Fishing Report: North Central region
Fall trout stockings on Frances short Pond has begun. Brown trout have been stocked in Kinnikinick. Trout fishing is improving with the cooler temperatures. Fall is one of the best times to catch trout in northern Arizona.
KAIBAB LAKE — With the cooler weather trout fishing is picking up on Kaibab Lake. Fish with PowerBait on the bottom. Was stocked with 2,500 large (14 inch) rainbow trout on Monday.
CATARACT LAKE — I haven’t had any recent reports from Cataract Lake. We caught a quite a few nice bass, bluegill and channel catfish when we sampled the lake in August. 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 should be good using PowerBait on the bottom.
DOGTOWN LAKE — We caught a quite a few nice bass, and crappie when we sampled the lake. Most of the bigger bass were caught near the dam. Trout fishing should be picking up as the lake cools with the cooler weather.
SANTA FE — The lake is full.
WHITEHORSE LAKE — We caught a quite a few nice bass, crappie and bluegill when we sampled the lake. 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 – We have had reports that the fishing is starting to pick up with the cooler weather. Folks are catching fish on PowerBait off the bottom and on worms. Folks are also catching some nice sized trout on beadhead prince nymph flies.
UPPER LAKE MARY — No new reports.
ASHURST LAKE — Fishing is picking up with the cooler weather. Folks are catching trout in the shallows on the south west side of the lake on PowerBait.
FRANCIS SHORT POND – Frances Short was stocked with 500 rainbow trout on Monday. If you have kids, Frances Short is the place to go.
KINNIKINICK LAKE — Stocked with brown trout last week. I had a report from an angler that he caught and released twenty one 12-14 inch Brown Trout yesterday on lures. He also lost 17 fish with some of the ones lost being larger fish. This is the time to fish Kinnikinick.
OAK CREEK — Stocked last week
BEAVER CREEK – No report.
WEST CLEAR CREEK – No report.
BLUE RIDGE — No report.
KNOLL LAKE — No report.
Lake Elevation: 3.615
Water temperature: 70-73
By: Wayne Gustaveson http://www.wayneswords.com or Wayneswords.net
This is an early report because I will be uplake doing electrofishing samples from Tuesday to Friday. The next report will be on time October 9th.
Conditions have not changed much for striped bass. Then have gone deep without showing much sign of boiling. The windy weekend may have had something to do with that. Continue to use the recent information, which indicates that stripers are holding in the backs of canyons and coves at a depth of 40-80 feet. One good technique is to start in the back of a canyon at a depth of 20-40 feet. Search with the graph for big shad balls. They show up as a huge ball of fish while stripers appear more often as lines of fish. Stripers are usually deeper than shad. The best fishing technique is to drop 1.5 ounce jigging spoons down to the bottom just under the striper school. One striper grabbing the spoon energizes the school. It is easy to catch many stripers in a short time. Jigging by 2-3 anglers in a boat increases the striper energy level. When one fish is hooked, more fish show up under the boat. Try to stay with the school as they congregate under the boat. Spot lock electric motors hold the boat and the fish school together and increase the catch rate. This is the best technique over the length of the lake. Hopefully, there will be more reports on stripers boiling on the surface this week. Our samples will allow us to cover the entire lake in 4 days, so we should see boils if they are present.
Smallmouth bass are really coming back out of their shell. We are getting more reports of good smallmouth fishing lake wide. Fishing in Good Hope Bay was good, but catching bass in the Escalante Arm was excellent. The best technique was to slow-troll a double-tailed plastic grub in 30 feet of water using the trolling motor. Cast toward shore and then slowly reel the lure back in. Most bass were hooked well off the bottom. A really nice 4.5-pound largemouth bass was caught on a surface lure with the first cast in the morning. Go deeper for bass, fish slowly and find where they are hanging out. Then catch some of the best smallmouth bass ever produced at Lake Powell.
We thank the threadfin shad population for over producing so many fish that all the predators are eating their fill. Change your Lake Powell attitude from the normal “catch as many fish as possible” to catch big, fat fish and take home a trophy.
This has been a very interesting year and it is not over yet. I wonder what will happen next.