North Central Region Fishing Report

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June 11th, 2009


KAIBAB LAKE — Campground is open.  Fishing was fair-good on Power Bait and worms while we conducted a free fishing day clinic on the lakes on Saturday. Scheduled to be stocked this week.

Angler reports:
Robert Bonnewell: 05-23-09, Fished from 9 a.m. till noon from the bank.  Caught 10 trout, 4 bluegills, and 1 largemouth bass.  Used Power Bait and worms.  Trout size ranged from 7-12 inches.

Garrett: After getting skunked at Kaibab Lake, went over to Cataract Lake, shore fishing next to the dam.  Hooked into three nice trout in 30 min….5/6/09

Darron Khan: Hit Kaibab today (5/9/09). Water temps are rising and the fish have turned on. Campgrounds are now open including the east end which provides good access to some nice bank fishing spots. Anglers are catching trout on Power Bait (all colors) and night crawlers under bobbers and on the bottom. Water clarity is still chocolate milk but the fish are still biting. Good luck all!

CATARACT LAKE — Campgrounds are open.  According to the few anglers I talked to fishing is good.
Scheduled to be stocked this week.

CITY RESERVOIR —   Road is open. Stocked last week.

DOGTOWN LAKE —. Campground area is open. Scheduled to be stocked this week.

JD DAM — Road is open.

RUSSEL TANK -   Has been stocked.

SANTA FE — Lake is full.  According to the few anglers I talked to fishing is good. Stocked last week.

WHITEHORSE LAKE — No report from anglers.  Campgrounds are open.  Stocked last week.


LOWER LAKE MARY — Fishing is good for trout.  This lake was stocked liberally in late winter, but stocking has ceased for this year. Those stocked rainbows are not fat and feisty.

Fly anglers have been doing well in the evenings on dark colored surface flies.
This is a very shallow lake and water quality will deteriorate rapidly once summer conditions prevail, so fish it now.

R. Jenkins: My wife and I fished at Lower Lake Mary Saturday, May 9, and had no problems catching our limits, plus we were able to teach a couple kids fishing there how to catch the fish. They ended up with more fish than their parents.

Fishing 2-pound test line with the bait about 30 inches under a bobber got me limits within 20 minutes of arrival.  My wife fishes 4-pound test and the fish do not take it nearly as much.  She switched to 2-pound test to finish off her limit.  Fishing anything heavier than 4-pound test is a waste of time there.  The fishing is wide open with the right bait but night crawlers, Power Bait and corn is not it.
UPPER LAKE MARY — The lake is full.  Anglers are catching some nice sized northern pike. Try spinners, crankbaits or swim baits.
Hey Rory, Upper Lake Mary is on Fire

6/6/2009 From a boat Mike and I got an early start in an attempt to beat the wind advisory forecast for the area.  Morning on the water is a special time. Everything worked in our favor as the first of many voracious Pike were caught and released. One highpoint of the day came when a super-sized Northern crushed a silver and black floating Rapala stick bait cast to shore. The Pike hit the lure with such vigor that I guessed the fish would have attacked nearly any lure thrown near it. This fish was bigger and stronger than any other I have landed so far this year. The fight was on. The Northern ripped off line in  powerful runs revealing surprising speed. My tackle was up to the battle and the big fish tired surrendering to the net. The Pike at first glance looked as long as a yardstick and surely weighed 10 pounds or more. No question, this was the nicest Northern so far this season. We snapped a few pics and had her back in the water in just a few short minutes.   The successful boating of the Pike epitomizes what has become an amazing season at Upper Lake Mary. Quantity and quality are possible at this fishery. Lots of fellow fishermen took advantage of the  “free fishing day” despite the wind and cool temps — Jeff Bierer

Robert Bonnewell: 05-25-09 — Fished from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m.  Caught 15 northern pike all on silver spinners.  Caught one nice 6.2 pounder.  Big ones are starting to bite.

Mike Bright: My dad Gary, son Levi, daughter Ella and me were fishing Upper Lake Mary at dusk on May 15 and the morning of May 16 by the dam from shore.  We caught 1 largemouth bass, 4 Yellow Perch, 1 crappie, and 6 Northern Pike.  We used silver KastMasters for the Pike and worms with bobbers for the other fish. It was the best fishing I have had at that Lake and a beautiful mini trip out of the valley of heat.

Where: Upper Lake Mary
When: 05/25/09
Caught:one small northern
Technique: Rapala jerkbait
Comments:people were catching them on just about everything here just had to find the right spot I guess
Name: Andrew Althaus

Dennis Stuhr: Fished from 1600 until dark again for Northerns 5/08/09. Caught a dozen little Northerns & 1 small Perch.  Largest Northern was 17″ long. An Osprey had pretty good luck plucking fish at the shore line. Did not see anybody else catch a single fish except for the Osprey.

ASHURST LAKE —  The lake is full. The lake is full. Fishing was fair on worms fished below a bobber.  Scheduled to be stocked.Trout anglers sometimes hook into monster northern pike here this time of year.

Where: ashurst
When: 05/25/09
Caught: 4 rainbows
Technique: worms from bobber and one on yellow power bait
Comments: fishing was good till wind got strong
Name: Andrew Althaus

Caught:4 rainbows
Technique:worms from bobber and one on yellow Power Bait
Comments:fishing was good till wind got strong
Name:Andrew Althaus

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

KINNIKINICK LAKE — Road is open.  A 2lb brown trout was caught on a worm recently. Scheduled to be stocked this week.
Hey Rory;
Last night at Kinnikinick Lake around 11 pm, I caught a 5 pounds brown trout and 17.5 inches long with a worm and on the shore. I got some pictures attached so you welcome to post it online. This fish was a beauty!!
Gary Pace

PS: Hey Rory,
I just had the fish verified by Game and Fish and it was only 2.04 pounds and 15.75 inches long (but it felt like a 5 pounds :) . Anyways it is the biggest trout I’ve seen.

I caught it close to shore so it wasn’t very hard but this fish was fighting hard all the way, I actually thought it was a catfish when I pulled it up.
Gary Pace

— Road is open and the lake has been stocked. This small lake will not be stocked again this year.

MARSHALL Lake — Road is open and the lake has been stocked.  Stocking for the year is done. Fishing was fair on Power Bait or midge patterns

LONG LAKE — Lake is open.  Water level is good. Has been stocked. Some nice sized trout are being caught at times.
Angler report:
Where: Long Lake
When: 05/31/09
Caught: First Pike EVER – lost about 8
Technique: Super light tackle and Rooster Tails.
Comments: Talk about not being prepared. I go out Sunday morning to catch a few trout, and end up finding a feeding frenzy of pike chasing minnows near shore. I had never caught a pike before but knew they were in the lake. I had about 6 bite my line and let go, and one monster grabbed my lure, rolled over and snapped my line like a twig. Due to the super light tackle, I couldnt set the hook like I needed, but best believe I’ll be better prepared next time. Any tips for an aspiring pike angler would be appreciated!
Name: Phil T

Jeff Matthiesen caught 4 trout in about 2 hours with Berkley Gulp at Long Lake.
SOLDIERS & SOLDIERS ANNEX — Lakes are open. No report.


Verde Valley

DEAD HORSE STATE PARK – Fishing in general has been okay. Bass and Bluegill are moving around.  Most of the bluegill are small, but still fun for kids to catch.  Bass are biting on spinnerbaits.  Catfish will be stocked in time for free fishing day on June 13th.

VERDE RIVER (throughout Verde Valley) –The catfish bite should be picking up now.

Prescott Area

FAIN LAKE — Trout were stocked last week, the week of June 1;  1,325 rainbow are stocked twice a month.  The final trout stocking for the summer is next week, the week of June 15.  Trout fishing is best immediately following the stocking.  For trout try using spinners or bright colored Power Bait.  Anglers had limited success over memorial day weekend.
Catfish will be stocked prior to free fishing day on June 13.

GOLDWATER LAKE — Trout were stocked last week.  Power Bait usually works well for trout.  If that does not work, you may want to try using KastMasters.  Look for the trout to be most active in the early morning and late afternoon, but they can be caught all day. Trout are scheduled to be stocked again the week of June 22nd.
Catfish will be stocked prior to free fishing day on June 13th.

Catfish and bass were stocked the week of Sept. 15.  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.

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 –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 bluegill have been biting well, but most are small.  Some anglers have reported catching limited numbers of bluegill that were close to a ½ pound.  Bass are also biting, but not as good as the bluegill.  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 May 11, as well as 1,600 brook trout.  The brookies were about 3 to the pound.  Have not heard if people are catching those brook trout.  Trout are scheduled to be stocked again next week, the week of June 15.  If you are not having success fishing in one spot, then try walking the shore and throwing a small spinner.  Fishing for trout is best following the stockings.  The bite drops off within a week, but they can still be caught if you work at it.    Don’t be afraid to try different spots in the lake.

Catfish are scheduled to be stocked prior to free fishing day on June 13th.  Try using night crawlers anchovies or hot dogs to catch them.

MINGUS LAKE – Trout were stocked week of June 1.  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.  Trout are scheduled to be stocked again next week, the week of June 15th.  The fishing picked up immediately following the stocking.

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.  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 were 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 – Fishing has been slow.  Bass, bluegill, and bullhead are plentiful.  Most of the bluegills are on the small side, but the bullheads are thick.  The bass should be spawning by now.  If you fish Willow and are having luck, please e-mail me at so I can share your successes with others.

One Response to “North Central Region Fishing Report”

  1. Just fished Ashurst – 6/12-6/14. Winds made shore fishing difficult. When the line was in the water, fishing wasn’t very good. No one seemed to be catching much. Limited success on trout, though one guy managed to bag 3 or 4. Saw a boater land a monster pike in the reeds – - easily 3 1/2 feet, probably close to 25 or 30 lbs. I’ve never seen one that big in person.

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