Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal

Anglers are slogging down the home stretch of summer, water temperatures are peaking (90 degrees at Bartlett Lake last weekend), and that means fishing can get a bit trickier.

Trout are generally deep. The summer trout stocking season is starting to wind down, so get ’em while you can. If the weather holds, we will have stocked about 25,000 rainbow trout in Kinnikinick Lake, located southeast of Flagstaff, by the end of this week. Try lures to catch these fresh stockers.

Largemouth bass at many desert lakes are not always in the mood for reaction baits. See about how to beat the summertime bass blues.

Taking the family fishing? Try heading to Show Low and putting the kids on crawdads and sunfish. See a how-to video on catching both.

Hot desert nights are made for bottom dwelling catfish and carp. Relax on the shoreline, wet a line with some stink bait, corn or both, watch the sky for meteor showers, and hook into Mr. Whiskers at the same time.

Don’t forget to send your angler reports and photos to

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

Stocking report

Rainbow trout

Wednesday, Aug. 17 — Show Low Creek.; Tuesday, Aug. 16 — Dogtown Reservoir.; Monday, Aug. 15 — Kinnikinick Lake, Dogtown Reservoir, City Reservoir, Silver Creek, West Fork Little Colorado River-Greer, Canyon Creek, Kinnikinick Lake.

Channel catfish

Thursday, Aug. 18 — Dead Horse Lake, Lynx Lake.

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