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Clifford Pirch reports

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. Topwaters and drop-shot worms are working well on the main lake.

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 to 50 feet.

Roosevelt: Fishing is fair to good. Crankbaits and topwaters have been working well during the day. Drop-shot worms and reapers are also catching fish.

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.

Other reports

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). 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 fair to 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. There is no oxygen below 3 feet in the deeper parts of the lake so fish shallow.

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. 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.

Long Lake: Lake is open. Water level is low. A 23-pound northern pike was caught trolling with spinners last week. In addition, some trout were being caught. Remember that using live fish as bait in Coconino County is illegal. There is a health advisory on this lake; mercury has been detected. Do not eat any fish caught from here.

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. 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.

Oak Creek: Fishing is fair for brown trout and good for rainbow trout.

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