Arizona Fishing Report: The Reel Deal

Through Sunday, June 19, an Arizona resident license will cost only $32 and a nonresident license will be $50.
Through Sunday, June 19, an Arizona resident license will cost only $32 and a nonresident license will be $50.


With temperatures skyrocketing in the desert regions, it’s time to switch to night fishing. Avoid the triple-digit fidgets. A June 20 full moon will get fishing biting in the dark and help anglers make some moon-lit memories.

If you’re looking to catch some bass in the cool high country, read a recent Fish AZ blog article about our top-3 fishing spots to catch bass and keep cool.

Father’s Day reminder! If you purchase a general fishing license online any time from June 16-19, you’ll get $5 off the regular price. That means an Arizona resident license will cost only $32 and a nonresident license will be $50. Dad can get the gift of the outdoors.

While you are at it, remember youth combo fishing and hunting licenses are only $5 for youth ages 10–17. Fun for the whole family.

So remember, act soon because the promotion ends Sunday and is valid only for general fishing licenses purchased online.

Purchase yours.

Don’t forget to take our Arizona Trout Challenge. Perfect way to invite a buddy to get outdoors. Any angler completing the Challenge will receive a certificate featuring the species caught along with dates and locations.  See more information.

* Please note that fishing report editor Nick Walter will be out of the office next week and so a weekly fishing report will not be sent out until the week of June 27. For complete fishing resources, browse the Fish AZ blog and visit the AZGFD fishing page.

Stocking reports

(On Twitter, follow @NickFishAZ or search #AZfishtracker for confirmed stockings and quicker updates.)

Rainbow trout
Wednesday, June 15: Black Canyon Lake; Tuesday, June 14: Salt River, Oak Creek, Woods Canyon Lake, Monday, June 13: Silver Creek, West Fork Little Colorado-Greer, Rose Canyon Lake, Fain Lake, Lynx Lake, Mingus Lake, Canyon Creek; Friday, June 10: Silver Creek, East Fork Black River, Canyon Creek, Willow Springs Lake.

Channel catfish
Thursday, June 16: Chaparral Lake, Riverview Lake, Evelyn Hallman Pond, Papago Ponds, Encanto Lake, Steele Indian School, Cortez Lake.

Locate any of the above fisheries on our Fish&Boat map.

Also, see all of Arizona’s fire restrictions.

Catch of the week

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

Angler Reports

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Tempe Town Lake

YC: John M., and I went to Tempe Town Lake for some catfish action last weekend after reading the news on Fish AZ blog about it being stocked a few days ago.


Despite the warm weather, they were pretty active.

We caught the first one, a nice 2-pounder, within 5 minutes. Among a few that we caught, John had the largest one, at 5 pounds 1 ounce, that put up a good fight. We kept this one only and released the rest for another day.

Saguaro Lake

Caught this 7-pound bass Saturday, June 11, in 8 feet of water, working a live target frog over grass.




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