Things are slowly opening up in the White Mountains and fishing is turning on. We had a few cold and snowy days which dropped the water temps and turned some things off but that should only be temporary as air temperatures are headed back up.
On Tuesday, I hit the West Fork of the Black River close to the headwaters with Dave from Oakland, CA. We fished in sleet and snow for a couple of hours with water temps approaching 40 degrees. Fishing was slow so we headed down in elevation to the Little Colorado and got into some great fishing. Dave caught several wild browns and rainbows. There aren’t a lot of places to catch wild rainbows in Arizona but we found some in a remote wilderness area.
On Monday, Steve and I spent a few hours at the X Diamond Ranch catching some beautiful rainbows. With the runoff and the Greer Lakes full, the flow is just about perfect. Steve nymphed while I threw a streamer and we both caught a good number of fish.
The Apache Sitgreaves National Forest will be opening HWY 273 on Friday, April 15th which will allow better access to lakes and streams. You can view all of the road info here.
Small stream fishing should be good from now through mid November. It’s time to plan a trip.