Arizona Fishing Report: The Reel Deal

Mr. Whiskers is coming back! Thursday, March 23 will mark the first catfish stockings in the Community Fishing Program waters.

Also, motorized access to the upper arm of the Agua Fria River at Lake Pleasant will again be available thanks to a special development project of the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Boating Access Program.  Through the cooperative efforts of the Department, the Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, this unique boating and fishing opportunity will be available each Friday through Sunday throughout the spring, beginning Friday, March 24.  Operating hours are from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and regular park entry fees apply (exact change required). See more information.

We also have some updated stocking schedules. Check ’em out.

And then there was this recently at from Lees Ferry:

Finally, don’t forget out come out to our Outdoor Expo March 25-26! See more information.

Now time for some spring break solutions:

(Check out our Fish&Boat Arizona map for locations to these waters.)

  • Alamo Lake. West of Wickenburg, Alamo Lake has lots of great camping sites, fish cleaning stations, and a lack of recreational boaters. Alamo doesn’t have a marina or boat gas. So you won’t be “waked out” by multiple ski boats. Jet skis won’t be cutting your lines. Lacking amenities can be a great thing for those who just want to fish. Plus, fishing is picking up — there have been reports of 3-5-pound crappie being caught this week.
  • Dead Horse Ranch State Park (and Verde River). Located in Cottonwood, the Dead Horse ponds are stocked with trout and are kid-friendly. The Verde River is being stocked.  The Tuzigoot National Monument is a short drive away from the river. We even stock the river adjacent to the bridge leading to these fascinating hillside Indian ruins.
  • Roper Lake State Park near Safford. With great views of Mount Graham, the lake is stocked with trout. Besides tons of camping spots, they also have “camping cabins.”
  • Mary lakes in Flagstaff. Upper Lake Mary is full and spilling and Lower Lake Mary recently has had about 9,000 larger (10 inch) rainbow trout stocked along with about 8,600 smaller (6-8 inch) rainbow trout.
  • Roosevelt Lake. Simply camping galore and good fishing.

Stocking report

Rainbow trout

Thursday, March 9 — Concho Lake, Cluff Reservoir 3, Roper Lake, Dankworth Ponds, Lower Lake Mary. Wednesday, March 8 — Silverbell Lake, Kennedy Lake, Sahuarita Lake, Lakeside Lake, Caparral Lake Riverview Lake, Tempe Kiwanis Lake, Desert Breeze Lake, Veterans Oasis Lake, Copper Sky Lake.

See the full schedule.

Catch of the Week

Send your fishing reports and photos to —one will be selected as Catch of the Week

Cheyanne Montes caught this nice rainbow trout on her first cast at Tempe Kiwanis Lake on Saturday, March 11.

See all the Angler Reports

Public fishing events

At these free fishing clinics, loaner rods are provided, bait is free, and no license is required for those who register during event hours.

Saturday, April 8 — Youth Fishing Day, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Bonsall Pond (5840 W. Bethany Home Rd., Glendale). The AZGFD and city of Glendale will give out up to 1,000 free youth license on a first-come, first-serve basis.

See the full schedule


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