Parker Canyon Lake Report
by Arizona Game & Fish Department
Rod H. submitted this angler report from Parker Canyon Lake two weeks ago: “Had more fall fishing fun at Parker Canyon this weekend. In each of the past three weekends, I've caught and released several big largemouth bass. On this particular day, I put the yak aground in a small cove to hold it in place from the breeze so I could relax a bit from paddling. While against the shore, I put a cast across the small cove to a nearby flooded tree. The first cast using my little Zebco 33 micro using 4-pound mono landed near the edge of the tree branches and produced a nice bluegill.
Feeling a bit more ambitious, I decided my next cast would be a precision effort putting the small soft plastic multi-legged crappie bait on a jig deeper into the tree between a couple of branches. It landed where I wanted. I felt a small tap when the bait settled in the roughly 1.5 feet of shallow water. 'Cool, another bluegill,' I thought. 'I'm going to need to haul back on it to get it out of the branches.' Yeah, right…the rod totally loaded up and the fish on the other end turned and went even deeper into the tree branches and other floating stuff. My little Zebco 33 micro was screaming with the drag ripping line through the extremely strong surge. I thought maybe I’d caught a catfish.
During a slight pause, I managed to wind in a few cranks before it changed direction and moved out from the tree branches. Luckily for me, the line didn't snag on anything as the fish moved to the deeper water of that cove. It pulled and stayed deep for the longest time. You are only able to apply slight leverage when using this ultralight rig. The fish managed to stay pinned to the small barbless jig. I got my first glimpse at about 3 meters from the yak when it rolled and headed back towards deeper water. I saw the big broad side of the fish and realized then it was no catfish. It was a 5-pound bass!
There were other nice-sized caught-and-released fish (see photos below). The fish generally were not as aggressive as they were in past weeks. I suspect the cooler temperatures influenced this. But my photos below show there are still plenty of fish that are willing to play as long as you are able to make precision casts presenting baits near them. A nice mix of topwater, suspended, and deep presentations produced these results. All fish were caught using smaller (less than 3-inch) soft plastic baits on ultralight rigs with 4-pound mono. Wishing you all good fishing (and catching!)"
Arizona Game & Fish Department Reportsfor Wednesday, October 19th, 2022
Black River West Fork: AZGFD to hold public meetings about proposed West Fork Black River native fish restoration project
Bartlett Lake: AZGFD conducts annual flathead catfish survey at Bartlett Lake and Lake Pleasant
Kaibab Lake: Kaibab Lake Fishing Report
Cataract Lake: Water clarity is excellent
City Reservoir: Water clarity is improving and the lake is relatively clear
Dogtown Lake: The lake is full and the water clarity is good
Santa Fe Reservoir: Santa Fe Reservoir Report
Upper Lake Mary AZ: Upper Lake Mary Report
Ashurst Lake: Ashurst Lake Report
Francis Short Pond: Difficult to say when conditions will be appropriate to stock Frances Short again
Kinnikinick Lake: The lake level is down, but there are no issues launching a boat
Lower Salt River: Lower Salt River Report
Roosevelt Lake: Roosevelt Lake Fishing Report
Bartlett Lake: Barlett Lake Report
Oak Creek: Oak Creek Report
Wet Beaver Creek : Wet Beaver Creek Report
West Clear Creek: Roundtail chub are often caught in sections of West Clear Creek
Woods Canyon Lake: Woods Canyon Lake Report
Knoll Lake: Knoll Lake Report
Blue Ridge Reservoir: Blue Ridge Reservoir Report
Rose Canyon Lake: Rose Canyon Report
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