Fishing Report: The Reel Deal

Here are the latest fishing updates:

  • Crappie fishing has slowed at Bartlett Lake, but the nighttime bite at Alamo Lake by the dam is still good.
  • Fishing on Tuesday was hot on Dogtown Lake (near Williams) with anglers catching fish on roostertails and yellow cheese PowerBait fished on the bottom. The cooler weather and water temperatures slowed down the bite on Whitehorse Lake (also near Williams), but anglers are still catching crappie using bead head prince nymph, damsel nymph flies and small white crappie jigs in the shallow areas along the south side of the dam and in the shallows on the right side of the boat ramp.
  • There’s good striper action at Lake Pleasant and Lake Havasu. At Havasu, fish from 6-8 a.m. from the mouth of the river south to California Bay. The catfish bite also has been excellent during the evening.
  • Near Pinetop, Anthony and Nancy caught this 6.5-pound, 30.5-inch northern pike Monday, July 20, at Rainbow Lake.


Keep up with the state’s fire restrictions from the Bureau of Land Management website.


And if you don’t have a license, purchase one online. They’re valid for 365 days from the date of purchase and help conserve wildlife.


(Please send your fishing reports to

Colorado River (Near Martinez Lake)
Ted M.: Another great, hot, summer night in Arizona to go fishing. We were fishing for flathead catfish and caught this 25-pound beauty near Martinez Lake on the Colorado River. Also pictured is my fishing partner John Taylor. That night we caught eight fish totaling more than 100 pounds. All fish were returned safely back to the water and we took pictures for the memories. We encourage everyone to go out and enjoy the Arizona fishery. Thanks, Arizona Game and Fish.

J.D. Dam
What happened to the fish in J.D.? I’ve been fishing there for many years and have a good knowledge of what flies to use to catch at least a few every time I go there.

But after the big runoff this spring the lake was like chocolate milk for some time. Now there seem to be no fish. Even the ospreys have given up on fishing there.

Big Lake
Bobby C.: July 10-13 was the worst fishing trip I have ever experienced in all my years that I have been on going up to Big Lake. We started out fishing at Big Lake at several spots that have always been good to us. One fish the whole day between six of us. The following day we moved to Sheep’s Crossing and the same thing: one fish and I have always limited out there. Everyone we talked to had the same story, NOTHING. Sunday we travel to E. Fork of the Black river a handful of people fishing and no one had anything good to say. I ran into a G.F. Rep who was conducting surveys and she had the same story that no one that she had encountered had caught anything. She suggested several ideas to which I had tried, but nothing. The only good thing that came out of it was my grandkids really had a great time catching crawdads and that was the highlight of the fishing trip.

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.

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