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October 24th, 2007
North Central Region
KAIBAB LAKE — Campground area is closed. Main parking lot and boat launch open for day use only. Fishing was good to excellent using any color Power Bait.  CATARACT LAKE — Campground is closed.  Lake is open for walk in fishing.  Fishing was good to excellent using any color Power Bait.  The water level has increased to near the spillway.  Stocked last week.CITY RESERVOIR —  Open.  Fishing was good last week.  Any bait that will float off the bottom seemed to work well.  Water level is good.  DOGTOWN LAKE — Water level is rising.  Picnic area, main parking lot and boat launch are open for day use only.  Fishing was good to excellent using any color Power Bait.   Some Browns are being caught on lures. 

JD DAM — Anglers are catching brown trout fly-fishing. 


SANTA FE — Fishing was good to excellent using any color Power Bait.  Stocked last week.

WHITEHORSE LAKE — No report from anglers.  Campground is closed. Lake is open for walk in fishing.  Because of low water levels the lake will not be stocked anymore this year.


LOWER LAKE MARY —The Lake is dry.

UPPER LAKE MARY — The lake is 17-percent full.  Isaac Ortega said he did well using gold Z-rays and spinners to catch walleye.

ASHURST LAKE —  No report

FRANCIS SHORT POND – No report. Stocked last week.

KINNIKINICK LAKE — Laven W. Evans, Jr., along with his wife and six kids camped here for four days and didn’t get a bite, but did lots of tree squirrel and rabbit hunting and still had a great time. “We were the only ones camping there for three out of the four days.”

MARSHALL LAKE —  Water is too low to stock.

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

LONG LAKE — Lake is open.  Water level is very low.

SOLDIERS & SOLDIERS ANNEX — Lake is open. No report.

BEAVER CREEK — Stocked recently with trout. This is a great place to hike and fish the upper end.

WEST CLEAR CREEK — Stocked trout recently. Fishing should be good.

MINGUS LAKE –Trout were stocked last week (Oct 15).  The Forest Service gate is open. Try bright-colored Power Bait like chartreuse, salmon eggs, or various spinners.  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. Illegal stockings cost YOU money!

DEAD HORSE STATE PARK – Catfish were stocked two weeks ago, the week of Sept. 24, for Verde River Days festivities so look for the catfish fishing to be good. Several largemouth bass, including a 10-plus pounder have been caught this summer in the middle lagoon.  In-line spinners, plastic grubs, and small crankbaits have been the ticket. The bluegill fishing has been good using a salmon egg or small worm on a small bait hook below a bobber. The bluegills are plentiful in both the middle and lower lagoons, so between trout and catfish stockings try your luck with the bluegill.  Trout stocking will resume the first week of November. 

VERDE RIVER (throughout Verde Valley) –Trout were last stocked at all five sites (March 19). Trout stocking is scheduled to resume the first week in November.

For largemouth and smallmouth bass, try plastic grubs and small spinnerbaits. Catfishing should be biting as well.

LYNX LAKE —Brook trout were stocked in Sept. 24.  The brooks were in the 5-inch range, but hopefully they will be catchable size for the fishing in the spring.  Rainbows were stocked the week of Oct. 12 and are scheduled to be stocked again the first week in November.  Trout fishing should be good following the stocking.  A few bass are being caught and some of the catfish stocked in June are still out there. Try floating a night crawler just off the bottom. Chicken livers or anchovies should work as well, but avoid fishing in water over 20 feet deep. Oxygen levels below 20 feet are very low, so fish won’t be there. The bass stockings from the last two years as well as the four fish habitat sites should begin to pay off this year. Plastic worms should be the ticket for the bass. Game and Fish stocked catfish the week of June 4. There were 200 pounds of bluegill stocked on March 29. Try using worms or mealworms on a bobber. Small spinners may work as well. Game and Fish biologists surveyed Lynx in May and found that the brook trout stocked in September 2006 were still present.

FAIN LAKE — Prescott Valley Parks and Recreation held the annual Gold Fever Days at Fain Lake were nearly all of the kids that participated in the fishing clinic caught fish.  Five-inch brook trout were stocked in Sept. 24 and rainbows were stocked Oct. 12 & 15.  Rainbows are scheduled to be stocked again the first week in November, so look for the fishing to remain good through the weekend. Catfish were stocked on June 4.  There were 150 pounds of bluegill stocked on March 29. These fish were hand-sized and should be easily caught. Try using worms or mealworms on a bobber. Small spinners may work as well.

GOLDWATER LAKE — Trout were stocked Oct. 1 and are scheduled to be stocked again the week of Nov. 12. Reports from the weekend there was a lot of surface action in the evening. Spinners worked pretty well (small black Mepps).  While some angler’s struck out, one angler reported catching and releasing nine fish in two hours and observed others doing well also. A few weeks ago one angler caught a 17-inch rainbow right in front of a game ranger. Like Lynx, surface action (jumping) was noted out over the deeper water. Not as bad as Lynx however, the oxygen runs out below 25-feet at Goldwater.  Lots of bluegills were sighted near shoreline areas.  You will want to get there early in the morning; the bite may be done as early as 9 a.m. You may try using spinners, jigs, worms and rainbow Power Bait no deeper than 25-feet in the early mornings.

Game and Fish Biologists surveyed Goldwater during the middle of May and found the trout and sunfish plentiful. While the number of catfish and bass was low, the quality was exceptional. One 16-pound catfish was sampled and released. The bass averaged about 3.5 pounds. On March 29, 400 pounds of bluegill were stocked. These fish were hand-sized and should be easily caught.  Try using worms or mealworms on a bobber.  Small spinners may work as well. If you fish Goldwater and are having luck, please e-mail me at so I can share your successes with others.


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