Woodland Lake likely has holdover bass, sunfish, and catfish lurking

Woodland Reservoir - Lakeside, AZ (Apache County)

by Arizona Game & Fish Department

Woodland caught some water this past spring after poor snow and rain during 2021. Water levels will be low this summer again, but catchable-size rainbow trout were stocked in March, April and May, as well as fingerling channel catfish, 4- to 6-inch largemouth bass, and adult bluegill. Despite low water in 2021, Woodland Lake likely has holdover bass, sunfish, and catfish lurking. Channel catfish can be caught using bait on the bottom, especially at night. Small bass and sunfish may be hiding under the floating dock and can be fun with a small hook, worm and bobber. AZGFD and the Town of Pinetop-Lakeside partnered to complete phase one of a fish habitat project on Woodland Lake in August 2021. Twenty-seven Georgia Cube structures were placed in the lake with the ultimate goal of improving fishing for warmwater fish. Locations of all structures will be released to the public in the near future.

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