FISHING REPORT

06/16/2021

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.

With these warm temperatures, please monitor water temps and stop fishing when temps raise above *67!

Mogollon Rim:

Streams; Ants and stimulators during the day, and watch for callibaetis and caddis hatches in the morning and evening hours.

Lakes; Watch for fish cruising the shoreline in early mornings and late afternoons. Strip streamers parallel to shoreline right along the drop-off. Wooly Buggers and simi-seal leeches are a solid go to. Crayfish colors, white where fish are stocked, black is always a solid choice. Also dragon fly and damsel fly nymphs.

During the daytime, hanging Zebra Midges and Wd40’s out in the depths should do the trick. Look out for morning/evening hatches, particularly along damn lines where there are a lot of boulders.

White Mountains:

Streams; Ants and stimulators during the day, and watch for callibaetis and caddis hatches in the morning and evening hours.

Lakes; Same as the rim lakes. Watch for fish cruising the shoreline in early mornings and late afternoons. Strip streamers parallel to shoreline right along the drop-off. Wooly Buggers and simi-seal leeches are a solid go to. Crayfish colors, white where fish are stocked, black is always a solid choice. Also dragon fly and damsel fly nymphs.

During the daytime, hanging Zebra Midges and Wd40’s out in the depths should do the trick. Look out for morning/evening hatches, particularly along damn lines where there are a lot of boulders.

Tucson Areas South:

The urban trout stockings are over and the bass and carp are on the bite. Bass will be more active during the low light hours. Dragon fly and damsel fly patterns, Crayfish patterns, Simi-seal leeches. Wooly Buggers imitate all of these insects in different colors.

Phoenix Carp:

The canal fishing is hot right now! In more ways than one. It’s just a matter of finding the right canal. Look for canals that have enough clarity to spot fish in. Canals that are really low and clear will be tougher to present flies to carp in. I find the best water for me is when it is slightly off color. Look for fish tailing and feeding along walls. Don’t be afraid to cast to pods of cruising fish.

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

Lee’s Ferry

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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: 99% of the time.

SINKING LINE: For a particular spot.