Angler Report: Willow Springs Lake
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Willow Springs Lake
My brother, a disabled veteran, and I, got on the lake from Phoenix by 9 a.m. in my brand new Tracker boat. We found at least a dozen other boats already were on the lake with a crowded parking lot with many shore fishing.
I trolled a Ford Fender with a crawler with very little success. But I use a bigger hook the stockers couldn’t handle. However my brother just trolled a Dilly on an #6 Eagle Claw with a split shot. It fished shallower and he landed a couple 10 inchers. Whereas I fished deeper and had a half dozen good hits with three getting loose at the boat. We saw many fish on the ole finder hanging about 10 feet and many at about 30 feet in 45-48 feet. Surface temp was 69.7°F, air temp 76°F (for our Canadian guests). We passed the AZGFD trout stocking truck on our way out around 3 p.m.
Not my best day there. Could be the fishing pressure, water temp and level. Boat ramp was down 6 feet vertical. My 16 feet deep V-boat launched without much trouble. A bit windy bringing ‘er in. Keep your prop up at launch and landing. Always many friendly people to help you launch and tie up at Willow Springs. Many I suspect are camping at Sinkhole grounds up the road.
Heading up to Greer for a week mid Sept. Going to re-unite with an old work friend. We did trips every year with dads and brothers in the 80s and 90s when 10 was the limit. The early years at the ole Jack & Rusty’s Cabins. We’ll off course do Big Lake, Sunrise Lake, and any of the Greer Lakes we can get my yacht into without issues. Stop in Molly Butlers for some dinner, pool, and beers.
Keep your line tight and straight.