Fishing Season: April through November(no winter access)

Chevelon Canyon Lake - AZ

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

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Orvis Phoenix 's Tip of the Week

Browns starting to move towards the creek ends for spawning, good time of year to throw flies near the peninsula. Try balanced leeches under an indicator, with a black and silver c-mid. If the fish are rising try ants, beetles and a hopper.

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Map of Chevelon Canyon Lake

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Tidal Conditions

5-Day Outlook as of 10/1/23

We are producing fish on a sink line with some olive zoo cougars. purple and black leeches hung under an indicator has been fantastic as well.

Techniques & Tips as of 10/1/23

midges and leeches under indicators or stripped. Large Streamers on a depth charge line can produce the larger browns and rainbows. Can fish from the shore, float tube reccomended.

Local Species Available April through November(no winter access)

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    Brown Trout

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    Rainbow Trout

Orvis Phoenix 's Recommended Fly Patterns

"Must-have" fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Freshwater Clouser White,black 2
Schultzy's S3 Sculpin Brown 2
Krystal Bugger black, olive 2-10
Mike's Meal Ticket Olive 2
Balanced Minnow Fathead 10
Bumper Craw Olive 6
Hopper tan,olive 10-14

Freshwater Clouser

Panfish love Clouser flies like this one.

Orvis Phoenix 's Recommended Gear

Description: About Chevelon Canyon Lake

Chevelon Canyon Lake is a hike in lake on the Mogollon Rim. Chevy is known for producing big brown trout and some solitude only 2.5-3 hours from Phoenix. There are 2 main access points, the dam side which we prefer in the spring and early summer and the inlet side which we like in the fall. There is little weed growth on this lake meaning we do not see many hatches, so the 2 main food sources are fathead minnows and crawfish. The exception to that is during the Cicada hatch. The timing of this hatch vary from year to year, but generally we sling big foam bugs from May through June. This lake can be tricky to fish July through September and access is difficult in the winter months. The hike in and out is strenuous and we also recommend using a float tube to access the best water as shore fishing is limited.

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Leeches Baitfish Crawfish

Best Time to Fish:

All Day; cloudy days are excellent

Best Stretch:

The whole lake!

Best Access:

Dam Side or through the inlet side