Home Outdoors Fishing Report LET’S GO FISHING! 8/24/17

LET’S GO FISHING! 8/24/17

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Recommended Waters to Fish

Fishing for trout in the lakes is difficult this time of year because of water quality conditions. Instead, try fishing in any of our stocked streams including Silver Creek, East Fork Black River, Little Colorado River in Greer or Show Low Creek just downstream of Show Low Lake.  Fishing in the streams should be good because of better water quality, as long as the flows are not high due to monsoon rains.  Woods Canyon and Willow Springs are the exception and are stocked weekly, however fishing there, especially Willow Springs has been slow.  Try fishing about 10 feet down.  If trout aren’t biting in the Pinetop-Show Low area lakes, try fishing for catfish, bass, bullhead, or sunfish!

MOGOLLON RIM LAKES

BEAR CANYON LAKE – Fishing is good.  Rainbow trout were stocked two weeks ago. Try PowerBait and nightcrawlers a few feet down.

BLACK CANYON LAKE – Fishing is fair.  The lake was stocked last in June.  Try PowerBait and nightcrawlers.  The surface is warm, so fish a few feet down.  The lake is only 4 feet down, and the new boat ramp is still fully functional. There may be silt and logs coming into the lake from the Gentry Fire area earlier this summer, so use caution when boating.  Watch for flash floods in the area.

CHEVELON LAKE – Fishing is fair for stocked rainbows and wild brown trout. Catchable rainbow trout were stocked in early May.  Chevelon Lake is a hike in lake with a two trout limit and artificial fly/lure only regulations.

WILLOW SPRINGS LAKE – Fishing is fair/poor for rainbow and tiger trout.  The lake was stocked last week and will be stocked again this week.  However, fish being stocked are small.  Try PowerBait with garlic, worms, or Roostertail spinners for rainbows; and try Kastmasters, small Rapalas, Panther Martin spinners, or flies for tiger trout.  Also, try fishing about 10 feet down for trout at the thermocline, the surface water is warm but the deeper water (15 ft +) has little to no oxygen.

WOODS CANYON LAKE – Fishing is good/fair for rainbow and tiger trout. The lake will be stocked this week, however fish are small.  Try PowerBait with garlic, worms, or Roostertail spinners for rainbows.  Try Kastmasters, small Rapalas, Panther Martin spinners, or flies for tiger trout.  Also, try fishing about 10 feet down for trout at the thermocline, the surface water is warm but the deeper water (15 ft +) has little to no oxygen.  If the trout aren’t biting, green sunfish are easily caught along the shoreline rocks on worms.

PINETOP/SHOW LOW/ST. JOHNS LAKES

FOOL HOLLOW LAKE – Fishing is fair for stocked (12”+) rainbow trout!  Supercatchable rainbows (12”+) will be stocked this week. Fish about 10-15 ft down for trout.  The fishing piers and platforms are accessible!  Bass and catfish are also being caught.  Sunfish can be easily caught on a size 12 hook with a small piece of worm in rocky or weedy areas, or black bullhead on the bottom with a size 6 hook and a half or full worm.

RAINBOW LAKE – Fishing is poor for stocked (12”+) rainbow trout, but good for sunfish, bass, and bullheads.  The lake level is a few feet down and the weeds are thick. Sunfish can be caught on a size 12 hook with a small piece of worm, in rocky or weedy areas, or black bullhead on the bottom with a size 6 hook and a half or full worm.  The White Mountain Bass Fishing club recently adopted the lake and cleaned up trash along the public shoreline.  Please don’t leave your trash around!

SCOTT RESERVOIR – Fishing is fair for stocked rainbow trout, but good for catfish. Try for catfish with a worm or chicken liver on the bottom.

SHOW LOW LAKE – Fishing is fair for stocked (12”+) rainbow trout.  Supercatchable size (12”+) rainbow trout will be stocked last week.  Fish about 10-15 ft down for trout.  New facility improvements, including a new fish cleaning station, new restrooms, stairs from the upper parking lot down to the boat launch, and ADA boat trailer parking are open!  Try to catch sunfish on a size 12 hook with a small piece of worm in rocky or weedy areas.

WOODLAND LAKE – Fishing is poor.  Fish were last stocked in late-May and the lake is very weedy. The fishing dock is accessible.  Sunfish can be caught on a size 12 hook with a small piece of worm in rocky or weedy areas.

PATTERSON PONDS – Fishing is good for catfish!  Channel catfish were stocked in June.  A regular fishing license or a community fishing license is required to fish here.  The pond daily bag limits in community fishing waters (2 trout; 2 catfish; 5 sunfish) apply.  Please use good catch and release methods if you are releasing fish, many fish have been found dead due to improper catch and release methods. If the gills are bleeding, the fish will die, and is best kept so it doesn’t go to waste.  If the hook has been swallowed or is stuck, just cut the line, and the fish has a better chance of surviving that trying to pull the hook out.

 WHITE MOUNTAIN LAKES

BECKER LAKE – Fishing is fair.  Becker Lake is open to catch-and-release only for trout, artificial fly and lure only; single barbless hooks only. No bait. No trout may be kept. Large rainbow trout are being caught nymph fishing under a strike indicator at 12-15 feet. Fishing is on and off however.

BIG LAKE – Fishing is fair for rainbows, but good for cutthroat trout. Try fly fishing for cutthroat trout in the shallows.  You can use a fly with a casting bubble if you don’t own or know how to use a fly rod.  There is a severe algae bloom particularly on the north end of the lake by the dam and in weedy coves.

CARNERO LAKE – Fishing is fair. There was a small fish kill a couple weeks ago due to low oxygen levels in the mornings.  But the lake appears to have recovered and anglers are catching rainbow and tiger trout again.  The lake is weedy.  A pontoon, canoe, or kayak (something that glides over the surface weeds) is best.

CLEAR CREEK RESERVOIR – Fishing is poor for trout, but fair/good for sunfish, bullheads, and bass.  Trout were last stocked in mid-May in the narrow near the county facilities (just downstream of the bridge). Sunfish can be caught on a size 12 hook with a small piece of worm, in rocky or weedy areas, or black bullhead on the bottom with a size 6 hook and a half or full worm.

CONCHO LAKE – Fishing is poor.  Trout were last stocked in April and the lake is low.  Try catching catfish.

CRESCENT LAKE – Fishing is poor.  pH levels are coming down but the lake is weedy.  We look forward to fall fishing here when the water quality improves!

GREER LAKES (River; Tunnel; Bunch) – Fishing is fair at Bunch and Tunnel, but fair to good at River.  Lake levels are low.  The boat ramps are not usable.    The curb at the boat ramp at Bunch is just under the water.

HULSEY LAKE – Fishing is fair/poor for rainbow trout. Fish were last stocked in mid-May. Fish are being caught on flies, not as much on bait.

LEE VALLEY LAKE – Fishing is poor.  Few fish remain here and will not be stocked this year.

LUNA LAKE – Fishing is fair. The algae bloom has decreased and people are catching fish.  A 19 inch fish was cat over the weekend and someone reported catching 17 fish too!  Fish no more than 7 feet down, below that, there is little to no oxygen.

LYMAN LAKE – Lyman Lake State Park is open. Fishing is fair for bass, carp, and catfish. Use corn or night crawlers for carp and catfish.

NELSON RESERVOIR – Fishing is poor!  A fish kill has occurred due to low oxygen levels, which happens overnight and in the early morning.  Fishing is better in the afternoon/evening or when sun is on the lake because oxygen levels are higher then.

WHITE MOUNTAIN STREAMS

BECKER LAKE – Fishing is fair.  Becker Lake is open to catch-and-release only for trout, artificial fly and lure only; single barbless hooks only. No bait. No trout may be kept. Large rainbow trout are being caught nymph fishing under a strike indicator at 12-15 feet. Fishing is on and off however.

BIG LAKE – Fishing is fair for rainbows, but good for cutthroat trout. Try fly fishing for cutthroat trout in the shallows.  You can use a fly with a casting bubble if you don’t own or know how to use a fly rod.  There is a severe algae bloom particularly on the north end of the lake by the dam and in weedy coves.

CARNERO LAKE – Fishing is fair. There was a small fish kill a couple weeks ago due to low oxygen levels in the mornings.  But the lake appears to have recovered and anglers are catching rainbow and tiger trout again.  The lake is weedy.  A pontoon, canoe, or kayak (something that glides over the surface weeds) is best.

CLEAR CREEK RESERVOIR – Fishing is poor for trout, but fair/good for sunfish, bullheads, and bass.  Trout were last stocked in mid-May in the narrow near the county facilities (just downstream of the bridge). Sunfish can be caught on a size 12 hook with a small piece of worm, in rocky or weedy areas, or black bullhead on the bottom with a size 6 hook and a half or full worm.

CONCHO LAKE – Fishing is poor.  Trout were last stocked in April and the lake is low.  Try catching catfish.

CRESCENT LAKE – Fishing is poor.  pH levels are coming down but the lake is weedy.  We look forward to fall fishing here when the water quality improves!

GREER LAKES (River; Tunnel; Bunch) – Fishing is fair at Bunch and Tunnel, but fair to good at River.  Lake levels are low.  The boat ramps are not usable.    The curb at the boat ramp at Bunch is just under the water.

HULSEY LAKE – Fishing is fair/poor for rainbow trout. Fish were last stocked in mid-May. Fish are being caught on flies, not as much on bait.

LEE VALLEY LAKE – Fishing is poor.  Few fish remain here and will not be stocked this year.

LUNA LAKE – Fishing is fair. The algae bloom has decreased and people are catching fish.  A 19 inch fish was cat over the weekend and someone reported catching 17 fish too!  Fish no more than 7 feet down, below that, there is little to no oxygen.

LYMAN LAKE – Lyman Lake State Park is open. Fishing is fair for bass, carp, and catfish. Use corn or night crawlers for carp and catfish.

NELSON RESERVOIR – Fishing is poor!  A fish kill has occurred due to low oxygen levels, which happens overnight and in the early morning.  Fishing is better in the afternoon/evening or when sun is on the lake because oxygen levels are higher then.