White Mountains

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September 18th, 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 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, brown nymphs, semi-seal leeches, prince nymphs, zug bugs, pheasant tails, hares ears, small scuds, and zebra 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. This lake has easy boat and shore fishing access.

BIG LAKE — Fishing is 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. Trout are being caught closer to the surface as cool weather and rainstorms occur.

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. Boat anglers are catching trout using cowbells with an attached lure, fly or worm. Shore anglers should try fishing off deep rocky shorelines 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.

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 and poor for trout. 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 — There are currently no fishing opportunities. The lake is extremely low and very weedy. The only fish present are a couple dozen carp stranded in a small pool in front of the dam. We are encouraging anglers to remove the carp, as they are bad for the lake. Do not transport the fish alive if removing them from the lake. 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 to excellent. Trout have been active with the cooler weather associated with rainstorms and shore and boat anglers have been successful at catching fish. All boat ramps are accessible; however, the west and south boat ramps are deeper than the ramp on the north end of the lake.

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.  The shore fishing has been very good, especially off the west side boat dock and rocky points.

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.  There  is a fishing pier located at the  south end of the lake, and a boat dock located at the west side boat ramp.

FOOL HOLLOW LAKE — Fool Hollow Lake State Park is open and fishing is fair.  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, bass, 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.

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.

HULSEY LAKE — Fishing is poor.  The lake is nearly full.  Weeds are present around shoreline areas.   Try worms, corn, salmon eggs, and Power Bait, small lures such as spinners (Mepps, Panther Martin, and Rooster Tail), and 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, but there is no boat ramp. Hulsey has easy shore fishing access.  There is a short hiking trail to the lake.

LEE VALLEY RESERVOIR — Fishing is fair.   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, wooly worms, and small nymphs in black, brown or gray colors.

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.

LUNA LAKE — Fishing is poor to 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 sometimes. The lake is open to electric trolling motors and up to 10 hp. gas motors.  This lake has easy boat and shore fishing access.

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.   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 boat ramps at the dam and southern end are accessible. There is unlimited harvest of rainbow and brown trout from Sept. 1, 2009 through March 31, 2010.  Try worms, Power Bait, lures such as spinners (Panther Martin, Rooster Tail, and 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.

RAINBOW LAKE — Fishing is poor for trout and fair for warm water species.  Bullheads are being caught off the fishing pier. The lake is down about 4 feet and weedy. The weed harvester has been cutting weeds at the lake. A very strong blue green algae bloom is causing very high pH levels, measuring 9.7 on Sept. 8. The boat ramp is accessible.  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.

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. A 17-pound channel catfish was caught  in early September.

Scott Reservoir is open to electric trolling motors only. There is easy boat and shore fishing access.  The water level is about 7 feet low, so use caution when launching a boat. The boat ramp is accessible.

SHOW LOW LAKE — Fishing is fair. The boat ramp is accessible. The fishing piers have been straightened out and are accessible. There is also a  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. Also try fishing worms, hot dogs, and stink baits for channel catfish.

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.

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 very weedy.  The boat ramp is weedy but usable for small boats, float tubes, and kayaks. The weed harvester has finished cutting weeds at the lake.  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.

Woodland Lake is open to electric trolling motors only. This lake has easy boat and shore fishing access.

WHITE MOUNTAIN STREAMS:

WEST FORK BLACK RIVER — Fishing is fair. The stream is at base flows. The trout stocking season has ended but there is a good population of resident brown trout in the lower and middle reaches of the West Fork.  Try drifting worms, Power Bait, corn, and salmon eggs through pools or casting 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. A 21-inch brown trout was caught near Diamond Rock on worms  in early September. The stream is at base flows. The trout stocking season has ended but there is a good population of resident brown trout in the stream. 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.

SHEEP CROSSING — Fishing is fair.  The stream is at base flows. The trout stocking season has ended. Try drifting worms, corn, salmon eggs, and Power Bait through pools or casting  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. Stream flows are at base flows.  The Little Colorado in Greer was last stocked on Sept. 9, which was the last stocking for the season.  The trout stocking season has ended. Try drifting worms, Power Bait, corn, and salmon eggs through pools or casting 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.

SILVER CREEK — Fishing is fair. Silver Creek was last stocked on Sept. 9, which was the last stocking for the bait fishing season at this stream. 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 until Oct. 1.

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.

One Response to “White Mountains”

  1. We fished several spots in the White Mountains on Friday 9/18 and Saturday 9/19. There were several storms while we were up ther including a hail storm that dropped several inches. Helped to cool the water down.
    We took a look at Luna Lake and it was still very green from the algae bloom.
    We fished Nelson Resevoir on Friday morning. We caught three fish on yellow panther martin spinners. My Dad caught a really nice 20 inch rainbow. The others were just average. I caught one on a worm. Most people were having success on worms and power bait.
    We fished Crescent Lake the next morning because we got a report that it was fishing good. Not True. My father in law caught two on a brown leech fly. That was it. The only other people having success were fishing from the boat ramp with worms. We saw several boats pack up and leave because it was really slow.
    We fished the east fork of the Black River on Friday evening. My brother caught several on a humpy.
    On Saturday we fished the Black River south of Wildcat Point. The brown mayflies were hatching like crazy. My brother picked up several on a brown mayfly. My other borther and I caught several using worms.
    It was a fun weekend. We jsut need a couple more weeks for thoses lakes to cool off. The algae should all clear up and the fish should get real active.

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