Weekly Fishing Report: The Reel Deal

Arizona trout hot spots


(Click on lake name for Google map directions)

Luna Lake: This 27-inch, 7.5-pound rainbow trout was recently caught. The lake has more large holdover trout. Thanks to The Friends of Luna Lake out of Alpine for helping us keep this a viable fishery. … Ashurst Lake: We just received a couple angler reports (below) of stockers and a holdover being caught. Nelson Reservoir. Fishing is excellent. It was stocked heavily last week and this week. Fish in the clearer water at the upper end. Lower Lake Mary: According to our wildlife managers working the lake this weekend, bait fishing was good to excellent on yellow garlic PowerBait.

Complement your trout catch with the abundant crayfish. Read how to do it in our Fish AZ commentary.

Be sure to check our summer trout stocking schedule.

Brookie and carp entries for Big Fish of the Year

  • Congrats to Trevor Dugan, who caught this 11-pound, 7.36-pound common carp caught June 2 out of Papago Pond No. 3. Papago Park is a Community Fishing Program pond in Phoenix.
  • Rob Gerlak fly fished on April 9 for this this gorgeous, 15-inch brook trout taken from Perkins Tank, located near Flagstaff.


Final stockings of Community Fishing Program

The final spring stocking of catfish is taking place this week.

Fishing is good to excellent for catfish using worms, stink baits, or shrimp fished on the bottom. If you want to use bobbers, rig up a slip bobber and fish 8-12 feet deep.

See the latest community waters news.


Arizona world record redear sunfish continues to grab headlines — in Texas


Our world record redear sunfish caught by Hector Brito last year is still making some Texas anglers drool.

Billy Kinder of Big Billy Kinder Outdoors radio in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area said on Wednesday that the picture of Brito’s 5.80-pound redear taken from Lake Havasu was just shared on the station’s Facebook page.

“Everybody went nuts over it,” Kinder said.

Kinder said he plans on interviewing Brito about his catch and, of course, visiting Lake Havasu to nab a tasty redear slab of his own. Redear at Havasu are in full spawn. Anglers are catching many 3-4 pounders in deeper water (25 feet) but higher numers of the sunfish are in shallow.

The world record redear picture was originally posted in Feb. of 2014, on the “T-Bone Outdoors with Travis Turner” Facebook page. To date, it has received 18,176 “likes,” 96,602 “shares” and 2,460 comments.

In other words, they like it.

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

Pacana Pond (Maricopa)
Seth R.: June 7: 9.5-pound channel catfish. Caught ‘em on a size 6 treble hook w/ hot dogs!

Riggs Flat Lake
My sister, Michelle Martin, a friend, Shervon Mendoza and myself took a day trip up to Riggs Flat Lake, knowing that the weather would still be cold at such a high elevation but we took the trip anyway. To our surprise it wasn’t so bad. We had the whole lake to ourselves after 1 p.m. and since it was stocked that week, we were pulling rainbows in one after another.

The smaller fish were on top while the larger ones were on the bottom. Shervon was catching them on yellow cheese PowerBait. Michelle and I were using Pistol Pete’s, small spinner flies. All in all we had an excellent day. We threw back all the small ones and kept the larger ones, taking home our limit.

Ashurst Lake
Anna P. of Flagstaff: We caught a 16-inch rainbow and a 14-incher, as well as six other rainbow trout ranging from 10-12 inches at Ashurst Tuesday! They were biting off of red salmon eggs and rainbow PowerBait.

Howard G.: Wife caught this 3-pound, 2-ounce rainbow on a nightcrawler on the bottom at 9:45 a.m. Fished until 1 p.m. and didn’t get another nibble. One bite — one dinner! It was excellent!

Bartlett Lake
Jim N.: Fished the flats using different rigs to catch bass. Mojo and splitshot, Carolina-rigged Roboworms and lizards work well around points and reefs with boulder piles on main points. Tyler D. and I caught and released 20 largemouth bass with a 2.5-pounder being the best. Good fishing!

Colorado River (Parker)
Kallee O.: This flathead catfish weighed about 30 pounds. Used cut bluegill.

Willow Springs Lake
Jim N.: Fished in the rain on Sat and trolled mini Kastmasters on 6-pound line and caught our limit in 2 hours with the east fork of the lake being most productive. Worms and power balls in green floated 2 feet off bottom worked well to the left side of the ramp. Trout were seen eating bugs knocked down by wind and rain.


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