Fishing Report: The Reel Deal

Bass fishing at Canyon Lake, Arizona, can be lethal when anglers imitate stocked trout with trout imitation swimbaits.

Bass anglers should keep an eye on water temperatures – many desert lakes are probably in the mid-to-high 60s. And with colder and longer nights, they are falling. Bass metabolism begins to slow around 50 degrees.

When there’s a break in the weather in the high country, head up for a final time before the dead of winter. Some skin ice might already be setting in.

Any upcoming rains will continue to cool the waters, spelling “eureka” for crappie anglers.

Typically this can be one of the best times of the year for crappie fishing at lakes such as Roosevelt and Bartlett. Once these specks school in bigger numbers, anglers will begin to troll. They’ve already been caught at Roosevelt in 25-30 feet of water. Crappie fishing also is picking up at Alamo Lake (read the full report).

Read all the stocking schedules because trout have returns to many community fishing lakes and pond, and also are in full swing from Tucson and Yuma up to Prescott.

Trophy bass caught be caught at Canyon Lake and Saguaro Lake on large trout imitation swim baits.

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

Welcome Back the Trout

When: Saturday, Nov. 21, 11 AM to 3 PM
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


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Granada Park
Damien B.: Caught this bad boy at Granada Park on 20st and Glendale with the kids Friday, Nov 13 — 32.5 inches, 14.2 pounds.





Pena Blanca Lake

Dan M.: I caught this beast last week at Pena Blanca. We estimated weight at 9-11 pounds. What a blast. Caught her on a 5-inch Senko in shallow water. Great work on the lake! It was my first visit since the cleaning and refilling. Boat ramp awesome Keep up the great work!


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