Fishing Report Williams and Flagstaff area
Region 2 Fishing Report 5/3/17
We expect first stockings of Channel Catfish in in Frances Short Pond and City Reservoir in about 2 weeks.
Folks were catching fish powerbait on Sunday when my coworker was there fishing unfortunately he didn’t talk to anyone and couldn’t see the color. I would try garlic powerbait in a green or rainbow. He was catching fish from his boat using flies. He was fishing them as slow as he could move them. He also said there were a bunch of flying ants on the edge of the lake and the fish were feeding on them. He caught a 13” Browns Trout and 10 Rainbow Trout. Most of the fish were over 13” but he did catch some fresh stockers. Stocked this week.
About 8,600 Rainbow Trout have been stocked this year. I haven’t heard any reports from anglers about anyone catching fish. Stocked this week
There was a report posted on a fishing blog of an angler catching some trout on Cataract. Looking at the pictures posted it looks like some of the smaller fish that were stocked last fall to make room at the hatcheries have survived and grown big enough for folks to catch. It appeared the fish were caught on a spinner. No new reports
Santa Fe and City Reservoirs
No reports but both of these lakes were stocked at the same time last fall as Cataract with the smaller Rainbow Trout so you may be able to catch trout on these lakes.
Flagstaff Area Lakes
Ashurst is full!! The road is open and we have stocked about 12,000 Rainbow Trout in the lake along with about 5,000 smaller Brown trout. The water in the lake is relatively clear so I would try fishing with lures for the fresh stockers. With the low water level of the lake prior to the spring runoff I don’t think many fish survived the winter. Stocked last week
Frances Short Pond
Frances Short pond was stocked last week and will be stocked this week. Folks were catching Trout on Garlic rainbow powerbait when I was out checking the Pond on Monday afternoon. Folks were also catching them on worms, and salmon eggs. I also talked to some folks who were catching fish on pistol petes, and white roostertails. Stocked last week, scheduled to be stocked this week. The Bluegill and Largemouth bass are also starting to get active and be caught.
Lower Lake Mary
Lower Lake Mary has had about 22,000 larger (10 + inch) Rainbow Trout stocked in the last couple of weeks along with about 12,000 smaller (6-8 inch) Rainbow Trout. The stockings of Rainbow Trout contained some really nice trout with one being measured at about 18 inches. Fishing is starting to pick up a little bit with some fish being caught on powerbait. I had a report from a fly angler who was catching some nice size trout on leach patterns. Stocked last week.
The road is open. I’ve had some reports of folks catching Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout and Channel Catfish
Upper Lake Mary
A new state record Channel Catfish was caught on an anchovy 3/26. The fish was 39.5 inches long and weighed 33.36 lbs. The person who caught the fish also told us some of his friends have been catching some nice Northern Pike on anchovies. We have had some recent reports of Northern Pike being caught