When Is The Best Time To Fish?



What’s the best time of day to fish for bass? That’s this week’s question from Derek Wimpee.

Typically early morning or late evening hours are very active time periods for fish. Fishermen often talk about how good the fishing was just before the sun came up or right after it went down.

However, if you miss this active time period or the fish just won’t cooperate, don’t give up. Active fish can be found at any time of the day for a number of reasons.

In the winter it often takes a few hours of sun on the water to get fish warmed up and moving.

Winter afternoons in the shallows can be very productive by warming up just a couple of degrees.

On other occasions, a cloud front can move in during the day and get fish going. Lower light levels and windy conditions that often come in with a storm front allow fish to venture out in search of food.

The key is to keep an eye out for conditions that will jump start the fishing throughout the day.

For any of your tackle needs or to go fishing with Clifford, call (928) 978-3518, or you can e-mail any questions to bassfishingaz@yahoo.com.

Tip of the Week

Most of our lakes have steep mountains nearby that generate wind.

This causes specific areas of a lake to get windy and activate fish into feeding.

Search out these areas when fishing slows down and you could find new action.

Lake reports

Apache: Fishing is fair to good. The smallmouth fishing has been getting better by the day. In-line spinners like Don’s Dragonfly or the Special are working wonders early or late in the day. Split shot rigs with small lizards or worms have also been working. The largemouth are getting harder to find as the water cools, but fishing with live bait from the shore worked well this week for some anglers.

Canyon: Fishing is slow. Anglers have been catching some yellow bass with a few largemouth mixed in. Spooning or vertical jigging tailspinners have been the most productive way to target these fish.

Havasu: Fishing is fair to good. Jerkbaits and crankbaits fished on rocky points have been catching quite a few smallmouth bass. For largemouth most anglers have been targeting river current or wind-blown stretches of tules with spinnerbaits and jigs.

Pleasant: Fishing is slow. White bass are your best bet for action here. Look for baitfish in the middle of large bays over deep water. Chrome spoons and tailspinners should do the trick.

Roosevelt: Fishing is fair. Spinnerbaits and crankbaits are still producing some good fish. The numbers have gone down but the big fish are biting. Several giant bass were caught this week including a 13 pound, 2 ounce largemouth caught by Frank Powell of Tonto Basin.

Saguaro: Fishing is slow. Winter trout stocking should make the big bass easier to locate. Giant swimbaits like the 9-inch Castaic trout should start producing soon. The yellow bass have been hit and miss. Some anglers have had success vertical jigging.

Mogollon Rim waters

Chevelon Canyon: Fishing is fair. The spawning season is under way for brown trout and anglers should try fishing near the mouth of Chevelon Creek and up the creek. Use lures such as Z-Rays, Panther Martin spinners, and Rapalas. Flies such as wooly worms, wooly buggers, and peacock ladies should work. Trout between 10-14 inches may not be possessed.

Bear Canyon: Fishing is fair. Anglers should try worms, Power Bait, salmon eggs, small lures and flies.

Black Canyon: The road to the lake is open and the lake level is low. The lake has been devoid of oxygen. Water quality sampling in November revealed good oxygen and pH readings. Fingerlings and catchable rainbows were stocked on Nov. 19.

Willow Springs: Fishing is fair. Try Power Bait, worms or salmon eggs. Lures such as Z-Rays and Panther Martin spinners and flies such as wooly worms and wooly buggers are also effective. This lake also has largemouth bass.

Woods Canyon: Fishing is fair. Try Power Bait, worms or salmon eggs. Lures such as Z-Rays and Panther Martin spinners and flies such as wooly worms and wooly buggers are also effective.

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