Weekly Fishing Report: The Reel Deal

Rosy2Roosevelt Lake on Thursday got yet another stocking of Florida-strain largemouth bass, something we hope will lead to a revitalization of this fishery. We stocked 40,000 fingerlings. See more details.

Also, get free licenses for youths at Glendale’s Bonsall Park on Saturday (April 25). The first 1,000 youth ages 10-17 during event hours of 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. will receive a free youth hunt/fish license that’s valid for 365 days. Besides, it’s a free AZGFD fishing clinic — read all about it.

On to hot spots. At Lower Lake Mary in Flagstaff, we had a report on Sunday of an angler catching and releasing 72 trout fishing along the south dike using a bead headed prince nymph fly.

Canal fishing has been good and flathead catfish action is picking up and should be good until mid-June.

Speaking of flatheads, a state record also was set this week. Joe Kauffman of Peoria brought to our Phoenix headquarters on Tuesday this 41.16-pound flathead catfish that is a non-hook-and-line state record. See the video for all the details. Kauffman bow-fished for the flathead at Saguaro on Saturday, April 18.

A year-round bow-fishing season was approved in Sept of 2013 only for Salt River-chain lakes Saguaro, Apache, Canyon and Roosevelt with a special regulation bag limit of five catfish in any combination. This season will end Dec. 31 of 2016, but can be continued upon commission approval. Department data showed catfish populations in these fisheries are robust in sizes and populations.

Sounds like smallmouth bass fishing is excellent at Lake Powell, and in the Colorado River, anchovies are still “getting it done,” according to the Mohave Valley Daily News.

Also a great time to target holdover trout in the high country. Mogollon Rim lakes Woods Canyon and Willow Springs are good for holdovers and recently-stocked trout (Forest Road 300 is open).

Don’t forget to see the new summer trout stocking schedule.

And be sure to grab a license online – your purchase helps conserve wildlife!

(Please send your fishing reports to BFishing@AZGFD.gov)

Pena Blanca Lake
Marcus R.: 7.2-pound bass caught on a 7-inch plastic worm and at 6:25 a.m.

SRP canal
Tyler D.: Canal fishing has been great lately because “rainbow trout” have gotten in it for some reason. I’ve been using dropshot with mice tails and I’ve been throwing Savage Gear Real Trout’s, Strike King Hack Attack jigs, and spinners for larger bass.

Lake Pleasant
Kevin H.: Fished the upper Agua Fria Arm of Lake Pleasant on Sunday April 19th off of Table Mesa Road. The water temperature ranged from 66 degrees in the morning and 68° in the afternoon. The weather system that blew through last week seemed to slow down the fishing considerably compared to the last few weeks. The morning striper bite was very slow, but the fishing picked up in the afternoon once the south wind started blowing. We caught a couple of largemouth in the shallows and 10+ stripers in 30’ of water near the main channel. All fish were caught on shad-like bait. The striped bass are spawning, or very close to spawning by the looks of their eggs. The water is dropping over a foot a week due to the CAP releases.

Jim N.: Many largemouth bass nests were seen to be abandoned in all northern coves of Lake Pleasant since the water level has dropped more than 4 feet during the past couple of days. Bass fry production will naturally be affected. My party caught bass by steep structure such as Clift’s where bass go when water levels drop.

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