If you're a fly angler, the old adage of matching the hatch will apply to the rim trout lakes. Now if you are camping this weekend, please read the AZGFD website related to the level II fire restrictions. The forest is extremely dry in most areas so be extremely careful.
Show Low Lake and Fool Hollow Lake both provide good opportunities to catch some walleye, especially at first and last light. Fool Hollow also has largemouth bass and smallmouth bass, as well as trout. The Fool Hollow State Park has some great facilities.
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WILLOW SPRINGS LAKE – Fishing is good. The lake will be stocked this week with 3,190 rainbow trout. Anglers are catching trout on PowerBait.
WOODS CANYON LAKE – Fishing is good to excellent. The lake will be stocked this week with 3,236 rainbow trout. Anglers are catching trout on green PowerBait. The Woods Canyon Lake store is open and boat rentals are available.
James Goughnour of Rim Country Custom Rods reported: The Rim lakes continue to produce some great fishing trips. Stocked trout are plentiful and whatever your favorite trout lure is, it will work this week.
Super-doopers, Z-Rays, crank bait and dry flies were all reported successful and PowerBait on a small treble hook will almost always catch a trout. Some very nice size trout have been caught in the last several weeks.
What a great experience to watch antelope an deer grazing on the shoreline as you troll for 2-5-pound rainbows. Consistently, anglers are reporting that they are catching limits in less than three hours.
$10,000 Fishing Derby
The Business Council of Greer is sponsoring a $10,000 Fishing Derby until Oct. 31.Catch 1 of 50 tagged fish in the three Greer Lakes and bring one into the Lazy Trout Market to exchange for a hat. On Nov. 1 at 10 a.m. at The Lazy Trout Market, a tag will be drawn and it must match the winning number sent by OddsOnPromotions to win the $10,000. Registration is not necessary before catching the tagged fish. If there is no $10,000 winner, a $250 first and $100 second place winner will be drawn. Complete rules are available at The Lazy Trout Market.
Roosevelt Lake water level dropped another 1% this past week and currently stands at 45% full. The Tonto Creek has stopped flowing the Salt River is flowing at 40% of its normal rate for this time of year. The water temperature is increasing with morning temperatures in the low 80s increasing to the mid-to-high 80s during the afternoon.
The water clarity increased this past week and is now being called clear or slightly stained depending on where you're fishing on the lake. The Tonto end of the lake is reported to be more clear than the Salt River end.
Bass fishing was called good this past week. Post-spawn bass are still chasing shad on the surface, but that bite clearly slowed this past week. The best success was reported this past week on Texas-rig and Carolina rig 6-inch green lizards. A dropshot technique using a morning dawn or camo-colored Roboworm and a weightless Senko were also reported successful.
Most anglers reported fishing main lake points in 15-25 feet water.
The best time to fish reported this past week was the late afternoon until dark when the fish begin moving to shallow water. One experienced angler reported a good jerk bait bite in shallow water that lasted from sunset until after dark.
Crappie reported “fair” at Roosevelt
Night time crappie fishing was reported to be fair this past week. The moon phase should make small jigs and small spinnerbaits effective this week, but most anglers prefer to use live minnows for night time crappie fishing.