Angler Report: Woods Canyon Lake
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Woods Canyon Lake
Great time fishing again at Woods Canyon Lake!
This was my 4th trip this year and had never visited the lake since I moved to Arizona in 2010.
Weather: 70s during the day and nice and cool at night in the 50s but not as cold as the prior week (ice was in the dog’s water bowl).
Fishing Location: Shore (my favorite spot we have now fished each trip)
Tackle: 4 lb test and 2 lb flourocarbon leader
Bait/Lures: Secret color/flavor PowerBait and Power worms were the hot ticket with a couple fish on gold Kastmaster and Rooster Tail (white).
Arrived Sunday and thanks to the invite as a couple other soccer kids and family friends were going with a group of dads. Fished Sunday late afternoon after arriving around 2:00 PM and setting up camp. Such a thrill to see my youngest son now fully able to set up the tent, get all the gear out, help set up cooking/fire area, etc. After a quick 45 minutes, it was time to hit the shoreline and catch some trout! No crawdad traps this time since last trip it seemed that the colder water had pushed the crawdads deeper. Also noticed that the thousands of bluegill along the shoreline weren’t present the last trip so water must be getting cooler and fish/crawfish moved deeper. That just meant it was time to focus on fishing.
Caught rainbows on different baits/lures but no tiger trout this time and no real big planted trout. Longest maybe 11-12″.
Monday AM up early with the screaming crows/ravens and hit the fishing spot by 6:30 AM. The last 3 trips when I have come up with my kids and several other soccer players of mine I have spent the majority of time re-rigging/instructing/helping untangle, etc. So it was nice to have roughly an hour to myself to fish. One bait rod and one rod rigged up with different lures was a blast with constant action. Youngest son and his buddy come over around 7:30 and then it transitions to them constantly catching fish. We released numerous trout that were less than 9-12 inches. A couple more kids in the group come to the spot and there is such a reward in seeing kids catch their first fish. Chelsea had not caught a fish yet and “I guaranteed she would catch one.”
Well first case and minutes later and she lands the biggest fish of the trip. I didn’t measure it but maybe 13-14 inches and a fat one with thick shoulders. Nothing like hearing her respond to the other kid’s request to play “hide and seek” and she states, “No I don’t want to. I want to fish!” Much like coaching, the big rewards are in teaching young kids something that I am passionate about and then seeing their excitement and growing interest in something I love to do.
Thank you AZGFD, lake staff, and others for this Lake, surrounding campgrounds, and fish stocking program that provides a great getaway for us in the Chandler area to escape to. So kid-friendly and anything to get kids off their electronics for a day or two works for me.