Southeastern Arizona

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February 26th, 2009
Note: The Tucson and Sierra Vista Angler roundtable meetings are:
* Tucson – 7-9 p.m., March 18, AZGFD Regional Office, 555 N. Greasewood Rd.
* Sierra Vista, 7-9 p.m. March 19, Fry Fire District, Station #2, 4817 S. Apache Ave.

* Results of last years fish surveys
* Upcoming improvements to boat ramps at Patagonia and Arivaca (yes help is finally on the way!)
* Pena Blanca Lake sediment removal project update with lots to report!
* Pena Blanca Lake fish habitat project update; It’s time to get started and we need volunteers!
* And anything else you anglers want to talk about

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.

Fishing for catfish, bass and bluegill is poor due to colder water temperatures that slow down the
Caught:18.25″, 2.25 # Rainbow Trout
Technique:Trolling with misc. lures
First time trolling Breaking in a friends new boat !!! Thanks, to Terry for buying a boat !!
Name:mark Metcalf

RIGGS FLAT — The lake is closed for the winter.

CLUFF RANCH — The lake was stocked last week.  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 — The lake was stocked last week.  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 but a few anglers are catching some bass on crankbaits.  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.

Caught:1 Largemouth Bass and a few other bites missed
Technique:Artificial Worms and Spinners
Comments:Water still very cold, low, and a lot of algae on top of the water but nice fishing with few snags and others anglers were having some success as well

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 plastic worms.  Some anglers are catching bass as well while flipping the cattails.

Caught:2 Bass
Technique:Crank Baits, Plastics Worms
Comments:Caught the bass after 2 days, one was 3.10 pounds the other was about .7oz. No other fish all weekend.
Name:James Sorensen

PARKER CANYON — The store at Parker Canyon is closed.  Anglers needing a license will need to purchase that prior to arriving at the lake.  The fishing has been fair with some angler success coming in the early morning just after sunrise. Anglers are reporting that worms and Power Bait are working the best currently.

Where:parker canyon lake
Caught:limit on rainbows
Technique:powerbait all colors on bottom 18-20in
Comments:patience, patience is the key
Name:Donald Pieper

ROSE CANYON LAKE — Fishing is reported to be slow with a few fish being caught on spinners.  The road is closed for the winter and anglers wishing to fish this lake will have to hike in.

2 Responses to “Southeastern Arizona”

  1. I was just at rose canyon lake this saturday and cought and released 35 fish. 20 browns 5in. to 9in. and 15 rainbows 8in. to 12in. I only kept one it was a 14 in. rainbow one of the biggest fish i have ever caught or seen caught out of this lake. All of the fish I caught were on flies and i caught them all around the lake, and I was fishing from 3pm to 6:45pm.

  2. Jake;

    I have fished all those streams. What’s more, we have stocked all those streams right before the Easter weekend, so the fishing should be pretty good. You can fish the creek near the campgrounds, or up by the village of Christopher Creek. You can also take the road toward our Tonto Creek Hatchery, and fish Tonto Creek as well. If you are spin angling, use live night crawlers with little or no weight on the smallest diameter line you can manager. Also, in those small streams, I also like using cane poles (no reel). Those are especially good for youngsters, or those of us who just want to feel young again. Check out this week’s fishing report, and I give a lot more suggestions under “Rory’s Tips.”

    Rory Aikens

    Fishing Report Editor

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