Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal

The striper bite is good below Davis Dam on the Colorado River.


The final chances to fish most high country may be here. Fishing’s excellent at Dogtown Lake near Williams. The lake last weekend was 3/4 ice covered — and growing. We consider all ice on lakes unsafe.

Be sure to check the stocking schedules. Because we will not be stocking Tempe Town Lake this winter (see the full report) we’ll be adding bonus trout into the Lower Salt River, as well as the Salt-chain lakes. Community Fishing Program lakes and ponds continue to get frequent trout stockings.

Aside from our top-5 fishing waters for this winter (see the Fish AZ blog article below), anglers can consider fishing the Davis Dam on the Colorado River. Doc, pictured here, caught these nice stripers. Rainbow trout were stocked during the Welcome Back the Trout event at Davis Camp on Nov. 21. Approximately 7,500 trout were stocked. The river bite for stripers has increased after the trout were stocked. The bite for larger stripers is best near the dam.

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

Finally, 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.

Upcoming free fishing clinics

Family Fishing Day
When: Saturday , Dec. 12, 8 a.m. to noon
Where: Friendship Park, 12325 W. McDowell Rd, Avondale,  85323
Comments: The Arizona Game and Fish Department is planning some fishing fun for you and your family. Join our staff and volunteers for a morning of free fishing. This event is open to anglers of all experience levels. We will have loaner rods available for use, or feel free to bring your own! Bait will be provided, and fishing license fees will be waived during event hours. The entire event, including the use of loaner equipment, is free of charge!

There are other upcoming clinics in Phoenix, as well as one in Parker. See the rest of the fishing clinics schedule.

(Send your fishing reports and picture to

River Reservoir

Lester B.: Amber Baer, age 12, caught two rainbow trout at River Reservoir near Greer. One trout was 12 inches and weighed 15 ounces. The other one was 11 inches and weighed 14 ounces. Both were caught using PowerBait.



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