THE REEL DEAL

Here’s the latest notable road closures: As of Wednesday, vehicular access to Ashurst Lake (Ashurst Lake Road) and Kinnikinick Lake (Forest Road 82 at FR 125) is closed for the winter.

On the Mogollon Rim, notable closures are: FR 82 to Long Lake, FR 95 to East Clear Creek, FR 142 to West Clear Creek, FR 295E to Knoll Lake, and FR 751 to Blue Ridge Reservoir.

Check the entire winter stocking schedule.

At Lake Pleasant, Jon “Scooter” Griffiths of The Arizona Fishing Guides says this is the time of the year that the water is rising and all the fish like to eat shad in shallow water. Keep your eyes open for boils and always be looking for the birds.

Now for some ridiculously exciting news…

Those who fish Pioneer Lake in Peoria will be the first to benefit from the expanded Urban Fishing Program waters (to be renamed Community Fishing Program as of Jan. 1.) In addition to the current 21 waters, another 15 new waters will be added after the new year.

The CFP kickoff event at the lake in Pioneer Park will be held Jan. 4 from 9 a.m. to noon. Anglers will get the chance to participate in a free fishing clinic – 200 rods fishing rods, and bait, will be provided. Also, those who register will not need a license to fish for the trout that will have been stocked. Additionally, Pioneer Lake will be stocked a week later (Jan. 6-11) with incentive-sized trout. Pioneer will continue to be stocked every other week.


Those Urban Fishing Program lakes are stocked with trout throughout the winter. There may be times when the urban lakes are offering some of the best trout fishing in the state.

Need a license? Buy it online. Beat the crowds and get a gift. See more information about the new license structure.

Finally, out at Lake Havasu, beginning Dec. 8, the Bureau of Reclamation began lowering the water level of Lake Havasu to repair the trash racks at Parker Dam. The drawdown will last eight weeks and result in the lake reaching an elevation of 445 feet by mid-Dec. The lake will remain at this level until mid-Feb.

See the full fishing report

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