FISHING REPORT

04/16/2022

Mogollon Rim:

Now is a great time to get out and fish the streams. With elevated water that is slightly off color, it provides a bit of cover for the angler.

This time of year we see some of the most prolific hatches in AZ. Lately we’ve seen little black and brown stone flies, callibaetis of all different sizes, as well as caddis and believe it or not a yellow sally here and there. Make sure you have a good variety of dry flies.

For underwater I would consider darker colored nymphs and possibly trailing them behind a leech type pattern.

As far as lakes, the fish will get more active as the water warms up. If your fishing the lakes, try slowing your retrieval a bit.

White Mountains:

Same as above.

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Phoenix Carp:

Folks are having a lot of fun on the canals lately, that is when the wind isn’t howling in your face. Make sure to check the weather if you want to make the best of it.

Remember; You are not allowed to fish the CAP canal!

Lee’s Ferry

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ABOUT AREA WATERS

Arizona Stream Fishing Tips:

When fishing Arizona streams, stealth is the key. You can never be too slow or too low when approaching a stream in Arizona, especially when stalking the wild browns and rainbows that call these rugged and remote waters home. Crayfish are prolific in a lot of Arizona’s waters and the larger fish take advantage of that.

Other areas are stocked with native Gila and Apache trout. These streams/lakes can be a lot of fun, as these fish feed like cutthroat trout and can be easier to fool.

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 6 wt, 9 ft 5 wt, 9 ft 4 wt, 10.5 – 11.5 switch rods for swinging flies.

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: 7-9 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: 7-9 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: 7-9 ft, 3- 5 wt rods.

FLOATING LINE: 99% of the time.

SINKING LINE: For a particular spot.