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Here’s the latest from your fellow anglers (click on the water for directions):
Scott L.: Caught this last night (Tuesday, Feb. 14) out at Lake Pleasant in a cove using a cut of anchovie total length was 20 inches. I couldn’t weigh it.
We were fishing with frozen anchovies hoping for some catfish or stripers but hooked this instead. I love fishing in Arizona.
Desert Breeze Lake (Chandler)
Todd B.: Fished Desert Breeze Lake today (Sat., Feb. 11) for 2 hours in the afternoon. My first time to the lake and I am in love with both the beautiful park and the lake itself. I was using an ultralight rod throwing small Blue Fox spinners.
Countless bites and landed a few decent sized trout around 12-13 inches. I saw other anglers plunking with little success. In these smaller bodies of water, my best luck is always with spinners or spoons.
Spinners and spoons are good because you can use them to search for the fish, while covering each inch of the lake in a couple of hours. I tried a few sizes of lures ranging from Nos. 2- 0s. My best action came on No. 1s.
Thanks AZGFD for the many community waters close to home.
Fain Lake (Prescott Valley)
Michael W.: Another great day of fishing at Fain Lake! In 5 hours of fishing, I caught and released 95 beautiful rainbow trout, ranging from 9-12 inches. Fish caught from right corner of dock at a depth of 18 inches to 4 feet, on 1.5 inch crappie tubes. Weather Conditions: Cool and partly cloudy. Water conditions: stained.
Anonymous: My husband slayed this guy on Feb. 8 at the Gilbert Riparian on soft bait.
Rod: Hope each of you are well and able to fully enjoy these 70-degree temperatures. 70 degrees in February, wow! Anyhow I managed to get on the water just about noon today, right when the winds were building up. I got in some good rowing exercise. The winds were below my no-float threshold of 20 mph. They built up later on to make me question my decision to goof about in the dinghy.
Anyhow it turned out I caught three fish in 3 hours of fishing. Small, medium, and extra largemouth! Sorry no measurements (I’m pretty sure the last two were well over 5 pounds), but I’ve got photos and memories. I can tell you that they were all caught using a 2-inch grub on a 1/32-ounce jig on 4-pound mono. All of them were really fun using the ultra-lite rig! Talk about a full load on the pole.
What is more challenging is to get the dinghy positioned for a proper photo. That wind was blowing me about while trying to get a proper photo using the self timer on the camera.
A great beginning to a new year of fishing!
Copper Sky Lake (Maricopa)
Domingo S.: This was caught at the fishing clinic at Maricopa Park last month (Saturday, Jan. 14).