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Posted: Thursday, August 27, 2015 5:00 am | Updated: 2:39 pm, Thu Aug 27, 2015.


New reports: Recommended Waters to Fish

Woods Canyon Lake and Willow Springs Lake are good for stocked trout in the Rim lakes area.  Fool Hollow Lake is good for bass and sunfish. Show Low Lake is fair for walleye at night or early morning and good for trout.  Nelson Reservoir is good for green sunfish and stocked rainbow trout.  Fishing at LCR in Greer, Sheeps Crossing, and Silver Creek are also good to excellent.

Aug. 15 report from Jim Goughnour of Rim Country Custom Rods: “Rim Country trout fishing continues to offer excellent opportunities for skilled and novice anglers. Stocked rainbow trout will mostly stay within a few hundred yards of the stocking area. So keeping this in mind, a good pair of polarized sunglasses will permit anglers to sight these trout in pools along a stream. Then it’s just a matter of making an accurate cast using PowerBait, a small fly or even a worm to land a perfectly sized trout. In addition to pools, look for overhangs or areas where the stream narrows that will hold trout. Also logs, boulders and ledges are prime trout locations.”

Mogollon Rim Lakes

• BEAR CANYON LAKE – Fishing is to fair for stocked rainbow trout.  Trout were stocked weeks ago.

• BLACK CANYON LAKE – Fishing is fair to poor for stocked rainbow trout. The lake level is very low at 12.8 feet below full, and the boat ramp is gated off for safety reasons, making it very difficult to launch a boat.  The pH is also very high (9.7).

• CHEVELON LAKE – Fishing is good to fair for holdover rainbow trout and wild brown trout. The access to Chevelon Lake is difficult, requiring a long steep hike or ATV ride down to the dam area. 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 two trout daily bag limit.

• WILLOW SPRINGS LAKE – Fishing is good. Anglers have been catching trout on worms and PowerBait (green and garlic). The lake was stocked last week and again this week with rainbow trout.

• WOODS CANYON LAKE – Fishing is good. Anglers have been catching trout with PowerBait and worms 10-12 feet below the surface. The lake was stocked last week with rainbow trout and again this week.

In-Town Lakes (Pinetop/Show Low)

• FOOL HOLLOW LAKE – Fishing is fair for stocked trout. Fish were stocked last week.  Fish for trout in deeper water, but not below the thermocline where there is little oxygen, which has been 12-15 feet below the surface in previous years. Fishing for bass and catfish is fair. Try fishing for green sunfish right under the piers or shoreline with a piece of a worm!  The lake level is low so use caution when launching a boat.

• RAINBOW LAKE – Fishing for bullheads, channel catfish, and bass and northern pike is good to fair, but poor for trout.  Some 12-13-inch rainbow trout were stocked several times in April, but high pH levels (10.1) had prevented summer stockings. Weeds are still thick but starting to die down; however, there is an algae bloom, making water clarity poor. White amur (grass carp) have been stocked into the lake to control nuisance aquatic weeds. Please release these fish to do their job of eating aquatic weeds.

• SCOTT RESERVOIR – Fishing is poor for rainbow trout. Fishing for channel catfish is good.

• SHOW LOW LAKE – Fishing is good to fair. Fish were stocked this week.  Fish for trout in deeper water (surface temperatures are warm). Don’t fish for trout below the thermocline since there is little dissolved oxygen in very deep water. The thermocline is approximately 15-20 feet below the surface this year. An 18-inch rainbow trout was caught last week by the inlet; however, it was the only fish the angler caught all day. The store is open, and boat rentals and campground sites are available.

• WOODLAND LAKE – Fishing is poor. A very strong algae bloom has developed and the pH is very high (9.5). Woodland was last stocked with rainbow trout about two months ago, which was the lake’s last stocking for the year.  Try fishing in early morning for trout or try for catfish or bass.

White Mountain Lakes

• BECKER LAKE – Fishing is good to fair especially when cloudy or early morning and evening.  The fishing pier is closed for safety reasons.  Fly anglers have been catching large rainbows (18-22 inches) in both deep and top water. Try indicators with shammy worms (dog bone), large egg patterns, San Juan worms, or zebra midges or a full-sink line with bright leaches or wooly buggers and work them particularly slowly.  Use dry flies such as brown beatle pattern or small hoppers.  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 poor for boat and shore anglers. Trout are in deep water.  Try PowerBait.  The store is open and boat/kayak rentals are available.

• CARNERO LAKE – Fishing is fair, if you can get out on the lake. The lake level is very low and launching a boat or tube will be difficult. Bring your waders and try wading!  Fishing from shore may be even more difficult.  Work on the dam to fix a broken outlet pipe is complete, keeping in water.  Water levels are rising slowly and there has been no sign of a summer kill as of yet, so fish have grown even larger than what was found in our spring survey (24 inches)!  One angler caught two fish measuring more than 24 inches during the later morning hours.  He was wading.

• CLEAR CREEK RESERVOIR – Fishing is poor for stocked rainbow trout. Fishing is fair for sunfish, bullheads, and bass.

• CONCHO LAKE – Fishing is poor. Anglers may catch trout on garlic and green PowerBait.

• CRESCENT LAKE – Fishing is poor. Spring fish surveys found some large rainbow trout survived winter. Lots of weeds. pH levels are very high (9.93) and prevented spring and summer stocking.

• GREER LAKES (River; Tunnel; Bunch) – Fishing is fair to poor for stocked rainbows at all three lakes, which were stocked in June. Lake levels are low. Boat launch is extremely difficult except in River.

• 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. Lake dredging is underway.

• LEE VALLEY LAKE – Fishing is poor for stocked Apache trout and holdover Arctic grayling. Water quality has plummeted with an algae bloom and high pH (9.6). The water level is somewhat low and launching a boat with a trailer may be difficult. Float tubes and pontoons should not be a problem.

• LUNA LAKE – Fishing is fair. The lake has some large holdover trout, plus it was stocked with catchable size rainbow trout in the spring.  Weeds are thick along some shorelines. There was a significant algae bloom and pH levels are high (9.7).

• LYMAN LAKE – Lyman Lake State Park is open. Fishing is fair for bass and catfish. Fishing is good for carp; use corn.

• NELSON RESERVOIR – Fishing is fair to good. The lake was stocked heavily in early summer. Anglers should fish the upper end of the lake where the water is clearer. There is a strong algae bloom.  Fishing is good for sunfish, particularly during the day and evening hours. Use worms for sunfish.

White Mountain Streams

• EAST FORK of the BLACK RIVER – Fishing is good to fair. The East Fork was stocked with rainbow trout last week and again this week. There are also wild brown trout present in the stream. The water may be high due to monsoonal rains.  

• WEST FORK of the BLACK RIVER – Fishing is good to fair. Apache trout were stocked last week and again this week at the Forest Road 68 crossing. The lower reaches contain some wild brown trout. The water may be high due to monsoonal rains.  

• LITTLE COLORADO RIVER in GREER – Fishing is good to excellent. The stream was stocked with rainbow trout last week and again this week. There are also wild brown trout in the stream. With increased turbidity due to monsoon storms, fishing is picking up.

• SHEEPS CROSSING – Fishing is excellent for Apache trout. Sheeps Crossing was stocked with Apache trout last week and again this week. There are also wild Apache trout present in the stream. With increased turbidity due to monsoon storms, fishing is picking up.

• SHOW LOW CREEK – Fishing is poor. Little water was flowing in the creek from Show Low Lake. Flow has increased since water is now being released, however oxygen levels are very low and the creek was not stocked this week as scheduled and may not be stocked the rest of the year. Stay tuned.

• SILVER CREEK – Fishing is good. Silver Creek will be stocked this week with rainbow trout. The general fishing season started 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. Water may be high due to flash flooding.

  • Discuss

Welcome to the discussion.


  • 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.


  • 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: 5

    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: 89

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

  • Whiplash Willy posted at 5:33 am on Sat, Jun 20, 2015.

    Whiplash Willy Posts: 976

    How did I wind up in the archives ? Boy it sure is dark down here.

  • Russ_in_WML posted at 8:44 pm on Wed, Jul 29, 2015.

    Russ_in_WML Posts: 1625

    Wes is not here giving the weather report for the best time to catch fish? I'm shocked....

  • Whiplash Willy posted at 1:43 pm on Thu, Jul 30, 2015.

    Whiplash Willy Posts: 976

    Did Wes ever tell you about his great grandfather being swallowed by a whale ?


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