Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal


Lake Havasu fishing can be some of the best in the country.
Lake Havasu is one of the best bass-fishing lakes in the country — and it’s heating up.


Rounding up some fellow adventurers, reeling and popping top-water plugs and watching a bass destroy the surface — this is why Lake Havasu might be your pick for a weekend fishing destination.

Aside from some windy weather predicted for Saturday, the Kingman/Havasu/Yuma areas will have some of the state’s most stable weather during the next week.

Water temperatures at Havasu have topped out around 67 degrees and anglers can get ready to skim the surface with frogs, buzz baits, or Zara Spooks. River2Sea Whopper Ploppers were the ticket for smallmouth and largemouth bass on the surface Thursday night. Redear sunfish are moving in shallow as well.

Also along “Arizona’s west coast,” crappie fishing and shoreline catfishing has been excellent at Alamo Lake. (See the full report).

Gusting winds and high chances of rain are ahead for high country areas. Anglers can try and hit trout just before a storm. Please do not risk fishing in lightning.

Riggs Flat Lake open for the summer

This 11-acre lake near Safford is being stocked with trout this week. The lake will be stocked this week.  Future stocking will be dependent on water quality. See directions.

Catch of the week

Here’s what’s new with your fellow adventurers!

Use #ADVENTURERENEWED for your chance to get featured on the Catch of the Week.

Take the trout Challenge

Headed to the high country?  Complete one of our trout challenges. Any angler completing the Challenge will receive a certificate featuring the species caught along with dates and locations. The first group of anglers to complete the Challenge will receive Trout Challenge “schwag” that could include a sweatshirt, hat and/or water bottle.

See more information.

A look at the #AZfishtracker

Real-time, confirmed stocking updates are available by following @NickFishAZ on Twitter and searching for #AZfishtracker.

Some recent confirmed trout stockings — Tuesday: Scott Reservoir, Woodland Reservoir (larger fish); Monday: Canyon Creek; Friday, April 22: East Verde River, Tonto Creek; Willow Springs; Canyon Creek.

Fishing license reminder

Good time to check the date of purchase on your license. If you need it renewed — or are getting one for the first time — you’re in luck. Buying a license is pretty easy these days. Just buy one online and fish our great state for a year (and help conserve all species of wildlife while doing so). If you didn’t know, they’re good for 365 days from the date of purchase.

Next month — Tiger trout are coming to town

Arizona’s newest trout species will make its debut in four select waters in May. Read more.

Angler Reports

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Lees Ferry
Mike: Jason Farlee, of Tucson, caught this 20-inch brown trout in Lees Ferry at Mile 9 Campground on Friday, April 22, at dusk, using an imitation trout lure that had an attached spinner.  The fish followed the lure up to within 8 feet of the shoreline before it struck.  The fishing success the rest of the weekend was non-existent, but this catch, along with the magnificent scenery, made up for any disappointment in lack of fish. 

Cortez Lake (Phoenix)
Lawrence O.: Caught this whale bass out of Cortez Saturday morning on a homemade lure. Put it back in the water and let it swim away for another day

Lake Havasu
Todd W.: Fished Havasu last weekend.  Striper bite is great at first light up to about 10:30 a.m. using anchovies. Make sure to throw out a lot a chum.  Largemouth Bass is great in the late afternoon up till dark.  And yes, I released the largemouth immediately. CPR: Catch-photo-release.


Blue Ridge Reservoir
Suzette M.: My 3-year-old grandson (Xeq) caught his very first fish at Blue Ridge Reservoir in northern Arizona.  A great and happy day.  His dad is an avid fisherman — freshwater and saltwater —  so kids spend many a day on the lake.

Buckeye Lake
Anonymous: Buckeye Lake, April 22, on nightcrawlers off the bottom. He’s in there still. 🙂

Upcoming free fishing events

What: Family Fishing Day
When: Saturday, May 7, 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Where: Silverbell Lake at Christopher Columbus Park, 4600 N. Silverbell Rd., Tucson
Comments: This family event is being put on by the Arizona Game and Fish Department. Game and Fish staff will be on hand to provide loaner rods for those who don’t have their own, as well as providing bait and fishing information. Come on out and bring the whole family. The event is free and fishing licenses are not required for those who register with Game and Fish Staff during the planned hours of the event. See you there!
Contact: Please contact the Tucson Game and Fish Department office at (520) 628-5376 for more information.

See the full schedule.


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