Frances Short Pond refilled and stocked for first time since 2022 Pipeline Fire

Francis Short Pond - Flagstaff, AZ (Coconino County)

by Arizona Game & Fish Department

Francis Short Pond in Flagstaff has been refilled and stocked with trout. The pond was drained in summer 2022 after monsoonal rains following the Pipeline Fire flushed thousands of cubic yards of ash, debris and sediment into the pond, resulting in a complete fish kill due to low dissolved oxygen. 

The City of Flagstaff worked tirelessly to remove over 5,000 cubic yards of debris
during the summer of 2023. It repaired and installed a new aeration system that
not only runs on solar power, but is also hooked up to main electrical power. The new
aeration system has the capacity to provide dissolved oxygen to the pond 24 hours a
day, particularly overnight when it is the most critical time for fish survival.

The pond was refilled with Class A reclaimed water by the City of Flagstaff in early October 2023, and the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Page Springs Hatchery stocked 500 rainbow trout on Nov. 8 and again on Nov. 20.

Fishing has been good using flies (#12 Prince Nymphs and #10 Simi-seal leeches) and lures (1/8-ounce Panther Martins and Kastmasters). The limit is 2 bass minimum size 13 inches, the limit is 4 channel catfish, the limit is 5 sunfish, the limit is 4 trout. Surface temperature was 46.5 F, pH 7.75, D.O. 7.2, Secchi Depth 1 meter (3.28 feet) on 11/6/2023.

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Arizona Game & Fish Department Reports
for Monday, October 30th, 2023

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J. D. Dam Lake: JD Dam Report
Russel Tank: Russell Tank Report
Upper & Lower Lake Mary: Upper and Lower Lake Mary Report
Francis Short Pond: Frances Short Pond Report
Ashurst Lake: Ashurst Lake Report
Kinnikinick Lake: The lake is full and turbid
Oak Creek: Oak Creek Report
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Wet Beaver Creek : Bass are unlimited harvest in Wet Beaver and Beaver Creeks
Colorado River - Lees Ferry: Lees Ferry Anglers Report
Lake Powell: Lake Powell Fishing Report
Knoll Lake: The Knoll Lake campground is closed for the winter
Woods Canyon Lake: Woods Canyon Lake Report