We’re getting some early peeks at spring with reported pre-spawn conditions at Alamo and Roosevelt lakes. For reference, the daytime water temperature this week at Lake Pleasant in north Phoenix hit 59 degrees. Also, the unseasonably warm weather has melted the ice off most White Mountains regional lakes. This is extremely early for ice to be coming off (usually this happens late March-April).
Oh, sounds like fishing’s pretty hot at Alamo Lake, where some anglers are catching 15-20 crappie a day.
Hey, curious how we survey some of our waters? Check out a short video of one of our surveys from at Topock Marsh from Wednesday.
The survey continued on Thursday and we saw a good number of catfish in the marsh (these two pictured above were put right back in the water.) Unfortunately, the most abundant fish on Wednesday was gizzard shad – remember, anglers, live transport to another water is a violation.
OK, onto trout. Our Page Springs Hatchery this week are stocking trout into:
Feb. 17-24: (Kingman/Prescott) Deadhorse; (Tucson) Cluff Pond, Roper Lake, Dankworth; (Phoenix) Red Mountain, Tempe Town Lake, Saguaro Lake.
Next week, we’re stocking the Verde River, as well as Somerton Pond and Yuma West Wetland in the Yuma region, Patagonia and Pena Blanca in Tucson and the Lower Salt River.
See our Fish&Boat Arizona map to easily locate our state’s top fisheries.
Finally, there will be limited weekend motorized access to Agua Fria Conservation Area to be allowed beginning this Sunday. Read more.
(Please send your fishing reports to BFishing@AZGFD.gov)
Tempe Kiwanis Park
Melony L.: Caught (white amur) at Kiwanis Park Sunday, Feb. 15 and released unharmed.
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.