Fishing Season: Feb most years through November

Upper Lake Mary - AZ

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

Temperature 70°

Temp:

70°

Water Temp:

32

Orvis Phoenix 's Tip of the Week

Pike fishing has been decent. Slower in the summers with most fish being caught near cover. Cover here is those weeds up shallow! Try stripping clousers in and around them!

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Map of Upper Lake Mary

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Tidal Conditions

5-Day Outlook as of 7/5/24

We like fishing clousers and pike bunnies up the creek arms and shallows!

Techniques & Tips as of 7/5/24

#2 clousers and bigger deceiver patterns on a intermediate line should do the trick. Look for narrow cuts in the shore line where pike can corner minnows. Water is super low, lots of cruisng fish, try and wade in to reach farther out. Stop by and grab some pike flies, maybe grab some predator leaders to make sure those pike don't wear all that jewelry!

Local Species Available Feb most years through November

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    Northern Pike

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    Walleye

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    Perch

Orvis Phoenix 's Recommended Fly Patterns

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

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Bucktail Deceiver White, chartreuse 2-6
Lefty's Deceiver White, Chartreuse 2-6
Pike Bunny White, Black 2/0
Barry's Pike Fly Black, white BIG
Swinging D Diver Olive BIG

Bucktail Deceiver

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Orvis Phoenix 's Recommended Gear

Description: About Upper Lake Mary

Upper Lake Mary near Flagstaff is one of the few Northern Pike lakes in Arizona. It is a long, relatively shallow weedy lake that allows boats with no motor restrictions. It fishes very well for Pike early and late in the season. If the lake does ice up, some years it does not, peak fishing is right after the ice melts. These predators cruise shorelines looking to terrorize smaller fish. We fish big streamer patterns on 6-8wt rods. There are also some walleye present on this lake which will also eat flies. Steel tippet is a must on this lake.

Nearest Airport:

Flagstaff

Best Time to Fish:

Mid day

Best Stretch:

North Shore or The Narrows

Best Access:

Boat Ramp Parking lot or The Narrows Day Use Area (closed in winter)