With the weather warming up, anglers are flocking to Rim lakes to take advantage of decent fishing conditions and uncrowded shorelines.
Veteran anglers know to head east now because when summer rolls around the lakes will be besieged by desert dwellers hoping to escape the searing 100-degree-plus heat.
Reports indicate some of the best waters for angling could be Woods Canyon Lake which is the most overrun during the summer months.
Woods was recently stocked with catchable-sized trout and the lake is full. Successful anglers recommended black, brown or green wooly worms or Crickhopper lures.
Willow Springs also has been recently stocked and is rated fair to good for trout fishing. Bear Canyon and Black Canyon are ranked fair.
From the shore at both lakes, fishermen report success with corn, worms and Power Bait.
For those more interested in bass and crappie, the spawn is under way at Roosevelt and anglers are catching their fair share of fish.
Payson High School coaches Dennis Pirch and Teddy Pettet visited the lake a week ago and boated good numbers of crappie. Those fish are some of the most delectable to ever grace a family dinner table
Fishing reports indicate anglers will find both bass and crappie in the shallows during the spawn. Lures that have proven successful for bass include white spinner-baits and fat rap shad lures.
Also popular among anglers are pumpkin- and chartreuse-colored grubs.
Struttin' their workin' stuff
The Pine Strawberry Horsemen's Association will sponsor a "Working Ranch Horse"
competition May 7 at the Mary Ellen Randall Memorial arena in Pine.
Registration begins at 9 a.m. and competition at 10:30 a.m.
Competitors will be grouped into one of four classes -- junior horse, novice, open and youth.
Entry fee is $20 for junior horse and novice, $30 for open and $10 for youth.
The event will also feature a raffle and prize give-aways. Refreshments will be sold. Call 476-0809 or 476-4658 for more information.
Mogollon Sporting Assn. banquet
The 7th annual Mogollon Sporting Association banquet, raffle and auction is May 1 at the Mazatzal Casino. No-host cocktails begin at 5 p.m. and the dinner at 6 p.m. Auctions, raffles and door prizes kick off about 7 p.m.
A special raffle will feature prizes of a Ruger .339 Winchester Magnum rifle and a pair of CVA .50-caliber muzzleloaders with scopes.
In the regular raffle, more than 150 items will be given away including rifles, pistols, shotguns, archery equipment, camping gear and art prints.
The dinner ticket drawing features as a prize four tires from Fletcher's Tire and Auto Service
Tickets for the evening are $50 each, and they're going fast. A limited number will be sold since the casino banquet room seats 230 patrons.
Call 472-9794 for more information.