground area is closed. Road is open.  Has been stocked.  According to the few anglers I talked to fishing is good.

JD DAM — Road is open.  No reports.

RUSSEL TANK -   Scheduled to be stocked

SANTA FE — Lake is full.  Has been stocked.  According to the few anglers I talked to fishing is good.

WHITEHORSE LAKE — No report from anglers.  Campgrounds are closed.  Must walk in to fish.  Stocked last week.

FLAGSTAFF LAKES:

LOWER LAKE MARY — Fishing is good for trout.  Has been stocked

UPPER LAKE MARY — The lake is full.

ASHURST LAKE —  The lake is full, The road is OPEN. Stocked last week, fishing was fair Saturday on corn and worms.

FRANCIS SHORT POND – fishing was fair on hotdogs for catfish and worms for trout.    Stocked with catfish and trout.

KINNIKINICK LAKE — Road is open.  Has been stocked

MARSHALL LAKE — Road is open and the lake has been stocked.

OAK CREEK — Fishing is good. Stocked last week. Scheduled to be stocked

LONG LAKE — Lake is open. Water level is good. Stocked last week.

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

BEAVER CREEK —   No report. Has been Stocked

WEST CLEAR CREEK —   No report. Has been stocked

STONEMAN LAKE — NO FISH.

VERDE VALLEY

DEAD HORSE STATE PARK – Fishing in general has been very good.  It is not uncommon for  anglers to report catching their limit in less than 1 hour.  If you are willing to fish all day you should be able to get a limit.  Trout were last stocked the week of April 6th.  This is the last scheduled stocking until the fall, but rainbow trout are still abundant in the lakes.  Try using white PowerBait, homemade dough baits, flies or small spinners.    If you’re not catching anything you may want to try a different bait or the other lagoon.  It is not uncommon for the anglers at one lagoon to do better than the anglers at the other lagoon.

Catfish were last stocked on September 17th in both the middle and lower lagoons.  Verde River day festivities on September  27th  were a success with around 300 people attending.  As the water temperature continues to cool, the bass, bluegill and catfish become less active.

VERDE RIVER (throughout Verde Valley) –Trout were last stocked the week of March 16th.  2,400 rainbows will be stocked into all four sites.  Those sites are Tuzigoot Bridge, just down from the Deadhorse Bridge or “Jacks”, Bignotti Beach or the Thousand Trails site, and the bridge out of Camp Verde.

PRESCOTT AREA

FAIN LAKE — Trout are scheduled to be stocked this week, the week of April 20 with 1,325 rainbow trout.  Trout fishing is best immediately following the stocking.  For trout try using spinners or bright colored Power Bait.

GOLDWATER LAKE —Trout are scheduled to be stocked this week, the week of April 20.  Look for the fishing to really pick up following the stocking.  One angler reported doing well between 3 and 5 when the trout were hitting on a hatch of May flies.  Power Bait usually works well for trout.  If that does not work, you may want to try using KastMasters.  When the weather is cold, the bite may not pick up until 10 or 11.

Catfish and bass were stocked last fall.  Game and Fish biologists weighed a 22-pound channel catfish that was caught at Goldwater in March.

If you fish Goldwater and are having luck, please e-mail me at mchmiel@azgfd.gov 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. The bite should begin to pick up in the next month or so as the water begins to warm.  If you fish Granite Basin and are having luck, please e-mail me at mchmiel@azgfd.gov so I can share your successes with others.

LYNX LAKE — Rainbow trout were stocked the week of March 9  and are scheduled to be stocked again this week, the week of April 20.  The fishing seems to be a little slow, but a couple of anglers reported doing well on purple Power Bait and spinners with silver blades.  If you are not having success fishing in one spot, try walking the shore and throwing a small spinner.

Game and Fish Biologists installed PVC fish structures last year.  These structures should protect small fishes from predation.  Sub-catchable brook trout were stocked last fall.  Try using chartreuse Power Bait on the bottom for these pretty little fish.  Try using night crawlers or hot dogs for the catfish.

MINGUS LAKE – Mingus was stocked the week of April 6.  Trout are scheduled to be stocked this week, the week of April 20.  The gate is still closed and will remain closed until the beginning of May.  While the gate is closed you can hike in.  The best bait has been orange or pink Power Bait, fished on the bottom with a treble hook and an egg sinker.

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 – NO NEW REPORTS: As the water begins to warm looks for the warm water species to become more active around the end of May or June.  Crappies are found in low numbers. Bullheads are easily caught using a small piece of worm.

Game and Fish Biologists surveyed Watson last fall 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 mchmiel@azgfd.gov 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 are thick.  The bass should be moving up to spawn soon if they have not already.  If you fish Willow and are having luck, please e-mail me at mchmiel@azgfd.gov so I can share your successes with others.

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