Fishing Report: The Reel Deal

CATCH ME — rainbow trout in Arizona are stocked into many waters, and beginning Monday they’ll begin to be dumped into Community Fishing Program waters


Fishing, hunting, football, campfires, and possible “cast n blast” adventures (it’s quail season!) — this is our cool wave of fall perfection. It also signals the return of trout to our Community Fishing Program lakes and ponds.

Our first Community Fishing Program trout stocking is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 16. See the entire stocking schedule and a breakdown of which waters will be stocked. We’re stocking a total of 6,110 pounds of trout next week.


The sun breaks cactai during a “cast and blast” adventure Wednesday near Bartlett Lake in the Tonto National Forest


Bartlett Lake (deep into eastern shoreline above)  is one of the better places to “cast and blast,” and anglers should take note that the Yellow Cliffs boat ramp is temporarily closed due to low water level, but the Jojoba ramp remains open.

This is the transition period from the fall activity patterns to the winter ones. Fish are edging deep and as the water cools, their metabolism slows down. Bass can still be found chasing shad at the surface at times, but for most lakes, expect top-water action to be sporadic (but worthwhile). Go target bass while water temperatures are inside a range that enables these game fish to chase bait fish  – there’s only a few weeks left.

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 AM 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

WillowBeach (1)When: Saturday, Nov. 21, 11 AM to 3 PM

Where: Davis Camp (Colorado River), 2251 AZ-68, Bullhead City

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




(Send fishing reports and photos to

KidsCatfishPlezLake Pleasant
Matt: Just wanted to send in a photo of my 11 year old’s 17-pound catfish he caught at Lake Pleasant a couple weeks ago (attached).  It was up in one of the northern covers (Cole’s Bay).  Caught it with a plastic swimbait as the sun was starting to go down on 10-pound test line.  He was absolutely beside himself with excitement.


LoColoRiverLower Colorado River (Parker)

Lance E.: Caught while top-water fishing with an XPS Popper. Fishing in front the Cantina Bar at Blue Water. Measured 19 ½ inches, 4.03 pounds. Caught four more in an hour, caught smallies fishing docks along the river and even did some carp fishing before heading home.


SagLMBSaguaro Lake

Charles G.: 10.1-pound largemouth bass caught on a (white) Rico surface lure Wednesday (Nov. 28) on Saguaro.




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