Lees Ferry Fishing Info
Lees Ferry, part of the Colorado River, is a natural corridor situated between Utah and Arizona. It is only a half-day drive from Phoenix to Lees Ferry. The scenery at Lees Ferry is extraordinary with gigantic rock monoliths and delicate curves. You can enjoy breath-taking views of the huge red sandstone cliffs that are 1,000 feet tall.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department established this fishery after the completion of Glen Canyon Dam. The fishery stretches around 15 miles below the dam near Page to Lees Ferry Boat Ramp.
Lees Ferry is a tailwater fishery created by the outflow of water from Glen Canyon dam at a constant temperature. The condition is ideal for aquatic insects like black flies and midges to grow. Thus, it provides a reliable food source for many types of fishes especially Trout.
At Lees Ferry, you can find Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Channel Catfish, and Striped Bass. Still, Lees Ferry is awesome for trout fishing. You can see wild and beautiful rainbow trout throughout the stretches of a river.
Both Fly-fishing and Spin-fishing yield good results and provides an excellent experience of fishing. For Fly fishing, include ginger colored scuds, different midge patterns, and worms. Spin- fishing will also be productive if you use natural colored plastic worms. Also try Kastmaster, Rapala, Blue fox Vibrax, Rebel Wee-Craw and other types of lures. When compared to Fly-fishing, Spin-fishing involves only smaller gear and it is portable easily. Moreover, spin fishing is the best way to cover large water areas. While fishing, check the level of water as there are fluctuations in the water level released from the dam.
For fishing here, you will need to obtain the Arizona Fishing License and the Trout Stamp. It is also important to know the fishing regulations, as these vary depending on the place you choose to fish.
Licenses are valid for a year. Children below 10 years can enjoy fishing for free. The license fee varies for both resident and non-resident anglers. Once purchased, stamps and licenses cannot be refunded nor exchanged. To know more about the fishing rules at the Lake, you can always contact the Arizona Game and Fish Department office.
At Lees Ferry, the spawning season is unique. It begins in January and continues till end of May. Most fishes move along the shallow waters during this season. Hence, it is the perfect time for anglers to spot and hook large rainbow trout.
From March to October, midge hatches increase and fishes move into the vegetation. From mid-June to August, temperature increases in the Canyon. This is when the Cicada and other terrestrials also increase in number. It also results in many fishes to move along the vegetation, lined across the shores. It is thus advised to know the exact fishing spots before you start fishing.
You can also fish for trout all through the year at the Lakes. Summers are the best time to go fishing in the Colorado River. However, temperature begins to fall from September to December resulting in a reduced number of fishes. Yet, you can have decent time fishing during the winters as well.