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Fishing Report - October 31st

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Fishing Report - October 31st

Fishing is still fair to good in many lakes and streams even though stocking has ceased for the year. Report below.

THE RANCH AT SOUTH FORK POND - Fishing is good as the trout are active and feeding before sundown.


BECKER LAKE – Fishing is fair to good. Large trout are becoming more active with cooler water temperatures, chasing schools of fathead minnows in the shallows. Water is being diverted into Becker via the fill ditch, which is a good sign for better water levels in the near future. Becker Lake is open to catch-and-release fishing, with artificial fly and lure only, and single barbless hooks only.

BIG LAKE – Fishing is fair. The store is open, and boat rentals are available. This is the time of year to try for larger cutthroat trout that feed more actively with cooler water. The algae bloom is slowly disappearing. The lake level is somewhat low, but boat ramps near the store and at South Cove are accessible. The boat ramp at Railroad Cove is very low and launching trailered boats here will be difficult.

CARNERO LAKE – Fishing is fair. It is difficult getting to open water with kickboats, but there is some open water in the center once you get past the weedy shoreline.

CLEAR CREEK RESERVOIR – Fishing is poor for trout, but fair to good for bullheads, bass and catfish. Boats can be launched at the official boat ramp, but will have difficulty reaching the canyon above the highway bridge due to shallow water and vegetation.

CONCHO LAKE – Fishing is poor.

CRESCENT LAKE – Fishing is fair. Anglers have been catching some rainbow trout on Power Bait and nightcrawlers. The store is closed. Access to the boat ramps on the west and south sides is good.

FOOL HOLLOW LAKE – Fishing is fair. Anglers have been catching a few trout on nightcrawlers and Power Bait. A few bass are also being caught on lures by boat anglers. A 10-pound channel catfish was recently caught here with chicken livers.

GREER LAKES – Fishing is fair. River Reservoir is now full, and boats can be launched. High flows from an exceptional monsoon season have filled the lake early. Bunch and Tunnel Reservoirs are filling slowly.

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 for Arctic grayling. The lake level has come up a few feet, and the boat ramp is usable again. The algae bloom is gone, and the pH level is normal. Watch for surface action in the evening to catch grayling. Apache trout in this lake were killed by high pH levels over the summer.

LUNA LAKE – Fishing is fair. Some anglers are catching trout on Power Bait and worms in the early morning and late evening hours. The lake is full.

LYMAN LAKE – Lyman Lake State Park is open to overnight camping, which will be allowed through Nov. 4. Fishing is poor for bass and fair to good for catfish.

NELSON RESERVOIR – Fishing is fair. The lake is full and spilling. From Sept. 1 through March 31, the bag limits on trout at Nelson are unlimited; it will change back to a six-trout limit on April 1.

RAINBOW LAKE – Fishing is poor for trout and fair for catfish and bullheads. Weed conditions at Rainbow Lake are much improved over what they normally are this time of year. White Amur (grass carp) was stocked into the lake under a special permit to control the nuisance aquatic weeds. Please release these fish if incidentally caught so they can do their job at eating weeds. The water level is good, up from where it was in mid-summer, which helps when launching and operating boats in the lake.

SCOTT RESERVOIR – Fishing is fair for trout. Try catfishing at night with worms, chicken livers and prepared baits. The water is turbid, but the lake level is good.

SHOW LOW LAKE – Fishing is good to excellent for trout. Worms fished off the bottom and flies are working well. The lake was stocked at the end of September with 3,010 rainbow trout. Some anglers are also catching some catfish on chicken livers and prepared baits and some bass on lures. October is the month to catch large walleye by trolling or casting Rapala-type lures in the shallows at night. The concession and boat rental store is closed for the season, but the campgrounds are still open.

WOODLAND LAKE – Fishing is poor for trout, but fair for bass and catfish. The lake is weedy around the shoreline areas.


EAST FORK of the BLACK RIVER – Fishing is fair. The stocking season has ended for the year.

WEST FORK of the BLACK RIVER – Fishing fair. The stocking season has ended for the year. Vehicle access to the West Fork Campground will remain closed through this year.

LITTLE COLORADO RIVER in GREER – Fishing is fair. The stocking season has ended for the year.

SHEEPS CROSSING – Fishing is fair. The stocking season has ended for the year.

SHOW LOW CREEK – Fishing is poor in the large pool below the dam. The stream was last stocked in late August, which was the last stocking scheduled for the year.

SILVER CREEK – Fishing is good to excellent. Anglers are catching larger rainbows on flies in the upper section. Try bead-headed wooly buggers, brown or olive simi seal leeches and bead-headed prince nymphs. Silver Creek was stocked on the first of October with 500 Apache trout and 900 large rainbow trout to kick off the catch-and-release season, which runs from Oct. 1 through March 30. Silver Creek is now open to artificial lures and flies only, and barbless hooks. No bait fishing is allowed during this season. Please remember to practice good catch-and-release techniques to help maintain the fishery during this season.

The latest complete Arizona fishing report can be found here: Arizona Fishing Report

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