Fishing Report

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Woods Canyon Lake still harbors hungry rainbow trout, survivors from the summer stocking. Moreover, brown trout are just finishing their spawn on the creek at the north end of the lake. Fishing is termed “fair to good.” Although the Rim lakes are no longer being stocked, fall still provides lots of good fishing opportunities.

CHEVELON LAKE: Fishing is fair to good. Brown trout should be staging at the mouth of Chevelon Creek. Brown trout typically spawn in November. Try big streamers such as brown, black or green wooly buggers, Yeager buggers, muddler minnows and semi-seal leeches

This lake was stocked with 20,000 sub-catchable rainbow trout in early September. Even though anglers may hook into some of those now, those smaller stockers are really aimed at providing future fishing opportunities. This not is a put-and-take lake.

This is a hike-in lake via a steep slope. There is not a lot of shore access. It is best fished from a float tube, inflatable or canoe. The lake is open to artificial lure and flies only, trout between 10 and 14 inches may not be possessed, and the bag limit is six trout.

Try lures such as Z-rays, Super Dupers, spinners and Rapalas, and flies such as wooly worms, wooly buggers, peacock ladies, prince nymphs, zug bugs and other small nymphs. The lake is open to electric trolling motors and/or up to 10 hp gas motors.

BEAR CANYON LAKE: Fishing is fair to good. It has been recently stocked and there is little fishing pressure. This is a hike-in lake down short, but steep and winding paths. There is pretty good shore access. This deep canyon lake is great for those with float tubes. Try worms, Power Bait, salmon eggs, lures such as spinners, Z-rays, Super Dupers and Rapalas, and flies such as wooly worms, wooly buggers, Yeager buggers, peacock ladies, prince nymphs, zug bugs, hares ear and pheasant tail nymphs. The lake is open to electric trolling motors only.

BLACK CANYON LAKE: Fishing is fair. The boat ramp is accessible. Angling pressure has not been great, but the reports we get indicate that the ones fishing are typically doing well.

Boat anglers have been catching trout on green and yellow Power Bait. Also try trolling cowbells with an attached worm, lure or fly. The best bite is at first and last light.

Try worms, salmon eggs, Power Bait, lures such as spinners, or flies such as peacock ladies, wooly worms and wooly buggers, and Yeager buggers.

BLUE RIDGE: This deeper canyon lake should be doing well. This long, narrow lake in a steep canyon has rainbows and browns. It is best fished from a boat, canoe, float tube and the like. There isn’t much viable shore access for anglers.

KNOLL LAKE: This lake has been consistently good all season and should get even better as we transition from summer to autumn conditions. This is also a great lake to hear bugling bull elk this time of year. With anglers reporting lots of surface action, even spin anglers should try flies such as wooly buggers attached to a small leader behind a casting bubble. Also try some flash-and-dash near the surface with small spinners.

WILLOW SPRINGS LAKE: The few reports received indicated this fishing can be good for trout, but you may have to work a little to find the best bite. However, this large mountain lake offers plenty of shoreline access for exploring via shoe leather or boat. The best fishing is at first and last light, but the trout have been feeding at the surface off-and-on throughout the day.

When the trout are active at the surface, fly-fishers may want to try dry flies such as Adams, parachute Adams and midge patterns in sizes 16-20.

Spin anglers should try worms, Power Bait, salmon eggs, lures such as Z-rays, spinners and Rapalas.

This is one of the largest lakes along the Mogollon Rim.

Anglers in boats have been catching trout using cowbells with attached worms, lures and flies.

WOODS CANYON: Fishing is fair to good for rainbow trout, plus it is possible to catch an occasional brown trout here as well. Trout are feeding on insects at the surface off-and-on throughout the day. Brown trout spawn in November in the creek at the north end of the lake. Try Rapalas, spinners and large streamer flies.

Boat anglers are catching trout by trolling KastMasters and Panther Martins. Also try trolling cowbells with attached worms, lures and flies.

Trout have been active at the surface down to 10 feet early in the morning and late in the evening.

When the trout are active at the surface, fly-fishers may want to try dry flies such as Adams, parachute Adams and midge patterns in sizes 16-20.

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