Look for the bass action to get even better at some our pristine lakes in the desert. Apache, Canyon and Saguaro all have been stocked with rainbow trout throughout the winter, and so throwing some trout imitation swim baits can produce some trophy bass.
With an onset of warmer-than-average temperatures, more bass have ventured into shallower waters in a pre-spawn mode (certainly at Roosevelt and likely Saguaro, too) and are willing to chase crankbaits, spinnerbaits and chatter baits as they feed actively before their spawn.
*** Correction *** At our Community lakes and ponds, the final trout stocking of the winter season will be March 7-12 ***
Catfish are coming back in April.
Bill Luke Bass Days is a month away. Come out to Pleasant Harbor Marina in north Phoenix March 18-20. For everyone, there will be a day and nighttime festival featuring a cornhole tournament, carnival rides, vendors, food, wildlife exhibits and live music. Read more about this exciting, annual event.
Where to purchase a license in Arizona?
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.)
(Send reports and pictures to BFishing@AZGFD.gov)
Kennedy Lake in Tucson
Charles C.: Caught these (trout) at Kennedy Lake at 6:15 p.m. Caught on rainbow float bait by boat ramp area. The big one fought hard on a 6-foot ultra lite pole with 6-pound test line.
Upcoming free fishing clinics
What: “Just for Kids” Fishing Festival
When: Saturday, Feb. 27, 8 a.m. to noon
Where: Kiwanis Lake, 5500 S. Mill Ave., Tempe
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!