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May 4th, 2009

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.  Stone Dam near Ashfork was stocked with catfish last week.
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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. According to the few anglers I talked to fishing is good. Scheduled to be stocked this week.

CITY RESERVOIR —   Road is open. According to the few anglers I talked to fishing is good. Scheduled to be stocked this week.

DOGTOWN LAKE —. Campground area is Closed. Road is open.  Scheduled to be stocked this week. According to the few anglers I talked to fishing is good.

JD DAM — Road is open.

RUSSEL TANK -   Scheduled to be stocked

SANTA FE — Lake is full.  Scheduled to be stocked this week.  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 — This is a trout fishing hot spot. Fishing is good for trout.  Has been stocked

UPPER LAKE MARY — The lake is full.  Anglers are catching some nice sized northern pike.

ASHURST LAKE —  The lake is full. The road is OPEN. Stocked last week. Fishing was fair Saturday on corn and worms. Trout anglers sometimes hook into monsters northern pike here this time of year.

FRANCIS SHORT POND – Fishing was fair on hotdogs for catfish and worms for trout.    Stocked with catfish and trout. Scheduled to be stocked this week with trout.

KINNIKINICK LAKE — Road is open.  Has been stocked

MARSHALL LAKE —  Road is open and the lake has been stocked.  Scheduled to be stocked again this week.

OAK CREEK — Fishing is good for rainbows fair for brown trout.   Scheduled to be stocked again this week.

LONG LAKE — Lake is open.  Water level is good.

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 is good.  Trout were last stocked the week of April 6.  This is the last scheduled stocking until the fall, but rainbow trout are still abundant in the lakes.  Try using white Power Bait, 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.

VERDE RIVER (throughout Verde Valley) –Trout were last stocked the week of March 16. Trout fishing could be a little slow.

PRESCOTT AREA

FAIN LAKE — Trout were stocked the week of April 27. For trout try using spinners or bright colored Power Bait.

GOLDWATER LAKE — Trout are scheduled to be stocked again the week of May 4. 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 April 20.  Fishing has been a little slow. 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 – Trout were stocked 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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