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Posted: Thursday, April 16, 2015 5:00 am | Updated: 4:10 pm, Thu Apr 16, 2015.

Arizona Game and Fish for April 10

White Mountains

New reports:

Recommended waters to fish

Woods Canyon Lake and Willow Springs Lake are good for holdover and recently stocked trout in the Rim Lakes area (Forest Road 300 is open).  Fool Hollow Lake, Show Low Lake, and Rainbow Lake were stocked last week with supercatchable size (12-13”) rainbow trout, and Woodland Lake will be stocked this week.  Big Lake is ice free and accessible (Highways 273 and 261 are open).  Bunch Reservoir and River Reservoir in the Greer area are being stocked this week. Silver Creek is open to bait fishing and a 6 trout daily bag limit from April 1 through September 30 (upper section is now closed) and many large holdover rainbow trout are expected to be caught in the next week or two.

Trout stocking schedule

Week of April 6-10

Bear Canyon Lake – rainbow trout

Becker Lake – rainbow trout

Bunch Reservoir – rainbow trout

Luna Lake – rainbow trout

River Reservoir – rainbow trout

Show Low Lake – large 12-13” rainbow trout

Willow Springs Lake – rainbow trout

Woodland Lake – rainbow trout

Woods Canyon Lake – rainbow trout

Week of March 30-April 3

Fool Hollow Lake – large 12-13” rainbow trout

Rainbow Lake – large 12-13” rainbow trout

Show Low Lake – large 12-13” rainbow trout

Willow Springs Lake – rainbow trout

Woods Canyon Lake – rainbow trout

Mogollon Rim Lakes

Note: Forest Road 300 is now open.

• Bear Canyon Lake – Fishing is good for holdover rainbow trout and stocked trout. The lake will be stocked this week. No ice on the lake. Forest Road 300 is open.

• Black Canyon Lake – Fishing is fair for holdover rainbow trout. No ice on the lake. The lake level is fairly low at 10 feet below full, making it very difficult to launch a boat.

• Chevelon Lake – Fishing is fair for holdover rainbow trout and wild brown trout. Recent fish surveys found good numbers of 11-12 inch rainbows and several large 21-23 inch brown trout. No ice on the lake; the water temperature was 47 degrees. Forest Road 300 is open. New fishing regulations on Chevelon Creek upstream of the lake and downstream of the lake (to Chevelon Crossing) now match the lake regulations, which is artificial fly and lure only with a 2 trout daily bag limit.

• Willow Springs Lake – Fishing is good.  The lake was stocked last week with rainbow trout and will be stocked again this week. No ice on the lake; the water temperature was 49 degrees. Forest Road 149 is open.

• Woods Canyon Lake – Fishing is good. The lake was stocked last week with rainbow trout and will be stocked again this week. No ice on the lake; the water temperature was 50 degrees. Forest Road 300 is open.

White Mountain Lakes

Note: Highways 273 and 261 are open.

• Becker Lake – Fishing is good. No ice on the lake. Fly anglers have been catching large rainbows (18-22 inches) on a variety of flies, but zebra midges and egg patterns are catching most fish at this time. Becker Lake is open to catch-and-release only, artificial fly and lure only; single barbless hooks only. No trout may be kept.

• Big Lake – Fishing is good. Anglers are catching mostly 12-14 inch brook trout, but a few large rainbows and cutthroats are also being caught. The rainbows and cutts should get more active as the water temperatures rise into the 50s. No ice on the lake; water temperatures were 45 degrees last week. Highways 273 and 261 are open. The store is in the process of opening and will be available for business on weekends.

• Carnero Lake – Fishing is poor. The lake is ice free, but the lake level is very low. Forest Roads 117 and 117A are open.

• Clear Creek Reservoir – Fishing is poor for trout, and fair for sunfish, bullheads, and bass.  No ice on the lake.

• Concho Lake – Fishing is fair. Concho was the first lake to be stocked this season, receiving a load of rainbow trout in early March. No ice on the lake.

• Crescent Lake – Recent surveys found some trout survived the winter, thus fishing should be fair for large holdover rainbow trout.  No ice on the lake; the water temperature was 47 degrees last week. Highways 273 and 261 are open.

• Fool Hollow Lake – Fishing is good for stocked trout. The lake was stocked with large 12-13” rainbow trout last week. No ice on the lake. The lake is very low so use caution when launching a boat.  Water was released from Show Low Lake to increase the lake level at Fool Hollow, but the current level is still fairly low. The large trout will hit well on spinners, Kastmaster lures, and bait.

• Greer Lakes – Fishing is fair for holdover rainbows and wild browns at all three lakes, and good for stocked trout at Bunch and River reservoirs, which get stocked this week. No ice on the lakes and lake levels at all three reservoirs (Bunch, River, Tunnel) are full. Recent fish surveys at River Reservoir found a few 16 inch holdover rainbow trout and good numbers of 14-16 inch wild brown trout. Several large 23-25 inch brown trout were also caught, measured, and released. Water temperatures were 48 degrees last week.

• Hulsey Lake – The lake was drained following the Wallow Fire to help reduce expected flooding on Escudilla Mountain and has not been stocked since the fire in 2011. Plans to dredge the lake are underway.

• Lee Valley Lake – Fishing is fair for holdover Apache trout and Arctic grayling. Recent fish surveys found several 16-18 inch Apache trout and moderate numbers of 10-13 inch grayling. No ice on the lake; the water temperature was 42 degrees last week. Highways 273 and 261 are open.

• Luna Lake – Fishing is good.  The lake has some large holdover trout, plus it will get stocked with rainbow trout this week. Recent fish surveys found rainbow trout up to 21.4 inches and cutthroat trout up to 20 inches. The lake is full and has no ice; water temperatures were 42 degrees last week.

• Lyman Lake – Lyman Lake State Park is open. No ice on the lake. Fishing is poor to fair for bass, catfish, and carp, but fair for walleye.

• Nelson Reservoir – Fishing is fair. The lake is full and has no ice. Anglers are catching a few big holdover rainbow trout.

• Rainbow Lake – Fishing is good for large 12-13” rainbow trout that were stocked last week, and should be fair for northern pike. The lake is full and there is no ice. The large trout will hit well on spinners, Kastmaster lures, and bait.

• Scott Reservoir – Fishing is poor. No ice on the lake, but the level is full.

• Show Low Lake – Fishing is good for large 12-13” rainbow trout that were stocked last week and scheduled to be stocked again this week. Anglers have also been catching a few bigger (15-16”) holdover rainbow trout on PowerBait. Recent fish surveys found large numbers of 14-15 inch walleye and one 30 inch/8 pound walleye, good numbers of 1-2 pound smallmouth bass and a few up to 3 pounds, good numbers of 1-3 pound channel catfish and a couple up to 6 pounds, and a few holdover 16-inch rainbow trout. The large trout will hit well on spinners, Kastmaster lures, and bait. No ice on the lake and water temperatures were 56 degrees. The store is still closed, but boat rentals and the campground are available.

• Woodland Lake– Fishing is good. It will be stocked with rainbow trout this week. The lake is full and has no ice.

White Mountain Streams

Note: Highways 273 and 261 are open.

• East Fork of the Black River – Fishing is fair. The stream is running below normal for this time of year. Highways 273 and 261 are open. Trout stocking is not scheduled until the first week in May, but the river contains wild brown trout.

• West Fork of the Black River – Fishing is poor. The stream is running moderately high with snowmelt runnoff. Highways 273 and 261 are open. Trout stocking is not scheduled until the first week in May, but the lower river contains some wild brown trout.

• Little Colorado River in Greer – Fishing is fair. The stream within Greer and at Government Springs is running a little high with snowmelt runoff, but the water is fairly clear. Trout stocking is not scheduled until the first week in May, but the river contains wild brown trout

• Sheeps Crossing – Fishing is fair. The stream is running a little high with snowmelt runoff but the water is fairly clear. The water temperature was 36 degrees last week. Highway 273 is open.

• Show Low Creek – Fishing is poor. The access road over the dam is still closed for the winter.

• Silver Creek – Fishing has been excellent for large holdover rainbow trout. The general fishing season at Silver Creek runs through Sept. 30. Bait fishing and a six trout daily bag limit are allowed at this time, however, the upper section is closed until Oct. 1.

  • Discuss

Welcome to the discussion.

17 comments:

  • ElefantDude posted at 2:21 pm on Tue, Sep 27, 2011.

    ElefantDude Posts: 1

    Went fishing on Hawley Lake this past weekend (9-23 thru 9/25) I caught my limit of 10 fish - 5 on Saturday and 5 on Sunday. 3 of them were nice German Brown trout that I caught on Sunday morning near the dam. They were hitting spinners and KastMasters early in the morning. (Right when the sun was coming up.

    Tight Lines!!!

     
  • tommykai04 posted at 8:24 am on Wed, Oct 5, 2011.

    tommykai04 Posts: 6

    Seems like these fishing reports are the same as a few months ago. What do they do copy and paste from week to week???

     
  • Roy posted at 9:10 pm on Tue, Nov 29, 2011.

    Roy Posts: 1

    Can anyone tell me which lake has an easy access so I can take my 2 grandchildren ice fishing. I would like them to have this experience. Which month would be the best. Thank You.

     
  • The Shadow Fisherman posted at 6:48 pm on Mon, Dec 17, 2012.

    The Shadow Fisherman Posts: 1

    As a reason on temperature and access Silver Creek Fly fishing with grey leech and white egg droppers works well with indicator.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55bZlEhu-qs

     
  • emillygreen posted at 3:17 am on Wed, Jan 23, 2013.

    emillygreen Posts: 1

    So presently silver creek is the only hope for anglers in the area. I just hope the other areas to get soon available and temperatures rise a bit.

    Pest control bed bugs

     
  • benjaminrosales posted at 9:37 pm on Tue, Mar 12, 2013.

    benjaminrosales Posts: 1

    Have any of you guys fished at showlow lake recently? f you have tell me if it was good and if you caught fish

     
  • lee menges posted at 11:07 pm on Tue, Apr 23, 2013.

    lee menges Posts: 8

    Time to go fishing. Get the boat out and pole and bate ready to go.

     
  • Sunfish Master posted at 4:02 pm on Tue, Jul 2, 2013.

    Sunfish Master Posts: 1

    When does the Summer Sunfish Derby end? Do Largemouth Bass count?

     
  • bradymf posted at 11:01 am on Tue, Jul 23, 2013.

    bradymf Posts: 1

    Fishing is NOT GOOD at Silver Creek as this report would lead you to believe. I have been there 3 times this summer with the most recent being this past Friday. Supposedly there are over 500 fish being stocked each week. I am not a bad fisherman and could not get a bite on my fly rod so I got the spinning rod out and tried powerbait. Nothing. I talked to 3 other people there who could not get a bite. If there are 500+ fish stocked per week given the low fishing pressure there would certainly be some carryovers from week to week plus the new ones. Where are the fish????

     
  • angel posted at 7:56 pm on Wed, Jul 31, 2013.

    angel Posts: 4

    We have learned since living in the White Mountains over 35 years that when July comes around and the Monsoons hits there is no fishing to be done as the fish do not bite because the water get to hot so they go down deep and hide and eat on what fisherman lose.

     
  • lee menges posted at 9:42 pm on Sat, Jan 11, 2014.

    lee menges Posts: 8

    Wow, I can't believe that the above postings have been here so long, first one is dated June 7, 2011, last one dated July 31, 2013. Someone needs to clean this page up so it only has current postings

     
  • EdEd posted at 7:14 am on Fri, Apr 25, 2014.

    EdEd Posts: 12

    I agree with lee menges about the postings, who writes this report? Also why don't they address the Silver Creek Hatchery issue that was reported? So far not a word from the Az. Game & Fish Dept. defending their actions. That hatchery belongs to the people of Az.

     
  • sterling cling posted at 8:52 pm on Tue, May 27, 2014.

    sterling cling Posts: 1

    Where has the fishing been good lately?

     
  • Shildor posted at 9:28 pm on Wed, Jul 2, 2014.

    Shildor Posts: 1

    Back packed from Buffalo Crossing down to Beaver Creek fishing periodically all the way. Camped at Beaver creek and fished a full day. Never caught a Trout or saw a Trout. The River did have plenty of Crawfish and the Fathead Minnows were tearing up the Flies - lol (Man what has happen to the Black - it’s depressing). Hit Becker lake in the morning and evening - Fish were out in the Middle and we saw one caught by a Boater. Nelsons was great for the Kids for stockers using power bait but we had no luck with the flies. Store at Reservation Lake is closed on Mondays (FYI)[sad]

     
  • jigglingjiggler posted at 9:34 am on Thu, Sep 4, 2014.

    jigglingjiggler Posts: 2

    This "report" sucks. You guys just keep recycling the same vague reports. When is the last time it was actually updated. My guess is may of 2011. Thanks for the effort.

     
  • jigglingjiggler posted at 9:33 am on Fri, Sep 5, 2014.

    jigglingjiggler Posts: 2

    Updated September 2nd....with the same info that was there the last 2 years worth of updates....great work guys.[sad]

     
  • fishinguy posted at 7:28 am on Tue, Dec 9, 2014.

    fishinguy Posts: 77

    Went to Big Lake 12/8/14. No one was catching anything. I would give it a poor report.

     

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