Arizona Fishing Report: The Reel Deal

Days are getting shorter, air temperatures are cooling, and with the transition into fall, it can be a bit difficult to pinpoint the exact location of fish. In general, keep moving. Cover a lot of water, and try different areas of the water column and various bait presentations.

Or just go get some trout. Winter stockings have already begun for rainbows. We just stocked Davis Dam on the lower Colorado River (Senator McCain helped!). They’re coming to some of the prime Phoenix and Tucson-area lakes beginning the first week of November.

See the schedule.

Also, as we head into November, keep an eye on water temperatures in the high country. Each year, trout fishing picks up dramatically in the White Mountains when water temperatures are in the low-to-high 50s (depending on elevation). This is the ideal temperature range for trout and they will be actively trying to add weight before the onset of winter. Because there will be little difference between surface water temperature and water temperature in deep water, trout will be found at any depth.

Fishing in Arizona just got a boost with a big stocking of rainbow trout into the lower Colorado River at Davis Dam. These trout can be caught on a variety of lures and baits -- many anglers wait a week before heading to their favorite pocket on the river.
Fishing in Arizona just got a boost with a big stocking of rainbow trout into the lower Colorado River at Davis Dam. Senator John McCain, left, helped. These trout can be caught on a variety of lures and baits — many anglers wait a week before heading to their favorite pocket on the river.

By the way, let’s remember a reason that supporting conservation of all species of wildlife in Arizona is so crucial. The Arizona Game and Fish Department believes that future generations should have the same recreational opportunities, and the same abundance of memory-etching wildlife, that we do. We do not receive state tax dollars. So we rely on your participation, such as license sales and stuff like I Support Widlife memberships (includes real-time stocking updates and a great mapping app).

Then all you have to do is fish or engage in shooting sports or get out on a hunt — not a bad deal.

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

Upcoming free fishing events

Saturday, Nov. 5 — Chandler Safety Days, 8 a.m. – noon. Veterans Oasis Park, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler.

AZ stocking report

Channel catfish

Friday, Oct. 14 — Friendship Park Pond, Bonsall Park, Roadrunner Lake, Eldorado Lake, Evelyn Hallman Pond, McQueen Pond, Discovery Park, Dave White Pond, Pacana Park, Redondo Lake, Fortuna Pond, Yuma West Wetlands Pond, Council Ave. Pond.

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.

 

Black Canyon Lake road/parking lot closure extended

The access road and parking areas at Black Canyon Lake closure to all vehicle traffic for a paving project has been extended to Oct. 29.  Pedestrian access to the lake’s shore is allowed, but parking is not allowed on the adjacent, maintained forest service roads.

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