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Fishing Report

06 April 2012
  Arizona Fish and Game
Local lakes are being stocked - and fish are biting.

FAIN LAKE - Scheduled to be stocked this week. The reports from regulars at the lake say the trout are biting, but the morning bite is the best. Anglers are having luck throughout the day using power bait and Berkley Gulp. Rainbow and yellow seem to be the popular colors.

Fishermen using their fly rod gear are having the best luck. Brown trout and rainbows are hitting the flies very well with one fisherman catching 47 fish (all browns) off the same fly. Flies are less likely to get swallowed so releasing the fish is much easier.

GOLDWATER LAKE - Scheduled to be stocked again the second week of April. Many anglers have reported doing well. Power Bait is probably your best bet, although spinners and flies can do well also. Jimmy C. caught his limit on light colored Power Bait and reported he gilled them the same day and they were delicious. Like most fishing areas, one day the bite is great and the next it’s slow. The last scheduled stocking was the week of March 12.

Game and Fish has been trying to boost the some of the warm water species in Goldwater. Bass and catfish have been stocked three times over the last four years. The bass are being stocked to give a boost to a dwindling population in the lake and to reduce the excessive number of crayfish. Please practice catch and release with the bass, while the population gets re-established.

Game and Fish Biologists surveyed Goldwater on Sept. 15, 2009 and found bass and catfish populations to be much improved over last year. The number of green sunfish was greatly reduced. The bass had a successful spawn last year. If you fish Goldwater and are having luck, please e-mail me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." target="_blank"> This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so I can share your successes with others.

GRANITE BASIN LAKE - Fishing should be slow for the winter. If you fish Granite Basin and are having luck, please e-mail me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." target="_blank"> This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so I can share your successes with others.

LYNX LAKE - Scheduled to be stocked again the second week of April.

Cut anchovies, night crawlers or hot dog are your best bet for catfish. Lynx also can be an exciting place to fish for carp. Common carp are very strong fighters and will provide an excellent table fair. A quick search on the internet will produce tasty recipes for these robust fish. Corn and an assortment of other baits will attract these fish. Lynx can be difficult to fish, if you are not catching anything try moving to a new spot. There are some good spots on the north end of the lake that don’t get fished as heavily as the south end does.

MINGUS LAKE - Scheduled to be stocked for the first time this season on the first week of April. The last stocking was during October!

WATSON - The last trout stocking was the week of Feb. 13. Folks have caught 16-17 inch holdover trout from the shore near the new boat launch.

Game and Fish Biologists surveyed Watson last week and found the bass, sunfish, and bullhead to be plentiful. Crappies were also doing well. Look for the crappie fishing to pick up in a year or two.

If you fish Watson and are having luck, please e-mail me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." target="_blank"> This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so I can share your successes with others.

WILLOW CREEK RESERVOIR - The fishing should be slow until the water warms up I the spring.

If you fish Willow and are having luck, please e-mail me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." target="_blank"> This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so I can share your successes with others.

 

This information is from the Arizona Game and Fish Department Fishing Report

Extra!

The Arizona High School Fishing Championship is set for Saturday, April 7 at Lake Pleasant. Find out more at the High School Fishing website. If anyone from Yavapai County is going, please send a report and photos to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. We'd love to share your day with our readers!