Fishing Report: North Central region
Now that the monsoon has started the lakes should start to cool down and fishing will improve.
KAIBAB LAKE — Yesterday trout were being caught on worms under a bobber, red worms seemed to working best. Crappie, bluegill and largemouth bass are starting to bite on the upper end of the lake.
CATARACT LAKE — Lake is full. The bass should be hitting.
CITY RESERVOIR — Fishing was good for trout yesterday using white Power Nuggets on the bottom. Folks were also catching catfish fishing off the bottom using chicken livers and large lures.
DOGTOWN LAKE — The lake is full. Fishing was good yesterday for trout near the boat ramp. Folks catching fish were using crappie jigs or rainbow marshmallows.
SANTA FE — The lake is full. Catfish have been biting mostly around dusk using chicken livers.
WHITEHORSE LAKE — Crappie are being caught from boats on the opposite side of the lake from the dam. Campground is open.
LOWER LAKE MARY – Not many changes reported this week. Fishing has continued to be excellent early in the morning in the main basin. Things slow down about 11 as the water warms. Fishing is slowing down uplake. Leech patterns are still working for fly anglers. 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. Folks were catching big trout from boats about a mile up from the dam on Joe’s flies. Other small lures also work. For folks who like fishing with bait, try garlic PowerBait.
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 — There is an algae bloom on the lake right now and it was slow. Folks are catching trout all around the lake using fake salmon eggs, night crawlers, and golden spinners.
FRANCIS 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 — The road is open. The Tiger trout were hitting lures and flies near the boat ramp.
OAK CREEK — No report. Stocked this week.
BEAVER CREEK – No report.
WEST CLEAR CREEK – No report.
BLUE RIDGE — No report.
KNOLL LAKE — No report.
Chuck Benedict is an AZGFD Aquatic Wildlife Specialist out of Flagstaff
Lake Powell Fish Report – July 31, 2019
Lake Elevation: 3621
Water temperature: 79-85 F
By: Wayne Gustaveson http://www.wayneswords.com or Wayneswords.net
Lake Powell is now holding steady at an elevation of 3621. Water entering the lake is equal to or slightly exceeds water going out. Expect the lake level to be steady for the next few weeks. Stability allows lake water clarity to increase as sediment falls out onto the lake bottom. Water visibility in the main channel at the mouth of Moki Canyon is about 7 feet. Just downstream from Good Hope Bay visibility is about 5 feet. Floating driftwood will be a problem in the northern lake and the backs of some canyons until the water level begins to decrease and strands the driftwood on shore.
We are quivering with anticipation while waiting for striper boils to begin. Slurps are diminishing. It is hard to catch a fish on top, because the slurp only lasts for 15-30 seconds. It is hard to make the approach in time to make a perfect cast and catch a striper. It is still possible to catch stripers on bait, with a good striper school reported just north of Tapestry Wall. Unfortunately, most of these stripers were thin. Fatter stripers responded to trolled lures further out into the channel.
The good news is that striper boil reports are starting to come in. A full-blown striper boil blew up and lasted for 30-minutes just before the first big turn in the San Juan Arm. There were boils reported in Red Canyon, as well. Another report came from Buoy 59 in the main channel. That boil was up and down for almost an hour. Once stripers go down they are still anxious to eat shad and will hit spoons really well when the school is seen on the graph under the boat. The best chance of finding boils occurs in the San Juan Arm and in Good Hope Bay and beyond. Expect the rest of the lake to boil in the coming weeks. August is the most consistent boil month. However, September is the most enjoyable with cooler weather and less boat traffic.
Bass fishing is still steady with main channel rockslides, and brushy areas along the shoreline being the most dependable spots to catch largemouth and smallmouth bass. Fishing for sunfish is steady near shore and brushy cover. Look in the back of brushy coves. It is possible to visually find sunfish in shallow coves and then catch them on tiny ice lies with a piece of worm attached. Bluegill may be one of the best tasting fish found in Lake Powell. Invite some to dinner and let us know your opinion.
The easiest big fish to catch is the channel catfish. They come into sandy beaches at dusk and search around all night for something to eat. Table scraps, night crawlers, or anchovies work well as bait. Just cast the bait behind the boat and wait for the catfish to find it. It should not take long.
There are always some fun fish to catch at Lake Powell. It is an amazing fishery!