Southeastern Arizona

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January 20th, 2009

TUCSON URBAN — All Urban waters received incentive stockings the week of Jan. 5-10.  These fish include many trout from 13-18 inches, some even over 4 pounds.  On average one in every four trout were over 13 inches with the remaining fish ranging from 11-12 inches.

Fishing is good to excellent for anglers using scented dough baits (such as Power Bait), worms or corn.  Small spinners such as Rooster Tails and Panther Martins, or spoons such as KastMasters and Super Dupers work well for trout in the early morning.

Patience is the key, as the trout bite sporadically throughout the day.

Fishing for catfish, bass and bluegill is poor due to colder water temperatures that slow down the activity of these warm water species.

RIGGS FLAT — The lake is closed for the winter.

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. Due to the lack of open water and poor angler access the Department has decided not to stock this lake until conditions can be improved.  For lake information call (928) 428-6760.

FRYE MESA RESERVIOR – Poor road conditions are preventing any further stockings.  Plans are underway to get the road repaired.  Although the lake has been stocked, no reports of success have been received.  Early morning and late evenings should produce fish though.

KEARNY LAKES — Conditions at this lake have taken a turn for the worse and golden algae has caused a fish kill.  The Department and the town of Kearny continue to work on the problem.

ARIVACA —  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 slow as water temps continue to cool.  Anglers are asked 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.

PATAGONIA —No reports of angler success have been received.  Warmwater species are slow but anglers are reporting a few bass on rubber worms.

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 arriving at the lake.  The aquatic vegetation has been cut but anglers may still experience difficultly.

ROSE CANYON LAKE — Reports are that ice is covering much of this lake and only small pockets of open water are accessible. The road to the lake is closed for the winter and anglers wishing to fish this lake will have to hike in.


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