Fishing Report

FISH & TIPS

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Apache: Fishing is excellent. Westy Worms and Texas rigged plastics are catching lots of bass. Crankbaits are also fooling bass with an occasional walleye mixed in. Catfishing is also very good after dark. Flatheads in the 5-15 pound range have been the most common catch. Live bait and plastic worms fished shallow have been good cat producers.

Canyon: Fishing is fair. Texas rigs and Westy Worms are working well if you locate a pocket holding some fish. Bass from 4-8 pounds have not been uncommon.

Pleasant: Fishing is good. Drop shots and Carolina rigs are catching bass on mainlake points and reefs. Night fishing has produced the better quality fish. There has been a little early morning topwater action if you can find the shad boils.

Roosevelt: Fishing is good. Westy Worms and drop shot rigs are producing bass in the evenings. Most of fish have been coming from points in 5-15 feet. Crappie fishing is good with grubs and minnows around 15 feet.

Saguaro: Fishing is fair. Westy Worms and Carolina rigs have producing some nice bass on mainlake points and bluffs. Some fish have also been falling for topwaters and jerkbaits.

Mogollon Rim

Note: Monsoon storms can sometimes result in trout actively feeding just before and just after the rain. Don't be caught on the water during a thunderstorm.

Chevelon Canyon: Fishing is fair 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: Fishing is fair. Try worms, Power Bait, lures and flies. The lake has been stocked with catchable-size rainbow trout. Fishing is best early and late in the day.

Black Canyon: The boat ramp is accessible. Fishing is fair. Try using worms and Power Bait, as well as Z-Rays and Panther Martin spinners. 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 fair to 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.

Woods Canyon: The boat ramp is accessible. The fishing is fair to 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 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: Try worms, Power Bait, lures and flies in the deeper pools.

White Mountains

Note: Call the Forest Service for fire restriction information. Things are warming up and the trout will be more active early in the morning and late afternoon but monsoon storms could spark a bite during the day.

Becker: 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 there a ways or use a boat. Also try trolling lures and small flies.

Big Lake: Fishing is fair. The lake contains rainbow, cutthroat, brook and Apache trout. Two anglers slow trolling deep-running rainbow-colored Rapalas last week caught cutthroat, rainbows and brook trout. Try worms, Power Bait, lures such as cow bells, Crickhoppers, and Super Dupers. Flies such as peacock ladies, Wooly Worms and Wooly Buggers have 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.

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