Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal
Top picks in the White Mountains region include: Silver Creek, West Fork of the Little Colorado River in Greer, Big Lake, Silver Creek, Fool Hollow Lake, Show Low Lake, Woods Canyon Lake, Willow Springs Lake and all the family-friendly creeks below the Mogollon Rim — East Fork Black River, Tonto Creek, Christopher Creek, Haigler Creek were all stocked Thursday. If you’re looking for trout in the White Mountains, try and fish mornings or wait until sunset. See that high country report.
Our Flagstaff-based Aquatic Wildlife Specialist Chuck Benedict recommends that anglers consider fishing early and just after storms during monsoon season. Fishing is still excellent early in the morning on Lower Lake Mary. All stockings are on hold in this area for the next couple of weeks until rainbow trout at our Page Springs Hatchery reach a catchable size.
Sounds like top-water boils are occurring more at Lake Pleasant. This particularly hot weather should make surface action explode as shad move into shallow water during early mornings. Ditto for Alamo Lake: the top-water action hasn’t been good yet, but this coming week could be on fire. Try being on the water, rigged-and-ready by 5 a.m. Lake Mead should also be on fire for striper fishing. There are some reports of good early morning surface “slurps” happening at Lake Powell, too.
Bartlett Lake in the Tonto National Forest tends to have the most consistent summer bass fishing in the state.
Catch of the Week
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one will be selected for Catch of the Week
Derek caught this 9-pound, 26.5-inch rainbow trout July 4 using PowerBait. The fish had an 18-inch girth. Leann from the Big Lake Store said she took this picture and the fish was weighed on an Arizona Game and Fish-certified scale. She said the fish was caught about 4-5 feet down. “At first when I saw the fish I thought it was fake,” she said. “Then it started moving and I said, ‘Oh, that’s a beautiful fish.’ … We usually get around two catches like that a year. The biggest fish that had come in this year was 6 pounds.”
She said fish are spawning late this year and around typically around 50 feet from shore and 4-8 feet deep. Fish this week have been caught primarily on flies and worms. She added that the biggest rainbow out of Big Lake was 14 pounds.
The state record inland waters, hook-and-line state record of 15 pounds, 9.12 ounces and 32.5 inches from Willow Springs Lake was caught by Harold Wright of Sun City Sept. 29, 2006.
What’s been stocked this week
Rainbow trout: West Fork Little Colorado River-Greer, Silver Creek, East Fork Black River, Tonto Creek, Christopher Creek, Haigler Creek.
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