Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal

Let’s get right to some weekend Reel Deal hot spots (click on the lake for Google map directions):

Wet Beaver Creek is a bit off the "beaten trail" but an outdoors paradise for trout anglers.
Wet Beaver Creek is a bit off the “beaten trail” but an outdoors paradise for trout anglers.

Rainbow trout

Kinnikinick Lake. It’s being stocked with thousands of rainbow trout. This excellent fishery 38 miles southeast of Flagstaff is usually just stocked with brown trout in the fall. So far this week, thousands of rainbows have been stocked. More are coming next week.

Wet Beaver Creek. An angler reported fishing to be “unbelievably good” with consistent action on smaller bass.

Show Low Lake/Show Low Creek. Families can get some crayfish and stocked trout from the creek, just downstream of the lake, and then some of the large “supercatchable” trout from the lake that will be stocked this week.  Fish 10-15 feet below the surface.

Striped bass

Lake Mead, Lake Powell and Lake Pleasant. It’s still a decent moon  phase (first quarter, headed toward full) to drop submersible lights (and anchovies) at night. At Powell, an angler reported dropping spoons for shad in 40-80 feet of depth and hooking up with smallmouth bass, walleye and catfish, too. Top-water boil action is good, too. Read how to fish striper boils.

Largemouth bass

Saguaro, Apache, Canyon lakes. Go get some big bass. Marissa Mandigo this week caught the above 7-pound, 15-ounce bass at Saguaro on a nightcrawler. Most angler try deep diving crankbaits, or plastic worms Texas-rigged or with a dropshot.


Roosevelt Lake. Additional water has boosted action for these speckled beauties. Jim Goughnour of Rim Country Custom Rods reported: “ … most crappie anglers are fishing vertically using a John-Deere colored 2″ grub-tail in 20 to 25 feet deep water. A 1/8 ounce jig-head hook creates a slow fall rate which crappie like. Crappie will be in schools during this time of year near brush or rock structure. The size of the schools can very, so anglers may need to find another school if the bite in one area begins to slow.”

Mr. Flattie
Mr. Flattie

Flathead catfish

Bartlett Lake. For flatties, it’s hard to beat Bartlett this time of the year. Try live bluegill or small carp as bait. Look for the deeper holes, especially up-lake where there is a little current. For bluegills, try the backs of rocky coves using nightcrawlers or meal worms on light tackle.


Parker Canyon Lake. Bluegill, anybody? Reports on this tasty sunfish are excellent.  The lake is 6.06 feet below the spillway so .boaters should use caution on the ramp.

There’s a few. Maybe you’ll stake out your own hot spot this weekend.

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

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photo by @Chrisbilley
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Editor’s note: This Instagram photo of a largemouth bass was reportedly caught at a Phoenix-area canal.

Angler Reports

(Send fishing photos and reports to BFishing@AZGFD)

WetBvrCrkTroutWet Beaver Creek
A little off the beaten path, but I fished Wet Beaver Creek Saturday and it was unbelievably good. Mostly small (4-8 inches) bass, but constant fish all morning.

Thanks for keeping up the reports!

Lake Mead (south cove)
MeadStripersRay P.: Ray and Dave caught over 175 Stripers Monday, Aug 8 under a quarter-moon. We actually ran out of anchovies before the fish stopped biting! Great fun!


Stocking report

Rainbow trout

Tuesday, Aug. 9 — Rose Canyon Lake, Silver Creek, Kinnikinick Lake.; Monday, Aug. 8 — Kinnikinick Lake,  Goldwater Lake (upper), West Fork Little Colorado River-Greer, Oak Creek; Friday, Aug. 5 — East Verde River, East Fork Black River, Canyon Creek, Willow Springs Lake, Woods Canyon Lake; Thursday, Aug. 4 — Tonto Creek, Haigler Creek. Read the full stocking report.



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