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Old 07-07-2009, 05:17 PM
 
Location: Tucson, AZ
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Never been there but am eyeballing it for a short fishing trip towards the end of August.

How is it there during August for fishing and temperature? Is it accessible by 2wd passenger car?
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Old 07-07-2009, 09:02 PM
 
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Never been there but am eyeballing it for a short fishing trip towards the end of August.

How is it there during August for fishing and temperature? Is it accessible by 2wd passenger car?

Yes it is accesible by 2 wheel car, but can get a little bumpy....August will be nice and cool...but be warned with the monsoons you can get some mighty good rains up there...and it can get downright cold.

As far as fishing, truth be told I dont remember fishing it in August....I ususally go up there in the fall ( late Sept- Oct) and tear it up....but it can be frigid then.

Riggs is a great place and worth the trip.
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Old 07-07-2009, 09:14 PM
 
Location: Gilbert, AZ
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If you are talking about Riggs Lake on Mt. Graham it is a really nice place to go. I love camping there, but the fishing isn't always that great. If you have never been there keep in mind it isn't a huge lake.. you can walk around the entire thing in not very much time (and there won't be any big speed boats). It is paved road almost the entire way, and the last mile or so is dirt road. There have been several bear sightings lately, but I haven't heard any stories of them bothering people.
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Old 07-07-2009, 09:44 PM
 
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If you are talking about Riggs Lake on Mt. Graham it is a really nice place to go. I love camping there, but the fishing isn't always that great. If you have never been there keep in mind it isn't a huge lake.. you can walk around the entire thing in not very much time (and there won't be any big speed boats). It is paved road almost the entire way, and the last mile or so is dirt road. There have been several bear sightings lately, but I haven't heard any stories of them bothering people.

Actually the last 12 miles are gravel...but pretty well maintaned....as far as fishing, in the fall when we go you catch them as fast as you want....i just havent fished it in August....but If I did I would use a small boat to get out past any moss. and I think you would have good success.
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Old 07-07-2009, 10:34 PM
 
Location: Gilbert, AZ
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It has been about a year and a half since we have been all the way up to the lake. We are planning a weekend camping trip there sometime this summer though, I am excited!
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Old 07-08-2009, 09:16 AM
 
Location: Tucson, AZ
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Well, I don't have a boat, and I have not been fishing in 10+ years.

The idea started out as an idea to go camping, and I figured why not try to fish at the same time?

My biggest requirements is to get away from the Tucson heat. So this area sounds good.
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Old 07-08-2009, 12:18 PM
 
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I've been up there during a summer afternoon storm and it can get very cold, wet, and windy....just be ready for that
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Old 07-08-2009, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Tucson, AZ
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I've been up there during a summer afternoon storm and it can get very cold, wet, and windy....just be ready for that

I am always prepared for that when I am out in the sticks - regardless of the time of year.

Better safe than frozen solid!
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Old 03-20-2015, 07:25 PM
 
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I have always had very good luck trout fishing at Riggs,no matter when I went April-October. If you are going to tent camp,make sure everything is secure in your car,as their is some black bear activity usually at night.
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Old 03-20-2015, 09:07 PM
 
Location: Sierra Vista
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I went up there over Memorial Day weekend several years ago. There was frost every night but the days were very nice. The fish would not bite at all. The campground guy told me the lake's PH was way off. It is really a large pond more than a lake, I did all my fishing from the bank. A canoe or similar small boat would be all you need. The area around the lake is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen. I spent some time on my mountain bike and loved it.
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