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May 7th, 2009

WILLIAMS LAKES:

KAIBAB LAKE — Has been stocked.  Fishing is good.

CATARACT LAKE — Fishing is good.

Where:cataract lake
When:05/01/09
Caught:not yet
Technique:will try it this weekend
Comments:just drove by the lake, the host is there and its open
Name:john merkel


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.

Where:Dogtown Lake
When:04/30/09
Caught:4 trout : 12 to 14 inches long
Technique:white floating bait 18 Inches off the bottom.
Comments: Very nice day, most activity from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wind came up in afternoon.
Name:Sam Scott and Dick Myers


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.

STONEMAN LAKE — NO FISH.

Verde Valley

DEAD HORSE STATE PARK – Fishing in general has been pretty good.  While some anglers are not having much success, others are limiting out easily and quickly.  It is not uncommon for anglers to report catching their limit in less than one hour or so.  If you are willing to fish all day you should be able to get a limit.  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 different bait or another location.  Some places in the lagoons are much better than others.  Don’t be afraid to move around if you are not having success. 
Bass and Bluegill are moving around.  Most of the bluegills are small, but still fun for kids to catch.  Some of the bass are on beds.


VERDE RIVER (throughout Verde Valley) – Trout were last stocked the week of March 16 at Tuzigoot Bridge, just down from the Dead Horse Bridge or “Jacks”, Bignotti Beach or the Thousand Trails site, and the bridge out of Camp Verde.

Prescott Area

FAIN LAKE — Trout were stocked at the end of April. Try using spinners or bright colored Power Bait.

GOLDWATER LAKE —Trout were stocked the week of April 20.  Power Bait usually works well for trout.  If that does not work, you may want to try using KastMasters.

Catfish and bass were stocked last fall.  .

Game and Fish Biologists surveyed Goldwater last fall 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 mchmiel@azgfd.gov so I can share your successes with others.

Where:Goldwater Lake
When:05/01/09
Caught:Nothing
Technique:Worms, Power Bait, spinners, KastMasters, flies: used worms and Power Bait both on or close to the bottom and under bobbbers
Comments:Fishing from shore from 10 am to 3:30 p.m. and had one bite, which I missed. Even the cormorants weren’t finding fish. A good day in the sun watching ducks getting ready to mate and build nests. I can only guess but the low pressure front moving through probably had something to do with it. Enjoy the reports which I religiously copy for future reference. What works today on any body of water will most likely work any time in the future under the same conditions. Least ways they have for me for the past 70 years.
Name:William (Bill) Tracey


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 around then end of May or June 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 27.  Fishing for trout was good through the weekend following the stocking.  Trout are scheduled to be stocked again the week of May 11.  If you are not having success fishing in one spot then try walking the shore and throwing a small spinner.

Try using chartreuse Power Bait on the bottom for these pretty little fish.   This lake also has catfish.  Try using night crawlers or hot dogs.  Catfish will be stocked again sometime this June.


MINGUS LAKE – Mingus was stocked the week of April 20.  Trout are scheduled to be stocked this week, the week of May 4.  The gate is open.  The best bait is usually orange, pink, or white Power Bait, fished on the bottom with a treble hook and an egg sinker.  Anglers often have success with flies and spinners as 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 – The fishing at Watson has been slow. As the water begins to warm, look 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 bullheads are thick.  The bass should be moving up to spawn soon if they have not already.  Bass usually spawn in this lake as early as April.  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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