There’s some rain predicted for the high country regions this week (great news!) which could trigger some good trout feeding activity: fish just before a storm. Be safe with summer monsoon storms — get off the water when you hear lightning, watch out for flash flooding, and don’t forget to bring a few extra layers and a rain jacket to stay comfortable in the mountain cold.
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This is a great time to head to the high country and put kids on some crayfish and trout. Despite forest closures, there remain many opportunities for a high country fishing adventure.
Some prime spots are where we’ve added additional fish due to the closures: Big Lake near Pinetop and Woods Canyon Lake and Willow Springs Lake on the Mogollon Rim. Sounds like there’s still some good fishing to be had at Kaibab Lake near Williams for panfish, trout and catfish. Show Low Lake and Fool Hollow Lake are great spots to take kids to catch sunfish off rocky shorelines (use a small worm on a No. 12 hook) and crayfish.
Or head to a spot where we’ve stocked Apache trout, such as the East Fork of the Black River, pictured above, the West Fork of the Black River, the West Fork of the Little Colorado River in Greer, and Silver Creek,
Over at Big Lake, trolling from a boat is the most productive method during the summer. If shore fishing, get out early or late in the day, and take cover in your vehicle or camp during monsoon/lightning storms.
Some anglers at Lyman Lakein eastern Arizona have been having some good luck walleye fishing. One angler reportedcatching lots of tasty walleye using square-bill crankbaits.
In the desert regions, top-water action is prime with some good surface boils happening at spots such as Lake Pleasant. Fish the first 2 hours of daylight for top-water action. Sunrise has been at 5:25 a.m MST. Some good lures to use for boils include Ricos, jerkbaits, Rat L Traps, Kastmasters, swimbaits and Zara Spooks.
Water temperatures at most desert impoundments are reaching the low-80s during the daytime.