The recent full moon helped trigger a heavy wave of spawn activity in the Phoenix/Tucson-area desert lakes. Although largemouth bass spawn through June, this will likely be the final such apex of spawn activity for some time. Please release bedding bass (especially those younger, 4-5 pounders) to help keep future bass populations robust.
In many desert lakes such as Lake Pleasant, shad are spawning. Anglers can grab a four-foot throw net and snatch shad that tend to race along the shoreline. One accurate netting can scoop up enough bait for the day.
All of our Community Fishing Program waters have been stocked with catfish. See a stocking schedule. The “core” fishing waters in Phoenix and Tucson will be stocked again May 11-16.
This is also one of the best times of the year to fish for flathead catfish (they tend to not move as much at night during the full moon, however.) About this time two years ago “Flathead” Ed Wilcoxson caught a state-record flathead at Bartlett Lake. In doing so, he allowed AZGFD to get on his boat and grab video of some of his secrets. Have fun!
If you plan on fishing the lower Colorado River or the East Fork of the Black River, you just might catch a tagged trout. If you choose to keep a trout, please return the tags to AZGFD. Read more about this project.
On Saturday, several anglers caught their first fish at the second annual Brian Pinney Memorial Fishing Clinic in north Phoenix. Thanks to all who came out to our pond at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility and learned some “Fishing 101.” Some, like the girl on the left, caught their first fish.
We are also looking forward to participating in the Payson Wildlife Fair this Saturday! This fair includes activities and booths to promote wildlife recreation, games, a fishing clinic and other traditional outdoor recreation opportunities. It’s free to the public. For more information, call the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Mesa office at (480) 981-9400.
And be sure to grab a license online – your purchase helps conserve wildlife!