Top picks to fish this week are the trout-stocked Community Fishing Program waters, Lake Pleasant for flathead catfish, Bartlett Lake for high numbers of largemouth bass, and Alamo Lake (or even Roosevelt Lake) for decent crappie action.
In general, high country trout options are limited. In the Flagstaff/Williams region, everything is pretty much frozen over. We consider all ice unsafe. Consider heading elsewhere, such as Green Valley Lakes in Payson, which is stocked every other week during the winter months.
Be sure to check the ADOT website for road conditions before traveling this weekend.
All of our core community lakes have been stocked this week: see the stocking schedule, as well as the latest community fishing news.
Heading into the winter doldrums, the metabolism of fish such as largemouth bass slows. These can be difficult months to fish. For bass, try something such as a Carolina rig with a long leader and work a plastic worm slowly.
And 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.
Big Fish of the Year
Michael Sims caught this 23-inch rainbow trout on a dry fly at Silver Creek Nov. 4. It’s a new leader in the catch-and release category for rainbow trout.
See all the Big Fish of the Year leaders.
Upcoming free fishing clinics
What: Youth and Family Fishing Day
When: Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Red Mountain Park , 7745 E. Brown Rd., Mesa, 85207
Comments: Arizona Game and Fish Department and City of Mesa Parks and Recreation invite you to a family fishing day at Red Mountain Park. Fishing license fees will be waived by registering with AZGFD during the hours of the event. Bait will be provided as well as loaner equipment will be available. There is no cost for this event!
See the rest of the fishing clinics schedule.
(Send your fishing reports and picture to BFishing@AZGFD.gov)
Pioneer Lake (Phoenix)
Tricia S.: Would just like to thank game and fish for making fishing possible. Caught a 12-pound cat down at pioneer lake in Peoria, Az… Where I usually fish. Wouldn’t be possible without you guys so thanks!
Manuel R: Used worms off the bottom. No fish were hurt during this trip