Local outdoorsman Tyler Goodman sent in this week's question about the scent of a lure. Tyler asked, "Is the smell of a new lure better than an old one?"
Usually a new lure comes covered with some type of attractant, especially when you're talking about soft plastics.
If you're fishing a lure with an extremely slow presentation, an added scent might draw a couple extra strikes. An oil-based scent also makes a lure look more natural, much like the slime coating of a real, live fish.
Soft plastic lures like worms or lizards can lose this shiny coating and that's usually a good time to replace the bait.
Another big reason a lure is scented is to make a fish hold on longer once they've taken the lure. This is helpful in detecting some of those subtle strikes.
If I feel that my lure is no longer able to do that, I will definitely use a new one.
Thanks for the question, Tyler, and make sure you keep a fresh worm on your hook.
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Apache: Fishing is fair. Most of the action has been coming on in line spinners like Dragonflies or Don's Special.
Canyon: Fishing is fair. Spooning has been the most productive for numbers of fish. Largemouth, smallmouth and yellow bass are all biting at times.
Roosevelt: Fishing is good. Spinnerbaits and crankbaits have been working well. Worms have been very productive as well. Crappies have been biting on grubs in 10 to 15 feet.
Pleasant: Fishing is fair. Spooning has been productive at times for white bass, stripers and largemouth. Worm fishermen have also been successful.
Mogollon Rim waters
Chevelon Canyon: Fishing is fair. The spawning season is starting 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 to good. Anglers should try worms, Power Bait, salmon eggs, small lures and flies.
Black Canyon: The road to the lake is open but no trout survived after the fire. The lake is very low and contains ash and sediment from summer rains. Oxygen levels are still low. The lake is being monitored monthly.
Willow Springs: Fishing is fair to good. 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 and there have been some reports of smallmouth bass being caught.
Woods Canyon: Fishing is fair to good. 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.
Green Valley Lake: 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: Anglers should try bait (worms, Power Bait or salmon eggs), small lures and flies in the deeper pools of the creek.
Northern Arizona waters
Cataract: Fishing is poor.
Dogtown: Water level is extremely low. Has not been stocked this year.
Whitehorse: Lake is being drained for renovation.
Santa Fe: Water level is extremely low. Has not been stocked this year.
Lower Lake Mary: Lake is dry.
Upper Lake Mary: No report.
Ashurst: Fishing is good. Try worms, corn or Power Bait.
Kinnikinick: Fishing is fair. Try worms, corn or Power Bait.
Oak Creek: Good for rainbows. Fair for browns. Try Power Bait, corn or worms.
Long Lake: Northern pike are being caught on a regular basis. Now is your chance to catch a new state record. Try any lure that looks like a minnow. Trout fishing is starting to pick up. Some fish in the 18-inch range are being caught.
Stoneman: The lake is dry.
Blue Ridge: Trout fishing is excellent. Power Bait in any color is popular.
Knoll Lake: Trout fishing is excellent. Try corn, Power Bait or worms. Launching a boat can be difficult from a boat trailer. The ramp is approximately 30 feet out of the water.
Verde River: Few reports are coming in on Verde River fishing. Trout stockings are scheduled to start the week of Nov. 3. The Deadhorse State Park in Cottonwood is open. Some folks have been having some limited success catching channel catfish at the Deadhorse lagoon. The Upper Verde River Wildlife Area (you may know it as Burnt Ranch) has been reopened to public access. Please continue to use extreme caution as restrictions are still in place on open fires and smoking.