Weekly Fishing Report: The Reel Deal


With desert nights dipping into the 70s and mountain nights dropping to the 40s, fall fishing conditions are in effect.

Community conditions are in effect, too. The first Community Fishing Program catfish stockings are next week! So by next weekend (Sept. 26-27), anglers can head to many of the community lakes and ponds and drop something stinky to the bottom for some tasty Arkansas-raised catfish. See a Community stocking schedule for details of which waters will be stocked.

Water temperatures are in prime activity ranges for bass in warmwater lakes and trout in mountain waters — stripers are going crazy at Lake Pleasant.

Although high-country summer trout stockings are winding down, fishing typically picks up at Big Lake this time of the year. Last week, two anglers caught cutthroat trout (23 and 24 inches) while fly fishing. Bull elk tend to call like crazy there, too.

Knoll Lake along the Mogollon Rim can be an elk-calling cathedral. Aspens should soon be turning colors along the famous Rim Road, which basically follows the General Cook Trail.

Have fun, and be sure to buy a license online, which helps make sure there are fishing options for future generations.

Want to learn how to fish for free?

We have a bunch of free fishing clinics statewide. See our Fish AZ blog Free Public Events page for upcoming events.

Another reminder that the Silver Creek catch-and-release season is Oct. 1. This opening has become a festival of sorts and the public is invited. This seasonal fishery is catch-and-release only.



(Send your fishing reports and photos to BFishing@AZGFD.gov)

Mittry Lake

Michael H.: 8-pound bass caught from Mittry Lake.

I actually put him back only to get bigger.

I want Mittry lake to have potential to hold the world’s biggest bass.

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.

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

  1. Went down to Pena Blanca Lake on Sept.17 and caught and released about 25 bass. All of the bass were small . Lake looks to be approximately 2 feet low.

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