Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal

A full moon summertime night can be the best — and most scenic — time to fish.

A full moon and summer nights made chill by spats of rain showers — this can be the time to fish in the high country of Arizona.

A full moon means nighttime fishing becomes a better – and cooler – option. Increased rainfall predicted for high country regions also favors anglers, bringing inflows and nutrients, and in turn baitfish and predatory fish. Target areas with recent inflows.

Submersible lights will not be as effective at night during the full moon — but they’re still an option.

Nighttime striper fishing is one of the best options going statewide, especially at Lake Mead and Lake Pleasant. For nighttime bassin’ in general, fish dark colors (which show up as a silhouette under a bright moon).

Please don’t fish close to lightning that can be associated with monsoon storms. Anglers can fish in snow, ice, some heat (be safe) and rain – but keep those lightning (fishing) rods off the water.

Overall, angling can be tough in July, but be selective in your spot and time, and you might go away with a heavy stringer, or at least a camera full of memories. Grab a license online (that helps conserve all species of wildlife, not to mention provides funding that goes back into fishing opportunities) and go.

Also, see a full list of fire restrictions in Arizona.

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Willow Springs Lake

Tom T. of Fountain Hills: We fished Willow Springs over the 4th of July weekend. It was the busiest I have seen in 15 years!

We caught and released 18 trout including four of the new tiger trout. We trolled needlefish in rainbow trout pattern at 8 feet with downriggers. It was a great weekend to escape the valley heat.


Stocking report

Rainbow trout

Monday, July 18 –– Silver Creek, West Fork Little Colorado River-Greer, Woods Canyon Lake, Goldwater Lake.

Friday, July 15 — East Verde River, Willow Springs Lake, Silver Creek, East Fork Black River,

Thursday, July 14 — Tonto Creek, Christopher Creek, Haigler Creek, Show Low Lake.

Wednesday, July 13 — Show Low Lake.

Tiger trout
Wednesday, July 20 — Willow Springs Lake, Woods Canyon Lake.

Monday, July 18 – Red Mountain Lake.

Tuesday, July 18 — Red Mountain Lake.



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