Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal

Lake Pleasant 2-18-16 morning fishing trip-GA
Spring fishing conditions tend to come early at Lake Pleasant. Hard to beat the morning view last week at this north Phoenix fishery.

Spring is sprinting through the state, including consistent high-80-degree daytime highs in the desert regions. Bass will soon be guarding beds en masse.

Daytime surface water temperatures in the desert lakes have been in the high-50s to low-60s. That could be delayed this weekend with the predicted high winds. Largemouth bass are chasing baitfish in relatively shallow water as pre-spawn activity is underway at many desert lakes. Look for this pattern to continue once weather stabilizes.

Community fishing update

Mark the week of March 21 on your calendar – Mr. Whiskers is coming back. The first load of catfish this year is coming to many Community lakes and ponds. Stay tuned.

Also see the Community stocking schedule that has just been updated through April.

Fish take at Town Lake

Fishing at Tempe Town Lake will pick up as soon as the new dam is in place and fish are returned.
Fishing at Tempe Town Lake will pick up as soon as the new dam is in place and fish are returned.

Water is being drawn down at Tempe Town Lake to remove the previous dam system. The lake is closed for water activities until April 30. Meanwhile, we’re working with the city of Tempe to save as many fish as possible! Read more.

Your AZ fish-finder: #AZfishtracker

Follow @NickFishAZ on Twitter and look for occasional real-time updates on the latest fish stockings — when, where and what. Reports will not always be given on all waters — particularly some Community waters that receive high fishing pressure.

As opposed to our stocking schedules, which are just that — schedules that are subject to change due to water quality, weather, etc.  — these tweets will give you some confirmed stockings, and the information will come straight from our employees who stock the waters.

Recent trout stockings: Wed. — Concho; Tue. — Cluff Res. #3; Dankworth; Roper; lower Salt River; Mon. — W et Beaver Creek; West Clear Creek.

We just want to help you catch fish. Thanks for following!

How fishing opportunities are funded

Did you know the Arizona Game and Fish Department receives NO Arizona general fund tax dollars? We hold the state’s wildlife in trust for the public without a dime from Arizona taxpayers.

Conserving fishing for future generations will require, in part, dedicated anglers to purchase licenses each year to maintain funding for conservation of all Arizona’s wildlife species.

Buy your license online  and fish our great state for a year (and help conserve  wildlife while doing so).

Angler Reports

(Send reports and pictures to

Saguaro Lake
G. Walker: On Wednesday, Feb. 17, Skeeter Dan and myself (Mr. Walker) caught several nice bass. These included these 5 ½- and 5-pound largemouths at Saguaro. We fished with jigs and jerk baits.

Pena Blanca Lake
Joseph F.: My son and I did pretty well Saturday morning (Feb. 27).  Between us we did 12 bass all under 3/4 pounds. And three trout.  Bass were caught on plastics and the trout on copper spoons and Kastmaster lures.

Talked to a few other fishermen who were not as lucky.

Upcoming fishing events

What: Melrose on 7th Ave. Street Fair
When: Saturday, March 5, 11 a.m. to  5 p.m.
Where: Phoenix — Melrose District on 7th Avenue at Indian School north to Campbell
Comments: Join us in the Melrose District at the 7th Avenue Street Fair! The Arizona Game and Fish Department will have our kids fishing tank out for a day of fun! Game and Fish volunteers, as well as Phoenix Sportsman’s Warehouse staff, will be on hand to assist anglers. Equipment and bait will be provided for this “catch-and-release only” activity. The entire event is free of charge!
Contact: For more information please contact the Sport Fishing Education Program at (623) 236-7240 or visit
See the rest of the fishing clinics schedule.

What: Bill Luke Bass Days
When: March 18-20
Where:  Pleasant Harbor Marina in north Phoenix
Comments: 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.
Read more about this exciting, annual event.


3 thoughts on “Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal”

  1. Interesting post . I loved the information ! Does someone know where I would be able to access a template Copyright PTO/SB/16 document to type on ?

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