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Thinking about taking my boys up there to camp and fish. Not much of a trout fisherman so what should I expect? What works etc?

Is this area good for tent camping?

Thanks!

-G
 

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Its a great place to tent camp Gary. The grounds are very well maintained and the camping sites are some of the most modern that I have used. Its a beautiful part of the state and one of my favorite places to camp in AZ.

I didn't get to fish much, but when I did Powerbait worked well on 2-4lb flouro with a split shot about two feet from the hook.
 

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Take a lil boat and camp along the lake somewhere, you'll be by yourself. We used nightcrawlers and adjusted the depth with bobber to find the fish. Beautiful and peaceful.
 

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Thanks Mark,

I assume you mean from shore? We won't have a boat so will just be hangin out fishing from shore. I want to take the boys hiking also
 

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Take a lil boat and camp along the lake somewhere, you'll be by yourself. We used nightcrawlers and adjusted the depth with bobber to find the fish. Beautiful and peaceful.
Thanks!

My small boat is at Lake Havasu right now so will just be fishing from shore.

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Gary, Could be fun in a few ways, Use a fly rod for yourself and for the boy just throw a small treble out there with some rainbow powerbait on it. Also bring some string and hotdogs and take a little ride to potato lake and catch some crawfish from the bank. We caught about 5 pounds and brought some seasoning and small pot and boiled them up while we were camping.
 

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Gary, Could be fun in a few ways, Use a fly rod for yourself and for the boy just throw a small treble out there with some rainbow powerbait on it. Also bring some string and hotdogs and take a little ride to potato lake and catch some crawfish from the bank. We caught about 5 pounds and brought some seasoning and small pot and boiled them up while we were camping.
Thanks, was actually hoping to boil [bawl] some crawfish while up there.

Taking all three boys. Should be fun!
 

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Gary, I was going to recommend you didn't take your Ranger....long dirt road with lots of washoard from what I recall. Let me know if you want to borrow my craw trap!
 

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I'll give ya a call later today B

Will take you up on the craw trap. :)
 

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Gary, call Boatcop. I think he has a bunch of dem crawfish traps..Catchem quick.. I used ham too. it worked actually better than hot dogs. we had to push small rocks inside the piece of hotdogs so it would sink. When are you guys going?
 

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Gary, call Boatcop. I think he has a bunch of dem crawfish traps..Catchem quick.. I used ham too. it worked actually better than hot dogs. we had to push small rocks inside the piece of hotdogs so it would sink. When are you guys going?
Probably go up Saturday morning and come back Sunday afternoon.

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Knoll Lake is awesome. We used to use nightcrawlers tipped with small marshmallows to keep bait floating off the bottom. Floating powerbait works well. Lots of hiking in that area. Your kids will have fun catching crawdads and a great swimming hole.
 

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Not to change the subject but did you ever use a worm threader?

I have had really good luck with the worm threader for trout, you can get the night crawler rigged up so that the whole worm is on your line and a trout can't bite the end off your worm and escape with it! Before I started using the threader I had a lot of worms come back bit in half and the fish scott free!
 

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It's a beautiful lake. There's a lot of primitive camping before you get to the camp ground too. There will be a lot of camps already setup with the elk hunts that will be going on when your there. Put your kidney belt on, your looking at 25 miles one way of some messed up dirt road.
Good luck and have a blast.
 

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I camped there earlier this summer. You can camp on the side of the road about 2 miles from the lake, or pay at the designated camping area about a mile from the lake. We had good success fishing from the shore just after the sun went down (7-8:30ish) using yellow powerbait under a bobber. The next day we didn't catch a thing until after a rainstorm came through. Then we caught literally dozens of fish by floating the powerbait on the top. We did this by attaching a weight right next to the bobber so we could cast it, but no weight between the bobber and hook so it would float. Probably could have just sank it, but it's kind of fun to see the fish grab your bait off the top of the water.
 

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Knoll is great this time of year. The elk should be screaming and the fishing should be getting better. Take some warm clothes for mornings and nights. Went to bid a job in Holbrook today and it was 44 when I topped out on the rim. It has been raining almost every evening this week.
 
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