As the daytime temperatures start to rise to uncomfortable highs, many of Arizona's fishermen turn to night fishing. If you plan to do some night fishing, there a few things that can make your trip much more enjoyable. Having the right equipment can make all the difference.
A good spotlight is a must for safe navigation along with a flashlight or two to get around the boat. You will also find that a good blacklight makes fishing much more enjoyable as well as successful. By spooling up your reels with florescent fishing line, you can see exactly where your line is at all times and bites are easily detected when illuminated by a blacklight.
Many of the same lures that work well during the day also will work at night. Fishermen are bad about narrowing their arsenal to plastic worms exclusively for night fishing. Worms are an excellent nighttime lure, but there are a lot of lures that get overlooked for night fishing. Make sure you experiment with a few and you might be amazed at the success.
Apache: Fishing is good. There are a few reports of some good topwater fishing still. Most fishermen have had good success on Westy worms or Texas rigged worms at night.
Bartlett: Fishing is good. Westy worms and Texas rigged worms are working well. The fish are small but there is lots of action. Target rocky points and walls.
Pleasant: Fishing is fair to good. Worms and Carolina rigs are working well. There has also been some topwater action. Night fishing has been very productive.
Roosevelt: Fishing is fair. Fishing for crappies has been good around 10-15 feet on grubs and minnows. Bass fishing has been fairly slow for this time of year. Crankbaits and worms have been productive at times.
Saguaro: Fishing is slow. The big bass action has slowed down this week. There have been a few good reports for yellow bass on spoons.
Chevelon Canyon Lake: Fishing is fair to good. Try lures such as Z-Rays, Panther Martin spinners, Rapalas, and flies (Wooly worms, Wooly buggers, and peacock ladies).
Bear Canyon Lake: Fishing is fair to good. Try worms, Power Bait, lures and flies. The lake has been stocked with catchable-size rainbow trout.
Black Canyon Lake: The lake is open and full. The boat ramp is accessible. Catchable-size rainbow trout have been stocked. Try using worms and Power Bait, as well as Z-Rays and Panther Martin spinners. Flies such as Woolly worms, Woolly buggers, and Peacock ladies are also effective.
Willow Springs Lake: 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.
Woods Canyon Lake: The boat ramp is accessible. The fishing is fair to good. The lake has been stocked with catchable-size rainbows. Try worms, Power Bait, lures, and flies.
Green Valley Lake: Fishing is fair to good 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.
Northern Arizona waters
Note to anglers: Fishing has begun to pick up on the Williams' area lakes.
Kaibab Lake: The campground is open.tocked with rainbow trout the week before last.ishing is fair for trout using worms and rainbow Power Bait.
Cataract Lake: Campground is open. Water quality is not sufficient to stock trout.
City Reservoir: Stocked with rainbow trout last week. Fishing is picking up. Was stocked with catfish three weeks ago.
Dogtown Lake: The lake is closed to all users so the Forest Service can renovate the campground and picnic areas.
Whitehorse Lake: Campground is open. Stocked the week before last.ishing is fair.
JD Dam: Has been stocked.
Santa Fe: Stocked with rainbow trout last week. Trout and catfish were both being caught on worms fished about 4 feet below a bobber.rout and catfish were also being caught on lures. Was stocked with catfish three weeks ago.
Lower Lake Mary: Trout fishing was good over the weekend on rainbow Power Bait and worms.atfish were also being caught on night crawlers and chicken liver.
Upper Lake Mary: Crappie fishing is good. A 20-pound northern pike has been caught this year.
Ashurst Lake: Scheduled to be stocked this week. Fishing picked up when the wind wasn't blowing.
Kinnikinick Lake: Stocked with rainbow trout. Was stocked with catfish three weeks ago.eceived bonus stockings of trout last season and may have holdovers.atfish are being caught near the dam.
Oak Creek: Fishing is fair for brown trout and good for rainbows.
Long Lake: Lake is open.o report. Remember that using live fish as bait in Coconino County is illegal. The trout should start getting active.
Soldiers & Soldiers Annex: Soldiers Lake is full and Soldiers Annex is filling.
Beaver Creek: No report. Has been stocked.
West Clear Creek: No report. Has been stocked.
Stoneman Lake: The lake has picked up some water, but no stocking is planned.
Blue Ridge: Lake has spilled. Stocked with rainbow trout last week. Should be plenty of holdovers. few fish are being caught by boat anglers. few fish are being caught from shore on red Power Bait.
Knoll Lake: Road is open. Has been stocked with rainbow trout.
Verde River: Trout have all but disappeared in the creel the last few weeks.nglers have been picking up smallmouth and largemouth bass upstream of the Pecks Lake Diversion.
Deadhorse State Park Lagoon: Fishing was slow over the weekend with just a few folks catching some bluegill and a catfish or two.
Lynx Lake: Trout fishing was fair over the weekend. Folks were having mixed luck catching the rainbows with Power Bait and worms. Brown trout stockings have concluded. More than 10,000 were stocked in April.rown's will take spinners, flies, worms and small minnow lures. Brown trout do not bite on Power Bait as readily as rainbow trout. Rainbow trout are due to be stocked this week.
Fain Lake: Trout will be stocked this week. Rainbow-colored Power Bait and worms were both working well last weekend.
Chevelon Creek: Try worms, Power Bait, lures and flies in the deeper pools.
Note to anglers:all the Forest Service for fire restriction information.hings are warming up and the trout will be more active early in the morning and late afternoon.ater temperatures are also warming up, so fish near the bottom in deeper water.
Becker Lake: The boat ramp is accessible. Catchable-size rainbow trout have been stocked.ishing is fair to good. Try lures and small flies. Some larger rainbow trout are being caught by fly fishermen.