Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal

A tiger trout caught recently from Woods Canyon Lake.
A tiger trout caught recently from Woods Canyon Lake.


Making some last-minute Labor Day weekend plans?

Woods Canyon Lake, where the above tiger trout was recently caught, and Willow Springs Lake, are being stocked this week with rainbow trout. Many campgrounds might be full by now, and last week’s report detailed some ideas. Here are a few more.

It’s a new moon and striper fishing will be bonkers at night at waters such as Lake Mead, Lake Powell and Lake Pleasant.

Stream trout fishing is in full swing. Try the East Fork of the Black River, the Little Colorado River in Greer or Silver Creek (but remember that monsoon storms can bring flooding at all these).

Also, C.C. Cragin Reservoir will be closed starting on Sept. 6 to allow for the next phase of the ongoing renovation of boating access facilities. See more details in the full report.

Finally, see a weekend fishing roundup from the Fish AZ blog.

Channel catfish will return to Community Fishing Program waters in late September. Stay tuned.

And thank you for your annual fishing license purchases – they go back into fish stocking and management and help conserve all species of wildlife (we receive NO state tax dollars). Grab a license online and conserve wildlife for future generations.

Stocking report

Rainbow trout

Thursday, Aug. 25 — Tonto Creek, Haigler Creek; Wednesday, Aug. 24 — Show Low Lake; Tuesday, Aug. 23 — Show Low Lake, Rose Canyon Lake; Monday, Aug. 22 — Canyon Creek, Kinnikinick Lake, Silver Creek, Oak Creek, West Fork Little Colorado River-Greer; Friday, Aug. 19 — East Verde River, Silver Creek, East Fork Black River, Willow Springs Lake, Woods Canyon Lake, Canyon Creek. Read more.

Angler Reports


Lynx Lake
AnglerReportEhett G.: A big rainbow trout caught on garlic PowerBait.

Saguaro Lake
SagBassJim C. A largemouth bass caught Saturday at Saguaro Lake. The fish weighed more than 9 pounds and was caught in the last twilight of day in a main lake cove, next to a stump in about 10 feet of water on a Texas-rigged lizard.

Thank you, anglers!

Arizona fishing opportunities wouldn’t be possible without the Sport Fish Restoration Program. It was created through the Dingell-Johnson Act of 1950 (Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act) and the Wallop-Breaux amendments of 1984. Through a federal excise tax paid by manufacturers on fishing gear and motorboat fuels, it provides funds for fishery conservation, boating access, and aquatic education.



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