Weekly Fishing Report: The Reel Deal


It’s Community catfish time! We just stocked our “core” fishing waters on Thursday with catfish. See a video of how the day went for one of our newest Community Fishing Program assistants. The above angler caught a stringer of catfish from Encanto Lake in Phoenix.

On Saturday, we have a free fishing clinic, the second annual Brian Pinney Memorial Fishing Clinic in north Phoenix. See more information, including directions to our pond in the Ben Avery Shooting Facility.

Time to get your top-water rods rigged and ready and part of your arsenal. The morning surface bite is picking up at Lake Havasu and Alamo Lake. No matter your favorite fishery to watch bass crush a surface dancer, keeping a rod rigged with a chugger, popper or stick bait and using binoculars to spot surface boils to target top-water action is a good idea — just in case.

Most bass are in the post-spawn mode right now and are feeding aggressively. At the right place and time an angler could really have a banner day.

May at Lake Powell means walleye are on the feed as they rebuild from spawning. More details in the full report.

Also a great time to head to the mountains for some holdover trout. See our summer trout stocking schedule.

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

(Please send your fishing reports to

Bartlett Lake

Edy K.: Caught this beautiful flathead catfish at Bartlett Lake April 15 and there was only one thing I could do” take this photo” and release him back. So, I’m asking others that want to catch the big one, to do the same.

Caught at 1 pm using 65-pound braided line and a 2 ounce slip sinker, and a 6/0 j-hook on 20-pound monofilament leader, Live bluegill hooked just above lateral line will keep it alive. Threw out to 30 feet into a hole, where this mammoth cat was.

The absolute best fishing trip ever.

Thanks to “Flathead Ed” for the tips on YouTube, and AZ GAME AND FISH FOR ALL THE HARD WORK YOU DO TO MAKE A DREAM CATCH LIKE THIS ONE COME TRUE. This fish is still out there……waiting…….maybe I’ll catch him again…..maybe not.

Lake Pleasant

Joe R: We got a good late bite last Friday between 4:45 and 7 p.m. Caught about 20 largemouth on 4-inch worms fishing the damn area. Here’s a picture of my wife Kelsey and her daughter Zoe.

Pena Blanca Lake

Philip L.: Fished Pena Blanca Lake from the western shore, just north of the boat ramp, on Sunday, April 26, from about 11 am – 4 pm. The three of us landed a cool dozen, with plenty more bites. We caught seven bass and five trout, all on nightcrawlers, and threw back all bass and kept all trout. Nothing bigger than 15 inches or so but still a lot of fun. Our crawdad trap, on the other hand, had no luck.

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.


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

      1. If you click on “FULL REPORT” at the bottom of this article, it takes you regional reports. There are updated reports (within the last week) on both of those lakes.

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