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Ashurst Lake


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Friday, Jun 14 2024
FR 82E to Ashurst Lake and campgrounds at both Ashurst Lake and Forked Pine are open. Only boats with a single 10 horsepower motor (or less) or a single electric motor are allowed on Ashurst Lake. The limit is 4 trout. Northern Pike were illegally introduced and are not managed for in Ashurst Lake. Northern Pike are unlimited in Ashurst Lake, please kill any Northern Pike caught. Trout fishing was good over the weekend. Bait anglers were successful on powerbait fished off the bottom and worms fished under a bobber. Lure anglers have been finding success trolling small lures like Joes Flies and Kastmasters. Fly anglers are also catching on Wooly Buggers and Semi-seal leeches (black, brown, and olive). Surface temperature 65o F, pH 8.32, D.O. 6.6 on 6/7/2024. Rainbow Trout will be stocked this week.

About

One of the few natural lakes in Arizona, Ashurst lake is a high-altitude (7,113 feet) lake located just 20 miles from Flagstaff.

The 283-acre lake offers brook, rainbow, and brown trout, with the rainbows heavily stocked with catchable-sized fish.

Channel catfish and a few bass are also found, but the high altitude and cold winters limit the best fishing to trout.

Brown trout were sporadically stocked a few times over the last 50 years so the population that exists are large and wary.

This is a high-altitude area, and the thin air will be noticeable to anglers coming from much lower elevations.

Access is easy via established highways and a long shoreline offers good shore fishing.



Techniques & Tips

Summer months are the only safe time to fish Ashurst Lake, though it ices over each winter, the ice is thin, with warm upswells creating dangerous conditions. Ice fishing looks enticing but is hazardous.

In the summer months, anglers can catch a few catfish and an occasional bass but the primary fishing is for trout.

Brook trout can be caught near the inlet on small dry flies such as black gnats, or mosquitoes, or on number 12 or smaller hooks with bits of nightcrawler.

Browns hang in the deeper water during the middle of summer and can be caught on bottom bouncing rigs with nightcrawlers during the day. They can move into shallower areas in the early morning and late afternoon to feed and will hit on live bait or occasionally on spinners.

Rainbow trout will hit spinners, spoons, and live bait. The recently stocked trout are much easier to catch than those acclimated to the lake.


Friday, Jun 14 2024



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Ashurst Lake

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Rating - Unknown

FR 82E to Ashurst Lake and campgrounds at both Ashurst Lake and Forked Pine are open. Only boats with a single 10 horsepower motor (or less) or a single electric motor are allowed on Ashurst Lake. The limit is 4 trout. Northern Pike were illegally introduced and are not managed for in Ashurst Lake. Northern Pike are unlimited in Ashurst Lake, please kill any Northern Pike caught. Trout fishing was good over the weekend. Bait anglers were successful on powerbait fished off the bottom and worms fished under a bobber. Lure anglers have been finding success trolling small lures like Joes Flies and Kastmasters. Fly anglers are also catching on Wooly Buggers and Semi-seal leeches (black, brown, and olive). Surface temperature 65o F, pH 8.32, D.O. 6.6 on 6/7/2024. Rainbow Trout will be stocked this week.

About

One of the few natural lakes in Arizona, Ashurst lake is a high-altitude (7,113 feet) lake located just 20 miles from Flagstaff.

The 283-acre lake offers brook, rainbow, and brown trout, with the rainbows heavily stocked with catchable-sized fish.

Channel catfish and a few bass are also found, but the high altitude and cold winters limit the best fishing to trout.

Brown trout were sporadically stocked a few times over the last 50 years so the population that exists are large and wary.

This is a high-altitude area, and the thin air will be noticeable to anglers coming from much lower elevations.

Access is easy via established highways and a long shoreline offers good shore fishing.



Techniques & Tips

Summer months are the only safe time to fish Ashurst Lake, though it ices over each winter, the ice is thin, with warm upswells creating dangerous conditions. Ice fishing looks enticing but is hazardous.

In the summer months, anglers can catch a few catfish and an occasional bass but the primary fishing is for trout.

Brook trout can be caught near the inlet on small dry flies such as black gnats, or mosquitoes, or on number 12 or smaller hooks with bits of nightcrawler.

Browns hang in the deeper water during the middle of summer and can be caught on bottom bouncing rigs with nightcrawlers during the day. They can move into shallower areas in the early morning and late afternoon to feed and will hit on live bait or occasionally on spinners.

Rainbow trout will hit spinners, spoons, and live bait. The recently stocked trout are much easier to catch than those acclimated to the lake.


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