MOGOLLON RIM LAKES
BEAR CANYON LAKE – Fishing is good. The lake will be stocked this week with 1,755 rainbow trout.
BLACK CANYON LAKE – Fishing is poor. The lake level is very low, down about 13 feet, and launching boats is extremely difficult.
CHEVELON LAKE – Fishing is fair. Water temperatures are warm, so trout will be deep most of the day. The road to the dam has been improved, but is open only to vehicles 50 inches wide or less (ATVs). The hike into the lake is strenuous.
WILLOW SPRINGS LAKE – Fishing is fair. The lake was stocked last week and will be stocked again this week with 1,895 rainbow trout.
WOODS CANYON LAKE – Fishing is good. The lake was stocked twice last week and will be stocked twice again this week with 3,030 rainbow trout. Fish early morning or evening when the fish are most active. Otherwise the fish congregate just above the thermocline and will be suspended in a narrow band within the water column somewhere between 15-20 feet deep, depending upon where the thermocline is located. The Woods Canyon Lake store is open and boat rentals are available.
Good morning, Rim Country anglers,
Bass fishing on Roosevelt Lake was called “good” this past week by local anglers. The bass are in a summer pattern and anglers are reporting a good bite in the early morning and after sunset until about midnight.
A lot of water is being taken out of the lake for downstream use, and fortunately it was offset this week by the rain.
The Salt River is flowing at 200 CFPS which is almost 65 percent of its normal flow for this time of year while the Tonto Creek is not flowing.
Now as soon as the monsoons slow down, the flow rates into the lake drop accordingly. But we're all glad to see water coming in to help the lake.
A Carolina rig using a lizard was the most successful technique and bait used last week followed by a dropshot using a 6-inch worm. However, Texas Rig technique and jigs were also reported successful.
Most anglers are fishing main lake points or drop-off areas near flats such as Goose Flats or Connor's Ledge, which were reported as hot spots this past week.
Most bass are in the 15-25-foot depth, but some are being caught at 30 feet. I also received a couple of reports of suspended bass in 30-40 feet of water where a spoon would be effective.
Now this is typically is a late summer or fall pattern, but if you see suspended fish on your graph, a Crippled Herring spoon might get some good action. I'm also getting sporadic reports of an early morning/dusk top-water bite again, so watch for bass chasing shad on the surface.
The crappie bite was called good last week due to the nighttime fishing. Crappie were reported to be right in the brush or under a ledge. Vertical fishing with an ultralight rod and 4-pound test line was reported to get baits into the brush where the crappie school. Two baits were recommended this week: A Lil' fishy in the blue pearl color and a 2-inch motor oil and chartreuse tail grub.