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Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal

Striper fishing in AZ can be one way to beat the summer doldrums and catch fish.

Looks like anglers this weekend will have to pick windows of dry weather. Trout anglers: fish just before a storm. Bass anglers: fish the early morning or night (and check out the monster from Saguaro Lake in the Angler Reports).

There is new moon on Aug. 9, making this an excellent time to fish at night under lights in the major desert impoundments (when monsoon storms aren’t blanketing the state).

Usually a sudden onset of desert rain has bass temporarily “dazed.” But fishing does tend to spike in areas where runoff is flowing into lakes such as Apache Lake.

And there’s the fishing at night under lights — this is the best moon to do it. The submersible lights attract plankton, the plankton attracts threadfin shad, the shad attracts predatory sport-fish (which in turn attracts anglers). It’s a food-chain effect. Read how to fish striper boils.

The key is selecting the right spot to fish at night. Try for locations such as major lake points that might get good fish traffic at night such as reefs along submerged river beds, submerged humps, rivers, creeks, and vegetation, or in the mouth of a major cove.

Grab a license online (that helps conserve all species of wildlife, not to mention provides funding that goes back into fishing opportunities) and go.

Catch of the week

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Photo by rockgypsyme
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Editor’s note: This Instagram photo of crappie was tagged as being from Alamo Lake.


Angler Reports

(Send fishing photos and reports to BFishing@AZGFD)

Bass 9.3 pounds 7-26-2016 Saguaro Lake 6Saguaro Lake
David S.: Largemouth bass catch and release. Caught July 27 at Saguaro Lake about 10 a.m. Weighed 9.3 pounds on digital scale. Caught using 5-inch green plastic lizard.

Stocking report

Rainbow trout

Monday, Aug. 1 — River Reservoir, Canyon Creek, Tunnel Reservoir.
Friday, July 29 — Willow Springs Lake, Show Low Lake.
Thursday, July 28 — Chevelon Canyon Lake.
Wednesday, July 27 — Chevelon Canyon Lake.

Read more.


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