Weekly Fishing Report: The Reel Deal

Upper Lake Mary is full of large walleye and they are actively feeding and preparing for the winter.

Our routine sampling returned more of these fish – many 18-24 inches — than some of our biologists have ever seen in this lake.

We also captured some nice yellow bass and crappie.

Come on out and take advantage of this opportunity. We don’t know how long it will last.

Also, here is what we found in the White Mountains:

  • Crescent Lake: fair numbers of rainbow trout, most were 16 inches, some up to 21 inches and 3.5 pounds.
  • Carnero Lake: good numbers of rainbow trout, most were 13-15 inches, some up to 22 inches and 4 pounds.
  • Lee Valley Lake: few Apache trout from 13-17 inches, good numbers of grayling up to 13.9 inches and one pound (the state record is currently 14.65 inches and 1.61 pounds).

See our Fish&Boat Arizona map for directions to these waters and other top fisheries.

Typically this time of the year, Lees Ferry will have some of the hottest fishing in the state, both at the walk-in portion and upriver. When the Ferry it hot, it contends well with any other wild trout fishery in the West for top fishing honors.

Oct. 23 kicked off a new moon. For practical purposes, this means submersible lights will work great throughout the weekend.

Community Fishing Program rainbow trout stockings are back at Payson’s Green Valley lakes.

See a Fish AZ blog article about fly-fishing from a kayak Friday, Oct. 17. (Includes GoPro video of a trout being caught.)

Take advantage of Green Valley lakes, and anglers who fish the Community lakes/ponds in Phoenix/Tucson and Yuma can look forward to their first trout stockings in mid-November.

Catch a license

Good luck fishing, and remember that buying a license online helps conserve wildlife and outdoor recreation opportunities for current and future generations. Help yourself and your future loved ones.


(Send your fishing reports and photos to Bfishing@AZGFD.gov.)

Patagonia Lake

Cesar B.: It was a 15.60-pound catfish. Caught it on nightcrawlers, fought for at least 20 minutes. Was a good weekend at Patagonia Lake on Oct. 18 across from the beach area around 2 p.m.

Fool Hollow Lake

Bob and Bryce: My son and I spent five days fishing the lake. Caught three catfish during the stay, all around 9 p.m.. On last day learned that someone had put pike in the lake and that they have wiped out (eaten) all of the trout, bass and panfish. Until the pike issue is dealt with there is virtually no fishing to be had there.

Riverview Park (Mesa)

Folima Tuileva “Tui” : This large catfish was caught by using a hotdog for bait at 2:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20. Fish weighed 9.65 pounds according to a hand held digital scale.

Brock P.: Went out Oct. 18 to Mesa Riverview. Caught and released two nice-sized channel cats about 12-16 inches in length, then released them back. Seems like there are no largemouths or other fish for that matter as everyone I talked to had caught just channels also. Was using a drop shot setup with dead crickets. Feel like you gotta throw something that nobody else is trying as these fish are just too used to worms, PowerBait, etc.


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