No bait. Try spinning lures from the dam, fishing pier or from the shoreline. There is limited opportunity for shore fishing and wading because of drop-offs and vegetation, but there is a floating fishing pier that is handicapped accessible. Target trout with PowerBait or small lures. You could also try fishing off the bottom with nightcrawlers or PowerBait. Also look for flying ants on the water in the evenings during monsoon season.
Tunnel and Bunch Reservoirs both are about 10 feet deep on average. It was stocked with bluegill last week and with rainbow trout three weeks ago. Trolling flies, such as brown or black wooly buggers, or spinners, is likely to work well.
Crescent Lake Rating: Fair Crescent was another of the few lakes that did not fill over the winter, but water levels are fair and the boat ramps are usable. The Forest Service expects to open the boat ramp to the public the second week of May. By July-August, trout fishing in Woodland is poor, but warmwater fishing picks up the slack. No unauthorized entry is ever allowed in the hatchery portion of the property. Its deep canyon and well-forested edges make this lake a cool respite during the summer.
Boaters should try trolling spinners and flies. Warmwater fishing for bass, sunfish, and catfish is good through the summer also. Fish using small gold lures or dry flies in early summer, then switch to fishing bait near the bottom as water temperatures increase in mid to late summer. Late summer fishing becomes very slow as algae blooms and pH levels get high.
There are reports of a decent top-water bite at Lake Pleasant and Bartlett Lake. A recent fish population survey found lots of pound walleye. Winter water quality surveys found poor dissolved oxygen through the ice, thus it is unlikely anything survived from last year.
At percent full, Bartlett Lake in the Tonto National Forest above is 41 feet higher than this time last year. The lake is part of Woodland Park which closes at PM daily. A significant increase in volume of water means covering a lot of water fishing many areas and various depths becomes even more crucial for success. It has been stocked well with rainbow trout. Tunnel and Bunch Reservoirs both are about 10 feet deep on average. It is stocked with catchable size rainbow trout in the spring and early summer.
By July-August, trout fishing in Woodland is poor, but warmwater fishing picks up the slack.
A state fishing license with a trout stamp is required for anglers over 13 years-old. Crappie anglers: We had a report from Roosevelt Lake of crappie biting at the Tonto end in feet of water over submerged vegetation fish feet deep with minnows. All the Greer Lakes are currently full and accessible, though March and April storms could still drop snow and freeze portions of these lakes. The stream also contains wild brown trout. The lake is a little low, but water quality is currently good.
Chevelon Canyon Lake has special regulations with a two trout daily bag limit and artificial fly and lure gear restrictions.
The lake is a little low, but water quality is currently good. The lake has been stocked with rainbow trout. Bait and shore fishermen can try anything from worms to PowerBait, especially with strong scents to lure fish out of their winter slump. Johns, this Community Fishing Water is stocked with bluegill as water temperatures warm and with channel catfish in June, July and August. Big rainbow and tiger trout lurk along the weed beds on the south end, but can be found in the middle of the lake by boat and float tube as well. River Reservoir is the largest and deepest of the Greer Lakes, with an average depth of 20 feet.
Luna Lake Rating: Good Luna filled over the winter and will still have good water levels in early summer with great fishing. The lake is stocked with fingerling and subcatchable rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, and brook trout in the spring and fall, and they grow to catchable and sometimes trophy sizes on the natural productivity of the lake. Flow levels are low near base flows. The trout are mostly found near the bottom in cooler water during the summer months. Becker Lake is open to catch-and-release only for trout, artificial fly and lure only; single barbless hooks only. Trout caught during the summer should be released as soon as possible, preferably without taking them out of the water, so they can get back down to the cool water at the bottom where they will have a better chance of recovering than in the warm surface water.