Arizona fishing report: Top-5 Reel Deal weekend spots

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Largemouth bass fishing has been good at Lake Mead early in the morning. Try summertime go-to bass techniques: dropshots, Texas rigs, and, if you see top-water boils, a top-water plug such as a Zara Spook.

School’s about to be back in session – time for a final fishing excursion.

Sporadic rain is predicted for high country areas this weekend, and desert regions don’t look like they’ll get some much-needed saturation until early next week. Hit the high country and catch trout just before a storm creeps through. Here’s some good bets:

Top-5 AZ weekend fishing spots

  1. Big Lake. Cutthroats have been biting on and off, there are plenty excellent campground amenities, but you’ll want a boat because trout are deep. It was just stocked this week with rainbow trout.
  2. Lake Powell. Looking to really get away? Powell, spanning southern Utah and northern Arizona,  has around 1,700 miles of shoreline.  An angler can catch striped bass, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass and walleye. As Wayne Gustaveson pointed out, go north for top-water bites.
    Lake Powell is one of the country's most scenic lakes.
    Lake Powell is one of the country’s most scenic lakes.
  3. Woods Canyon Lake. A family fishing mecca. Woods has been stocked with tiger trout. For a novice angler – or for a kid’s first fish – try putting a small piece of a worm on a small hook (No. 12 or smaller) and dangle it in shallow water between rocks.
  4. Dogtown Reservoir near Williams. Fishing is still good at Dogtown and there are plenty of shaded areas on the north side of the lake.
  5. Lake Mead. Fish at night. Mead (at top) has been “en fuego” for striper fishing. See some striper fishing tips for boils. Anglers also have been catching some healthy bass early in the morning.

Grab a license online (that helps conserve all species of wildlife, not to mention provides funding that goes back into fishing opportunities) and go.

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Editor’s note: On Twitter, the angler said this pike was 17.9 pounds and was taken July 9  from Ashurst Lake. Please remove all northern pike. In some cases, fish like northern pike have been illegally stocked and have had detrimental impacts to trout fishing and native fish populations.  Remember: do not transport live fish or bait. Illegal stocking is a big problem and impacts the department’s efforts to manage the state’s fisheries.

Angler Reports

 

Trail Side Park (Phoenix)

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Manny M.: July 20 — my nephew Mario (using a worm lure) caught these tilapia.

Lake Mead

Mead_1.jpgRay P. & Leon E. had a great night of striper fishing July 26 landing 120 of the Silversides in about 6 hours!

Lake Pleasant

PlezAnglerReport_1.jpegDan R.: Striper fishing was excellent Saturday night at Lake Pleasant — lost count of how many fish we caught. Here is a picture of the biggest of the night.

Greenfield Park, Mesa

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Dan G.: Holden Gurka, 9, of Mesa, Arizona has caught many fish on worms, bread and hot dogs — but never on a lure. That all changed the other day while fishing in Mesa, when he reeled in two bass on the same lure!?! Talk about 1st times!! He will remember this day for the rest of his life! Way to go Holden!

AZ stocking report

Rainbow trout

Wednesday, July 27 Chevelon Canyon Lake; Tuesday, July 26 — Big Lake, River Reservoir, Tunnel Reservoir; Monday, July 25 — Canyon Creek, Big Lake. Silver Creek, West Fork Little Colorado River-Greer; Friday, July 22 –– East Verde River,  Canyon Creek, Willow Springs Lake, Silver Creek, East Fork Black River, Chevelon Canyon Lake; Thursday, July 21 — Tonto Creek, Christopher Creek, Haigler Creek, Bear Canyon Lake; Wednesday, July 20 — Willow Springs Lake, Woods Canyon Lake, Rose Canyon Lake, Show Low Creek, Lynx Lake.

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Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal

A full moon summertime night can be the best — and most scenic — time to fish.
A full moon and summer nights made chill by spats of rain showers — this can be the time to fish in the high country of Arizona.

A full moon means nighttime fishing becomes a better – and cooler – option. Increased rainfall predicted for high country regions also favors anglers, bringing inflows and nutrients, and in turn baitfish and predatory fish. Target areas with recent inflows.

Submersible lights will not be as effective at night during the full moon — but they’re still an option.

Nighttime striper fishing is one of the best options going statewide, especially at Lake Mead and Lake Pleasant. For nighttime bassin’ in general, fish dark colors (which show up as a silhouette under a bright moon).

Please don’t fish close to lightning that can be associated with monsoon storms. Anglers can fish in snow, ice, some heat (be safe) and rain – but keep those lightning (fishing) rods off the water.

Overall, angling can be tough in July, but be selective in your spot and time, and you might go away with a heavy stringer, or at least a camera full of memories. Grab a license online (that helps conserve all species of wildlife, not to mention provides funding that goes back into fishing opportunities) and go.

Also, see a full list of fire restrictions in Arizona.

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Angler Reports

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Willow Springs Lake

Tom T. of Fountain Hills: We fished Willow Springs over the 4th of July weekend. It was the busiest I have seen in 15 years!

We caught and released 18 trout including four of the new tiger trout. We trolled needlefish in rainbow trout pattern at 8 feet with downriggers. It was a great weekend to escape the valley heat.

 

Stocking report

Rainbow trout

Monday, July 18 –– Silver Creek, West Fork Little Colorado River-Greer, Woods Canyon Lake, Goldwater Lake.

Friday, July 15 — East Verde River, Willow Springs Lake, Silver Creek, East Fork Black River,

Thursday, July 14 — Tonto Creek, Christopher Creek, Haigler Creek, Show Low Lake.

Wednesday, July 13 — Show Low Lake.

Tiger trout
Wednesday, July 20 — Willow Springs Lake, Woods Canyon Lake.

Catfish
Monday, July 18 – Red Mountain Lake.

Bluegill
Tuesday, July 18 — Red Mountain Lake.

 

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Are more tiger trout coming to Arizona?

Tiger trout new trout to AZ this spring cross between Brook abd Brown released into 4 High country AZ lakes 2016. Photo from Tonto Creek Hatchery, Northeast of Payson, AZ.
Tiger trout, a cross between brook and brown, were released into four high-country Arizona lakes. Photo from Tonto Creek Hatchery, northeast of Payson.

 

Now that anglers have made some memories with the elusive tiger trout, the question is: Will there be any more tiger trout coming to Arizona?

Yep. More tiger trout eggs will be received this summer to be raised for stockings in May and June of 2017. We’ll be monitoring the tiger trout that this summer were stocked into Carnero, Becker, Woods Canyon and Willow Springs lakes.

But first, a heads-up on what’s happening right now.

Arizona tiger trout fishing report

Many anglers had success with these aggressive and brilliant-looking fish. We expect catch rates on tiger trout to drop as more are harvested and lakes warm through the summer.

Woods Canyon and Willow are being stocked with tigers this week, and more tigers are planned to be stocked again this fall.

So look for tiger trout fishing to improve once again during the fall. And look for that first cool-off …

Most of the tigers are still being caught on lures. Some are beginning to get caught with PowerBait and worms.

Tiger trout fishing has been fair to good — a bit better at Woods Canyon than Willow Springs. Get a license online and go catch fish — and conserve wildlife at the same time.

“I’ve not heard recent reports at Becker and Carnero, but anglers were catching them there OK back in May and early June,” said Mike Lopez, AZGFD fish program manager in Pinetop.  “Lately at Woods and Willow, anglers targeting tiger trout are not having as much success.  Most of the tigers being caught now are incidental by folks just fishing for trout. ”

Monitoring effort: a tiger needs room

There are no plans to expand tiger trout stockings to other lakes. We’ll be monitoring the four lakes where we have tigers for a few years. We need to gauge how — or if — the tiger trout grow, their return to creel, and impacts on other fish species.

Also, it takes “room” for the tigers to grow to a catchable size. We are at full capacity in our fish hatchery system, so if we grow more tiger trout, it would potentially mean less rainbow trout for other lakes and streams.

In lakes where they do grow, it might be possible to stock more tiger trout fingerlings. We just don’t know how well they’ll do — yet.

 

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Tiger trout are stocked into Woods Canyon Lake in May.

 

So for now … we’ll keep it with the four lakes we have and monitor angler success.

We hope you are enjoying this addition to Arizona’s trout fishing menu.

A tiger trout AZ summer

Here’s a brief look back at some of the best tiger trout pictures of the summer. Thanks for sharing these memories with us!

Willow Springs Lake tiger trout caught by Todd G. on May 30.
Willow Springs Lake tiger trout caught by Todd G. on May 30.

Tiger caught weekend of June 30 at Woods Canyon Lake.
Tiger caught weekend of June 30 at Woods Canyon Lake.

A Willow Springs Lake tiger trout. Larry S reported catching no less than 25 tiger trout during the last weekend in May,
A Willow Springs Lake tiger trout. Larry S reported catching no less than 25 tiger trout during the last weekend in May.

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Video: how to catch bass in Arizona — and save money

Maybe you’re new to bass fishing in Arizona. Select your proper fishing gear with this video.

Even if you fish faithfully, and can’t get to high country, or you’re not into sliding a dropshot Roboworm into deep water, or maybe …  fishing early or deep into the night isn’t your thing, either.

This is the time to get back to basics.

Pick out that perfect gear, from rod and reel to bait and line and get ready for the fall bass fishing adventure.

Gary Senft, on his YouTube channel Fishing with Gary Senft, has this helpful video about the rods, reels, line, hooks and baits he uses to catch bass in Arizona — and how to save money doing it.

This video’s about 15 minutes, so grab a notepad, make checklist, and enjoy:

Arizona Fishing Report: The Reel Deal

Looking for things to do with the family in Arizona? Go get some crayfish!

This is prime time for high country crayfish and  “low country” catfish.

When the trout bite slows down, grab a bucket, some string, a stick and some meat (bacon, hot dogs or even fish guts will work) and go harvest some mud bugs. In fact, you’ll be helping the environment — crayfish are not native to Arizona and cause immense problems in our trout waters.

It’s also prime flathead catfish season. Arizona has proved to be a destination for these monster flatheads. See a video about how to catch Arizona flatties.

Back to crayin’. Some anglers’ favorite lakes include Woods Canyon, Willow Springs, Knoll, Ashurst and Kaibab (water level is very low at Kaibab). But you’ll find crayfish in most of our high country lakes. The damage crayfish do to some of our trout streams can be staggering — these voracious crustaceans eat everything from frogs and vegetation to fish and insects.

Crayfish hunting is great for kids and young-at-heart adults. Children especially can get bored if the fish aren’t biting. Crayfish can sometimes provide non-stop action. And, they make some fine-dining by a camp fire.

Typically, those folks who don’t like crayfish have overcooked them.

Here’s a simple cooking process: Boil water in a pot, then take the pot OFF the fire and put in the crayfish (do not put the pot back on the fire). In just a few minutes, the crayfish will turn bright red, which means they are done.

Easy.

You can also get a packet of seasonings called a “crab boil” at most supermarkets and add the spices to the boiling water.

Look up some recipes for crayfish and take your pick.

Did you know the purchase of fishing license help conserve wildlife? (Probably — we talk about it all the time.)  Get yours.

Stocking report

Rainbow trout

Monday, July 11 — Silver Creek, West Fork Little Colorado River-Greer, Canyon Creek, Dogtown Reservoir, Oak Creek.

Friday, July 8 —  East Verde River, Silver Creek, East Fork Black River, Willow Springs Lake, Canyon Creek.

Thursday, July 7  — Tonto Creek, Cristopher Creek, Haigler Creek.

Wednesday, July 6 — Show Low Creek.

 

Angler reports

River Lake (Greer)
Billy W.: My son Braden is 7 years old and hooked this German brown at River Lake (in Greer) from the shore, fishing with garlic power bait of all things.  He was caught Friday the 8th of July around 11:30 a.m.  It took a good 20 minutes to tire him out and get him to shore.

It’s a catch of a life time coming out of our lakes in AZ.  Thank you for your interest in this.

Canyon Lake
Jack E.: My buddy Gerald caught this beast yesterday (June 10) on plastic worm. He was amazed!

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Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal

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Anglers spot boils by drifting or trolling before casting over the popping balls of shad.

Striper fishing can be average to “gangbusters” at Lake Pleasant, Lake Mead, Lake Havasu, and the Colorado River below Davis Dam. Many anglers took advantage of the recent new moon to pull in some stripers at night under submersible lights. See a recent Fish AZ blog article about fishing boils — the action should still be great at night.

Flathead catfish are also a good bet at Pleasant, where top-water action can also be a hot spot this time of the year.

The big bass hot spot in the state is Saguaro Lake. Try dropshot-rigged plastic worms just before sundown …

Crappie fishing should be picking up at Alamo Lake. This time of the year, nighttime anglers can catch 20-30 crappie a night by the dam using crappie lights and jigging minnows.

How do you get an AZ fishing license?

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Angler Reports

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Ray and Yoli P.: Finally figured out how to fish for nighttime stripers! Wife and I caught 160 nice fat keepers in a span of about 5 hours. Non-stop action and no sunburn!

 

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Tim S.: My friend and I had great success over the weekend of July 2-3 at Roper Lake.  We were fishing with crankbaits in about 12 feet of water from a Jon boat.  We caught 11 largemouth bass ranging from .75 pounds to this 4.1-pound hawg!

My friend Ryan caught a 2- inch beast on a black gizzard Strike King #5 that we call “Lucky Lure.” The water is very murky and dark-colored crankbaits were producing the best bites.

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Fishing cool: Beating Arizona’s sultry summers

Arizona summertime fishing means night-fishing picks up.
Arizona summertime fishing means night-fishing picks up. Bartlett Lake in the Tonto National Forest is always a good night-fishing option for bass.

If you’re the type of angler who likes sweat-soaked, year-round fishing opportunities in Arizona, here’s a few simple tips to stay safe — and cool:

  • Go early or go late.
  • Don’t go at all (is that an option?)
  • Drink water every 15-20 minutes.
  • Drink something with electrolytes to prevent muscle cramps.
  • Bring your own shade (wide-brimmed hats, shade shelters, etc)
  • Plan a trip to a cooler part of the state. White Mountains, anybody?
  • Get wet. Soaking a handkerchief in the water and keeping it on your head, and under your hat, is a great way to keep your body temperature stable. Anglers also could wrap an evaporative cooling towel around their neck.
  • Know your limits: summertime might not the time to be trying for a personal best.
  • Leave detailed plans with someone (float plan).
  • Sign up for a boating safety class.

How to fish in Arizona in the summer

Also, methods of fishing on the summer heat differs. For desert bass fishing, all methods of tackle must be lightweight — light lines, small hooks and sinkers, etc.  Bites from these lethargic fish will be light, so be patient before setting the hook.

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Are you interested in Arizona’s wildlife and outdoor recreation — or do you know someone who is? Subscribe or give a gift subscription to Arizona Wildlife Views.

For an in-depth explanation of summertime fishing tactics, see a “From the Field” — For the Angler — column in the May/June issue of our Wildlife Views magazine. This issue also contains fishing articles about how fisheries managers perform creel surveys, and details about our Arizona Trout Challenge.

Complete fishing information also is available.

First Saturday Striper Tips: baits and boils

Since we’re in the summer season, and top-water/boil action will become more common, I thought I’d share helpful tips with everybody.

Here we go:

 

Anglers should always be on the lookout for top-water striper slurps
Anglers should always be on the lookout for top-water striper slurps

Top-water feeding frenzies

These occur because 50 to 5,000 striped bass roll and porpoise in sync. These “boils” can simmer, or boil over, as striped bass trap shad schools against the surface.

Water attacks and crashing splashes mark the area. Disturbance by fishing boats cause striped bass schools to sound and then reappear a few hundred yards away as feeding resumes in a different direction.

As shad grow in size and develop stronger swimming ability, the surface action gets more intense as striped bass corral shad against the surface or trap them near the shore or structure. The tendency for shad to “ball up” in a tight school when predators approach allows striped bass to round up and trap shad schools.

The trapped shad school is repeatedly probed by striped bass working together to eat, injure and kill as many shad as possible. Shad are often slashed by the jaws and stunned by the powerful caudal fin during such encounters.

Striped bass capture most shad at the surface, creating a highly visible disturbance with water splashes and a boat’s wake-like wave as stripers line up shoulder to shoulder to feed.

When the attack commences, the surface activity is intense and visible for many hundred meters as water is thrown high in the air.

A striper bite window: narrow to wide

Surface feeding boils last from a few seconds to as long as hours. Duration is probably determined by shad abundance. Many shad allow a longer feeding period while few shad may be consumed or lost from sight in a few seconds

Boil etiquette: get some

Boaters are encouraged to look out for other anglers targeting striper boils.
Boaters are encouraged to look out for other anglers targeting striper boils.

Once we get father into hotter weather, the fish will go deeper and the boils will be more common and luckily longer with duration.

If you see a great top-water boil, and fellow fisherman fishing that boil, never drive into the boil with your boat.

This can risk the fish moving on and also make it difficult for other fisherman to cast into the boil area. Also try to use your trolling motor, or drift your boat to the outside edge of the boil. The noise from the boat motor can reduce the length of the boil.

Working the striper frenzy

 

Be sure to cast over a striper boil -- not into the feeding frenzy
Be sure to cast over a striper boil — not into the feeding frenzy

Cast your lure over the boil and work it into the feeding frenzy area. In general, silence is golden and less boat noise will generate more success with a striper boil.

Jerkbaits, Rat L Traps, Kastmasters, swimbaits and Zara Spooks make for great success when fishing boils. I would also recommend having a rod with your favorite lure ready to grab and cast in the boat at all times.

Since these boils are unpredictable in length of time, take advantage of the opportunity as long as you can. Have the equipment ready to go.  I hope we all get to fish these exciting boils together.

Good luck fishing!

Barry Worman is the moderator for Arizona Striper Fishing Facebook page

Arizona Fishing Report: The Reel Deal on July 4 spots

Get on the water as the sun goes down this weekend. Night fishing will pick up this weekend at spots such as Lake Pleasant during a new moon. Use submersible lights.
Get on the water as the sun goes down this weekend. Night fishing will pick up this weekend at spots such as Lake Pleasant during a new moon. Use submersible lights.

Night fishing is a prime option statewide – not only is it cooler, a new moon will make fishing with submersible lights more effective. Lake Pleasant is one of the best options for nighttime striper fishing under lights.

Here are some other July 4 weekend fishing suggestions:

Fishing the July 4 weekend is as much about scenery and fireworks as fish.
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  • Fish Crescent Lake and/or Big Lake before heading to the scheduled fireworks show at Sunrise Park Resort. Cuttroat trout are hitting at Big Lake, and fishing is fair at Crescent. The fireworks show at the nearby resort is scheduled to begin at around 8 p.m.
  • Wet a hook at Show Low lake and/or creek, then attend the city of Show Low’s fireworks show at approximately 9 p.m. See more information.
  • Greer lakes. Greer is being stocked this week.
  • West Fork of the Little Colorado River-Greer was stocked on Monday.
  • City Reservoir in Williams. Fishing has been good on green garlic PowerBait and corn PowerBait.
  • Dogtown Reservoir near Williams. The lake continues to produce good fishing on garlic PowerBait. Folks are also catching bigger trout at Dogtown fishing off of boats using woolly buggers and spinners fished slow and deep.

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  • Ashurst Lake. Anglers last weekend had good luck on garlic and corn PowerBait early in the morning and late in the evening. They were still catching some holdover trout. A campground host also said meal worms were working under a bobber.
  • Goldwater Lake in Prescott. We stocked rainbow trout, and some monster Gila trout are still being caught — plus there are trees around there to get out of the sun.

Tagged walleye contest begins July 1 at Lake Powell

The Utah DNR, Wayneswords.com, and several generous corporate sponsors have teamed up to present the first official Lake Powell Tagged Walleye Contest, July 1-June 20, 2017. Read more. 

Anglers hooked on Arizona Trout Challenge

Don’t forget to take our Arizona Trout Challenge. Perfect way to invite a buddy to get outdoors. Any angler completing the Challenge will receive a certificate featuring the species caught along with dates and locations. See more information.

Big Fish of the Year

 

RonaldNussBuffalo

On June 21, Ronald Nuss bow-fished for this new catch-and-keep BFOY leader, a black buffalo, weighing 36 pounds, 2.88 ounces, and measuring 39 inches, from Apache Lake. See all the BFOY leaders.

Stocking report

Rainbow trout

Monday, June 27 — Silver Creek, West Fork Little Colorado River-Greer,  Bear Creek, Canyon Creek, Show Low Lake.

Friday, June 24 – Willow Springs Lake, Silver Creek, East Fork Black River.

Thursday, June 23 – Tonto Creek, Cristopher Creek, Haigler Creek, Show Low Lake, Knoll Lake,

Wednesday, June 22 – Fool Hollow Lake.

Thursday, June 21 – Woods Canyon Lake.

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AZGFD investigating ongoing fish kill on Verde River

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is investigating an ongoing fish kill on the Verde River below Horseshoe Dam.

On Thursday, the Department will be collecting water quality samples and analyzing fish for bacteria, viruses and parasites.

The fish kill is in an area from the dam to approximately 100 meters downstream.

In the meantime, it is important for anglers to remember they should not be taking these dead or dying fish.

 

Angler Reports

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Mike G.: Most people fish Kinnikinick for trout. And I never do well for trout. However, it is my favorite catfish lake. During the summer months, especially when monsoon is going on. It’s great for cats. The pic I sent shows a 16 pounder, and a couple 4 pounders.

During my trip i caught 11 cats total … the 16 pounder was my best, but I have caught two 13 pounders and two 10-pounders before. I ONLY USE MACKEREL. The pic I sent shows the catfish hanging from the front of my quad, to show some size perspective….
Have a good day.

Pena Blanca Lake
PenaBlancaLakeJohn and Perri: We read the fishing report every week and wanted to report on Pena Blanca Lake.

My 13-year-old son Jonathan caught this channel catfish, fishing for bass in the shallows on a nightcrawler.

 

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Arizona Fishing Report: The Reel Deal

Through Sunday, June 19, an Arizona resident license will cost only $32 and a nonresident license will be $50.
Through Sunday, June 19, an Arizona resident license will cost only $32 and a nonresident license will be $50.

 

With temperatures skyrocketing in the desert regions, it’s time to switch to night fishing. Avoid the triple-digit fidgets. A June 20 full moon will get fishing biting in the dark and help anglers make some moon-lit memories.

If you’re looking to catch some bass in the cool high country, read a recent Fish AZ blog article about our top-3 fishing spots to catch bass and keep cool.

Father’s Day reminder! If you purchase a general fishing license online any time from June 16-19, you’ll get $5 off the regular price. That means an Arizona resident license will cost only $32 and a nonresident license will be $50. Dad can get the gift of the outdoors.

While you are at it, remember youth combo fishing and hunting licenses are only $5 for youth ages 10–17. Fun for the whole family.

So remember, act soon because the promotion ends Sunday and is valid only for general fishing licenses purchased online.

Purchase yours.

Don’t forget to take our Arizona Trout Challenge. Perfect way to invite a buddy to get outdoors. Any angler completing the Challenge will receive a certificate featuring the species caught along with dates and locations.  See more information.

* Please note that fishing report editor Nick Walter will be out of the office next week and so a weekly fishing report will not be sent out until the week of June 27. For complete fishing resources, browse the Fish AZ blog and visit the AZGFD fishing page.


Stocking reports

(On Twitter, follow @NickFishAZ or search #AZfishtracker for confirmed stockings and quicker updates.)

Rainbow trout
Wednesday, June 15: Black Canyon Lake; Tuesday, June 14: Salt River, Oak Creek, Woods Canyon Lake, Monday, June 13: Silver Creek, West Fork Little Colorado-Greer, Rose Canyon Lake, Fain Lake, Lynx Lake, Mingus Lake, Canyon Creek; Friday, June 10: Silver Creek, East Fork Black River, Canyon Creek, Willow Springs Lake.

Channel catfish
Thursday, June 16: Chaparral Lake, Riverview Lake, Evelyn Hallman Pond, Papago Ponds, Encanto Lake, Steele Indian School, Cortez Lake.


Locate any of the above fisheries on our Fish&Boat map.


Also, see all of Arizona’s fire restrictions.

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Angler Reports

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Tempe Town Lake

YC: John M., and I went to Tempe Town Lake for some catfish action last weekend after reading the news on Fish AZ blog about it being stocked a few days ago.

 


Despite the warm weather, they were pretty active.

We caught the first one, a nice 2-pounder, within 5 minutes. Among a few that we caught, John had the largest one, at 5 pounds 1 ounce, that put up a good fight. We kept this one only and released the rest for another day.


Saguaro Lake

Caught this 7-pound bass Saturday, June 11, in 8 feet of water, working a live target frog over grass.

 

 

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