Southern Waters Fishing Report

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September 9th, 2009

URBAN WATERS – Fishing is slow at all Urban Fishing waters statewide through the no stocking period of the summer (water temperatures are too hot).
Fish stockings of hearty catfish will resume at all Phoenix and Tucson area Urban waters the week of Sept. 21-26.

Catfish and bass have been tough to catch with the higher lake temperatures making them lazy and sluggish. Fishing activity will begin to pick up as soon as nighttime temperatures dip into the 70s and lake temperatures reach the low 80s.

Fishing has been good all summer for the plentiful bluegills that frequent the shoreline areas in search of food.  Mealworms fished on the bottom or a few feet under a bobber will catch sunfish throughout the day, especially if anglers use smaller bobbers and light line in the 2-4 pound range.

Some catfish and bass are being caught, but it takes persistence and some good timing in the early morning and evening hours.

TUCSON URBAN — Channel catfish are being stocked this week.

RIGGS FLAT — Due to poor water quality this lake will not be stocked until conditions improve.  Although the lake has not been stocked recently, fishing continues to be fair for rainbow trout, brook trout and brown trout on worms and corn.

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. The lake is down a bit due to problems with the pumps on the well.  For lake information call (928) 428-6760.

DANKWORTH POND — Sunfish are biting in the early morning before the day begins to heat up. Aquatic vegetation continues to be a problem for anglers.  For lake information call (928) 428-6760.

FRYE MESA RESERVIOR –  Anglers continue to have the best success when fishing the early hours around sunrise.

KEARNY LAKES — This small lake remains fishless due to impacts of golden algae.

ARIVACA —  The fishing remains good in the evenings and early mornings.  Anglers are reporting that the top water bite is picking up.  The lake is down and the launching of boats is extremely difficult.  Please use caution.  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 remains closed.  The removal of the sediment has been completed and the lake is now beginning to re-fill as runoff from rain fall events allows.

PATAGONIA — With recent rains the lake is full.  Fishing for warmwater species is good with fishing the best in the early mornings and late evenings.  Anglers wanting to catch flathead catfish should try live bluegills off the points and along the rock walls in Ash canyon.  Deep cove on the southwest side of the lake is also a good spot for flatheads.  Fish the mouth of this cove near the buoys.   A local angler recently reported success on catfish using hot dogs and live shad caught at the lake.

PARKER CANYON — The store has been re-opened at the lake. Information on the store and current conditions can be found at The fishing is reported to be good for bass and sunfish with a few hold-over trout being reported as well.

ROSE CANYON LAKE — The road is open and the lake has been stocked. Anglers continue to have success with flies on the surface and Power Bait.

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