Statewide Reports: July 6, 2018
This is a great time to head to the high country and put kids on some crayfish and trout. Despite forest closures, there remain many opportunities for a high country fishing adventure. Some prime spots are where we’ve added additional fish due to the closures: Big Lake near Pinetop and Woods Canyon Lake and Willow Springs Lake on the Mogollon Rim. Sounds like there’s still some good fishing to be had at Kaibab Lake near Williams for panfish, trout and catfish.
Show Low Lake and Fool Hollow Lake are great spots to take kids to catch sunfish off rocky shorelines (use a small worm on a No. 12 hook) and crayfish.
There’s some rain predicted for the high country regions (great news!) which could trigger some good trout feeding activity: fish just before a storm. Be safe with summer monsoon storms — get off the water when you hear lightning, watch out for flash flooding, and don’t forget to bring a few extra layers and a rain jacket to stay comfortable in the mountain cold.
At Big Lake, trolling from a boat is the most productive method during the summer. If shore fishing, get out early or late in the day, and take cover in your vehicle or camp during monsoon/lightning storms.
In the desert regions, top-water action is prime with some good surface boils happening at spots such as Lake Pleasant. Fish the first 2 hours of daylight, if possible. Sunrise has been at 5:25 a.m MST. Some good lures to use for boils include Ricos, jerkbaits, Rat L Traps, Kastmasters, swimbaits and Zara Spooks. As ambient temperatures rise, bass will retreat to deeper water around points and other structures. Many anglers then switch to fishing soft plastic baits. This is a typical summer pattern.
Water temperatures at most desert impoundments are reaching the low-80s during the daytime.
Most of the state is under stage 2 fire restrictions and there are some closures. See the fire restrictions.
Catch of the Week
Send your fishing reports and photos to BFishing@AZGFD.gov —
one will be selected as Catch of the Week.
Freddy V. caught this nice largemouth bass. He said he used a 4-inch Powerworm, 35 to 40 foot deep, throwing off deep cliffs at Bass Point.
Thank you, anglers!
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Through a federal excise tax paid by manufacturers on fishing gear and motorboat fuels, it provides grant funds for fishery conservation, boating access, and aquatic education.
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