Now that anglers have made some memories with the elusive tiger trout, the question is: Will there be any more tiger trout coming to Arizona?
Yep. More tiger trout eggs will be received this summer to be raised for stockings in May and June of 2017. We’ll be monitoring the tiger trout that this summer were stocked into Carnero, Becker, Woods Canyon and Willow Springs lakes.
But first, a heads-up on what’s happening right now.
Arizona tiger trout fishing report
Many anglers had success with these aggressive and brilliant-looking fish. We expect catch rates on tiger trout to drop as more are harvested and lakes warm through the summer.
Woods Canyon and Willow are being stocked with tigers this week, and more tigers are planned to be stocked again this fall.
So look for tiger trout fishing to improve once again during the fall. And look for that first cool-off …
Most of the tigers are still being caught on lures. Some are beginning to get caught with PowerBait and worms.
Tiger trout fishing has been fair to good — a bit better at Woods Canyon than Willow Springs. Get a license online and go catch fish — and conserve wildlife at the same time.
“I’ve not heard recent reports at Becker and Carnero, but anglers were catching them there OK back in May and early June,” said Mike Lopez, AZGFD fish program manager in Pinetop. “Lately at Woods and Willow, anglers targeting tiger trout are not having as much success. Most of the tigers being caught now are incidental by folks just fishing for trout. ”
Monitoring effort: a tiger needs room
There are no plans to expand tiger trout stockings to other lakes. We’ll be monitoring the four lakes where we have tigers for a few years. We need to gauge how — or if — the tiger trout grow, their return to creel, and impacts on other fish species.
Also, it takes “room” for the tigers to grow to a catchable size. We are at full capacity in our fish hatchery system, so if we grow more tiger trout, it would potentially mean less rainbow trout for other lakes and streams.
In lakes where they do grow, it might be possible to stock more tiger trout fingerlings. We just don’t know how well they’ll do — yet.
So for now … we’ll keep it with the four lakes we have and monitor angler success.
We hope you are enjoying this addition to Arizona’s trout fishing menu.
A tiger trout AZ summer
Here’s a brief look back at some of the best tiger trout pictures of the summer. Thanks for sharing these memories with us!