Fishing Report


LAKE PLEASANT — Lake elevation 1,670 feet (66 percent full). The bald eagle nesting closure in the Agua Fria arm of the lake starts on Dec. 15.

With a crescent moon this week and the Geminids meteor shower, fishing at night could be spectacular. Trying chumming with anchovies or slow trolling flashy water-thumping spinners.

During the daytime, a good technique is to use your graph to locate large schools of stripers and then use frozen anchovies as bait, with liberal chumming to hold the school and get them to bite.

This time of year, the stripers tend to congregate in the northern channels, especially around submerged river or stream channels.

An angler fished the northern coves in Lake Pleasant from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jerkbaits didn’t work very well but shad looking cranks worked real well in the back of coves for both stripers and whites.

ROOSEVELT — Lake elevation is 2,142 feet (89 percent full). Tonto Creek runoff is 17 cfs while inflow from the Salt River is at 191 cfs.

The annual waterfowl closure is in place closing off access to Horsepasture and Goose Flats areas. There is a string of buoys in the lake that marks the perimeter. This will be closed to entry until Feb. 15.

The Tonto Creek inlet to Roosevelt Lake is also closed to vehicle and foot entry within 1,000 feet of the nest on land, and to watercraft within 300 feet on water from Dec. 1 to June 30 for the bald eagle closure; this area is also buoyed.

You can contact Tonto National Forest, Tonto Basin Ranger District (928) 467-3200 for more information.

An angling duo caught a couple largemouth bass on a shad looking crank and a Kastmaster, but the best technique was drop shot.

Another angler caught largemouth bass on the secondary points using drop shot and Texas rigged lizards.

One angler fished from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and caught 10 largemouth bass with the largest just shy of 4 pounds. Crankbait and drop shot were the best methods in 6 to 20 feet of water.

Fishermen are still catching some nice crappies. Trolling jigs is pretty productive, especially near drop offs. In early morning and late evening they tend to hug the substrate. As the water warms they will suspend.

APACHE — Lake elevation is 1,907 feet (93 percent full). No recent reports. This should be a good time of year to try for walleye and yellow bass.

Note: The Arizona Department of Transportation closed a four-mile segment of State Route 88, the historic Apache Trail, for two months starting Nov. 15. The closed area is between the Fish Creek Hill Rest Area and Apache Lake (between mileposts 222 and 226).

CANYON — Lake elevation is 1,657 feet, which is 95 percent full.

We will stock more than 3,700 trout this week.

Several people fished Canyon but not all got into the fish. One successful duo used swim baits and spoons to catch 12 bass; most were over 16 inches. The bass were healthy and well fed. All were released. They also caught a lot of large bluegills and yellow bass. He noted the bite was either very early or later in the day.


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