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October 18th, 2007
Southeastern Arizona

Note: The boat ramp at Pena Blanco Lake is closed due to undercutting.

TUCSON URBAN — Channel catfish are being stocked this week. Fishing should be good. Try corn, hot dogs, chicken liver or any stink bait.

RIGGS FLAT —The road to the lake will be closed for the season on Nov. 15. The lake has been stocked recently and fishing has been good.  Be prepared for cold temperatures though! 

CLUFF RANCH — Fishing for warmwater species remains fair with a few reports of largemouth bass being caught. For lake information call (928) 485-9430.

ROPER LAKE — Fishing for all warmwater species is fair with early morning and late evening being the best opportunity. For lake information call (928) 428-6760.

DANKWORTH POND — No reports on success. For lake information call (928) 428-6760.

FRYE MESA RESERVIOR – The fishing fair to good.  The road to Frye Mesa is in fair condition and is currently passable with a two-wheel drive vehicle. Use caution because the road is steep and narrow in places.

KEARNY LAKES — This lake remains fishless due to golden algae.
ARIVACA — The water levels have remained at their high point, with water still flowing over the spillway at the dam. Be careful launching your watercraft due to the debris that has been washed into the lake. The weeds appear to not be a problem.  The fishing has been good to excellent. Remember, powerboats on Arivaca Lake are restricted to the use of a single electric motor only, and all bass must be immediately released back to the water.

The mercury advisory for all fish is still in effect. Also, be aware of the boating regulations, specifically those pertaining to personal flotation devices.  If you are not in compliance, you are subject to receiving a citation and being ordered off of the water until the problem is corrected. 

PENA BLANCA –The boat ramp is closed until further notice. The water that flowed into the lake via Pena Blanca wash has undercut the road leading to the boat ramp. The road could potentially collapse at any time. The conditions of the lake are not that favorable to fishing. The weeds have overtaken much of the lake. Unfortunately, due to the situation with the boat ramp, we cannot launch the weed-cutting boat. Someone had vandalized the floating fishing dock, breaking it off from its anchor point. The best bet for shore anglers is the area toward the dam, where the weed growth is minimal. The mercury advisory for all warm water fish is in effect. Bass less than 13 inches long must be immediately released.  The daily bag limit for bass is four.  Also, be advised that Pena Blanca is not an urban lake; therefore an urban fishing license is invalid to fish at this lake.  Trout stocking will begin the first week of November. 

PATAGONIA — Fishing for largemouth continues to be good for anglers working reaction baits along the cattails. Some anglers are reporting success catching bass using spinner baits. Night time fishing is paying off with lots of bass being caught after dark.  The lake is full.  Trout stocking will begin the first week of November.

PARKER CANYON — The lake is full. Stocked with 3,961 rainbow trout on Oct. 16 and the water temperature was 67 degrees.  This lake got lots of summer runoff and the lake level is at the top of the launch ramp.

Ben Payne caught seven bass by pitching into the brush and weed lines from shore with Bitsy Bug and Bitsy flippin’ jigs with trailers and Texas-rigged plastic craws. “I had at least a 6 to 7 pounder come off and the biggest one I caught was about 2.5 pounds.”

Some nice bluegills continue to be caught on night crawlers and meal worms.  Recent reports are that bass are hitting spinnerbaits.


ROSE CANYON LAKE —  The access road will be closed Oct. 31.  Anglers can still access the lake by walking in. The lake was stocked last week. Anglers have been catching fish with power bait of various colors. Fly anglers are also having success in the early morning and late afternoon as fish feed at the surface.  In addition to the normal catchable rainbow trout, the lake was also stocked with some smaller brown trout during this last stocking. It is expected that these fish will over-winter and be of larger size next fishing season.

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