Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal

This angler managed four 10-12-inch rainbow trout this week from Willow Springs Lake, which is ice covered. We consider all ice unsafe -- use caution. The angler said the ice was 18 inches deep.
This angler managed four 10-12-inch rainbow trout this week from Willow Springs Lake, which is ice covered. We consider all ice unsafe — use caution.  Forest Road 149 is closed. The angler said the ice at Willow was 18 inches deep.

Most of the action this past, frigid week has come from Community Fishing Program waters. Look for fishing to pick up late next week as predicted warm temperatures (possible highs in the 80s)  trigger more pre-spawn bass activity.

See our fishing page on www.azgfd.gov for resources such as our Fish & Boat AZ map, and stocking schedules.

 

Your fishing license

Although this is the time many anglers renew their licenses, our licenses are valid for 365 days from the date of purchase. Buy your license online and fish our great state for a year (and help conserve all species of wildlife while doing so.)

 

Upcoming free fishing clinics

What: “Just for Kids” Fishing Festival

When: Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016, 8 a.m. to noon

Where: Kiwanis Lake, 5500 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, 85283

Comments: This family event is co-sponsored by Arizona Game and Fish and Anglers United. Instructors will be on hand to provide loaner rods, as well as bait and fishing information. Come on out and bring the whole family. Fishing licenses are not required for those who register with AZGFD staff during the planned event. See you there!

See the rest of the fishing clinics schedule.

 

ANGLER REPORTS

(Send your fishing reports and picture to BFishing@AZGFD.gov)

Surprise Pond
Caught this 10-pound channel cat on Friday night, Jan. 25 at around 9:30 p.m. Was a really fun fish to reel in — pole was completely bent, not to mention I only had 4-pound line. Anyway hope I can get catch of the week! #teamFishScale

Papago Pond
Luis, a.k.a. “Woody” with a 3-pound largemouth bass taken from Papago Ponds on Jan. 31.

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