Weekly Fishing Report: The Reel Deal

For those looking for some last-minute Memorial Day weekend fishing excursion ideas, here are some recommendations:

  • Big Lake and Reservation Lake in the White Mountains. Big Lake has boat rentals and provides some of the best trout fishing in the state. Reservation Lake, on the White Mountain Apache Reservation, is just down the road from Big Lake and gets relatively minor fishing pressure (especially compared to Big Lake). But don’t expect a lot of amenities, just great fishing. Be sure to get the White Mountain Apache Tribe’s fishing permit.
  • Willow Springs, Woods Canyon, Bear Canyon and Knoll lakes along the Mogollon Rim are all worth a visit. For those who love the quietness that comes with remote locations, try Knoll Lake. Bear Canyon, meanwhile, requires walking in down a steep switchback trail, which typically keeps out the hordes of anglers who don’t like walking far.
  • Dogtown, Whitehorse and Kaibab lakes near Williams are very family-friendly. Dogtown can have the best fishing of the three, Kaibab is tops for camping (and playing in Williams), and Whitehorse is the spot for kicking back and just enjoying the pines. Any one of the three can be the top producer on any given day.
  • Lake Powell, especially the Bullfrog area, is a fishing dream. It takes longer to drive all the way up into Utah to reach the Bullfrog area, but once there, you don’t have to travel far in a boat to catch hordes of smallmouth bass, striped bass, walleye and largemouth bass. For an extended Memorial weekend getaway, it makes a lot of sense. There is even a pretty nice campground.
  • Lake Mead, especially launching at South Cove, can provide some wonderful desert solitude.
  • Roosevelt Lake is a good fishing bet, and with all the campgrounds there, it takes a lot to fill them up.
  • Tempe Town Lake is just made for those having to stay in the Valley of the Sun. Fish at first and last light for bass, catfish and/or sunfish.
  • Laughlin/Bullhead area on the Colorado River is a great escape for rainbow trout, striped bass and catfish.
  • Upper Lake Mary near Flagstaff is a terrific place for bass, northern pike, walleye, and yellow perch. Plus, there are no boat motor restrictions so you can use your bass or ski boat there.
  • Kinnikinick Lake just east of Flagstaff (go to Mormon Lake and turn left) is a dandy fishery that is seldom crowded. The camping amenities are pretty basic: they’re pinyon-juniper habitat, and a bumpy dirty road to reach it. But, it’s a great place to fish for rainbows and browns away from the crowds.
  • Fool Hollow Lake in Show Low offers a smorgasbord of fishing from trout and walleye to smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. This state park also has some excellent amenities.

Be sure to check our our summer trout stocking schedule.

And for Google map directions to all of the above fishing waters and more, visit our Fish&Boat Arizona map.

Be sure to grab a license online – your purchase helps conserve wildlife!

ANGLER REPORTS

(Please send your fishing reports to BFishing@AZGFD.gov)

Red Mountain Lake

Todd B.: I had a blast today (Wednesday, May 20) at Red Mountain Lake. The top-water bite was on full swing this afternoon. I caught many fish on a top-water “popper”, with the biggest around 4 pounds. I am glad this lake is becoming a really good producer of quality largemouth bass. The best baits of late have been: top-water poppers, spinnerbaits, and lipless crankbaits. On the catfish side of the report, I saw several fish taken on stink baits and hot dogs. Thank you Arizona for the fun, which fishing brings to us all.

Alamo Lake
Thomas L.: Went to Alamo Lake to bass fish on May 20. Weather was great. Fishing was poor. Water was very stained and only two bass in the boat.

Thank you, anglers!
Arizona fishing opportunities wouldn’t be possible without the Sport Fish Restoration Program. It was created through the Dingell-Johnson Act of 1950 (Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act) and the Wallop-Breaux amendments of 1984.

Through a federal excise tax paid by manufacturers on fishing gear and motorboat fuels, it provides grant funds for fishery conservation, boating access, and aquatic education.

Weekly Fishing Report: The Reel Deal

 


The world’s premier fishing tournament, the Bassmaster Elite Series, came to Arizona for the first time last weekend at Lake Havasu. Arizona’s homegrown anglers put on an impressive showing. Three of our anglers finished in the top 12, showing the world how we “Fish AZ.”

John Murray, whose hometown is Phoenix, finished 12th; Dean Rojas, from Lake Havasu, was sixth; Cliff Pirch, of Payson, was second, with a total weight of 66.9 pounds that was 2 pounds short of the winner, Aaron Martens.

Pirch was in first place heading into Sunday’s championship round.

Martens scored big using, of all things, black bird patterns, targeting areas with black bird nests. Read more information.

Lake Havasu was on display on national television, and for good reason — it has become one of the top bass waters in the United States. And this is a great time for fish Havasu for largemouth, striped and smallmouth bass, as well as redear sunfish, which are moving shallow. If you didn’t know, Havasu has given up a world record redear sunfish of 5.80-pound (just last year.)

The Arizona Game and Fish Department was there as well, with several educational opportunities — so thanks to all who came out to say, “hi.” We hope you’re inspired to get out and see what recreational opportunities Arizona has to offer.

See what else there is to do while in Lake Havasu City.

In the Flagstaff region, from May 4-9, we stocked Kinnikinick Lake, C.C. Cragin Reservoir, Ashurst Lake, Santa Fe Reservoir, City Reservoir, Whitehorse Lake, Knoll Lake, West Clear Creek, Wet Beaver Creek, Frances Short Pond, Mormon Lodge Pond, Huffer Tank and Oak Creek.

Oak Creek also got a heavy load of trout this week. A few anglers in Sedona on Monday reported that rainbow trout were hard to find. So be sure to cover a lot of water (that may mean plenty of rock-hopping and driving up 89A to several spots). Even when fishing is slow, the scenery is near impossible to beat.

Plenty of other spots to take shots at some rainbows, as well as native Apache trout. In the White Mountains, we just stocked trout into: Bear Canyon Lake (rainbows); Black Canyon Lake (rainbows); Clear Creek Reservoir (rainbows); Fool Hollow Lake (larger 12-13 rainbows); Luna Lake (rainbows); Show Low Lake (larger 12-13 inch rainbows) Black River (rainbow), East Fork (Apache); Black River, West Fork (Apache); Little Colorado River at Greer (Apache); Little Colorado River (rainbow), West Fork at Sheeps Crossing (Apache); Silver Creek (Apache).

See a Fish and Boat Arizona map for Google maps of all these waters.

This week at the Community Fishing waters, we stocked the “core” Phoenix, Tucson and Maricopa waters with catfish. See a CFP stocking schedule to find out which waters are “core.”

Finally, stripers are running at Lake Pleasant. Read about one way to catch these bass from a trip last Thursday night.

And be sure to grab a license online – your purchase helps conserve wildlife!

ANGLER REPORTS

(Please send your fishing reports to BFishing@AZGFD.gov)

Lake Pleasant

Doug F.: Great day at Lake Pleasant today caught some large striper trolling in Humbug!

Kevin T.: Lake Pleasant report for May 9:

We started at around 11:30 am. Saw some largemouth bass visible by South Boat ramp at Pleasant Harbor. We used a dropshot setup with palomar knots for all our live bait with 3/8-ounce weight.

(1 hour)
Fished east of boat ramp and twice had 3-5-pound largemouth bass chasing crankbaits all the way to the boat, but didn’t get any strikes.

(2 hours)
Honeymoon cove.
Fished back of cove north of the dominate reef in 30-35 of water. Anchovies didn’t get any bites. Caught three 2-pound striped bass on worms! No bites on minnows; no bites on waterdogs.

(2 hours)
Fished at the mouth of Coles Bay on the east side. Caught very large sunfish on worms – see picture.

(1 hour)
Fished bass bay just east of Castle Creek. No bites on anchovies, minnows

(1 hour)
Fished east of boat ramp ‘til dark with crankbaits – no bites.

Lake Mead

Ray and Yoli: Had a great day of striper fishing at South Cove of Lake Mead today, May 11. Landed a total of 79 fish! Most in the 2-3-pound class and a few in the 4-pound class. Before the wind kicked up, the action was non-stop with pretty much every cast landing a keeper!

Lake Mary

(Upper)
Cole C.: This past Friday. I lucked out and landed this 33-inch, 11-pound blue cat from Upper Lake Mary. My name is Cole Cooper, an engineering student at NAU. Just wanted to share my good fortune!

Surprise Lake

Bob R.: We were fishing on Saturday afternoon, May 9, at Surprise Lake. My son Sean caught several bluegill including this 1-pound, 1-3/8 ounce beauty on a Carolina-rigged nightcrawler.

Bartlett Lake

Fishing is great. Drop-shotting points and reefs in the flats area was most productive for numbers of bass. Lipless cranks were also effective for schooling bass chasing shad when cloudy and windy. Bigger fish are by dam

 

 

Thank you, anglers!

Arizona fishing opportunities wouldn’t be possible without the Sport Fish Restoration Program. It was created through the Dingell-Johnson Act of 1950 (Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act) and the Wallop-Breaux amendments of 1984.

Through a federal excise tax paid by manufacturers on fishing gear and motorboat fuels, it provides grant funds for fishery conservation, boating access, and aquatic education.

SEE THE FULL REPORT

“Striper Snatcher” scores with swimbaits May 7 at Lake Pleasant

Sunset

LAKE PLEASANT — For predators such as schooling striped bass, a recent hatch of shad means the groceries are in the ‘fridge.

Flying through the water column  and chasing fry Thursday, May 7 at Lake Pleasant, these stripers cause fleeing fry to intermittently pop and boil on the rippling surface.

A south wind of around 10-15 mph is folding and shoving flaps of water northbound.

That’s where Derrick Franks the “Striper Snatcher” is headed — the windblown, northern coves of this 9,500-acre lake  just northwest of Phoenix.

Many stripers had likely fed during a full moon on masses of creeping crawdads. But trolling choppy water that had ideal temperatures of 72-75 degrees, the Striper Snatcher still targeted schooling fish with 3 1/2-inch paddletail swimbaits on 1/4-ounce darterheads with 10-pound fluorocarbon line on ultralight spinning outfits:

PadlTail

Franks, a licensed professional fishing guide, dyes his clear paddle tail baits with these pink/purple/green hues to mimic the purple the shad fry have been glowing. That said, for the next 2-3 months, he recommends throwing 2-inch swimbaits on 1/8-ounce jigheads — the fry we spotted were around that size.

Derrick Franks
Derrick Franks

We trolled at about 2 mph.

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The schools of stripers cooperated. In this video, Franks lands an average-size striper of about 12 inches — a perfect eating size. The daily bag limit of stripers is unlimited at Lake Pleasant.


“The water temperature is starting to warm up,” Franks said. “This lake has changed so much depth-wise this year. We’re actually 8 feet higher than this time last year and that affects the water temperature significantly. So that delayed the spring-time pattern a bit.”

Anglers also can target the big stripers, largemouth bass and white bass on points, ledges and brush off windblown shorelines.

Striper1

All told, a party of three caught about 15 stripers — keeping 11 — weighing up  to 3 pounds. We fished from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. (the full moon had not yet taken a peek at the lake.)

TheCatch

Anglers who need a license can purchase one online and help conserve wildlife for future generations.

See more information on how to “Fish AZ.”

Weekly Fishing Report: The Reel Deal

 

The recent full moon helped trigger a heavy wave of spawn activity in the Phoenix/Tucson-area desert lakes. Although largemouth bass spawn through June, this will likely be the final such apex of spawn activity for some time. Please release bedding bass (especially those younger, 4-5 pounders) to help keep future bass populations robust.

In many desert lakes such as Lake Pleasant, shad are spawning. Anglers can grab a four-foot throw net and snatch shad that tend to race along the shoreline. One accurate netting can scoop up enough bait for the day.

All of our Community Fishing Program waters have been stocked with catfish. See a stocking schedule. The “core” fishing waters in Phoenix and Tucson will be stocked again May 11-16.

This is also one of the best times of the year to fish for flathead catfish (they tend to not move as much at night during the full moon, however.) About this time two years ago “Flathead” Ed Wilcoxson caught a state-record flathead at Bartlett Lake. In doing so, he allowed AZGFD to get on his boat and grab video of some of his secrets. Have fun!

If you plan on fishing the lower Colorado River or the East Fork of the Black River, you just might catch a tagged trout. If you choose to keep a trout, please return the tags to AZGFD. Read more about this project.

On Saturday, several anglers caught their first fish at the second annual Brian Pinney Memorial Fishing Clinic in north Phoenix. Thanks to all who came out to our pond at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility and learned some “Fishing 101.” Some, like the girl on the left, caught their first fish.

We are also looking forward to participating in the Payson Wildlife Fair this Saturday! This fair includes activities and booths to promote wildlife recreation, games, a fishing clinic and other traditional outdoor recreation opportunities. It’s free to the public. For more information, call the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Mesa office at (480) 981-9400.

See more public fishing events from our Fish AZ blog.

And be sure to grab a license online – your purchase helps conserve wildlife!


ANGLER REPORTS


(Please send your fishing reports to
BFishing@AZGFD.gov)

Canyon Lake


Jason S.: We fished from 6 p.m. till 1 a.m. We caught five before 7:30 and only one after. Two were nice though: a 5.5-pound bass around 9, but the best bite was earlier and I caught a 7-pound, 3-ouncer on a dropshot.

Lake Pleasant

Kevin: Fished the Upper Agua Fria Arm of Lake Pleasant via Table Mesa Road on May 1. It was one of our best days this season. Lots of doubles and triples on stripers and largemouth. Fishing was good until 9:30 a.m., dead when breeze quit until 11:30 a.m., and great the rest of the day when the south wind started. Caught more than 40 and lost many more on shad imitation baits. The water level has dropped, but loading our boat was no problem. The water has actually come up a few inches this week due to CAP inflows.

Thank you, anglers!

Arizona fishing opportunities wouldn’t be possible without the Sport Fish Restoration Program. It was created through the Dingell-Johnson Act of 1950 (Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act) and the Wallop-Breaux amendments of 1984.

Through a federal excise tax paid by manufacturers on fishing gear and motorboat fuels, it provides grant funds for fishery conservation, boating access, and aquatic education.

SEE THE FULL REPORT

Weekly Fishing Report: The Reel Deal

 

It’s Community catfish time! We just stocked our “core” fishing waters on Thursday with catfish. See a video of how the day went for one of our newest Community Fishing Program assistants. The above angler caught a stringer of catfish from Encanto Lake in Phoenix.

On Saturday, we have a free fishing clinic, the second annual Brian Pinney Memorial Fishing Clinic in north Phoenix. See more information, including directions to our pond in the Ben Avery Shooting Facility.

Time to get your top-water rods rigged and ready and part of your arsenal. The morning surface bite is picking up at Lake Havasu and Alamo Lake. No matter your favorite fishery to watch bass crush a surface dancer, keeping a rod rigged with a chugger, popper or stick bait and using binoculars to spot surface boils to target top-water action is a good idea — just in case.

Most bass are in the post-spawn mode right now and are feeding aggressively. At the right place and time an angler could really have a banner day.

May at Lake Powell means walleye are on the feed as they rebuild from spawning. More details in the full report.

Also a great time to head to the mountains for some holdover trout. See our summer trout stocking schedule.

And be sure to grab a license online – your purchase helps conserve wildlife!



ANGLER REPORTS
(Please send your fishing reports to
BFishing@AZGFD.gov)

Bartlett Lake

Edy K.: Caught this beautiful flathead catfish at Bartlett Lake April 15 and there was only one thing I could do” take this photo” and release him back. So, I’m asking others that want to catch the big one, to do the same.

Caught at 1 pm using 65-pound braided line and a 2 ounce slip sinker, and a 6/0 j-hook on 20-pound monofilament leader, Live bluegill hooked just above lateral line will keep it alive. Threw out to 30 feet into a hole, where this mammoth cat was.

The absolute best fishing trip ever.

Thanks to “Flathead Ed” for the tips on YouTube, and AZ GAME AND FISH FOR ALL THE HARD WORK YOU DO TO MAKE A DREAM CATCH LIKE THIS ONE COME TRUE. This fish is still out there……waiting…….maybe I’ll catch him again…..maybe not.

Lake Pleasant

Joe R: We got a good late bite last Friday between 4:45 and 7 p.m. Caught about 20 largemouth on 4-inch worms fishing the damn area. Here’s a picture of my wife Kelsey and her daughter Zoe.

Pena Blanca Lake

Philip L.: Fished Pena Blanca Lake from the western shore, just north of the boat ramp, on Sunday, April 26, from about 11 am – 4 pm. The three of us landed a cool dozen, with plenty more bites. We caught seven bass and five trout, all on nightcrawlers, and threw back all bass and kept all trout. Nothing bigger than 15 inches or so but still a lot of fun. Our crawdad trap, on the other hand, had no luck.

Thank you, anglers!

Arizona fishing opportunities wouldn’t be possible without the Sport Fish Restoration Program. It was created through the Dingell-Johnson Act of 1950 (Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act) and the Wallop-Breaux amendments of 1984.


Through a federal excise tax paid by manufacturers on fishing gear and motorboat fuels, it provides grant funds for fishery conservation, boating access, and aquatic education.

SEE THE FULL REPORT

Video: AZGFD stocks 13,000 pounds of catfish April 30 into Phoenix/Tucson Community waters

Follow AZGFD’s Lisa Burton as she explains how on Thursday, April 30, 2015, she helped stocked some of the 13,000 pounds of channel catfish into the Phoenix-area “core” Community Fishing Program waters.

Tucson CFP waters also received catfish.

Core waters are: (Chandler) Desert Breeze, Veterans Oasis; (Maricopa) Copper Sky; (Mesa) Red Mountain, Riverview; (Peoria) Pioneer, Rio Vista; (Phoenix) Alvord, Cortez, Desert West, Encanto, Papago Ponds, Steele Indian School Pond; (Scottsdale) Chaparral; (Surprise) Surprise Lake; (Tempe) Evelyn Hallman Pond, Kiwanis; (Tucson) Kennedy, Lakeside, Silverbell; (Sahuarita) Sahuarita Lake.


How to catch catfish in Phoenix and Tucson community waters

Catfish are best caught using a hook-and-sinker setup and bite best in darker environments. Fish the deepest spots during the daytime and shallower areas after dark.


EncantoCatsTry 8-to-12-pound test line, size 2 to 6 baitholder hooks with worms, stink baits, hot dogs, liver or shrimp.


Community fishing licenses can be purchased for $24 and are also now included in the General Fishing and Combo Hunt/Fish licenses. These licenses help conserve wildlife and can be purchased online.

Weekly Fishing Report: The Reel Deal

Rosy2Roosevelt Lake on Thursday got yet another stocking of Florida-strain largemouth bass, something we hope will lead to a revitalization of this fishery. We stocked 40,000 fingerlings. See more details.

Also, get free licenses for youths at Glendale’s Bonsall Park on Saturday (April 25). The first 1,000 youth ages 10-17 during event hours of 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. will receive a free youth hunt/fish license that’s valid for 365 days. Besides, it’s a free AZGFD fishing clinic — read all about it.

On to hot spots. At Lower Lake Mary in Flagstaff, we had a report on Sunday of an angler catching and releasing 72 trout fishing along the south dike using a bead headed prince nymph fly.

Canal fishing has been good and flathead catfish action is picking up and should be good until mid-June.

Speaking of flatheads, a state record also was set this week. Joe Kauffman of Peoria brought to our Phoenix headquarters on Tuesday this 41.16-pound flathead catfish that is a non-hook-and-line state record. See the video for all the details. Kauffman bow-fished for the flathead at Saguaro on Saturday, April 18.

A year-round bow-fishing season was approved in Sept of 2013 only for Salt River-chain lakes Saguaro, Apache, Canyon and Roosevelt with a special regulation bag limit of five catfish in any combination. This season will end Dec. 31 of 2016, but can be continued upon commission approval. Department data showed catfish populations in these fisheries are robust in sizes and populations.

Sounds like smallmouth bass fishing is excellent at Lake Powell, and in the Colorado River, anchovies are still “getting it done,” according to the Mohave Valley Daily News.

Also a great time to target holdover trout in the high country. Mogollon Rim lakes Woods Canyon and Willow Springs are good for holdovers and recently-stocked trout (Forest Road 300 is open).

Don’t forget to see the new summer trout stocking schedule.

And be sure to grab a license online – your purchase helps conserve wildlife!



ANGLER REPORTS
(Please send your fishing reports to BFishing@AZGFD.gov)

Pena Blanca Lake
Marcus R.: 7.2-pound bass caught on a 7-inch plastic worm and at 6:25 a.m.

SRP canal
Tyler D.: Canal fishing has been great lately because “rainbow trout” have gotten in it for some reason. I’ve been using dropshot with mice tails and I’ve been throwing Savage Gear Real Trout’s, Strike King Hack Attack jigs, and spinners for larger bass.

Lake Pleasant
Kevin H.: Fished the upper Agua Fria Arm of Lake Pleasant on Sunday April 19th off of Table Mesa Road. The water temperature ranged from 66 degrees in the morning and 68° in the afternoon. The weather system that blew through last week seemed to slow down the fishing considerably compared to the last few weeks. The morning striper bite was very slow, but the fishing picked up in the afternoon once the south wind started blowing. We caught a couple of largemouth in the shallows and 10+ stripers in 30’ of water near the main channel. All fish were caught on shad-like bait. The striped bass are spawning, or very close to spawning by the looks of their eggs. The water is dropping over a foot a week due to the CAP releases.

Jim N.: Many largemouth bass nests were seen to be abandoned in all northern coves of Lake Pleasant since the water level has dropped more than 4 feet during the past couple of days. Bass fry production will naturally be affected. My party caught bass by steep structure such as Clift’s where bass go when water levels drop.

Weekly Fishing Report: The Reel Deal

 

The catch-and-keep season at Silver Creek is underway. What’s possible?

Well, our Sport Fishing Education Coordinator Marci Alderman caught this 8.05-pound, 26 5/8-inch rainbow trout at Silver Creek on a nightcrawler and 8-pound monofilament test line.

Below is a picture from Wednesday’s Silver Creek stocking.

Beginning April 1 until Oct. 1, anglers can fish Silver Creek outside the Silver Creek Hatchery for the beginning of the catch-and-keep trout fishery. Bait also is allowed until the end of September.

Anglers should arrive before sunrise for a chance at catching the native Apache trout. Bait fishing and a six trout daily bag limit (including Apache) are allowed at this time, however, the upper section is closed until Oct. 1.

“The creek has received habitat improvements, and for two miles of fishable waters the creek meanders through the meadows,” Game and Fish hatchery manager Scott Gurtin said. “It’s just a pristine location at the gate of the White Mountains.”

For the beginning of “bait season,” worms fished in deeper holes are the best bait, but PowerBait and assorted flies work as well. Apache trout can be caught by a variety of methods, including throwing wet or dry flies and small lures such as spinners.

Silver Creek Hatchery is located east of Show Low about 5 miles on Highway 60. Turn north off 60 onto Bourdon Ranch Road for five miles to Hatchery Way Road. Turn east on Hatchery Way Road for 1 mile where you can park at the Silver Creek Hatchery.

We have plenty of new reports throughout, including a fresh spread of Tucson-area updates, so browse for your favorite fishin’ hole and send us your reports and pictures to BFishing@AZGFD.gov.

Just above there, at Lake Havasu, the early season top-water bite is on. Shad are spawning and stripers can be caught in shallow water. See more of this report from Friday in the full report.

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Here’s one hot spot: The smallmouth bass bite is hot right on the Parker Strip section of the Colorado River. Anglers last weekend had success on nightcrawlers and assorted soft baits. Water temperatures are still cool, in the low to mid 60s.

Worms were also working well for the large hybrid redears known to occupy this stretch of river.

A final update: Forest Road 751 was opened Friday, April 3, allowing public access to C.C. Cragin (Blue Ridge) Reservoir, including the boat launch ramp. In order to allow full public access over the spring and summer season, the ongoing boating access project being implemented by the Arizona Game and Fish Department will be on hold until approximately late August.

Don’t forget to see the new summer trout stocking schedule.

And be sure to grab a license onlineyour purchase helps conserve wildlife!

ANGLER REPORTS
(Please send your fishing reports to BFishing@AZGFD.gov)

Bartlett Lake

Hi, Nick,

Karrie: Thank you for an amazing fishing report every week! I thought I would share with you my recent catch.

Pictures are attached. I caught this 14.7-pound beauty from shore at Bartlett Flats. I used a 1.5-pound (12-inch) live carp as bait. Ironically, I reeled him in at 5:30 p.m. I’m heading back out this weekend to try and catch another one!
Thanks again!

Have an unbelievable day!

Oak Creek
Alan L.: In Sedona for a few days for a short vacation coming from the Los Angeles area since my son is on spring break. … Had a little time before or family hike at West Fork so we stopped by grasshopper near Sedona to fish around 7 a.m. Had my son (Hurley L.) daughter and wife. Only had an hour to fish at the most. Saw a local fly fishing guide loading up as we arrived so I thought it was a good sign.

Did a little homework before coming to Arizona for regulations etc. I ended up with a small rainbow, my son this 22-23-inch brown. You be the judge.

Both of us were using mini jigs, custom made colors. First time here and I’m glad I purchased a year license. Hope to give you future reports. Both trout were caught, pictured and released.

Parker Canyon Lake
Jack W.: I was fishing for trout at Parker Canyon the other day, but got distracted when my fish-finder located fish in about ten feet of water near some cattails and submerged brush. I picked up my fly rod, put on a guide’s choice hare’s ear and promptly tied into several nice chunky bluegill. No top-water action, but that should be coming soon and last for a couple of weeks if past years are any indication.

Lower Salt River
Todd B.: It was one of the saddest days for me in the outdoors today, Saturday the 4th of April. The day started out at Blue Point Bridge, and I had a fun time for a few hours, but no fish to take home.

I then went west to Phon D Sutton to try my luck. The Salt was low, but the Verde was blown out. A good sign for the coming summer crops. What saddens me to the point of becoming sick to my stomach was the number of people there, and the amount of litter scattered everywhere. Nobody seemed to be cleaning up after themselves.

The beach was full of plastic water bottles (countless), foam plates, and tons of beer cans. It was a plain disgusting site. I do not know if I can return to that once beautiful, and clean, park that I had grown to love dearly. I have no other words to describe my experience there. How dreadful of what was an awesome first have of a day, to have this as the ending memory.

P.S. Even the horses there seemed sad as they moved about through the litter to get to the river.

What happened there, Arizona? We messed up big time.


Thank you, anglers!
Arizona fishing opportunities wouldn’t be possible without the Sport Fish Restoration Program. It was created through the Dingell-Johnson Act of 1950 (Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act) and the Wallop-Breaux amendments of 1984.

Through a federal excise tax paid by manufacturers on fishing gear and motorboat fuels, it provides grant funds for fishery conservation, boating access, and aquatic education.

SEE THE FULL REPORT

Bonsall Park fishing clinic to offer 1,000 free youth licenses

Bonsall Pond is a 2-acre pond in Glendale with a maximum depth of 15 feet.
Bonsall Pond is a 2-acre pond in Glendale with a maximum depth of 15 feet.

To go with a free fishing clinic (loaner rods and reel, bait, no license required), 1,000 youth hunt/fish licenses will be up for grabs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 25 at the “Bonsall Park 1,000 Youth License Giveaway.”

Licenses will go to the first 1,000 youth ages 10-17 during the event at Glendale’s Bonsall Park.

Grab your kids and come on out. Bluegill and catfish will have been stocked.

The licenses will be available for 365 days. Thanks to sponsors West Valley Foundation, Glendale Chamber of Commerce, Glendale Pawn & Jewelry and Gorman and Company, Inc. for donating the licenses.

Bonsall Park is located  at 5840 W. Bethany Home Rd. (59th Ave. and Bethany Home Rd.)

Ready for an Arizona trout bonanza at Willow Beach on the Colorado River?

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Expect a trout bonanza going forward at Willow Beach on the Colorado River! Check out this Cronkite News video detailing how state, county and federal officials came together to save the Willow Beach National Fish Hatchery and provide an eventual boost to the economy in Mohave County.

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