Arizona Fishing Report: The Reel Deal

For six months, nights were becoming longer, peaking Monday, Dec. 21, at 9:48 p.m. The first day of winter.

As we cross that peak and daytime gradually lengthens toward spring, it’s time to focus on what species and waters are best for winter fishing. First, our Community Fishing Program waters are being stocked with trout. See the schedule.

This Christmas full moon will add more light to the holiday shine, but it doesn’t help anglers who want to fish for stripers, or crappie, under submersible lights. So trout remains a top target.

Also, be sure to check the ADOT website for road conditions before traveling this weekend. We consider all ice unsafe.

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.

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 pictures to

Saguaro Lake

Roy E.: I caught these to catfish at Saguaro Lake this week with night crawlers from the shore, just after sun down. The large one was 7.8 lbs. the smaller one was 4.8 lbs.

Lower Salt River

  Jim J.: Here’s a pic of a largemouth bass I caught on the Lower Salt, Saturday Dec. 19. Caught using worms.

Thank you, anglers!

Arizona fishing opportunities wouldn’t be possible without the Sport Fish Restoration Program. It was created through the Dingell-Johnson Act of 1950 (Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act) and the Wallop-Breaux amendments of 1984.

Through a federal excise tax paid by manufacturers on fishing gear and motorboat fuels, it provides grant funds for fishery conservation, boating access, and aquatic education.


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