Fishing Report: North Central region
May 24 report
The campgrounds have opened across the forests. I had a report this morning that the bluegill were active on Frances Short Pond prior to the storm this week. One man said he took his grandkids to the pond and they were catching bluegill one after another.
Trout fishing was good at most lakes prior to the storm with anglers catching fish on lures fished slowly.
KAIBAB LAKE — Kaibab Lake is full. Fishing was good over the weekend with trout being caught by anglers using small lures or flies. Folks were also catching trout using worms fished under a bobber. PowerBait was also working. The lake was stocked with trout twice this week.
CATARACT LAKE — Lake is full.
CITY RESERVOIR — Stocked with catfish last week. Fishing was good for trout over the weekend for folks fishing with garlic PowerBait. Folks were also catching catfish on worms fished on the bottom. Folks fishing with spinners were also doing well for trout.
DOGTOWN LAKE — The lake is full. Fishing was slow over the weekend. Stocked with trout this week.
SANTA FE — The lake is full.
WHITEHORSE LAKE — No report. Campground is open.
LOWER LAKE MARY – Lower Lake Mary is about ¾ full. About 65,000 rainbow trout have been stocked in the lake so far this year but many were smaller fish. My coworker did well fly fishing the lake using a leach pattern or a bead headed prince nymph. For folks who don’t fly fish try fishing the flies behind a clear casting bobber. Tie a swivel below the bobber then attach about 3 feet of line below the swivel with the fly attached to the line. Small lures should also work. For folks who like fishing with bait I would try worms under a bobber. Stocked with Colorado trout last week.
UPPER LAKE MARY — We are hearing reports of folks catching good numbers of walleye trolling lures on the lake. Anglers drop-shotting nightcrawlers are also catching walleye. Folks are also catching northern pike and channel catfish.
ASHURST LAKE — Folks fishing with flies have been doing the best catching trout on the lake. Boat anglers have were catching some nice holdover trout on lures. Shore anglers might consider fishing with small spoons or spinners. Bait anglers fishing worms under a bobber were catching some fish. Stocked with trout last week.
FRANCES SHORT POND – If you have kids, and 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 trout and crappie. Folks fishing with worms or hot dogs were catching catfish. Stocked with trout this week.
KINNIKINICK LAKE — The road is open.
OAK CREEK — No report. Stocked with trout this week.
BEAVER CREEK – No report.
WEST CLEAR CREEK – No report.
BLUE RIDGE — The road is open Stocked with trout last week
KNOLL LAKE — The road is open. Stocked with trout last week.
Lake Powell Fish Report – May 22, 2019
Lake Elevation: 3580
Water temperature: 60-65F
By: Wayne Gustaveson http://www.wayneswords.com or Wayneswords.net
The last report was all about spawning potential of Lake Powell fish in warming water. Then the temperature dropped, the rain fell and the wind blew. Spawning will eventually happen but it was delayed for at least a week or more by the weather change.
As the water cools there will be fewer bass guarding nests but more bass and other fish in deeper water. The lake is now rising at a rate of 3-6 inches per day. Lures that have been effective this spring will continue to work. Just slow down the presentation and work the lure into deeper water to find fish. Ned rigs, single and double tailed grubs, and shad shaped worms will still be the most effective lures, but crankbaits cast and trolled in deeper water will be a good way to find bass that are on the move in these changing lake level conditions. Watch for weeds and rocks that were recently submerged that may provide a new brush or rock shelter for bass and other fish.
Striped bass schools have not moved, and remain along the steep canyon walls. Those anglers that are chumming and using bait along the walls will still find many fish willing to hit bait. The hot spots include: Dam (West wall), Buoy 3, Navajo Canyon (points after the double islands and further back in the main canyon), Labyrinth Wall, Buoy 25 (coves and wall), and Grotto Canyon.
Fly fishing for stripers along the east canyon walls in the early morning continues as the spawning congregations gather waiting for the temperature surge that will cause nightly spawning.
Bait fishing for stripers is picking up dramatically in the Bullfrog area. Most of the canyons above and below Bullfrog Bay will have a school of stripers holding right at the intersection of the canyon and the main channel. Chum with anchovies to get the school started and then enjoy the action for the next hour or more.
Walleye are hungry and willing to eat slow trolled lures, plastic ned rigs fished very slowly on the bottom, and bait following a bottom bouncer. The muddy runoff has made the northern lake very brown but reports coming in say that when fishing for walleye in areas with 1-2 feet of visibility the catch rate can be quite good.
Fishing success will heat up with the warming water temperatures forecast for next week. Stripers will go into spawning mode after Memorial Day. Largemouth and smallmouth bass will spawn one more time with warming water. Bluegill and green sunfish will start nest building the first week of June.
There are some really good fishing events forecast for the coming weeks.