Fishing Report: North Central region
KAIBAB LAKE — Folks were catching trout on Worms fished under a bobber. Folks using spinners were also catching fish. Catfish were being caught on night crawlers and prepared catfish baits. The crappie and bluegill are also hitting on the upper end of the lake. Stocked with trout this week
CATARACT LAKE — No report. Stocked with catfish. I heard folks are catching fish on the lake
CITY RESERVOIR — Lake is closed because of the fire danger
DOGTOWN LAKE — Stocked this week
SANTA FE — Lake is closed because of the fire danger
WHITEHORSE LAKE — Whitehorse was stocked with Largemouth Bass in March. The fish stocked were 5-8 inches long. The minimum size you can keep bass in Whitehorse is 13 inches. Please release all of the bass caught this year so we can get them established. More bass will equal bigger crappie in the long run.
LOWER LAKE MARY- No water.
UPPER LAKE MARY — No report.
ASHURST LAKE — The wind has slowed fishing down over the past week, but folks are still catching a few trout. Sunday in the wind a few fish were caught on worms fished about 3 feet under a bobber and on a variety of powerbait with Garlic, pink and green seeming to work the best. On Sunday the best spot seemed to be on the boat ramp side of the lake in the shallows on the south end of the lake, but that was the side with the wind to the anglers back making casting and detecting bites easier. An algae bloom is starting to appear on the lake. When there is a algae bloom always fish with the wind to your back. The wind blows the algae away from you making angling easier. The scheduled stocking for this week was canceled because the pH was too high for hatchery fish to be stocked. Fish in the lake are adapted to the higher pH and will continue to bite.
FRANCIS SHORT POND – There was a small fish kill on the pond over the weekend probably a result of the runoff from Saturday’s rain. The rain washed in silt and nutrients from the surrounding area which stressed the fish causing some trout to die. Folks were still catching fish at the pond on Monday and Tuesday.
KINNIKINICK LAKE — No reports.
OAK CREEK — No report. Stocked last week. Scheduled to be stocked this week.
BEAVER CREEK – Has been stocked.
WEST CLEAR CREEK-. Has been stocked.
BLUE RIDGE — Lake is closed due to fire closure.
KNOLL LAKE — Lake is closed due to fire closure.
Chuck Benedict is an AZGFD Aquatic Wildlife Specialist out of Flagstaff
Lake Powell Fish Report – June 20
Lake Elevation: 3611
Water temperature: 73 – 76 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson http://www.wayneswords.com or Wayneswords.net
My weekly fishing trip began in perfect fashion. We stopped at Padre Butte and trolled with great hope of catching a walleye. The lures were deployed and we trolled for 50 yards before both rods jerked and loaded hungry fish. My partner caught a smallmouth bass but my fish was a 14-inch walleye. This seemed like the perfect start to a perfect day. However, within a few minutes the wind picked up and conditions changed.
Our plan was to chase slurping stripers from Padre Bay to Rock Creek. We saw lots of stripers slurping shad near the surface but they were up quickly and usually gone before we could get in range to make a decent cast. Surprisingly, the slurp that stayed up the longest was in the main channel on the return trip where boat wakes were stirring up the water into 2 foot waves. This school of stripers stayed up long enough to make a decent cast and catch some fish. Reports from Bullfrog were identical with quick slurps and no fish caught. Striper slurps are still going strong but in calm water it is much easier to see the surface disturbance, approach quickly and make a good cast. This will continue until the rapidly growing larval shad are big enough to swim fast which causes the stripers to boil as they round up the shad school and then attack. That will happen in July and August.
As we gathered fish reports at the end of the day it was obvious that anglers using bait for stripers along the canyon walls all caught more and larger stripers than we did. Average catch for anglers using bait was 10 – 20 stripers. Good bait fishing was found in Antelope, Navajo, Labyrinth Wall, and Rock Creek. In the northern lake Moki Wall and the cove just upstream from the mouth of Moki were good bait spots. Night fishing under green lights in Bullfrog Bay is the best way to catch large numbers of stripers.
Another hot ticket in the northern lake is to chase slurps in Red Canyon and the Good Hope Bay area. There are more stripers, more shad and more fish caught there. If I had a day to fish up north, I would go to Good Hope Bay.
The best is saved for last. Smallmouth bass are the best fish to target and catch right now. They really like topwater lures at first light in the morning (lakewide). After the sun comes up, switch to plastic shad-shaped worms on a drop shot rig. Fish those rigs from 10-15 feet early and switch to 17-22 feet later in the day. The best habitat is submerged ledges, scattered boulder-sized rocks and even muddy points where crayfish gather. Smallmouth bass will hit plastic baits all day long. Bass caught this week ranged from small to 3.5 pounds. Kids fishing for this first time will be able to catch both bass and stripers by following the directions given here.
Walleye are still caught trolling and casting early and late and under muddy colored water during the day. Bluegill and green sunfish are still holding at nest sites where a few stick ups or tumbleweeds are submerged. Channel catfish are spawning and active both day and night in the backs of the canyons from 10-20 feet on a sandy bottom.
In conclusion, I suggest to those exploring the lake that canyons that have buzzards in them are not a good place to fish. In fact, I am quite sure that the two buzzards we saw in the back of Rock Creek spoiled our fishing trip. It seemed fine when they were perched on the rocks just looking at us, but when they turned their backs and spread their wings and maintained that posture the whole time that we fished in the canyon that our fishing trip was spoiled for the rest of the day. Just a word of caution: DO NOT fish near buzzards with outstretched wings