Fishing Report: North Central region — 4-pound brown trout electrofished by AZGFD at Cataract Lake
KAIBAB LAKE — We caught a quite a few nice bass, crappie and bluegill when we sampled the lake last week. We also caught a really nice sized rainbow near the dam. Fishing for crappie, bass and bluegill should be good in the shallows near the inflow area.
CATARACT LAKE — We caught a quite a few nice bass, bluegill and channel catfish when we sampled the lake last week. The catfish were mostly on the road side of the lake while the bluegill were along the dam. We also caught a 4-pound brown trout on the north side of the lake. It was caught around a bunch of small bass so a bass colored lure might work.
CITY RESERVOIR — Fishing was good for trout over the weekend using PowerBait on the bottom. Folks were also catching catfish fishing off the bottom using chicken livers. We sampled the lake last Friday and caught a lot of crappie along the shore opposite the parking lot.
DOGTOWN LAKE — We caught a quite a few nice bass, and crappie when we sampled the lake last week. Most of the bigger bass were caught near the dam. Trout fishing has been good.
SANTA FE — The lake is full. Catfish have been biting mostly around dusk using chicken livers. Anglers were also catching lots of crappie using chartreuse crappie jigs.
WHITEHORSE LAKE — We caught a quite a few nice bass, crappie and bluegill when we sampled the lake last week. Most of the bigger fish were caught along the dam, but we caught one really nice sized bluegill in the cove by the camping sites.
LOWER LAKE MARY – Not many changes reported this week. Folks are still catching some nice sized trout early in the morning or late in the evening on the lake using flies and lures.
UPPER LAKE MARY — We continue hearing reports of folks catching good numbers of walleye trolling lures on the lake. Folks drop-shotting nightcrawlers are also catching walleye. Folks are also catching northern pike and channel catfish.
ASHURST LAKE — The campground host reported that an angler caught a 4-pound rainbow on the lake early this week. Folks fishing the shallow end of the lake on the boat ramp side are doing the best from shore using PowerBait.
FRANCES SHORT POND – If you have kids you want to catch fish, Frances Short is the place to go. Folks were catching lots of bluegill on worms. Fly fishermen are catching lots of crappie. Folks fishing with worms or hot dogs were catching catfish.
KINNIKINICK LAKE — No report.
OAK CREEK — No report.
BEAVER CREEK – No report.
WEST CLEAR CREEK – No report.
BLUE RIDGE — No report.
KNOLL LAKE — No report.
Lake Powell Fish Report – August 28, 2019
Lake Elevation: 3619
Water temperature: 81-86 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson http://www.wayneswords.com or Wayneswords.net
As I returned from vacation, we had an assignment to catch 60 striped bass for the annual disease re-certification, to ensure that Lake Powell fish do not have any viruses that might destabilize the fishery. We must collect the fish on the same day they are certified. Hot weather had really slowed down fishing in August, but I checked recent fish reports and found that small stripers (8-12 inches) recently boiled in Warm Creek. We targeted and caught the needed 60 fish in 4 hours. Here is the technique that will work lakewide.
First, start early. We launched while the clear sky was still red, well before the sun rose in the east. Next, look for small splashes. Stripers are actively chasing shad, but it is hard to tell a few stripers apart from gizzard shad that are active on the surface each morning. The clue is to find 3 or more fish working together, rather than one single fish jumping.
When a few fish are surfacing, that might be stripers, start trolling in that area. The best lures are small rattletraps or other shallow runners. It is likely that a few stripers will attack your trolled lure while scanning the surface for a larger boil. We caught about 15 fish trolling while watching for boils.
Boils are not large and happen quickly in the warm surface water. We saw the most boils as the sun came over the ridges and lit up the water. When 15-20 stripers come up, race toward them as quickly as possible and stop just in casting range. Use surface lures, or the same trolling rattletraps, or spoons. Surface lures placed right over the boiling fish work well. The cast has to be within a foot of the splash ring. We caught as many fish on crankbaits and spoons reeled through the boil zone.
Most of the stripers were yearlings that can stay in warm water for a long time. Larger stripers have to live in deeper, cool water. They can boil for a few minutes, then must dive back to their cool comfort zone. We saw two groups of large stripers on the surface. We did catch 2-3 pound stripers on the surface and were amazed at their healthy bodies. These fish were FAT! We caught 15 fish that were boiling.
The other 30 fish were easy to catch. Right after the boil quit, the fish dove to cooler water at 20-60 feet. They were still hungry but they had to cool off. When the graph shows a school of stripers swimming under the boat, drop spoons to the bottom and stripers will be happy to eat these “shad” swimming through the hungry striper school.
The most effective striper technique now is to use the trifecta of trolling, casting to boils and then spooning on the bottom. Have 3 rods rigged with top water, shallow running cranks and spoons to drop to the bottom. There is not time to retie lures while this action is spinning in front of you. I often used all 3 techniques within a 5-minute period while fish moved from the surface to the bottom.
We also found large smallmouth bass hanging out near shad schools. We caught them trolling, casting, and spooning.