Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal


Woods Canyon Lake Tiger trout
Woods Canyon Lake Tiger trout

Tiger trout have arrived in Arizona at four lakes: Carnero and Becker got tigers the first week in May, and Woods Canyon and Willow Springs just receive their loads.

This hybrid trout is new to Arizona and already anglers are saying these are some aggressive-fighting (and gorgeous) fish.

Bring a friend! One-day fishing licenses are half-off through May 30. Purchase yours. This is also a good time to purchase – or renew – your license for 365 days. (We want you to know that the proceeds go back into fish stockings, conservation of all wildlife species, etc.)

Last week’s fishing report detailed some recommend Memorial Day weekend fishing spots.

Arizona’s Free Fishing Day: June 4

Our state’s Free Fishing Day is June 4. No license is required that day for those fishing in public waters. At Goldwater Lake, some monster Gila trout will be bending rods.

See a schedule of all our upcoming fishing events.

Otherwise, be sure to check out our summer trout stocking schedule.

Where trout are being stocked in Arizona

If you’re hip to social media, search for #AZfishtracker for confirmed, up-to-date fish stockings. Or follow me on Twitter at @NickFishAZ as well as our Fish AZ blog, to get the first word on what’s biting. Here’s the latest tweet announcing this week’s trout stockings:










(If you didn’t hear, we’re adjusting some trout stockings due to a few of Arizona’s state and federal fish hatcheries having tested positive for Bacteria Kidney Disease. Read more.)


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Angler Reports

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Willow Springs Lake
Good day fishing at Willow Springs. All caught using No. 6 pistol petes. No tigers though.

Knoll Lake
Tom L.: Was back at Knoll Lake for my annual fishing trip there on May 20-22. It wasn’t the best weekend of fishing I’ve had there but it certainly wasn’t the worst either. Winds were probably 20-3 0mph, sustained all weekend, with gusts pushing 45mph. If we were able to get our lure out at least 30 feet we were able to get on the fish. We caught 24 rainbows over the weekend. We were catching them mostly on golden Z-Ray’s and Super Duper’s. However a few were caught on silver Super Duper’s and silver Kastmasters. Couple people were catching them on PowerBait fished off the bottom but I didn’t ask what color they were using and they didn’t catch as many as those that were using lures.

Lynx Lake
Shane S.: Loaded the stringer today. Caught one just over 17 inches — much larger than the rest. Wind was tough for boaters, and shore fishing was a better bet in protected coves. Could see fish in some of the coves swimming as the water was clear. We got a later start (7:30 a.m.) and fish were finicky but biting on some small spinners and PowerBait.

Scratched out a limit in about 3 hours for myself, and my buddy Jim also caught 4 of his own. Shout out to Game & Fish Officer “L. Wood” who stopped by to check our licenses and admire our catch. We swapped some good stories.

Saw him on the way out and he said everyone in the water near the bathrooms and boat ramp had at least one fish on the stringer.

He also wanted to measure our “lunker” and said one other guy he checked had a 19-inch trout on his stringer.


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