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August 12th, 2009

Note: Contact the US Forest Service in Springerville for up to date information on forest conditions. State Highway 273 that accesses Big Lake and Crescent Lake is open.

BECKER LAKE— Fishing is fair. The lake is nearly full.  Becker is open to artificial lure and fly only, barbless hooks, and a 2-trout bag limit. Try lures such as Super Dupers, spinners (Panther Martin and Rooster Tails), rainbow colored Z-Rays, and small spoons such as KastMasters.
Try flies such as Peacock ladies, wooly worms and wooly buggers in brown, black or gray, semi-seal leeches, Prince Nymphs, Zug bugs, Pheasant tails, Hares ears, small scuds, and midges. The lake is open to electric trolling motors or up to 10 hp. gas motors. There is a fishing pier located on the northwest shoreline of the lake.

BIG LAKE —  Fish have gone deep, but will be up in the shallows when clouds are building and the barometer is dropping.

This is the granddaddy of the high mountain lakes, but it also receives the most use. But with good reason. Fishing is fair to good. The fish have finally moved deep, which generally means the best fishing will be from a boat, but trout can be found near the surface at first and last light, or when thunderstorms visit the area.

Shore anglers are catching trout on worms and Power Bait. Boat anglers are catching trout using lures, flies, and cowbells with an attached worm.

Also try lures such as spinners (Mepps, Rooster Tail, Panther Martin), Super Dupers, Z-Rays, and Rapalas, and flies such as wooly worms, wooly buggers, peacock ladies, and nymphs in black, brown, or green.

The lake has come up approximately two feet from last fall, but still two feet below spill.

The lake is open to electric trolling motors and/or up to 10 hp. gas motors. The store is open and has boats for rent.

CARNERO LAKE— Fishing is good. The lake is very weedy around the shoreline areas. This lake is best fished with a small boat or float tube. Carnero is open to artificial lure and fly only, barbless hooks, and a 2 trout bag and possession limit.

Try small lures such as Super Dupers, Z-Rays, and spinners (Mepps, Panther Martin and Rooster Tail), and flies such as wooly worms, wooly buggers, scud patterns, prince nymphs, zug bugs, hares ear nymphs, and peacock ladies. Also try small nymphs in black, brown, green or gray colors. The lake is open to electric trolling motors only.

CLEAR CREEK RESERVOIR — Fishing is fair to good for warmwater species. Try fishing with a bobber, split shot and worms near rocky shoreline areas for sunfish, bullheads, and bass.

Try worms, Power Bait, Salmon eggs, and lures such as spinners (Panther Martin, Rooster Tail, and Mepps), Z-Rays, crank baits, spinner baits, and Rapalas, and flies such as wooly worms or wooly buggers, Yeager buggers, and peacock ladies. There are no motor restrictions on Clear Creek Reservoir. Recent netting revealed lots of carp, a few small sunfish, catfish, and bass.

CONCHO LAKE — Fishing is poor. The lake is very weedy. The lake was stocked in May. The boat ramp is usable for small boats or float tubes.
The boat ramp is usable for small boats or float tubes. Try worms, salmon eggs, Power Bait, lures such as spinners, and flies such as peacock ladies, wooly worms, and small nymphs. Concho is open to electric trolling motors or up to 10 hp. gas motors.

CRESCENT LAKE — Fishing is poor to fair at this shallow lake, and aquatic weeds can make fishing challenging at some locations. During overcast days, fishing is good.  State Highway 261 from Eager/Springerville is open to vehicles.  Highway 273 from Sunrise to Crescent is also open.  The lake is ice-free and the lake level has come up significantly from last fall. The lake has been liberally stocked with catchable size rainbow and brook trout this past spring. Anglers have been catching brook trout.  Recent netting revealed 15-inch brook trout and no rainbow trout.  The store is open. The lake is open to electric trolling motors and/or up to 10 hp. gas motors.

FOOL HOLLOW LAKE — The Fool Hollow Lake State Park is open because of a multi-agency agreement to run the park. Fishing is fair. The lake level is nearly full and all boat ramps are accessible. The lake was stocked in June with catchable size rainbow trout. Anglers have been catching trout, bluegills, and some nice sized bass on lures and night crawlers. Try worms, corn, salmon eggs, and Power Bait, lures such as spinners, spoons, rubber lead head jigs, and Rapala’s, and flies such as woolly worms and woolly buggers, and semi-seal leeches. Try fishing around rocky areas, tree stumps and fishing piers. Black crappies, bluegills, and walleyes tend to congregate around the fishing piers during the summer months. Try small crappie jigs, spinners, Rapala’s, and night crawlers. The lake is open to electric trolling motors and/or up to 10 hp gas motors.

GREER LAKES — Fishing is fair.  All three Greer Reservoirs have been drawn down 10-15 feet for irrigation downstream.  Use caution when launching a boat at Bunch and River Reservoirs because water levels are low and close to the concrete curb at the end of the boat ramp. All of the Greer reservoirs have been stocked with catchable size rainbow trout. Try worms, Power Bait, lures such as spinners, Z-Rays, spoons, and Rapalas, and flies such as wooly worms, wooly buggers, peacock ladies, and small nymphs.
Bunch Reservoir is open to electric trolling motors only, Tunnel Reservoir is open to electric trolling motors only, and River Reservoir is open to electric trolling motors and/or up to 10 hp. gas motors.

HULSEY LAKE — Fishing is poor. The lake is nearly full but there are weeds around the shoreline and water temperatures are generally high in summer.  Try worms, Power Bait, salmon eggs, small lures such as spinners (Mepps, Panther Martin, and Rooster Tail), small spoons such as Super Dupers, KastMasters, and Z-Rays, and flies such as peacock ladies, prince nymphs, zug bugs, and wooly worms. The lake is open to electric trolling motors only.

LEE VALLEY RESERVOIR — Fishing is poor. There is a strong green algae bloom present in the lake. Apache trout may be sluggish with the high pH levels associated with the algae bloom. Fish very early in the day when the pH levels are lowest.   The lake has been stocked in May with catchable size Apache trout.  State Highways 261 and 273 are open. State Highways 261 and 273 are open.
Try lures such as spinners (Mepps, Rooster tail, and Panther Martin), small spoons such as Super Dupers and Z-Rays, and flies such as peacock ladies, prince nymphs, zug bugs, hares ear, scud patterns, and wooly worms.
Lee Valley Lake is open to artificial lure and fly only, a two- trout bag and possession limit, and a 12 inch minimum length limit on all fish. No bait fishing is allowed. The lake is open to electric trolling motors only.

LUNA LAKE — Fishing is fair. The lake is nearly full. As water temperatures rise, fishing at first and last light for the best success, or try fishing at night.
Anglers have been catching a trout on night crawlers and Power Bait. Try worms, salmon eggs, Power Bait, lures such as Panther Martin, Rooster Tail, and Mepps spinners, small spoons like KastMasters and Super Dupers, and flies such as wooly worms and wooly buggers, peacock ladies, Zug bugs, Prince Nymphs, and brown Montana stones.

LYMAN LAKE — Lyman Lake State Park is open and Fishing is fair.  Anglers have been catching channel catfish on worms, hot dogs, and stink baits. Largemouth bass are being caught on lures and night crawlers. Sunfish are being caught on worms. Try worms, Power Bait, catfish stink baits, and lures such as spinners (Panther Martin, Rooster Tail, and Mepps), crank baits, and Rapala’s. Try fishing lures along rocky areas for bass and walleye. During the summer months try fishing early in the morning and late in the day. The Lyman Lake recreation area is managed by Lyman Lake State Park and camping is available. There are also cabins for rent. There is fish consumption advisory here, so check with the State Parks Office at the lake for details. Also contact the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Region 1 Office at 928-367-4281. There are no motor restrictions on Lyman Lake. The store is open.

NELSON RESERVOIR — Fishing is fair. The lake is nearly full. The lake has a green algae bloom. The lake was stocked in May with catchable size rainbow trout. No recent angler reports.

Try worms, Power Bait, lures such as spinners (Panther Martin, Rooster Tail, Mepps), small spoons such as KastMasters and Super Dupers, jigs, and flies such as wooly worms, wooly buggers, peacock ladies, prince nymphs, and zug bugs. Nelson Reservoir is open to electric trolling motors and/or up to 10 hp gas motors.

RAINBOW LAKE — Fishing is fair. The lake is nearly full. The boat ramp is accessible. Two large northern pike, 1 27- incher and 1 30 – incher were caught on spinners in May. Bullheads are being caught off the fishing pier. The boat ramp is usable. Try worms, Power Bait, lures such as spinners (Panther Martin, Rooster Tail, and Mepps) spoons (Super Dupers, Daredevils), and Rapalas, and flies such as wooly worms, wooly buggers, and peacock ladies. Rainbow Lake is open to electric trolling motors and/or up to 10 hp gas motors.
On May 18-19, Rainbow Lake was treated by a consultant working for private landowners with an EPA approved herbicide to control weeds. There are no restrictions for swimming, fishing or consuming fish caught by anglers. Do not drink the lake water for 21 days and do not use treated water for irrigation of agricultural or ornamental plants for 21 days. For more information call Ernie Modzelewski at 602-550-6009 or Jim Peterson at 480-773-5500.

SCOTTS RESERVOIR — Fishing is fair. Try worms, Power Bait, corn, and salmon eggs, lures such as spinners (Panther Martin, Rooster Tail, and Mepps), spoons such as Super Dupers, and flies such as wooly worms, wooly buggers, peacock ladies, Prince nymphs, and Zug bugs. Scott Reservoir is open to electric trolling motors only.

SHOW LOW LAKE — Fishing is fair.  The lake will be stocked this week with catchable size rainbow trout. The boat ramp is accessible. The fishing piers have been straightened out and are accessible.  There is a new boat dock by the boat ramp. Anglers have been catching rainbow trout on worms. A few bass are being caught on lures. Try trolling Rapala’s early in the morning and late in the evening for walleyes. Try worms, corn, salmon eggs, and Power Bait, lures such as spinners (Panther Martin, Rooster tail, and Mepps), spoons such as Super Dupers, rubber lead head jigs, Rapalas, and flies such as wooly worms, wooly buggers, Prince nymphs, Peacock ladies and brown Montana Stones. The lake is open to electric trolling motors and/or up to 10 hp gas motors. The store is open.

WOODLAND LAKE — Fishing is fair. New regulations went into effect at Woodland Lake on Jan. 1, reducing the daily bag and possession limit to four trout. The lake is full and the boat ramp is usable.
Try worms. Power Bait, corn, and salmon eggs, lures such as spinners (Panther Martin, Rooster Tail, and Mepps), spoons such as Super Dupers, and flies such as wooly worms, wooly buggers, peacock ladies, Prince Nymphs, and Zug bugs. Woodland Lake is open to electric trolling motors only.

WHITE MOUNTAIN STREAMS:  No new reports

WEST FORK BLACK RIVER — Fishing has slowed with the advent of warmer weather, but should pick up again if the weather forcast is accurate. The stream is clear and has moderate summer flows. It has been stocked recently with Apache trout.

Try worms, Power Bait, corn, and salmon eggs, small spinners such as Mepps, Rooster Tails, and Panther Martins, small spoons (KastMaster, Z-rays, and Super Dupers), Rapalas and flies such as wooly worms or wooly buggers and small weighted nymphs. The stocking season is scheduled to begin in early May.

EAST FORK BLACK RIVER — Fishing is fair to good.  All Forest roads are open to the Black River.  The stream is clear and has moderate flows. The stream will be stocked this week with catchable size Apache trout.
Try drifting worms, Power Bait, corn, and salmon eggs through pools or casting small lures such as spinners (Mepps, Panther Martin, Rooster Tail), small spoons (KastMaster, Z-Rays, and Super Dupers), Rapalas and flies such as wooly worms or wooly buggers and small weighted nymphs. The stocking season will begin in early May.

SHEEP’S CROSSING — Highway 273 is open to Sheeps Crossing. Fishing is fair to good. Try worms, corn, salmon eggs, and Power Bait, small lures such as spinners (Mepps, Rooster tail, and Panther Martin), and flies such as wooly worms, and small nymphs.

LITTLE COLORADO RIVER GREER — Fishing is poor to fair. The stream is clear and flows are moderate.  Try drifting worms, Power Bait, corn, and salmon eggs or casting small lures or flies through deep pools Try worms, Power Bait, corn, and salmon eggs, small lures such as spinners (Mepps, Panther Martin, Rooster Tail), small spoons (KastMaster, Z-Rays, and Super Dupers), Rapalas and flies such as wooly worms or wooly buggers and small weighted nymphs.  The stocking season will begin in early May.

SILVER CREEK — Fishing is fair. Silver Creek is stocked weekly through the summer months with catchable size Apache and rainbow trout. The creek is clear.  The creek is clear.  Silver Creek on the Arizona Game and Fish Department property is open to bait, lures or flies, with a bag and possession limit of six trout from April 1 through Sept. 30. The upper section is closed to fishing.
Try small lures such as Mepps, Rooster Tails, and Panther Martin spinners. Fly-fishers may want to try wooly worms, wooly buggers, peacock ladies, prince nymphs, zug bugs, shrimp patterns, midge patterns, and small bead head nymphs. Also try fishing night crawlers off the bottom of pools or along undercut banks or vegetation.

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