Fishing Report: North Central region

Kaibab Lake last week — fishing is picking up with cooler water temps.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Arizona Game and FIsh

by Arizona Game & Fish Department

Fall trout stockings on Frances short Pond has begun. Trout fishing is improving with the cooler temperatures. Fall is one of the best times to catch trout in Northern Arizona.


KAIBAB LAKE —With the cooler weather trout fishing is picking up on Kaibab Lake. Fish with PowerBait on the bottom.

CATARACT LAKE — I haven’t had any recent reports from Cataract Lake. We caught a quite a few nice bass, bluegill and channel catfish when we sampled the lake. The catfish were mostly on the road side of the lake while the bluegill were along the dam. We also caught a 4-pound brown trout on the north side of the lake. It was caught around a bunch of small bass so a bass colored lure might work.

CITY RESERVOIR — City was stocked with rainbow trout last week. Fishing was good for trout over the weekend using PowerBait on the bottom. Folks were also catching catfish fishing off the bottom using chicken livers.

DOGTOWN LAKE — We caught a quite a few nice bass, and crappie when we sampled the lake. Most of the bigger bass were caught near the dam. Trout fishing should be picking up as the lake cools with the cooler weather.

SANTA FE — The lake is full. Catfish have been biting mostly around dusk using chicken livers. Anglers were also catching lots of crappie using chartreuse crappie jigs.

WHITEHORSE LAKE — We caught a quite a few nice bass, crappie and bluegill when we sampled the lake. Most of the bigger fish were caught along the dam, but we caught one really nice sized bluegill in the cove by the camping sites.


LOWER LAKE MARY – We have had reports that the fishing is starting to pick up with the cooler weather. Folks are catching fish on powerbait off the bottom and on worms. Folks are also catching some nice sized trout on beadhead prince nymph flies.

UPPER LAKE MARY — No new reports.

ASHURST LAKE — Fishing is picking up with the cooler weather. Folks are catching trout in the shallows on the south west side of the lake on PowerBait.

FRANCES SHORT POND – Frances Short received its first fall stocking of 500 rainbow trout on Monday. If you have kids you want to catch fish Frances Short is the place to go. Folks were catching lots of bluegill on worms. Fly fishermen are catching lots of crappie Folks fishing with worms or hot dogs were catching catfish.


OAK CREEK — Stocked this week.

BEAVER CREEK – No report.


BLUE RIDGE — No report.

KNOLL LAKE — No report.

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