When September approaches, bass fishermen start to break out the topwater lures. Topwater fishing is just about everybody's favorite technique and this is the time of year where you could experience some phenomenal fishing.
There are three categories of topwater lures that are most commonly used in Arizona. The most popular one is the popping style lure like the Rico or the Pop-R. By snapping the Rico you create a spray that appears to be a predator chasing a baitfish. After snapping the lure you usually let the lure sit still for a second or two to look like a wounded baitfish. This is a deadly technique for fishing boils and targets.
Another good topwater lure for fishing boils is a walking style lure like a Suave or a Zara Spook. These lures walk side to side as you snap your rod in a cadence. They fly extremely far through the air so they are great for making long casts to distant boils and covering quite a bit of water.
Another great topwater lure covering lots of water in search of big bass is the buzzbait. The buzzbait is a bladed bait that planes to the surface when you start your retrieve. It is often used to imitate low flying birds and dragonflies or the commotion of a shad boil.
Be sure to take these lures along as fall approaches to experience some of the most exciting fishing of the season.
To go fishing with Clifford Pirch or for any of your tackle needs you can see him at The Tackle Box at milepost 261 in Tonto Basin.
Apache: Fishing is fair to good. Crankbaits and topwaters 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 fair to 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 fair to good. Crankbaits and topwaters have been working well during the day. Night fishermen are still catching quite a few bass on Wired Worms and Texas rigs.
Chevelon Canyon Lake: 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 summer time, 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 Lake: Fishing is fair to good. Try worms, Power Bait, lures and flies. Fishing is best early and late in the day.
Black Canyon Lake: 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 Lake: 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 Lake: 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.
Green Valley Lake: Fishing is fair to good. This lake 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: 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, lures such as cowbells, Crickhoppers and Super Dupers. Flies such as peacock ladies, wooly worms and wooly buggers have been effective. The water level is low at all the boat ramps. Use caution when launching a boat. The south cove boat ramp has some gravel below the concrete ramp but anglers should still use caution when launching a boat. Boat anglers are doing better than shore anglers. There are boat rentals available at the store.