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Forest road 300 can be closed until April or May this last year we took a hike up there that leads from the road at Willow Springs on the last weekend in March and it was still closed. There was so much water around that area that there were lots of miny lakes all over the area and people were trying to go around the closed road sign. The were getting stuck in the mud. I wouldn't expect it to be open until at the earliest in April with the way the rain and snow have been coming this winter.Pythor Sen wrote:My fiancee and I were thinking of honeymooning in the area between Knoll Lake and Willow Springs. Does anyone know if it's feasible to do some hiking, fishing, and camping in the area? Are the lakes accessible by truck in March? How long does FR300 stay closed? That seems to be the artery to the area. I read on the Apache-Sitgreaves website that you can get to them by snowmobile or more primitive means, but...we hadn't planned on doing that. Would rather not, actually. How long are the lakes iced up? I'm not really into ice fishing at this point.
I can't wait to hit these again! Particularly Ashurst and Upper Lake Mary. My favorite thing to do is to put a whole anchovie on a 2/0 hook, and cast it out as far as possible. Wait a couple of minutes and then hang on! The Narrows at Upper Lake Mary is the best place to catch big pike using this technique. At Ashurst, rainbow trout colored spinners will land you pike and trout. They will both hit rainbow Powerbait as well (yes, even the pike!). I eat good every time I go up there!chumley wrote:Good fishing will be found at Ashurst, Kinnickinick, Upper and Lower Mary, and even Stoneman and Mormon Lakes! (which are often dry).