Weekly Fishing Report: The Reel Deal

photo 1Here are some tips for Thanksgiving anglers. Escape the Black Friday shopping syndrome by hitting the water.

Top pick this week goes to Tempe Town Lake for trout and bass. We just stocked 3,000 trout Monday and Tuesday out of the SRP marina. Can’t beat good trout and bass fishing.

Thanks to the Arizona Game and Fish Certified Angler Instructors who helped out the public – it was such a large turnout of helpers for the free fishing clinic that afternoon.

There were 143 anglers who registered. Hope the public – and our great volunteers – come out next year.

OK, next top choice is the Salt River or one of the Salt River-chain lakes. The lakes have been stocked with trout, and anglers can try their luck at some monster bass by throwing some big trout-imitation swimbaits.

See a Fish AZ blog article about kayak-fishing at Canyon Lake.


This trip in early November was combined with throwing a trout swimbait for monster bass, misfortune of losing vehicle keys that led to a party invitation, and, finally, fresh fish tacos.

Keep an eye on the dipping water temperatures. At Roosevelt Lake, for example, the water temp. has been in the low-to-mid 60s — that’s a drop of nearly 10 degrees in one week. Naturally, fish are moving into deeper, warmer water.

This week we’re stocking trout into: Oak Creek and Francis Short Pond in Flagstaff; Patagonia and Pena Blanca lakes in the Tucson area; and in Phoenix, the Lower Salt River and, of course, Tempe Town Lake.

See the Community Fishing Program section in the full report – trout stockings are in full blast.
 

Here are some White Mountains fishing highlights:

  • Winter conditions are beginning to set in. Higher elevation lakes (8,000-plus feet) are beginning to have skim ice in the morning, and some of the highest elevation lakes are beginning to ice over for good. Lee Valley Lake, Tunnel Reservoir, and Bunch Reservoir were almost completely ice covered this last weekend.
  • Consider all ice at this time to be unsafe and not yet ready for ice fishing. It will take more time for the ice to thicken enough to support people walking on it. We’ve received very little snow and all forest roads are still open at this time.
  • Most of the streams are still open, except for the highest elevation streams. Sheeps Crossing was almost completely ice covered this last weekend. But the East Fork Black River, Black River, and Little Colorado River in Greer were open, although had some ice along the edges.
  • Silver Creek is a spring creek that comes out of the ground at a constant temperature and does not freeze in the winter. Catch-and-release fishing for big rainbow trout with artificial lure and flies, with single barbless hooks, will continue through the winter.


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

Happy Thanksgiving, Arizona anglers! See the full report for more details, and please share your memories with us at BFishing@AZGFD.gov.

Q & A

Q: Do you know who I could call about the gate going to the dam? I have been in there before and you had to drive under it — do you still have to do this? Or have they made a post gate that is to the side that is the 50 inches wide. I would hate to haul a four wheeler out there only to find that it would not fit through the gate but I still might. 🙂 Any help/info would be much appreciated. Thank you. — Cadre

  • A: Cadre

    Mike Lopez, our White Mountains region Fish Program Manager, had this to say:

    “There is a new gate that was installed last year that allows vehicles 50 inches or less through to the side of the gate without having to go under anything (see attached photo). The new gate is closer to the campground at the top of the hill, and they took the old gate out (only one gate to go through).

    — Nick

ANGLER REPORTS

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

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

Gilbert community fishing waters
Chad G.: Wanted to submit a couple of pics. Please consider using it for your weekly fishing report. My son and his friends find themselves fishing the Gilbert community about three days a week. It’s awesome to see these boys so excited about the outdoors. They would be so jazzed if one of their fish pics made the fishing report.

This bass was caught by Austin Lanphere, 8th grader in Gilbert, with a Rapala on Nov. 23.

The carp (left) was caught by Jacob Gregory, 8th grader in Gilbert, on a float with corn.


Lake Havasu
Anonymous: Nov. 13, south end of Lake Havasu, cove near BLM camp sites, 8-10-pound channel cat on nightcrawler.

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.

SEE THE FULL REPORT

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