Arizona fishing report: The Reel Deal

For some anglers, the super moon earlier this week helped trigger super fishing. (Or was at least something cool to stare at until that next bite.)

More importantly, it’s transition time. Winter’s stomping on the door mat.

Cooler temperatures means time is ticking on trout fishing opportunities in the high country, flathead catfish are fattening up for the winter, and soon, bass metabolism will slow.

Waters temperatures in many desert lakes are in the mid-to-high 60s.

Other highlights:

Striper fishing doesn't get much better in Arizona than at Lake Mohave.
Striper fishing doesn’t get much better in Arizona than at Lake Mohave.


    • Trout are back in Community waters! See when and where they’re being stocked.
    • Jigging spoons, or dropping nightcrawlers, for yellow bass in the Salt River-chain lakes will be a good option when these fish head into deeper water.
    • Crappie fishing is reportedly fair-to-good at Roosevelt and Apache lakes.
    • Striper fishing is excellent at Lake Mohave. The above picture includes Kenan (right) and his 5.84-pound striper taken with a top-water lure.
    • Looking for a trophy trout opportunity? Try Becker Lake in the White Mountains. Our recent survey showed that 58 percent of rainbows caught there were 18 inches in length or greater.  See the White Mountains full report for special regulations that are in place at Becker.
    • Finally, at Canyon Lake, construction has begun on the Boulder Creek Recreation Area fishing pier. It should be finished by late December.

No need to go to an office or tackle shop for licenses — grab a license online, 24/7 (and help conserve all species of wildlife).

See previous reports from this month for more hot spots.

Catch of the Week

(Send your Angler Reports to — one will be selected as Catch of the Week)








Veronica caught this 16-inch rainbow trout at Show Low Lake on Friday, Nov. 11 on a Roostertail.

See all the Angler Reports


Upcoming free fishing events

Loaner rods are provided, bait is free, and no license is required to those who register during event hours.

Saturday — Family Fishing Fun,  8 a.m. – noon, West Wetlands Pond (282 North 12th Ave., Yuma). Join AZGFD and Yuma County for a morning of family fun. Open to all ages.

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


AZ stocking report

These are confirmed stockings from last week. See the stocking schedules.

Channel catfish
Thursday, Nov. 3 — Evelyn Hallman Pond, Papago Ponds (1, 2 and 3), Steele Indian School, Roadrunner Lake, Eldorado Lake, Riverview Lake, Red Mountain Lake,  Veterans Oasis Lake, Copper Sky Lake, Siverbell Lake,  Kennedy Lake, Sahuarita Lake, Lakeside Lake, Surprise Lake, Rio Vista Pond, Pioneer Lake, Cortez Lake, Encanto Lake, Desert West Lake, Alvord Lake, Kiwanis Lake, Desert Breeze Lake, Caparral Lake.

Rainbow trout
Thursday, Nov. 10 — Colorado River. Tuesday, Nov. 8 — Colorado River, Parker Canyon Lake, Salt River, Redondo Lake,  Frances Short Pond. Monday, Nov. 7 — Oak Creek, Saguaro Lake.

See the full stocking report.



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