Weekly Fishing Report: The Reel Deal


With the nightly temperatures dipping into the low 40s and high 30s in the deserts, and the winter solstice (the longest night of the year) having taken place Dec. 21, the temperatures in our warmwater fisheries are continuing to drop, making trout fishing even more viable at places such as Tempe Town Lake, Saguaro Lake, Canyon Lake, Apache Lake and the Lower Salt River.

Don’t forget the Community Fishing Program waters. Some have received some incentive-sized trout. You might just catch that holiday wall mount at some of these neighborly waters. Or maybe catch-photo-and-release a slab-sided rainbow (be sure to send me a copy of the picture at nwalter@azgfd.gov). See the latest Community Fishing Bulletin.

We just stocked Saguaro Lake with rainbows. It’s some anglers’ favorite winter fishing lakes for bass. Bass anglers may want to take along some swim baits. Also take along some gold quarter-ounce KastMasters for yellow bass, which are fun to catch. Don’t forget some good ol’ nightcrawlers that can be fished on dropshot rigs for trout and bass.

A quick note on our stocking schedules. It’s possible we’ll release a stocking schedule in the near future that would indicate exactly what water has just been stocked. As it is, our stocking schedules are just that — schedules (not certainties). A water is subject to missing a stocking for a variety of reasons, including poor water quality. Until then, we’ll do our best to provide updates, especially on our Fish AZ blog. Be sure to do your research before heading to your destination.

See our stocking scheules.

Now for some high country news. Fishing is limited on the Mogollon Rim because of snow, but Green Valley Lake in Payson reportedly has some excellent fishing. Also, according to the Coconino National Forest, the roads to Ashurst Lake, the Long Lake complex, Kinnikinick Lake, and Knoll Lake are now closed. For some, it’s a white Christmas indeed!

See our Fish&Boat Arizona map for directions to our state’s primary fisheries.

See the full report for more details, and please share your fishing memories and pictures with us at BFishing@AZGFD.gov.

Angler Reports

Encanto Park

Fishied Encanto Park on Tuesday, Dec. 16. It’s a perfect time to start pitching lures. Early morning just as soon as the sunlight peeks over the clouds. Trout and bass both hit pretty good on lures throughout the day.

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.


2 thoughts on “Weekly Fishing Report: The Reel Deal”

    1. Absolutely, Richard. It’s possible that sometime we’ll have a tool on our website that would allow us to “announce” when a water has been stocked, instead of us relying on a schedule. Stay tuned!

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