The Wonderful World Of Worms

FISH & TIPS

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Read a summer fishing report on just about any bass lake and you're bound to see something about worms.

In Arizona, there are three major classes of worms that are used regularly by bass fishermen.

Probably the most common summer worm (and the one that I get asked about most often) is the pre-rigged double hook worm. This worm is usually referred to as the "Westy Worm" and more recently overshadowed by the Wired Worm. These worms come with a weighted head and two exposed hooks. They're great for fishing rocky points and sheer cliffs. The most popular colors are red, purple and black, but it doesn't hurt to have good natural color like oxblood or natural green handy, too.

If you're fishing around any type of grass or wood cover then a Texas rigged worm is a better choice because it is easier to get in and out of that cover.

A Texas rig consists of a sliding bullet weight and a wide gap worm hook. The hook is placed in the plastic worm so that the hook point can be covered. Some of my personal favorites for a Texas rig are 6-inch Sweetwater Worms in oxblood, neon melon and BW Special.

Lastly, drop-shotting is probably the hottest technique for worm fishing across the whole country right now. This technique suspends the worm up off the bottom by placing the weight below the worm. The drop shot rig is extremely versatile because it can be used in almost any cover there is. You can also use all kinds of plastics with this rig. My favorites are 4-inch worms from Sweetwater and Roboworm. There are a plethora of colors to choose from so you can match the forage in any situation.

Lake reports

Apache: Fishing is fair. Crankbaits and spinnerbaits are working well early and late in the day. Wired Worms and Texas rigged plastics have been catching quite a few bass after dark.

Bartlett: Fishing is good. Worms and jigs have been working well in the evening and after dark. Daytime action has come on fast moving cranks and topwaters by casting to boils.

Pleasant: Fishing is slow. Some anglers have been able to catch some deep bass on outside reefs. Carolina rigs and dropshot worms seem to be working best from 30-50 feet.

Roosevelt: Fishing is good. Most of the action for bass has been coming on worms during the evening. Anglers have had success from 10-25 feet on points and breaks.

Saguaro: Fishing is fair. Texas rigged plastics have been catching some bass. Yellow bass and some largemouth have also been biting on spoons and blade baits.

High country waters

Chevelon Canyon: Fishing is fair to good for rainbow trout. Try lures such as Z-Rays, Panther Martin spinners, Rapalas and flies (wooly worms, wooly buggers and peacock ladies). It's summertime, so fish early in the morning and late in the evening. Anglers are catching rainbow trout on wooly worms early in the morning.

Bear Canyon: Fishing is fair to good. Try worms, Power Bait, lures and flies. Fishing is best early and late in the day.

Black Canyon: The boat ramp is accessible. Fishing is good for rainbow trout. Try using worms and Power Bait as well as Z-Rays, Panther Martin spinners and Crickhopper lures. Flies such as wooly worms, wooly buggers and peacock ladies are also effective. Fish early and late in the day.

Willow Springs: The boat ramp is accessible. Fishing is good. Try worms, Power Bait, lures and flies. The lake has been stocked with catchable-size rainbow trout. Fish early and late in the day. This lake also has largemouth bass.

Woods Canyon: The boat ramp is accessible. The fishing is good. The lake has been stocked with catchable-size rainbow trout. Try worms, Power Bait, lures and flies. Fish early and late in the day.

Chevelon Creek: Try worms, Power Bait, lures and flies in the deeper pools.

Big Lake: Fishing is fair. The lake contains rainbow, cutthroat, brook and Apache trout. Try worms, Power Bait and lures like cowbells, Crickhoppers and Super Dupers. Flies such as peacock ladies, wooly worms and wooly buggers have also been effective. Use the South Cove boat ramp. The water level is low at the other two boat ramps. Boat anglers are doing better than shore anglers. There are boat rentals available at the store.

Concho Lake: Fishing is fair. Fish for trout in the early morning near the dam or by the boat ramp. Try worms, Power Bait and flies.

Greer Lakes: Fishing is fair. Try worms, Power Bait, lures and flies. River Reservoir has been stocked with catchable-size rainbow trout. All reservoirs are low, so use caution when launching a boat.

Becker Lake: The boat ramp is accessible. Fishing is fair. Try Power Bait or worms with marshmallow early in the morning. Use some weight to get it out a ways or use a boat. Also try trolling lures and small flies.

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