Desert Sportsman Fishing Report 11/16/2018
Lees Ferry – Fishing has been good upriver with standard midge/indicator rigs and olive color streamers with a sink tip line (150-200gr). The fish seem to be healthy and steadily increasing in size. Most effective patterns: size 18-22 Zebra Midges in black/silver and black/copper, size 6-10 olive Crystal Buggers.
San Juan River, NM – The San Juan has been fishing well with flows staying around 500cfs. Standard midge/indicator rigs have been the most productive utilizing size 20-26 Thread Midges in gray, black, and tan. Dead drifting olive or brown leech patterns is also effective when paired with a midge trailer.
Mogollon Rim Region (Sedona, Payson, Heber-Overgaard)
Oak Creek – Fishing has been fair. Cooler fall weather has the bigger browns more active during the day. Watch for a small hatch of blue wing olives before noon. Venture away from main access points for greater solitude and browns.
Tonto Creek – Fishing has been good. Cooler weather dictates use of large streamer patterns for trophy fish.
Canyon Creek – Fishing has been excellent as of late and water conditions have significantly improved with recent rainfall.
Rim Lakes – Fishing has been good for stocked rainbow and tiger trout. Fishing type III sink lines with leech patterns has been very productive. Fish do rise in the mornings and evenings, so an assortment of dry flies and a floating line will get the job done most days. Some holdover fish exist and a smallmouth bass population still persists in Willow Springs Lake.
Bass Lakes – Bartlett has been the most consistent producer with good numbers of largemouth being caught on threadfin shad colored streamers on intermediate sinking lines. Fish have been in 10-15ft of water off main lake points. Try white Clouser Minnows size 4-6.
Local Carp Waters (Canals and Ponds) – The carp bite has been great lately and we keep the best flies in stock at all times … stop by the shop for the latest patterns and info!
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