High Country Fishing Report

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CHEVELON LAKE: Fishing is fair. Anglers have been catching rainbow trout on spinners. Try lures such as spinners (Mepps, Panther Martin and Rooster Tail), and spoons such as Super Dupers, Kast Masters and Z-Rays, and flies such as peacock ladies, woolly worms and woolly buggers, and semi-seal leeches.

The lake is open to artificial lure and fly only. Trout between 10 to 14 inches may not be possessed The lake is open to electric trolling motors and/or up to 10 hp gas motors.

This is a steep-sided, hike-in canyon lake that is not shore-angler friendly and is best fished from a float tube, canoe or kayak.

BEAR CANYON LAKE: Fishing is fair to good. The lake was stocked in June with catchable-sized rainbow trout. There are also larger holdover trout in this deep canyon lake. Try worms, Power Bait, corn and salmon eggs, lures such as spinners (Mepps, Rooster Tail and Panther Martin), Super Dupers, Z-Rays and Rapalas, and flies such as peacock ladies, woolly worms, woolly buggers, and small nymphs in black, brown or green. The lake is open to electric trolling motors only.

BLACK CANYON LAKE: Fishing is fair. The lake was stocked in May with catchable-size rainbow trout. The Arizona Game and Fish Department can’t stock this lake during the summer months because of high water temperatures and pHs. Try worms, Power Bait, lures such as Z-Rays, Super Dupers, and spinners (Mepps, Rooster Tail and Panther Martin), and flies such as woolly worms, woolly buggers, peacock ladies, and small nymphs.

The lake is open to electric trolling motors only and/or up to 10 hp gas motors.

BLUE RIDGE: There is a heavy algae bloom. Has been stocked. Fishing is fair. It may be possible to catch some nice holdovers here at times, but the lake is not very shore-angler friendly. This lake is best fished from a small boat, kayak, canoe or float tube.

KNOLL LAKE: This lake is full. Fishing has slowed some, but a few anglers still report catching quality fish, especially those willing to walk a ways to the less-fished areas of the lake. This spring-fed lake may be a little more difficult to get to (20-plus dirt road miles), but a dusty excursion along the FS 300 Road (Rim Road) can be a treat in itself for those who like spectacular vistas along steep escarpments.

Try worms, salmon eggs, Power Bait, lures such as Z-Rays, Super Dupers, and spinners (Mepps, Rooster Tail and Panther Martin), and flies such as woolly worms, woolly buggers, peacock ladies, and small nymphs.

WILLOW SPRINGS LAKE: Fishing is fair to good. Will be stocked this week with catchable-size rainbow trout. Trout fishing has generally been good for boat anglers who fish early morning, and fair for shore anglers. Fishing can slow considerably during the heat of the day, unless monsoon thunderstorms visit the area.

Willow Springs also has plenty smallmouth and largemouth bass. Bass fishing should be best in the afternoons. There are no limits of the bass. There are even some crappies here. Fish the stickups using 4-inch worms or lizards. Drop-shotted Robo worms can sometimes produce a bonanza of bass, trout and crappie.

Anglers are catching trout on worms. Try worms, Power Bait, lures such as Z-Rays, spinners (Mepps, Rooster Tail and Panther Martin), and flies such as woolly worms, woolly buggers, and peacock ladies. The lake is open to electric trolling motors and/or up to 10 hp gas motors.

WOODS CANYON LAKE: Fishing is fair to good. Stocked weekly with rainbow trout. Fishing is good for the stockers. There are some bass in this lake. Woods Canyon is also a great place to load up on delectable crayfish. Also, before leaving home, try catching some cicadas or grasshoppers for bait.

There are nesting bald eagles here, so please do not discard fishing line. In fact, please pick up any line discarded by sloppy anglers.

Updated information — There is a small area (well signed) on the southwestern (not east as was first reported) end of the lake that closed due to nesting bald eagles. Please respect the closure — it should not interfere with your fishing. This also means that the nesting eagles are aggressively foraging for fish at Woods Canyon and at nearby Willow Springs, so take along your binoculars, it’s a treat. You might even see an exciting wildlife drama unfold when a bald eagle tries to take a fish away from an osprey.

Try worms, Power Bait, salmon eggs, lures such as spinners (Mepps, Panther Martin and Rooster Tail), small spoons such as Super Dupers, Z-Rays and KastMasters, and flies such as peacock ladies, woolly worms, small nymphs in black, brown or green. The lake is open to electric trolling motors only.

Trolling Super Dupers or Cowbells has proven very effective lately, as has trolling woolly buggers.

White Mountains

BECKER LAKE: Fishing is fair. The lake is nearly full. Becker is open to artificial lure and fly only, barbless hooks, and a two-trout bag limit. Try lures such as Super Dupers, spinners (Panther Martin and Rooster Tails), rainbow-colored Z-Rays, and small spoons such as KastMasters.

Try flies such as peacock ladies, woolly worms and woolly buggers in brown, black or gray, semi-seal leeches, Prince Nymphs, Zug Bugs, pheasant tails, hare’s ears, small scuds and midges. The lake is open to electric trolling motors or up to 10 hp gas motors.

There is a fishing pier located on the northwest shoreline of the lake.

BIG LAKE: Fishing is fair to good. The fish have finally moved deep, which generally means the best fishing will be from a boat, but trout can be found near the surface at first and last light, or when thunderstorms visit the area.

Try worms, Power Bait, corn and salmon eggs, lures such as spinners (Mepps, Rooster Tail, Panther Martin), Super Dupers, Z-Rays and Rapalas, and flies such as woolly worms, woolly buggers, peacock ladies, and nymphs in black, brown, or green.

The lake is ice-free and has come up approximately two feet from last fall, but still two feet below spill. From the Forest and Fort Apache Indian Reservation boundary to Crescent Lake is also open.

The lake is open to electric trolling motors and/or up to 10 hp gas motors. The store is open and has boats for rent.

Bring along your binoculars — anglers report seeing lots of wildlife right now. Wild turkey are in the rut, so you might even hear gobbling or see bearded gobblers sparing right now. It’s a great time to be in the woods.

CARNERO LAKE: Fishing is good. There is a damselfly hatch going on and the trout are rising extremely well when it is overcast. Fish under the surface when there are no clouds. Forest Roads 118 and 117A are open. Trout have survived through the winter, based on winter limnological surveys and netting surveys. Rainbow trout are 14 to 15 inches. Carnero is open to artificial lure and fly only, barbless hooks, and a two-trout bag and possession limit.

Try small lures such as Super Dupers, Z-Rays, and spinners (Mepps, Panther Martin and Rooster Tail), and flies such as woolly worms, woolly buggers, scud patterns, prince nymphs, Zug Bugs, hare’s ear nymphs and peacock ladies. Also try small nymphs in black, brown, green or gray colors.

The lake is open to electric trolling motors only.

CLEAR CREEK RESERVOIR: Fishing is fair to good. Try fishing with a bobber, split shot and worms near rocky shoreline areas for sunfish, bullheads and bass.

Try worms, Power Bait, salmon eggs, and lures such as spinners (Panther Martin, Rooster Tail and Mepps), Z-Rays, crank baits, spinner baits, and Rapalas, and flies such as woolly worms or woolly buggers, Yeager buggers, and peacock ladies. There are no motor restrictions on Clear Creek Reservoir. Recent netting revealed lots of carp, a few small sunfish, catfish and bass.

CRESCENT LAKE: Fishing is good during overcast days or when thunderstorms visit, but can be slower during the hotter days. State Highway 261 from Eagar/Springerville is open to vehicles. Highway 273 from Sunrise to Crescent is also open.

The lake has been liberally stocked with catchable-size rainbow and brook trout. Anglers have been catching brook trout.

Recent netting revealed 15-inch brook trout and no rainbow trout.

The store is open. The lake is open to electric trolling motors and/or up to 10 hp gas motors.

FOOL HOLLOW LAKE: The Fool Hollow Lake State Park is open because of a multi-agency agreement to run the park. Fishing is fair. The lake level is nearly full and all boat ramps are accessible.

The lake was stocked in June with catchable-size rainbow trout. Anglers have been catching trout, bluegills, and some nice-sized bass on lures and night crawlers.

Try worms, corn, salmon eggs, and Power Bait, lures such as spinners, spoons, rubber lead head jigs, and Rapalas, and flies such as woolly worms and woolly buggers, and semi-seal leeches. Try fishing around rocky areas, tree stumps and fishing piers.

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