Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal

Arizona trout fishing at its finest in the Community Fishing Program waters — we bring the fish to you


They beat the storm. The fish have arrived. Oh, the things we’ll do for trout.

Through seven hours of driving in sleet, snow and rain, those from the Blue River Fish Hatchery delivered trout to some of our Community Fishing Program ponds Tuesday night  and into Wednesday morning before snow could cover the hatchery in Blue, Ariz.

Some of our Community Fishing Program employees worked from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. to help make it all happen. Just a hint of how urban anglers get fishing opportunities.

Thanks, guys and gals. Now let’s go fishing.

These waters that were just stocked were: Friendship Pond in Avondale; Bonsall Pond in Glendale; Roadrunner Pond in Phoenix; Eldorado Pond No. 1 in Scottsdale; McQueen Pond, Freestone Ponds, and Discovery Ponds in Gilbert; Dave White Park Pond in Casa Grande and Pacana Park Pond in Maricopa.

In the desert impoundments, the bass bite could be slow this weekend coming off these storms.

Striper fishing has slowed statewide.

But the combination of hungry fish and hardcore anglers still means fish can be caught at any time.

On New Year’s Eve at Canyon Lake, Chris Y. caught this nice bass on a DEPS Slide Swimmer 250 on the north shoreline of the main lake in crystal clear water — with 20 mph gusts.

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.


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Colorado River

Rex’s trout from Rotary Park area on Colorado River.

Fossil Creek
Max W.: Hi, Nick — Long time reader, first time emailer!

I know this is outside the normal “fishing report” purview, but I thought you should know that Fossil Creek is fishing great right now. I worked around the Flume Trailhead with black wooly boogers this morning and from dawn to 9 a.m. I couldn’t pull the chub in fast enough. Thanks so much to AZGFD for keeping this a native fishery– I can catch bass/trout anywhere, but a chance at native fish is really something unique.

Thanks for keeping up the reports– they are incredibly helpful!


Lake Pleasant
Christopher S.: Humbug bass are biting, but fish deep and fish slowly.

Lower Salt River

Adam: The Sonora sucker bite is good. Me with a 21-inch Sonora Sucker.

Caught it on a Canadian night crawler. Caught it yesterday (Sunday , Jan. 3). A few tips would be fish close to rock faces in deep pools. Use a sliding barrel weight with a 6-8-pound leader so when the fish bites, it doesn’t feel weight right away and spit the bait.

Make sure your drag is set light because when the fish feels it’s been hooked, it’ll run hard, and, of course, handle the fish with care as they are one of our native fish!


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