FISHING REPORT

01/01/2021

Mogollon Rim

Fishing pressure should be low, but so are the temps and the fish will most likely be lethargic as well. Size 20-16 dark colored nymphs, Size 20-16 elk hair caddis and BWO patterns if there is a hatch or you’re feeling frisky. Slow your retrieval when fishing streamers.

For the lakes you may have to go deep with your nymph rigs. Zebra midges and wd40’s seam to do the trick.

White Mountains

The lakes will probably be your most productive, and the fishing pressure should be down. The days might be slow, but this time of year is when some megaliths come to net. Stick to streamers and nymphing. Vary your depth when nymphing until you find fish. Don’t be afraid to tie on some larger nymphs like Copper John’s up to size 8. Zebra midges and wd40’s in size 20-16 are lake staples just about anywhere in the states.

As far as the streams, I may have seen some recent pics of rather large browns, but don’t count on the same results. Just saying they are still lurking.

Tucson + Valley Areas

All of the urban and low lying waters are in the middle of trout stocking right now. They are stocked every other week starting the week of January 4th until the middle of March. We saw some rather large and colorful stockers in the Salt river last year. Here is a link to the Arizona Game and Fish winter stocking>>  Schedule 

Lee’s Ferry

Check the Lee’s Ferry Anglers site for the best up to date information by clicking the link below.

ABOUT AREA WATERS

LEE'S FERRY COLORADO RIVER

A world class fly fishing experience in one of the most beautiful places on earth. It is a 15 mile stretch of the Colorado river from the put in to the dam. Wade fishing is possible at the walk-in area and campsites are available. Mainly a rainbow trout fishery, you have a shot at catching brown trout as well. To take in the full grandeur of Lee’s Ferry we recommend using a guide service or bringing your own boat.

FLY RODs: 10 ft 3 wt, 10 ft 4 wt, 9 ft 5 wt, 9 ft 4 wt, 10.5 – 11.5 switch rods.

FLOATING LINE: For dries, nymphing, streamers.

SINK TIP LINE: for swinging streamers.

MOGOLLON RIM STREAMS

The Mogollon Rim is small stream country with a few lakes peppered throughout. Easy access can be had directly off of Hwy 260, but for a remote wilderness experience look for dirt road access and better yet hike in a ways.  Access near highways are stocked with rainbows and wild trout haunt the more remote stretches of streams. The lakes are stocked with rainbow trout and tiger trout.

FLY RODs: 7-8 ft, 3- 4 wt rods will cover most needs.

FLOATING LINE: 99% of the time.

SINKING LINE: For the occasional deep hole.

WHITE MOUNTAIN STREAMS

From the small feeder streams to the confluence of the Black and White rivers forming the Salt river, the White Mountains offer up some great fishing. Campground areas are stocked with Apache and rainbow trout and wild brown trout can be found throughout the entire system. The White Mountains are comprised of Tribal land and National forest, so be sure to have the appropriate licenses and permits.

FLY RODs: 7-8 ft, 3- 4 wt rods will cover most needs.

FLOATING LINE: 99% of the time.

SINKING LINE: For the occasional deep hole.

WHITE MOUNTAIN LAKES

There are many lakes scattered across the White Mountains of Arizona, some of which are on National Forest land and others on Tribal land. Make sure you obtain the appropriate permits and licenses. These lakes are stocked with; Apache trout, Cutthroats, Arctic Grayling, Rainbows and also have wild browns that call these bodies of water home.

FLY RODs: 9-10 ft, 3- 5 wt rods.

FLOATING LINE: For nymphing, dries and streamers.

SINKING LINE: For dredging up the big fish.

MOGOLLON RIM LAKES

There are several lakes along the Mogollon rim that can be accessed just off of Hwy 260. They start just outside of Payson and continue on to the town of Heber. These lakes are stocked with rainbow and tiger trout and become quite busy during the summer months. The shoulder season’s are a great time to fish these lakes.

FLY RODs: 9-10 ft, 3- 5 wt rods.

FLOATING LINE: For nymphing, dries and streamers.

SINKING LINE: For dredging up the big fish.

OAK CREEK CANYON

Oak creek is perhaps one of the prettiest streams in the United States however, due to it’s popularity it see’s a lot of pressure from fisherman as well as day users. A road parralell’s almost its entire length and Rainbow trout are stocked at access points. Despite its popularity, there are still wary, wild brown trout that call this stream home, some of which are of formidable size. This creek is a great shoulder season destination as it sits lower in elevation and the crowds tend to dissipate.

FLY RODs: 7-8 ft, 3- 5 wt rods.

FLOATING LINE: For everything.