My Favorite Arizona Fishing Waters
My favorite Arizona fishing waters are all around the South of Flagstaff area.
This area offers a variety of fishing waters. Small
lakes and larger lakes, creeks with convenient follow-the-road access, and
hike-in creeks They
- Ashurst Lake
- Coconino Reservoir
- Kinnikinick Lake
- Upper Lake Mary
- Lower Lake Mary
- Oak Creek
- West Fork (of Oak Creek)
- Beaver Creek
- West Clear Creek
My favorite Arizona fishing waters? I have several favorites, depending on who's with me and how much time we have to fish...
and the time of year.
Lower Lake Mary can offer good fishing for stocked rainbow trout... when it has water in
it... and it is full right now!.
It sometimes goes dry in low moisture years. It lies right along Lake Mary Road and is accessible by kids and to some extent, handicapped
Upper Lake Mary also lies alongside Lake Mary Road, just south of the lower lake.
This lake also has good accessibility from the road.
This lake holds a great variety of game fish, including species normally thought of as warm water fish.
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Large mouth bass, yellow bass, crappie, sunfish, and channel cats
share these waters with northern and walleye pike, as well as trout. Upper Lake Mary is a long narrow body of water. This coupled with the types of fish in the lake making fishing from a boat more desirable.
Coconino Reservoir is a small stocked trout lake south of Ashurst Lake on Anderson Mesa. You get there by a
rough dirt road after going through the campgrounds at Ashurst.
Kinnikinick Lake is a trout lake accessible by a gravel road that can get rough. That means fewer people and fishing pressure. It's worth a visit now and again.
My favorite Arizona fishing waters just has to include Oak Creek.
The beauty and off-season tranquility just add to the experience of fishing Oak
Creek... and when the lakes above are ice-covered in winter, this is the place
Oak Creek runs alongside highway 89A through Oak Creek Canyon north of Sedona.
This area requires a Red
Rock Pass use permit.
Oak Creek offers stocked rainbow trout and is very accessible.
This is where I taught my kids to fish. They used gold egg hooks with a little
dough bait made from dog chow. We would be on the creek at daylight. By the time
the sunlight hits the water, the fishing action slows down.
The West Fork of Oak Creek is a walk-in stream offering several miles of wild brown trout fishing. It's a great place to get a fly or hopper wet.
Get in there at first light to beat the day hikers.
Creek is at a lower elevation and is more comfortable to fish in cooler
weather. Hike up into the canyon for a little solitude.
Clear Creek is most often accessed from its lower end near the town of Camp
Verde. Accessing the upper
section can be challenging... and the middle section a real challenge.
My favorite family fishing lake is Ashurst. It offers all that South of Flagstaff fishing is about. All parts of the shoreline are very accessible, but somewhat
rocky in several stretches.
The view of the peaks is grand, the hosted campground is clean and (usually) quiet. The shade trees and cool breezes are plentiful.
I usually fish Ashurst from shore. I pre-rig three rods... two spinning rods and
a fly rod. I carry them all to the water and usually use them all.
I rig the fly rod with two streamer flies, a colorful streamer with a little
yellow in it on the end of the line and a less colorful brownish streamer on a 6
inch dropper about two feet ahead of the other fly.
I rig one spinning rod with a small KastMaster spoon for mid-depth fishing.
The other rod is rigged for bait fishing... a small weight on the end of the
line, with two small, snelled gold egg hooks about one and three feet up the
line. I use Berkley Power Bait in chartreuse, red, pink, or rainbow colors.
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As with most trout waters, the action improves in early spring and late fall,
even though the weather can get pretty raw. I've not tried the ice fishing here,
but others do it.
I've had good luck fishing Ashurst. That may have something to do with my liking for this lake.
My favorite Arizona fishing waters are open to you. Please give them a try real soon.
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