Arizona Fishing Report: The Reel Deal

Bass anglers: some steady weather has finally graced Phoenix-area waters, and this could be a break-out week for largemouth bass fishing at all Salt River-chain lakes, as well as Bartlett Lake.

Try jerkbaits, spinnerbaits, crankbaits and top-water plugs during sun-up and sundown, and go to Texas rigs and dropshots after the sun breaks higher on the horizon. This full moon will only help bass in their nighttime predatory endeavors.

Last week’s report detailed just how many fish we’ve been stocking into many Mogollon Rim and White Mountains lakes.

We’re also stocking the lower Colorado River below Davis Dam this week with trout.

Anchovies are just one bait that Community Fishing Program channel catfish will chomp.
Anchovies are just one bait that Community Fishing Program channel catfish will chomp in Arizona.

Do you have a go-to bait for catfish in Community fishing waters? See our top 5.


Also, grab a license online, 24/7 (and help conserve all species of wildlife).

Upcoming free fishing events

Saturday — Fishing clinic, 2 – 6 p.m., sponsored by North Tempe Neighborhood Association. Pond will be socked with catfish prior to the event. No fishing license required for those who register at event. Free poles available for loan. Bait provided.

Tuesday, Nov. 22 – Welcome Back the Trout to Tempe Town Lake, 4-6 p.m.

Angler Reports

(Send your reports to

Silver Creek
Robert L.: Caught these guys last weekend.

AZ stocking report

Friday, Oct. 7 — All “core” waters. 

Rainbow trout
Tuesday, Oct. 4 — Salt River, Mingus Lake; Monday, Oct. 3 — Watson Lake, Lynx Lake, Wet Beaver Creek, West Clear Creek; Saturday, Oct. 1 — Silver Creek.

See the full schedule.


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