With Christmas approaching, many people are looking for gift ideas for the fisherman in their family.
I've received several phone calls about what lures are good choices for this area. If you've been in a tackle shop, you might know what the confusion is all about when trying to choose an item from the walls packed with tackle.
Here are a couple of good choices for the winter months and early spring.
A favorite tool of mine for cold water structure fishing is the Yamamoto spider jig. You can't go wrong with crawdad colors like brown and green. Other good colors to try are smoke sparkle and silver pearl. Remember to get the matching skirts for the grubs that you choose. Good jigheads for this bait run from 3/8 to 5/8 ounces. You can buy these jigs at Action Bass and Tackle in this area.
Another good choice for winter fishing is the spinnerbait. Natural baitfish colors like pearl or silver are good color choices. Spinnerbaits in 3/8 and 1/2 ounce sizes are usually sufficient for this area.
If crappies are what you're after, all you need is a couple packages of chartreuse or white grubs by Kalin or PowerBait. Coupled with 1/32 or 1/16 ounce jigheads, these are deadly on fish.
Apache: Fishing is good. Jerkbaits and crankbaits have been good for smallmouth bass. Also try for smallmouth with inline spinners. Many fishermen have been catching good numbers of yellow bass on minnows.
Bartlett: Fishing is good. Spinnerbaits and crankbaits have been producing some bass in the early morning hours. Then try switching to deepwater tools like jigs and spoons for daytime action.
Canyon: Fishing is fair. Try throwing the giant bass lures that imitate trout. A slow retrieve usually works best.
Pleasant: Fishing is good. Spooning has been very productive for white bass, stripers and largemouth. Carolina rigged lizards are also working well.
Roosevelt: Fishing is good. Spinnerbaits and crankbaits are working well in the morning and evening hours. Spooning in the 25 to 32 foot range has been a good daytime strategy for bass and crappie.
Saguaro: Fishing is fair. Jigs and worms have been productive for bass. Also try spooning around schools of shad.
To go fishing with Clifford call (928) 978-3518 or view his website at www.fishnhuntaz.com
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Angler's Notes: With winter storms, most waters have skimming or unsafe ice conditions. Anglers should check reliable, local sources for day-to-day fishing and access information before going afield.
Chevelon Canyon: No reports. Trout may be taken with artificial lures and flies only, and trout between 10 and 14 inches may not be possessed.
Bear Canyon: No reports.
Black Canyon: No reports.
Willow Springs: No reports.
Woods Canyon: No reports.
Green Valley Lake: Scheduled to be stocked this week with rainbow trout. Trout fishing should be excellent. Try Power Bait or cheese. A 7.25-pound largemouth bass was caught last month. This lake is part of the urban fishing program and requires an urban fishing license.