Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal

Alamo Lake in western Arizona can be an early spring producing lake because it is shallow and heats quickly.

Early bird lakes Alamo and Havasu could become hot spots the next few weeks. Already bass and crappie fishing is picking up at Alamo, and smallmouth bass are in pre-spawn at Havasu – see the full report.

With some steady weather in the desert regions including highs in the 80s the next couple weeks, more largemouth bass will cruise in shallow for some pre-spawn activity and reaction baits such as crankbaits and spinnerbaits will become more effective. Even in high country towns such as Flagstaff and Pinetop, highs will hover in the 60s this week, and anglers can look forward to eventually going after some holdover trout …

To complement your tackle box, check out our fishing page on for resources such as our Fish & Boat AZ map, and stocking schedules.

Good news for those who visit the Tonto National Forest (includes Bartlett, Roosevelt, Apache, Canyon, and Saguaro lakes): A Tonto Pass will not be required this Monday, which is President’s Day. Other fee-free days on public lands, in which day-use fees are waived at all standard amenity fee sites operated by the forest (camping and campground fees are not waved) are: June 11, National Get Outdoors Day; Sept. 24, National Public Lands Day; Nov. 11, Veterans Day.

Anglers can send their reports and pictures to to get their reports in the Angler Report section.

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.)


Angler Reports

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Lake Pleasant

John A. and Kevin F.: Humbug Creek, 20 feet deep, fishing Reaction Innovations Skinny Dippers really slow.


Upcoming free fishing clinics

What: Take-A-Kid Fishing Day

When: Saturday, Feb. 13, 10 a..m. – 1:30 p.m.

Where: La Paz County Park , 7350 Riverside Dr., Parker

Comments: Please join the Arizona Game and Fish Department for the annual Take a Kid Fishing Day at La Paz County Park. Arizona Game and Fish Department will have loaner rods and reels available for use, and bait will be provided. During the clinic hours, individuals may fish without a license once they register with AZGFD. Volunteers will be available to provide assistance to novice anglers.

See the rest of the fishing clinics schedule.


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