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AZGFD Mid-August Report

High-Country Escapes Are Popular Now


September 1, 2015

Tip Of The Week

Two "old reliable" summer high-country lakes are Kinnickinick and Ashurst lakes near Flagstaff. Kinnickinick Lake is spring-fed, but it is best fished from float tube, canoe or kayak this time of year. Ashurst may not provide the most scenic high-country escape, but it can be one of the more productive ones. It also has some pike (please catch-and-keep all you can to help this fishery).

The Reel Deal

Hot desert nights are made for bottom dwellers - catfish and carp. Relax on the shoreline, wet a line with some stink bait, corn or both, watch the sky for meteor showers (plenty of shooting stars could be seen by boaters at Bartlett Lake Thursday night), and hook into Mr. Whiskers at the same time.

If you want bass, it's time to either go deep or catch some surface action. Using drop shots is probably the best method right now for catching deep bass in our desert reservoirs.

It's also about time for a final high-country trout fishing excursion. Consult our summer trout stocking schedule.

And, if you don't have a license, purchase one online. They're valid for 365 days from the date of purchase and help conserve wildlife.


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