Tiger trout arrive in Flagstaff

Marshall Lake

Tiger trout have arrived in the Flagstaff region. Today, tiger trout ranging from 5-10 inches were stocked into Marshall Lake, located 15 miles southeast of Flagstaff. It’s the first time Marshall”s been stocked since 2010.

Another load of tiger trout arrive tomorrow at this watchable wildlife wetland that is great for paddling but not so great for shore angling because of its thick vegetation. Only motors that are electric, or 10hp or less, are allowed.

If water quality continues to be good through the summer, we expect these tigers to grow about an inch per month.

Go catch a tiger!

Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal

This week – in preparation for the Memorial Day weekend — we have been stocking an additional 20,000 trout and catfish into waters statewide. Through June, we’ll have stocked a quarter-million more trout, catfish, bass and sunfish.

Catfish are going into Community Fishing Program waters: give Mr. Whiskers a try.

In desert regions, most bass are still in post-spawn. Sounds like there was not a big wave of spawners during the full moon earlier this month.

Some other highlights:

This and that

  • On Thursday, we recommended the Coconino National Forest re-open Rose Canyon Lake Campground:
  • This weekend, we’ll be conducting an operating under the influence checkpoint at Canyon Lake and participate in a multi-agency OUI checkpoint on the Colorado River.
  • Lake Pleasant anglers can now boat from the main body of the lake all the way up the Agua Fria arm to the Agua Fria boat ramp. The only eagle nest closure remaining this season on the Agua Fria arm has been lifted due to failure of the nest site.

Line-zinging in northern AZ

Northern Arizona anglers in particular will enjoy many benefits of this fish stocking surplus:

  • Some big holdovers are being caught at Dogtown Reservoir near Williams. Try green garlic PowerBait.
  • On Wednesday, May 17, the first stocking of bonus rainbow trout, purchased from Crowthers Freshwater Trout in Colorado, were stocked into Ashurst Lake. Anglers fishing at Ashurst Lake that day started catching fish as soon as the stocking ended using small spinners such as roostertails and small spoons.
  • Knoll Lake had its first stocking of the year last week and will get more rainbow trout this week.
  • Catfish are also being stocked into City Reservoir near Williams and Frances Short Pond in Flagstaff this week. Chunks of hot dog make great catfish bait.

White Mountains magic

White Mountains streams are being stocked this week. Try the East Fork of the Black River, the Little Colorado River in Greer, and Silver Creek (current regulations at Silver Creek are catch-and-keep with bait and six trout daily limit. The upper section is closed to fishing.)

Tiger trout have been stocked for the first time this year into Carnero and Becker lakes. Along the Mogollon Rim, Woods Canyon and Willow Springs lakes already have been stocked with tigers are are getting extra loads of rainbow trout through June.

See the full fishing report, grab a license online, 24/7, and don’t forget to send your fishing reports and photos to BFishing@AZGFD.gov.

Catch of the Week

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Bob Donnelly, 70, said he caught this plus-size rainbow trout Sunday, April 30 at Luna Lake using a Zebco 33 rod-and-reel outfit he purchased a month prior to the catch for $1 at a yard sale.  The trout was caught around 10 a.m. and appears to measure 26 1/2 inches in total length.

He said he caught it on a nightcrawler.

“The rod has some old fishing line in it,” said Donnelly. “And when I set the hook the face of the old Zebco reel came off. This fish came to the surface breaking water, and I go, ‘Whoa.'”

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Stocking report

Rainbow trout

Friday, May 12 — Green Valley lakes, East Verde River, Silver Creek, East Fork of the Black River, Woods Canyon Lake, Willow Springs Lake, Canyon Creek.

Thursday, May 11 — Tonto Creek, Christopher Creek, Haigler Creek, Dogtown Reservoir, Huffer Tank, Frances Short Pond, Black Canyon Lake, Hulsey Lake.

Wednesday, May 10 — Show Low Creek, Rainbow Lake, Fool Hollow Lake.

Tuesday, May 9 — Carnero Lake, Scott Reservoir, Bear Canyon Lake, Becker Lake, Knoll Lake, Oak Creek.

Monday, May 8 — West for Little CO RIver-Greer, Ashurst Lake, Mingus Lake, Fain Lake, Canyon Creek, Big Lake.

Tiger trout

Tuesday, May 9 — Carnero Lake,  Becker Lake.

Tuesday, April 25 and Monday, April 24  — Willow Springs Lake Woods Canyon Lake.

See more stocking schedules.

Public fishing events

At these free fishing clinics, loaner rods are provided, bait is free, and no license is required for those who register during event hours.

Saturday — Family Fishing Event, Tempe Kiwanis Park (5500 S. Mill Ave., Tempe), 7-11 a.m. Read the full schedule.

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Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal

Now is the time to hit the high country lakes and streams.

Already stocked were Tonto Creek, the East Verde River, Silver Creek, East Fork of the Black River, and Canyon Creek. Woods Canyon and Willow Springs lakes are being socked this week as well.

The Woods Canyon Lake store reported that rainbows are being caught on almost anything from worms and artificial lures to corn and white bread. A 2.5-pound rainbow was caught on May 6. The biggest tiger trout reported so far has been 14 inches long.

Fishing is excellent at Lake Powell (walleye and BIG stripers) and Lake Havasu (spawning redear sunfish and incredible largemouth bass action.)

The Agua Fria boat ramp will be closed starting today due to unexpectedly high water levels at Lake Pleasant. The lower parking lot is almost completely underwater and the lake is still rising.

Please refer to the Lake Pleasant Regional Park website with regards to when the area is anticipated to reopen. Maricopa County is in the process of posting this closure notice.

Catfish stockings are ongoing at Community fishing waters, too!

Don’t forget to hit the Payson Wildlife Fair on Saturday.

See the full fishing report, grab a license online, 24/7, and don’t forget to send your fishing reports and photos to BFishing@AZGFD.gov.

Catch of the Week

Send your fishing reports and photos to BFishing@AZGFD.gov — one will be selected as Catch of the Week.

On May 5-7 at Bear Canyon Lake,  Mike B. and a group of five adults started fishing Friday evening. This picture is their Sunday catch, in 42-degree water temperatures and heavy wind, primarily on lures and a few on PowerBait. Mike B.’s son Levi on the right and his friend’s son Trevin on the left.  They reported using mainly pink, lime twist, rainbow, and captain america for PowerBait, and Lil Jakes for lures.

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Stocking report

Rainbow trout

Friday, May 5 — Tonto Creek, the East Verde River, Silver Creek, East For of the Black River, Canyon Creek, Willow Springs Lake, and Woods Canyon Lake

Thursday, May 4 — Colorado River, Tonto Creek, Cristopher Creek, Haigler Creek, Topock Marsh, Big Lake.

Wednesday, May 3 — Luna Lake, West Fork Little Colorado RIver-Greer.

Tuesday, May 2 — West Fork Little Colorado River-Greer, Riggs Flat Lake, Bunch Res., RIver Res., Tunnel Res.

Monday, May 1 — Salt River, Wet Beaver Creek, West Clear Creek, Dogtown Res., Kaibab Lake, Canyon Creek.

Channel catfish

Friday, May 5 — “Core” Community waters except Sahuarita Lake and Mesa Riverview Lake.

See more stocking schedules.

Public fishing events

At these free fishing clinics, loaner rods are provided, bait is free, and no license is required for those who register during event hours.

Saturday, May 20 — Family Fishing Event, Tempe Kiwanis Park (5500 S. Mill Ave., Tempe), 7-11 a.m. Read the full schedule.

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Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal

Typically, water temperatures in May can reach close to optimum levels for trout. May and October can be the top trout producing months for our high country lakes. We’re stocking trout throughout the state — even tiger trout have already been stocked into Woods Canyon and Willow Springs lakes.

This gorgeous brown trout recently came out of Dogtown Reservoir near Williams:

Beginning Monday, though, looks like the desert regions will have the best spots to drown a hook (Saturday is expected to be windy statewide). Things will have cooled significantly. Most bass are in a post-spawn mode. Full moon is March 10 and so expect another heavy wave of spawners. With increased water covering more trees and shrubs, bass have had plenty of ideal areas to spawn. By most accounts, bass fishing during last month’s full moon was incredible.

Oh, and walleye season has begun at Lake Powell.

See the full fishing report, grab a license online, 24/7, and don’t forget to send your fishing reports and photos to BFishing@AZGFD.gov.

Catch of the Week

Six year-old Steve F. wouldn’t be deterred by windy weather at Lake Havasu on Saturday and caught this 3 1/2-pound largemouth bass with a shad jig from the Cattail Cove launch ramp dock at Lake Havasu.

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Stocking report

Rainbow trout

Wednesday, April 26 — Tonto Creek, Christopher Creek, Haigler Creek, Show Low Lake, Hulsey Lake, Lower Lake Mary, Frances Short Pond, Ashurst Lake.

Tuesday, April 25 — Kaibab Lake.

Monday, April 24 — Bunch Res., RIver Res, Tunnel Res., Canyon Creek, Ashurst Lake, Dogtown Reservoir, Colorado River,

Tiger trout

Tuesday, April 25 and Monday, April 24  — Willow Springs Lake Woods Canyon Lake.

Channel catfish

Wednesday, April 26 — Patterson Ponds (St Johns), Tempe Town Lake, Dave White Regional Pond (Casa Grande), Pacana Park, Redondo Lake, Fortuna Pond, Yuma West Wetlands Pond, Council Ave. Pond, Roadrunner Park, DIscovery, Eldorado, McQueen, Freestone.

Bluegill

Wednesday, April 26 — Friendship Park Pond, Bonsall Park, Roadrunner Park Lake, Discovery Park, Eldorado Lake, McQueen Park, Freestone Pond, Friendship Pond.

See more stocking schedules.

Public fishing events

At these free fishing clinics, loaner rods are provided, bait is free, and no license is required for those who register during event hours.

Saturday

Youth and Community Fishing Day, Cortez Park (3434 W. Dunlap Ave., Phoenix), 7-10 a.m. Read the full schedule.

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Cinco de Mayo fish recipe: spice-rubbed catfish

To celebrate our Cinco de Mayo flash sale — get $5 off resident and nonresident general fishing licenses May 3-7, online sales only — here’s a recipe from Seis Kitchen and Catering, which specializes in regional Mexican cuisine.

Seis Kitchen and Catering prepared this incredible, tangy catfish dish during our recent “Hook to Plate” fishing clinic at Silverbell Lake in Tucson.

Enjoy, and celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a fishing fiesta!

Spice-rubbed catfish topped with pickled jalapeño relish
  • 2 cups corn meal
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • .5 tsp ground oregano
  • .5 tsp black pepper
  • .5 tsp cumin
  • .5 tsp chile powder

Mix ingredients in dry bowl

 

  • 1 cup milk

Place milk into a large bowl alone

 

  • 2 pounds fish

Pat dry fish

 

  1. Dip fish into milk, coating entire fillet
  2. Remove fish from milk allowing excess milk to drain off
  3. Dredge fish in the corn meal mixture until completely coated
  4. Fill a medium sauce pan with canola oil about a 1/4 in high.
  5. Heat on a medium heat
  6. When oil is hot place the fillets in the oil cooking for 3 minutes on each side or until you get a nice firm crust. The thicker the fish the longer you will cook it. This recipe was done with fish that was about 3/4 to an inch thick.
  7. When fish is done, place on a towel to allow oil to drain off.

Seis Kitchen and Catering is located on 130 S. Avenida del Convento #100, Tucson, Arizona

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Weekend Roundup: Angler Reports

Send your fishing reports and pictures to BFishing@AZGFD.gov — one that includes a photo will be featured as Catch of the Week

Here’s the latest from your fellow anglers (see our Fish&Boat map for directions):

Lake Havasu

Jeffrey F. It was pretty windy on Saturday at Lake Havasu, so we decided that we wouldn’t take the boat out on the lake. Six year-old Steve F. wouldn’t be deterred and caught this 3 1/2-pound largemouth with a shad jig from the Cattail Cove launch ramp dock.

Just goes to show that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to take a kid fishing. Steve caught his fish on a $12 spincast setup from the Big Box Store and about $1.50 worth of tackle.

We got a couple more good bites from the dock and the point just south of the launch ramp, but Steve was the only one who landed one. Another gentleman was catching bluegill from the shore just south of the point.

Watson Lake

James M.:  Reeled this guy in at Watson Lake Prescott. Just under 18 inches.

Goldwater Lake

Michael W.: May 3 — non-stop action!!!  In 4 hours of fishing, I caught and released 79 rainbow trout, ranging from 7 to 12 inches.  All fish caught at southwest cove of lake, on 1.5 inch crappie tubes.  Lake recently stocked with rainbow trout.  Weather Conditions: Sunny & Clear  Water Conditions: Stained.

Lake Pleasant

Dick K.: Took a long time friend, Jerry Corell to Lake Pleasant yesterday. Jerry had never fished for stipers before so we had high hopes the fish would co-operate which they did. We couldn’t find and schooling fish within the first couple hours so we started off trolling live threadfin shad below Off-Shore OR 12 planer boards. Jerry had me at about 8-3 when I passed over a huge school of stripers. Quickly we switched to dropshot rigs and for a couple hours we could hardly keep up! Had a great day with around 35 Stripers. Great introduction to striper fishing, Jerry!

Alamo Lake

Don M.:

Photo by Don Martin
  • Jamie Goodman of Mesa went to Alamo Lake with outdoor writer Don Martin. Jamie holds the two biggest cats they caught.
  • A few hours work! Jamie Goodman and Don Martin caught these five channel cats and lost three more on Sunday morning (May 30) while fishing at Alamo Lake. The cats were caught on nightcrawlers in 6 feet of water.

Canal in Scottsdale

Irina: I pulled a 30-inch carp from an Arizona canal in Scottsdale yesterday (April 27). I’ve used a 4 size baitholder hook with 4 kernels of corn. It took about 5 minutes for the fish to bite, and ~15 for me to pull it out.

Dogtown Lake

Michael W.: Thursday, April 27 report:

In 3 hours of fishing in difficult weather conditions, my fellow fisherman & I caught and released (1) 2-pound brown trout, (3) 12 to 14 inch rainbow trout, (1) 9-inch white crappie, and had (1) 3-pound brown trout and (1) 2-pound rainbow trout that we were unable to land, before the hook popped out of their mouths!  All fish caught on 2-inch Crappie Minnow Tubes.  Weather Conditions: Winds 18 to 21 mph, with gust as high as 31 mph Water Conditions: Muddy.

Canyon Lake

The bass bite is on! I love encouraging others to get outdoors. I caught these four bass off my kayak in a little over a week … drop shotting plastics.

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Arizona Fishing Report: The Reel Deal

Many bass are in a post-spawn mode, and although there’s some windy weather predicted for much of the state this weekend, anglers can pick their spots. A couple might be  Woods Canyon and Willow Springs lakes on the Mogollon Rim — tiger trout are back and have been stocked for the first time this year. Looks like some pretty decent weather there Saturday and Sunday, too.

Top-water action had been picking up with a recent spat of warmer weather and some anglers were having success with frogs, Rebel Pop-Rs, and Ricos. With a string of predicted 90-degree temperatures in desert regions next week — possibly hitting 100 toward the end of the week — the surface action should pick up again.

A new moon was Wednesday, and so using submersible lights at night will be effective for a couple more days. Try striper fishing at night a Lake Mead, Lake Mohave (some big stripers were just caught fishing from shore with anchovies), or Lake Pleasant.

Also time to wet some lines in the Yuma area! Council Avenue (Somerton), Yuma West Wetlands, Fortuna Pond, and Redondo Pond were all stocked with channel catfish and bluegill Wednesday, April 26. See the stocking:

Grab a license online, 24/7, and go get ’em.

Other fish-lights:

Rainbow trout being loaded Wednesday en route to Flagstaff-area lakes at our Page Springs Fish Hatchery.
  • Rainbow trout are being stocked in the high country.
  • We just started a new habit project at Roosevelt Lake.
  • Crappie fishing has slowed. Action had been hot during their spawn following the recent full moon.
  • All roads to Big Lake are open.
  • Flathead catfishing will be picking up and should be good until mid-June. This is typically the time monster flatheads are caught.
  • Be sure to check the weather forecasts. Some gusty weather is predicted throughout the state this weekend (particularly out west).

Stocking report

Rainbow trout

April 19 — Goldwater Lake (Upper), Concho Lake, Bear Canyon Lake, Rainbow Lake, Fool Hollow Lake, Haigler Creek, Christopher Creek.

April 20 — Tonto Creek, Ashurst Lake, East Verde River, Tonto Creek.

Channel catfish

April 20 — “Core” Community fishing waters.

See full schedules.

Catch of the Week

Send your fishing reports and photos to BFishing@azgfd.gov —
one will be selected as Catch of the Week

Aubrey, 6, caught this reported 18-inch cutthroat trout April 22 at Big Lake fishing on the bottom with a worm.  It was her first big fish.

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Public fishing events

At these free fishing clinics, loaner rods are provided, bait is free, and no license is required for those who register during event hours.

Saturday

  • Yuma Valley Rod and Gun Club free fishing event at Mittry Lake, sunrise-noon.
  • Somerton free fishing event at Council Park Pond, 9 a.m. – noon.

See more details and the full schedule

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 funds for fishery conservation, boating access, and aquatic education.

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Homes for fish: habitat improvement project underway at Roosevelt Lake

In first phase of long-term project on Tonto National Forest lakes, AZGFD biologists sink fish habitat structures

Habitat is dropped into Roosevelt Lake Thursday, April 20.

PHOENIX – They are manmade homes for fish, some made of concrete, others of PVC, and like building a neighborhood, provide the architecture for sustainable life.

The first step in placing fish habitat into the  central Arizona reservoirs took place on Thursday, April 20 at Roosevelt Lake with Arizona Game and Fish Department biologists dropping Fishiding HighRise structures made of environmentally-safe PVC  to the bottom of Roosevelt Lake. These recycled items, 8 feet tall and excellent habitat for crappie, became the first fish homes. AZGFD plans to expand them into fish cities.

For anglers, this Tonto National Forest Lakes Habitat Improvement Project will result in better fishing for generations to come in the region’s most popular fishing lakes.

Ongoing improvements to Rosy

Also in April, Roosevelt Lake was stocked with 12,000 crappie fingerlings, as well as 25,000 4-inch Florida-strain largemouth bass for the third consecutive year. Roosevelt Lake also is above 70-percent full for the first time since October of 2011. The higher water level has flooded shoreline brush that provides more cover and habitat for spawning fish. The fish habitat improvement project includes placing multiple types of fish habitat around the lake at varied depths to ensure there is plenty of fish habitat available for when water level fluctuates.

Similar work is planned for other lakes along the Salt River chain and Bartlett Lake. The next planned step involves AZGFD biologists using a 36-foot pontoon boat to transport and lower heavier concrete fish habitat structures — critical to anglers’ fishing opportunities — into Roosevelt Lake.

Working OT for better fishing

This fish habitat project is a cooperative effort with numerous anglers, as well as volunteers from organizations such as Gila Basin Angler Roundtable and Midweek Bass Anglers. Supporting agency partners include the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Sport Fish Restoration Program, Tonto National Forest, and the National Fish Habitat Partnership-Reservoir Fish Habitat Partnership. Volunteers have been helping build concrete fish balls and Georgia cubes for two years and have donated hundreds of hours to the project.

Fishiding HighRise structures are made of environmentally-safe PVC and are excellent habitat for crappie.

Natural and artificial habitat are critical for fish spawning, recruitment, and growth. The reservoirs of central Arizona lack sufficient hiding and ambush cover and habitat for growth and survival of young fish. The artificial structures provide a surface for microscopic animals to grow, which attracts bait fish and in turn the predatory fish for anglers to target.

Background: a return to glory

Fishing is one of Arizona’s most popular outdoor activities. Providing good places for anglers to fish is one of AZGFD’s primary goals. Five of the biggest and most popular lakes to fish are located in central Arizona and are managed by Salt River Project for the valley’s water supply: Roosevelt Lake, Apache Lake, Canyon Lake, Saguaro Lake, and Bartlett Lake.

In 2014 the Department embarked on a program to improve fisheries habitat in the reservoirs of central Arizona and restore the fisheries to their former glory days. All five of these lakes are more than 70 years old, and Roosevelt Lake is more than 100 years old. Over time, reservoirs lose quality fish habitat through decomposition of the natural vegetation that was flooded, particularly where water levels fluctuate wildly, such as at Roosevelt.

Similarly, one of the largest and most successful fish habitat projects in the nation, the Lake Havasu Fishery Improvement Program, has been ongoing since 1993 and is credited with improving sport fish habitat in this Colorado River reservoir.

The Tonto National Forest is the land management agency for five of the biggest and busiest fishing lakes in Arizona. In 2013, the economic value to the state of Arizona associated with these five lakes was estimated to be more than $318 million.

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Weekend Roundup: Angler Reports

Send your fishing reports and pictures to BFishing@AZGFD.gov — one that includes a photo will be featured as Catch of the Week

Here’s the latest from your fellow anglers (click on the water for directions):

Dogtown Reservoir

John H. of Prescott Valley: I caught this beauty April 14 at Dogtown Lake — 4 pounds, 22 inches.

Lake Powell

John A. Lake Powell stripers are biting. Easter Sunday’s catch.

Desert Breeze Lake (Chandler)

Bill P.: Caught this guy this morning at Desert Breeze on a nightcrawler. My wife’s kitchen scale said 10 pounds, 1 ounce.

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Lake Pleasant

Dick K.:  I took a friend out on Pleasant on the morning of April 24th to fish stripers. We hit the lake early and caught shad with the cast net and then in the next couple hours put 22 very nice fish in the boat. Most fish were caught in 45-50 feet of water, some while drop-shotting live shad and others while trolling live shad on planer boards over 30-50 feet or water. Pictured is Bob Oliver from Peoria with 19 of the 22 fish that averaged around 3#. In the last 5 trips to Pleasant I have boated and filleted 119 stripers. I share my fillets with a lot of older people who never get to go fishing but enjoy eating fresh fish.

Riverview Lake (Mesa)

 

Rich S.: April 23, evening, 10.65 pound (channel catfish) on cut shad  at Riverview Park (2100 W. 8th St., Mesa).

Also the recently stocked crappie have dispersed through the lake and are doing well. I have caught a few at multiple locations, when cast-netting for shad. I have been fortunate to have a few 6-inch shad swim under the net. What I find interesting is I have yet to have a bass take a free-swimming shad under a float (day break or evening). I know the bass are there because they show up in my net. Just makes me think there is a lot of food. To pass up such a live offering ?

Last, I let a young boy (under 10) struggle to land a 4-pound cat while his dad captured the moment with his phone. The best being when it finally surfaced.

Thank you for all the work you do, and then taking the time to put out the fishing report.

Alamo Lake

Don M.:  Here are 16 channel catfish that my friend Linda Kaufman caught at Alamo Lake recently.  We caught these in two hours in the upper end of the lake on nightcrawlers on 6 feet of water.

Bass and crappie fishing is tough!

Roosevelt Lake

David M.: Caught some nice crappie and a few yellows April 22 night fishing with minnows.

Big Lake

Caught April 22 — 18-inch cutthroat trout. My Daughter Aubrey who is 6 years old. Was fishing on the bottom with a worm. I thought she got stuck on a rock until I seen the tip of her fishing pole wiggling. Her first big fish.

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Arizona Fishing Report: The Reel Deal

Crappie are spawning and we’re getting some great reports from Roosevelt and San Carlos lakes. Bartlett Lake and Lake Pleasant should be good targets, too.

At Lake Powell, our state’s Yankee Stadium of fishing holes, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and crappie are on beds and reports are that anglers are having field days on striped bass with anchovies.

From trout stockings in the high pines to bass and crappie the lower deserts, fishing is gettin’ gangbusters. Round up the family and friends, stuff camping and fishing tackle in the trunk or cab, grab a fishing license, fill up the tank and take off on a spring fishing adventure.

Some fish bits:

  • Now’s the time to fish in northern Arizona.
  • Bass and sunfish have been stocked in Community fishing waters.
  • Roosevelt Lake is above 70-percent full for the first time in five years. We’ve stocked crappie and more Florida-strain bass into the lake this month, and began a Salt River-chain lakes habitat improvement project Thursday by dropping fish-hiding structures to the bottom of Roosevelt Lake.
  • At Bear Canyon Lake along the Mogollon Rim, Forest Road 300 opened today.  Fish were stocked this week in anticipation of the opening of the road. All roads to White Mountains/Mogollon Rim lakes are now open.
  • Cases of “swimmer’s itch” have been reported from Canyon Lake. See some tips from the Tonto National Forest on some prevention steps.

Catch of the Week

Send your fishing reports and photos to BFishing@azgfd.gov —
one will be selected as Catch of the Week

Rett of Cambodia with some nice stripers caught in 25 feet of water in northern coves at Lake Pleasant on top water lures and live shad.

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Nets and waders: Working for You

Some of our fisheries biologists began a Salt River chain-lakes habitat improvement project Thursday by dropping Fishiding structures made of recycled garage door panels  to the bottom of Roosevelt Lake.

Habitat is important for fish spawning, recruitment, growth, health and populations. These artificial structures attract bait fish, which then attract predatory fish for sport-fishing anglers to target.

AZGFD also plans to use a 36-foot pontoon boat to sink fish habitat — critical to anglers’ fishing opportunities — into Roosevelt Lake. Similar work is planned for other lakes along the Salt River chain.

Public fishing events

At these free fishing clinics, loaner rods are provided, bait is free, and no license is required for those who register during event hours.

Saturday — Fishing for Sustainability-Family and Community Fishing Event, 8 a.m – noon, Silverbell Lake at Christopher Columbus Park (3600 N. Silverbell Rd., Tucson).

See more details and the full schedule

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