Weekly Fishing Report: The Reel Deal

Alright, anglers, let’s get right to it. The first day of the winter Community Fishing Program trout stockings is Friday.

You ready? See the stocking schedule. Know that Tempe Kiwanis Lake, which is managed by the city of Tempe, and Lakeside (Tucson) will not be stocked on Friday. The excessive algae and aquatic vegetation at Kiwanis is not yet suitable for stockings, and at Lakeside, we were asked us not to stock because of high turbidity in the lake.

Back to the great news. We’re hosting a fishing clinic on Saturday, 8-11 a.m. at Eldorado Park in Scottsdale. Trout will have been stocked, poles and bait will be available to borrow for free, no license is required during clinic hours, and the city of Scottsdale will have a raffle with prizes. Pretty cool – bring the family.

Fast-forward to Nov. 25. The City of Tempe and the Arizona Game and Fish Department will host the annual Welcome Back the Trout Celebration on that Tuesday at SRP Tempe Town Lake Marina from 4-6 p.m. Families and community members are invited to come down and watch as thousands of rainbow trout are released into the lake. The Department will conduct a fishing clinic starting at 4 p.m. Again, there are free loaner rods, reels and bait that will be available during the event, along with instruction and tips from seasoned anglers.

Some anglers also had great trout-fishing trips recently to Knoll Lake, Roper Lake, and West Clear Creek. See their Angler Reports below.

Top-water action sounds like it’s taking off at Lake Pleasant. Bartlett Lake remains a hot spot for largemouth bass.

Also sounds like crappie fishing has picked up a bit at Alamo Lake and Roosevelt Lake.

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

Also, for those who like to combine some blasting with their casting, the second dove season begins Friday, Nov. 21 and runs through Jan. 4 of 2015. The new bag limit is 15 birds. Dove make for great barbeque, so go ahead and stock up for the holidays.

Don’t forget that buying a license online helps support the Department’s mission to conserve wildlife for future generations. We do not receive Arizona tax dollars, so in order to make sure wildlife is available longterm, we need to spread the word that our funding comes from a user-pay, public benefit model, primarily from license sales, excise taxes, boat/OHV registrations and decals, and a few other sources such as the Heritage Fund.

Finally, big congrats to Kim Johnson, who caught this Big Fish of the Year catch-and-keep carp of 13 pounds, 14.04 ounces (and 29 inches) from Tempe Kiwanis Lake.

See the full report for more details, enjoy this awesome weather, and please share your memories with us at BFishing@AZGFD.gov.

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.


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

Here’s what anglers said was biting over the weekend across Arizona:

Saguaro Lake
Joe P.: I caught a 7-pound bass at 7 a.m. Saturday Nov. 8 on a top-water popper Rico lure.

Bartlett Lake
Richard H.: So the two of us got out to Bartlett Sunday morning Nov. 9. We arrived at the boat ramp at 10:30 a.m. and fished until sunset. We boated 20-plus largemouth with two of them just about 2 pounds, from the area around the trees upstream. Only two baits thrown as they seemed to be working for both of us, a white swimbait (5 inches) and dropshot Gary Yamamoto green craws. Too much fun on a beautiful fall afternoon. Bet nobody in the Midwest was fishing in shorts and flip-flops on Sunday as we were!!! Love AZ! Thanks for the reports as well!

Knoll Lake
Terry H.: Some friends and I went to Knoll Lake on Saturday, Nov. 8. The weather was beautiful and the wind was calm most of the day. We only caught five rainbows during the day and it wasn’t until we found out what some other family was using for bait. They were using corn and catching numerous fish.

If I had remembered to take my spinners and flies, I think I could have caught a few more fish. As I was reeling in my PowerBait and worm offerings, I had several trout chasing after it. There were fish taking insects off the surface all over the lake. It was nice to see that the lake is still full of fish even though the water level in the lake is down so far. We saw one bald eagle early in the morning, but didn’t see it the rest of the day.

All in all it was a fun trip even though we didn’t catch a lot of fish. Keep your lines wet and your feet dry.

Roper Lake
Mike R.: Went to Roper Lake on Nov. 10 had our limit in two hours fishing off the dock. All of the trout were 14-plus inches and some of the biggest I have caught in AZ for a while — even a few 2 pounds plus. Great day and it was our first time there. We will be back. Love fishing AZ.

West Clear Creek
The Johnsons: Hi AZGF! Followed the Fall 2014 stocking schedule to West Clear Creek with the three grandkids (10, 8, 5). Glad we did. Fished two full days up near West Clear Creek trailhead. Lots of nice rainbow trout action mainly floating salmon eggs. Numerous 10-12 inch fish. Kids had a ball. Thanks for a great week of fishing!


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