Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal

The first hints of fall means fishing is about to bust loose.  Nights are getting noticeably  cooler,  putting bass in the mood to chase reaction baits and trigger some of the best high country trout fishing of the year. Remember: as fall conditions set in, go with springtime tactics.

Meanwhile, summer trout stockings are winding down.

Hot spots include Pleasant, Woods Canyon, Silver CreekSaguaroBartlett, Apache, Havasu, Powell, Canyon Creek, and  Kinnikinick.  Scenic Oak Creek has been stocked weekly.

See complete fishing resources on our website’s fishing page.

Onto more updates:

Community cats are coming back

Channel catfish are scheduled to return to most Community Fishing Program lakes and ponds the week of Sept. 19-23.  See a video on what’s needed to get started fishing Community waters.


Good to time renew that fishing license.

Get one online, which helps conserve all species of wildlife, and get ready for fall fishing galore

Catch-and-release Silver Creek trout fishing opens Oct. 1

This opening has become a festival of sorts and the public is invited. This seasonal fishery is catch-and-release only.

Silver Creek is five miles east of Show Low on U.S. Route 60. Turn north off Highway 60 onto Bourdon Ranch Road for five miles to Hatchery Road. Then head east on Hatchery Road 1 mile to the Silver Creek Hatchery, park in the parking lot, and follow the signs to the creek.

C.C. Cragin (Blue Ridge Reservoir) closed to fishing

Blue Ridge Res/CC Cragin is closed to fishing due to low water levels. All accessible water is in an area closed for the next phase of the ongoing renovation of boating access facilities.

AZ Trout Challenge:  Up for It?

Go explore our trout waters by taking the Arizona Trout Challenge.  See details, and  a map, of applicable waters.

Upcoming free fishing clinics

Saturday — Power Ranch’s Annual Breakfast and Bobbers catch-and-release clinic, 4444 E Haven Crest Dr., Gilbert, 7 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Arizona Game and Fish Department and Power Ranch HOA is planning a morning of free fishing for the whole family at Power Ranch’s Annual Breakfast & Bobbers. This is a catch-and-release only event. The Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Sport Fishing Education Program and volunteers will be on hand to assist anglers. Bait will be provided and loaner rods available.

Read the full schedule.



(Send your fishing reports and photos to

uprmarywalleyeUpper Lake Mary
Pan H.: A 23-inch walleye caught from Upper Lake Mary on Sunday, Sept. 4, using a chartreuse grub. Water is muddy, over 20 mph wind — beautiful day for fishing though.

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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