Mountain Lake Fishing Report

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The following summary was condensed from a report compiled by Rory Aikens with the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

BEAR CANYON LAKE

Fishing: Good, recently stocked.

Level: Down a little.

Details: Hike-in lake with steep trail, decent shoreline access, fish stocked near the dam and some larger, holdover trout.

Tie on line: 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, wooly worms, wooly buggers, and small nymphs in black, brown or green.

Restrictions: Electric trolling motors only.

BLACK CANYON LAKE

Fishing: Good, recently stocked with rainbows.

Access: All roads open.

Tie on your line: Try worms, Power Bait, lures such as Z-Rays, Super Dupers, and spinners (Mepps, Rooster Tail and Panther Martin), and flies such as wooly worms, wooly buggers, peacock ladies, and small nymphs.

Restrictions: Electric trolling motors and 10 hp gas.

BLUE RIDGE

Fishing: Fair, due to heavy algae bloom.

Access: Dirt road to lake heavily rutted.

Details: Some large holdover trout, but brush and steep drops favor use of a small boat, kayak, canoe or float tube.

Tie on your line: Power Bait, spinners, flies and KastMasters. Trout eating lots of grasshoppers and baby crayfish.

CHEVELON LAKE

Fishing: Fair.

Level: Full.

Lake details: The steep-sided canyon lake requires a short, arduous hike and has such steep shores that anglers do best with a float tube, canoe or kayak.

Restrictions: Lures and flies only, 10 hp gas motors or trolling motors.

Tie on your line: Spinners (Mepps, Panther Martin and Rooster Tail); spoons (Super Dupers, KastMasters and Z-rays); flies (peacock ladies, wooly worms and wooly buggers, and semi-seal leeches).

KNOLL LAKE

Fishing: Terrific following stocking.

Level: Full.

Access: Spring-fed lake at end of 20-mile dirt road.

Tie on your line: 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 wooly worms, wooly buggers, peacock ladies, and small nymphs. Worm-bobbers can work well.

Details: When wind blows, may find trout feeding stacked up near the dam. Look for ospreys fishing for rainbows.

WILLOW SPRINGS LAKE

Fishing: Very good, especially with a boat. Fair to good from shore.

Level: Full.

Tie on your line: Fish the stickups using 4-inch worms or lizards. Drop-shotted Robo worms can sometimes produce a bonanza of bass, trout and crappie. Also try worms, Power Bait, lures such as Z-Rays, spinners (Mepps, Rooster Tail and Panther Martin), and flies such as wooly worms, wooly buggers and peacock ladies.

Restrictions: Electric trolling motors and/or up to 10 hp gas motors.

Details: Fish biting best at dawn and dusk or when storm clouds build. Many anglers catching limits, including lots of holdover trout, plus smallmouth and largemouth bass plus crappies. Anglers with boats report 35 to 46 trout in a day, catch and release.

WOODS CANYON LAKE

Fishing: Fair to good.

Access: Easy, off FR 300.

Details: Lots of anglers, some getting big holdovers from last year. Heavily stocked weekly. Shop sells more fishing licenses than anywhere in the state.

Look for nesting bald eagles, protected by the closure at the east end of the lake. Make sure not to leave potentially lethal discarded fishing line. Nesting eagles foraging at Woods Canyon and nearby Willow Springs lakes, so bring binoculars. The eagles often fight osprey for fish.

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