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September 3rd, 2009

Note: Contact the US Forest Service in Springerville for up to date information on forest conditions at (928) 333-4372.

BECKER LAKE— Fishing is fair to good. The lake is down about 4 feet.  The boat ramp is accessible. Becker is open to artificial lures and flies only, barbless hooks, and a 2-trout bag and possession limit. Try lures such as Super Dupers, spinners (Panther Martin and Rooster Tails), rainbow colored Z-Rays, and 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 zebra midges.
Fish during the early morning from daylight to noon and just before sunset for best results. 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. This lake has easy boat and shore fishing access. The water temperature last week was 71 degrees.

BIG LAKE — Fishing is fair to good. Boat ramps are accessible. Anglers are catching mostly rainbow and cutthroat trout in the deep areas of the lake, but some brook trout are starting to show up with the cooler weather associated with rainstorms.

Try worms, Power bait, corn, and salmon eggs, lures such as spinners (Mepps, Rooster tail, Panther Martin), Super Dupers, Z-Rays, KastMasters, Crickhoppers (yellow and orange), and Rapalas, and flies such as wooly worms, wooly buggers, semi-seal leeches, peacock ladies, and nymphs in black, brown, or green.

oat anglers are catching trout using cowbells with an attached lure, fly or worm. Shore anglers should try fishing off deep rocky shorelines early in the morning with yellow or green Power Bait and night crawlers. The lake is open to electric trolling motors and up to 10 hp. gas motors. The store is open and has boats for rent.  This lake has easy boat and shore fishing access. The South Cove boat dock has been installed. The water temperature last week was 66 degrees.

CARNERO LAKE— Fishing is fair to good. Carnero is open to artificial lure and fly only, barbless hooks only, and a 2-trout bag and possession limit. Try small lures such as Super Dupers, Z-Rays, KastMasters, and spinners (Mepps, Panther Martin and Rooster Tails), 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.
Only electric trolling motors are allowed. The lake is very weedy around the shoreline areas and is best fished with a small boat, float tube or kayak.

CLEAR CREEK RESERVOIR — Fishing is fair to good for warm water fish species. The northwest boat ramps are accessible. Try fishing with a bobber, split shot and worms near rocky shoreline areas for sunfish and bass. Also try fishing off the bottom with worms, hot dogs, and stink baits for bullheads and channel catfish.
Try worms, Power Bait, salmon eggs, and lures such as spinners (Panther Martin, Rooster Tail, and Mepps), Z-Rays, crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and Rapalas, and flies such as wooly worms or wooly buggers, Yeager buggers, semi-seal leeches, and peacock ladies. There are no motor restrictions on Clear Creek Reservoir.  This lake has easy boat and shore fishing access.

CONCHO LAKE — No fishing opportunities at the present time. . The lake is very low and very weedy. There is only 2-3 inches of water in some areas of the lake. The lake is mostly dry. There is private property (closed to the public) on the northwest side of the lake.

CRESCENT LAKE — Fishing is good. Trout have been active with the cooler weather associated with rainstorms and shore and boat anglers have been successful at catching fish.  Boat ramps are accessible.

Try worms, Power Bait, corn, and salmon eggs, lures such as small Z-Rays, Super Dupers, KastMasters, and spinners (Mepps, Panther Martin, and Rooster Tail), and flies such as wooly worms, wooly buggers, leech patterns, peacock ladies, warden worrys, prince nymphs, and zug bugs. Also try small nymphs in brown, black or green.

Fly-fishers have been catching rainbow and brook trout, about 12-15 inches, on brown nymphs. A good strategy is to fish early in the morning and late in the day. The lake may still be a little weedy in shallow areas of the lake where the weed harvester was not able to reach.

Crescent is open to electric trolling motors and up to 10 hp. gas motors. The store is open. This lake has easy boat and shore fishing access. The fishing pier at the north end of the lake has been moved to the south boat ramp area. The boat dock at the west end boat ramp has been installed. The water temperature last week was 66 degrees.

FOOL HOLLOW LAKE —  Fool Hollow Lake State Park is open and fishing is fair. The lake level is down about 5 feet and all boat ramps are accessible. Anglers have been catching bluegills and black crappies off the fishing piers. For bluegill, use small hooks, light lines, just a piece of worm, and no weight for fish that you can see but are not biting. Some nice sized bass are being caught on lures and night crawlers.
Catfish and walleyes are being caught on night crawlers at night. Also, try hot dogs and stink bait for catfish. Try worms, corn, salmon eggs, and Power Bait, lures such as spinners (Mepps, Panther Martin, and Rooster Tail), spoons (Super Dupers, Z-Rays, and KastMasters), rubber lead head jigs, and Rapalas, and flies such as wooly worms, wooly buggers, and semi-seal leeches.

Try fishing around rocky areas, tree stumps and fishing piers for black crappies, bluegills, and walleyes.

The lake is open to electric trolling motors and up to 10 hp gas motors.  This lake has easy boating and shore fishing access. The water temperature last week was 72 degrees.

GREER LAKES — Fishing is poor to fair.  All three Greer Reservoirs have been drawn down significantly for irrigation downstream. No boats can be launched at Bunch and River Reservoirs because water levels are very low and the concrete curb at the end of the two boat ramps are out of water.

Try worms, corn, salmon eggs, and Power Bait, lures such as spinners, Z-Rays, Super Dupers, KastMasters, and Rapalas, and flies such as wooly worms, wooly buggers, peacock ladies, and small nymphs in black, brown or green colors.
Bunch Reservoir and Tunnel Reservoir are open to electric trolling motors only, and River Reservoir is open to electric trolling motors and up to 10 hp. gas motors. These lakes have easy small boat, float tube, and Kayak fishing access, as well as shore access. The water temperature last week at Bunch Reservoir was 66 degrees, Tunnel Reservoir was 64 degrees, and River Reservoir was 64 degrees.

HULSEY LAKE — Fishing is poor. The lake is nearly full.  Weeds are present around shoreline areas. Water temperatures are generally high during the summer months, so fish early in the morning and late in the day. Dissolved oxygen levels taken last Friday showed below 3 parts per million which is deadly for trout but there may be a few surviving trout left in the lake. Try worms, corn, salmon eggs, and Power Bait, 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 woolly worms.
The lake is open to electric trolling motors only. Husley has easy shore fishing access. There is a short hiking trail to the lake. There is no boat ramp. The water temperature last week was 66 degrees.

LEE VALLEY RESERVOIR — Fishing is poor because of a continuing algae bloom and high pH levels. You should fish very early in the morning and late in the day. Try lures such as spinners (Mepps, Rooster Tail, and Panther Martin), small spoons such as Super Dupers, KastMasters, 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 lures and flies only, with a 2-trout bag and possession limit.  There is a 12-inch minimum length limit on all fish. No bait fishing is allowed. The lake is open to electric trolling motors only.  There is easy boat and shore fishing access. The water temperature last week was 61 degrees.

LUNA LAKE — Fishing is fair. There is a green algae bloom on the lake. Some anglers have been catching trout on yellow Power Bait and night crawlers. Try worms, corn, salmon eggs, and Power Bait, lures such as Panther Martin, Rooster Tail, and Mepps spinners, small spoons like KastMasters, Z-Rays, and Super Dupers, and flies such as wooly worms and wooly buggers, peacock ladies, zug bugs, prince nymphs, and black, brown or green colored nymphs.

The store is open. Luna is open to electric trolling motors and/or up to 10 hp. gas motors.  This lake has easy boat and shore fishing access. The water temperature last week was 68 degrees.

LYMAN LAKE — Lyman Lake State Park is open and fishing is good. 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), crankbaits, and Rapalas.

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 a 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 weed harvester has cut weeds at the lake. The boat ramps at the dam and southern end are accessible.
Try worms, Power Bait, lures such as spinners (Panther Martin, Rooster Tail, Mepps), small spoons such as KastMasters, Z-Rays, and Super Dupers, jigs, and flies such as wooly worms, wooly buggers, peacock ladies, prince nymphs, and zug bugs. Also try nymphs in black, brown or green colors. Nelson Reservoir is open to electric trolling motors and up to 10 hp gas motors. The water temperature last week was 67 degrees.

RAINBOW LAKE — Fishing is fair. The lake is down about 5 feet. The boat ramp is accessible.  Bullheads are being caught off the fishing pier.  Try worms, Power Bait, lures such as spinners (Panther Martin, Rooster Tail, and Mepps) spoons (Super Dupers, Z-Rays, Daredevils), and Rapalas, and flies such as wooly worms, wooly buggers, and peacock ladies. Rainbow Lake is open to electric trolling motors and up to 10 hp gas motors. The water temperature last week was 74 degrees.

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, Z-Rays, and KastMasters, and flies such as wooly worms, wooly buggers, peacock ladies, prince nymphs, and zug bugs. Try fishing with worms, hot dogs, and stink baits for catfish. Scott Reservoir is open to electric trolling motors only. There is easy boat and shore fishing access.
The water level is about 10 feet low, so use caution when launching a boat. The boat ramp is accessible. The water temperature last week was 72 degrees.

SHOW LOW LAKE — Fishing is fair.  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. The boat dock at the boat ramp is only for boat anglers, no fishing or swimming is allowed.

Anglers have been catching rainbow trout on worms. A few bass are being caught on lures. Try trolling Rapalas 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, Z-Rays, KastMasters, rubber lead head jigs, Rapalas, and flies such as wooly worms, wooly buggers, semi-seal leeches, prince nymphs, peacock ladies and black, brown or green colored nymphs.

The lake is open to electric trolling motors and up to 10 hp gas motors. The store is open.  This lake has easy boat and shore fishing access. The water temperature last week was 68 degrees.

WOODLAND LAKE — Fishing is poor. New regulations went into effect at Woodland Lake on Jan. 1, reducing the daily bag and possession limit to four trout. The lake is low and weedy and  the boat ramp is weedy but usable for small boats, float tubes, and Kayak’s.

Try worms. Power Bait, corn, and salmon eggs, lures such as spinners (Panther Martin, Rooster Tail, and Mepps), spoons such as Super Dupers, Z-Rays, and KastMasters, and flies such as wooly worms, wooly buggers, peacock ladies, prince Nymphs, and zug bugs.
You should fish early in the morning and late in the day. Woodland Lake is open to electric trolling motors only. This lake has easy boat and shore fishing access. The water temperature last week was 66 degrees.

WHITE MOUNTAIN STREAMS:

WEST FORK BLACK RIVER — Fishing is fair.  The stream has moderate flows. The stream will be stocked this week with catchable size Apache trout.

Try worms, Power Bait, corn, and salmon eggs, small spinners such as Mepps, Rooster Tails, and Panther Martins, small spoons (KastMasters, Z-Rays, and Super Dupers), Rapalas and flies such as wooly worms or wooly buggers and small weighted nymphs in black, brown, and green colors.

EAST FORK BLACK RIVER — Fishing is fair.   The stream 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 (KastMasters, Z-Rays, and Super Dupers), Rapalas and flies such as wooly worms or wooly buggers and small weighted nymphs in black, brown or green colors. The water temperature last week was 62 degrees.

SHEEP CROSSING — Fishing is poor . The stream has moderate flows. It will be stocked this week with catchable sized Apache Trout.  Try worms, corn, salmon eggs, and Power Bait, small lures such as spinners (Mepps, Rooster Tail, and Panther Martin), spoons such as Super Dupers, Z-Rays, and KastMasters, and flies such as wooly worms, and small nymphs in black, brown or green colors.

LITTLE COLORADO RIVER GREER — Fishing is fair to good. Stream flows are moderate.  It will be stocked this week with catchable sized Rainbow Trout.   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 (KastMasters, Z-Rays, and Super Dupers), Rapalas and flies such as wooly worms or wooly buggers and small weighted nymphs in black, brown or green colors.

SILVER CREEK — Fishing is fair to good. Silver Creek is being stocked weekly with catchable size rainbow trout. 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 drifting worms off the bottom of pools or along undercut banks or vegetation.

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