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• Becker Lake: good. Becker Lake can only be fished with artificial flies and lures with a single point without a hook, catch and drop trout only. Large rainbow trout and tigers lurk along the bushes at the southern end, but can also be found in the middle of the lake by boat and float. The flies to try are mosquitoes, the nymph of the prince, brown stone of Montana and bugger KP. There are limited opportunities for land fishing and wading, especially due to water scarcity, but there is a floating fishing dock accessible for the disabled. Spinning fishers can try Z-rays, small Kastmasters or Panther Martins with the highs replaced by a single point pointless hook.

In early fall, fishing is better in the morning before the wind rises and at night after the monsoon storms have passed. At the end of autumn, when the temperatures during the day are cool, the whole day can be very productive. A population of 2019 spring fish discovered that rainbow trout was only 15 inches or more. Largemouth bass illegally introduced into this lake can also be found and fishermen are encouraged to harvest sea bass to help trout populations.

• Big Lake: fair. Cold temperatures during the day and monsoon storms in the afternoon are helping to break up algal blooms and improve visibility in Big Lake. Big Lake is not deep enough to develop a thermocline and cannot "break" in the fall. Cloudy water and poor visibility are due to algal blooms, not to sediment disturbance from the bottom. Fishermen should see a greater bite as the weather cools and trouts become more active.

Fishermen with bait and on land can try anything from worms to PowerBait. Fishing from a boat is generally more successful in early autumn than fishing from the coast, when fish move into deeper, cooler waters. As temperatures cool, trout will be in shallow water, but fishing on the coast is still difficult due to low water levels. Boaters should try spinners and flies. Rainbow trout often feeds in the background, while the killer can be a couple of feet higher in the water column. To attract the killer, use lures that resemble crabs or their movement. Brook trout will hit the flies, but it will also try night crawlers in the background.

• Greer Lakes (Bunch, Tunnel, River): Fair. The river will generally have the largest amount of water, the longest in the fall before being filled again. Water rights are owned by the irrigation company and lake levels are extremely low during the summer. However, this year, Bunch Reservoir still has a good amount of water and received 3,000 catchable rainbow trouts at the end of July due to the adequate water quality. When the lakes begin to fill again in the fall, fish near the inflows where the water is cooler. Try insects and crabs that mimic flies and lures that flow with fresh water.

Trawling flies, such as brown or black woolly insects, or spinners are likely to work well in River Reservoir. Fly fishermen should try the upper end of the river reservoir, where the river enters and the lake is less deep. Sometimes there is a good superficial action in the afternoons; Test hoppers or nymphs under a hopper in early fall when insects are active. As the fall progresses, be careful to breed brown trout upstream of the lake. Try not to aim for fish in reds or step on reds in the stream. This lake has a large population of wild browns. The protection of breeding fish will allow these populations to thrive.

• Carnero Lake: Fishing classification: Good. Fishing from the coast or the use of spinners or lures is difficult in this lake due to weeds. The best way to fish is from a small boat, a canoe or a float. Fly fishing for rainbow trout and tiger trout with woolly insects, princely nymphs or light colored nymphs in open areas. The water is deeper near the islands at the north end of the lake. Water levels remain low this year. However, there are less weeds than normal and more open water. Water quality will only improve during the fall as colder daytime temperatures and afternoon monsoons cool things. Access is still difficult and requires heavy work in the mud to obtain a flotation tube or kayak. Ram will not fill again until winter storms, so put on your boots and fish!

• Clear Creek Reservoir: Fair. Rainbow trout stocked in spring should already be caught, although in a survey conducted in 2019, trouts were found as far as Clear Creek enters Clear Creek Reservoir. Instead, target warm-water species such as largemouth bass, moonfish, catfish and common carp in areas with rocky structure or edge vegetation to provide cover. As daytime temperatures cool, even in Winslow, the bass should be more mobile and active. Fish in the morning from a boat or kayak, navigate and enjoy the unique geology during the middle of the day, and then take the bite of the night. Try small hooks with worms and bobber near the rocks and the structure of the sunfish. For bullhead and carcass catfish, use bait in the background, such as chicken worms and livers, especially at night when the catfish is most active.

• Concho Lake: poor. As water temperatures become hot throughout the summer and water is used for irrigation, this lake becomes inhospitable for trout and tolerable for warm-water species. In autumn, it is only possible to practice kayaking and fishing on land due to water scarcity. Use corn to catch common carp. Try the chicken liver or worms in the background in the afternoon and evening for the channel catfish.

Crescent Lake: fair. Bait and shore fishermen can try the Nightcrawlers and PowerBait. The rocky points on the west side are good for fishermen when the lake is full of weeds. Boat fishermen always get better results in Crescent than land fishermen. Navigators can try to fish with flies, such as woolly insects, prince nymphs or peacock ladies, or use spinners like Panther Martins, small Mepps or Cocktails. Population surveys in the spring of 2019 found very few fish, but in very good condition. Supplementary trout were stored to improve fishing after poor water quality during 2018. This lake is full of fish, but murky water can make it difficult to catch sight fishing and dry fly fishing: use flashy lures or streamers, or bait. Summer seaweed blooms and water scarcity probably diminished the success of fishing. As the weather cools and the water quality improves, try Crescent instead of other nearby lakes that may be overfished.

• Silly Hollow Lake: good. With a variety of fish species, Fool Hollow Lake offers something for everyone, from first-time fishermen to experienced veterans. For children and novice fishermen, night crawlers at the bottom or under a bobber in rocky areas are a good way to fish bluegill or green fish. More experienced fishermen can try rotating baits, jigs and night gear around the underwater rocky structure, where large sea bass, sea bass and pike perch hide. This is a great lake to catch pike perches the size of a trophy. Catch the catfish in early fall with nocturnal crawlers or chicken livers in the background. Try the imitation lure of small sea bass and moonfish for pike perch in the shallow rocky waters at night. Water quality is good and rainbow trouts were stored until the end of August.

• Lee Valley Lake: good. Lee Valley Lake can only be fished with artificial lures and flies. Floating tubes are popular and easy to use in this lake. However, the success of fishing from the coast is comparable to fishing from a floating tube or a boat. Lee Valley holds the state record of Arctic thymus (14.65 inches). Either end of the dam is a good place to fish from the shore. Fly fishing is usually the most productive technique in this lake. The wet flies to try are the hare-eared nymphs, the small peacock ladies and the prince nymphs in sizes from 14 to 16. Just before it gets dark, the surface action can be good with dry flies, such as the small Adams, the mosquito or mosquito larvae, and the light Cahills in sizes 16 to 20. The successful rotating lures can be small Panther Martin, small Z-rays or a very small Kastmaster fish of prey. Fall fishing should be good and water quality has remained good throughout the summer, so look for Apache trouts or grab them that have gained weight since planting in spring.

• Luna Lake: fair. Luna Lake is the last fishing opportunity in eastern Arizona before the New Mexico state line. Large, picturesque, with many amenities for visitors and close to the city of Alpine, Luna Lake offers good fishing in spring, early summer and fall for locals and visitors alike. This lake has the current state record for wild trout at 6 pounds and 5 ounces. Summer seaweed blooms and water quality problems should clear up in the fall and really improve fishing. Trolling with flies works well in spring and early summer on Luna Lake. Try woolly insects, a prince's nymph, simi seal leech and other large, wet flies. Nightcrawlers and PowerBait extracted from the background also work well. Fishermen on land and by boat succeed on Luna. Water quality conditions in the summer were stressful and caused minor fish death, but they are improving as temperatures cool and will only improve as autumn progresses.

• Lyman Lake: fair. Lake Lyman Lake State Park, the largest lake in the region with excellent amenities and unrestricted motor boats, attracts fishermen, as well as campers and water skiers throughout the year. Population surveys in the spring of 2018 found large numbers of pike perch and canal catfish throughout the lake. Try fishing for sea bass, pike perch and moonfish in rocky or weedy areas of the lake. Predatory fish such as pike perch and bass should concentrate in the deepest areas of the north near the dam. Fish catfish with night crawlers or chicken livers in the background at night. Catch tents with corn baits or dough. Lyman Lake has filled significantly since the low waters of 2018, changing the behavior and habitat of the fish. Try new techniques in new areas if your usual methods don't work.

• Nelson Reservoir: Good. Water levels remain good as the lake filled up this spring and continued to spill until early summer. The southern end is the most superficial and may be totally inaccessible due to weeds. Fish from a boat or along the rocks in the dam. It is known that this lake produces a type of black fish the size of a trophy. Try spinners like Panther Martins or Z-rays, artificial flies and baits, especially night crawlers. The green fish is abundant and can be easily caught along the rocky coast with night trackers. Aim for rainbow trout during cloudy days or even when it rains when fish can be more active and less worried about shadows overhead.

  • Patterson Ponds: Good. Located in St. Johns, this community fishing water is equipped with rainbow trout in the fall. Try using small Panther Martins or gold Kastmasters. Bluegill are stored in early summer and channel catfish are stored in the last months of summer. Patterson ponds got an additional load of blue gills from the Eagar Days fishing tank thanks to the city of Eagar and Eagar P.D.! Look for rainbow trout socks in October and November. Fish with chicken livers or night crawlers in the background during the afternoon and evening when the catfish is most active. A general or community fishing license is required to fish here. The daily limits of the pond bag are applied in community fishing waters (2 trout; 2 catfish; 5 moonfish).

• Rainbow Lake: fair. Because much of the coast is privately owned, Rainbow Lake is best fished from a boat. Water levels are still good this year and minimal weeds make sailing a dream! Fishermen can get lucky by throwing near the structure with rotating baits for the largemouth bass and the northern pike. Help eliminate the northern pike illegally introduced by harvesting any catch. Fish in the background with night crawlers or stinky baits to catch the catfish. The herbivorous carp (white amur) is stored in this lake to control weed populations; The daily crop limit across the state is 1 per day, minimum 30 inches. Archery is not a legal method of catch for grass carp. However, grass carp is a fun summer pleasure when other fish don't bite. Try small hoppers, green or white flies, or small lures, anything that might look like plants, and let a grass tent drag it in the afternoon.

• Scott Reservoir: fair. Scott Reservoir is almost full after good winter storms. Rainbow trouts were stored in spring and catfish from the catchable channel were added to increase the population. While trout can be fished, catfish are fun at night with corn, chicken livers or their own special stench. Other species of warm waters such as largemouth bass or blue gill can be replenished when the necessary maintenance of the dam is completed.

• Low Lake Show: good. With campground, restrooms, fish cleaning station and boat rentals, Show Low Lake is a great place to get away from it all while having services nearby. Rainbow trout is stored in spring and summer, while the natural reproduction of pike perch, sunfish, sea bass and catfish offers fishing opportunities during the rest of the year. This year fry catfish were stored to increase populations in the future. Use night crawlers or chicken livers in the background to aim for the catfish. In autumn, water stratification is broken thanks to the colder days. The trout that remain after the last half are more active and spread throughout the lake. Trout fishing is better in the morning and in the afternoon when the sun goes down; Use worms, PowerBait or small lures.

The Walleye AZ state record was caught here with a weight of 16 pounds! Use fish imitators throughout the water column, especially in the afternoons and near the rocky structure. The spring 2018 population surveys showed a good small mouth bass; The largest fish weighed more than 3 pounds and was found right next to the pier. It's time for Show Low Lake to produce another state record and fall after the summer crowds are gone is a good time to do it!

• Woodland Lake: fair. Rainbow trout was last stored in May, so there are likely to be few remaining trouts. The fishing pier is currently closed for safety reasons and will probably not be repaired for some time. The catfish of the fry channel was stored during spring to grow in the coming years. The adult canal catfish can be caught with bait in the bottom, especially at night. The bass and small sunfish can hide under the floating dock and can be fun with a small hook, worm and bobber.

White Mountain Streams

• Low Creek Tailwater Show: Fair. The large pool below the Low Lake Show Dam is once in early September to end the summer fishing season. Fishing will begin to decrease a couple of weeks after the final average. Try flies or small lures to get fish from the bottom or under cover.

  • Low Creek Meadows Show: Good. This new community fishing program located at the beginning of the Show Low Bluff trail in Show Low offers multiple opportunities for fishermen and families alike. Hiking trails and a disc golf course provide extra fun! Show Low Creek Meadows will stock good sized rainbow trout every month during the fall. Fishing will continue to improve as the water temperature cools. There must also be remnants of blue gills and great channel catfish from summer stockings. Fishing is allowed from the beginning of the trail and the bridge, upstream to the Hampton Inn on Hwy 260 / White Mountain Blvd on Show Low. Bait can be used, but the daily limits of the bag are 2 trout, 2 catfish, 1 bass (minimum size 13 ") and 5 moonfish.

• Silver Creek: hot. Silver Creek is stocked weekly until September with Apache trout and / or rainbow trout. Silver Creek is open for harvest from April 1 through September 30, including bait fishing, daily bag limit of 6 trout. Harvest is not allowed after September 30. On October 1, the capture and release season begins. You can only use artificial lure or fly with a single point pointless hook. The super catchy rainbow trout will be stocked on October 1. Fishing in Silver Creek will be very good, except during the hottest and brightest parts of the day. Spot fish with dry flies or small nymphs in the morning and at night. Nymphs and mosquitoes floating through the larger pools can be effective during the day. Small single hook lures will also be effective. Silver Creek is a property of the Hunting and Fishing Commission; Entrance is only allowed from 30 minutes after sunrise to 30 minutes before sunset, approximately 7 a.m. at 5 p.m. During the capture and release season in autumn and winter, both the upper and lower sections can be fished. Unauthorized entry into the grounds of the hatchery is not allowed.

• West Fork-Black River: good. Fishing is good for Apache trout and wild brown trout. The sequence is stocked weekly with Apache trout until mid-September. Flow levels are higher and slightly colored during monsoon runoff, but they will fall and disappear as monsoon storms decrease. Try dried flies, nymphs, streamers, small lures or PowerBait for trout. Hoppers or hoppers with drippers will work well in early fall when insects are most active. West Fork Campground is now open to the first river crossing. When walking upstream from the camp, West Fork Black River upstream from Hayground Creek is catching and releasing, artificially attracting or flying alone with a single point pointless hook. Hayground Creek is closed to all fishing. As autumn progresses, be careful with the spawning of brown trout. Try not to aim for fish in reds or step on reds in the stream. This stream has a large population of wild browns. The protection of breeding fish will allow these populations to thrive.

• East Fork-Black River: good. Fishing is good for Apache trout and wild brown trout. The sequence is stocked weekly with Apache trout from May to mid-September. Flow levels are higher and slightly colored during monsoon runoff, but they will fall and disappear as monsoon storms decrease. Try dry flies, nymphs, woolly insects, streamers, small lures or the PowerBait for trout. Hoppers or hoppers with drippers will work well in early fall when insects are most active. As autumn progresses, be careful with the Brown Trout spawning. Try not to aim for fish in reds or step on reds in the stream. This stream has a large population of wild browns. The protection of breeding fish will allow these populations to thrive.

• Little Colorado River – Sheep & # 39; s Crossing / West Fork: Good. The river will be supplied until mid-September. and the temperature of the cooling water will help improve fishing. Wild Apache trout fishing will be even better if you are willing to walk upriver. Flow levels are higher and slightly colored during monsoon runoff, but they will fall and disappear as monsoon storms decrease. Try dry flies like an Adams parachute or small nymphs like the hare's ear. Small lures or PowerBait can also be effective.

• Small Colorado River – Greer: hot. The stream was stored this spring with Apache trout for the first time since 2015 and will be stored weekly during September. Stored trout will likely persist for 1-2 months after final replenishment. Wild brown trout fishing should improve as the water temperature cools. Try dried flies, small nymphs, small lures or PowerBait for trout. Flow levels are higher and slightly colored during monsoon runoff, but they will fall and disappear as monsoon storms decrease. As autumn progresses, be careful with the Brown Trout spawning. Try not to aim for fish in reds or step on reds in the stream. This stream has a large population of wild browns. The protection of breeding fish will allow these populations to thrive.

* Community water fishing program

Veronica Corbett is a biologist at AZGFD Lakes in Pinetop


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