Trout fishing has slowed down on many of the local lakes because of the hot weather last week. Even with the hot weather trout fishing was good on Ashurst and Knoll Lake. Warm water fish such as bass and crappie are starting to get more active on the lakes around Williams with microjigs and small bead-head flies fished under a bobber or on a fly rod working well. Fossil Creek is closed to fishing.
KAIBAB LAKE -- Campground is open. Anglers were catching crappie and bluegill on small bead headed flies. Scheduled to be stocked this week.
CATARACT LAKE -- Campground is closed. One angler reported catching a large catfish on a crayfish colored crankbait. Try bead headed flies of microjigs for the crappie and bluegill in the lake. Bass can also be caught.
CITY RESERVOIR -- The lake is closed because of the fire danger.
DOGTOWN LAKE -- Campground is open. Trout were being caught early in the day on rainbow Power Bait and worms. Crappie fishing was fair on Saturday. Scheduled to be stocked this week
JD DAM -- No Report. Remember the lake is managed as a catch and release fishery.
SANTA FE -- No report
WHITEHORSE LAKE -- Campground is open. Lake Level is low. Fishing was slow
LOWER LAKE MARY -- Lower Lake Mary is pretty weedy and no one has been fishing it.
UPPER LAKE MARY -- No recent reports but this is a good time to fish on Upper Lake. A lot of pike were being caught on anchovies and fly anglers were also catching pike. A few nice crappie were also caught.
ASHURST LAKE -- Campground is open. Anglers were catching trout up to 14 inches on Power Bait and worms. We had a report from an angler that he was catching trout up to 18 inches last week, but didn't give any details on the techniques that were working. Scheduled to be stocked this week.
FRANCeS SHORT POND - Fishing was fair-good over the weekend with a few catfish being caught on hotdogs and worms. Trout were being caught on rainbow Power Bait and corn. Bluegill were being caught on corn fished about 3 feet under a bobber. Bead headed prince nymph flies were also working.
KINNIKINICK LAKE -- Fishing for catfish can be good this time of year as the water warms. The lake has a good sized population of brown trout with some being very large. Try using small crawdad colored crankbaits fished deep or nightcrawlers early in the morning or just about dusk for brown trout. A grasshopper kicking around on the surface in the evening might also work
OAK CREEK -- Anglers were reporting catching stocked trout over the weekend. Scheduled to be stocked this week.
LONG LAKE -- We have had a few reports that the pike fishing has been good on Long Lake,
BEAVER CREEK - Trout stocking has stopped for the summer season. No report.
WEST CLEAR CREEK-. Trout stocking has stopped for the summer season. No report.
STONEMAN LAKE -- NO FISH.
BLUE RIDGE -- Road is open and SRP has begun to draw the lake down for necessary repairs to the dam and associated piping. We've heard reports of a some nice holdover trout being caught. Will not be stocked this year due to plans to drain the lake for repairs to the dam.
KNOLL LAKE -- The road is open. Lake is full. Stocked last week. Scheduled to be stocked this week. Fishing was good over the weekend using Power Bait.
WHITE MOUNTAINS AND RIM LAKES
Recommended Waters to Fish
Fishing is good at Crescent Lake, Big Lake, Nelson Reservoir and the Greer lakes in the Springerville and Greer areas; Woods Canyon Lake in the Rim Lakes area, and Silver Creek in the Pinetop-Lakeside and Show Low areas.
Trout Stocking Schedule
Week of June 24-28
Bear Canyon Lake - 749 rainbow trout
Bunch Reservoir - 966 rainbow trout
Little Colorado in Greer - 605 rainbow trout
River Reservoir - 1,608 rainbow trout
Scotts Reservoir - 535 rainbow trout
Sheeps Crossing - 517 Apache trout
Show Low Lake - 335 rainbow trout
Silver Creek - 528 rainbow trout
Tunnel Reservoir - 1,004 rainbow trout
Willow Springs Lake - 3,038 rainbow trout
Woods Canyon Lake - 3,500 rainbow trout
Week of July 1-5
Bear Canyon Lake - 280 rainbow trout
East Fork of Black River - 1,000 Apache trout
Little Colorado in Greer - 605 rainbow trout
Sheeps Crossing - 512 Apache trout
Show Low Lake - 620 rainbow trout
Silver Creek - 528 rainbow trout
Willow Springs Lake - 1,500 rainbow trout
Woods Canyon Lake - 3,650 rainbow trout
MOGOLLON RIM LAKES
BEAR CANYON LAKE - Fishing is fair to good. The lake was stocked last week with 749 rainbow trout, and will be stocked this week with 280 more rainbows. The lake is full.
BLACK CANYON LAKE - Fishing is poor to fair. Anglers have been catching some stocked rainbows. The water level is 6.8 feet below spill, and the boat ramp is getting difficult to use.
CHEVELON LAKE - Fishing is good for boat anglers using lures and fair for shore anglers. The lake is full, but no longer spilling.
WILLOW SPRINGS LAKE - Fishing is poor. The lake was stocked last week with 3,038 rainbow trout, and will be stocked with 1,500 more rainbows this week. The lake is full, but not spilling.
WOODS CANYON LAKE - Fishing is good. The lake will be stocked this week with 3,650 rainbow trout. The store is open, and boat rentals are available.
WHITE MOUNTAINS LAKES
BECKER LAKE - Fishing is fair. Fish early or late in the day for best success. Becker Lake is open to catch-and-release fishing, with artificial fly and lure only, and single barbless hooks only.
BIG LAKE - Fishing is good. The best action has been early in the morning. Shore anglers have been doing well on worms and garlic PowerBait. Boat anglers have been successful with spinners and lures (Panther Martin, Crickhoppers in black, gold or fire-tiger colors). The store is open, and boat rentals are available.
CARNERO LAKE - Fishing is good. The lake was restocked in early May following a winterkill. Anglers are catching stocker-sized rainbows. There won't be any larger fish until this fall.
CLEAR CREEK RESERVOIR - Fishing is poor for trout. The lake was stocked in May with rainbow trout. Fishing is good for bullheads, bass and catfish.
CONCHO LAKE - Fishing is fair. Anglers have been catching trout on worms.
CRESCENT LAKE - Fishing is fair to good. Spring surveys showed carry-over rainbows up to 18 inches and brook trout up to 16 inches survived the winter. Anglers have been catching rainbows up to 19 inches on bait, lures (Crickhoppers and KastMasters) and flies (peacock ladies and crystal buggers). The store is closed. Access to all boat ramps is good.
FOOL HOLLOW LAKE - Fishing is fair. The bite is slowing down as warm water has driven trout into deeper water. Anglers are catching a few trout at night on worms and PowerBait. Anglers are also catching some bass and bluegill off the fishing piers.
GREER LAKES - All Greer lakes (River, Tunnel and Bunch Reservoirs) are getting low, but fishing is fair to good. Tunnel Reservoir was stocked last week with 1,004 rainbow trout, Bunch Reservoir with 966 rainbow trout, and River Reservoir with 1,608 rainbow trout. Water levels at River and Bunch are below the concrete curb at the end of each boat ramp. Boats will have to be carried to the water. Boat launching at Tunnel Reservoir is still good, but the lake is low.
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.
LEE VALLEY LAKE - Fishing is fair. The lake has Apache trout and Arctic grayling. Fish very early or very late in the day for any success. Recent netting revealed grayling from 5- to 10-inches and Apache trout from 7- to 10-inches. The lake is almost six feet low, and launching a trailered boat is difficult. Float tubes, pontoon boats, Kayaks and canoes are recommended.
LUNA LAKE - Fishing is fair. Some anglers are catching 14- to 15-inch trout on PowerBait in the early morning. Recent netting revealed rainbows ranging from 7- inches to 14-inches.
LYMAN LAKE - Lyman Lake State Park is now open to overnight camping, which will be allowed through November 4. Fishing is fair to good for bass, catfish and walleyes.
NELSON RESERVOIR - Fishing is good. The lake was heavily stocked with almost 20,000 rainbow trout. There are also a few larger, carry-over trout from last year. Anglers are catching stocker rainbows on PowerBait.
RAINBOW LAKE - Fishing is poor to fair. The trout bite is slowing down as the waters warm up and weeds are growing, but warm water fish are starting to bite. White Amur (grass carp) were stocked into the lake under a special permit to control the nuisance aquatic weeds that plague Rainbow Lake every year. Please release these fish if incidentally caught so they can do their job at eating weeds.
SCOTT RESERVOIR - Fishing is fair. The lake was stocked last week with 535 rainbow trout. The water is turbid, but the lake level is good.
SHOW LOW LAKE - Fishing is fair. Anglers are catching trout on worms, PowerBait and lures. The lake was stocked last week with 335 rainbow trout, and will be stocked this week with 620 more rainbows. The concession store is open, and boat rentals are available. The spillway campground and the road over the dam are open.
WOODLAND LAKE - Fishing is fair for trout and fair to good for bass and catfish. The lake was last stocked in mid-May with rainbow trout.
WHITE MOUNTAINS STREAMS
EAST FORK of the BLACK RIVER - Fishing is poor to fair. Anglers have been catching some Apache trout on Mepps spinners, flies, and worms. The stream will be stocked this week with 1,000 Apache trout. Forest Road (FR) 276 is open along the East Fork. The river is running at base flows. Wild brown trout are also present.
WEST FORK of the BLACK RIVER - Fishing is fair. Fishing is fair below and above this crossing due to impacts from the Wallow Fire. Vehicle access to the West Fork Campground will remain closed through this year. Wild brown trout are also present in the lower end.
LITTLE COLORADO RIVER in GREER - Fishing is good. The stream will be stocked this week with 605 rainbow trout. The stream is flowing at base flows, approximately 8 cfs. Wild brown trout are also present.
SHEEPS CROSSING - Fishing is good. The stream will be stocked this week with 517 Apache trout.
SHOW LOW CREEK - Fishing is good in the large pool below the dam. The stream was stocked two weeks ago with 660 rainbow trout.
SILVER CREEK - Fishing is good. The stream is open to general fishing regulations (bait, lures and flies are legal, with a six-fish daily bag limit) from April 1 through September 30. Silver Creek will be stocked this week with 528 rainbow trout. The upper section is closed to angling during the general regulation season.