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October 23rd, 2008

URBAN LAKES – Catfishing at urban lakes continues to be good to excellent with fall stockings well underway. Not much change in the top baits for channel cats: shrimp, stink baits and hot dogs.  Activity is best in the evening and early morning with cooler temperatures making the cats active during mid-day periods as well. Catfish up to 4 pounds were included in the last load of fish.

Bluegill and bass are biting well in the early mornings as they seek to fatten up before winter arrives.

The cooler weather signals the time for fall stockings of sunfish.  These feisty 5-8 inch hybrid sunfish will be stocked the week of Oct. 20-25 into all 20 Phoenix and Tucson area Urban Fishing Program lakes and ponds. A truckload of more than 11,000 fish will be delivered from Arkansas, with each lake receiving about 80-100 fish per surface acre.

Daily bag limits for sunfish are 10 fish per person at Urban Lakes and 5 fish per day at Urban Ponds.

Where:silverbell lake
Caught:22-pound 9-ounce carp
Technique:chicken liver, slip sinker ten inches above hook
Comments:biggest fish I ever caught.
Name:Ryan Coop
TUCSON URBAN — Channel catfish are being stocked this week.

RIGGS FLAT — Fishing is fair with reports of a few fish being caught in the late evenings on power bait and various spinners.  The lake is scheduled to be closed November 15th or earlier depending on winter weather.

CLUFF RANCH — No recent reports of success.  A new fishing pier has been installed which should provide a large increase in access for shore anglers.  For lake information call (928) 485-9430.

ROPER LAKE — No recent reports of success. For lake information call (928) 428-6760.

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

FRYE MESA RESERVIOR – Fishing remains slow as the fish have gone deep to beat the heat.  Early morning and late evenings are producing a few fish though.  The lake will be stocked the week of November 3rd.

KEARNY LAKES — The lake remains fishless due to golden algae problems.

ARIVACA — A recent fish kill was reported at this lake.  The kill was minor and is likely associated with the annual fall turnover of the lake.  Water is stained and an algal bloom is ongoing.  The lake level has dropped a bit however anglers should have no problem launching their boats.  Please use caution on the sides of the ramp.  Erosion has caused some problems and we are working to repair it as quickly as possible.  The fishing remains fair.  The top water bite continues to be good in the late evening.  Jan. 1 marks a change in the motor restrictions at this lake.  Motors 10 horsepower or less will now be legal for use at Arivaca.  Anglers are encouraged to please be aware of your wake so as not to disrupt other anglers fishing from other boats and the shore.  Remember that all bass must be immediately released back to the water.

PENA BLANCA – Pena Blanca Lake is closed to public access until further notice for the dredging project.  The Forest Service reports that the draining of the lake is approximately 2/3 complete and expects that it will be completed by next week.  The next phase of the project is scheduled to begin once the lake bottom dries enough to allow heavy equipment access to the sediment.  It is not known how long it will take for that to occur.

PATAGONIA — Catfishing remains good with large numbers of 12-16 inch channels are being caught as well as some nice flatheads. Bass fishing remains slow with most bass being caught by flipping in the cattails. Bluegill and redear are being caught in good numbers. Try a fly rod with a wet fly in almost any area near cover.

Angler report: On Oct 12 2008 the Gourley’s caught 79 pounds of catfish, and on Oct 19
we caught 65 pounds of catfish for a grand total of 144 pounds of
catfish from Patagonia Lake using Shimano Bait runner reels 6500 series with Penn Pole and 20-pound best line with night crawlers as bait.

PARKER CANYON —  The store at Parker Canyon is closed and currently there are no plans by the Forest Service to re-open it.  Anglers needing a license will need to purchase that prior to   Parker Canyon Lake is full due to above average amounts of monsoon moisture.  The aquatic vegetation has been cut to allow easier access along the shoreline.  The lake will receive its first load of winter rainbow trout this week.  Fishing for warm water species has slowed a bit with cooler temps however anglers are still reporting a few fish being caught.
ROSE CANYON LAKE —  Anglers are having some success catching trout.  Recent reports are that anglers are having success catching Brown trout.  The lake is scheduled to be closed for the season November 15th.

Angler report: These big browns have put a bit of a dent in the crawdad population, but anyone fishing the bottom with bait will still spend a lot of time dealing with crawdads on the end of their line. Was wondering if there are any plans to remove debris from Rose Canyon lake as it has really accumulated this year?

Where:Rose Canyon/Mt. Lemmon
Caught:Rainbow Trout
Technique:Bottom fishing with pink/yellow Power Bait
Comments:What started out as what we thought was a “late start” (9:30 a.m.), turned out to be an awesome day for me, my buddy Robert and our little girls! We caught trout after trout…the Power Bait was ON! They all tasted great as well. Took our limit in 3 hours.
Name:Vince Moreno

3 Responses to “Southeastern Arizona”

  1. I’m looking for a nice alternative to Rose Canyon Lake after November 15th, any suggestions?

  2. If you don’t mind hiking you can still visit Rose Canyon after the 15th. The lake is only closed to vehicles at that time, anglers are still allowed to hike to the lake. Otherwise, try Parker Canyon lake near Sierra Vista, you’ll find plenty of trout and during the week you can just about have the place to yourself.

    Don Mitchell
    Fish Program Manager
    AZGFD, Tucson

  3. Linda;

    This week (the week of Nov. 3), we are stocking trout in Parker Canyon and Patagonia lakes. On Nov. 13, we are stocking trout in the Urban Program lakes, including the two in the Tucson area. You can catch ‘bows all winter at those locations. Or head farther afield and we stock trout in the Lower Salt River near Phoenix, the Verde River (between Cottonwood and Camp Verde), Beaver Creek, Oak Creek and West Clear Creek. They are all fun to fish in winter. You might even visit the Prescott area for Goldwater Lake, Lynx Lake and Fain Lake.

    Hope that helps you keep you line wet this winter.


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