The first hints of fall means fishing is about to bust loose. Moderate chances of rain are predicted for many statewide regions during the next week, a welcome cool-off that will put bass in the mood to chase reaction baits and trigger some of the best high country trout fishing of the year.
Channel catfish are scheduled to return to most Community Fishing Program lakes and ponds the week of Sept. 21-26. Meanwhile, summer trout stockings are winding down.
Hot spots include Pleasant, Woods Canyon, Silver Creek, Saguaro, Bartlett, Apache, Havasu, Powell, Canyon Creek, and Kinnikinick. We also just stocked Rose Canyon Lake near Tucson. Scenic Oak Creek has been stocked weekly.
At Silver Creek, the seasonal trout fishery opens Oct. 1. This opening has become a festival of sorts and the public is invited. This seasonal fishery is catch-and-release only.
Silver Creek is five miles east of Show Low on U.S. Route 60. Turn north off Highway 60 onto Bourdon Ranch Road for five miles to Hatchery Road. Then head east on Hatchery Road 1 mile to the Silver Creek Hatchery, park in the parking lot, and follow the signs to the creek.
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Aaron C.: We had a great day on the lake (Labor Day weekend) at Nelson Reservoir. We fished the southern end just before the thick algae bloom. Worms on the bottom was the ticket all day with consistent bites. My 5-year-old daughter was able to catch her very first fish.
We also landed this very nice 16-inch rainbow too. Memories and fun times is what fishing is all about.
Tim M.: Here are some pics from my trip to Saguaro Lake on Aug. 30. The first one is a 4.5-pound. largemouth bass and the next is a 4 pounder. I caught one 4.5 lb., two 4 pounds and one 1.5 lb. that day.
Tempe Town Lake
Richard S.: I fished Tempe Town Lake Sept. 5, 5:30 through 10:30 a.m.. Fishing was difficult, with bites far between. Only three fish for 5 hours. What worked: dropshot with Roboworm in Aron’s Magic shad color, with a garlic scent chartreuse dip about 1/4 of an inch. Bite was really subtle, hard to detect… I might have missed some. A pair of fisherman in kayaks did better with crankbaits, though looking from a distance I could not tell exactly what, each got about 10 bass. I tried some I had (no luck), but I’m a plastics person and returned to dropshot.