Nothing travels faster than news of someone catching a trophy bass. Recently, a couple of bass in the 13-pound range were caught (and released) in Arizona. One of the keys to catching these big bass is that the fishermen who caught them were fishing lures that specifically target big bass. The lures responsible for these trophy bass were the 9" and 12" Castaic Trout swimbaits. They are perfect replicas of the trout that are stocked during the winter months in our desert bass lakes.
Some of the biggest bass in the world are caught this time of year from trout stocked lakes in areas with a long growing season like California and Arizona. Trout make easy meals because they are fairly easy prey to catch, and they are fragile compared to most fish. Therefore, bass have little difficulty feeding on them.
For any of your tackle needs or to go fishing with Clifford Pirch, call (928) 978-3518.
High Country Bassmasters
The High Country Bassmaster club is now forming. If you are interested in good fellowship, friendly competition and improving your fishing skills, we invite you to join us. You don't have to have a boat. The next meeting is scheduled for Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. For more information call Kyle Sawyer at 474-5359, or Frank Love at 479-3221.
Apache: Fishing is fair. Jigging spoons and tailspinners have been working well on all species, especially yellow bass. Inline spinners continue to work well for smallmouth in shallow water.
Canyon: Fishing is fair. Yellow bass continue to be the most active fish. Jigging spoons and tailspinners are working best. Some giant largemouth had been falling for Castaic Trout swimbaits. The lake is scheduled to receive another trout stocking this coming week.
Pleasant: Fishing is fair. Bass fishing has picked up a little. Spooning or worm fishing in 25-40 feet has been the best pattern. White bass have also been providing quite a bit of spooning action.
Roosevelt: Fishing is picking up some. Crankbaits and spinnerbaits are working fairly well. Most of the fish have been caught shallow including some really big bass. Crappie fishing has still been fairly slow with the recent cold fronts.
Saguaro: Fishing is fair. The lake was stocked with trout last week, so swimbaits should still be the deal. Yellow bass have been falling for vertically jigged lures like spoons, tailspinners and blade baits.
Mogollon Rim lakes
Angler's note: Check the weather and road conditions. Expect ice around the rims of the lakes in the morning. Colder weather at night could cause the higher elevation lakes to freeze over.
Chevelon Canyon Lake: Winter conditions prevail.
Bear Canyon Lake: Winter conditions prevail.
Black Canyon Lake: Winter conditions prevail.
Willow Springs Lake: Check before going. The gate was open prior to the storm, but snow could result in it being closed. Winter conditions prevail.
Woods Canyon Lake: Winter conditions prevail.
Green Valley Lake: Fishing has been excellent with most anglers catching limits of feisty trout. This fishery is part of the urban fishing program and requires an urban fishing license. The lake contains rainbow trout, bluegills and catfish. Power Bait, salmon eggs and worms are effective. Try Crappie jigs, small Rapalas, crankbaits and small spoons.
Chevelon Creek: Winter conditions prevail.
Note To Anglers: Winter conditions prevail. Roads may be closed.
Becker Lake: Winter conditions prevail. Thin ice conditions may exist.
Big Lake: Winter conditions prevail.
Concho Lake: Bag limits on rainbow trout are removed due to deteriorating water quality conditions. Some parts of the lake are weedy, so fish near open water. The lake level is up a little. Thin ice conditions may exist.
Crescent Lake: Winter conditions prevail.
Fool Hollow Lake: Thin ice conditions prevail.
Greer Lakes: Winter conditions prevail.
Luna Lake: Winter conditions prevail.
Lyman Lake: Fishing is fair. Try fishing near rocky outcroppings. Try using worms, Power Bait, crankbaits, Rapalas or jigs. There is a health advisory for Lyman Lake. Mercury levels were detected in the fish. Children under the age of six should not eat any fish from the lake. Women of childbearing age and children under the age of 16 should limit their consumption of fish to one meal per month. Adult men over the age of 16 can consume five meals per month. Thin ice conditions may exist.
Nelson Reservoir: Winter conditions may prevail so check ice conditions.
Rainbow Lake: Thin ice conditions prevail.
Scott's Reservoir: Bag limits have been removed for all species. Thin ice conditions prevail.
Show Low Lake: Thin ice conditions prevail.
Woodland Lake: Bag limits have been removed due to deteriorating water quality conditions. Thin ice conditions prevail.
Cholla Lake: Cholla Lake experienced a bad fish kill. Fishing is poor. This lake contains largemouth bass, channel catfish, sunfish and carp.
Clear Creek Reservoir: Fishing is fair. This lake, south of Winslow, contains largemouth bass, sunfish, channel catfish, bullheads, rainbow trout and carp.
Silver Creek: Trout fishing is fair. Try using small spinners and small bead-head flies. The catch and release, lures and flies only with barbless hooks season on Silver Creek started on Oct 1.