Arizona Anglers Enjoy Summer Catchin'
July 15, 2013
Tip Of The Week
Remember that at Blue Ridge (C.C. Cragin) there is no bag or possession limit.
The road is open and SRP has begun to draw the lake down for necessary repairs to the dam and associated piping.
There have been reports of some nice holdover trout being caught.
The lake will not be stocked this year due to plans to drain the lake for repairs.
The Reel Deal
But, first some great news from Patagonia Lake! We have successfully excavated a channel to deeper water and the lake caught significant water overnight. It is currently about 22 inches down from the normal high water level, and all boats should be able to launch with no problem.
We don't anticipate any issues for the main boat ramp for the remainder of 2013.
Unfortunately, all lands that are owned or managed by the state, including Department Wildlife area, remain under stage II fire restrictions. One thing this means is no campfires.
Further Fire Info
And how about this feat from a young, precocious angler: On July 5 at Parker Strip on the Colorado River, this young man was catching and using crawdad, goggles and all, eventually landing this 14-inch smallmouth Bass. Good to see enthusiastic young anglers. (See embedded photo.)
Angler's reports that have been emailed to BFishing@AZGFD.gov have been pouring in. At willow springs, one angler had a great tip: He noticed that too many anglers last weekend were trolling too fast, which was keeping their rig too high in the water column. Great tip, Todd, and thanks.
Also, if you have any questions in regards to fishing, send your question to the same address, BFishing@AZGFD.gov, and we might feature your question, and our answer, in the "Q & A" section. Regardless, we will answer your question.