Rory’s tips: We have a free fishing day in Arizona this Saturday, June 9.
Hey, want an opportunity to catch some big trout this weekend? Well, both Woods Canyon Lake and Willow Springs Lake along the Mogollon Rim have been stocked with some bonus-sized trout weighing 5 to 8 pounds in addition to the regular stockers. Better put new fishing line on the reel!
Plus, Willow Springs has also been providing anglers some larger holdover trout as well. These larger trout are typically more predatory, so lures such as inline spinners, Rapalas, and casting spoons like KastMasters might work well. Also try troller baits, such as cowbells or Ford Fenders.
Keep in mind that the trout fishing at Big Lake is still excellent. Big has really been producing this season, so don’t miss out on the action.
I’ve also been hearing some great things about Upper Lake Mary near Flagstaff, where some anglers have been getting huge pike up to 10 pounds, and some decent sized walleye as well. The largemouth bass fishing should also be picking up at Mary. This is also one of our few lakes with yellow perch.
It's time to go catch some summer memories. With any luck, maybe I'll see you out there.
ROOSEVELT LAKE: Lake elevation is 2,116 feet and the lake level is 61 percent.
Bass and crappie fishing has become more sporadic, but is still rated as good.
Expect a decent topwater bite at first light, and then off-and-on throughout the day.
This is the leading edge of the great catfish angling for both channel catfish and huge flatheads. For channels, think stink bait. For flatheads, live bait such as bluegills or small carp work best.
BEAR CANYON LAKE: Fishing is good for stocked trout. Bear Canyon Lake was stocked two weeks ago with rainbow trout. The lake is full.
BLACK CANYON LAKE: Fishing is good. The lake has been stocked with rainbow trout in the last several weeks. The water level is very low. Launching a boat will be difficult.
BLUE RIDGE RESERVOIR (CC Cragin): Has been stocked. No recent reports. This deep, steep-sided reservoir is best fished from a canoe, kayak, float tube or small boat. Due to the steep canyon sides, there is not much potential for shore fishing.
CHEVELON LAKE: Fishing is fair to good. The lake is full, but no longer spilling. This is a hike-in, hike-out lake. The steep sides of this deep canyon lake limits shore-fishing opportunities, but since you have to hike in and pack out, it is best fished from a float tube, small kayak or light canoe.
KNOLL LAKE: Fishing has been good for both holdover trout and stocked trout, but with the hotter weather the bite will mostly likely be at first and last light. Stocked last week. Scheduled to be stocked this week.
WILLOW SPRINGS LAKE: Fishing is good to excellent for trout and smallmouth bass. Willow Springs Lake was stocked heavily for the last several weeks, with another 6,075 rainbow trout to be stocked this week. Some huge rainbow trout, weighing 5 to 8 pounds, have also been stocked. The lake is full. The boat dock was damaged by ice over the winter and only a part of the dock is usable at this time. It is still OK to launch boats.
WOODS CANYON LAKE: Fishing is good to excellent. The lake was stocked heavily last week with 4,500 rainbow trout. Some huge rainbow trout, weighing 5 to 8 pounds, have also been stocked. The lake is full. The store is open and boat rentals are available.