Went to Canyon lake yesterday.

Discussion in 'ARIZONA LAKES / RESERVOIRS TALK' started by MichaelP, Apr 6, 2008.

  1. MichaelP

    MichaelP New Member

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    Got there at about noon and fished until about 6:00 pm without a bite. Too many people cliff diving and screaming for some reason. So, as soon as everyone packed up and left, I got my first fish. About a 6 inch long channel that I caught on anchovies. I cast netted some 3-4 inch bluegills and baited up. Not 3 minutes later I got a 10 lb channel. Right after I slid him in the water, I hooked into another fish. Looked like the twin of the fish I caught so much I had to check its mouth for hook marks. After that it was nonstop channel cats all over 5 lbs. I caught 8 in all in a span of about an hour with one getting wrapped up and breaking off. I dont know if its the noise, or if its just the sun going down but its interesting that after everyone left the bite turned on.
     
  2. galactic

    galactic New Member

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    yea mike i had a very similar experience last week at patigonia, no bite all night,just alil crappie i took a hike around to a nice spot, under some cover in the shallows,and i was pulled outabout 5 - 5-6 pounders{channels} in the middle of the day!! with some ol fashoned worms..funny, i didnt see anyone with as much as a bite besides the bass fishermen..and my friend cought his first fish ever, while i was stringing one up ... they seem to be bitting now..sorry guys i ate a few of them bad boys..:wink:
     

  3. MichaelP

    MichaelP New Member

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    Strangley enough, my biggest indicator of my fishing success at a peticular spot seems to be my cast net. If I dont catch some gills or shad on the first few casts, I dont catch nada at that peticular location. I dont know if its water temp, amount of light, or what but if I cant cast net anything Im not getting bites either.
     
  4. galactic

    galactic New Member

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    you would think if there is little fish, the big fish that eat them are around.. never fished canyon before, just apache and rosie..have you ever have any luck at canyon with some flattys.:cool2:
     
  5. stinky fingers

    stinky fingers New Member

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    Way to go Mike. Channels that size put up a good fight.
     
  6. brianthelion02

    brianthelion02 New Member

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    What part of the lake was you fishin?
     
  7. MichaelP

    MichaelP New Member

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    The boulder recreation area in the back. Theres a little cove thats pretty good and USUALLY isolated from the rest of the lake.
     
  8. brother hilljack

    brother hilljack New Member

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    Sounds like you had bait issues to me. Those bluegill really turned them on. Great Job.
     
  9. MichaelP

    MichaelP New Member

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    I would think that since its connected to the rest of the salt river lakes there would be some flatheads, but Ive been fishing there for 15+years and never caught a single one so I dont know....
     
  10. brianthelion02

    brianthelion02 New Member

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    I caught an 8 lb flathead up the channel in canyon 3 yrs ago!!Caught a 13 lb channel last year!!Went the other evening and never got a bite!!!
     
  11. MichaelP

    MichaelP New Member

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    Cool,I knew they were in there just have never heard of them.
     
  12. catfisherman_eky3

    catfisherman_eky3 New Member

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    Yea, hopefully you will be able to start catching some soon
     
  13. brianthelion02

    brianthelion02 New Member

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    Went this evening to Canyon and caught a 3 lb and 8 lb channel,brought em home and had a nice dinner!!:big_smile:
     
  14. topjimmy

    topjimmy New Member

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    It's all about the time of day. You can catch them anytime, but evening is always most productive.
     
  15. Capt catfish

    Capt catfish New Member

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    I pulled in a few SMALL flatties out by Boulder,and that was it. Where there are small ones,there MUST be a large one ;)
     
  16. Capt_Catfish

    Capt_Catfish New Member

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    nice name you got there brett:smile2:
    Glad you found the site- finally!
     
  17. MichaelP

    MichaelP New Member

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    Hey, the capt. catfishes are multiplying!