Fishing is good for trout at Woods Canyon Lake, Willow Springs Lake, Big Lake, Show Low Creek, Silver Creek, and Sheeps Crossing.
WILLOW SPRINGS LAKE – Fishing is good. The lake was stocked heavily during the last couple weeks with over 6,000 rainbow trout and will be stocked again this week with another 1,895 rainbow trout.
WOODS CANYON LAKE – Fishing is good. The lake was stocked heavily in the last couple weeks with more than 9,000 rainbow trout and will be stocked twice again this week with another 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 to 20 feet deep, depending upon where the thermocline is located. Experiment with different depths until you find the fish. The Woods Canyon Lake store is open and boat rentals are available.
Trout Stocking Schedule
Week of Aug. 18-22
Show Low Creek – 1,187 rainbow trout
Woods Canyon Lake – 3,030 rainbow trout
Willow Springs Lake – 1,894 rainbow trout
Week of Aug. 25-29
Fool Hollow Lake – 400 large (13 inch) rainbow trout
Show Low Lake – 850 large (13 inch) rainbow trout
Willow Springs Lake – 1,895 rainbow trout
Woods Canyon Lake – 3,060 rainbow trout
East Fork Black River – 1,000 Apache trout
Little Colorado River in Greer – 500 Apache trout
Sheeps Crossing – 500 Apache trout
Silver Creek - 500 Apache trout
Good morning, Rim Country anglers,
A reminder to everyone that the USFWS is in the final days of making the decision to release Mexican Gray Wolves in the Sitgreaves and Tonto National Forests as well as the Payson and Tonto Basin Ranger districts. There will be no more public meetings and the final day for the public to provide input to the USFWS is Sept. 23. The next step will be the final environmental impact study and the final decision by the USFWS which is expected in January 2015.
Bass fishing was called “good” this past week with most of the positive reports coming from the Salt River end of the lake. This is probably due to the increased flow of water the past couple of weeks.
The best reported bait this past week was a dark colored jig using a flippin technique; the second was a dark-colored worm on a dropshot; and third was a 7-inch curly tail camo worm on the Carolina rig.
The early top-water bite didn't appear to be happening this past week; however, experienced anglers are continuing to report that the gradual transition from the summer pattern to a late summer/early fall pattern is underway. You'll want to keep a top-water bait tied on your rod and ready to cast if you see bass chasing schools of shad on the surface. Fall fishing can be some of the most fun times to be on the water, and I, for one, am looking forward to the cooler weather and being able to spend more time on the water.
The crappie bite was called fair this past week. Crappie are still being caught in brush that is in 20-30 feet of water. A lot of patience is required and you may need to catch a couple from one location, then move to another spot. Ideally, if 4-5 spots are known, you can rotate between them and not put too much fishing pressure on any one spot. Small 2-inch grub tail baits on the 1/16 or 1/8-ounce jighead are required as well as 4-6-pound test line.
Trout fishing on all of our Rim lakes continues to be reported as good to excellent. Visithttp://www.azgfd.gov/h_f/stocking_schedule.shtml for stocking schedules of Rim country lakes and streams.
Many successful baits were reported this past week including cicadas, PowerBaits, grubs, and dry flies.