Arizona Fishing Report: The Reel Deal

Show Low Lake Walleye Oct 2015
A 9.5-pound walleye was taken from Show Low Lake last week. Fishing in Arizona’s mountains will be good for a few more weeks before lakes start freezing over.




Get some family and friends rounded up because winter rainbow trout stockings are in full swing from the Tucson area up to Prescott. Grab some trout bait, such as worms, salmon eggs, PowerBait or corn, rig up some light line and small hooks, and get ready to tame some trout.


By the way, the Salt River-chain lakes were just stocked! See the stocking schedules.


Trout are coming to the Community Fishing Program lakes and ponds the week of Nov. 16. By the way, this is the 30th year of this program that brings fish to city dwellers. See an AZGFD video shot at a fishing clinic at Bonsall Park in Glendale that highlights the importance of this memory-making program.


As introductory winter white-outs cover high country regions, it’s time to wrap with thick layers and plan a final trip to the mountain lakes before they freeze. Reports indicate that PowerBait, spinners and small wet flies have been successful at some of the Mogollon Rim lakes.


We received the above picture of a 9.5-pound walleye that was taken from Show Low Lake last week. Trolling and casting large Rapalas or jigging in shallow water at night are the best techniques to catch walleye. The state inland waters, hook-and-line state record walleye was taken from Show Low Lake back in 2002. Gregg Munck of Show Low caught the 16-pound, 1.76-ounce, 31-inch walleye.


Walleye, if you didn’t know, are great eating. Go get yours, and check out this recipe for Flash Baked Walleye.


Before fishing this weekend, see our Fish&Boat AZ map for exact locations.


By purchasing your license online annually, you also are conserving wildlife for the future and leading wildlife conservation efforts. Thanks for your passion for wildlife.


Free fishing events

Chandler Safety Days


When: Saturday, Nov. 14, 8 a.m. to noon
Where: Veterans Oasis Park, 4050 E Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler, 85249
Comments: The City of Chandler and Arizona Game and Fish Department are happy to bring you free fishing during Chandler Safety Days at Veterans Oasis Park. Numerous fun, family safety activities will be available! AZGFD will provide instruction, rods and reels to loan, and free bait while supplies last. Fishing license fees are waived for AZGFD registered participants during event hours. Grab your family and we’ll see you there!
Contact: For more information please contact the Sport Fishing Education Program at (623) 236-7240 or (623) 236-7381



Welcome Back the Trout

When:
Saturday, Nov. 21, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Davis Camp (Colorado River), 2251 AZ-68, Bullhead City, AZ
Comments: Please join the AZGFD and Mohave County for the second annual Welcome Back the Trout event. During the clinic hours, individuals may fish without a license once they register at the AZGFD booth. Trout will be stocked just prior to the event. The Arizona Game and Fish Department will have loaner rods and reels available for use and bait will be provided. Personnel will be available to provide assistance to novice anglers. Representatives from nature organizations and other agencies will be on hand as well to celebrate Mohave County’s outdoor activities.
Contact: For more information please contact the Sport Fishing Education Program at (623) 236-7240 or (623) 236-7381



Big Fish of the Year


We have a new BFOY leader in the Community Fishing Program channel catfish category. Augustine Pupungatoa of Mesa caught this 27 3/4-inch, 10.42-pound catfish from Freestone Park Oct. 18 using shirmp.


See all the 2015 Big Fish of the Year leaders, which most recently includes a 31-inch, 14-pound, 9.28-ounce carp from the Lower Salt River.



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


Lake Mohave
Brent L. caught this smallmouth bass with a 5-inch Hula Grub with ⅜-ounce black jighead.




 

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