Upper Lake Mary near Flagstaff is a high country lake with
lots of fishing variety. It has walleye, northern pike, crappie, yellow perch
and channel catfish. For walleye, try trolling silver and black colored Rapalas,
especially in the evening.
Many anglers like to fish for perch and crappie simultaneously in summer. A
good bait for such combination fishing is mealworms. Also try a green and white
mini jig about 2 or 3 feet under a bobber.
In the spring, some anglers were catching channel catfish up to 6 and 7
pounds. Summer nights are just made for catfishing along Lake Mary's shoreline
and sometimes watching shooting stars reflected on the water. If you have a
two-pole stamp, set up one rod with scented bait for catfish and the other with
a night crawler to attract any marauding walleye, perch, crappie or largemouth.
Using water dogs is a good bet because you might even land a large pike or
There are no boat motor size restrictions here. It is nice to camp in the
pines, have Flagstaff amenities close by, and fish for warm-water species. There
are also plenty of trout fishing places nearby, including Lower Lake Mary.