Different Drag Settings For Different Situations

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Today's fishing equipment is more advanced than ever. One high point in particular is the drag set on your reel. The drag set allows a fish to pull line off your reel just before it reaches its breaking point. However, it can only work properly when you set it correctly.

On bait-casting rigs, I like to set the drag fairly tight, especially on real heavy line. This allows you to set the hook properly without line slipping.

On spinning gear, I like to set the drag light enough to hear it spin at the very top of the hook set. Be sure to check regularly to make sure it stays set properly. Rough boat rides often loosen the setting as I found out recently on a hook set with a spinnerbait.

Lake reports

Apache: Fishing is good. Crankbaits are catching a lot of fish on mainlake points. Also try Texas-rigged plastics fished around shallow cover.

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 drop-shot worms seem to be working best from 30 to 50 feet. Some topwater action has surfaced in coves.

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

Mogollon Rim lakes

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). 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.

Black Canyon: 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. There is no oxygen below 3 feet in the deeper parts of the lake, so fish shallow.

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. 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.

Green Valley Lake: Fishing is fair to good. This lake 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.

Williams lakes

Kaibab: The campground is open. Trout fishing was good over the weekend on worms and rainbow Power Bait. Fishing for black crappie was good on flies. A few catfish are being caught; use worms or chicken livers. During the fish survey recently an 18-pound channel catfish was measured and released.

Cataract: Campground is open. Water levels are low and the water quality is not sufficient to stock trout. Catfish fishing was good over the weekend in the evenings (a 7- and a 14-pound catfish were caught recently) and sunfish are being caught during the day.

City Reservoir: Might not be stocked again this year due to low water levels. Fishing has slowed. Try fishing very early in the morning for trout and in the evening for catfish.

Dogtown: Closed while the Forest Service renovates the campground and picnic areas.

Whitehorse: Campground is open. Water levels are too low to stock. Use green Power Bait or try small spinners behind a bubble.

J.D. Dam: Has been stocked but is muddy from runoff.

Santa Fe: Might not be stocked again this year due to low water levels. Fishing was poor during the weekend. Try worms or corn early in the morning for trout and in the evening for catfish.

Flagstaff lakes

Lower Lake Mary: Try fishing the shallows early in the morning and in the evening.

Upper Lake Mary: Crappie fishing has slowed. This is a good time to fish for walleye during low-light conditions. An angler reported catching a 17-pound northern pike recently. A 20-pound northern has been caught this year. Catfish should be good in the evenings. There is a health advisory on this lake. Mercury has been detected in the fish. Do not eat the walleye or more than 8 ounces (uncooked weight) of anything else caught.

Ashurst: Scheduled to be stocked this week. Fishing has been good using pink or rainbow Power Bait.

Kinnikinick: Stocked last week. Fishing was best by the dam. Trout fishing was fair over the weekend on corn. Catfish are being caught in the evenings using chicken liver.

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

Long Lake: Lake is open. Water level is low. A 23-pound northern pike was caught trolling with spinners last week. Some trout were 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 fish caught here.

Soldiers and Soldiers Annex: Soldiers Lake is full and Soldiers Annex has water. There is a health advisory -- do not eat fish from these lakes because Mercury has been detected.

Stoneman: Has received some runoff but the water level is too low for stocking.

Blue Ridge: Has been stocked. Should be plenty of holdovers.

Knoll: Fishing is fair using worms and orange Power Bait.

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

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